Tough Girl - Daily Podcast

After working in finance for 8 years, I quit my city job and spent 18 months travelling the world, climbing Kilimanjaro, backpacking around South America and doing a ski season. I used this time to help me decide on what I wanted to do with my life. ​ I set up Tough Girl Challenges as a way of motivating and inspiring women and girls. I'm the host the Tough Girl Podcast where I interview inspirational female explorers, adventurers, athletes and everyday women who have overcome great challenges. I completed the Marathon des Sables in April 2016 and in 2017 I will be thru hiking the Appalachian Trail (2,190 miles) in 100 days! This is my daily update of what I get up to! I want to share the journey, the high points the low points and what it takes to build a business while having fun and going on adventures! Sarah AKA - Tough Girl xx The Daily Podcast will be on hold until I come back from the Appalachian Trail. I will be thru-hiking from the 3rd June to the 10th September. You can watch my vlogs on my Youtube Channel -
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Dec 20, 2017
  • New episode of the tough girl podcast goes live
  • Laura Kennington her journey in Russia
  • Getting my life in order
  • Essay writing going well
  • Getting the family back together
  • Final interview for 7 women - 7 challenges!
  • Working at Royal Ascot next year!
  • Scam??
  • I’m not excited about it….
  • Needing a challenge in 2018..
  • Family holiday to Vancouver…
  • Plans for tomorrow
  • Taking time off
  • Follow @toughgirlchallenges
  • Thank you for listening
  • new patrons - 153
  • Spending more time in the tribe!! 
  • xx
Dec 18, 2017

Monday 18th December - One more sleep!!!!! #Family #Christmas

Show notes

  • Feeling so lucky
  • Santa’s grotto!
  • Being alone at Christmas…
  • Making Christmas special for you
  • There is no right or wrong way to do Christmas
  • FB Posts… So many!!!
  • So much happening in the Tribe
  • Taking time off social media - 26th December to 15th January
  • Feeling so in control of what I need to do 
  • Final push towards the end of the year
  • Self assessment tax forms..
  • Figuring out expenses…
  • How to reinvest funds into the podcast and the blog
  • New speaking gig! (Potentially)
  • Camp America Fairs in 2018
  • Bibliography….essays…research!
  • PT session- feeling strong!! 60kg Deadlifts… pull ups
  • Essay writing for hours…
  • Plans for tomorrow
  • New Patrons… 153!!
  • Excited and in a good place!
  • Final push to the end of the year!
  • I’m so going to cry tomorrow!
Dec 17, 2017

