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published in Achieving Your Dreams, Beauty, Creativity, Gratitude, Intuition, Productivity, Travel, Writing by Maryanne | December 10, 2019 | No Comment

Bahamas Beauty Boosts Creativity

 

Tarpum Bay, Eluethera

“Perhaps this is the most important thing for me to take back from beach-living: simply the memory that each cycle of the tide is valid; each cycle of the wave is valid; each cycle of a relationship is valid.” 

― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

And, I would add, each phase of a writing project is valid

Because goodness knows, for some of my bigger projects there have been an awful LOT of phases. It’s all part of the process, I know, but there’s nothing quite like watching the crashing waves of a powerful ocean to remind one that the tide comes in and the tide goes out…day in, day out.

That, of course, is also the way work gets accomplished…day in and day out.

I was very blessed to be back in the beautiful Bahamas recently. The main purpose of my trip was to spend 5 nights at the home of the Bahamian writer, Sherelle Wallace, to give her feedback on & brainstorm ideas about her upcoming “Live With a Local” program (to be launched in late 2020).

The idea is that a female traveler (preferably a writer but not necessarily) stays at Sherelle’s home (for maximum of a week) for a small nightly fee. In exchange, the visitor gets to experience the life and home of a local Bahamian.

In other words, I was Sherelle’s guinea pig 🙂 and it was a pretty good gig!

Sherelle picked me up at the Rock Sound airport and the laughs started there. I would write in the mornings, then in the afternoons (when she wasn’t working at her other job) she would show me the beaches & sights of South Eluethera. Sherelle’s home is in Greencastle.

Here are a few shots from our time together:

MA & Sherelle enroute to what the locals refer to as “Shoe Beach” because of the ship full of shoes that sank off the coast

 

Stunning Shoe Beach (not a shoe in sight)

 

MA & Sherelle at Cape Eluethera

 

Kalik & conch fritters…who could ask for anything more?

 

Post dinner rest in hammock at Cape Eluethera

 

 

Birds of a feather…Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera

 

My cozy creativity zone…I was writing up a storm!

 

Some of the items for sale in Enchantment store (in her home)

If you are interested in learning more about the “Live with a Local” program, please e-mail Sherelle at enchantmentgiftshop@hotmail.com.

Pineapple Fields Forever 

After parting ways with Sherelle, I moved to my old stomping grounds of Pineapple Fields (near Governors Harbour) where I wrote to my heart’s content for 4 days. I finished the next rewrite of my God’s Country screenplay (about the silent screen star, Nell Shipman) and got a new screenplay started. Yippee!

Here are some photos from my time at Pineapple Fields:

 

My PF writing zone 🙂

 

Wow.

 

My beloved Tippy’s beach

That’s it for now from this gypsy gazelle. Hope you are doing well and gearing up for a happy holiday season 🙂

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 weekly blog, please sign up here.

 

published in Christmas, Creativity, Inspiration by Maryanne | November 5, 2019 | No Comment

Craft Show Crunch

 

Trial set-up of the Pink Gazelle Cards & Creations table

“When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance.”

www.LemonadeDesignStudio.Etsy.com

The crunch is on for the first Christmas craft show of the season.

I know, I know…we just got through Halloween and haven’t even got to Remembrance Day yet! But it is what it is and the First Chance Christmas Craft Show in Sidney, BC is this weekend: Nov 9th & 10th. 

If you live in the area, please come by the Pink Gazelle Cards & Creations booth and say hi!

If not, here are a few snaps of what my little Santa’s workshop in Qualicum Beach has looked like of late:

My garage is the perfect spot for a studio to paint sand dollars

 

Boy did I move to the right place for THIS craft…sand dollars galore on my local beach!

 

Creative madness of making new x-mas cards out of old ones

 

A little sampling of this year’s “re-purposed” x-mas cards (we sell them for $1 which people LOVE)

 

These tags also sell like hot-cakes 🙂

 

Assembling the “Potent Prosperity Principles” quote card sets ($7.95)

 

Found this gorgeous photo of a wolf to use at the show to display the “A Wolf Called Nakoda” story sets ($9.95 each with $2 to JPMF & $2 to Wolf Awareness)

 

I SO love the beautiful cover (designed by the publisher, BHC Press) of the novel version of my book!

 

Having a little geometrical fun with the “Wise Owl Wisdom” quote sets ($7.95)…usually our biggest seller at the craft shows, as they make a perf stocking stuffer 🙂

If you’d like to order anything, many of these items are also available in our Etsy Store (not the x-mas cards & tags…but if you REALLY want some, e-mail me).

