Quote of the week

Don't worry about those who talk behind your back, they're behind you for a reason.

February 3, 2016 // Down-Syndrome / Juliana / My life
Faschingszeit is in full swing here in Germany. This week Juliana will be attending three Faschings-Partys - and she's overjoyed! This year my teenage girl goes as a Hippie. When I said good-bye to our "Faschings" costume box for good (which included Wickie, Princesses, Policeman, Spiderman, Witch, Batgirl etc.), I finally realized how grown up she already is. Sometimes it feels like in an blink of an eye she grew from Lilifee Princess to H20-mermaid.

On Monday night, Juliana and her bestie Janina went to a "Faschings-Disco". They had so much fun. Although dressed up as a Hippie, she reminded me more of a squaw due to her big bruise on her left cheek. Sometimes I believe her guardian angel must really like her. On Sunday night she drove with her scooter downhill, didn't really manage to brake, and bang she crashed! Luckily it's only a bruise.

Wishing all you Fasching-Aficionados a great Faschingszeit! Helau and Alaaf! :)


February 1, 2016 // Advice / Artist

This stunning lady has been the role model for many of her colleagues in the industry, and also thousands of fans and followers. Being so very successful for many many years wasn't just a coincidence or fell into her lap or even happened overnight. It takes a certain amount of skills and determination, perseverance and patience to get there. You need an entrepreneurial attitude and continuous acquisition of new skills and knowledge. If you're not learning, and if you're not in charge of managing your career, you're very vulnerable in an industry that is characterized by rapid change and lots of competition. You need an attitude of „This is my life, and I'm going to make it happen." ... always keeping the big picture in mind. Successful women learned to avoid or remove negative beliefs that could hold them back. They believe they can do whatever it takes. They refuse to feel like victims or to waste time blaming others. They focus on what they can learn from any situation and on how they can deal with it productively.


Have a happy Monday, everyone! Help others to succeed. Sharing knowledge empowers other women. You never know who you'll inspire. One thing you say or do might give hope and encouragement to someone who needs it.


Hello to February, and yet another month gone in no time at all. We've been doing the „A little extra" Wall Calendars for seven years now. My darling muse Juliana is in every calendar. First I felt a little bit awkward about it, but then she's my constant inspiration and motivation for all my work with a little extra. It's a wonderful feeling when your passion becomes your profession, and you're clearly on a mission. My mission is to put a smile on your face. :-) Here's to a great February! xoxo


January 30, 2016 // Advice / Artist

A few years ago I was trapped in a situation and I felt like the victim. It was very easy for me to just feel pitty about myself and to mourn and complain about my situation in front of my friends. These wonderful people showed a lot of patience, were always on my side, and it felt like we always had a new justification to enjoy a new round of Hugo's (still our favorite drink up to date ;-) to endure all that. Then one day one of my cousins came over for coffee, and since he's a psychologist, I felt I was in best hands to receive more consolation, this time even from a professional. Ha! Instead of „holding my hand" and saying „Poor Conny" .... he looked me straight in the face and said: „Now tell my, why did you even get into this situation. Can't you set boundaries? Ouch! That felt like a punch in my face. At first I felt almost offended. How could he dare to blame me? Poor me? The following days I couldn't stop thinking about it. Then it finally dawned on me. He was so right! Only I can take responsibility about my life, the situations I get into and how I feel about something. I cannot blame others for my unhappiness or the situation I got into. My inner peace and happiness only depends on my own attitude and look on things in life. It's all in my mind. I can make it either a heaven of hell or a hell of heaven. This perspective on things changed everything. And it even made me forgive. Also I learned that everything bad we encounter has a huge message for us. We only have to listen.


This post was meant to be my last Happy Monday, but my server was somehow down, which gave me an excellent excuse not to post, haha! So have a great weekend, everyone! :)


January 22, 2016 // My life / Nicolas

Christmas has only been over for a few weeks, when we're already heading to another highlight of the year: Nicolas 11th birthday is coming up, and as you can imagine, there is no other topic in the Wenk home. That is, why I'm so darn early with the birthday invites, now I can check that part off my big list and have my peace and quiet back, haha! Celebrating a kid's birthday in February can be quite challenging. There are by far not so many options as in summer time. We thought about going to an indoor playground (again) or going bowling (again) or going indoor rock climbing. But these popular places are booked out months in advance, it's that crazy. Luckily I learned that probably the coolest thing you can do in winter time is throwing a sleepover birthday party with just a few good friends (Haha, I know, my invitations below imply that we invited the whole class. I don't even know why I had printed so many invitations, maybe just as backup, in case that Nico misspelled something), have tons of popcorn and chips, play Wii and watch Star Wars movies.


Have a great weekend, everyone! Juliana is invited to a girls' birthday party, and they will go into the disco - OMG, she's so grown-up now! Sometimes I can't believe it.