Show notes

  • I didn’t get dressed and didn’t leave my bed!
  • So close to finished the final edit for 7 women - 7 challenges - COMING 31st Dec
  • Reflections for 2017 recorded and uploaded ready for the 30th Dec
  • You’ll be in the loop!
  • Have I discussed my plans for 2018!!
  • Buddies…… Tribees!!! (So excited by this!!)
  • Wanting the tribe to be ready for Jan 1st
  • So much information!!
  • 150 patrons reached!!
  • Christmas Eve draw - to win a Passion Planner!
  • New Prizes for 2018
  • Winning a prize from Love Her Wild
  • Clutter stresses me out!
  • Almost done with my to do list
  • New leaflets! 
  • Creating info graphs for Pinterest…
  • Guidelines for the Tribees
  • T-shirts & leaflets so the tribe can go and represent!
  • Country Ambassadors? The role… the responsibilities
  • The Tough Girl Foundation
  • Kiko Matthews and her record attempt
  • 2 essays to write
  • Plans for Monday… PT - Camp America Interview & essay writing
  • Can’t wait for Monday!
  • Speak to you tomorrow xx
Dec 15, 2017
  • 5.45am alarm…
  • Horrendous driving
  • Saved £3!
  • Presentation time!
  • Essay questions
  • Chocolate oranges!!
  • Socks!!
  • Final week of the first term!
  • Planning for 2018
  • Out for dinner!
  • 2 years since I saw people
  • You can’t do everything you want to do
  • Friendships being sacrificed
  • The end of the Tough Girl Podcast
Dec 14, 2017
  • Gym time.. so weak…
  • Gender Essay… Gender - RW Connell
  • Phone calls… 7 women - 7 challenges
  • Presentation tomorrow…
  • Losing a friend..
  • Being focused when you go after your goals
  • I’m doing the best I can do
  • I can’t give anymore
  • I’m off from the 25th December…
  • Getting things ticked off
  • Presentation tomorrow
  • Patreon  - no changes!!!
  • 8 women - 8 challenges
  • The year of….
  • Check out
  • Become a patron -
Dec 12, 2017
  • Eating christmas presents!! (Not good!)
  • Not getting dressed
  • BIG DAY - new episode of the tough girl podcast
  • Happy Birthday Flynn!
  • New vlog - Day 100 - Summit Day!!
  • Lovely comments…
  • Ideas…. ideas…. ideas…
  • Update the website with new patrons.. 145… to 144!!
  • New cards being sent out
  • Expectations for the Tribe
  • 8 women - 8 challenges - 2018????
  • A newsletter….
  • Caroline Wellingham back on the daily podcast
  • Meet ups and event in London
  • New blog post from Cathy O’Dowd
  • #PaveTheWay - update from Stacey Copeland
  • If you can see it - you can be it
  • I’m sick of being busy
  • I need paid people to work for me…
  • Help with show notes & editing
  • Plans for the rest of the week
  • Trying to get everything done by the 19th
Dec 11, 2017

Monday 11th - Finish the year STRONG!! NEW WEEK - NEW OPPORTUNITIES

  • Getting stitches out
  • Camp America interview
  • Gym time with Chris Thomas
  • Pull-ups… I’m so weak!!
  • Not focusing on the gym at all…
  • Week 10 of University
  • Getting everything done for the 19th
  • New podcast tomorrow - Della Parsons
  • New podcast  - 19th with Laura Kennington
  • Getting the interviews booked in for 7 women - 7 challenges
  • £10 fine!!!
  • Vlog for summit day!! Coming out on the 12th!!!
  • New vlogs from Boston & Women of the Appalachian Trail
  • Can’t stop eating- Chocolate Oranges!!!
  • New Patron & being very worried about Patreon…
  • Going away…. A complete break from Social Media….
  • Go and check out  Gary Vee
  • Come follow me on twitter - @_TOUGH_GIRL
  • Have a strong finish to the end of the year!
Dec 10, 2017

Sunday 10th December - Emotional vlogs (Day 97) & changes to Patreon


  • Productive day…
  • Vlog Day 97 has gone live!
  • Being me
  • Getting more open as the journey went on
  • Vlog 98 on the 11th December
  • Summit vlog has been edited!
  • The end of the journey…
  • Ground
  • Editing podcasts, changes to website
  • Future guests in December
  • Della Parsons, Laura Kennington & Megan Hines
  • Beth French episodes coming in January 
  • Changes to Patreon and why I’m not happy with it
  • Prioritising….
  • Focusing on good content
  • Why I have to think bigger and bolder!!
  • Guess how much I weigh!!!
Dec 9, 2017

Show notes

Read the article here 

Check out Performance in Mind Website 

Performance in Mind is a sports and performance psychology consultancy, teaching the skills you need to excel when you perform; whether in sport or in front of the media, whether as a member of Team GB or taking on your first Marathon.

The Performance in Mind approach uses a mix of humanistic and cognitive behavioural psychology to support you in developing new strategies and perspectives. These will help you feel more comfortable and in control when entering potentially stressful situations and ensure you are able to perform at your best.

Whatever your sport, whatever your distance, learning psychological skills can ensure you train effectively to maximise your potential and perform exceptionally to achieve your goals.

