21 DAYS OF PRAYER AND FASTING

(Mar1/18). Hi everyone! I know I’m late on getting this blog out to you but I wanted to do it just the same..:) so if you read my last blog you would’ve seen that I was planning to be a part of 21 days of prayer and fasting which included staying away from social media so that’s why you haven’t seen me on Facebook in a while. So I have to say that it really was a powerful time for me. It Really gave me the self awareness I have been needing…Showing me just how often the worldly things around me have control of my life.

I’ll start with the food part of things. We call it a fast but really it’s not a fast because I ate lots of food! I did something called the Daniel fast which meant eliminating meats, processed sugar, dairy, bread and alcohol. I close to include fish and eggs because I didn’t feel like I would get enough protein otherwise. So I ate a lot of fruit and vegetables, sweet potatoes, spinach, some whole-grain pasta And olive oil was definitely my best friend throughout this time!!

One of my comfort things is to snack at night before bed..chips or some cookies or cereal. Of course I couldn’t have any of that stuff but yet I still went to the cupboards looking for stuff I COULD have which I realized was defeating the purpose of the fast. I was supposed to be eliminating  the things in my life that were escapes/false fill ups And turning to God/scripture in those times instead. And I wasn’t doing that. I was just switching one habit for another. So I ended up adding a ‘no eating after 8pm’ rule. This was a hard one!

But overall I felt really great! I felt very clean and lighter on my feet. I think I may have lost a few pounds too, although that wasn’t the purpose of this, but a nice perk just the same :-)

Now onto the social media part…

I eliminated all Facebook use, Twitter, Instagram but I was still using my phone for texting emails and a little surfing on the net. But about one week in, Paul my husband and I both agreed we would shut our phones off completely after 5 PM each day for one week. So no emails, texting, social media or anything. And also no TV unless Ivy was watching one of her shows, then we could watch with her. It was awesome! No negative news channels seeping their negativity into my living room! I really hate watching the news…argh...

This was a tough one for Paul who really enjoys politics and keeping up on the news..😳

We discovered that our phone habits are off the charts these days! The amount of times we would unconsciously reach for that phone out of habit to check it was ridiculous!!! We are so attached to these phones!!

So they’re definitely was some withdrawal moments with that but we also had more conversation and actual human eye contact… Ha! Go figure!

Although I did catch Paul one night practically begging Ivy to watch one of her shows so he could watch too..😂. Nice, Daddy..🙄

And then we come to the prayer part of this. Our church gathered every morning, Monday through Friday at 6 AM to pray together for one hour. Everyone would show up in their ball caps and sweats, or sometimes pajamas I confess, and pray individually and as a group. So so powerful to be a part of something like that! I am not a morning person so getting up at 5:30 to be there by six was not an easy task for me, and I must admit I didn’t make it to every prayer meeting. Some mornings I would watch the app from our sister church that was streaming their prayer services online. 

We would start with a small talk/message from one of our leaders, Then we would scatter in the room and pray individually and then for the last few minutes we would come together as a group and pray corporately which means for things like our city, our schools, teachers, leaders. , students, etc.

The  message throughout this time that came to me most clearly was about surrender and trust. I would like some change in certain areas of my life but was I truly believing it was possible? No I wasn’t. I was asking for things but not completely trusting that it was possible. Trying to control from my end. (I’m such a control freak!) So I’m working on truly letting go and letting God, trusting in the process and allowing God to do what He needs to. And getting out of the way so He CAN do it!

 

Overall it was an extremely powerful experience and I have learned so much about myself and have come further in my walk with God. I highly recommend doing something like this. It can be any time of the year for any length of time. I’m hoping to continue some of these practices in the rest of my year and not get too far off the track! Not easy, thats for sure!

But I’m grateful to have the tools. The ups and downs of life will come no matter what but it’s comforting to know I have these tools to deal with them..:)

And onward we go!!!

NEW BEGINNINGS FOR 2018

(Jan.8/18) Hello friends and Happy New Year!!! I hope 2018 is pff to a great start for you!

Hi friends,

I hope everyone's 2018 is off to a good start!!

