Hello! My name is Munah and I like long walks in the wilderness...
I’m an eternal optimist with a dry sense of humour and a tendency to ramble (ha!). I’m also rubbish at introductions.
I was born in Brunei to a British mum and a Bruneian dad and have lived in Brunei, Holland and England. My accent is a little all over the place and can change depending on which friends i’m speaking to - I’m a bit of a third culture kid.
I realise the immense privilege I have in being able to hike the PCT and so I want to tie a charity fundraiser to my trip seeing as i’m going to be talking about it across social media platforms (well..here and instagram and the odd facebook cross-post). I’m also going to be spending a lot of time meeting and conversing with new people and mental health is such an important topic of conversation that I don’t think gets enough screen time.
In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week - Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult psychiatric morbidity survey 2014.
I too have suffered from anxiety during pockets in my life and i’m sure on the trail I won’t be exempt and will face moments that I will need to take my time over. Promoting mental health awareness was also a big drive of my professional life as a manager - my team’s moods and experiences directly affected my own. Perhaps that is why I feel so burnt out? I guess I’ve got 6 months and 2650 miles to mull that over!
My aims for this blog are:
To keep a written momento of my journey
Inspire people to head outside for a walk and say YES to that micro / mini / MASSIVE adventure that’s in the pipeline.
To keep mum in the know
To give aspiring future PCT hikers the reassurance of if I can do this, you definitely can.
Fuel nostalgia for past hikers.
To talk as much and as openly as I can about mental health
To raise a pound for every mile walked - £2650! For Mind UK.
My bearded beau Eliot and Mum and Dad, who are key features in my support network and I love them to bits!
I hope you enjoy my journey and good luck on yours whatever and wherever that may be!