Have you met one of our wildcard winners Sophie yet? The jury was fascinated by her love of challenges and her abilty to take on any task. We hope she enjoys the challenges that the BBE will set her when she heads off to Singapore! Check out her blog here.
Firstly, for those who haven’t read your blog before – can you explain to us a little about what your blog is about?
Challenge Sophie is about taking on new challenges and achieve goals. It’s about helping ourselves be the best we can be and pushing boundaries to get there. I love a challenge! For the past 7 years I’ve been exploring my physical and mental boundaries through adventure, sport and business. This blog follows my progress in the aim to encourage others to challenge themselves, or join forces with me!
My motto is ‘One life, Live it and never give up’.
Why did you first decide to set it up?
I quit my job in December 2012 and left the security of everything that comes with that behind. I had no plan, I just knew I wanted to explore new opportunities and create a story that was worth it for me. The night before I walked into work and handed in my notice, I spoke to a friend that said “A ship in a harbour is safe but that’s not what the ship was built for. Go Sailing”. We all know that when we push ourselves to do something different, whether that is going travelling on your own for the first time, getting fit and entering your first race , learning a new skill or language, or quitting your job… we achieve great things so why do we not push ourselves more often? Living within your comfort zone is safe and comfortable. Living in the unknown is unfamiliar and unsettling. My blog follows my journey as I learn to accept the unknowns and even hunt them down!
How long have you been blogging for?
How are you preparing your for your trip?
I’m getting married 2 weeks before the trip starts, I’m also training for my first Ironman Race which involves a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and then running a marathon so I’m trying my best to separate my time between different commitments. But generally, just getting really excited.
What are you most looking forward to?
Making the most of every second that I’m there.
As you probably know, the Big Blog Exchange is all about ‘changing the world, using the power of blogs’. How do you think you and your exchange can help change the world?
By encouraging people to take on new challenges and see what they can achieve. I’ve seen it change lives before, it definitely has mine. I would love to help people take the first step by doing challenges with them so that would be fantastic.
How do you plan to record your trip? Are you going to be blogging through video, pictures, written words or all three?
Definitely all three!
Are you excited at the prospect of swapping blogs?
Of course! All though I don’t know too much about style and maybe Kisty wouldn’t be too keen to do my ironman training so hope it doesn’t involve swapping too much.
Is this your first time travelling or have you travelled before?
I have been lucky enough to travel before. Love, love , love it.
Have you heard about Hostelling International before, or is this your first experience with us (have you said HI to the world yet)? Are you excited?
I’m sure you can tell I’m very excited. I haven’t stayed with Hostelling International before so I can’t wait. All new experiences.
Are your readers excited about your trip? Have you been blogging in the run up to the exchange?
Everyone is very proud of me being selected as one of the wildcards for this competition. It’s a huge metaphorical ‘tick’ for me because it shows that quiting my job and taking on new challenges was the right decision even if I have missed the security at times.
What tips can you give for your exchange partner? What can he/she explore in your city/country?
Wow, London. It’s summer so you will have to have Pimms and strawberries. Go to all the markets, vintage shops. Immerse yourself in London’s culture and don’t be overwhelmed by how big it is. Take loads of photos and meet as many English people as you can and tell them why you are here, they will love it.
What do you find most rewarding about being a blogger?
The fact that people read what I write! You do something you love, because you love it and other people get something from it. Couldn’t be better. Thank you for this experience.