Sarah Davis

Using Adventure to Find Greater Purpose and Fulfillment in Life

In today’s LEGEND LIFE STORY interview I talk to Sarah Davis. In 2019 Sarah paddled more than 4,000km of the river Nile, travelling from its source in Rwanda to where it meets the Mediterranean Sea. Encountering hippos, being detained by police in Burundi and flipping through rapids in the process.

Sarah was working a nine-to-five in risk management in Sydney, Australia when she realised life needed a bigger challenge and the need to find a purpose and greater fulfilment in her life – so she decided to paddle the Nile.

Sarah is a British born Australian who has a passion for sport, travel and adventure which has seen her travel to 40 countries and also win gold in her age group at the ICF Ocean Racing Worlds and come third in Hawaii’s Molokai Challenge.

Her Nile Expedition began in October 2018 at the Nile’s source in Rwanda and then followed the path of the White Nile through Tanzania, across Lake Victoria and into Uganda. She had to skip South Sudan due to political issues but continued through Sudan to Egypt, where she reached the Mediterranean Sea.

The trip involved 1,100km of rafting, 3,000km of kayak and various other forms of transport.
Sarah’s an inspirational story and an example of what is possible if you make a decision to add more adventure to your life.

Since the Nile expedition Sarah has continued to challenge herself and look for new adventures to challenge herself physically and mentally and live her best life. Her first adventure since the Nile Expedition was to kayak from the source of the Murray River to the Southern Ocean in 2020, covering 2500km in 60 days. In March this year Sarah and her friend, Tara Lal, cycled from Steep Point, Australia’s most westerly point and cycled 4700km across Australia finishing in Byron Bay to raise money for mental health and suicide prevention.

Sarah’s stories and insights from her adventures show how we can shift our mindset, develop resilience and take bigger risks to live our best lives. As Sarah says:

“We can do so much more than we think we can. When you really want to do something, you’ll find a way, somehow.”

I hope you are as inspired by Sarah’s story as I was. If you would like to learn more about Sarah you can visit her website and Instagram and Facebook.

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“We can do so much more than we think we can. When you really want to do something, you’ll find a way, somehow." @sarahpaddles Sarah Davis

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What was it that inspired you to take up the challenge to paddle the length of the Nile?
  • What was the preparation you needed to undertake to prepare for the expedition?
  • What were some of the challenges you faced during the expedition?
  • What were some of the highlights of the trip?
  • How did you keep yourself motivated?
  • What would you say to someone who has dreamed of having an adventure but has not had the courage to follow through?
  • What does adventure mean to you and why should people look to add more adventure to their life?
  • What advice would you give to someone turning or recently turned 40 who is viewing it negatively or with some anxiety?
  • What does living a legendary life or your best life mean to you?
  • Plus much more…