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You Got This – Frocking Off What’s Holding Us Back

 

 

“A frock is simply an attitude or limiting belief that is holding you back. All frocks are based in fear.”

– Jo Dibblee, Founder of Frock Off Inc

Frocking Off is Hard to Do…Actually, Not Really

Remember that old song, “Breakin’ Up is Hard To Do,” by Neil Sedaka?

“Don’t you leave my heart in misery
‘Cause if you go, then I’ll be blue
Breakin’ up is hard to do”

Sometimes it’s not just a person we may need to break up with. Sometimes it can be a limiting belief or negative attitude that REALLY needs to be given the old heave-ho.

But guess what? When we do finally muster up the courage to identify, and then shed, a ridiculous (but oh-so-deeply-rooted) belief or lousy attitude that is no longer serving us, our heart is NOT left in misery. Rather, our heart is lighter…leaving us more free to soar without our beloved frocks of armour holding us down.

On Sept 15 & 16 I attended the Best Kept Secret to Success in Life, Love and Business event in Sylvan Lake, Alberta – a “Frock-olicious Life Series Event.” I was one of the speakers.

I spoke about courage…about not waiting for tragedy to wake us up to the importance of achieving our dreams, about having the courage to make difficult decisions when we know we need to make them, about how courage can be contagious so although we may not always be able to tap into our own courage, we can borrow from the courage of others to help us do what we need to do.

Throughout the jam-packed two days, we all had the opportunity to learn an awful lot of valuable information – about business, life and love – and connect with a roomful of brilliant women.

I took THIRTY pages of handwritten notes!

For today’s blog, I was going to share a few key messages from all the speakers – but there is too much fabulous content to share, so I’m breaking it down into several bite-sized blogs.

To start off, here are some sage insights from the first speaker, Jo Dibblee, the Founder of Frock Off Inc and author of the book, Frock Off; Living Undisguised:

“I am the lowest common denominator in all my relationships.”

“In business, everything is do-able but you have to have a plan.”

“Take what you need and leave the rest.”

“If you don’t have the mindset of success, it is extremely difficult to succeed.”

“We cannot solve the problem we helped create.”

“Stand ON your story – not in it.”

“The things you don’t need, leave them behind.”

“We have to determine whether we are committed or merely interested.”

“Know your WHY.”

“Every step leads you to where you are supposed to be.”

“May your life speak more loudly than your lips.”

“If something is bothering us, we have to deal with it because if we don’t, it spills over onto everything else in our lives. We need to get the issue out of our head, put it on the table and deal with it.”

“A frock is simply an attitude or limiting belief that is holding you back. All frocks are based in fear.”

“A frock can be based on the need to conform, or they can have to do with expectations placed upon ourselves or by others, or have to do with our worthiness.”

“What frock do YOU need to shed?”

This gem was from Jo’s young grandson: “Are we just shadows waiting to be seen?”

And the comment that resonated the most with me…

“You got this.”

Simple, yes. But a powerful reminder that whatever it is we are struggling with – in life, love and/or business – we CAN deal with it…when we find the courage to face it.

Next Best Kept Secret to Success Event coming up in Phoenix, AZ in October

If you are interested in attending a Best Kept Secret to Success Event, the next one is in PHOENIX on Oct 13 & 14. If you are an entrepreneur or thinking about starting your own business OR simply ready to make a significant change in your life, I highly recommend attending a BKSS event.

Related Blogs by Maryanne

Frock Off Book is Fantastic!

Courage is Contagious – the Power of Story

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 Courage, Inspiration, Laughter by Maryanne | July 19, 2017 | 2 Comments

Laughing at Ourselves – Boudoir Photo Shoot, Thong Faux Pas & the Pub Crawl Sprawl

 

MA & Roxanne, East Sooke Regional Park

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.”

– Michael Pritchard

The above photo of me and Roxanne Low, a professional photographer, was taken a couple of days ago – after our gut-busting photo shoot. Roxanne specializes in boudoir photos, so that’s exactly what we were doing in East Sooke Regional Park 🙂

And let me tell you, I have not laughed that hard in a long time!

The afternoon started with us non-chalantly walking out of the parking lot and wandering into the wilderness…carrying a stepladder, fluffy white duvet and a rather large suitcase (did we ever get some strange looks!) and then for one reason or another, the day just got more and more comical from there.

I’ll write more about this hilarious, yet highly productive, afternoon photo session in a future blog.

For now, however, I would like to share with you this funny story I read recently in O Magazine, that ties in beautifully with the “lingerie/laughing at ourselves” theme:

“Recently, my pants split right down the back without my knowledge, and I walked around a friend’s house for hours, mingling and refreshing my drink, before somebody said, “Oh, honey, is that your butt?” It was indeed my butt! I was wearing a brick red thong and a maxi pad that peeked out of it like a duck bill. Truly, it couldn’t have been worse. And still I laughed. I was among friends. It would be a funny story later. The pants were getting old anyway. As was worrying about things that don’t merit worry. Things that make me perfectly human.”

