I am so nervous. I have just arrived in Austria for a freeriding ski trip hosted by the tourist board with a group of 6 guys who all seem to be waaaaaay better skiers than me. I am feeling so far out of my comfort zone and nervous about it. I don’t want to be the person at the back holding people up and I don’t want to hurt myself
I’m thinking about all the times I’ve felt this way before; out of my comfort zone and really anxious about it. So many. The first time I cycled London2Paris in 24 hrs, when I was asked to be Team Captain of Race The World Cycling cycling across the USA, doing my Ted Talk, making a travel documentary in South America, filming an advert with Estée Lauder, starting TrailBlazers the list goes on... I’m reminding myself that all those times, turned into some of my greatest achievements and most cherished memories... but still not enjoying this mild sense of panic
It made me think that you may be in the same situation; wanting to do something new, but scared of failing or being in an environment when you feel silly or worried about being judged by others. It’s normal, we all get it! The trick I’ve learnt is not to pretend to be something you are not. I’ve never said I’m a badass skier or a free rider. What I may be lacking in skiing experience I make up for in enthusiasm, energy and smiles! Just writing this post has helped me feel more positive and determined to make the most of being here no matter what ✨✨✨✨✨
I think this is the thing about life, we have to have these experiences to fall back on and give us that boost of confidence when we need it 🙌 It is important to push yourself and try new things, but also to know your limits and who you are 💙
Wearing my fave hat from Arc'teryx Piccadilly and Parajumpers officialpage . Photo taken in magical Finland with Nikon by my lovely new Danish friend Anne 🇫🇮
#betruetoyourself #Confidence #ComfortZone #OneLifeLiveIt #NBEfinland
“50% fewer women cycle regularly than men” Body image, sexual harassment and fear of road safety cited as key factors stopping more women from cycling.
Cycling is an incredible sport/hobby/passion that had a massive impact on my life, confidence and feelings of freedom and happiness!
What do you think? What’s your experience? And what can we do to break down these barriers? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-41737483 Sustrans BBC News #womenscycling
I’ve found my dream cabin in the woods! 🌲✨ When I write my book this is where I’m coming! On the edge of a frozen lake, 40 mins drive from Helsinki, this winter wonderland totally captured my heart 💞 Who would you like to spend a few days here with? Wishing you a wonderful weekend 💫 Visit Espoo
#WinterWonderland #Finland #LiveYourAdventure #Onelifeliveit
I’ll try anything once, and today it was ice swimming! 🕳🏊♀️ I woke up to a snow storm blowing outside my window. I wanted to stay warm and cosy under the duvet but I had a running date! We ran 10k in the dark on a frozen lake in Lahti, warmed up with a big bowl of porridge and then went ice swimming. It was absolutely bloody freezing!!! To be expected 😂 but afterwards we felt a rush of endorphins and totally invigorated. My skin was tingling! It’s a quick in and out dip... it’s part of the culture here in Finland, so would be rude not to try! When was the last time you tried something for the first time? Do it! 🇫🇮⚡️
Nordic Bloggers' Experience VisitLahti
#TrySomethingNew #TrySomethingNew #IceSwimming #Finland #nbefinland #GoPro
Promise me something 💫 That this year you will spend more time outside. More time walking, breathing, observing in The Great Outdoors! It’s good for your soul, it’s the best tool for distilling the contents of your mind and feeling refreshed, and it’s a powerful teacher. Feel the wind on your face, breathe in fresh air, marvel at all the wonderful things that are wild and free. Wander and wonder in nature, it has the power to change you in the best way imaginable ⚡️
Here are some of my top suggestions to add more outdoors and nature to your life:
🔹 Take your lunch break outside. Read a book or write instead of scrolling through your phone (mini digital detox!) Even 10 mins of Vitamin D can make the difference
🔹 Walk to work or meetings instead of public transport or driving
🔹 Exercise in your local park, forest or trails instead of the gym
🔹 Take up a new outdoor sport and join a club. Running, cycling, triathlon, hiking, climbing... So many options!
