It’s Day 18 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose Project and I’m feeling so much love after a belated birthday dance party! Yesterday evening when I rushed from work to teach my Thursday Zumba class, finding a good # of friendly frequent participants, plus seeing the dear face of Osha –– a visitor from another gym where I dance on Saturdays and occasionally sub –– provided a needed energy boost. Then as the class went on more visitors showed up in the form of my sweet Zumba sister, Cookie –– we got licensed together –– and one of my marvelous mentors, Marina. With sensational Sonya assisting –– she yells verbal cues when my asthma prevents me –– all of the amazing Zumba loving ladies celebrated my 50th with a belated birthday dance party!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose Swan who just turned 50, if I had any concerns about dealing with the Ds –– barriers or challenges women face (depression, discouragement, dread, etc.) –– when I hit 50, they’ve been blown away by other Ds –– like dancing and a belated birthday dance party!
The next time you’re facing a milestone that presents potential challenges, I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose and minimize your barriers with whatever benefits not only the body but the soul to maximize your beauty and best lives, too.
It’s Day 6 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and like most Saturdays, it was about fitness and friendship. One day early in our relationship, my now Swan Sister, Kibby, invited me to attend Zumba at her athletic club during a lunch break at work. Going on seven years later, we’re still working out. Doing fitness (sometimes food) and fitness.
While we’ve had amazing instructors come and go, Marvelous Marina is still with us and has become not only one of my Zumba mentors, but a dear friend. Dancing with her, learning from her and supporting one another –– she’s attended both book fairs for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, and I sub for her and serve as wingman whenever needed in class. This morning, she gave a shout out for my upcoming birthday on Monday. She’s filling in for another Zumba sis and invited the class to join us that evening to celebrate my 50th. I’m also looking forward to hanging out with her and another friend afterwards.
For me, Zumba provides so much more than a chance to exercise. It’s a chance to appreciate music, express myself through dance and connect with The One who made it all. Through fitness, I experience friendship AKA fellowship with beautiful, strong, amazing women.
I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and either engage in exercise you’ve neglected or find your fit –– be it dance or another form. There’s a good chance you may find friendship, too.
Though I’ve lost track of the Day #, The Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project it’s still in effect, including preparing for the annual Zumba for the Cure, AKA Party in Pink! The event is held to promote awareness and raise support to fight breast cancer. That being the case, when my marvelous mentor, Marina, suggested we shoot a video of the song, “Here to Stay”, I’m leading at this Friday night’s event –– Marina has me do a few routines in her Saturday class –– our Weekend Zumba Warriors enthusiastically jumped in with a fighting spirit – literally!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose breast cancer scare survivor –– I had a huge tumor the doctors thought was stage four removed in 2014 –– I hope you enjoyed the video (Thanks Marina and everyone who joined in). These women are fierce! So is every woman who has ever faced this particular disease –– a huge D or challenge! Every year God uses all in attendance and especially the women who are actively fighting cancer, yet dance the whole two hours, to inspire me. Often we close with “This is My Fight Song”…So I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and will support Breast Cancer Awareness events like this one during the month of October, as well as having a mamogram and/or encouraging others to do so…More posts about this coming as we continue preparing for our Party in Pink!