Adding a Diverticulitis Diagnosis to the Ds

Adding a Diverticulitis Diagnosis to the Ds

It’s Day 162 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m adding a diverticulitis diagnosis to my Ds. Some of you regular readers know I haven’t been feeling well for a few weeks. Yesterday and last night were so bad I finally broke down and went to the doctor today. Many of you also know that the Ds refers to the various barriers we Pink Collar women face like diagnosis, depression, dysfunctional relationships, discrimination, divorce, death, etc., etc. So when my doctor examined me and diagnosed me with diverticulitis, or infection in the intestines that can develop  as we near our fifties, I laughed to myself and thought, Another D!

As much as I didn’t like this diagnosis, I’m relieved that it’s something that’s easily treated with antibiotics. While I waited on the two she prescribed, I grabbed a green tea chai latte. Apparently, I looked a little green too because the barista handed me my cup with the below message scribbled on it. The soothing tea and the smiley face with no nose made my day…Some of you may  be thinking, why is she sharing all of this? TMI! Well, as much as I want to encourage women, I also want to be transparent enough that women who are dealing with diagnosis and other Ds know you are not alone.

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who has so many things going on, it’s frustrating to have yet another D cause me to miss things like an important meeting today, Zumba yesterday and today when I’m supposed to be preparing to teach my first full class at the Y this weekend, and working on revisions to meet my debut novel book deadline. Still, I’m thankful that I’ve learned to listen to my body and take a break when I need it, even when it means letting some other things go undone for a while. I’m also thankful for my Pink Collar Savvy & Chic barista who took a moment to wish me well. And I’m especially thankful for my Pink Collar Savvy & Chic doctor who made time in her busy schedule for a sick visit to diagnose me. Even though it added another D to the list!

How about you? Are you dealing with any diagnoses that have you down? Yet another D? If so, listen to your body and practice good self care. I pray you encounter small acts of kindness that heal your body and spirit.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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There’s No Place Like Home After a Whole Day Assertiveness Workshop/Work Week

There’s No Place Like Home After a Whole Day Assertiveness Workshop/Work Week

“Mama tired,” is what I told one of our Sole Supporters as I sank into a chair following the massive pack up of our workshop at its conclusion. I coined the term for our High Heeled Success workshop helpers, and boy were we thankful for them yesterday! The night before, when we didn’t have any because one of the most faithful recently moved and others couldn’t make it, it took my partner in crime and me four hours to set up. Combine that with the fact that the actual workshop day started at 6:15am so we could arrive at 8am, start promptly at 9am, and then go non-stop until 4pm. The hour lunch break doesn’t count as we have to get ready for the afternoon segment. When the workshop ended, the networking began. Debrief and thankfully dinner concluded the day. All that not to complain, but to explain why I’m tuckered out. In fact, I haven’t ventured beyond my back deck today because for me, there truly is no place like home after a whole day workshop. Or a work week for that matter.

I’ve been a Joel Osteen fan for years but am still always amazed by how God uses him to speak directly to me every time I watch. His message this morning was on weariness and how we need to practice good self care when we’ve worked hard. Prior to setting up for the workshop Friday, I attended an early networking event with H7 Evolve, met with my book coach, and updated my business materials to reflect The Swan Experience (updates on that in another blog) so I could distribute during the workshop.

Years ago, when I first consulted Kay Fittes, High Heeled Success’ CEO, about operating my business full-time, I explained how I thought that would give me more work life balance. She warned me that to the contrary, if entrepreneurs are not careful, we can work all of the time. Now I understand her caution! But it’s not just business owners who have to be intentional about making time to be at home when much of our lives have us out and about. Even those who work from home or are full-time home makers may find ourselves flying all over the place so much that home is just a landing pad.

That’s why today, other than making a quick run for coffee supplies, because home just isn’t home without coffee, I’m laying low right here. Rather than a landing pad, I’m using it as a power docking station. It’s officially fall, so I’m enjoying the velvet pumpkins I’ve sprinkled throughout my rooms. Later I may read, watch a movie, or even re-watch Season I of “Victoria”. Regardless of what I do, it will serve the purpose of recharging my batteries so I can go out and live my purpose coaching, encouraging and inspiring women, all to His glory.