🔹 Plan an active holiday or adventure instead of a beach holiday or city break
🔹Cook dinner outside. Winter bbqs over a fire can be really fun!
🔹 Sleep outside. I know this might sound crazy but some of my fave wild camping trips have been in the winter. You can legally wild camp anywhere in Scotland, Norway, Sweden and Finland to name a few. Check out Scotland’s bothies, they are amazing and free to stay in!
🔹 Set yourself a physical challenge that will motivate you to get active, meet new people and spend more time outdoors!
The world is your oyster #GetOutside and see what you can discover. Tag anyone who you might find this useful Nordic Bloggers' Experience VisitLahti
#NBEFinland #AwakeTheSoul #OneLifeLiveIt
Officially the most depressing day of the year today 😩 I hope you didn’t let Blue Monday take the best of you 💙
I had a murky start to the year. I was hoping for fireworks and instead it felt clunky and disjointed. After taking a break from work and social media over Christmas, I found it hard to get back in the game. I didn’t feel ready to get back into the fast lane! Here are the tactics I deployed to get my MOJO back and beat the Jan blues:
Go through the motions. Kinda like the ‘fake it til you make it’ theory... I made myself go to meetings, work through emails, make a start on my projects, exercise. To get those physical and neurological pathways active again and help the energy flow
Don’t overload yourself with weighty expectations! High expectations can mean we don’t even try (or give up too soon) because we are worried we won’t live up to them
Go easy on yourself. Jan is a tough month. It’s cold, dark, gloomy, we have spent all our money and eaten all the food. Despite what you see on social media, don’t expect yourself to be motivated and smashing goals every day. We all have days we don’t feel like doing life. It’s normal! Take a break and get back on it
Focus on the small wins! Change comes through making small changes everyday that lead to bigger ones. Take control of your life in these small ways; drink more water, be ruthless with protecting your energy, reduce time on social media, be open minded + try new things
Don’t try to change everything at the same time! It’s a great feeling to sit down and write a list of goals for the year, but it can seem overwhelming without knowing where to start, how to find the time in our already busy lives, or how to change habits we’ve had for a lifetime! #BabySteps
Make a pact with yourself. I never want to get up and exercise when it’s cold and dark, so I promise myself that if I hate it, I never have to do it again. Truth is, I always love it! You just gotta find the motivation to get yo ass out of bed 🙌 It will be waiting for you later 😋
Remember you are not alone we are all doing Jan at the same time!!! Be open, honest and realistic with yourself + others. Find a partner in crime and motivate each other. I’d love to hear what’s going on; what are you finding hard? What’s coming easy?
Much love from a very blue Finland today! 🇫🇮❄️
#JanuaryBlues #MOJO #OneLifeLiveIt #MondayMotivation #NbeFinland #BlueMonday #GoPro Nordic Bloggers' Experience
Flying to Finland!! 🇫🇮
It’s been exactly five years since I quit my job and ventured into a life of uncertainty to see if I could create a new story. I’m continually amazed, and so grateful, for the incredibly diverse and interesting opportunities that have come my way these last few years. This is one of them! Joining 40 bloggers from around the world to explore Finland and then I’m giving the keynote talk at our conference next week. I cannot wait to meet everyone, create and chat shop for the next few days! Eek 😀 Nordic Bloggers' Experience #NBEfinland #GoPro #OneLifeLiveIt
Somewhere between what she survived and who she was becoming, she was exactly where she was meant to be. She was starting to love the journey. And find comfort in the quiet corners of her wildest dreams. They say people don't change... Well she wasn't always this way. Even if she didn't change the entire world, she would change her part of it. And she would affect those she shared it with. A butterfly whose wings have been touched can indeed still fly. Whether something was meant to be or meant to leave, didn't matter as much anymore. She would soak up the sun, kiss the breeze and she would fly regardless - J Raymond
Tag someone who needs a reminder that sometimes we’ve got to keep going through the tough times to live, love, laugh and fly again ✨
PC: Jonathan Blackham Photographer Wearing Sweaty Betty Fulham
#youvegotthis #findyourfire #onelifeliveit #bestrongerthanthestorm #meanttobe
Keen to cycle London2Paris in 2018? 🇬🇧🚲🇫🇷
There are only 20 places left on my annual L2P24 sportive London to Paris SportiveCycling 200 miles, across two countries in 24 hours! May 5th.
