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published in Achieving Your Dreams, Community, Dreams/Goals, Inspiration, Self Esteem, Self Worth by Maryanne | February 18, 2018 | No Comment

Calling all Pink Gazelles – #GoPinkGazelle Campaign

 

 

“She packed up her potential and all she had learned, grabbed a cute pair of shoes and headed out to change a few things…her heart glowed with a degree of happy assurance.”

– Anon

What is a Pink Gazelle?

To be a pink gazelle is to be a woman who believes in herself, her abilities, her dreams and her ability to contribute to making the world a better place, in whatever way is meaningful and authentic for her.

Who is Pink Gazelle Productions Inc (PGP)?

PGP is a Canadian company that was started by Maryanne Pope in 2002. We create literary, theatrical and cinematic works that strive to challenge, enrich and inspire the lives of both artist and audience.

Our tagline is Authentic Lives; Authentic Works.

What Does PGP do?

We share stories that serve to entertain, educate and empower people to effect positive change in themselves and the world around them. From books, blogs, plays and films to presentations, e-mail campaigns, greeting cards and inspirational quote card sets, our goal is to inspire people to live with passion, purpose and perseverance.

Where Did the Term “Pink Gazelle” Originate?

Of course, there’s a story 🙂

What is the #GoPinkGazelle Campaign?

The purpose of the #GoPinkGazelle Twitter Campaign is to cheer on all those pink gazelles out there who are doing great things with their lives…be that through their families, their work, their achievements, the causes they champion, the charities they support, the dreams they pursue and/or the barriers they smash through.

#GoPinkGazelle celebrates & encourages gazelles that are going for it and living the life they have imagined…or making the best of the circumstances life has given them.

How to Get Involved 

It’s simple: if you know of a woman you think is a Pink Gazelle, tweet her a note of encouragement – and be sure to use the hashtag #GoPinkGazelle.

Perhaps also tweet to Adidas at @Adidas_Gazelles

Adidas is, after all, the maker of this oh-so-comfy & highly symbolic shoe.

Sample Tweet 

Angela J Ford is our Pink Gazelle of the Day! She writes, she coaches, she encourages…she ROCKS! https://goo.gl/x6rWJF #GoPinkGazelle #author #fantasy @Maryanne_Pope @aford21 @Adidas_Gazelles

Pink Gazelle Bohemian Writer Road Trip Adventure

In the fall of 2017, Maryanne Pope sold her house, put all her belongings into storage, grabbed a cute pair of shoes (Adidas’ Pink Gazelles, of course) and headed out to change a few things. In Jan 2018, she hit the road with her retriever, Sadie, heading south from Vancouver Island on 3-month writing road trip through the Western States.

Here are a few photos of her Pink Gazelle runners in action:

 

 

 

So if you see us using a Pink Gazelle runner pic in our #GoPinkGazelle tweets, now you know why. And if YOU have a pair of Pink Gazelles, by all means, tweet us some photos!

Related blogs by Maryanne

She Packed Up Her Potential…

Why Pink Gazelle?

What is a Pink Gazelle?

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life

published in Achieving Your Dreams, Beauty, Inspiration, Playwriting, Travel by Maryanne | January 24, 2018 | 16 Comments

Surprise! Greetings from Newport

 

Smiling Sadie

“Learn to recognize omens and follow them.”

– From The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

If it’s okay with you, I think I will return to blogging weekly on this road trip. Not only is the scenery spectacular, I dare say some interesting stories also seem to be emerging 🙂

After leaving Cannon Beach (I was a bit sad to leave our sweet little Sunflower Cottage), this was our first pit stop:

Hug Point, just south of Cannon Beach, OR

Then a couple of miles down the road, we had to stop again because THIS was the view:

Oregon coastline

A couple of hours later, we came to one of my all-time favourite places on the planet (which I visited a few  years ago but was grappling with nasty cluster migraines at the time…ugh):

Boiler Bay, just north of Depot Bay, OR

When I got back in the car, I remembered a comment from a WWOW reader (from last week’s blog) who suggested that I stop at the Tidal Raves Restaurant in Depot Bay for the world’s best crab cakes. I’m in!

So I google the address and low and behold, it was five minutes down the road. So I pull into the parking lot, belly up to the bar and order myself a round of crab cakes. All was calm while waiting for said crab cakes. I just sat there, minding my own business, watching the waves and sipping a coffee. And then the crab cakes arrived:

Crab cakes at the Tidal Raves Restaurant, Depot Bay

Yum! But it was what happened right after the crab cakes arrived (and I promptly began devouring them) that something interesting happened. The two older men who had been sitting beside me the entire time suddenly decided I was rather fascinating. They asked me where I was from, what I was doing, where I was going, etc.

They were in Depot Bay for a tennis tournament and were just waiting for the rest of their party to arrive for dinner. I asked where they were from.

“Ashland,” said one man.

Perhaps noticing my blank look, the other man asked me if I’d ever heard of Ashland, Oregon.

“No.” I said.

Then I was treated to an extensive description of where Ashland is (near the California border), why it’s so great (it has the world’s largest not-for-profit Shakespeare festival that runs for 9 months of the year and stages half Shakespeare plays and half everything else), which celebrities have homes there (Johnny Depp, Neil Donald Walsch and Bill Gates) and why I have to go (because of the vibe…it’s very special).

