A Put-In-Bay Lesson for Independence Day – Don’t Give Up the Ship!

A Put-In-Bay Lesson for Independence Day – Don’t Give Up the Ship!

It’s Day 380 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and yesterday I learned a Put-In-Bay lesson that is so fitting for Independence Day –– Don’t Give Up the Ship! My husband loves history and though I wouldn’t say I love it, as a former school teacher, I do appreciate the wealth of it Put-In-Bay has to offer. Monday we’d stopped at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in the center of the island, –– it’s the third largest monument in the United States –– but the museum was closed. Still, before we ever read any of the placards describing the War of 1812 Battle of Lake Erie events that caused Oliver Perry to become a hero, my husband recounted the story for me. I won’t go into all of the details, only that Perry led the U.S. in a hard won victory ( 1 casualty for every 4 men who fought) over Great Britain after it seemed defeat was certain. The battle turned the tide of the war and ultimately led to over 200 years of still standing peace between the U.S., Great Britain and Canada and the existence of the longest undefended border between the U.S. and Canada. The Battle of Lake Erie victory is largely attributed to Perry bolstering the sagging morale of his navy fleet and militiamen by unfurling and hoisting a flag that read, Don’t Give Up the Ship! Not only that, the three countries learned arbitration vs. combat prevents loss of life and promotes peace. An over 200 year Put-In-Bay lesson that’s still relevant this Independence Day!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, on the cozy porch of our B&B. As a former teacher, I loved that our temporary home is located directly across the street from Middle Bass island’s only school.
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Outside our room’s window. Loved view of these lovely pink blooms through lace curtains.
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Inside the museum next to a replica of Perry’s  Victory & International Peace Memorial.         Colonel Commodore Oliver Perry’s face peeking out from a display on the right. 
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Put-In-Bay Marina with the monument in the background. The heat was sweltering, however, my cold shoulder top and favorite A-line skirt with floral flops kept me cool and comfortable.   handbag  strap made it practical to wear like a cross body, freeing me to hold my hubby’s hand. All Calvin Klein – TJ Maxx from last summer. 

 

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Pink Collar Coach under a pink painted sky over Lake Erie. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose patriot who is also a believer, it’s not lost on me that I got to visit this amazing destination as we celebrate our independence. While the The War of 1812 was fought after The American Revolutionary War had been won, the U.S. was still striving to establish itself as truly independent of Britain. Winning control of Lake Erie went a long way toward accomplishing that and in many ways set the stage for the U.S. to become a viable world power. But it came at a high cost –– in human lives on both sides. Not to mention the impact it had on Native Americans and African Americans who also fought but had yet to gain their freedom and independence…All that to day, as we celebrate our independence, let’s not take our hard won freedom for granted. Let us be mindful of it and thankful for it. In many ways our country is divided. A D or challenge. But it’s still great. And so very blessed by the God of our founding fathers. Furthermore, arbitration vs. fighting is still the best way to win…

This Fourth of July, let’s be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and minimize the division by maximizing this Put-In-Bay lesson for Independence Day: Don’t Give Up the Ship!

Be savvy &  chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

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Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – Happy Independence Day from Put-In-Bay!

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – Happy Independence Day from Put-In-Bay!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach outside the ferry in Put-in-Bay. I don’t wear a lot of red but am showing my patriotism by wearing a red, white and blue maxi with a little green and black. I originally wore it a few Christmases ago with a black shrug. Festive for the holiday and has nautical touches like the “straw” handbag with grommets & white patent leather that pairs well with  patent slides.  All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx purchased over the years…
Sunset at Put-In-Bay

Sunset at Put-In-Bay

I’ve lost track of what day of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and am blissfully exhausted from a two days of walking the island, but I couldn’t turn in before posting a pic of Sunset at Put-In-Bay. (Went back and checked once home –– Day 379!)

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose relatively newbie blogger, I must confess I’m no photographer. But God is the Master Artist, and when His handiwork is on display, all that’s required of me is to point my Smart Phone, click away, and offer up my appreciation for the Masterpiece and my praise of the Master who painted this sunset at Put-In-Bay.

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and mindful of the beautiful creation we get to inhabit? I hope you’ll find time to soak it in like a sunset.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 3, 2018 –

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 3, 2018 –

Put-In-Bay provides rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, restoration and sketchy reception! I had a lovely photo to post but had to make due with a vector –– Lovely Sunrise on the Lake. Ahh. Appreciate the creation. Adore the Creator.