This weekend could change your life! We welcome newbie cyclists and people on their own. Now’s your chance to grab a place before they are all gone. Full details: http://www.londontoparissportive.com
It’s my favourite weekend of the year. Can’t wait to meet you all and take on this amazing challenge together. Thank you to everyone who has already signed up, tag yourselves below! Can’t wait to create incredible memories together on two wheels 🚲💙🚲
#L2P24 #Cycle2Paris #ChallengeYourself #OneLifeLiveIt
Dont ask what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive ✨
An absolutely beautiful day in London today! Great to get out and enjoy it in Richmond Park with the deer 🦌 If getting active/fit is part of your plan for this year, use the world on your doorstep to inspire you to move and love your body 🍂🏃♀️
Captured by Jonathan Blackham Photographer 📷 #GetOutside #MoveYourBody #OneLifeLiveIt
Who struggled to get back into the swing of things today? 😂 I woke up feeling pretty bluergh. I’m excited about 2018, but after such a lovely rest over the holidays I didn’t feel in the mood to properly get back on it. As I lay in bed trying to get myself up for the gym I gave myself a little pep talk 🙋♀️ It went like this: today doesn’t have to be everything I want it to be. It’s okay if you don’t have all your goals sorted, it’s ok if you haven’t replied to emails from last year, it’s ok if you don’t feel motivated (yet) don’t ruin what today could become by putting too much expectation on yourself! Get up and START. Take baby steps, trust in the process. Don’t have to do everything, just do. Today is the first day back, first day of a new year. Every step is a step towards making it amazing. Put your game face on, start.
I got out of bed and went to workout UN1T London where I train. Walking into the gym, I could hear my friends laughing which instantly made me feel better. We discussed how we all felt pretty sluggish but were super keen to get back on it. We smashed a team workout where you work in twos or threes (one of my fave things about un1t is the team workouts 🙌) We sweated it out, high fived and after I knew this was the start of me feeling back in the game. Start the year as you mean to go on, but that doesn’t mean you have to do everything right away
Exercise always improves my mood and makes me feel happier. It gets everything moving including the digestive system (good after Christmas indulging!) focuses my mind and helps me feel like I’ve taken a step forward. As a result, I’m just downing tools after a productive day and feeling ready to take on 2018 refreshed and full of beans.
Get your game face on. Don’t worry if you don’t have it all figured out. There’s plenty of time for that, just focus this week on doing the things that make you feel healthy and happy 😀 #GameFaceOn #BabySteps #OneLifeLiveIt
💥 2017 💥 Reflecting on the year I realised that happiness has come from learning to let go. I could write about how amazing this year has been with the people I’ve met, adventures, travel, living my passion, launching TrailBlazers... but the reality is all my fave moments and memories are notwithstanding weathering the storms. It is this I want to take a moment to appreciate. Before you set goals for next year, ask yourself what are you proud of and what did you let go of to get there? For me, it’s being stronger than the storm and everything I have to work through, accept + let go of in the process. There’s strength and wisdom to be gained from our darkest days, but knowing that doesn’t stop them from hurting any less or being any easier to get through. Tonight let’s celebrate all that we are, the battles we’ve won to be here and the people who have helped us fight them. If you’ve had a plain sailing year with no curve balls - celebrate that too! ⚡️
Much love to you amazing people all over the world. Here’s to health and happiness - 2018 Let’s do this!
