Tell Your Story

The conference today was amazing. The keynote speakers, Carrie Doll and Leah Podollan, were uplifting and inspiring. The other presenters and organizers were all fantastic. (P.S. Leah shares yummy recipes on her website that are for the allergy-afflicted, as she has had to learn to cook for her son who deals with 28 allergies! Check it out!)

Carrie giving her keynote speech.

Carrie giving her keynote speech.

And I got a great response to my Online Marketing session, so I am thankful for that. I also managed to squeeze it in in under an hour. Yay!

I snagged an image of these awesome Ariel leggings because MERMAID! How great are these?!

I snagged an image of these awesome Ariel leggings because MERMAID! How great are these?!

Plus, I made a new friend. Krystina Dubrule, you are one amazing lady. This local gal started a business selling awesome clothing (LOTSA cool leggings!) a year and a half ago using a direct sales model, and her business has exploded. I was so encouraged as she shared her successes and struggles running a company that has grown so very, very quickly. I know she is on the road to continued success!

Check out her company, Du North Darling Designs and be inspired!

Besides all the amazing stories of women on different points in their journeys, and so many entrepreneurial women who are "Making their own reality" (wise words that Carrie shared in her talk), this conference has moved me further ahead on my own journey. I have learned so much so I could teach the marketing session, as is often the case, and I look forward to becoming even better at marketing what I do.

For now, I better get back to doing what I do... and keep laying out my book for publishing!

Who has inspired you this week, friends? I would love to hear about it!

Now You're Talking my Language

I just found the most adorable shop on Etsy, with beautiful and original graphic pillow and cushion covers. I highly recommend you check out Soeur à la Soeur . Here is one of my favourites (which, ironically, is very different in style from any of the other pillows I saw in their shop, but this one just seemed like it needed to be posted on this particular blog. I think you'll understand why.)

Great Website for Kids

My friend Aakanksha (who happens to be having a birthday today! Happy Birthday, Ace!) sent me the link to this website a long, long time ago. It's great. No wonder she sent it to me.

Go check it out.



Favourite Blogs

A Day In The Life Of Dawn - Guess who?
All Things Hamlin - Beth
Captain Cat's Diaries -
Caveat Emptor - Scott
Gimme Five! - Clare
Graphic Designer Nerd - GrafxGurl
Hanging Out The Wash - Angela
Heather Anne Hogan - Do I need to say it again?
Just Swingin' A Cat Here... - Logan
Kelly Well - Bet you can't guess!
A Little Bit Crazy - Anne
Mama Says So - Rohini
Momma of 4 Blessings - Stacey
Peefers Home - Peefer
The Pancake Chronicles - Colleen
Perennial Effervescence - Aakanksha
Susan Hated Literature - Fence
VixterG - Vicki

More Great Blogs

Chief Executive Mom - Annie
Cunning Quotes - Fence again
Corpus Christi - Jason
The Deutschers - Laurie
Following The Herd - Peggy
My Part of Colorado - Paul
Oh No You Didn't! - Sarah
Ponderosa Pinings
Sentiments by Denise - Uh, duh?
thoughts from the deep recesses. - Cathy
Vander Meander - Dixie


Amanda Magnusson
Ang Winters
Dagies Life In A Day - Christa
egg in spoon - Jill
One day at a Time! - Candice
Simply Me Jen

Knit Up A Storm!

The Brown Sheep
the blue blog - Alison
Yarn Boy
Yarn Harlot -Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Scrap It!

Ali Edwards' Blog
{Bits and Pieces} - Cathy Zielske's Blog
My Favourite Close To My Heart Consultant - Robin Berreth

Musical Heroes

Shaun Groves' blog
Steven Curtis

On A Mission!

The Juhlins
Impact Asia--The McIntosh's
Share The Word Ministries

For Hum-Drum Days

Creation Science Evangelism
Ooparts (Out Of Place Artifacts)
Institute for Creation Research

Take A Stand!

United Mothers And Fathers


Winters Distributing - Store
Winters Distributing - Blog
Saddle Pads 'N More--Spot the Best Deals Here!

You Guys! You Guys!

The coolest thing happened this week. My friend, Dawn--yes, the Dawn whose name keeps getting mentioned here--started a blog!!

Dawn is one of my dearest friends. She is always super-supportive, loving, encouraging, and is a constant portrait of someone living in submission to Christ (or at least trying to!) I can't begin to name the things I have learned from her. We have so much in common, including our parenting styles, our "weird" stand on the pagan trappings surrounding certain holidays, and our love of health and nutrition.

Dawn and her husband Michael just moved away from Sylvan Lake (where I'm from) this past summer, as he got his first teaching job in a teeny-tiny town in Saskatchewan. We haven't seen each other in person in way too long, but Dawn continues to be an amazing friend during this "long-distance relationship" time of our lives. So, that is why I am absolutely thrilled that she began her own blog--now we will have one more way to keep in touch. PLUS! Then you can get to know this amazing lady, too, if you so choose. Please pop on over there and welcome her to bloggy-land!

Happy Thursday, friends! I will hopefully have time to post more about my own adventures in a day or two. Noah's birthday is on Monday, and we are having his party Sunday, and I'm also super-busy with other stuff, so we'll see how it goes.

What are you doing this weekend?

Happy Anniversary at the Winters Day In(n)

I was so intent on posting my newsletter yesterday that I completely forgot that it was also my one-year blogaversary, too! I've been mentally planning this post since before Christmas, but I think it shows a new level in the evolution of procrastination to be planning a post that far in advance, and to still not write it until one day late. Heh. (And that does not, by any stretch, guarantee that the content will be any more worthwhile than normal, just because I've planned it for three months instead of three minutes.)

Good for the head. Good for the heart.

"When I was a kid I learned how the world was. I held my paper up to the light and traced out what I saw, true in every detail. I neither learn nor see as well now as I did then, and I can't keep up with all the adjustments to the lines of my tracing. Instead, I've learned to love the blurred lines. I tell myself this." A. Scott White