A Year of Delight – Now what?

For many years now, I have chosen a word to focus on and it has always provided an interesting perspective. But 2011 was different.  In 2011, I decided to choose the word delight!

What made the year usual is that I made a commitment (to myself) to track everyday what I delighted in that day.  This was a big task, to be sure – what with the litany of things ‘to–do’ adding one more item could have proved to be quite a challenge.

So how did I do?  Except for a handful of days that I missed, (indicated by ‘s’ – don’t ask me why ‘s’??) I did extremely well and in fact I actually looked forward to this daily ‘chore.’

Why did I do it?  Because I wanted to make myself more aware of things that were indeed  delightful  in my life. Daily  I would something speculate what I thought I would take delight in the following day and that increased my enjoyment of the event. Sometimes what I thought it would be wasn’t even on the radar and something unexpected delighted me.

So what? Well here are a few benefits this year of focus did for me:

  • I was much more appreciative of what was going well.
  • I was much more observant of the little things that may have passed me by.
  • I was much more intentional about doing something that would bring me delight daily.
  • I started using the word delight in my vocabulary much more frequently than I ever had before.
  • It made me happy to reflect back on my list (and it still does, as I write this post).

How about you?  Maybe you don’t want a ‘word of the year’ – maybe you don’t want to write down something everyday – if it’s not your thing, that’s ok. Consider having a word of the month, word of the week or even a word of the day. Just having a meaningful, strong, positive word in the forefront of your mind may be enough to give you a bit of an edge in our sometimes negative world.

Having the thought top of mind is very powerful and writing it down just hammered in home all the more – but don’t get all hung up on the writing, it’s most important that you focus – in whatever form that means for you.

If you are curious of my focus for this year,  stay tuned and check  out an upcoming blog post and I will tell you allllll about it!  For now, suffice it to say – it’s also working great!

Following is my unedited list of the 2011 Year of Delight.  Feel free to take a peek through it – perhaps you will find a bit of inspiration (although I am sure there a number of things that won’t make sense to you!).

Here to the power of a single word!

Steph  🙂



  1. Mousies with Mommy!
  2. Curling up for a movie on the couch
  3. Randy agreed to take dancing lessons
  4. Decorating for Christmas
  5. Cuddle-time
  6. Family dinner
  7. Idea club
  8. Full moon
  9. Starbuck meeting
  10. CAPS Christmas party
  11. The New Wpg airport
  12. Meeting Ochiltree
  13. Grocery shopping in the states – neat stuff there!
  14. A nice at home with my honey
  15. Visiting my Mommy
  16. Fun radio show
  17. Clarion hotel with Deb
  18. Talking with Irma from Kansas
  19. Cowboy boot wreath
  20. Tasting bull testicles – gross but fun
  21. Christmas evening with My Quyen and Sonya
  22. Afternoon surprise.
  23. Cookie baking to the extreme
  24. Christmas games
  25. Recycled gift
  26. Family day at the Steevati`s
  27. Tobogganing on a garbage lid
  28. Visiting my Mom
  29. Skipping my little heart out
  30. High Fiving an 80 year old!
  31. Ringing in the New Year with my honey!



  1. S
  2. S
  3. s
  4. Girls date with Gloria
  5. Rockin’ it with the Day Care retreat
  6. Learning to Juggle 2 balls in one hand
  7. Staying home in the evening
  8. Playing Center in ringette
  9. The HAPPY movie, the idea club and giving $ to good causes
  10. Reporting wins to John
  11. Remembrance day outdoor service
  12. TM keynote
  13. Taking the kids to 529
  14. Doing our ‘cirque de soliel’ move – too funny!
  15. Beautiful thank you card
  16. Comforting a friend
  17. Nice notes from Toastmasters
  18. 529 with my Mom
  19. Fun in the dollar store in Steinbach
  20. Gina wrote to Mommy in my card
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Actually waking up at 5 am for pt interview and feeling good!
  23. Great team session at FI
  24. An offer for Starbuks in Seattle
  25. Feeling good
  26. Picnic with Cheryl and Joe
  27. Connecting with CAPS colleagues
  28.  Getting hypnotized
  29. West coast swing dancing – open the fridge
  30. Sharing hypnosis video with family