PC: Travis Burke Photography at the GoPro Mountain Games in Colorado #BeStrongerThanTheStorm #HealthandHappiness #GoProFamily #nye #OneLifeLiveIt
DIGITAL DETOX /// This is a perfect time of year to relax, recharge and reflect. To think, without distractions, about what’s important to you, what you are proud of and what you’d like to work on next year. But first, give yourself some time and space to stop, breathe + unplug. We spend the whole year putting pressure on ourselves to do, achieve, grow, learn, move, create and figure stuff out... I’m using this time to just BE. Relax, laugh, eat and give to yourself and others. You have done enough. You ARE enough. Don’t compare yourself or your Christmas to other people through social media. Remember a photo does not share the full story, life is not perfect and does not have to be. Take a break, focus on you and your loved ones ❤️
Personally, I need a break. It’s been an amazing year but I’ve put my whole heart, head and energy into it and I am craving some downtime. I’m switching off emails and social media until next year. I’ll miss communicating with you, but I can’t wait to come back fresh as a daisy and raring to go for 2018!
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and NY, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support this year! Much love (from the land
of fromage), Sophie xxx 💖
#HappyChristmas #YouAreEnough #DigitalDetox #SocialMedia #OneLifeLiveIt
Loved running The Christmas Cracker in Derbyshire today! 🏃♀️🎄🤩 It was wet + icy but in true British fashion everyone braved the cold weather! 🇬🇧
Its been a lovely weekend with my family in the Peak District. I have a few busy days in London coming up and then it’s time enjoy all the Christmas vibes 🎅 Almost time to close the final chapter of this year - let’s make these days count! 🙌 Hope you have a fantastic week ahead! P.S In case you are wondering... I am wearing a tutu and a snowman hat ⛄️
#PeakDistrict #ChristmasCracker #OutdoorFitness #GoProGirl
Last week two people two their lives jumping under trains that I was on in the same day. If you are male, under the age of 40 and living in the UK, the thing that’s most likely to kill you is yourself. YOURSELF!! An absolutely terrifying statistic that we must be more aware of. It’s more common and easier than may realise to loose hope and spiral into a mental health decline
Being strong doesn’t mean you have to suffer in silence or face the storms alone. Sometimes the strongest thing you can do is say that you are not okay and ask for help.
I know it’s tough for men as you are conditioned to be brave and strong, don’t show your feelings and sometimes be the person that holds up everyone else in the family. Please make sure you don’t crumble under the pressure. We need you!
Please can we all think about people in our circles that might be finding things tough and ask them how they are. Invest the time and effort to actually dig under the surface and show you care. If you want to help someone who is struggling with mental health, hold a space for them, their struggles and their emotions. You don’t need to fix problems or give advice, sometimes all we need is a friend who helps you feel like it’s ok when you don’t feel like anything is. A friend who extends a hand (metaphorical or literal) to help you start climbing out of the cave. Doesn’t have to be about fixing the way out, just someone to be there as you attempt to figure out the way
Ps. I know you guys are amazing and always looking out for me, so before you worry that this is me saying that I’m struggling, no need to worry. This is me speaking out for something that needs MORE airtime. We have got to get better at showing people we care, at really connecting with them, and holding a space for whatever they are carrying, without them feeling like it’s a burden for them to share it with us. Please take the time to do this!
Sorry for the long post! It’s been on my mind for a few days and knowing others are suffering makes me so sad. Do what you can make sure someone you care about doesn’t slip through the net 🙏 #mentalhealthawareness #Onelifeliveit #Showyoucare
Cracking morning working up a sweat in Santa outfits with the UN1T London gang! 🎅Loved the cheeky post workout 5km run 😂 It’s a stunning day in London, now I feel ready for the weekend and can’t wait to get all Christmassy! Wishing you tons of festive fun this weekend 👍🎄✨
#LondonFitness #ChristmasIsComing #OneLifeLiveIt #SquadGoals
How often do you ask yourself “why not me?” or “why not now?” So often we fall into the trap of thinking we are not good enough, or that we will fail if we try. But if you don’t try you will never know
Whatever ‘IT’ is that you are dreaming of, working for and prepared to make sacrifices for, someone has to do it. Someone has to live that dream, get that job, achieve that result, travel the world. If someone has to do it, why can’t it be YOU? ✨
This picture is from one of the most magical moments of 2017, sunrise in the Arctic circle in Sweden after skiing to the top of the mountain with one of my best friends. If you give yourself in this world, life will give to you 💕 #OneLifeLiveIt #DreamsIntoPlans
Be fearless in the pursuit of whatever sets your heart on fire 🔥❤️
I love this, but I want to follow it with “and make sure you rest” Having just spent the week fearlessly chasing my dreams with the launch of TrailBlazers I was completely wiped this weekend!! I pretty much stayed inside watching Netflix and sleeping. Well that’s balance! Some days you just gotta do nothing. Hope you all had a lovely weekend and don’t have the Monday blues. Much love to you gang 😘 Throwback from the Lake District a few weeks ago. Even in the rain it’s still gorgeous!
