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Maybe True Love Means Tough Love? 

 

“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny.”

– John O’Donohue, Anam Cara

What would you do if your dream was handed to you on the same platter as your soul mate’s life?

Not all fairy tales have happy endings…but perhaps the best ones aren’t meant to? Maybe true love is also tough love?

Please click here to watch a 2-min book trailer, Do You Believe in Soul Mates?

“We must own our true stories. In doing so, we begin again to belong to the world in the way only we can. The door to soul opens.”

– Bill Plotkin, Soulcraft

Coming Sept 13th, 2018…

“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.

Don’t go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the door sill where the two worlds touch. 

The door is round and open. 

Don’t go back to sleep.”

– Rumi

About A Widow’s Awakening

With over 2000 copies sold, the self-published edition of A Widow’s Awakening (2008) touched the heart and soul of readers.

Ten years later, we are thrilled to announce the book has been picked up for publication by BHC Press. The book will be published as a fictional novel on Sept 13th, 2018.

To pre-order a copy of the book, please visit BHC Press for a list of on-line booksellers.

This extraordinary story is a candid portrayal of Maryanne’s journey through the first year of grief after the on-duty death of her police officer husband. Engaging, powerful and heart-wrenching, this book captures the immense difficulty of accepting the unacceptable while learning to transform loss into positive change.

What Readers Are Saying…

“I started reading A Widow’s Awakening on Sunday and finished it Monday. The first third of your book touched me in ways I hadn’t anticipated. I cried so hard, my eyes became swollen; the pain was so real. I haven’t cried that hard in a long, long time. The grief you expressed was so real to me, as I experienced my own grief in a similar way. Reading your book has been healing for me.” 

– Cristy

“What an incredibly powerful and moving book! Although I had tears in my eyes as I read each page, I think your messages are uplifting and are so important in challenging the human spirit to make our lives mean something meaningful in this world, by helping others and doing something more for society. It is so cleverly written and thought provoking. I haven’t enjoyed a book this much since I taught classic literature to high school students a few years ago.”

– Sarah

“WOW! As soon as I read the first line, I couldn’t put the book down. The truth on soul-mates, hope, after-life, happiness, sadness…you definitely told your tale as it is. I can’t stop talking about this book. I’m glad you shared your story with us.”

– Parveen

For additional reader testimonials, please click here.

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 weekly blog, please sign up here. Maryanne lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

published in Beauty, Dreams/Goals, Gratitude, Inspiration, Writing by Maryanne | June 19, 2018 | 9 Comments

Mill Bay Bonanza – Writer’s Paradise Found

 

The view out my front door in Mill Bay

“Each life needs its own quiet place.”

– Melody Beattie

Well, I sure hit the jackpot on this rental! 

Wowsa woo…I have landed in a writer’s paradise, my friends. My temporary home in the retirement community (50+ so I just squeaked in!) of Arbutus Ridge in Mill Bay is not only beautiful, it is beyond quiet. Hooray!

Mill Bay is 40 minutes north of Victoria, BC (on Vancouver Island).

I suspect I am one of the younger residents and that suits me & Sadie just fine for a summer of writing.

My backyard backs onto the 7th hole of the golf course:

We arrived on Friday morning and within 30 seconds of getting out of the car, Sadie vanished from the back yard…gone. I raced around, calling her name and wondering where the heck a senior retriever could have disappeared to – so fast. Silly me. A moment later, Sadie saunters back into the yard – from the golf course, of course – stolen golf ball in mouth. Proud as a peacock, she drops the ball at my feet. Oh boy.

 

Sadie not nearly as impressed with her stuffie as a golf ball

On a happier note, there is a pool in the Village Centre!

I am thankful to be able to stay here for three & a half months – which is a record for me, of late 🙂

How is your summer shaping up? 

I will be focusing on getting some larger writing projects finished over the summer, so you may not hear from me as often. But I will whip up a WWOW blog every now & then.

Take care, stay safe and have a wonderful summer!

“Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.”

– Rumi

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, Creativity, Dreams/Goals, Gratitude, Inspiration, Travel, Writing by Maryanne | March 14, 2018 | 2 Comments

Sedona Unplugged

 

“The person who knows you the best is you. We have eyes that watch ourselves. We know what we want. You need courage not to turn away from that.”