  1. A fall night and a hot tub.
  2. Discovering a beautiful new park Henteloff with my dog
  3. Shooting guns and rifles under the moonlight in Colorado
  4. Coming home
  5. A massage before bed
  6. A gorgeous fall  rainfall of orange and yellow, crunching through the leaves
  7. Good music with especially good headphones – I can’t even hear the phone ringing!
  8. Surviving a 40 km bike ride on a windy day!
  9. Mom’s homemade pumpkin pie
  10. Bringing wrong number Anthony a book that he will ‘treasure’
  11. Hot tub on a cool night
  12. Winning a prize
  13. An overwhelmingly successful book launch
  14. Breakthroughs with coaching client
  15. A nap in the middle of the day!
  16. Going to bed at 8:445 because I can
  17. Eating Oreos!
  18. German apple pancake success
  19. Super great flight attendant, super an exuberant with Judy Deutcher, free cake at the restaurant
  20. Blazing New Trails in Calgary with CANNT, hitting a home run and selling 50 books
  21. Funny on the radio show – would you like to talk about the 3 P’s – no- he replies – seriously??
  22. Baking cookies
  23. First acting class
  24. Staying home
  25. Massaging my girls
  26. Napping in the sun
  27. Stranger recognizing me in the coffee shop and asking for a book
  28. Making people laugh
  29. Riding through  crunchy leaves
  30. Theatre class
  31. Little one’s trick or treating


  1. A fun radio show
  2. Movie and dinner date night
  3. Rescuing a bike one a canoe adventure with Debbie
  4. A looong weekend
  5. A hot tub soak on a cool September evening
  6. Cream of Wheat in my tummy
  7. Cruise reunion – great folks!
  8. First personal training session – whew
  9. Beautiful Sunday drive on a Saturday for a hot dog in Lockport
  10. Sitting by the pool on a cool autumn evening
  11. On and off road biking with my honey
  12. My first born is 22
  13. Delecious dinner and visit with Szjewskis
  14. A super retreat at Andy Lake Lodge
  15. Experiencing Pecha Kucha Night
  16. Giving and receiving a radio interview – both fun!
  17. Still liking my hubby after 23 years! (and the yummies at 529!)
  18. Nutella, banana, strawberry, chocolate French Toast!
  19. Coaching, nice
  20. Rainy day – good excuse to stay home.
  21. Aaron’s visit to TM and Cora – just us!
  22. Learning something new on the computer – rewarding!
  23. An evening with the Schraders
  24. A 1 ½ hours bike ride through Winnipeg
  25. A great mealtime with our fab 5!
  26. A productive office day
  27. Girltalk radio interview- 1st one about book
  28. Idea club
  29. Personal training session
  30. Laughing out loud


  1. Homemade chocolate chip cookies
  2. Three day weekends!
  3. New bike odometer
  4. Helping a TM craft a speech
  5. Down 10 pounds – wo-hoo!
  6. 5 hour canoe adventure with Ruth
  7. Bike 20 km with my honey
  8. A morning hot tub for my sore muscles!
  9. A day off of training
  10. Early morning work out
  11. Playing ‘would you rather’ on a road trip
  12. A sweet friendship card from Marie
  13. Finishing the sprint triathlon and feeling great
  14. A canoe ride with my honey
  15. When Enlightening Strikes is delivered!
  16. Idea club – great group of ladies and stimulating conversation
  17. Mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup! Mmm,mmm  good!
  18. Gina chattin’ at the dinner table
  19. A fun radio show.
  20. Watching Mom delight in her boys playing guitar in Minnedosa
  21. Road trip with Gina and Dylan
  22. Seeing backcountry Colorado on a Harley
  23. Watching my Mom enjoy her life. Happy 86th birthday.
  24. Being a part of Chris buying an engagement ring!
  25. Enjoying WICKED, the musical with my sister
  26. Christening our fire-pit with friends
  27. Hot Air Ballooning with my Kara
  28. Enjoying a morning movie, the inspirational Soul Surfer
  29. Road trip with Michele Matt through Nebraska
  30. Exploring downtown Omaha with Ali the cab driver
  31. Coming home!


  1. Working on a holiday, because I choose too
  2. Cycling around Vancouver
  3. Fantastic wait staff
  4. A productive session at sea
  5. Exploring Icy Straight
  6. The gorgeous Hubbard Glacier
  7. Watching some amazing acrobats
  8. Zip lining with my honey
  9. Perfect cruising weather
  10. A sweet goodbye kiss
  11. A morning uphill run
  12. Safe home
  13. Back to the gym and didn’t gain weight on the cruise – yeah!
  14. An early morning run with my Cosmo
  15. Taking Richard to the radio station and spending time with him
  16. Enjoying a dip in the pool with my honey and our dog
  17. The miracle of flight
  18. Singing Black Socks with little Samuel
  19. Seeing people change right in front of my eyes (SEA training)
  20. Training for the tri with Marie
  21. Before bed swim and hot tub
  22. Seeing the scale at 9 pounds less
  23. A lazy, daisy Saturday
  24. My middle-ist turning TWENTY!
  25. Seeing a day full of new clients – weee-rry intewesting!  J
  26. A real conversation with my Gina.
  27. Insane cardio workout –survived it!
  28. Seeing Gina happy
  29. Interview with Amanda Gore
  30. My baby turning 18
  31. Family parties