Now, here’s the odd thing: I didn’t tell them I was a writer, or that I was in the middle of writing a play or that I loved theatre. They just seemed to think that Ashland was very much a place I needed to check out.

After my crab cakes were devoured, the rest of their party arrived so they said good-bye and went to sit at the table. But a moment later, one of them raced back over to me, leaned down and whispered in my ear, “I am independently wealthy. I could live ANYWHERE in the world and I choose Ashland. You have to go!”

“Okay,” I said with a smile.

Then off he went to join his buddies. And I, stuffed with crab cakes, waddled back to the car and headed to my VRBO digs for the next week in Newport, a.k.a “Crab Cottage”:

My Newport VRBO, “Crab Cottage”

The lovely and spacious Crab Cottage is owned by a commercial fishing family. After the 300 square foot Sunflower Cottage in Cannon Beach, Sadie and I are losing each other in 1000 square feet.

Mr Crab stained-glass window on front door

 

The beach at the end of our street in historic Nye Beach

 

Yours truly on a break from writing

As with most of my writing projects, the Bungalow by the Sea play script is turning out to be a valuable (but rather uncomfortable at times) learning experience about life. As I try to make sense of my seven noisy years in Sidney, BC (albeit through the character of “Josie”), I thought this passage from The Alchemist to be rather apt:

“Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that we learned along the way…so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved towards that dream.”

– Paulo Coelho

In hindsight, it’s almost as if the seven years I spent trying to write in the world’s noisiest bungalow by the sea was instrumental in me mastering the lessons I needed to learn for the next leg of my journey…which is now.

Sadie on Agate Beach, Newport, OR

“If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And if you improve upon the present, what comes later will also be better.”

– From The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I’m not sure if I’ll be adding Ashland to my trip itinerary or not – but I’m definitely looking into it 🙂

That’s it from the peanut gallery…take care, thanks for reading & see you next week!

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life

published in Achieving Your Dreams, Change, Inspiration, Travel, Writing by Maryanne | January 17, 2018 | 15 Comments

On the Road…But Nearly Not

 

MA & Sadie, on the road to Washington State

“When you really want something, the universe always conspires in your favour.”

– From The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

And we’re off!

Sadie and I set off from Victoria, BC on our 3-month writing road trip through the Western U.S. on Fri Jan 12th. I even cleaned out my CRV (a.k.a. “The Dogmobile”) for the journey!

I must confess it was a bit difficult to leave our cozy little feathered nest in Cordova Bay, BC (near Victoria) where my amazing friends, Dave & Heather and their three girls, Taylor, Paige and Ella (and Jadie the black lab and Eddie and Sam, the sparring cats), had ever-so-kindly put up with me and Sadie for the past three months. We LOVED staying with them and are extremely grateful 🙂

Sadie and Eddie the cat snuggled up in bed, Cordova Bay, BC

But a new adventure was awaiting, so leave we did…and made it as far as the US border at White Rock.

The conversation with the officer (the second one – inside the building…gulp) from Homeland Security went a little like this:

HIM: How long will you be in the United States?

ME: Three months.

HIM: How do I know you will return to Canada in three months?

ME: Because…uh, I like Canada.

HIM: Can you provide me with written confirmation of any obligations – work, house, family, etc – that indicate you will, in fact, be returning to Canada in April?

ME: Uh…like what?

HIM: Ma’am…I believe I just told you what I’m looking for.

ME: But I sold my house, my stuff is in storage, I’m single, no kids and I don’t have a job to return to.

(which is when it occurred to me that being a gypsy does have it’s drawbacks)

HIM (sighs): Okay, Ma’am…then are you able to provide me with any proof of where you will be staying during your three months in the States and when you will be leaving?

ME (pulling out my cell phone): “Why, yes I can!”

(which is when I realized that being an organized, planning gypsy is perhaps a good thing after all)

I proceeded to scroll through my “Travel 2018” file and flash him multiple confirmations of where I would be staying and when, including a reservation in early April near the US/Canada border. And while I was proudly showing him all sorts of reservation confirmations, I came across an e-mail (from myself to a VRBO owner) that said, clear as day: “I am a writer from Canada who will be on a 3-month writing road trip with my dog…”

ME: “Look what I found!”

I showed him the e-mail. He looked at me a moment then starting filling out a piece of paper.

I held my breath. He typed something into the computer. Then he hands me the piece of paper.

HIM: Here’s what we’re going to do…

So the long and short of it is: I have until Apr 11th to return to Canada.

ME: THANK YOU!!!

Then I took my piece of paper and passport, jumped in the CRV and Sadie and I hightailed it out of there before they could change their minds.

Our first stop was the Olympic Club Hotel (another fabulous McMenamins Property) in Centralia, WA. A century ago, it was a Gentleman’s Club.

Breakfast in a brothel

Then we headed on to Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast…and hit sunshine!

Cannon Beach

 

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach

 

Sadie outside our adorable “Sunflower Cottage” (300 square feet)

We are staying here for a week. The project I’m working on is the “Bungalow by the Sea” play script (formerly “The Neighbours”), which is kinda perfect – except it’s too quiet here. Kidding!

A delightful place to write

“No project is completed until its objective has been achieved.” 

– From The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Sunset at Cannon Beach…wow!

Next stop: Newport, Oregon

Till then, take care and have a great couple of weeks…and I shall do the same.

“Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”

– From The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life