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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, Dreams/Goals, Inspiration, Self Esteem, Self Worth by Maryanne | September 6, 2017 | No Comment

Why Pink Gazelle?

 

“To be a pink gazelle is to believe in one’s self, abilities, dreams and capacity to contribute in whatever way is authentic for her.”

– Maryanne Pope, Pink Gazelle Productions Inc

What is Pink Gazelle Productions Inc?

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 We Do

We tell stories that serve to entertain, educate and empower people to effect positive change in themselves and the world around them.

How We Do It

From books, blogsplays and films to presentations, e-mail campaigns, greeting cards and inspirational quote card sets, we create and share meaningful stories that encourage and empower individuals to live with passion, purpose and perseverance.

WHY We Do What We Do

Our goal is to inspire people to reach their highest potential – because inspired people are positive, proactive people who are helping bring about change for the better in themselves, their lives and their communities.

“There are only two ways to influence human behaviour; you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.”

– Simon Sinek, Start With Why

Why The Name “Pink Gazelle Productions”?

A gazelle is a medium-sized antelope found mainly in Africa and Asia. Known for their speed, grace and alertness, gazelles are beautiful animals that tend to be on the move. In Morocco, “gazelle” is a term of endearment for a woman, which Maryanne discovered while traveling there with a friend in 2001.

A pink gazelle, on the other hoof, is a positive way for a woman to perceive herself. To be a pink gazelle is to believe in one’s self, creative capabilities and capacity to contribute to society – in whatever way is authentic for her.

Being a pink gazelle means having the courage to pursue one’s dreams with passion, purpose and integrity while developing (sigh) the patience to go through the process. A pink gazelle has a strong sense of self-worth and has learned, often the hard way, the importance of achieving her dreams and standing up for what she believes in…because if she doesn’t, who will?

“It is only when you make the process your goal that the big dream can follow.”

– Oprah Winfrey

#GoPinkGazelle on Twitter

Join our herd on Twitter by using the hashtag #gopinkgazelle to cheer each other on!

Our Twitter Handle: @MaryannePope

And Now We’ve Got the SHOES to Prove It!

Yes…that’s right! As you may know, Adidas came out with a delightful PINK GAZELLE running shoe! Of course, Maryanne has a pair and wears them often…so keep an eye out on Twitter for photos of her in action, wearing her trusty pink gazelles 🙂

If YOU own a pair, tweet us a pic!

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What is a Pink Gazelle?

About Maryanne Pope

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. She is the executive producer of the documentary, Whatever Floats Your Boat…Perspectives on Motherhood. 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.

 

published in Book Reviews, Eating, Food, Health, Self Esteem, Self Worth by Maryanne | July 31, 2015 | No Comment

 

Inner Hunger – Getting to the Root of Eating Disorders

 

Inner Hunger book cover

 

“Some girls learn that they must sacrifice certain aspects of themselves – their appetites, needs, feelings, and goals – in order to gain support, acceptance, attention, and love. These girls are called “people pleasers”: they try to be everything to everyone. In doing so, they lose who they are to themselves.”

– Marianne Apostolides, Inner Hunger

I recently read the book, Inner Hunger; A Young Woman’s Struggle Through Anorexia and Bulemia, by Marianne Apostolides.

What a story.

The book was published in 1998 – and given to me in 2004 by the author’s aunt (a friend of the family). Then it sat on my bookshelf for more than a decade. I’m not sure why I put off reading it for so long but when I finally got around to reading it a few weeks ago, I could barely put it down.

I honestly had no clue about the horrific inner struggle a person faces when he or she is dealing with an eating disorder. Now I have a better idea. And frankly, it sounds like a terrifying, frustrating and lonely journey – especially for a young woman just starting out on her life path.

As a teen, Apostolides found that the seemingly best way to control her thoughts, feelings and life was to control her intake of food – be that vastly limiting the intake of food (anorexia) or consuming enormous quantities of it (bulimia).

Inner Hunger is an extremely candid account of the author’s personal experience with eating disorders and the hell she went through trying to become healthy again – physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.

For, as the title suggests, Apostolides wasn’t just dealing with an extremely unhealthy relationship with food, she was unsuccessfully trying to feed an inner hunger with an external substance – food – that could never satisfy what she was so desperately lacking in herself.

However, the book isn’t just the graphic details of her personal journey. Rather, as the back cover explains: “Inner Hunger is more than just a memoir: it is a starting point on the road to recovery. Realizing the importance of therapy and guidance in her own healing process, Apostolides includes invaluable sections giving the causes of eating disorders; different types of treatment; advice to parents, friends and educators; and a list of organizations offering information and support.”

Obviously, Apostilades is not alone in her struggle. According to The Emily Foundation (US), 1 in 5 women struggle with an eating disorder or disordered eating – and 90% of those are between the ages of 12 and 25.

Eating disorders are a significant issue that are not going away any time soon. Although I don’t have any sage advice or personal experience to share on the subject, I know an expert who does: Esther Kane, Registered Clinical Counselor and author of the excellent book, It’s Not About the Food; A Woman’s Guide to Making Peace with Food and Our Bodies.

If you know of someone who might be struggling with an eating disorder, Esther’s article, How to Help Someone with Disordered Eating, is a highly informative and helpful read.

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 the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive Maryanne’s weekly blog, sign up here.