Your Best You seminars in Saskatoon

We are getting ready for a new season of Your Best You weekend seminars in and around Saskatoon!

If your church or organization is interested in hosting a Your Best You seminar, you can contact me at bcg@bonniegrove.com, or message me on Facebook.

Here are some quick facts you might want to know if you're deciding if Your Best You is a good fit for the women in your church or organization.

Seminars run Friday evening 7:00-9:30 PM, and Saturday 9:00 AM- 1:00PM.

Costs include:
A copy of the book for all attendees.
Set of worksheets
Snacks and refreshments (Friday evening)
Continental breakfast, and refreshments (Saturday)

Cost of a weekend seminar: $60.00 per person for the weekend.
$20.00 Discount for people who have their own book ($40.00 for the weekend).

7 week small group follow up (optional). Following the seminar, I offer a 7 week follow up for women who want to go deeper into their strengths-based life. I attend these meetings, and offer support.

  • Once a week meeting, for one hour (the day and time to be determined by the women who attend)
  • Cost is $2.00 per person, per meeting.
Who is Your Best You seminar for?

For women of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences.

What topics does the seminar cover?

Friday night focuses on the basics of the strength based approach to understand self, including the nature of empowerment, how to reframe your past by looking at what you did right (instead of examining mistakes).

Then, each woman will begin to discover her own personal strengths. Work sheets provided.

Saturday focuses a review of finding personal strengths, and the homework done overnight. Then we move into "charting a course" for the future. How we can understand and use our strengths in every aspect of life.

This seminar begins from the simple premise of: Focus on what you're doing right, right now.

Participants regularly come away from the seminar not simply excited, but equipped to make positive changes. 

This is a joyful process, one the celebrates life, helps each woman learn how to live to the fullest. And the best news is she does this, not by learning a new technique, or trying to live her life by someone else's rules, but by discovering the strengths she already has, and applying them to her life in ways she chooses. 

Past participants have:
Broken the cycle of addiction
Moved out of abusive relationships
Found the courage to pursue a university degree as a mature student
Renewed a connection to faith in God
Worked through difficult family relationships
Found courage and strength to forgive people who have hurt them
Navigated through painful divorce

Keep in mind, these women did this on their own, using their strengths--the things they were already doing, already good at. It was a joyful process, life affirming, hopeful, and courageous.

Book your weekend of Your Best You now! 
Email: bcg@bonniegrove.com


Winner of the Book Give Away!

Congratulations to Chrissie!! YOU are the winner of your very own copy of Your Best You: Discovering and Developing the Strengths God Gave You!

E-mail me your snail mail address and I will pop it in the mail for you!



Book Give Away! Your Best You

Hey, hey! It's a book give-away!

To Celebrate the release of my non-fiction Your Best You I'm giving away a copy of the book!

How can you win a copy of Your Best You? Easy - leave a comment between now and March 31 and you will be entered into a draw for the book. (All names will be tossed in a hat and the winner will be drawn at random).
The more times you comment, the more chances you have to win!
The book is the product of my years in program development where I developed strength based programs for families at risk.The book is the journey of you - Your Best You - discovered, celebrated, and beloved.I hope to hear from you this month!


Star Pheonix Article

The Saskatoon newspaper, The Star Phoenix, has a wonderful article in the "Religion" section of the paper this past Saturday about the Your Best You conference for women:



Your Best You - A Conference for Women

Your Best You: A Conference for Women
Saturday, March 21, 2009 at: Louise Street Community Church
3042 Louise Street (behind Market Mall)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Doors open at 8:30 for registration.
conference : 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Cost: $60.00 (CND)
early bird until March 15 - $5.00 off.
includes catered lunch and snacks.
What is the Strength Based approach?
• Learn what makes the Strength based approach different from traditional methods of change.
• Answer questions to begin to discover your own, unique personal strengths.
• Explore your personal strengths by talking about what they mean to you, how you have used
them in the past.
Goal setting. Begin at the Beginning.
• Find out if you are ready to make some kind of change in your life.
• Learn the right way to decide what kind of change is important to you – not the one you think you
should want.
• Learn how to use your strengths to help you choose a goal that matters to you. Then, you’ll break
that goal down in to smaller doable goals. You’ll be using your strengths to help you make the
process comfortable, even enjoyable.
The Change Room
• Your strengths will help you try on new thoughts, attitudes, and behaviours.
• Drawing your map
• You’ll draw your own map which will guide you as you move toward your authentic goals, and
use your strengths to ensure success.

8:30 Registration/coffee and snacks
9:00 Main session – Introduction – what the day will look like
9:30 Main session – What is the Strength Based approach?
-finding your strengths.
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Break away groups
- exploring your personal strengths
11:30 Main session – Goal setting
-are you ready to make a change?
- how do decide what kind of goal to set
12:30 Lunch
1:15 Main session - Using your strengths to choose a goal
- finding the doable goal
2:30 Coffee Break
2:45 Break away groups
- using your strengths to try on new thoughts, attitudes, and behaviours
3:15 Main session – Drawing your map
- retest your readiness to make a specific change
4:15 Main Session – Revisit your strengths
- add to the list – say good bye.
4:30 Dismissed
To register, call Louise Street Community Church: 306-374-4622
Or e-mail: bcg@bonniegrove.com for a registration form.



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Getting Support- Having someone who supports your effort to change your life is very important. In fact, research shows it is the single most important indicator for success.

It’s important to have people on your side—cheering for you, supporting you, offering you an ear when you need it. It’s how God created you. Genesis 2:18 tells us that God created us to be in community with one another—-that it’s "not good" to be alone.
You need a "suitable helper," too. Who is your suitable helper?

Let’s start at the top: God. People of faith understand that God is as close as "right here." We believe that we communicate with God through prayer, reading the Bible, and being in community with other Christians. There’s a strong understanding that God is present in the lives of His people.

With God working with you in your life, you are never alone, never facing the unknown by yourself.

It's also important to have at least one person in your life who strongly supports your decision to change. If you are married, your spouse is the best place to look for support. A person who has spousal support has a much higher success rate than a person whose spouse is un-supportive or indifferent.

But, if it is not possible to look to your spouse for support, don't give up! You can look to a close friend, or family member.

Your Best You: Discovering and Developing the Strengths God Gave You contains exercises that will help you create your own plan for developing the social support you need as you walk through the valley of change.

Share Your Strengths

Here is the place for you to share the strengths you've discovered in yourself. Use the comment section to write about, express, share, and otherwise rejoice in the joy you've found inside of you.

Honestly, this is my favorite part of the book (or of a conference) - people sharing with me, and each other, the amazing strengths God has given them. I'll be checking back often, commenting, and highlighting various unique strengths in this section of the blog!