On a journey to improve her fitness she signed up for a new challenge. She trained for 6 months and raised a chunk of money for charity before boarding a plane with 40 total strangers for a grueling week-long adventure race through the jungle of Borneo, by far her biggest challenge yet. Cycling, running, Kayaking and climbing to the peak of the highest mountain in South East Asia – mount Kinabalu she pushed herself in more ways than she could have ever imagined.
“I remember looking out over the South China Sea at 7 in the morning as the sun was rising, just thinking I can’t believe I’m here. All the obstacles and challenges I’ve overcome and all the things I have proven to myself, things that I didn’t think I could do. They were all there, all now, all part of my memories that I could keep with me forever. Standing on top of that mountain I knew my life was never going to be the same…”
“When it was over I was supposed to stay in Borneo for another 2 weeks, go scuba diving and hang out, but actually the next day I changed my flight. I flew back to London and I walked back into work. My colleagues were so surprised to see me, they said – shouldn’t you be on holiday, on a beach having fun, and I just said to them; ‘I’m ready’. I have never felt so fired up. I have never felt so motivated and driven, I don’t want to waste this feeling sat on a beach.”
Like a domino effect, Sophie’s life started to flow, there was a feeling of purpose to her life and she began setting herself more and more adventures at weekends and on holidays. She started pushing herself as far as she could and found herself plugging all that new energy and drive and motivate back into her work. “One day I won’t be able to do this, today is not that day” Petrified, Sophie quit her job; she had done her research and at length considered the worst-case scenario. She knew that now was the time in her life that she had the least to lose.
“Challenge Sophie started out as just me, going out whenever I could, climbing mountains and going on adventures that inspired me. Turning that into my career didn’t happen overnight, it was a long, hard, painful, scary, broke journey. Even now I know nothing is set in stone, nothing is for certain and I take nothing for granted. I go through times when I think wow this is fantastic, and other times when I think; how am I going to make this happen, how will I ever pay a mortgage”.
“I never imagined any of this could be possible”