Tag Archives: travel

An afternoon in Boston

Although I’ve been traveling quite a bit this summer, my birthday trip was in September. I attended Kim Bernard’s Maine Coast Encaustic Workshop Retreat. It was a lovely week of learning, fellowship and lots of eating. On my way there, I had a layover in Boston. I flew in to Logan Airport, and the gorgeous […]

Summer Retreat nuggets

“The ABC’s of Success: Attitude, Belief and Commitment.” ~Valerie Beck One perk of the Women’s Innovation Network is rubbing elbows with Chicago’s chocolate expert, Valerie Beck. As the founder of Chicago Chocolate Tours, she ensured that WIN’s 2012 Summer Retreat was sweetened at all times. We were even given a private Geneva Chocolate Tour, which certainly […]

Finessing Financing (Summer Retreat)

One of the most honest and popular workshops at the WIN Summer Retreat was Finessing Financing. After all, most entrepreneurs start a new business out of necessity, generally not because they have extra money laying around. Alison Clemens of Clemens Enterprises, Inc. and Fernanda Hopkins of KBBC, LLC shared tips on how to finance our […]

Top Tech Tips (Summer Retreat)

As Summer has blown by, I finally sat down to review and process all the notes from the Women’s Innovation Network’s Summer Retreat in Geneva, IL. We’re already anticipating our next big event, Creativity for Business Day during Crain’s Small Business Week. To learn more about this all-day event on October 2, 2012, click here. “The […]


So I went to Geneva laden with stationery to hand-write letters, drawing homework, and a small project idea. Little did I know that the minute I would step into my Herrington Spa & Inn hotel room, I would be enveloped in a cloud of relaxation, that had me forget all about work, to-do lists, and […]

Texas bugs

I started taking a botanical drawing class with Lauren Levato (you can still sign up this week) which has me on high alert for all kinds of insects in addition to butterflies. While I was in Texas, we visited the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Open daily from 8 am to 5 pm, the park offers […]

Texas quirks

This past week I took a respite from the daily grind and visited family. My nieces and nephew kept me company. Yes, they’re furry. 🙂 We visited longhorns  Some had interesting markings. This does require the special texas perfume. Chuy’s and brisket and sweet iced tea with a side of country music were on the […]

A walk through Ryerson Woods

When I lived in Arizona, I was spoiled with the beauty of national parks within a few hours’ drive. Moving to the Illinois prairie I didn’t expect anything spectacular from nature. However, every time I visit a new nature preserve or park, I am pleasantly surprised. I use Illinois State Parks: A Guide to Illinois State […]


“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” ~ Maya Angelou I’m traveling this week, so while the blog drafts are percolating, I’ll leave you with these two lovely thoughts.  “All of […]

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