Zumba Love Is Why I’m Now Heartsaver CPR and AED Certified

Zumba Love Is Why I’m Now Heartsaver CPR and AED Certified

It’s Day 203 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and my intense Zumba love is why I spent the early part of the day at my local fire department getting certified in Heartsaver CPR and AED. Though I’m a former teacher and child care center director and was required to have First Aid and CPR training in those roles, AED (automated external defibrillator) is new to me. The course has been revised to reflect advances in technology as well as the demographics and needs of the individuals served. To say times have changed in the last six years since I last attended a full course is a huge understatement! I’m so thankful becoming a certified Zumba instructor presented this professional development opportunity. Especially since I can use it in my personal life too. Because of it, I feel much more confident about my ability to help save a life during a Zumba class, or outside one, now that I’m Heartsaver CPR and AED certified. img_0617.jpg The training I attended is through the American Heart Association, which is commited to everyone being healthy in heart and mind. Their answer for why they do what they do: Life is Why. When I got home, bookish as I am, I studied the Student Workbook provided by the AHA more in-depthly. At the front of it, course participants are encouraged to discover our Why. The questions to ask ourselves are: What are the moments, people and experiences I live for? What brings me joy, wonder, and happiness? Why am I partnering with AHA to help save lives? Why is cardiovascular care important to me? On the most basic level, all of my answers have to do with Zumba, since that was the primary reason I got certified. But on a deeper level, I’m a Life Coach who believes strongly in a holistic coaching approach. As such, I’m committed to the health and wellness of every woman in my world. So, in a sense, you’re my Why.

After discovering our Why, there’s an offer to participate in the AHA’s mission and Life Is Why campaign. I accepted the offer and completed the above activity by filling in the blank with what describes my Why. The next step is sharing my “Zumba Love Is Why” with the people I love and to ask them to discover their Why. That means you!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach with Firefighter Ryan, our Heartsaver CPR and AED Instructor. The artwork is a drawing by talented Lakota East High School students.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Coach I love Zumba so much because I love life and know how much excercise can contribute to a long, healthy, happy one.  I hope that in sharing, I’ve encouraged you to think about experiencing more of life’s precious moments. Through dancing. Through taking better care of your heart and your health. Perhaps by considering your Why and then demonstrating it by sharing this post. Maybe you’ll get certified and join the Chain of Survival. In our world where heart disease, poor diet and excercise, drug abuse and other illnessess run rampant, you never know, we might just save a life…This morning I thought I was just a Zumba loving instructor getting my Heartsaver CPR and AED certification. Discovering my Why and sharing with you means I got so much more than I bargained for.

What’s your Why? What Savvy & Chic on Purpose action steps will you take because of it? How could getting certified help you in your personal life? Professionally?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

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A Warm Welcome Back from My Awesome Weekend Zumba Crew

A Warm Welcome Back from My Awesome Weekend Zumba Crew

It’s Day 184 of the Pink Collar Savvy Savvy and Chic on Purpose Project and this morning I received a such a warm welcome back from my awesome weekend Zumba crew that it warmed my heart. During the week I dance at my local YMCA and know the ladies from living in the community and having children in the same schools. Because we’re connected through our group Zumba page, other social media and via text, they know why I’ve been out for a month due to illness. Not so with my Saturday Fitworks crew. My friend Kibby has a membership and I attend as her guest, so while I’m friendly with the women in class, we only know each other by first name and aren’t in touch during the week. That made the warm welcome that greeted me even sweeter.

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Fitworks Zumba Crew                                                                                                                               Me, Pink Collar Coach front row, outside right in Calvin Klein athletic wear. 

While the ladies in class didn’t have my contact info, because I’m a newly certified Zumba instructor, our teacher, Marina, located me through our Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Zumba group to let me know she’d missed me in class. Marina replaced our long time teacher only a few months ago, so it moved me that she went the extra mile to contact me. When I replied explained I was sick, she sent her well wishes and prayers. Also, because I’m short, I always stand in front directly to her left. She told me “Your spot is empty right now and waiting for you to fill it.” That little message motivated me to get better so I could get back.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who dances not only because I love it, but because I need it, I’m not gonna lie. Today was hard. My stomach hurt all last night and I woke up with a throbbing headache. I thought, How am I going to dance when I still don’t feel good? Then I remembered, I ALWAYS feel better when I’m dancing. I pushed through and got to class but was exhausted. After about twenty minutes of low intensity dancing I was ready to sit down. Forty minutes in I thought I was going to pass out. Marina stopped dancing for a moment to check on me after I took a few puffs of my inhaler and then bent over double in pain. Unable to join in for the first half of a new song, I watched the cool choreography and listened to the empowering lyrics and had to jump back in. By the end of the hour, I was so glad I’d come. I owe that to my awesome weekend Zumba crew, and do exactly what the title of that new song commands for women: Salute!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Savvy & Chic Smart Food Choices – Panera’s New Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad Review

Savvy & Chic Smart Food Choices – Panera’s New Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad Review

It’s Day 177 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and seeing as I spent Day 176 in the ER again, today I had to make some savvy & chic food choices. As many of you know, I’ve been going through it with my health for going on a month now. After several misdiagnoses, I was in such excruciating abdominal pain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning that my labor contractions paled in comparison. I’ve never cried during childbirth but this pain had me bawling like a baby! After receiving morphine and undergoing more tests, I have a few more answers about what’s going on with me, but am in for more early next week. Hopefully I’ll receive a conclusive diagnosis and treatment plan so I can get back to living my life. In the meantime, though I tend to eat a balanced diet – equal parts healthy and junk – I’m trying to be smarter about my food choices to avoid more pain.