I'm doing something a little differently to start out the year that I wanted to share with you. 

I've been a part of a new church here in Nashville called Church of the Hills for the last year or so and it's been extremely positive and life giving for me and my family. 

So along with the rest of my church family I'm taking part in  '21 days of prayer' and fasting starting today! We'll be meeting each day at 6am for an hour to pray and worship and we'll all be doing various versions of fasting along side of that. Some will do a complete fast (only water) and some will do the 'Daniel fast' (fruits, veggies, nuts). I'm doing the Daniel fast so starting today no sugar, no bread, no chicken or beef, and no dairy. 😳 Eek! If you know me at all, giving up sugar is NOT going to be easy!! 

But all of this is to eliminate some of the 'clutter' in my life...things that may be getting in the way of spiritual connection.

connection I am also going to include a social media fast with my food eliminations. So no FB, twitter or Instagram for 21 days. I keep getting pulled into posts and comments that I don't like and I'm allowing too much negativity to cloud my thinking. Time to shut it down for bit and regroup...get some priorities straight..:)

So you won't see anything from me for awhile but I will report back at the end of 21 days to share my experience.

If anyone wants to join me, please do!! I think it's going to be life changing in so many ways!!!

Ok now...ready, set, go!!!

CCMAS IN SASKATOON!!!

(July 18/2017) I'm going to Saskatoon this year to be a part of Canadian Country Music week 2017!!! Whoohoo!!!

It's been a couple of years since I've been to the CCMA's so Im ultra excited about being there this year with all my friends and colleagues to celebrate all the successes of our Canadian country artists!

For the last several years the conference has included 'The Legends Show' and this year I have been invited to be a part of it! It's going to be on Sept.8 at Saskatoon's Sid Buckwold Theatre and it is truly going to be amazing! Paul Brandt, Madeline Merlo, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Ian Tyson, The Hunter Brothers and Brian Sklar, just to name a few, will all be on the show. How fun will that be...??? Tons!!

But everybody who has attended the CCMA weekend, especially the ladies, knows that its really all about what you're going to wear...right??!! I like to call it operation CCMAwardrobe..:) So many different events require so many different outfits of course...shoes, jewelry, handbags, tops, bottoms...it's quite an ordeal folks!
So needless to say I've got my work cut out for me...ha! Let the games begin!!!

CCMA'S IN SEPTEMBER!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

11/21/16 - Oh my, what a whirlwind!! The fall tour of 2016 is completed..20 shows, 20 towns and over over 5000km later, I'm back in Nashville looking back on all the adventures...
Id like to say a huge thankyou to every town we stopped in and for all the warm welcomes and amazing hospitality! We met so many wonderful people along the way..:)
And also a special shout out to OSAC and Slip Taylor for his brilliant job in coordinating 11 of our shows through SK...thankyou!!
And I can't forget to thank Tammy Fox and Fox Entertainment Agency for all of their super hard work to make the entire tour happen...you are much appreciated!!
I have to say what a pleasure it was to be up on stage every night singing all those Patsy classics...my kinda music for sure...and occasionally seeing someone give their spouse a knowing glance as the intro to a familiar song would play, perhaps remembering a time they heard the song or danced to it..❤️ Such special moments!!
Patsys music brings such nostalgia to so many people!
We are coming up on Thanksgiving in the US and I have much to be thankful for! The fact that I am still able to be out on the road performing after all these years and people will still go out and spend hard earned money for a ticket to one of my shows, fills me with a ton of gratitude! I'm a lucky lady! 💃🏾
My family is healthy, my home is warm and my friends are plenty. Can't ask for much more than that!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!

Peace and love,
Lisa
 

A Busy Fall Ahead!!

