It Pays to Pay It Forward

It Pays to Pay It Forward

It’s Day 276 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project (I’m just picking up where I left off before extreme computer and internet issues preventing me from blogging) and an encounter during this time reminded me of how it pays to pay it forward.

I’ve been facing some Ds –– personal challenges that can negatively impact professional performance –– and had an opportunity to work at a friend’s family owned business to supplement my income.  I served as administrative support and created work orders for customers. Sometimes the issues were minor and could wait. Other times, they were major emergencies. Always they were handled with caring customer service. In turn, though the company does no advertising or marketing, satisfied customers pay it forward in glowing recommendations and referrals.

Whether it’s fitting in one more customer who can’t wait a day or going above and beyond the call of duty to help someone who is literally in way over their head with an issue, meeting the needs of others is the theme that runs consistently through the pipes of this plumbing business! This was the case with a client I referred to them while director of a life coaching program. The business exceeded all expectations and delivered a result –– free of charge –– that caused the city to pick up the astronomical bill for Andrea, a truly deserving lady. In turn she’s gone out of her way to give to others in  ways that are extraordinary.  And she keeps getting showered with extravagent BLESSINGS. A few years ago she struggled to make ends meet. Now, because her needs were met (disastrous plumbing issue resolved, healing in relationships, some financial freedom, a new home and career) she’s meeting the needs of others. Andrea is experiencing how it pays to pay it forward.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, and Andrea, a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Pay it Forward Swan.                        I’m in a cold shoulder top & my favorite A line skirt from TJ Maxx.                                                   Bone sandals bought for a song at Steinmart. All Calvin Klein.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose believer, I believe the Bible when it says, “And my God will meet all your needs.” (Phil. 4:19). I also believe He often does it through others. When that happens, there’s reciprocity. His children bless others and are in turn blessed.

How about you? Do you know someone who has a need today? On the homefront or in the workplace? Why not step out in faith, be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose, and meet it. If you do, I promise you’ll find out what my friend’s business and Andrea know. It truly does pay off to pay it forward.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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Good Friday and Florals

Good Friday and Florals

It’s Day 294 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and as it has ever since I can remember, it rained on Good Friday – like heaven weeping over Jesus’ death; nevertheless, it really is a good day, so I wore florals to celebrate. Other than emailing a follow up to a coaching client and teaching Zumba class with faith-based songs that made it feel like praise dancing, I’ve done no other work. Instead, I spent the afternoon picking out a new Christian novel and hanging out with family and friends. Though Good Friday is the day we remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, His death gave us the gift of eternal life. Mixing florals of different patterns and sizes but with similar colors felt festive, fun and even faith-filled (flowers symbolize life for me) on Good Friday.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, in a large floral pattern dress & shrug I’ve had for years. The small pattern floral handbag on a brown background & bone sandals is a stretch for me – not perfectly matched but perfectly pretty.  All Calvin Klein from TJMaxx. OPI Funny Bunny nail polish for Easter! 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose believer in Christ and in hard work, it felt great to take a day off. Since I’ve been working from home I’ve taken very few…Even so, I couldn’t let the day pass without publicly praising God for loving the world enough to send His Son to the cross that we could be saved. If only one person reads this and is somehow touched by the Good News that though Jesus’ death was brutal, He bore our sins and atoned for them. He was buried so so that our old sinful self could be buried, too. And He rose again, so that we may be raised to a new life in Him. It’s Friday, but praise God Sunday’s coming! Now that I’ve shared that, I’m going to get back to relaxing,  remembering and rejoicing in Him and His finished work on the cross – all in my Good Friday florals.

If you have questions about any of the above and how you can be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose, I’d love to hear from you. Or you can start by reading a simple verse that explains how you, too, can believe and have eternal life: John 3:16.

Be savvy  & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Restoration of Shabby Chic Mirrors and Other Shattered Things (Like Us)

Restoration of Shabby Chic Mirrors and Other Shattered Things (Like Us)

It’s Day 291 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and the restoration of a Shabby Chic mirror made me think about the restoration of other shattered things. The  mirror was purchased for a song back in the happy days when an abundance of Rachel Ashwell’s  Simply Shabby Chic line, made exclusively for Target, crowded the shelves.  In the house I brought my babies – now fourteen and thirteen – home to, it graced my bathroom vanity. I don’t recall where it lived in the townhouse I moved into, thus ending my homelessness. Much of that time is a blur…When I married my sweet hubby and moved into the home we now share almost eight years ago, I lovingly hung my prized mirror in our bedroom. It’s a heavy piece – I just didn’t realize how heavy until it fell from the wall, shattering not only the mirror itself but the beautiful carved wooden frame. Carefully, I wrapped the broken pieces and stored them until the day would come when I’d have it put back together again. More years than I can account for later, that day finally arrived in the form of a Christmas gift from my hubby. We shipped the mirror off with our window cleaners. Today, after some needed spring cleaning, I set up my beautifully restored Shabby Chic mirror. It reminds me so much of other shattered things.

