Scrabble My Life!

Happy New Year! I hope you had a memorable holiday season and are ready to start 2018 with a renewed gusto for betting living!

I’m excited because just today, after stewing about it for some time, I planned my theme for the year and it’s different than it’s ever been.

My theme is Scrabble!

My Mom’s epic Scrabble board (pictured above) that she bought 40 plus years ago with cereal box tops was almost lost in our move out west but luckily the new owners of our previous house found it and returned it to us. I was so happy to be reunited with this irreplaceable piece of our family history.  Couple that board with starting to play the Words with Friends app to help me stay connected to my long distance peeps, plus the fact that I just love games, this seemed really appropriate.


In Scrabble, like life, you have no control over the tiles you get. Sometimes they are great and you can make an awesome word and score a lot of points. Sometimes the opposite is true, you are stuck with all vowels and feel completely blocked. Sometimes you think you can’t make a move, then you move the tiles around and see things from a different perspective and something noteworthy (and point worthy) pops out!

Just like life. I suspect 2018 will be like that Scrabble game, some good stuff, some unfortunate stuff, some surprising stuff, some stuff I’ll be stuck with and some that I can turn around and make better.

So this year instead of a yearly theme, I’m going to use my Scrabble board and tiles to create new words to focus on. The word may change daily or weekly or monthly depending on what’s going on here.

Today, and likely for a few days, the word ‘recover’ is out on the scrabble stand for us to see. As The Hub and I recover from his and her, post-holiday colds -it’s a good reminder that nothing else matters if we are not healthy and to take a little bit of time to do what we need to do to nurture and renew our bodies.

Having a word/theme to focus on is a big win when you need a little reminder of your priorities for the day, week, month or year.

So whether you have a Scrabble board lying around or not, consider choosing a word to help you focus for 2018. If you want to share it with me, I’d love to hear it!


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

* 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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