#Rest #SelfCare #LuckyWeLiveGreatBritain #OneLifeLiveIt #TrailBlazers
I will never, ever, ever forget this week. I launched TrailBlazers with four London schools, working with 13-15 year old girls to find out what’s important to them, what fears are holding them back and what challenges they face in life. It’s the very beginning of creating a community and program to support them to keep moving forward, to be brave and build the confidence to be TRAILBLAZERS. I’m totally buzzing to see this project come to life and receive the feedback we have from the girls and schools this week. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen especially Youth Sport Trust and my Mum 💙 To all you girls I’ve met this week, I can’t wait to see you again and thank you for trusting me TrailBlazers Thank you for capturing everything Photos from me - Marc Bates
#BlazeYourTrail #YouthEmpowerment #OneLifeLiveIt
P.E should be taught in schools EVERY day as it boosts brain power💥 Couldn’t agree more! Plus so many other positive benefits like health, team work, resilience, determination... I was terrible at sport at school, my teachers wouldn’t let me play! But now I couldn’t live without it and the positive effect it has on my life. What do you think about sport in schools?
It's impossible." said pride. "It's risky." said experience. "It's pointless." said reason. "Give it a try." whispered the heart ❤️
Next week I am visiting four schools to kick start my youth empowerment initiative. Since getting back from the #KONA10 challenge, I’ve been pretty tired! I questioned whether I had the energy to deliver my best at these schools, and I had a mini meltdown this week feeling like I couldn’t do it. After a chat with myself and those closest to me, I knew the only answer was “give it a try.” It’s always the answer. It might not be how you imagine it in your mind, it might not be the right time, but it could be the best thing you’ve ever done, and you’ll never know if you don’t try ✨ #GiveItATry #Believe #OneLifeLiveIt #TrailBlazers
🌋 10 volcanic locations in the UK
⏱ 72 hours to climb to their summits and travel between them
😵 Not much sleep and battling snow + 50 mph winds
🌍 A chance to explore some of the most beautiful locations in the UK, if not the world
So excited to share with you the film from the #KONA10 challenge! 🇬🇧 For more info and to download the maps: https://www.hyundaipressoffice.co.uk/release/903/
So excited to finally be able to share the #KONA10 challenge film with you tonight! It was a driving and mountaineering challenge of epic proportions, and a team effort to make it happen ⛰🚘⛰ If you want to see the UK in all it’s glory and get inspired for your next adventure or road trip, you’ll love it. Have a great day! ☀️
Hyundai UK #Kona #Hyundai #IsleofSkye #OneLifeLiveIt
Busy is the death of productivity and happiness. Guard your time, it’s your greatest asset! 💫
I always thought that achieving meant doing, that growth meant movement. I was wrong. Flipping productivity on its head in my latest blog (link below) Sharing my top tips on how to invest your valuable energy in self-care and happiness rather than demanding more, more, more... If you want to create a life where you do less + achieve more, check it out!
#SelfCare #Happiness #Productivity #OneLifeLiveIt
When I was in Hawaii I saw a lot of people using #LuckyWeLiveHawaii on their posts. Well I think we should start #LuckyWeLiveGreatBritain 🇬🇧 The thing about Hawaii, is that paradise is served to you on a plate. Every day there is a stunning sunset rarely with the clouds blocking it. The thing with the UK that makes moments like the one in this pic so special to us, is that the weather plays by its own set of rules. Moments like these are rare. The y are often little windows of paradise in the middle of a storm!