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Beautifully restored Simply Shabby Chic mirror. The clock & everything on the sideboard is SSC. Replacing the brass knobs with acrylic crystal look ones echoes the glass in the lamps & mirror. All from Target. The Shabby Chic inspired floral painting and inspiration board – TJMaxx.

Generous as he is with me, my husband still balked a little at the cost to restore the mirror – $42. He could see the price tag on the frame insert – $9.99 – and wondered why I didn’t just replace it. But that’s not my style. I’ve been drawn to shabby since long before it became chic. I find beauty in broken things and experience joy in their restoration, which aligns to Shabby Chic’s principle of beauty in imperfection. Add to that the fact that the mirror is rare (that mass production of Simply Shabby Chic items for Target was short lived and now they only carry linens for the most part), and it’s not so easily replaced – at least not for me. Having an authentic mirror that is based off the one my design role model and most inspiring entrepreneur has in her home means something to me. Besides, I doubt I could find one that’s more beautiful in my eyes.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose creative, I see my shattered mirror the way I believe God, the Master Creator, sees us – His shattered things. We are intricately carved in His image, with his imprint and design, but our sins are heavy. So heavy that their weight sometimes causes us to fall and shatter. In our broken state, others don’t see our innate value and may feel we aren’t worth the expense of restoring. But God still sees us as beautiful, rare – a treasure. No expense – including crucifixion of His only begotten Son – is too great to bring us back to wholeness. The finished work – done on the cross – restores us. This week, as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it’s not lost on me that like my Shabby Chic mirror, like us, His shattered things, He once was broken and shattered. Praise God He is restored, ensuring the restoration of those of us who trust Him, too.

How Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose are you in the you view shattered things in your personal and professional life? How could they be restored?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Money is Emotional Meeting with The Financial Lifegaurd

Money is Emotional Meeting with The Financial Lifegaurd

It’s Day 226  of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and one of the highlights of my work day was a Money is Emotional lunch meeting with the author of the book, The Financial Lifeguard, Christine Luken. Christine is a certified financial coach and is  building her business in a way I want to emulate. She launched the book last year and it has done so well that she just finished the first draft of its sequel, Manage Money Like a Boss, with creatives and entrepreneurs – like me! – as the target audience. This Pink Collar Savvy & Chic author, coach and speaker is maximizing her first book, which is exactly what I hope to do with my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul.  Meeting with The Financial Lifeguard reinforced how female entrepreneurs must balance our desire to serve others with the need to produce sustainable income. Money really is emotional!

Though Christine’s book is non-fiction, and mine is fiction drawn from real life experiences, I hope to be able to use it as a platform to coach and speak around the Ds, like the domestic violence the main character, Lee, faces. And I’ve already started the preliminary writing process of laying out the story’s map – another highlight of my day but completed in the wee hours way before my actual work day began! Christine was excited to hear that as she is currently reading Seasons of Her Soul. It was encouraging to hear how it grabbed her from the very beginning, especially coming from an author with a successful nonfiction book under her belt and who doesn’t read contemporary fiction!  I’m hopeful she’ll do a review and I plan to reciprocate by writing one on the signed copy she gifted me with today.

We also discussed collaborating to support each other’s work and to refer our clients. Christine specializes in one of the Ds – debt; and she encounters professional women who could use my holistic Swan Experience to minimize other barriers and to maximize their beauty and best personal and professional lives. Besides, good coaches don’t try to do it all but have a network of referral resources…Our conversation was so packed with helpful insights and inspiration that the time flew by so quickly I forgot to snap our pic!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach. Ruffled shoulder beige sweater & faux suede skirt. BOOTS WITH THE FUR are some oldies but goodies and prevented me from biting it on the ice.                                           Love the pattern on the handbag.                                                                                                                                      All Calvin Klein from TJMaxx. Money is Emotional available on website below.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose life coach, author, and speaker, it was so refreshing to meet with another one where there were no hidden agendas – and there was definitely no hating. We shared openly and were transparent about ups and downs and how we run our businesses in a way that allows us to make money doing what we love, maintains the dignity of our clients and glorifies the God we both serve. Considering how great the time was and the fact that each of us have some follow up steps, I’ve got a feeling this won’t be the last Money is Emotional, or Manage Life a Boss meeting I’ll have with The Financial Lifeguard.

Are you drowning in financial dire straights? The Financial Lifeguard can rescue you and restore your dignity. Please visit her website at http://www.Christineluken.com.

Also, if you are interested in previewing or purchasing the print or Kindle version of Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon at:

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Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach