i on Adventure!

Create a yearly theme.

Just say ‘Yes!’

Wake up curious.

This was just some of the advise gleamed from our adventurous guests on Your Life, Unlimited this week.

My first mentor, Benita Stafford-Smith – the person that I credit with getting me on track 10 years ago joined me on the radio show on her semi-annual return home from her cool (but warm!) life in the Middle East. She educated us on some surprising cultural differences (and similarities).

Also Tony Esteeves shared some of his adventures – like taking off to bike across Canada to only 2 days of notice. Yikes – now that is saying YES! Tony reminded us how everyone around us is resourceful and we can make such gains tapping into the unexpected connections that life brings our way if we just remain open.

You can enjoy the whole show as well as Tony’s guest blog post below…

Tony’ Tip – EAT Well
E.A.T. is an acronym that I use to teach people to take advantage of unexpected connections. Unexpected connections are the serendipitous encounters and conversations that have shaped your life.
The E stands for recognizing that EVERYONE around you is resourceful. The A stands for ASK for help and the T stands for TRY new things.
When you approach your external world with a sense of curiosity and playfulness it becomes quickly easy to see how everyone around you really is resourceful. Just having conversations with the people who you encounter throughout your day – including strangers – can open doors to new opportunities and very exciting experiences. Be disciplined not to become too immersed and distracted with your technology, and be sure to be present with the people who are gifting you with their “real world” companionship.
One element around ASKING for help that is quite useful involves reporting back to the person who has helped you. Be sure to let them know what actions you took based on their advice. When you let your mentor, friend or colleague know how you’ve taken their advice, often they will be very interested to offer you further help. This becomes a virtuous cycle that can benefit both parties involved.
Trying new things has taken me on international adventures and advanced my professional development. You just need to start doing the activities that you’ve always been meaning to do for this to work. Once you TRY that new activity, sport, job, study, project, (fill in your blank), you gain access to people who have new ideas and perspectives. You will connect with people who’s values are in line with the way that you would like to live your life. When you align with these people, naturally you bring yourself closer to your ideal life.
So E.A.T. well, take care of yourself and enjoy making your unexpected connections.

You can enjoy the whole show here:

And just for fun, check out our Slacklining experience 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 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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