  1. Massage AND hot tub ,mmmm.  J
  2. Randy came to Toastmasters today and he was awesome!
  3. 20 km bike ride in the wind whew!
  4. Finishing Starbuk!
  5. Dairy Delight for free!
  6. Having a Pixie Stick
  7. Getting stopped by the State Trooper but not getting a ticket
  8. S
  9. A heartfelt talk with Gina
  10. Brunch with Chris and sea kayaking with Barb
  11. Presenting to 300 nurses, f.u.n!
  12. CAPS Vancouver – learning about though leadership
  13. 2 ½ hours bike training
  14. Wading through Graceland
  15. Getting through 7 keynotes in one day and skypeing into the idea club
  16. Memphis Zoo
  17. Coming home
  18. Playing hookie with Randy
  19. Free hairstyle today.
  20. Splurging on Bose noise reduction headset – awesome!
  21. Starting my own little hospital project
  22. Tootling around Denver on a rental bike
  23. New, high thread count sheets
  24. Last Toastmasters Meeting
  25. Gina’s grad – she looked amazing
  26. Lazy Saturday
  27. Chocolate dipped  strawberries
  28. Dinner out with the family
  29. Celebrating Gina with a big family BBQ
  30. The amazing fence mural



  1. Pajama day
  2. A massage
  3. Playing at Improv
  4. Feeling better.
  5. Visiting with Paul, Sheri and Mom
  6. Inspiring teachers
  7. First hot tub of spring
  8. Pancakes and fresh berries, mmm.
  9. Shooting in our house and sharing ‘secrets’ with Shaw TV
  10. nutritionist
  11. Sharing the Carman retreat with Sharon
  12. Running with Cosmo, he ‘skips’ when he is off leash
  13. Singing Oh, Canada at Elmwood Toastmasters
  14. Breakie with my honey in the sunshine
  15. Biking through the woods
  16. A full table of loving family
  17. Sunshine and birds tweeting!
  18. Getting my beautiful one year TN Visa!
  19. Rockin’ it at Rio Grande
  20. Getting through the radio show on sex!
  21. Lazy, rainy day
  22. Visiting the Titanic exhibit with Aaron


  1. Sharing a great giggle with a client
  2. Hear the return of the 17 year cicadas in Nashville.
  3. An evening run in Nashville
  4. Rockin’ the team at Tennessee Health care org in Nashville.
  5. Bumped from my flight – undelighted – $800 travel vouchers – delighted
  6. Randy and I learning about health together at a CAPS meeting
  7. Hot tub on a cool day
  8. s


  1. Abby on her chair looking out the window – cute!
  2. Clothes shopping with my honey
  3. Two family meals together in one day!
  4. Hearing geese and seeing a beautiful sunrise
  5. Getting my bike ticket thrown out of court – yeah!
  6. Driving with the sunroof open for the first time this year.
  7. A lovely bath in a beautiful hotel room.
  8. A standing ovation and great appreciation from ‘my people’ at CAPS
  9. Tim’s fruit smoothy – mmm
  10. Pajama day
  11. Homemade candied walnuts,  mmm again!
  12. A run in the sun!
  13. Safe flight to Regina
  14. Player of the game at play offs
  15. A tactful tourney loss
  16. Costumes at the ringette banquet
  17. 29th anniversary of our 1st date and Randy’s birthday
  18. 1st bbq of the year
  19. Flying around in the clouds
  20. Leadership Learning in Roanoke
  21. Exploring Roanoke on a 7 mile hike/walk
  22. Never say Never movie and cupcake decorating with Deb
  23. Finishing my Starbuk
  24. First bike ride of the season
  25. Gina’s grad pictures – smiling with her teeth!
  26. Brick training, proud of myself for going when I didn’t want to go
  27. Trying on wigs with my friends – funny!
  28. Sharing Anthony’s story with O Magazine
  29. Back on the radio!
  30. Finishing a book in one rainy day!