Wish me luck this weekend! There WILL be photos in next week’s blog. Roxanne Low, who photographed me a couple of years ago (we’re still laughing about that boudoir photo shoot…how could I know the Search & Rescue guys were right around the corner?) will be at the show, taking photos of vendors & their wares.

Till then, take care & have a super 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 weekly blog, please sign up here.

Purge, Toss, Recycle, Reflect: Is This What Happens At 50?

 

“I hope you will remove the clutter that prevents more from coming into your life.”

– Suze Orman

Purge, Toss, Recycle

As I ever so slowly continue to unpack my 200+ boxes from the move, I am purging, tossing and recycling like a mad-woman…not crazy-mad (although some would argue that) but a MAD WOMAN. As in, I am furious with myself for accumulating so much damn stuff over the years, never mind holding on to it for so long.

Upon reflection, here’s what I’m noticing…

The actual decisions as to what to keep and what to toss are easy. As I enter my sixth decade on the planet, I know what I want, need and love. As Marie Kondo would say, I know what “sparks joy.”

Making the decision is simple. Executing the decision is fast (put the item in the recycling bin, the thrift store box, the garbage or place it where it needs to go in the house). Where I am struggling is dealing with the psychological fall-out of purging all the old files in my office.

For it’s not just papers I’m getting rid of. I am also having to let go of an awful lot of goals, hopes and expectations I had set for myself as a writer. Not that I’m dying…I’m sure I still have plenty of time left to write. But I AM having to face the fact fact that despite my best intentions, I have not achieved anywhere near what I had hoped to, in the writing-department, by this point in my life.

Perhaps even more disconcerting is the fact that it’s not like I’ve been sitting around for the past 20 years, thinking about writing instead of actually writing (like the old days, before John’s death when I was 32 and got the wake-up call of all wake-up calls about the importance of working towards our dreams instead of just talking about them).

No. I have been writing…like a mad-woman. And yet I have not accomplished anywhere near what I had set out to. This is an extremely uncomfortable conclusion to arrive at.

And yet, I think it’s healthy. As such, I am trying to embrace this discomfort (rather like hugging a cactus) instead of denying it or running from it.

The fact of the matter is: time IS passing very quickly. And I’m hoping that the sooner I can shed that which I no longer want or need (or is no longer serving me), the more time and energy I will have to focus on what really matters to me – the relationships, projects, causes & activities – in the years that remains.

Is this what happens in our 50’s? We reach some sort of…point of reckoning? 

I would love to hear your perspective!

In the meantime, here are some photos from the past few weeks of purging, tossing & recycling:

Boxes of stuff headed to the thrift store 🙂

 

My wood nymph dress from ballet, complete with adorable cat pin (this did NOT get tossed)

 

My Nan Nan’s telephone table fits perfectly in the foyer

 

A cozy nook by the fire a.k.a. the reflection chair

 

My assistant on yet another backyard break

And here comes the new…

Of course, now that I am shedding stuff left, right & center, this is creating a vacuum in which to receive new stuff – but believe me, I am being VERY selective as to what new items make their way into my home and life.

Case in point is a BBQ.

I had left my old, rusted, beast of a BBQ behind in Sidney so was going to have to get a new one. But I looked out my living room window a few weeks ago and low and behold, right across the street a BBQ had appeared on the curb overnight – with with a big FREE sign stuck to it.

I raced out my front door lickity-split, dashed across the street and pounced on that BBQ like a fat kid on a Smartie. I had just opened the lid to inspect inside when the home owner came out her front door and greeted me with a big smile.

“It’s older but it’s barely been used,” she said. “Can you use it?”

Beaming, I rolled that puppy back across the street, parked it in my backyard and have been using it almost daily every since 🙂

Slow Motion Multi-Tasking

Interestingly, shortly after beating myself up about not getting enough writing projects completed yet, I heard on the radio about a concept called “Slow Motion Multi-Tasking.” Apparently it is a creative process that many geniuses (such as Einstein) have utilized to their advantage over the years.

Basically slow motion multi-tasking refers to the practice of working for a significant period of time on a single project then putting it aside, working on another large project then putting that aside and returning to the first project with a fresh perspective. I have been doing this for years with multiple projects and I DO see the benefit. I just get freaked out sometimes that nothing will ever get finished and sent out into the world.

Apparently, however, I am in good company with this practice of slow motion multi tasking, so I shall continue to persevere with patience and passion!

But I reckon a little self-reflection now and then is not a bad thing.

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.