It’s Day 88 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and it may be the earliest I’ve ever posted. I’ve looked forward to sharing some of the resale items I scored Saturday, and after taking advantage of the daylight to photograph them, I couldn’t wait to post. Though I spent little money, I got a lot of stuff, so I’m sharing them in a short series. All of these lovingly curated treasures have a few things in common: faith-based/spiritual theme, gold or bronze accents, and found a home in my bedroom. The fact that they’re Shabby Chic inspired is a given!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who believes women crave beauty, comfort and function, not only in our homes, but in our work spaces as well, I hope you are inspired to scout out some inspirational decor for your home or office. Work on the home-front or in the workplace can drive us to our knees. If we surround ourselves with beautiful, inspirational things, rather than loose our minds, we’ll be able to keep the faith.
Day 86 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project whizzed by yesterday and ended with me nodding off before I could post. That was actually a good thing because it meant the girl time spent with one of my dearest friends did the trick. Early morning Zumba, breakfast, a long treasure hunt at Goodwill, and hosting a small alfresco family dinner on my back deck freed my mind from some of the things that have been troubling me enough that I could sleep.
After a good night’s rest, I awoke on Day 87 thankful for my friend and my finds! I love taking someone else’s trash and turning it into treasure. God does too, as Joel Osteen reminded me this morning. He can turn a great mess into greatness. So, I got it from my Daddy!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick whose long-time dream is to curate inspirational items that inspire women’s home and work spaces, yesterday was a return to my decorating roots. Though I’ve come a long way from the young woman who scoured resale shops and flea markets out of necessity and love, I’m still the same woman who has always found true beauty in the things that others have discarded or not noticed.
Perhaps it’s because I’ve been discarded by some or not noticed by others. It makes me thankful that I was sought and lovingly found by my heavenly Father. My husband. And my friends, like Kibby who invited me to lunch when I was new girl in the office. Instantaneously we learned that we’re kindred spirits in the truest sense. We love the Lord, our families, our friends, and a good healthy session of resale retail therapy.
It’s Day 85 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and life has bucked and tried to throw me. This happened to me last week, literally, when the horse I was riding, Piper, started to gallop unexpectedly and almost threw me off. Like then, rather than letting my fear take over, I’m trying to remain calm and am holding on to the saddle to keep me upright and secure.
According to Wikipedia, “The saddle is a supportive structure for a rider (or other load).” My supportive structure is my faith in Jesus Christ, my friends, and the family I chose rather than the one I was born into. I’m holding on to them for dear life. And it is dear. Despite the unexpected, the bumps, the muddy spots, the rocky terrain, the gut-wrenching, the heart-breaking, and the unfathomable hurt, pain, and suffering. This ride we call life is still dear. So I won’t succumb to anything that’s thrown in the way to knock me off the path. Though Satan try to slay me, still, I’ll follow. My Savior. My purpose.
I took a picture of this metal sign that was hung in the office of the stable owner. When I didn’t include it in my post about that day, I felt I’d missed an opportunity. Now I realize God had it on reserve for me to use in this post. He always knows what I need and provides. Crazy as it sounds, it’s giving me strength to continue my journey.
And it’s an amazing one. As of today, while grieving the bittersweet end of one journey, I received the contract for my debut novel to be published. God never ends a chapter without starting another… Seasons of Her Soul will be released in January 2018. The heroin, Lee Gallagher, is well acquainted with being thrown and getting back in the saddle…In sharing her journey, I’ll finally be an author. All praise and glory to God, the Author and Finisher of our faith. I’m so thankful He’s still writing my story.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, who believes the purpose in any of my pain is to coach, encourage and inspire other women to live their best lives, I hope this post and this slogan does that for you…Whatever your journey. Wherever you are in your story. Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Soul Sisters, whether you’re on the home-front, the workplace or both, we’ve all got something in common with the women who came before us. We’ve all got our own trail to braze. So let’s saddle up our horses. It’s not time to be thrown by fear, heartbreak, or whatever obstacles we face. It’s time to keep calm and ride on.
