A Daily Dose From The Smile Jar

A Daily Dose From The Smile Jar

It’s Day 137 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m so pleased with all of the progress I made today on preparations for Kick Up Your Assertiveness Quotient to Maximize Success workshop Saturday. I’m also feeling a bit pooped. In addition to the workshop, I made dents on homework from my book coach, coached an entrepreneur through a challenging situation, and made a great networking connection, H7 Evolve. The latter is holds a weekly Connect on Friday mornings, and I’m excited to attend bright and early tomorrow morning. That being the case, I’m going to keep this post short and simply introduce a feature I plan to add to my daily posts or it may be a micro-post in the form of a Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter share (once I figure that one out). It’s called “A Daily Dose From the Smile Jar”.

Back in December when my family had a crisis, upon hearing about it, one of my wonderful life coaches came in the very next day with a beautifully decorated Smile Jar.

This  tag was attached and had explanations written on both sides. This is the front.

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The back of the tag.

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Since I began blogging, I’ve wanted to incorporate more inspirational messages into the posts but it hadn’t occurred to me to use The Smile Jar. Last night, however, I finished a beautiful novel, The Prayer Box, by Lisa Wingate, which tells the story of a diminutive, woman of mixed heritage, who was overlooked here on earth but who made a tremendous impact by sending prayers up to heaven. This character resonated with me so! Today, when I saw the The Smile Jar, I knew I’d found my way to inspire and hopefully make a similar impact.

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan, I hope you’ll read and enjoy a Daily Dose From The Smile Jar starting tomorrow.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Selfie and Self-Reflection

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Selfie and Self-Reflection

It’s Day 120 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m writing a brief post so I can return to self-reflecting. I’ve been blogging consecutively for four months now, and I’m still trying to figure out my voice and blogging style. I’m also researching how to post on the most appropriate sites to engage readers who are interested in the content I share.
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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who doesn’t take selfies and has never posted one, I’m posting this one because it captures the joy I felt immediately following this week’s image consultation. That joy comes from living out my purpose which is to maximize my unique God-given strengths to coach, encourage and inspire women – whether on the home front or in the workplace – to live their best personal and professional lives.

That being the case, I must confess that as a new blogger, sometimes I get discouraged when I feel my posts fall short. Then, out of the blue, someone will comment that I’m a good writer, or they’re reading the blog and it’s a daily treat, or that they enjoy my posts. Today, just when I needed it, I got a request for image coaching as a result of a post I shared and it reinforced that she’s the girl who needs to show up. On purpose. Even when I wonder if my blog will ever really take off. When I’ve touched a woman enough through blogging that she’d like to schedule time with me, well, I like that blogger to keep at it. And enough to post a selfie.

What about you? What are you self-reflecting on right now? Who do you want to show up as at home or work?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 



 

Deciding to Be Myself with Book Decisions

Deciding to Be Myself with Book Decisions

It’s Day 90 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and it’s been a busy one! I officially began working with my publisher to select the artwork for the front and back cover of Seasons of Her Soul. There are so many choices, and there’s a time frame involved to ensure the book releases by January as planned. That being the case, I could have gone with the first options that I liked, but knowing myself the way I do, I need to see all of the options in order to make an informed decision. If not, I’m the type of person who’d choose, then keep on looking until I found something I liked even better, which would make me regret my original choice. I’ve been known to play the “If I coulda woulda shoulda” game, and don’t want to do that when the stakes are so high.

The thing is, I know myself and what I like. For instance, when I went to purchase my first brand new car ever, I had my heart set on white but they didn’t have that color in town. The salesman told me he’d never lost one over color. “You’ll lose this one,” was my immediate response. So he drove a state over to pick up my beautiful white car. Eleven years later, I’ve still never seen one I like as much as the one I’m still driving. Set as I was on car color, that pales in comparison to how I want my novel to look. While explaining how time consuming looking at the options is to my hubby, he hit the nail on the head when said he knew it would be pink.

After several hours of viewing things that were almost it but not quite – the model wasn’t right, or the colors, or the decor, I felt a bit overwhelmed. Ready to take a break from it, I finally came upon some images where the woman truly resembles Lee, the novel’s heroin. She’s dressed the way I would have drawn her, has the right facial expressions, and her surroundings are Shabby Chic. I’m so close and know, if I follow my heart, I’ll find the image that matches what’s in my imagination.

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Saw this at TJ Maxx and snapped a quick picture. Confirmation that I need to be myself!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who really does know myself, I decided today to be myself, not only with the selection of my novel’s cover, but with every aspect of its publication. And in the moment I did, the beautiful vision I hold in my heart for the cover of Seasons of Her Soul began to come to life. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands.

What about you? In what situations do you need to decide to be yourself? When you do, you’ll experience true beauty.

~Pink Collar Coach