Sunrise on the Lake

Putting In Time at Put-In-Bay

Putting In Time at Put-In-Bay

It’s Day 378 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and my hubby surprised me with a road trip, so we’re putting in time at Put-In-Bay. After he told me about it yesterday following our breakfast with family, I packed my bags last night and jumped up early this morning to take care of some business before we headed out. We only stopped once to grab a bite and then I caught up on my sleep so I’d have stamina to enjoy the experience once we arrived. When he woke me up, we were at the marina. Lake Erie stretched as far as my eyes could see, filled with all kinds of boats, but it was the huge ferry pulling in to transport us from Port Clinton over to the island that made me smile. I’d never ridden one and was astonished that it carried not only passengers but vehicles, including a camper, across the water. The ride took about 20 minutes, then we disembarked to climb a steep incline while lugging our bags. Originally we’d planned to walk to the quaint B&B Greg had booked, but he quickly hailed a cab instead. We checked in and got settled in our room and spent the rest of the day walking the island with its gorgeous water views, attractions and far more golf carts and bikes zipping around than cars. Touring the monument to Colonel Perry from the War of 1812 was awesome because my history buff hubby told me all the details before we ever read them on the plaques. We dining on mussels, summer salad, Lake Erie Cookie Monster ice cream for me and Coffee ice-cream for my non-coffee drinking hubby and watched a stunning sunset over the water before heading back to our digs. It’s been a glorious day putting in some time in Put-In-Bay.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach on the Miller Ferry approaching Put-In-Bay. Lilac cold should top, khaki shorts, pink/lilac thong sandals, and a floral handbag that picks up the lilac. All purchased over last summer except for the handbag this spring. All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose entrepreneur who began focusing on operating my own business full-time last summer, this is the first time in over a decade I’ve been able to pick up and  travel spontaneously.  And if you’re anything like me, you understand the value of taking time to rest, relax, rejuvenate and reconnect  –– with your significant other –– and even your Creator. It restores the soul. When that happens, we return a better wife, mother, friend, entrepreneur, employee… For me, I’ll also incorporate what I’ve gleaned from this special time into my life coaching, writing, and speaking. That makes the short vacay well spent – putting it in at Put-In-Bay.

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about taking time to rest, relax and rejuvenate? Even if you can’t get away for an extended period, how about a brief road trip? You don’t have to travel far to reap far reaching benefits…

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

 

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 2, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 2, 2018

My sweet hubby surprised me with one of these last night. Heading out and looking forward to time to relax, rest and rejuvenate on our spontaneous road trip! So good for our relationship. Of course I’ll keep you posted – literally!

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Merry & Bright in Myrtle Beach

Merry & Bright in Myrtle Beach

Day 227 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has me feeling merry & bright in Myrtle Beach. Before everyone woke up, my sweet hubby and I got to enjoy breakfast together at the Sea Captain’s House, an iconic restaurant on Ocean Boulevard, located right next door to our condo. I’ve always loved eating here because being seated on the covered patio affords expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean. And if you’re seated in just the right spot, you also get a glimpse of the lush tropical landscaping and colorful flowers that make it look like summer in July instead of the end of the year. One of my favorite things is though the restaurant uses traditional colors for its Christmas decor, when paired with coastal beach, it’s right up my Shabby Chic alley. I’m so glad I didn’t let all of my professional responsibilities stop me from making this trip. Instead, I’m staying on top of my tasks and still feel merry and bright in Myrtle Beach.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach in front of the Sea Captain’s House. There are no walkable restaurants in my suburb back home, so being able to walk outside and across a path for a meal is a treat!
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Our breakfast view of palm trees, sun, sand, sky and miles of ocean – just steps beyond our table.
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Me surrounded by chef Santas, wreaths, garland and lights. Love the juxtaposition of a beach scene painting with the rough-hewn massive fireplace. My hubby took the picture, so he’s a little cut off, but the Sea Captain visible in the left corner and I are dressed alike.                                          I’m in Calvin Klein trumpet sleeve sweater, jeans, booties and handbag.

We’ve been escaping to Myrtle Beach for the last few years because it’s the only way our big fat blended family can truly have time together to bond as our own little unit without other things at home encroaching. Because my husband is an amazing steward of our resources, we’re able to stay in the penthouse. We leave Christmas evening and travel all night so the children (two grown, one a year shy of being an adult, a teen and a tween) can sleep throughout. Now we have the oldest’s four-year-old with us too. That first year, we were like the first half of that Bookin.com commercial where the children lose a shoe and get sick on the flight then arrive at the hotel looking totally bedraggled. Now we’re like the second half when the glee on their faces once they see the panoramic view of the ocean causes the parents to make the score motion as the voice actor says, “Bookin.yeah!”

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Coach, I try to be careful about not posting in a way that makes it look as if I’m living the meme – or the perfect picture. I feel so incredibly blessed to be able to make take this trip – especially considering how a family crisis prevented us from being able to last year as planned. Not having been in two years, one would think I would have been raring to get on the road considering the fact that it’s been a tough two years. Instead, because it’s the first year my children couldn’t be with us, I went into a funk of depression (a D) and almost stayed behind. Thankfully, my husband used some tough love that caused me to come to my senses. As soon as I saw that water, I was like “Bookin.yeah!” myself!  Then, a started reading a novel set in Myrtle Beach! Talk about confirmation I’m meant to be here. If not for my hubby I would have been home feeling down and dark. That makes it even more special that I’m here feeling merry & bright in Myrtle Beach.

If you’re facing the Ds (challenges), how can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose to minimize the obstacle and maximize the opportuities in front of you? Even if a vacation is not in your near future, how can you bring more of the people and places you love into your life this season?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach