A Year to Remember

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Enjoy the Your Life, Unlimited with Stephanie Staples and John Hindle podcast is here and John’s guest blog post below.

2014 – A Year to Remember

This has been an emotional week. Remembrance Day has meant a lot to me ever since I stood on Juno Beach several years ago but this year has added personal significance since I survived my near-death experience in July.

That day on Juno Beach I was somehow transformed into 1944. I knew I should not have been there but stood fascinated as Allied soldiers, including my Dad, stormed the beaches under heavy enemy fire on D-Day. How am I to relate to such horror? Such courage! How am I to fully appreciate how he came home from the war and was such a good guy and father?

All I can do is appreciate how lucky I was to have had Mom (she was overseas in World War 2 with the Canadian Red Cross Corps) and Dad in my life. And for the opportunity to be on radio this week to share my story.

This year, of course, is different. Personally, I am three and one-half months into a challenging recovery from a major heart attack. I remember three months ago when I could not walk up a flight of stairs. I could not walk 10 minutes without being exhausted. I could not even eat a meal without perspiring afterward. I have come a long way since then but have a long way to go to get back to full strength. I appreciate just being here to remember, to enjoy my first grandchild, and to live each day as though it is special because IT IS special!

This year is also different because of the two soldiers who were senselessly killed in Canada. They were not fighting in dangerous enemy territory – they were at home serving their country and honouring those who have fallen before. This was not supposed to happen. It is easy to see why more Canadians seem to be involved this year in remembering.

Our freedoms and quality of life cannot be taken for granted. This year we remember, we support, and we stand on guard for our way of life.

Thank you to all of those who serve our country to make Canada a wonderful place to live.

Enjoy the whole show here:  Your Life, Unlimited with Stephanie Staples and John Hindle


Amen to that!  Steph


Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at http://www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca.

* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.


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