After I got home from the hospital yesterday afternoon, I slept until 8pm, hence no blog post last night. I was only up a few hours, then thanks to the right medications, got the best night’s sleep I’ve had in ages. Today, I dosed on and off while watching HGTV. This evening, after having a good catch up phone chat with my friend Kibby (I haven’t done our Saturday Zumba in a month!), I felt energized enough to actually shower (yay!) and to run some errands. While out picking up a new novel to tide me over until I’m back to full functioning, I decided I’d treat myself to dinner since I haven’t had real food in days.

As I pulled out of Barnes and Noble and saw the neon sign for Red Robin, I heard a burger calling my name. I seldom eat them but sometimes feel as if my body is craving a little red meat. Tuckered out from being out and about, I pulled around the lot to the non-existent drive thru. Shucks! Foiled again! So I pulled back out and turned right into the drive thru Panera where I made a smarter selection: the new Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad. The grains, which include barely, quinoa, faro, and freekah, provided the fiber my body needs and they are supposed to make you feel fuller longer. The salad delivered on that as I could only eat half. And boy did it hit the spot! All the pleasure. None of the guilt or pain from a burger. I guess it was actually the grains the were calling my name!

Woman Choosing Between Salad and Burger

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who needs to be more intentional about what I put into my body, I’m thankful that my illness is a wake up call to take better care of myself. Because I do eat a lot of fruits and veggies and exercise several times a week, I felt like eating sweets (mostly Gummy Bears, a weakness since childhood when I attended a German bilingual school), was justified. A month of being out of commission has reminded me that I need to apply my holistic coaching approach to myself. All that to say, I hope I can blog about my journey toward holistic health and have some accountability with you. Diet is a new D (challenge)! Who knows, maybe you’ll join me as I try to make more savvy & chic smart food choices.

If you want to be more savvy & chic about your food choices, I’d love to hear from you. We can be holistically healthy together!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Still Sick and Singing In the Rain –

Still Sick and Singing In the Rain –

It’s Day 172 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and though the last few weeks have been a challenge to weather, I’m still singing in the rain. Regular readers know I’m struggling with health issues and was misdiagnosed with diverticulitis and am now waiting on test results to determine the cause of my stomach pain, etc. Yesterday, I reached my breaking point and let my husband take me to the emergency room. He  knew I was in a bad way because I went in pjs, a bathrobe, with my hair a mess, and no makeup! The poor guy probably thought I was dying when he wheeled me into the waiting room where I immediately started projectile vomiting everywhere! Not my best moment, but it got me seen with expediency!

Back in the room, because I’m a “hard stick” with “not much of a selection” as one young juvenile looking male nurse put it it, it took four attempts to get an IV started. Two of those were blow outs. Quite an ordeal but it did allow them to eventually flood my veins with hard core narcotics. These in turn brought on more nausea! After retching and dry heaves, I finally got some relief. Tests were run and thankfully didn’t show anything life threatening. We still don’t know what’s wrong but they sent me on my way with differnt medication and a referral to a specialist. It was everything my hubby could do to hold his tongue! Today, I think he has a little PTSD from seeing me in such bad shape.

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As much as I wish I’d gotten some answers, I’m grateful not to have been admitted. With several irons in the fire professionally, like growing my agency and meeting the deadline for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, giving up is not an option professionally. And personally, I have to stay on top of ongoing domestic relations challenges with my wasband.  Falling further behind isn’t an option there either. Besides, I’d hoped with tons of medicine in me and a good night’s sleep, I’d be able to attend the Rust and Ruffles Expo Traveling Boutique event today with two of my antiquing partners in crime as planned. Unfortunately, though my spirit was willing my flesh was weak. Still, a bit of the day was salvaged when I met one of our trio for dinner. A manager at Fresh Thyme Foods, Terry introduced me to Northstar, a restaurant that has a nice non-GMO (genetically modified hormones) food selection. My recent gut issues has her convinced  GMO is not my friend and I tend to agree with her…

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Coach who supports professional women facing personal challenges to minimize those in order to maximize their beauty and best professional lives, I heeded my own resilience coaching advice today. Life seems to have me caught up in a whirlwind of bad weather, but rather than staying in bed another entire day, I took advantage of the opportunity to receive and give support. Struggling to get dressed, schlepping through the parking lot, shuffling through the restaurant, and slumping down in our booth at Northstar was all worth it. I took care of myself on a personal level by engaging with a friend. And I feel better about tackling my professional priorities next week. I’m still sick, but rather than feeling as if I got drowned today, I’m so glad I got to sing in the rain.

How do you push through your struggles to sing in the rain?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

 

 

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

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