It’s Day 84 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Project, and I’ve shown the deck off our second-floor bedroom enough love that it’s become a cozy place to read and write if I don’t want to sit on the front porch or the back deck. I’d posted a few pictures when I first found this gorgeous peacock chair at TJ Maxx and I’d borrowed the plastic floor mats from the front porch until I could find the right rug for this space, but now, with its own rug and a brass table that are weather-resistant, it feels finished, especially since the table plays well with the brass on the light fixture that was already there. The wicker-look chest stores the Simply Shabby Chic pillow and chair cushion when not in use and makes it a comfortable and functional space.
Still, I needed to bring the pretty. Never would I have guessed it would come in the form of succulents. They’ve become so popular lately, but I really wasn’t a fan. That was until I found a way to Shabby Chic them. When I spotted miniature pink pots at TJ Maxx (of course), I filled them with sage green succulents that bring out the soft green in the chair. So pretty! Now the space is not only comfortable and functional, it’s beautiful too.
With everything pulled together, I have a serene sanctuary that is an extension of the one I’ve created inside. Well, it will be serene once the demo next door is done. Looking on the bright side, it will be fun part for me to watch the house undergo its transformation.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who adores decorating, it’s always been my dream to share my home with others. I know my style isn’t for everyone, but I hope some will be inspired, if not to replicate what I’ve done, to at least be intentional about making all the spaces in your someplace and/or workspace not only comfortable and functional, but beautiful as well. Sometimes that requires being open to new things or using items differently than everyone else. Succulents can be used to create vignettes at home and even to bring a bit of nature into the office. They’re low or no maintenance, depending on real or artificial. I love that I can leave them outside and am so pleasantly surprised by how lovely I find the them. Now that they’ve been Shabby-Chic-ed of course!
Though Day 83 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has technically passed, I’d like to share how the day’s image consultation reinforced the importance of dressing to impress in our careers. When seeking a new position or a promotion, I’ve found it pays to dress for the role you want instead of simply dressing for the one you have. Not only have I seen the benefits of this practice in my own career in the education, corporate and non-profit sectors, as an Image Consultant, I’ve watched smart, competent, qualified women whose professional packaging didn’t match those qualities be passed over time and again. By being savvy and chic about their professional sense of style, however, these same women have not only been promoted, they’ve experienced advanced acceleration in their careers.
When I was made homeless by my abusive wasband (was + husband), I literally had no clothes but the ones on my back. Another woman who understood the importance of having a good suit for interviewing purchased one for me. She also paid for me to have my hair done. I’ll forever be grateful to her for the boost to my confidence and esteem…
After making a whirlwind return to the workforce and working nine months (I called it a school year) as a pre-K teacher in an early childhood center so my toddler and preschool children could go to work with me, I maximized my business degree and Elementary Education degrees to land my then dream job as a Kinder Care Director (90% discount on tuition – Hello!). When I interviewed with the recruiter for the Assistant Director opening, I wore the suit. My friend, now husband, questioned why I’d wear a suit to work in a child care center. “Because I’m dressing for the Director job I want.” And sure enough, the recruiter called the district manager and told her, “This one’s Director in Training material.” Soon after that, I was flown to Minnesota and driven by limousine to interview for a directorship at Childtime. Mind you – I was living in subsidized housing by then and driving a disreputable van that I had to park out of sight for interviews. But I didn’t look like that. I looked like a Director. So I received offers from the world’s two largest corporate child care providers in the airport on my way home to the projects. When I told KinderCare I was going to go with Childtime, the Director in Training role became Director position. Not all because of the suit, but largely because of it. I’d like to think I had a little something to do with it and I know God’s hand was all over it.
Another example of dressing to impress in order to get the role you want is with one of my image consultation clients who was one of the most valuable players on her team who helped the attorneys to get their jobs done. Her professional packaging was doing her no favors and her contributions went unnoticed. Following our initial consultation where we revamped her work wardrobe so her outside was an accurate reflection of her inner rockstar, she was no longer invisible and began to receive the recognition she deserved. Then, when we completed a makeover so she could run for a high level position in Toastmasters, she exceeded everyone’s expectations by being elected to and excelling in that high responsibility/visibility role. Again, the clothes and makeup didn’t get her the position, her hard work did, but they didn’t hurt her either.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who loves dressing just to dress, I love dressing women and addressing their sense of style barriers just as much. Doing so today was incredibly rewarding. And so much fun! My Pink Collar Savvy & Chic client has already made so many investments in her professional development. I can’t wait to watch her advance as she maximizes her new sense of style and dresses to impress so she can land the job she wants and live her best professional life.
