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published in Dreams/Goals, Freedom, Inspiration, Travel, Uncategorized by Maryanne | April 11, 2018 | 11 Comments

Home Again – Not for Long

 

Sadie & Jadie together again

“Home is where you feel loved, appreciated and safe.”

– Tracey Taylor

Salut!

Sadie and I are back in Victoria, in our cozy little bottom bunk bed in Ella’s room at Dave & Heathe’s in Victoria, BC. It’s GREAT to be home!

Home has become a very relative term for this restless gazelle. Home is no longer where I hang my hat (or my dazzling collection of toques and ball caps, as the case may be) – at least, not for long. Home is where I happen to BE at any given time – be that a room at the Motel 6 (I stayed at a few on my trip and found them safe, clean and comfortable just very sparse), a run-down beach cottage, a fancy beach cottage or with friends who are ever so gracious to put up with me and ball-obsessed fur-ball. But I came home on Sunday to a scrumptious steak dinner, so I figure that’s a good sign (versus a change of locks on the front door).

Now that the Great Bohemian Gypsy Writing Road Trip Odyssey is finished, what’s next?

Well, this photo (the sink in the restaurant bathroom at the delightfully eccentric McMenamins Olympic Club Hotel in Centralia, WA – the first and last place I stayed on my road trip) captures the situation perfectly:

In other words, I am fortunate to have a few choices!

And since I am absolutely loving the gypsy life, I am going to continue that in the short term. Heathe and I head to PARIS next week for 10 days! We are beyond excited. I will be writing for a few hours in the mornings (have laptop, will travel) and then we’ll be sightseeing (and eating, of course) the rest of the time.

After Paris, I’ll be going up island and staying at a few different places. Then I have a furnished house rented in Mill Bay (45 min north of Victoria) for the summer…yahoo!

At some point, I will buy or rent a home of my own again (since my 9000 pounds of STUFF can’t stay in storage forever).

This is one housing option I am considering:

Kidding! Those are just a few more photos from the luxurious Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA (I so wish I fell in that pool).

These are some other potential housing choices:

I snapped this photo somewhere in Oregon or California…it cracked me up!

 

A ground-level tree house…

 

Or one with a DOOR!

Ah well…we shall see what the Universe has in store. For now, I am happy to continue the gypsy life and am VERY grateful that I am able to do so.

Take care, thank you so very much for sharing in our road trip and I hope life is treating you well!

If you are just joining me & would like to do a little catch-up reading on the Bohemian Writing Road Trip Adventure, here are my previous blogs:

She Packed Up Her Potential…

Write On – Writing What We Know May Help Teach Us What We Need to Learn

On the Road…But Nearly Not

Surprise! Greetings from Newport

Is That a Dipstick in Your Pocket – Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Dipstick Theme Continues – Don’t Get Excited

Hunkered Down in Hollywood

Celebrating 50 in Style

California Chillin’ (Sorta) in San Diego

Sedona Unplugged

Grand Canyon, Zion & Bryce…Oh My!

Salt Flats to Snow Drifts

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 Beauty, Dogs, Dreams/Goals, Freedom, Inspiration, Nature, Photos, Travel by Maryanne | March 21, 2018 | 12 Comments

Grand Canyon, Zion & Bryce…Oh My!

 

The surreal scenic drive through Zion National Park, Utah

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.”

– Anon

Howdy!

Hope you’ve had a grand week…ours has been WILD! This particular leg of the Great Bohemian Gazelle Writing Road Trip has been heavy on the road travel and light on the writing – but boy, am I ever getting productive in one-hour chunks of time.

Mother Nature has stolen the show yet again this past week…the scenery has been stunning.

After leaving Sedona, we headed to the Grand Canyon:

 

 

Then we drove north towards Zion National Park, passing Vermillion Cliffs on the way:

Zion National Park was absolutely incredible…rather surreal at times:

And the drive itself was a hoot! Here is one of the tunnels:

After Zion, we had some time so we took someone’s suggestion to visit the Old Pariah town site, just east of Kanab, Utah. This turned out to be a bit of an adventurous drive on an isolated, muddy road so after one too many slippy-slides, I turned the old CRV around and headed back from whence we came. But not before getting this great shot:

And, of course, a fun selfie with Sadie:

Then we continued north to Bryce Canyon and oh my good golly, what a magical place! Here are a few pics:

After Bryce, we had quite the hoof north to Salt Lake City and then west towards Reno, Nevada…more photos to come in next week’s blog.

We are now settled into a cozy ski cabin in Lake Tahoe and are staying put for a whole four days. I am writing to my heart’s content and getting caught up on some other work, while Sadie recuperates.