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White Shabby Chic inspired velvet pumpkins are my take on autumn decor.                                     The purple one was a DIY project featured in a previous post. 
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Pretty pink Shabby Chic inspired velvet pumpkin.                                                                                    Sign hanging above the door visible through pass-through is so true for me and my hubby too.                                           

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, home really is my happy place. That’s why I take pictures of it and share about it with you readers. I hope something you see or read here on the blog causes you to truly make home your happy place too. After all, we spend so much time working, whether that’s on the home front or in the workplace, and whether we’ve spent a weekend presenting a workshop or doing other work related things, that most of us can relate to what Dorthy longed for as she clicked her heels and repeated, “There’s no place like home”.

How intentional are you about taking time to be at home? About making it your happy place?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Doing Impromptu Coaching, Lunch and Life – Anyway

Doing Impromptu Coaching, Lunch and Life – Anyway

Day 132 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was one that felt a bit like a roller coaster ride. After experiencing a high day yesterday during equally magical workshop planning and writing group meetings, I woke up anticipating another top of the world day. After all, I was going to finally submit everything required to have my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, published and I had a lunch date to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday/reunite with one of my former coachees, a young woman who has now become just as dear to my heart. In the midst of finalizing our plans, I received some distressing news that sent my spirit plummeting. When I texted that to my friend Julie, she asked if we should shoot for another day. Rather than reschedule, I asked if we could chat instead. I’d had the pleasure of training her to be a life coach and knew she had mad skills and so was cautiously optimistic that by the time she was done with me, I’d want to do lunch anyway.

Julie, who has the looks of Martina MacBride and the heart of Mother Teresa, responded,  “Please call me.” Even though it’s her birthday and I should have been encouraging her, she talked me off the ledge. She rocked our impromptu coaching session out, and before I knew it, my spirit was climbing back up simply because she took the time to cover all the coaching bases – making me feel safe, being non judgmental, sharing a little about her own experience so I knew she could relate, asking powerful questions and then truly listening, letting me lead the conversation, helping me to establish some action steps, and finally just assuring me that she’s in it with me.

After we adjusted our meeting time slightly, I quickly added a note to the gift tag attached to her birthday gift – a framed print of Mother Teresa. It read: “Sweet Julie, you see Mother Teresa in everyone, but you are the one who has her heart.” Now, in spite of my distressing news, I really couldn’t wait to do lunch (Sushi!) anyway. Spirit way back up!

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Pink Collar Coach with Julie AKA Mother Teresa – not just to me, but to so many others.              Since it was a warm 71 degrees today, we ate our sushi alfresco. My cold shoulder long sleeve top and stretch jeans with peep toe heels made a great transition outfit as it kept me cool and warm enough! Red lipstick  is not my go-to, but Maybelline’s On Fire Red is an exception.                         It brings out the red stripe and gives me a chance to carry my red bag. All Calvin Klein.
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I used to be Briana’s assigned life coach, now, I’m in her life as a coach for the long haul.            Julie says we look like twins/mother and daughter.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who loves the meaningful lyrics in country music, Martina MacBride’s “Anyway” is a favorite. In fact, it’s one of the songs I covered on the  sampler CD I recorded to accompany Seasons of Her Soul (I hope to put it on MP3 as well).  Prior to Julie providing me with some impromptu coaching, I felt like the truth in these opening lines were enough to keep me low all day:

You can spend your whole life building

                                                             Something from nothin’

                                            One storm can come and blow it all away 

But then, after lunch and just doing just a little bit of life with two Savvy & Chic Soul Sisters, my spirit was  lifted enough that I could come home, submit my book, get on with life, and basically take action on what the last line in the stanza says:

Do it anyway.

What about you? Have ever been the provider or recipient of impromptu coaching? How has it steadied a roller coaster day?

Also, those lyrics are a reminder to keep praying for all of those who are suffering due to Harvey, Irma and the fires.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

 

 

Savvy & Chic Solution for Storm Sleep Deprivation

Savvy & Chic Solution for Storm Sleep Deprivation

Yesterday, Day 122 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was Labor Day, and after a fun day sunning myself by the pool, I was too tuckered out to blog. Thinking I’d sleep like a log, instead I woke up to a violent thunder storm. Between the booming thunder and intense flashes of lightening, I was miserable…Despite many futile attempts to go back to sleep, I finally just got up and began Day 123 of the project by getting right to work before the crack of dawn.

Despite getting a lot done, because interrupted sleep is sometimes worse than no sleep for me, I felt the lack all day long. I was productive, but worked at a much slower pace than normal. Chocking my lathargy up to sleep deprivation, I’m determined to get a decent night’s sleep tonight. If you’re anything like me, having a good solution for stormy nights or simple sleeplessness can ensure you’re fresh for whatever’s on your agenda the next day.