– Katie Arnold-Ratliff, O Magazine, August 2017

Can you imagine?!

And yet…on the topic of underwear (or lack there-of, as the case may be), I have a rather embarrassing story of my own. I shared it in my book, A Widow’s Awakening…a tiny bit of much-needed humour amidst a sea of sorrow. I’ll share it again now.

The story is so legendary, it even has a title, “The Pub Crawl Sprawl”: 

I was 28 at the time of the incident. John and I had been married for about 6 months and were living in an apartment in Calgary. He was out at the bar with his friends. I had been out on a pub crawl with my friends and had arrived back at the apartment before him. I’d crawled into bed but when I heard him and his buddies coming down the hallway, for some reason I jumped out of bed, opened the front door and then turned back inside and was heading back to bed when I passed out, face-down on the hallway carpet.

So when John and his buddies came around the corner to check on me, they found me face-down on the floor…my nightie up over my head, bare butt in the air. Oh dear. John was beyond mortified 🙁

I dare say that was my last pub crawl.

So there you have it – a few embarrassing stories to put a smile on your face…and perhaps make you feel better about a faux pas (or two) of your own! Which I would LOVE to hear, by the way.

Related blogs by Maryanne

A Few Laughs for Father’s Day – Funny Sayings from the Alex Pope Quote Collection

Finding Faith – In Ourselves

Put It Out There – Whatever “It” Is For You

Embracing Our Embarrassments – Our Courage Gives Others Candour

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.

 

 

published in Achieving Your Dreams, Courage, Dreams/Goals, Inspiration, Small Business by Maryanne | June 14, 2017 | No Comment

Maryanne to Speak at Sylvan Lake Frock Off Event in September

 

“Are you tired of being the best kept secret in life, love and business? It’s time to change that…but it will take your full engagement and commitment. Actualize the results you want and deserve. We can’t change what we can’t share, acknowledge, or own. Step out of the shadow – it’s no place for you. No matter what has happened in your past, it doesn’t determine your destiny.”

– Jo Dibblee, Founder of Frock-Off Inc

EARLY BIRD CUT-OFF IS AUGUST 25th!

Are you tired of being the best kept secret in spite of all you do? 

Are you a smart and savvy woman whose is ready and willing to do the necessary work to take the next great step in your life and business?

Are you a passionate and driven entrepreneur or small business owner who has big plans to push your business and life forward? 

Are you determined to live the life you’ve dreamed of and see wild success in your business?

Or…maybe you don’t have a business of your own but you KNOW the time is coming when you are going to have to make some sort of change in your life?

Then this Sylvan Lake event on Sept 15th & 16th might be for you!

Best Kept Secret to Success events provide access, connection, clarity, community, collaboration, knowledge and resources to entrepreneurs who are passionate, driven, and ready for change in their life, love and business.

What makes these events different is that they ensure accountability, implementation and results before, during and after attending. This is not shelf help, it’s a hands-on two-day event that will cut through obstacles and inspire real change.

The different speakers serve to pool expertise, messages, resources and tribe.

Information shared will fuel your business and life for deep lasting change. You will leave ignited and recharged, with a plan in-hand to ensure you continue to take the steps to live your Frock-alicious life.

What is a Frock-alicious life? 

“Frock-alicious” is a term created by Jo Dibblee, founder of Frock-Off Inc and author of the powerful memoir, Frock-Off; Living Undisguised, as well as From Best Kept Secret to Success in Life, Love and Business.

Here is a book review blog I wrote about why the Frock-Off book resonated with me so strongly.

To “Frock-off” means to shed whatever it is that is 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.

About Jo Dibblee…

Jo’s mission is to unleash the collective voices of women through access to knowledge, connection and resources so that they live the life they dream and see unprecedented success in business and be the voice for those whose voices have been silenced.

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.

I first met Jo 8 years ago and then we recently reconnected (after a huge frock-alicious reunion hug!) at a networking event.

I was one of the presenters at the Frock-Off event in Parksville, BC in April. WOW…what an incredible few days!! Here is a blog I wrote about my experience.

Best Kept Secret to Success in Life, Love and Business Event – Sylvan Lake, AB

The presentation I will be delivering at the Sylvan Lake event (Sept 15th & 16th, 2017) is the same one I delivered in Parksville. It is entitled, “Courage is Contagious – Why Wait for a Wake-Up Call?” 

It’s pretty cool 🙂

The presenters are a comprehensive group of business and personal development experts. Each presentation is specifically designed to serve a different area of your life, business, and interpersonal relationships.

Please click here for more details on the Sylvan Lake event, including the speaker line-up. 

If you live in the area, please consider joining us for what I know will be another amazing couple of days! If you have any questions as to whether or not this is a suitable event for where you’re at in your life, please feel free to e-mail me.

About Maryanne…

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.