oh what a wonderful: trek

I find it unbelievably difficult to describe or talk about the adventures I’ve been fortunate enough to go on. There just aren’t enough adjectives, or the right words, to express exactly how incredibly challenging and life changing they have been.

When I come home and someone asks me how I got on, I am never able to truly do it justice no matter how hard I try. How can you really describe hanging onto the edge of the mountain you’ve been traversing across for eight hours, or walking along a tiny ridge in the pitch black with a thirty foot drop right next to you? Nothing seems to ever come close enough.

A year ago today, along with sixty other people, I headed to Heathrow: destination Oman. I was part of a group trekking across the Musandam Peninsula to raise money for breast cancer charity, CoppaFeel! We crossed wadis, scrambled up mountains channelling our inner mountain goats, and sweated our weight in water in the forty plus degree heat, all in the name of boobs. We were championed by the boob queens themselves, Ellie and Maren, as well as Gi and Mario who were our team captains, rallying the troops with constant enthusiasm and support.

It was one of the most inspiring and encouraging things I have ever done. And as soon as I got home I wanted to do it all over again (I’m sure a lot of the other trekkers would say the same thing.) But even to this day, I can’t do it justice when I try and explain the challenges we faced.

It was mentally testing trying to keep positive day in day out, and physically exhausting spending so much time on the mountains in the midday heat, with only the occasional acacia tree or tarpaulin for shade.

The friendships I made, and the stories we all shared on those mountains, will stay with me for life.

But, more importantly, the fact we managed to raise a quarter of a million pounds for CoppaFeel! makes me so immensely proud. We got the message out there that men and women everywhere should be checking their pecks, and knowing their bodies. We each played our own part in sharing CoppaFeel’s story, and helped them spread their life saving message.

The money we raised means that CoppaFeel! can continue to educate young people on the importance of knowing their normal, and what to do if they notice something out of the ordinary. Whether it be going to schools, work places, or just local community groups, they work hard to promote self checking and awareness of our bodies. The difference it can make is priceless.

“When we saw the team CoppaFeel! and Charity Challenge banners, we all linked arms in two rows, led by Gi, and walked up to the final peak of the mountain. Doing it together as a team felt amazing after the challenges some of the group had encountered earlier in the week. Once we reached the top we could hear The Foo Fighters blasting out of Dave’s 4×4. What a moment. What an achievement. We all chanted be more goat before a much needed and deserved group hug.”

For more information on CoppaFeel! and the work they do, have a look at their website! And, for anyone thinking of taking on a challenge like this: do it. I promise you it will be something you remember forever.

love sophie

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In May, after a couple of nudges from eager friends, I set up an Instagram page for my cards and pictures. It was initially to help me reach my fundraising target for the wonderful CoppaFeel! but it has proved more popular than I thought so I have continued doing it.

All the profits I make head straight over to them, to help them continue spreading boob love and educate people about knowing their bodies.

If you aren’t on Instagram, but would like to order some art, you can find all the different things I do on this blog… I’ll update this art section with seasonal things, as well as recent commissions and things I just love drawing.

And if anything takes your fancy, or you have any questions about any of it, you can email me to place an order/have a natter.

Thanks for looking! (Now go check your boobs!)

love sophie

Festifeel and other adventures of the boob kind

As I’m currently raising money for the boob-loving charity, CoppaFeel! I ventured to London, with some boob-baes to show our support and enjoy a day full of boobie banter, live music and glitter!

We had a great day listening to music from Pixie Lott and Fleur East (amongst others) as well as hearing some wonderful poets and hilarious comedians. It was a great day and it was filled with so much love and positivity.

Headed up by the boob queen Kris Hallenga and Fearne Cotton, the day paid tribute to the success of the charity and its many supporters.

I absolutely loved getting my glitter on and having a good old boogie to some of the best tunes I remember from my childhood. It isn’t every day you get to see Busted headline in such an intimate space. And it was boobin’ incredible!

I hadn’t met up with lots of the people from the Oman trek yet so it was a great opportunity to chat to them, have a dance and a couple of G&Ts!

House of Vans was an incredible venue and CoppaFeel! had received so much support that the festival seemed to have everything. From the live music to comedians, to boob booth and their very own Boobtown and Casa CoppaFeel! Artists were on hand to help with graffiti lessons for the vaults outside the venue, and skateboarders and other kinds of people on wheels were showing their moves. It was AMAZING!

And it all helped raise money for their wonderful charity!

Along with seeing lots of other fabulous people, including Ellie (the CoppaFeel Fundraising Queen), we also got to see Giovanna who will be leading my team on the trek across the desert.

It is so nice to have such a wonderful excuse to all come together on a Saturday to celebrate life and have fun sharing the boob love! (Covered in glitter!)

It made me even more excited for the trek, and having time away from my novel gave me several new ideas without thinking about it.

I will often find myself feeling guilty spending the day at an event/out and putting off writing, but I think it’s important to realise how valuable it can be. It’s first hand research.

I came away thinking that my protagonist would absolutely love the kind of music Busted and Pixie Lott sing, and it got me imagining how they would act at a festival. What a bonus!

Have you done anything recently, or been anywhere, that has inspired your writing? You might not have even noticed!

Let me know!

love sophie