– Ilchi Lee, The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart

Howdy! 

Oh my goodness…I am SO flippin’ grateful to be seeing such breathtaking beauty on this road trip. What a planet!

After leaving Yuma, my GPS took me a bit of an odd way to Sedona and I ended up in the Sonoran Desert. Check out the size of these cacti (when they are this big, they’re likely hundreds of years old):

Cacti in Sonoran Desert

Seeing the red rocks of Sedona for the first time really DID take my breath away. I had never been to Sedona before and wasn’t entirely convinced it could possibly be as beautiful as they say. It was. I think I left my heart there.

The gate at my sweet casita

Our casita rental was perfect…clean, cozy, extremely quiet and high up in the mountains so there wasn’t much in the way of cell phone service or wifi. HOORAY! I needed to unplug for a few days…no texts, no e-mails and very little social media. When I went into town (to get to the different trail heads), I would quickly post some photos on social media but other than that, the break away from the damn phone and e-mail was very much needed.

While in Sedona, I focused on some bigger writing projects and did plenty of hiking. WOW! Here are some photos from Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte:

 

 

 

I came home from a hike one day and got chatting with the woman, Sue, who lived in the home behind my casita. She invited me for a drink so I went over, hummus & crackers in hand. We talked like we’d known each other for years – and then went back to our respective routines. I suspect that is how it goes in Sedona.

Of course, Sedona is also believed to be a vortex meditation site…places of power in the red rocks that enhance prayer, contemplation and reflection for people of all faiths. A vortex, I learned, is an area of enhanced energy that is thought to provide inspiration and well-being.

There are several well-known vortexes in Sedona, such as Boynton Canyon (which I got to hike on a blue sky day!):

 

Whatever the heck is going on, energy-wise, in Sedona I tapped into it big-time.

From a writing perspective, I stopped being so adamant about finishing one project before working on another, which is really scary! But in Sedona, I felt the need to relax a little and allow myself to work on the project that was calling to me that day versus forcing myself to finish what needed finishing.

Sure enough, my creativity soared…and I had insights in one project that sparked insights on another. The combination of unplugging from technology for a few days and allowing myself to write for the sheer joy of writing, (instead of writing to get the damn thing done) seemed to unplug whatever it was that had got stuck…the old synapses were certainly firing in Sedona.

And then, on the day I went hiking at Boynton, the parking lot was full so I asked an old-timer where I could park. He suggested (a tad grumpily) that I park in “RV only” area. So I was just about to pull away when he reached into his pocket and pulled out a heart-shaped red rock and handed it to me.

“This is for you,” he said. “A gift from Mother Nature…unconditional love and magic.”

I smiled, thanked him and took the rock. Magic was just the word I needed to hear for the writing project I’d been working on that morning. I suspect that sort of thing also happens quite a bit in spiritual Sedona.

Because it was too hot most days to leave Sadie in the car, I left her at the casita when I went hiking. But don’t feel too badly for her, this was the scenery on our morning walks around the ‘hood:

On our last day, the weather shifted back to the more seasonal norm and it was cool enough to take her with me on a hike. This is a great shot of Sadie…she matches red earth!

Then we left Sedona and headed to Tusuyan to see the Grand Canyon…I shall save for those photos for next week.

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic week!

“Even when it comes to our own problems, there are many times when we say, “I don’t know,” and fool ourselves. Because when we acknowledge we know something, we have to act on it, so we tell ourselves we don’t.”

– Ilchi Lee, The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart

If you are just joining us on our Bohemian Writing Road Trip Adventure & would like to do a little catch-up reading 🙂 here are my previous blogs:

She Packed Up Her Potential…

Write On – Writing What We Know May Help Teach Us What We Need to Learn

On the Road…But Nearly Not

Surprise! Greetings from Newport

Is That a Dipstick in Your Pocket – Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Dipstick Theme Continues – Don’t Get Excited

Hunkered Down in Hollywood

Celebrating 50 in Style

California Chillin’ (Sorta) in San Diego

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