08/30/16
Well the leaves are falling, the kids are back in school, the Halloween decorations are coming out and.......and its still 95 degrees in Nashville and like a sauna!!!! Ahhhhh!!
Yep, I am ready for some cooler weather...this Canadian girl can't take the heat! Over 20 years in Nashville and I still cant get used to it ;)

Anyways, I'm getting started on the preparations for my up coming tour schedule with The Patsy Cline Project...it's gonna be jam packed! I'll be starting in northern ON and then heading west to SK and then a few more dates in AB and then finishing up in Maple Ridge, BC, Awesome! Gonna be a blast! The prairies have some of the best country music fans!!
Also, on another note, I'm excited to tell you that I'm putting another show together to follow The Patsy Cline Project, It will be called "Legendary Ladies of Country" and will feature some of the hits of many of the iconic females of country music that were influential to me like Tammy Wynette, Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris, Tanya Tucker....this will be so fun!! The hard part will be choosing the songs because there are SO many great ones and I have to fit it all into just one show..:)

So lots happening folks! Gonna be a bust fall but Im looking forward to all the crazy fun!!!

You can go to lisabrokop.com/shows for your dates....

Thanks everybody!

Lisa
 

RODAN + FIELDS


06/27/16
Hi everyone!
I hope your summer is moving along fantastically! It's hotter than heck here in Nashville...feels like a hair dryer blowing at me every time I walk outside! But that's a TN summer for ya. I'm heading to Vancouver in the 3rd week of July for a concert at Bluefrog Studios in White Rock, BC and I CANT WAIT to feel that Pacific ocean breeze!!

But now I want to tell you about my latest bit of news...I have just joined forces with the skincare company Rodan + Fields and am one of their newest independent consultants! Whoohoo!! A round of applause please..:)
This is very exciting folks! I was inspired to do this by my good friend Carolyn Dawn Johnson who has had some amazing success with the company and I'm now on her team and super excited about the possibilities for myself and the people who will decide to join MY team!
The founders of the company are Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, world renowned dermatologists and creators of Proactiv Solution. They are redefining the future of anti-aging skincare with dermatology based products that have clinically proven results. They established the company on the principle that living better in your skin means living better in your life. They believe everyone should have the opportunity to make a difference in their own lives as well as in the lives of others. Awesome! I love that!

On a more personal note, when I went to a gathering at CDJ's to hear about Rodan + Fields the biggest thing I took away from that meeting was the positive energy in the room, the inspiration from those that had already joined the company. It was all about empowering each other, lifting each other up with an attitude of 'my success comes from your success' and vise versa. Not to mention, everyone there had really beautiful skin!!
So I decide I wanted what these ladies had, in my own life, so I jumped in!

So far I am loving it! The people, the products, the positive energy...all of it.
I have been using the R+F SOOTHE regimen (for sensitive skin) and I noticed a difference in my skin tone and texture within a couple days..yes, it really is fantastic stuff!
There are 4 main regimens: SOOTHE, REDEFINE, REVERSE, and UNBLEMISH. Each one deals with a different issue, whether its wrinkles, brown spots, acne, dry skin etc, there is something for every skin type. And there is the Solution Tool which can help you determine what products you need for your skin. It will ask you some questions and give you advice on what to do. Plus there are some amazing Enhancement products to compliment the regimen you choose like the REDEFINE multi-function eye cream (I've heard ladies swear by this stuff for dark circles and puffiness!) or the micro-dermabrasion paste for exfoliating with vitamin C and E. And there are SO many other amazing products!

And I also love the fact that I'll be able to combine this business very nicely with my touring schedule. All I need is wi-fi and I can do it from anywhere. I don't need an office or a garage to store a bunch of product. Its all done through the internet and my own personal R+F website. This is a uniquely designed business model that you can fit into the life you already have, on your own terms.

I am really looking forward to building my business with Rodan + Fields! If you'd like to know more about it please check out my website at LBrokop.myrandf.com or if you have any questions about it shoot me a message. Maybe you'd like to start your own business too! Come on!

Thanks everybody!
Lisa

CCMA'S IN SEPTEMBER!!!!! 

(July 18/2017) I'm going to Saskatoon this year to be a part of 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards!! Whoohoo!!!!!!!!!

It's been a couple of years since I've been to the CCMA's so I'm ultra excited about being there this year with all my friends and colleagues to celebrate all the successes of our Canadian country artists! 

For the last several years the conference has included 'The Legends Show' and this year I have been invited to be a part of it! It's going to be on Sept. 8 at Saskatoon's Sid Buckwold…

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Family Disney Cruise! 