Whilst coming down from the summit of Snowdon last week, the clouds parted for a few minutes, the darkness giving way to the sunset and purple skies. Sometimes everything in life comes together and we witness these extraordinary moments by being in the right place at the right time. The UK is an amazing place to explore! Share your favourite places and experiences with #LuckyWeLiveGreatBritain and tag me!
#ExploreMore #GetOutside #OutdoorWomen #GreatBritain
The Kona10 challenge is complete and what an unbelievable 72 hours it’s been! I’m so proud to find the heart, head game and legs to push through the dark moments and make this crazy challenge happen. It’s a world first! Amazing to end with the pièce de résistance on the Isle of Skye today. What an incredible world we live in!
Thanks a million for your support, I’ve loved sharing this adventure with you. I’ve got some amazing pics I can’t wait to share with you and more stories, but now I need to shower and sleep 😘
#KONA #WorldFirst #OneLifeLiveIt #LoveScotland
This challenge is really kicking now. After 2 days of sleepless nights and a few mountains in my legs, yesterday was hard. 3 hours climbing in Glen Coe followed by a winter ascent of Ben Nevis at 1345m - the highest mountain in Great Britain 🇬🇧 On my feet and moving for over 10 hrs, burning so much energy and then a 7 hr car journey to the Isle of Skye. Let’s just say this is no walk in the park! But I knew it wasn’t going to be 😝 My legs my feel heavy today as I head to the Cuillin Ridge for my final challenge of the #KONA10 but my heart is ready to give it all I’ve got 👊💙 Link in bio or check my stories for my info on this challenge! Hyundai UK
#LoveScotland #BenNevis #OutdoorWomen #OneLifeLiveIt #KONA #Partner VisitScotland
Blue sky day in Scotland in my fave place in the whole world, Glen Coe 💙
Approaching 48 hours on the #KONA10 challenge, managed to get 3 hrs sleep in the car last night before climbing up here this morning. Challenge 7 of 10 is complete, now it’s time for Ben Nevis ⛰
#LoveScotland #WinterIsHere #KONA #OneLifeLiveIt #MountainGirls #GoPro
Have just come off the summit of Scafell Pike in the Lake District with snow, gale force wind and descending by head torch. Challenges 1-4 from the #KONA10 are in the bag! Feeling good, but very tired. Time to get some shut eye whilst we drive to Scotland for the big boys; Glen Coe, Ben Nevis and The Isle of Skye 💙 Keep the messages coming I love them 🙏
There is something completely liberating about standing on top of a mountain* The mountains free me from my fears and stoke the fire within me 🔥 For those glorious moments, it’s as if time stands still. Makes me feel so alive and grateful for this life 💫🙏
*Existential thoughts amplified when it’s blowing a hoolie and the sun is setting! 💨 🌄
Since this stunning sunset on Snowdon, I’ve been making great progress with my KONA10 Challenge. For more info hit the link + check out my IG stories: https://www.instagram.com/challengesophie ⛰🚘⛰ Progress: Snowdon ✅ Croghan Hill ✅ Giants Causeway ✅ 7/10 to go
#KONA #OneLifeLiveIt #Snowdon #OutsideIsFree #Wales Hyundai UK
* KONA10 CHALLENGE *
When asked if I could reach reach 10 volcanic locations, climbing or cycling to their summits in 72 hours, whilst also driving between them in British winter, my first reaction was “We have volcanoes in the UK?!” Apparently we do, dating back 450 million years and I’m about to climb them!
