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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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Children’s Bathroom & Childlike Faith

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Children’s Bathroom & Childlike Faith

It’s Day 201 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and though I didn’t post yesterday, I’m still making it begin to look a lot like Christmas in my children’s bathroom while exercising childlike faith. While my Friday was productive, spent primarily working on professional tasks and meeting with my book launch coach, I felt discouraged (another D or challenge) about some personal matters. Then, after wrapping up my work, I finally got around to doing my daily devotional. It was entitled “Childlike Faith” and spoke specifically to discouragement. It stated that a child’s faith in God knows no doubt. The prayer at the end asked that God give the kind of faith that doesn’t give up despite discouragement, and that trusts like a child would. I’ve always had that kind of faith but yesterday I felt it waver. After praying that God would renew it, my spirits lifted immediately! I should know by now not to delay doing my devotion! With my childlike faith restored, I set a Santa with silver glitter on top of a cabinet and his smiling presence made it look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in my children’s bathroom.

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Santa fits in perfectly in my daughter and son’s bathroom. The room has putty colored walls, but with the addition of lots of white, silver, and Shabby Chic touches, I’ve learned to live with it. 
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This standard builder grade light fixture came with the house. I always intended to replace it, but somehow the addition of vintage style Edison style bulbs modernized it. Now I love it! The Spode Vintage Denim pattern plate and matching bowl ended up mysteriously broken. Rather than toss them, I Gorilla glued. The plate hangs above the light & the bowl sits nearby where Santa stands. 

Today, I remained in good spirits. For one thing, I  not only got to dance, I got to lead class. Our wonderful instructor had car problems, so I got the class warmed up with two songs. Invigorating and excruciating is how I’d describe it! I’m still not back to full strength…But more than anything, it was just pure joy. I ALWAYS feel better, at least emotionally, when I’m dancing. : ) And no matter what my body feels like during, I never regret pushing through the pain. Hanging out with my hubby tonight was good for me too. From the beginning, he’s admired my childlike faith, so when I’m with him, I try to focus on the positive. He truly brings out the best in me.

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A sign from my She Storage Shed. It was a TJMaxx find about a quarter century ago. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose holiday decorating enthusiast, a through and through Zumba lover, and a child of God, I thought blogging about holiday decor would be a lighthearted endeavor. But it has called up some emotions I try hard to suppress. Dancing really does help. Still, the truth of it is, the holidays can be hard. I admit that not to discourage, but to encourage. Sometimes, we have to acknowledge our feelings and cry out for help  during the hard (I cried buckets yesterday) in order to get the encouragement we need. Because just as we parents and lovers of the children in our lives long to give them good things, like a bathroom that’s beginning to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas, God longs to bless us, His precious children. Call out to him with the faith of a child. He’s a good, good Father, and will answer.

Are you facing the D of discouragement this holiday season? Be of good courage – the opposite of discouraged – it’s the season of good tidings of great joy! Baby Jesus was born!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

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

Make New Friends But Don’t Lose The Old

Make New Friends But Don’t Lose The Old

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.

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Pink Collar Coach and new friends from Lakota YMCA Zumba.                                                           Even my athletic wear is Calvin Klein. LOL! Shoes are New Balance. 

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!

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Terri & me. Old Friends. Love this woman! My dear new friend of five years, Kibby, took the pic. Love her too. Calvin Klein cold shoulder w/ grommets and tie sleeves, maxi skirt, perforated bag. 

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?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

May I Mention My Mentors?

May I Mention My Mentors?

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.

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Beauty and Brains, Pink Collar Coach, Beauty & 3x a Lady, Beauty and Strength.

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!

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