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!
Yesterday, Day 151 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project started off rough. I had plans for the weekend to dance with my Zumba tribe Friday night and to do lunch with a dear friend from my teaching days today. Thursday night, however, I developed a sore throat. When I woke up yesterday morning after a fitful night’s sleep with what felt like the beginning of a cold, my first thought was, No, tonight’s Zumba for the Cure! My second was, And I’m supposed to have lunch with Terri tomorrow! Considering the week I’ve had dealing with my Ds, I desperately needed the time with my new Zumba friends and my old friend of nearly twenty years.
Desperate may sound like an exaggeration, but I knew I was in a desperate time when I turned to DayQuil as first resort! Next, I decided to give the networking meeting I’d planned to attend a miss. I’d been looking forward to it, and brunch with a member afterward, but felt lousy enough that I knew I needed to rest if I had any hope of being up for two hours of dancing. I spent the day doing nothing more taxing than responding to emails and by 6PM felt as if I could at least get to the Zumbathon, even if I didn’t last the duration.
It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that as soon as I arrived, the palpable positive energy of all in attendance rejuvenated me. Back in 2014, following an emergency hysterectomy and a second surgery a few months prior, I experienced a breast cancer scare of my own, one where the doctors thought I was at stage four right up until the biopsy results. The benign tumor was large enough that it had to be removed anyway. It was a nightmare, but nothing compared to what the brave women fighting cancer actually live through. Dancing with the new friends I’ve made since I started doing Zumba to regain my health after my female diagnoses was and is such good medicine for me! I truly feel better when I’m dancing, especially when it’s For The Cure.
Thankfully, this morning, Day 152 of the Project, there was no trace of a sore throat. I got an uninterrupted night’s sleep and woke up ready to dance again and to do my lunch date. Terri and I go back twenty years. Although we rarely see one another because of, well, life, whenever we do, it’s like we just pushed pause on our last conversation. At one point, when I was a Leadership Coach at 4C for Children, I told her about a vacancy and she came to work in the same department as my dear friend, Kibby. The three of us had a ball at Cracker Barrel just bonding over our personal and professional lives. Good food; good friends! As much was we all talked, Terri and Kibby made sure I got to talk about my troubles. Being able to openly share what I’ve been going through lifted the weight a bit, and it was so obvious that they were willing to help me bear it (Galatians 6:2). In addition, Terri had some personal (and hilarious) insight into the situation because she was around when I was married to my wasband! Laughter is also good medicine!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who understands that some of life’s greatest lessons are those we learn as children, though I wasn’t a Girl Scout, I’ll use their admonition: Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold. The Bible tells us that someone who has one true friend is rich. I have many. Some silver. Some gold. All invaluable. All treasured.
How about you? When was the last time you connected with that old friend – not just on Facebook but in real time?
I’m not going to lie. Day 148 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was one of the hardest I’ve had in a long time. The Ds that I was dealing with yesterday sent me plummeting emotionally today and at one point, I was close to despair, feeling as if the change of hearts I am waiting on will never come. But often times, it’s in the our darkest hours that God’s love for us shines through and illuminates just what we need. The Daily Dose from The Smile Jar reminded me that a new day brings new strength. Then, the verse in my daily devotional was “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31). I needed the reminder. And may I mention my Zumba mentors?
Usually, I only see two of the instructors who have been instrumental in me becoming one myself on Wednesday nights. This week, however, because our local Zumba for the Cure is this Friday night, our Monday night instructor danced with us so we can represent well when we party in pink to fight breast cancer. The energy this trio puts out is amazing and dancing with them lifted my burden to the degree that the smile on my face was probably the first heartfelt one all day. Each of them is Pink Collar Savvy & Chic in her own unique way, so when they began mentoring me almost two years ago, I dubbed them all with names that depict how I see them.
Beauty and Brains – Jodi
This playful, sassy wife and mamma of two has a serious side. She’s a rocket scientist.
Beauty and 3x a Lady – Kara
Not only does this multitasking mom of triplets teach Zumba, she teaches school all day.
Beauty and Strength – Angelique
Graceful as a ballerina & fierce on the dance floor, she lifts weights & wins competitions.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who knows that women taking the time to invest in one another makes a world of difference, not only in us making our dreams come true, but in dealing with our Ds, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to my mentors. If you’ve had days where coming to teach wasn’t as appealing as it sometimes is, please know, if I was there, you made a difference. Just by coming to dance with us. I’m not the only one who feels this way. In fact, one of our newer regulars and I had a conversation tonight after class extolling al the positive benefits of dancing. Burning the calories, getting the heart rate up, dancing our stress and sadness away. Finding community, friends and our tribe. Not to mention, mentors…
Oh, and if you’ve never given Zumba a try, October is breast cancer awareness month. Zumbathons for The Cure are being held in various locations…You may just find your fit!