The Kona10 Challenge is about to commence, exploring some of the most stunning and iconic areas of the UK; Snowdon, Giants Causeway, Scafell Pike, Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat, Glen Coe, Ben Nevis and The Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye. Snow has fallen in Scotland so I’m bracing myself for winter! I’ll be grabbing sleep where possible in new Hyundai UK Kona between now and Sunday afternoon. Here’s the challenge map and link for more info. I’m ready 💪⛰🚘🚴♀️🙋
#KONA #Challenge #OneLifeLiveIt
I’m ready and raring to get started with my next challenge! Kicking off tomorrow (Thursday) at 2pm with a climb up Snowdon in Wales, before heading to Ireland, The Lake District and Scotland (Glen Coe, Ben Nevis and the Isle of Skye) ⛰ 🚘⛰
I cannot wait to get started and take you with me through some of my favourite locations in the UK. On the cards is stunning scenery, lots of mountains, not much sleep and all the Let’s Do This spirit I can muster! Will be sharing full details tmrw. It’s nearly time... #ChallengeSophie #OneLifeLiveIt #KONA #GoPro
Adventure is a way of looking at the world, it’s your spirit, it’s what makes you feel alive. It’s the experiences that feed your soul and fill your heart. The part of you that’s not afraid to try new things, and knows that life’s best adventures happen when you say YES ⛰✨
I put together this little edit from my hike up Snowdon on Sunday, filmed on GoPro and edited with Quik app
Quik is my go-to app for editing as it creates an edit straight from your GoPro, mixing it with music and transitions without you having to spend ages editing. Download the app for free and give it a whirl
My favourite mountain moment of the weekend! It was hailing, cold and zero visibility on the summit of Snowdon (check out my IG live @challengesophie), but the views on the way up were 👌 I’ve been up Snowdon a few times and it’s always different; always a challenge and always creates memories I look back on and smile 😊 I spent a lot of today’s climb thinking about how amazing it would be to do this with girls on my youth empowerment initiative!!⛰ Now to make it happen ✨ #LoveTheJourney #Snowdon #OutdoorWomen #OneLifeLiveIt #DreamBig
I was recently asked "what's your favourite snack whilst adventuring?" I think forever more it will be peanut butter s'mores. Not massively practical to make on all adventures, but I urge you to try this! Melted marshmellows, apple, peanut butter and chocolate - winning combo! Whole Earth Foods #WonderfuelTimes
There’s only one t-shirt to wear when you wake up feeling like this 💪☀️✨ I’m pumped after a fantastic evening giving a talk at Condé Nast Traveler #TravellersTales 🗺 Thank you to everyone who came and for your great questions! I loved sharing all things adventure, the life changing magic of empowering yourself through challenging yourself to raise the bar, my youth engagement project, body confidence, thoughts on being a woman in a traditionally male dominated world, and the new wave of adventure focused on collaboration and community. How we fit all that into an hour I don’t know! 🤷♀️ LOVED IT!!! Just smashed a gym session at UN1T London and am about to head to the mountains for 10 days. It’s time for my next challenge guys!! Can’t wait to get back to the mountains and take you with me. Check out my insta stories. Happy Friday. Much love and enjoy your weekend and this gorgeous Autumn we are having! 💙 🍁P.S Tee is from my girls Fequals #FridayFeeling #WomenEmpowerment #OneLifeLiveIt
The road, it's a good listener. I can’t express strongly enough how important sport and being outside are for mental well-being, just as much as physical! Every time something knocks me back, I turn to THIS (my bike, my body, the open road, the wonder of nature, the simplicity of the world without all the complications we create) to help me feel positive and back in the game. Nature, movement and breathing all have magical healing powers. Give them a chance ✨🍁🏃♀️❤️ #mindfulness #GetOutside #MoveYourBody #OneLifeLiveIt #mentalhealth #SunriseCycle
This morning was 🔥👌!!! My first #sunrisecycle of the winter season and I’ll back my decision a thousand times over to haul myself out of bed in the dark to do this. What a cracking way to start the day with two of my faves Queen of the Mile Queen of the Mountains Even though I’ve cycled in this park hundreds of times, I still can’t get over how beautiful it is, so lucky to have this slice of wilderness here in London 🇬🇧
Filmed on GoPro Hero6 - the image quality and colour of this camera is insane. I have not edited this at all, just added some music from iMovie app on my phone. Editing on the go! 😋 Yay, for the weekend on its way! Get outside and make the most of it 👊 #SunriseCycle #GirlsWhoRide #London #OneLifeLiveIt #GoPro
Train your mind, it’s the greatest instrument you own 💪
Physical and mental strength have always gone hand in hand for me. Whilst training for Ironman, I was developing the physical strength to go the distance (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and run a marathon), but perhaps more importantly, the mental grit and determination to keep going when everything was screaming at me to stop!
