Successful Trade Fair in Conquest


Trade fairs can be found in just about every small town across our province and they provide the opportunity for local businesses to showcase their wares and engage with potential customers.  Many towns like ours have talented artists, bakers, and representatives from many direct sales companies and these events can be a real source of revenues for them.  Most tradeshows in our area also serve lunch, and these meals are a fundraising opportunity for local groups.

Basically, these types of events are good for small communities like ours as they bring revenue into the town.  This impacts the vendors at the trade fair as well as local businesses that are visited by those attending the trade fair in the school.  In our town, this can been additional revenue for the Co-op store and the bar – the two businesses that are open on Saturdays.

Today, Conquest had their fall trade fair and it was a good success.  The attendance was good with many people checking out the many tables booked by local vendors.  Held inside the school, it was the perfect way to start off the weekend.

Lunch was hosted by the CCIA (Conquest Community Improvement Association), and guests had their choice of soup, sandwich and dessert all for less than ten dollars.

A big thank you to all of the volunteers that made it happen and all of the vendors who rented tables – without you, today’s trade fair would not have been a success.

Early Sunday Morning

drawing Sunday morning

Out of all of the days of the week, Sundays are the ones that I love the most.  Things are a little more laid back, I don’t wake up to an alarm and most of the time we don’t have any plans for the day at all.

It is the calm before the stormy work week.

This morning we happen to be at my parents house and I could hear some of the kids out in the living room around six thirty in the morning.  I checked on them and decided to get up around seven to spend some time with them.

I should really do it more often.

We sat down and started drawing.  I still draw at a grade two level, so my pictures were simple and yet they put a smile on my face.  It seems like it has been forever since I sat down with the kids and drew anything.

Courtney's drawings

I should do better.

I know at some point that everyone will get up, we’ll all eat breakfast and get on with our day.  But for these few moments, we’ll enjoy some peace and quiet, share the art that we create with each other and enjoy an activity that isn’t in front of a screen.

It is the perfect way to start a Sunday.

Starting to Vlog

While I have done a number of vlog (video blog) posts, I haven’t been doing them on a regular basis.  I suppose I could blame a number of reasons, but the truth of the matter is that I haven’t been committed to making it happen.

That changes today.

You see, I have just posted my first official vlog that teases at things to come and why I chose to do it at this moment in time.  It is short and sweet and you can watch it here:

You can catch every episode by subscribing to Marc Norris on Youtube.

The Biggest Mistake you can make on

When it comes to making money online, many people choose to sell their services on  This can include anything from content creation (think writing, videos and music) to logo design services and online marketing.  In many ways this marketplace is one of the easiest ways that you can make money online, but there are plenty of opportunities where you can run into trouble.

In today’s video, we take a look at the biggest mistake you can make as a Fiverr seller and why you need to be smart when offering your services in this marketplace.

Do You Know any Other Languages?


Instead of talking about business, politics or parenting, I thought that a lighter topic would be in order for today.  Sometimes I get tired of talking about “business”, so let’s take a day off.  It won’t hurt and it will make the blog here a little less serious, because if you know me (I mean “really” know me), you know that I am not serious all of the time.

So, let me ask you this: do you know any other languages?

Personally, I speak English and French, though my French would probably sound pretty clunky.  You see, I attended French immersion from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and it is a big part of who I am.  I feel that it has helped me to see the world from more than one perspective, which has helped me out throughout my entire life.  It has allowed me to do such things as sell a donut to a customer that only spoke French when I worked in a donut shop, to helping a couple pick out an engagement ring.  From time to time I even read books, watch movies, and listen to music in French.  Sometimes it is nice to escape and take a break from English.

But knowing more than one language has also caused me some problems too.  Sometimes I spell words improperly, once in awhile a French word slips out when I am speaking English, and I pronounce the odd English word improperly.

Still, the benefits outweigh the negatives.

Bear in mind, that is one person’s opinion – it is my blog after all.

My question for you is this: do you know any other languages?  How has that impacted your life?  Please share your thoughts below.