  1. Helping a Lady who really needed help
  2. Getting a thank you box of goodies delivered to my door
  3. Fresh clean sheets
  4. Oven-popped corn and a game of scrabble
  5. 2 dogs, 2 people x-country skiing, lots off tangling and falling
  6. Our 200th ‘fan’ on FB
  7. A good workout motivated by no one but me
  8. Learning something new
  9. A massage before bed
  10. Having the kids and their friends for supper
  11. Going to University with Malary
  12. Gina city ringette champs
  13. Mastering skijoring with Cosmo
  14. Kick ass 6 am fitness class
  15. Having a fun talk with the Actuaries of MB.
  16. A good laugh with GAGS TV show- funny stuff!
  17. Celebrating at a fundraiser for Ray who has lost over 200 lbs!
  18. Present at the school for the deaf and learning about sign language
  19. Snowshoeing with Laura
  20. Seeing Gina have 3 carloads of family and friends drive out of town for her gold medal win
  21. Lazer working on my neck –hey it turns!
  22. Grand opening of Marie’s bathroom party –everyone dressed in bathrobes!
  23. Beautiful Women event, with my beautiful Mom and Sheri.
  24. Ringette and pizza night with my Ratz
  25. Learning new things about SEO
  26. The Alps at Imax – stunning
  27. Moose date
  28. Video testimonial from Ray at the credit institute
  29. Calendar Girls play with Dawn
  30. All the kids around the dinner table
  31. Successful coaching calls




  1. Today I delighted in skating fast with the cool breeze in my face!
  2. Coming home to a clean house!
  3. Exercise class, tea and chatting with a brilliant friend.
  4. Watching my youngest find her perfect grad dress
  5. Finding my missing iPod!!
  6. A squeaky clean car (and trunk) thanks to my son!
  7. Staying in my PJ’s until 4 p.m.
  8. Sharing a belly laugh with my Mom
  9. Buying myself flowers – ½ price!
  10. Meeting some new peeps and a networking/fundraising event
  11. Double date night with my honey and our son and his honey
  12. Great participation from the New Nursing Grads at their conference
  13. Skating solo down the river trail, wind in my hair, sun on my face, families all around having fun
  14. Making burger cookies for my kids for Valentines Day (haven’t done that in 10 years!)
  15. Learning to take a screen shot on the computer – crnl & prtscr – very cool!
  16. Meeting my friend and her Mom for hot chocolate and ice cream – interesting combination of hot and cold!
  17. Throwing snowballs for my golden to catch in his mouth
  18. Thinking and laughs with our Idea Club.
  19. Mother-Daughter camp year 5!
  20. Making a snow angel
  21. 3 games of ringette in one day- whew!
  22. A hatrick – ye-haw!
  23. Second class of beginner meditation
  24. Learning to snowboard
  25. Date night with hubby
  26. Sun roof open on a winter day
  27. First time Skjoring with my dog
  28. Winning in overtime playoff game for Gina!


  1. The last day of an amazing mother-daughter holiday in Oman
  2. On time flights, smooth journey & no motion sickness!
  3. Seeing Randy ‘s smiling face to welcome me home
  4. Making a dent in mail and messages
  5. Getting back to a ‘regular’ work schedule
  6. The joy of a nap!
  7. Watching a movie and having nachos with my son and his girlfriend
  8. A beautiful crescent moon hanging in the sky
  9. A big turkey dinner with family (for no reason)
  10. Have Mom for dinner and sharing laughs
  11. Hot  chocolate rimmed with brown sugar and cinnamon
  12. Watching my dog ‘smile’
  13. Sharing Chinese with the extended family
  14. Inviting complete strangers to dine with us.
  15. Learning new things about ourselves and money at the MMI with Aaron
  16. Succeeding at breaking through an arrow (and my fear) with my throat!
  17. A nice 5 minute full body stretch
  18. Playing ringette with my ‘Ratz!’
  19. Fresh orange juice squeezed with love by my 85 year old Mom
  20. A long, hearty belly laugh, complete with sore cheeks
  21.  Hosting friends for a fun murder mystery night, complete  with costumes!
  22. A lovely and lazy Saturday
  23. A double date with hubby and long time friends
  24. 2 productive  meetings
  25. Eating my way through the French Quarter in New Orleans; PRALINES, BEIGNETS, MUFFLATA
  26. Exploring New Orleans
  27. Experiencing awesome speakers
  28. Presenting for an exceptional and engaging group
  29. My own bed
  30. A surprise dinner visit from my mother-in-law
  31. A hard 6 am workout, I feel strong

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