The “Secrets to Winning” Sweepstakes Tour – Albany NY


Day 25 | August 19th

As there was a stop I wanted to make, I left Wendy’s early and spent the day at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox MA.  Unfortunately they didn’t have any drop in yoga classes that day, but I did get to enjoy the facility and grounds.  I had lunch followed by a walk through the meditation labyrinth.  The place is stunning and am looking forward to retuning when Robert Ohotto finally holds a workshop there (again).


Kriplau  Kripalu

I left in the late afternoon and arrived at Todd and Ralph’s in time for Todd and I to go out for dinner.  We went to P.F. Changs for dinner where Todd determined he was my sweepstakes husband (similar to a work wife). I agreed as I thought we made a great winning team. That was quickly challenged as two experienced sweepers were dumbfounded by a contest being held at the Colonie Center Mall.  The object of the promotion was to find 5 code words somewhere in the mall.  Todd and I looked in every shop, walking up and down the length of the mall, both floors, talking to staff, scanning displays and windows, all to no avail.  We spent over an hour wandering.  It was only upon Todd needing to use the facilities, did he find a poster with one code word at the end of the hallway. Did we feel foolish.  Once we figured out what we were looking for we had all 5 code words in 10 minutes. And after all that, neither of us won anything. (This is the part of the hobby I love the most; crazy adventures with sweeping friends.  I will always remember that night with Todd and even though we were frustrated, we had a heap of fun.)

Day 26 | August 20th

I awoke at 10:am! Todd and Ralph let me sleep in. I must have been really tired as I never sleep in that late. I guessed almost a month on the road was finally starting to take its toll.

I had the pleasure of sitting in their kitchen all morning and working.  After lunch Todd and I went shopping (I had to return a few things plus pick up a few items for that evening’s final workshop).  I love productive days!

That evening Todd, Ralph and I headed over to Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary.  This location had a flat fee for workshop attendees and they set up a buffet at the back of the room with coffee, tea and trays of sweets.  It was nice to have the event “catered” so no one went without refreshments and time wasn’t wasted waiting at the counter.

Professor Java  Albany NY

Day 27 | August 21st

It was bittersweet day as I was worn out from being on the road a month, but happy as I was heading home.  I missed Nicole terribly and there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed.

Todd and I went to the post office so I could mail books to the workshop registrants that had paid but didn’t attend.  We hugged goodbye and home I went.

I want to end the #CQTour with a Law of Attraction lesson; be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.  As 2013 was a very lean year financially, my biggest concern was to have enough money for the tour.  I needed funds for gas, food, tolls, etc.  My prayer the entire time I was planning the tour was; please let me have enough money to complete this tour.

I was frugal the entire way staying with friends, keeping a cooler in the car and not spending anything in the way of sightseeing.  I did buy a few gifts to bring home, but even then I stuck to the outlet malls.

As I came to the last toll booth before crossing the border into Canada the enormity of what I asked for struck me.  I opened my wallet to pay the toll and I used my last $3 worth of USD bills.  I paid for the trip to the penny.  Then I thought, why did I only ask to pay for the trip and not make a profit?  What I teach is of value.  Everyone that attended felt they got far more than what they paid for, so why shouldn’t I earn an equal and reciprocal wage?  It was a good reminder to me to charge what I am worth and a better lesson to share.  Are you asking the Universe for what you deserve (in all areas of your life)?

Nicole was very happy to see me when I arrived.  I don’t think I have ever been hugged more.  Best ending ever!


crw 0613 headshotCarolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is the author of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter. She teaches others how to find, organize, enter and win contests, sweepstakes and giveaways. To-date others have won over $1,000,000 using her Online Contesting System. With over twenty years experience as a Sweepstakes Management Consultant, Carolyn also helps companies create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.

2014-03-17T22:00:16+00:00 March 19th, 2014|Road Trip|1 Comment

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.

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  1. Teresa Young March 20, 2014 at 8:06 am - Reply

    I still wish your last stop had been in Rochester – maybe next tour! And I am intrigued by the labyrinth – there are a few here in Rochester that I am waiting for the weather to clear so I can go walk through them.

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