For many people, adventure is something that happened once upon a time, before “real life” set in. For others, it’s something you dream about, and hope to do….someday. In today’s episode of Guts & Grace, Sharon Stokes & I take a deep dive into discussing how choosing adventure leads to a fulfilling life – and bring you a friendly reminder that it’s something you can embrace today.

Inspired by our conversation, I wrote this little poem about adventure:


I remember canoe trips on unnamed lakes, rivers and pathways beckoning me

I remember scavenger hunts and walks in the woods, playing and feeling free

I remember singing in the band, the sound current flowing through and around and between

I remember zip-lining, my heart bursting open as I floated over the canopy


I remember the hope of next chapter choices, narrowing it down to three

I remember anticipation, bubbling up inside–life-affirming energy

I remember the uncertainty, ever-present but not enough to stop me

I remember the fullness of following through, satisfied completely


I remember wanting, hoping, waiting

I remember planning, organizing, arranging

I remember hesitating, questioning…continuing

I remember allowing, pursuing, fulfilling


Funny. I don’t remember stopping.

 It’s just that one day, I found myself carrying on,

Doing what needed to be done, barely noticing

That I had somehow let my dreams die along the way.


I remember, and now is the time. I’m reclaiming adventure in my life.

In this episode, we take a deep dive into choosing adventure to shape your life. Sharon reminds us that adventures can be any size – even trying a new coffee shop counts! When we open ourselves up to new experiences, we always grow a little and take one step closer to life fulfillment.

Take a listen, and learn:
-How choosing adventure has shaped Sharon’s life
-How to know when it’s time to embrace adventure in your life
-How Sharon’s signature metaphor, The Life Map, can help you lead your life
-How to deal with backseat drivers in your life

Sharon Stokes is a Certified Life Coach who studied at The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She hosts retreats around the world combining personal growth with adventure and authentic connection. Sharon has also worked as a coach at Matthew Hussey’s 5 day Lifestyle Retreats, where she’s had the opportunity to help transform the lives of countless women and been voted as one of the top trainers. Sharon is the creator of The Life Map and #theyearofme program. Through these programs she helps people develop their confidence by working through fears and limiting beliefs, so they can go after anything they want in life.

She is also a writer and expert who has been featured in The Huffington Post, Readers Digest, Bustle, Eat This Not That, Fashion Magazine and various television and radio shows. Sharon is a Certified Fitness Instructor, currently teaching BodyJam and Jillian Michaels’ BodyShred program.  Through her work as an instructor, she has been able to create lasting connections with her clients, and inspires them to live healthy, happy lives.

Sharon has also worked in the media for over 10 years as a Segment Producer for CTV’s etalk and The Marilyn Denis Show.  Through her media career she has had the opportunity to interview A-list celebrities and coach lifestyle experts to peak performance levels for television.  She has the ability to problem solve quickly, communicate with many different personality types and can adapt easily to change. Sharon currently resides in Toronto with her little dog Lucy.

Life’s an adventure – are you ready to embrace it? Take a listen, and let me know what resonates in the comments below!

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