Finishing Ironman Wales was the biggest challenge of my life, but finding a way through the toughest moments was a revelatory and inspiring experience. Physically I felt a wreck for a few days, but mentally I had never been stronger. I used my new found mindset to apply to the same determination and confidence to every area of my life; my job, my relationships and my next challenge.
I repeat this cycle over and over again. It’s a never ending process. Challenge, strive, learn, grow, dream bigger, aim higher. BELIEVE 💙
The only way to believe in yourself is to do the things that are difficult and scary, the ones you don’t think you could do. Start small, focus on the baby steps and soon you’ll look back and marvel at how far you’ve come 👊Ps. Can you spot the tear on my face? That’s how hard it was for me second time round 😢 #Mindset #ChallengeYourself #AnythingIsPossible #Ironman #OneLifeLiveIt #Endurance IRONMAN Wales
Getting all fancy next week and sharing my adventure stories over champagne with Condé Nast Traveler on London's Bond Street. If you fancy it, there's a few tickets left! Love to see you there! x
UNPLUG + HAVE FUN! ✨ Had a really special weekend with my best friends in the Peak District. They organised a weekend of fun and kept it all a surprise! We went to a cafe where you drink tea with cats, escaped from Alcatraz The Great Escape Game Sheffield, slept in a bunk house surrounded by mountains, went to an otter sanctuary and got very, very wet whilst walking in Storm Brian. Nothing like being around people I’ve been best mates with for a third of my life. Am feeling so pumped for next week and everything that’s coming up, especially having taken the weekend off to relax and have fun with my faves 😍 Give this treat to yourself! #TimeOut #WorkHardPlayHard #GetOutside #OneLifeLiveit #PeakDistrict #GoProGirl GoPro
Confidence is like a muscle. The more you train it the stronger it gets 💪✨
I’m pretty excited (and nervous) about tomorrow. I’m heading to a London school to deliver my first talk and workshop for my youth empowerment initiative to 100 teenage women. Have spent all day filtering through my life - the challenges and lessons - and trying to distill what confidence means to me, why it’s so important for us all, and why I’m so passionate about championing it. Here’s where I’m at:
1️⃣ Focus on being the best you can be, NOT the best. We need to control the affect that social media has on our lives; it can create an unobtainable image of perfection that detracts from focusing on what’s right for us
2️⃣ Why fit in when you were BORN to stand out? Be true to yourself; develop a strong sense of who you are and hold onto it as if your life depended on it!
3️⃣ Allow yourself to be vulnerable and share struggles
4️⃣ Support others; be brave and stand up for what is right even if it’s a risk for you
5️⃣ Life is tough; when the curve balls come, you want to know you’ve got this! Knowing this and being able to deploy the best you got in tough times, this is confidence 💕
What do you think? Anything I’ve missed? Tomorrow is a big day for me! Let’s do this 🙌
Youth Sport Trust #youthempowerment #confidence #positivemindset #onelifeliveit PC: Michael Hannig Photography
T E A M 👊👯✨
What I loved most about the Ragnar Relay was the TEAM! 10 of us lived in two vans for over 24 hrs, taking turns to run, sleep, eat and drive until we ran 180 miles. Anytime I was struggling out on the course, I thought about my team and that spurred me on. The toughest legs were at night time, although I *secretly* love challenges that go through the night. Makes it more adventurous! We were also treated to a pretty spectacular sunrise over the sea 🌅 Here’s my film from the challenge. Filmed on GoPro Hero5 and Karma
If you’re part of a running club or have a group of friends up for a challenge, check this race out. Hopefully I’ll see you there next year! Thanks for an epic weekend Reebok #RagnarWhiteCliffs #TeamChallenge #OneLifeLiveIt
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