Where Are You Today Travel Blog Moved

Don’t worry. The post you are looking for is still available. Our “Where Are You Today?” travel blog has moved to a more robust site at www.aprilmwilliams.com .

The new site is organized so you can find the information you want by topic including. McHenry county, Hawaii, reviews and more. Posts are all grouped for your choosing. Lot’s of new picture too.


See you there! Come by and make a comment or “like” your favorite posts.

April M. Williams

Women in Need Growing Stronger

The WINGS Program, Inc. (Women in Need Growing Stronger) works to end domestic violence and homelessness in Chicago’s suburbs. As you may know, their resale store in Palatine, IL was destroyed in a devastating fire caused by an electrical storm in June of 2010. The store generated nearly $500,000 a year for programs that serve homeless women and children. To help rebuild their store, WINGS has entered the Pepsi Refresh Everything online contest in a bid to win $250,000.

How you can help:

1. Log in and vote online EVERY DAY through August 31 on the Pepsi Refresh Contest page: http://www.refresheverything.com/wingsprogram

2. Become a fan of the WINGS Program on Facebook by clicking “Like”: http://www.facebook.com/wingsprograminc?v=wall&ref=nf

3. Forward this blog post to your family, friends, co-workers, classmates, neighbors, club/organization/faith community members, etc.

4. Encourage your Facebook friends to become fans of WINGS (click “Suggest to Friends” under the logo on the page).

5. Post the Pepsi Refresh Contest link on your blog, Twitter feed, personal website, other social networking sites, message boards, – everywhere you can.

Thank you for your support!

Since 1985, WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger) has offered shelter, counseling, and supportive services to women and children who have experienced homelessness or domestic violence. Families come to WINGS with little more than the clothes on their backs. They need safe housing and the help of caring professionals to rebuild their lives. In contrast to most shelter programs in our area, WINGS gets less than 20% of our budget from government.

To meet our clients’ urgent needs, WINGS established a chain of successful thrift shops that now provide a third of our annual income. Then disaster struck on June 19, 2010. Our shop in Palatine, IL caught fire during an electrical storm and burned to the ground. Fortunately no one was injured, but the store — which had been our highest-netting resale location — was a total loss. Insurance will help us pay off the mortgage, but we will need new funds to rebuild.

Please vote now to help WINGS rise from the ashes and take flight! Thank you.

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Fast Company Influencers Six Degrees of Separation Project

I was intrigued when I heard about the Fast Company Influencers Six Degrees of Separation project and how we are so tightly connected. As I meet more people, I find the world feels smaller and smaller. It seems like distances are shrinking.

Fast Company just started the Influence Project to create a visual representation of how we are all connected. Check it out the Influence Project and see how we are all one big worldwide family.

You might be surprised at how influential you really are!

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Oh Deer in My Yard

What is this deer doing in my yard? This little doe spent most of the day with me. After wandering around between the cars in the morning, she lazed under the shade of the apple trees for the rest of the day. Occasionally, she rose to nibble on the young raspberries before heading back to her comfortable spot.

What a pleasant way to spend a late spring afternoon.

From Jun 5, 2010

Hidden Treasures and Unique Places to See

“Where Are You Today?” blog is on the lookout for hidden treasures and unique places to see on our travels.

Where are we off to next? Our plans are still in the works. Staycation? Road trip? The urban jungle? Hiking adventure? Cruise at sea? We are looking for ideas.

No matter were we go, our trips have one thing in common. While we are away, we look for locally owned businesses, quaint hideaways and the road less traveled.

Where are your favorite local gems? What off the beaten path spots have you found?

Tell us about the hidden haunts near your home or those you found on your own travels. Tell why you think this is a “don’t miss” stop.

“Where Are You Today?” is mulling travel ideas for near and far. Let us know about your hot spots and maybe we will film an episode of our podcast at this location.

Visiting the Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

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Win Ignite Your Passion Book

Would you like to win a copy of the “Ignite Your Passion” book?

My birthday is April 4 and I will be celebrating all month long. During the month of April, you have an opportunity to win a copy of the anthology “Ignite Your Passion.” In this ebook, my 18 co-authors share our stories of:

  • What we are passionate about
  • How we found our passion
  • And how you can find your passion
Ignite Your Passion Book
Ignite Your Passion book

How can you enter to win a copy? It is easy. Just visit my Career Clues blog and write a comment. Each comment during the month of April is one chance to win. Enter as often as you like. Winner will be chosen at random and announced in our May newsletter.

Ignite Your Passion co-authors are encouraged to comment though not eligible to win.