Are there any 3 better words than 'Family Disney Cruise'? I don't think so!
Yes we are all going on a Disney cruise in February...so exciting!! My mom and dad will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year and in honor of that they are taking my family and my brothers family on a cruise. Whoohoo!!!
I've heard that this is a really awesome way to experience Disney without going to the theme parks and spending most of your time in a line up. We'll get to meet alot of the characters and experience…Read more

Pledge Music Campaign Official Launch!! 

I'm off and running with my campaign for 'Lisa Brokop: The Patsy Cline Project'! I'm doing this through Pledge Music and so far I'm loving the experience! Already I've had several people get on board with the project (pledgers) and I am so grateful for the early support on this! 

I would love for as many people as possible to take this journey with me so if you want to know more about it you can go to Pledge Music and become a 'Pledger' which means you'll have access to exclusive updates and offers on my…Read more

Pledge Music 

PledgeMusic.com

Hey all! I'm excited to fill you in on the next step of 'The Patsy Cline Project'!

I am planning to get back in the studio and record a new album in June and this time around I will be partnering with PledgeMusic.com

And what does that mean? Well, PledgeMusic.com provides an opportunity for artists and fans to work together...to take the standard recording process and turn it into a unique and amazing journey for me AND you!

I will have a page on the PledgeMusic site that will take you through…Read more

"The Patsy Cline Project"...coming soon 

Well we finally got rid of all the ice and snow in Nashville...craziest winter I've ever seen here! But we are all thawed out and spring is on its way...75 degrees today...whoohoo!

Things are busy as ever with my new endeavour, "The Patsy Cline Project". I just completed a video shoot of two Patsy classics, 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Strange' with my friends at Take 8 Films. Special thanks to Julian Chojniacki for doing an amazing job on these songs! There will be an album for this project and a whole lot of…Read more

Langara Fishing Lodge 

I'm at Langara Fishing Lodge right now which is located in The Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii just south of the Alaskan Pan Handle...Yup, I'm way up north! 
But what an amazing experience! I'm here with Paul and about six other family members and we've all been out on the fishing boats. Everyone in our group has caught a fish (chinook salmon) except for me so far.  I had one on my line two different times and both of them got free… boohoo.

Aside from the fish, the wildlife is amazing as well. We saw…Read more

World Vision Canada 

I'm very excited to tell you that I will be partnering up with World Vision Canada once again!  They will be out on the road with me on my upcoming tour dates with Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan and will have all the information you need to sponsor a child.

As some of you know, I had the privilege of visiting El Salvador a few years back and got to see first hand how World Vision works. It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had!  I ended up sponsoring one of the children that I met on that trip…Read more

North… Way North 

As you know, I'll be heading up to Canada in June to be a part of the Pam Tillis/Lorrie Morgan "Grits & Glamour'" tour dates in June. But just before that, Paul and I will be heading up to Langara Lodge for a couple days which is located at the very tip of the Haida Gwaii on the Queen Charlotte Islands. You can actually see Alaska from there on a clear day! We've been asked to go up and do an acoustic show for the people that come up there on fishing expeditions. I actually got the chance to go up once…Read more

Canadian Hang 

I went out and saw my pals Small Town Pistols (Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson) put on a showcase here in Nashville last night and they TOTALLY rocked!

It was so great to hear their new music… And the place was full of Canadians, of course. It seems when one of our acts from Canada has got something going on we all show up to support! Michelle Wright, Patricia Conroy, Brett Kissel, Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive), Wes Mack, Kortney Wilson were all part of the crowd, plus a ton of others. I know, I'm totally name…Read more

On The Road 

Touring season is fast aproaching so I went out yesterday for a jog to get in shape for the road… Holy out of shape, batman! First one of the season is a killer.  I've got some work to do… lol.

BIG NEWS… Just got word I'll be out with two of my favorite country female artists in June… PAM TILLIS and LORRIE MORGAN! So excited! I used to sing songs from both of them when I was just getting started so this will be such an honor! 

These dates will be in June in MB and SK. Stay tuned for dates, times, etc. on my…Read more