Sadie wearing protective glasses as she receives laser therapy treatment

Unfortunately, my furry friend had an elbow injury – not on the slopes, as you might surmise from the sunglasses…rather, just getting out of the car and stepping into too deep of a snow drift, I suspect 🙁

But I am pleased to report that she is already doing a bit better.

Take care, thanks for reading and have an excellent week!

P.S. I love this Emerson quote (and would probably benefit from adhering to it a bit better):

“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are just joining us on our Bohemian Writing Road Trip Adventure & would like to do a little catch-up reading 🙂 here are my previous blogs:

She Packed Up Her Potential…

Write On – Writing What We Know May Help Teach Us What We Need to Learn

On the Road…But Nearly Not

Surprise! Greetings from Newport

Is That a Dipstick in Your Pocket – Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Dipstick Theme Continues – Don’t Get Excited

Hunkered Down in Hollywood

Celebrating 50 in Style

California Chillin’ (Sorta) in San Diego

Sedona Unplugged

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, Dreams/Goals, Freedom, Inspiration by Maryanne | May 16, 2017 | 2 Comments

Courage is Contagious – The Power of Story

 

“Stand ON your story, not in it. Standing in our stories is another way so many of us stay stuck. But we can use our stories in a completely different way. When we climb up out of our stories and stand on them, instead of keeping us stuck, our stories support us.”

– Jo Dibblee, From Best Kept Secret to Success in Life, Love and Business

In late April, I was honoured to be one of the speakers at the Best Kept Secret to Success in Life, Love and Business two-day event in Parksville, BC – a “Frock-alicious life series event.”

Wow! It was a very powerful experience…transformational.

Jo Dibblee, the founder of the Frock-alicious life events, is also the author of the memoir, Frock-Off; Living Undisguised, as well as the book, From Best Kept Secret to Success in Life, Love and Business.

Jo is passionate about creating systemic change in lives, communities and the world by tapping into true purpose and calling. She celebrates joy, growth and success.

Best Kept Secret to Success in Life, Love & Business events are designed to move women from best kept secret to success in life, love and business. Over the two days, participants are given relevant tools, tips and strategies to see immediate impact and results. Jo hand-selects speakers to provide mini-workshops that will empower people with the resources to begin living Frock-aliciously.

All the sessions are interactive, engaging, and give women the momentum to move FORWARD. Each presentation helps allow people to assess their life as it is…and to dig deep and face whatever may be holding them back. The events are designed to help people identify and cut through any obstacles and get inspired again…enough to take ACTION!

As I mentioned in a previous blog, to “frock-off” means to shed whatever it is that might be holding us back in life. Our “frocks” can be the lies we tell ourselves – or they can be the truths from our past that are no longer serving us. Our frocks can be our stories, our excuses, our embarrassments, our habits, our coping mechanisms, our fears, our circumstances, our limiting beliefs.

The presentation I delivered in Parksville was entitled, “Courage is Courageous – Why Wait for a Wake Up Call?”

My key message was this: when we find the courage to share our stories – and what we’ve learned from our experience – our courage can inspire others to find their own courage.

Courage can be contagious…in a good way 😊

I spoke about the difference between staying stuck IN our stories versus standing ON our stories by choosing to learn and grow from our experiences, instead of getting trapped in a victim-mindset.

Our stories can have tremendous power that help propel us forward. But they can also act as anchors that hold us back and keep us from making the changes we know we need to make.

I have observed, over and over again, how our stories – the good, the bad, the ugly and the many lessons learned – can also encourage, inspire and empower others to reach down deep within themselves and find the strength and courage needed to make the changes they need to make in their own lives.

After delivering my presentation in Parksville, I asked the audience if anyone would like to share with the group about a change they know they need to make in their lives?

You should have seen how many hands shot up…but that’s the magic of a Frock-alicious event!

One woman came up to the front of the room, picked up the microphone, took a deep breath – and proceeded to tell us that she had come way too close to nearly taking her own life a month earlier.

She went on to say she knew she had a powerful message to share with others about mental health…and this event was the catalyst she needed to take the necessary steps forward to the life she knew she was capable of living.

Courage IS contagious. Sometimes when we lose our way, we also lose our courage. Or maybe we lose our way because we lost our courage somewhere along the way?

Or maybe it doesn’t matter which was lost first. Maybe what matters is that we find our courage again…through whatever story speaks to us.

I will be delivering my Courage is Contagious presentation at the Best Kept Secret to Success in Life, Love and Business event in Sylvan Lake, AB on Sept 15th and 16th, 2017.

Please click here for details.

At the Parksville event in April, I was absolutely blown away by the calibre of the other speakers. I will share some of what I learned from those powerhouse women in an upcoming blog 🙂

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the 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.