Thank you!

I challenged myself to write 50 thank you cards this year.

Write them. On a note card. You know, with a pen. Writing words that come from my head, not pre-printed on the card. That’s less than one card per week but it’s about 45 more than I wrote last year.

I was up to the challenge and I wrote a list of about 20 people who came very easily to mind and then I let the rest of the list unfold as naturally as the year did.

Now I have challenged myself to actually make, that is create an original card for my remaining people. That has added a whole different dimension to the task!

One thing that did make this challenge easier was having everything ready ahead of time. I had the envelopes with stamps ready to go. I carried the pre-made cards with me so that if something ‘thank-worthy’ happened I could leave the card immediately.

It was a great exercise to hammer home the power of gratitude.

You don’t have to do fifty – but how about doing one thank you card for someone this week?


This week on Your Life, Unlimited radio on #CJOB, Toni Arpia May joined me to discussed success principles and share the unique way we meet! Also Will Bowen, author of Complaint Free World – How to stop complaining and enjoy your life to the fullest!

Will says we complain to get our social needs met, for example; to get attention, to remove responsibility to inspire envy, for power and to excuse poor personal performance.

Find out more and enjoy the whole show here…


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


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