  1. Comfy sleepwear
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Pretty, pink, plush pjs – or a robe. I’m a freeze cat, so this beauty ensures I sleep snug as a bug. Calvin Klein at Marshall’s.

 

2. Sleep mask and/or black out window treatments

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Shabby Chic looking satin sleep mask. I found this years ago at Michael’s. They would have helped last with had I not forgotten they were still packed away from vacation! My stepson keeps black out curtains drawn in his room and he can sleep through just about anything!

3. An inviting bed

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Soft, pretty Shabby Chic bedding makes me want to make up the bed.                                                Climbing into a neat bed seems much more relaxing than a tangled mess of sheets.                                              A high thread count adds makes for luxury. Missing finial due to children jumping on the bed!

4. Unplug the Power and Plug In to Prayer

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At bedtime, I try to refrain from looking at the phone after a certain time. Instead, I read a selection from my daily devotional and pray. Sometimes I neglect this and always sleep worse…

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who didn’t get enough sleep and is feeling the affects of sleep deprivation, I’m looking forward to practicing what I preach. I’ve got on my comfy robe, am about to read, and will put on my mask when I close my eyes to pray. That also means, I’m wrapping up this quick blog and unplugging for a bit.

I hope everyone has a great day at home or the office tomorrow after sleeping well tonight.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

It’s Still Summer, Let’s Savor It!

It’s Still Summer, Let’s Savor It!

Day 116 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, has me wondering why we are rushing through the season. When I was a child, school started after Labor Day and only opened when the pool closed. Then I became a teacher and things sped up a little. School started midway through the week before. Now that was fun. Not! The children were still in full-on summer mode, and just when we teachers were able to establish some semblance of school year order over the three days we were in session, the students had a three day weekend and we were back to square one. Fast forward, literally, and our school district started August 15th! Why the hurry?

It’s the same with the holidays. In yesterday’s post I shared about turning my tragic cubby under the stairs into beautiful, comfortable, functional She Storage space (Thank you to the great response to the post!). While out shopping for the few items I added, I noticed some garish Halloween decor on display. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to the dressing up or trick-or-treating, but when did scaring the living daylights out of children with truly frightening items that look demonic become fun? Nevertheless, I was more appalled by the how the retailers have followed the schools’ cue and moved into Halloween before we even get to Labor Day. Not only that, the Thanksgiving decor is fighting for space on the shelves to the degree I felt as if I’d entered some weird time warp where the holidays collide. Christmas decor will be out by Halloween at this rate!

Somewhat disheartened and a little disappointed with my beloved TJMaxx for rushing me through the season (I want to score great deals on holiday decor but don’t appreciate having to think about it this early), I went home and savored summer. That meant putting out my Simply Shabby Chic pillows and rolling out the pretty pink dhurrie rug (Indian flat-woven rug) I’m using in lieu of the plastic floor mats my hubby said were ruining the wood because air couldn’t move beneath them. Happy oops for me since it meant I got to move those to the bedroom deck and found this beauty. Reading and enjoying a cup of coffee in in this outdoor living space beats the living room any day.

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Front porch. The colors in the rug speak to the cement angel kitty and angel, as well as the mosaic rose pots and impatiens. The gazing balls reflect the all of the pink.                                              An elephant with an upturned trunk is a sign of welcome. Cut off in the pic, but not real life!
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My only  gnome. I don’t usually like, but his Shabby Chic patina & love of reading won me over.
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My view  from upstairs on a summer day.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Chick who was born in the summer of ’69, I love this time of year. God did so good on summer! I don’t want to miss it because of school district decisions or retail marketing strategies. Soon enough, fall, and then winter will be upon us. I hope this Labor Day weekend, with opportunities for biking, barbecues, horseback riding, picnics, sports, swimming, walks, and so many other activities, that you’ll get outside. And that you’ll do it after Labor Day. Even if it means leaving the office a little early, or – wait for it – on time…It’s summer now, and will be for the next three weeks. Let’s be intentional, slow down and savor it.

How do you plan to savor summer?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Bob Evans Brunch Down on the Farm Following Fitness

Bob Evans Brunch Down on the Farm Following Fitness

What a great way to celebrate Day 100 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project. Zumba and yummy brunch at Bob Evans. Dancing, having a meal together after praying, and then catching up on life with a friend who is more like a sister is a perfect way for me to spend Saturday mornings. Kibby and I have been doing this for five years now but are unfortunately experiencing turn over with our teachers. After our class recently moved to an earlier time (hence brunch instead of lunch like before), it is now being cancelled after next Saturday. Our instructor was made another offer to teach dance elsewhere and it was too good for her to refuse. Though we’re happy for her, it’s a total bummer that our class is going away. That’s the bad news.