What about you? Where are you on the dress to impress continuum? Whether you’re on the home front, in the workplace or both, do you need to own your sense of style to put your best foot forward and feel your best? I’d love to support you. Please email me to schedule a complimentary assessment. Thank you!
Day 82 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has me feeling like a shero – or my name for a female hero. The news that one of my male coaching clients has completed the second two phases of the three phase plan we partnered together to create was so rewarding. I supported him in setting goals that aligned with his purpose, helped him to establish action steps and encouraged him along the way. Then he took those steps and ran with them! The final phase was landing his dream job – check! I was so proud I jumped high enough to leap a tall building with a single bound!
As wonderful as hearing his news was, having him express that I’ve helped him more than I know makes me feel like I can take on the coaching world.
My purpose in life is to maximize my unique God-given strengths to coach, encourage, and inspire women to live live their best lives, all to the glory of God. The fact that this special man came to trust God and surrender control of his life to Him somewhere along his journey brings glory big time! And it reminds me that although my heart is to help women, serving as a powerful change agent in the life of a male is also a worthy endeavor.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, I’m to use my coaching superpowers to be a shero for the good of all.
What about you? What is your superpower? How are you using it to be a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Shero? At home? At work?
Day 81 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was a rollercoaster ride. With a lot of important personal and professional phone and face-to-face meetings on my agenda, I didn’t expect the ugly rumor weed to rear its ugly head in the middle of my day with all kinds of allegations about a woman who exemplifies everything Pink Collar Savvy & Chic. If you’ve ever read one of my posts on a Tuesday night, it’s usually written as I watch Joanna Gaines and her husband Chip on HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper.
My love affair with interior design began when I was a little girl and it lead me to earn my first degree in that field. Then, straight out of college, I worked as a designer for one of Cincinnati’s then premier design firms. I landed some A-list clients and loved that part of the job but hated selling things, which caused me to return to school for my teaching degree. Even so over the last twenty-five years, I’ve always done freelance work and then launched Pink Collar Savvy & Chic, which includes interior design consultation services.
All that to say, Joanna Gaines is a girl after my own heart. Add the fact that she’s a faith-filled woman of God and that makes her my Sister in Christ. Receiving an email full of rumors that she was fired for breaking her contract, had been hiding things from Chip about her dealings and was making statements about HGTV holding her back didn’t ring true to me. Still, the email caused me to do some research, all of which seemed to indicate that there might be some truth to the rumors.
That is until I came upon the article below from The Christian Post. In it, Joanna Gaines refuted all of the rumors in this and other articles written by the same online newspaper about this trending topic.
The designer is requesting help from fans to stop the rumor by way of sharing the posts containing the truth via social media. And I’m a HUGE fan.
I’ve been one since I watched the pilot episode back in October of 2013. If I remember correctly, it came on about 1AM. I was up because I’d just had a hysterectomy and was on what was supposed to be a six-week medical leave. Due to complications, it turned into nine weeks. Watching that episode may have been the first time I was able to focus on something other than my constant pain. And everything I’ve seen and read of Joanna Gaines, including her book, The Magnolia Story has inspired me – as a woman of God, wife, mom, creative spirit, designer, blogger. She even sports a plaid shirt with such style that she’s got me wearing them! That fact alone speaks to how influential she’s been in my my life. Joanna is multiracial with Lebanese, German and Korean in the mix. As a dark-haired, dark-eyed girl who is a bit of a melting pot myself, I LOVE how she owns her unique beauty and sense of style. And whether you have any interest in design or not, it’s pretty hard not to notice the phenomena she (and Chip) are. Just check online, media, bookstores, furniture retailers, etc.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, I hope you’ll join me in helping another one to by reading/liking/sharing/reposting this blog post and/or the above link. We’ve all been a victim of rumors ourselves at one time or another. Let’s spread the truth to slam the ones about our Savvy & Chic Soul Sister. I’d appreciate it and know she will too. Thank you!