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published in Beauty, Christmas, Greeting Cards, Inspiration, PGP Promotions, Small Business by Maryanne | November 21, 2018 | No Comment

Come Visit Us at the Calgary Christmas Market!


“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”

– George Bernard Shaw

Howdy! I hope you are doing well and have managed to stay clear of the cold & flu bugs this time of year. I have been sick for more than 3 weeks now with some sort of nasty cough. Ugh!

On a happier note, I will have a Pink Gazelle Cards & Creations table at the Calgary Farmers’ Christmas Market this year from Nov 29th to Dec 2nd. 

So if you live in the Calgary area, come on by and say hi!

At the market (510 – 77 Ave SE, Calgary, AB) you’ll find the very best from the regular market vendors, plus seasonal vendors – all offering Yuletide gifts, food, jewelry, décor and more. And be sure to stay for a snack…yum! There will be plenty of special events going on – from Santa, cookie decorating and live ice carving to viewing Santa’s Reindeer and more.

And there is no admission fee and free parking!

The Christmas market runs Thursdays to Sundays through till Dec 23rd. But I will be there just the one weekend (Thur Nov 29th to Sun Dec 2nd, 9 am to 5 pm).

Here’s a sampling of what we’ll have for sale at Pink Gazelle Cards & Creations:

Hand-painted sand dollar decorations ($5, $7 & $9):


A variety of inspirational quote cards sets ($8 for set of 30 cards):


Re-purposed Christmas Cards ($1 each) & Christmas gift tags (5 for $1): 


Photo Greeting Cards ($4 each or 3 for $10):


Wax & Tissue Prints by Melanie Pope ($8 each): 

For details on Melanie’s Wax & Tissue Prints, here is the link.


A Widow’s Awakening Novel by Maryanne Pope ($20 each, all proceeds to the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund):

For further information on the book, please click here.

Most of these products are also available through the PGP on-line store

But if you see something you may like to order (such as the sand dollars or wax & tissue prints) that isn’t in the store, just send us an e-mail!

“Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it.”

– Twyla Tharp

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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


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.

Impossible Dreams – Bringing Your Vision to Life



“It always seems impossible until it is done.”

– Nelson Mandela

I was at a business networking event in Victoria recently and heard an excellent speaker deliver a presentation that really resonated with me, so I thought I’d share a bit about that in this blog.

The event was hosted by the Westshore Women’s Business Network and the speaker was Barbara Edie, author of Creating the Impossible; What It Takes to Bring Your Vision to Life.

Barbara’s presentation was about the importance of achieving our dreams – and since I am smack in the middle of writing my own book on that same subject matter (Barrier Removed; A Tough Love Guide to Achieving Your Dreams,) I was very interested to hear what she had to say 🙂

Here are a few highlights from Barbara’s presentation:

In regards to why some people DON’T tend to pursue their dreams, comfort plays a key role. “Safe and secure,” Barbara said, “is often the reason people stay where they are and don’t make a change.”

This reminded me of one of my favourite quotes by Anais Nin. A previous owner had written it on the side of the garden shed in my yard in Sidney – and when I saw it, I knew it was another little sign this was the home for me:

Barbara also spoke about how sometimes people don’t pursue their dreams because on some level, they think they are impossible to achieve – so why bother?

“But the only time dreams become impossible,” said Edie, “is in your thinking.”

Or as Nelson Mandela put it: “It always seems impossible until it is done.”

As to HOW to achieve our dreams – bring your vision to life – Barbara talked about the importance of FOCUS.

“Focus is everything,” she said. “All powerful creators begin with the end in mind.”

And when you know what your vision is and you have the focus to take the necessary steps to achieve it, another useful technique is to take the time to tap into the positive emotion that you will feel when you do achieve it. If you can visualize ahead of time that positive emotion associated with your achievement, this will help bring about the actual achievement faster.

For me, this idea opened up a smelly little can of worms. I had a huge aha! moment. When I think of the end result of achieving my dreams – say when one of my screenplays is seen as a movie on the big screen – I don’t feel positive emotion. I feel all sorts of negative emotions: fear, anxiety, nervousness. What if it sucks? What if it is a failure? What if everybody hates it – or people are pissed off at me?

Or what if it IS a hit…how will I handle all the extra work and responsibilities and change that come with significant success? I can scarcely handle my life now (well, okay, it’s really just the unanswered e-mail that is out of control).

For me, writing itself is my passion. The process of writing is my happy place – not the finished product…which likely explains why so many of my big writing projects are taking so damn long to get produced!

But of course now that I am AWARE of this, things will change…because I will change 🙂

Barbara also spoke about the integral role that intuition can play in helping guide us. “When we start to tap into our soul’s magic,” she explained, “things can start to happen quite quickly.”

This is certainly what I am experiencing!

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

– Albert Einstein

Barbara reiterated the importance of paying attention to the things that are going on around us – and in us. If we get a feeling to call a friend or reach out to someone, to do it…because we just never know the higher reason. Perhaps it is something they really need from us – or it may lead to an opportunity that is just waiting to present itself.

Barbara called this the FYI principle: Follow Your Intuition.

And why do we need to follow our intuition?

“Because,” she said, “Intuition is how your heart communicates with your higher self.”

Love it!

“And when you act,” she continued, “you will be amazed at the things that come together – because the Universe responds to action.”

The key word here, of course, is ACTION. 

After her presentation, I went up to Barbara and introduced myself. I thanked her and explained that much of what she’d said had really clicked with me. Then, for some reason, we got chatting about how it’s not the number of years we live that matters as much as how we live the years we do have.

“Even when someone does make it to 90,” she said, “that doesn’t necessarily mean they have really lived 90 years. Rather, they may have just pretty much lived the same year over and over again, 90 times.”

Wow, eh?

To sum up, here are Barbara’s 3 tips to help bring your vision to life: 

1.) Focus!

2.) Once you have your vision, tap into the positive emotion you will feel when you achieve your dream

3.) Follow Your Intuition

Related blogs by Maryanne

Without Focus and Follow-Through You May Be Just Spinning Your Wheels

Synchronicity – The Universe’s Way of Saying You Are Getting Warmer

Willpower Launches You On Your Journey – Good Habits Ensure You Will Arrive

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.