Back in April, I tentatively signed up to take part in the Fabulous Challenge to Oman to raise funds for CoppaFeel!, a breast cancer awareness charity whose mission is to spread awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer across the country, particularly amongst younger women.
I'm happy to say that I was successful in gaining a place, and so between the 4th and 10th November I will be trekking along the ancient footpaths of the Oman Mountains for a truly off the beaten track challenge.
It won't be easy, spending all day hiking rough terrain in the desert heat - then having to set up camp in the evening, but it's a challenge I am excited to take on.
It's likely that breast cancer will impact us in some way throughout our life. Two people very close to me have been affected by this awful disease.
Janet, a lifelong family friend and all round beautiful soul, lost her battle in January 2008 after courageously fighting for 4 years. Janet left behind two wonderful daughters who continue to keep their Mum's legacy alive. Nicci, a very special friend to me, was diagnosed in April 2015 and fought a hard battle over the next two years. We are all over the moon to hear that she was given the all clear this May.
As some of you may know, this year has been particularly difficult for me personally, however I have taken a lot of hope and inspiration from strong women like Janet and Nicci, who continued to push forward even throughout the toughest of times. The trek is more than just a physical challenge for me, it represents a new chapter in my life that embraces change and new opportunities.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that the most beautiful things in life are not things. It's people, places and memories. It's feelings, smiles and laughter. That's what life is about and that's what I am determined to focus on going forward. The future can often seem daunting and so can pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. However, the best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time, and for now I am going to feel the fear and do it anyway and make my children proud.
Keep your eyes peeled for fundraising activities along the way and I would be hugely appreciative of any sponsorship you can spare to help me reach my target.
Oman here I come!