The good news is, since we are experiencing similar turnover at the Y where I’ve subbed for a few years, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and get my certification as I mentioned in a previous post. This just makes me more determined. Hopefully I’ll be able to take over both classes. It’s a double win for me because the Y is going to pay 75-100% of my training cost, and if I begin teaching at the other gym, I’ll get a free membership (I’ve gone as Kibby’s guest all these years). Zumba certification is costly as are gym memberships, so if any of you are interested in teaching, you can find classes on line by googling Zumba Trainings near you. Being AED and CPR certified is also required. Local fires stations offer these trainings. I hope you find this info helpful.

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The wall mural makes us look as if we really are down on the farm!                                                     I’d just rummaged in my bag for my wallet to pay the bill, hence it and my umbrella sticking up! Kibby is gorgeous in her animal print and I’m in my Calvin Klein. We both know what we like! 
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Our server was awesome and captured the above picture, however he cut off our shoes.  These Calvin Klein gold braided wedge mules are oldies but goodies. They pair perfectly with the  Calvin Klein cork and its gold accents. An image consultant client bartered it for services.      That’s savvy!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who understands the value of women being in life with one another, it is SO worth it for me to add “Certified Zumba Instructor” to my Pink Collar Portfolio Career. It’s another tool in my Coach’s belt since many of my image consultations involve addressing the issues most of us have with our bodies. Being more knowledgeable about fitness will benefit the women I work with. Besides, I adore dancing and have always wanted to teach it, so this is a dream come true.  Even if that wasn’t the case, I would do it anyway because as much as dance feeds my soul, time with my Soul Sister does that in spades. Getting certified and teaching the class will ensure we have many more years of Brunch Down on the Farm (or Lunch at BWs) Following Fitness!

~Pink Collar Coach

Pink Collar Coach’s Outdoor Office

Pink Collar Coach’s Outdoor Office

Following a morning meeting, Day 97 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was the perfect day to work outdoors. In such a beautiful setting, it’s no surprise that I had a productive day working on the front matter (everything that comes before the story actually begins) for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. I finished my dedication page and even fashioned it into a poem, completed the epigraph page, and secured an endorsement from an award winning author. It along with one from a former Cincy Enquirer book reviewer have me that much closer to being able to submit everything I need to meet the January 2018 publication target.

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My back deck served as my office today. White wicker in weather resistant resin from Menards. was a Mother’s Day gift from my hubby a few years ago. We had to search high and low for white So happy I didn’t settle! Simply Shabby Chic pillows ($5 clearance at Target) are easily tucked away in wicker look storage container from Culver. The garden stool got a fresh coat of white spray paint this weekend to hide years’ worth of wear. Sisal rug was $20 at Walmart.                                                                      The pop of bright green in the birdbath was a $2.50 clearance score from my local grocer. It was filthy and broken. Cleaned up and repaired, it fills an empty corner with color.                                                                                                My Mac Air in it’s Hot Lips Pink Speck case from Best Buy makes it so Pink Collar Savvy & Chic.  
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My youngest stepson has an interest in and a talent for photography. When I asked him to snap a pic for me, he jumped right in and took several. Me, Pink Collar Coach in a lace top and A-line skirt, both Calvin Klein. 
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My love of pink is evident amidst the beautiful greenery of the woods that is our backyard:     Pink Calvin Klein sunglasses, Timex oversized watch, geraniums and petunias,                                  and even my low calorie drink! 

I’m very  blessed to have outdoor spaces like I do, but prior to me being intentional about making them extensions of our indoor space, they were underused. Now, most days, my youngest stepson can be found with his feet propped up on the wicker catching some rays (with lots of sunscreen of course). And last week, my hubby even suggested we have dinner on the deck when my oldest stepson stopped by.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who wants to inspire others to live their best lives, I  hope these pictures will cause you to want to get outside. You can create a functional oasis in your outdoor space too. It doesn’t require a ton of money, it just takes some imagination and intentionality. Now is a great time to pick up outdoor furniture on clearance at retailers and you can always visit garage and yard sales, flea markets, and second hand stores for treasures. Once you’ve scored or repurposed your finds, take your laptop, cell phone, notepad and pen or whatever you’re working on, and try to work on it surrounded by nature.  If you’re anything like me, whether paying household bills, filling out mounds of back to school paperwork, preparing the Sunday School lesson, or a report for the next staff meeting, you’ll enjoy the task more in your outdoor office.