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Frock Off Book by Jo Dibblee is Fantastic!


“Not knowing or too scared to see what else was possible, I clung to our marriage for dear life until I realized I didn’t have to merely survive. I had a choice: either deal with my demons and frocks or live a half-life in disguise. One by one I gave up my frocks…the power of acceptance took hold of me, and I was on a mission to change my course.”

– Jo Dibblee, Frock Off; Living Undisguised

Have you ever read The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls?

If so, then I think you will LOVE this memoir by Jo Dibblee: Frock-Off; Living Undisguised. If you haven’t read The Glass Castle but enjoy reading a candid memoir that doesn’t hold back from telling the truth, then I highly recommend Frock-Off.

Here is a snapshot of the Frock-Off book:

With parents tormented by secrets, guilt and shame, Jo Dibblee quickly learns to protect herself. Faced with her parents’ alcoholism, drug abuse and depression, along with the sexual assault and stalking of a foster parent, early in life Jo began to use a coping strategy she now calls “frocking.”

With humour and hope, Jo shares the harrowing rollercoaster of her life story and gives the low-down on frocking – how she learned it and used it to survive, how she found it holding her back and what she had to do, once and for all: Frock OFF.

Despite harsh truths, brushes with death and agonizing betrayals, Jo’s heart shines through these pages, offering promise, wisdom and inspiration to any reader who has learned to hide and longs to be free.

Why the book resonated with me

Quite frankly, it is a miracle Jo physically survived her unbelievable childhood – let alone learned to thrive in the way she has. But she certainly has…and continues to be an inspiration to many – both because of who she is AND what she does.

I first crossed paths with Jo Dibblee in 2008, when I was speaking at a women’s networking event in Alberta. Then we went our separate ways. Eight years later, our paths crossed again at a different event in British Columbia – and I was astounded to hear about Jo’s story. So I immediately ordered her book.

Despite of all that she has been through – or perhaps because of all that she has been through – Jo is unstoppable in her commitment to empowering women to reach their highest potential. I am very honoured to know her AND to have spoken at two of her Frock-Off events.

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.

You name it, there is a probably a frock or two in most of our closests that should probably be given the heave-ho 🙂

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.


Pssst…Wanna Win a Gift for YOU?

Check Out Our Quick Christmas Contest


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

– Dr. Suess

I don’t know about you but I have this odd habit of giving gifts to other people that I personally love. A good book often meets that criteria.

So for our little year-end Christmas contest, we are offering up the chance to win a book of your choice. But we’re only giving you two books to choose from – partly because I’m a bit of a bossy Santa 🙂 and partly because both books have truly impacted me this past year.

And the two books are:

Big Magic; Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Productivity Project; Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey

I have already written several blogs about these two outstanding books, so if you would like more information on why these books have resonated so much with me, the links are at the bottom of this blog.

Quick Christmas Contest

If you would like to win one either Big Magic or The Productivity Project, just send us an e-mail (with subject heading: “Christmas Contest”) with the following info:

A) State WHICH book you would like to win.

B) Tell us (in a few sentences) WHY you would like to read it.

All names will be entered into the draw. Contest ends on Dec 24th 🙂

Good luck and I hope you have a happy holiday season…may it involve much reading, reflection and relaxation. And here’s to a creative and productive 2017 for all. Ho ho ho!

Related Blogs by Maryanne

Hey Busy Bee – How Productive ARE You in that Little Hive of Yours?

Do You Procrastinate? Here’s a Tip: Think of Your Future Self

Using Creativity to Bring More Joy & Beauty to the World

Beautiful Big Magic – the Book AND the Magic

Books With Bite

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 her weekly blog, please sign up here.


published in Beauty, Christmas, Creativity, Giving, PGP Promotions by Maryanne | November 21, 2016 | 2 Comments

Art Alert: Check out these Delightful Wax & Tissue Prints by Melanie Pope



“Pure creativity is something better than a necessity; it’s a gift. It’s the frosting. Our creativity is a wild and unexpected bonus from the universe.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic; Creative Living Beyond Fear

What kind of Auntie am I? Why, a rather brilliant one, I’d say.

At the First Chance Craft Show in Sidney, BC in early November, I had the idea of placing a selection of some of the striking Wax & Tissue prints, created by my niece, Melanie Pope, on the very top of the display case on our table.


Because the visually captivating prints were then at eye-height, what this did was draw customers in to our Pink Gazelle Cards booth.

Worked like a charm 🙂

Yes, that’s right: I used the bait of my niece’s beautiful artwork to reel people in to our booth, so we could sell them all sorts of cool stuff…including her delightful prints, of course. And people loved them!

What are Wax & Tissue Prints?

Melanie is a painter and creates original paintings, often on commission. But before she sells her original painting, she takes a photo of the painting – and/or parts of the painting.

Then she chooses an image she thinks will work well as a smaller print and has it printed right onto special tissue paper.

Then a piece of Masonite board is cut to size and the face is painted white. The edges are sometimes painted a different color for different effects. The tissue paper is then carefully lined up and mounted onto the Masonite board and then hot wax is brushed over top. It’s quite the process!

When the wax dries, the finished effect is striking, partly because of the unusual texture and partly because the original artwork is outstanding.

In case you are interested in ordering a print before we head into the next craft fair (Dec 10th & 11th), here are the Wax & Tissue prints we have left:








With the exception of the slightly larger moth print, all the other prints are 4 inches x 3 inches.

The prints are $10 each or 3 for $25.

To order

If you see something you like, just send us an e-mail to place your order.

To see some of Melanie’s other fabulous artwork, here is a link.

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 her weekly blog, please sign up here.