Quote of the week

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


Heute erscheint die 2. Auflage von Außergewöhnlich - wenn das mal kein Grund zum feiern ist! Daher verlosen wir sowohl auf Facebook als auch auf Instagram jeweils zwei Bücher. Hinterlasst einfach einen Kommentar - die glücklichen Gewinner werden am Donnerstagabend um 20:00 Uhr bekannt gegeben. Viel Glück beim Mitmachen! Und immer wieder tausend Dank, dass Ihr hier vorbeischaut - ich freue mich riesig!!!!

Today the second edition of my book "Außergwöhnlich" will hit the shelves! Time to celebrate! We are happily giving away two copies of the book both on Facebook and on Instagram, which doubles your chances if you are active in both social media worlds. For a chance to win, please leave a comment on Instagram or on Facebook, leave a smile and say hi! :) The winners will be randomly drawn this Thursday at 8. p.m. Good luck, my friends! 


Here's to the wonderful Moms in my book who not only have the coolest and cutest kids but also make this world a more beautiful place with their love, encouragement and empowerment. CHEERS to you ladies! I am so grateful and immensely proud to have you  in my book! Let's celebrate! This time, Hugo is on me! ;-)


Last but not least a huge shout out to my wonderful publisher DAVID NEUFELD who is a privilege and pleasure to work with. And no doubt from whom he got all his enthusiasm, motivation and inspiration from: his awesome team member: Alex! Boy, did we have some fun this weekend at the Neufeld stand at the Fachtagung Down-Syndrom in Augsburg. When Alex took over the booth, not only did he sell all books for the discount price of 2,50 €, he also thanked every customer from the bottom of his heart and gave him an extra 10 €, haha!

I will post a bit more about David and his family upon my return from Sweden, now I got to hurry and quickly pack my little suitcase, otherwise my partner-in-crime Barbara will have an empty airplane seat next to her. ;-)


The Neufeld stand in Augsburg


October 11, 2015 // Advice / Artist
When we recently moved into our new apartment I took the chance and redecorated my desk. I once read (probably in one of my Feng Shui books ;-) that what is in front of you when you sit at your desk is important, stimulates and motivates you, and gives you good energy. So next to my tiny hall of fame where I put the neatest and most heartfelt feedback cards and letters from some awesome cheerleaders, I hang up some quotes which sometimes really carry me through the day. One of them reads:

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.

It reminds me that we all have our down-days, and sometimes it's just the smile of another person who does lift us up again. Or a nice e-mail, text message or call .... We were all born with the ability to change someone's life, and should never waste it.

Have a great week, everyone! And be someone's rainbow today! 


Liebe Instagrammer (und die, die es noch werden wollen, ha!). Wir würden EUCH so gerne mal sehen mit EUREM „A little extra" Wandkalender. Einfach ein Foto machen und mit #alittleextra und @connywenk hier bei Instagram teilen. Wenn Ihr den aktuellen noch nicht habt, dann nehmt ruhig einen der alten Kalender. ;-) Unter allen Teilnehmern verlosen wir jeden Montag im Oktober drei Kalender. Die könnt Ihr dann an Eure Lieblingsmenschen weiterschenken. Oder Ihr schenkt sie Euren Lehrern, Kinderärzten, Logopäden und anderen Therapeuten. Wir finden nämlich, in Schulen und Praxen kommt der Kalender auch immer gut. 

Viel Glück und wir freuen uns, von Euch zu sehen!

Dear Instagramers, We would love to see you with one of our "A little extra" Wall Calendars. Please take a photo of you, your kids or other neat people with your "A little extra" calendar (no matter whether you have already the latest one or with an older edition), and hashtag it with #alittleextra and @connywenk. Every Monday this October we will giveaway three calendars to three lucky winners. Thank you so much for spreading the love! 


In some parts of this world October is special, because it's Down Syndrome Awareness Month. All over the interwebs they support the down syndrome community with awareness and advocacy. They share photos of their beautiful kids and tell us what they wish people would know about our children with the extra chromosome.


For seven years now David Neufeld of the Neufeld Verlag and I have been publishing our „A little extra" Wall Calendar and we are still as excited and happy about it as in the first year, because we have been rewarded with so much awesome and encouraging feedback and heartwarming stories that we are very grateful for.


It's about time to proudly present you guys our Wall Calendar 2016! Along with the changing leaves and hot pumpkin soups, we'll be joining in the celebration of October and Down Syndrome Awareness. So please stay tuned this month here and on Instagram and Facebook for we'll be giving away a few goodies from our „A little extra" series.

If you don't have a subscription of the calendar already, the A little extra calendar can be directly ordered through the Neufeld Verlag, your favorite book store or through Amazon - 365 days of sunshine, joy and big smiles guaranteed! :-) Of course, the Neufeld Publishing House does International Shipments as well, just send them an inquiry via email


Now onto our new calendar with 12 rockstars from cutest to coolest who will most likely bring a big smile to your face.

Wall Calendar "A little extra" 2016 from Conny Wenk on Vimeo.

October 5, 2015 // Advice / Artist
Last week one of my oldest (haha, she's 13 days younger than I am!) and best friends came all the way from Munich for two cups of coffee and a little peek into our new place. She told me that she's quite unhappy with her corporate job, but hasn't had the courage to apply for a new job. Thinking about writing a thousand applications and getting them all back with a "no", feels pretty discouraging and not very motivating to even begin with. 

It is so much easier to encourage a friend, because it's easier to see the big picture from outside. So I told her that it's the most important thing to get started. Just with one small step. And then another step and another. Sometimes the smallest step in one direction ends up being the biggest step in your life. And I reminded her that we've all been there. NEVER EVER EVER GIVE UP! Even the most genius people of history tried and failed. Tried again, failed again ... and again until they succeeded. Thomas Edison  made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked him "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times? Thomas Edison replied "I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. 

Have a great start into this week you guys and if things don't work out or you're about to fall (again), remember Confucius: Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.