Dec 5, 2017

Show notes

  • Hit the gym….
  • W9 of study
  • Editing Jen Bricker
  • What do I want to do for 2018?
  • Recording interviews for other podcasts
  • 500,000 downloads…. Masters… Limbo…
  • Plans for the week
  • Megan Hines -Survival expert - Dec 26th
  • New Patrons- 142!
  • Consistency
  • Building the foundation
  • Become a patron!!!
  • A christmas present for me!!
Dec 3, 2017

Sunday 3rd December - Setting SMART Goals for 2018

  • Thinking about 2017 - reflecting back on the year for you 
  • What can you learn from 2017
  • What do you want to achieve?
  • 1st January 2018…. COMING SOON!!
  • Goal Myths….
  • Safe Goals?
  • The only true failure is not trying in the first place
  • Writing down your goals is so important!!!
  • Goal Mapping & sub goals
  • Make your goals important to you
  • Don’t compare yourself to anyone else!!
Dec 2, 2017
  • Super quick day
  • Catching up with Rae & Gemma from 7 women - 7 challenges
  • Meeting Ellie!
  • Meeting in real life
  • Power nap
  • Being naughty…
  • Eating chocolate and watching a movie
  • Setting SMART GOALS tomorrow for 2018
Dec 1, 2017
  • Count down till the family are here!
  • Patreon - How I make an income…
  • Feeling despondent
  • Youtube stats
  • Patreon money…declining each month…
  • “The creator wasn't engaging like I expected”
  • Having a boost in patrons!!
  • I hate asking for money
  • Excited for new patrons! Goal $1,000 - $2,000 per month
  • Lancaster - Gender, Sex & Bodies - technology and reproduction
  • Critical Debates in Media Studies - Exam Question…
  • Aura & Celebrity…. Angelina Jolie… 29th January…
  • Plans for next week - Race & Black Feminism
  • Traffic :-(
  • Vlogging…. Vlogmas???
  • Stopping the daily podcast?
  • Summit Day Vlog - Day 100
  • Final push for goals 2017
  • 2018….
  • 1 Million Downloads?!
Nov 30, 2017

At just 26 years old, Mollie Hughes became the youngest woman in the world and the first English woman to summit Mount Everest from both sides. In 2017, Mollie stood on top of the world for the second time after her first summit from the south side in 2012. From this major feat, Mollie experienced a whirlwind of ups and downs that led to lessons that can be applied to any adventure.

  1. Find Your Inspiration

Everest hadn’t always been on Mollie’s mind. In fact, it wasn’t something she considered herself capable of climbing. At her final year of University, Mollie chose to write her dissertation on the psychology of climbing Mount Everest. She interviewed 7 men who climbed Everest and how they dealt with the psychological barriers and pressure. After the first interview, Mollie was hooked and she knew she wanted to climb Everest herself.

Talking to people who’d already been on the adventure inspired Mollie. In her search to find women who climbed Everest, Mollie found a woman who’d climbed Everest at 22 years old. When she saw that a woman so close to her age climbed the mountain, Mollie knew she could do it. While the men inspired Mollie, it was a woman’s example that really gave Mollie the confidence to embark on her adventure.

  1. Commit to Fundraising

Getting the money and sponsorship to go on an adventure can be a huge barrier. Just knowing how much it will cost stops most people from planning their expedition. By looking at the websites of people who had already climbed Everest, Mollie learned how she could get financing from businesses and sponsorship. She planned to get corporate sponsorship by setting a record. Mollie outlined everything she had to offer and sent it out to 30-40 companies each week for almost a year. The rejections were hard, but Mollie had been told that sponsorships often came at the last moment possible. Talk about nail-biting!

Before a practice expedition to train for Everest, Mollie had a fundraising evening with friends and family. She held an auction where businesses donated things and while she had a number of donations, she still wanted a big ticket item that would really get the bids coming in. The morning of the event, Mollie had an idea to sell her bum as space for a tattoo. The idea was a hit and Mollie got around £1,000 for her right bum cheek which now features a tattoo of two kissing chickens. That is dedication.


  1. Get Support

A year after her decision to climb Everest, Mollie started the climb and faced one of the most terrifying places on Everest with huge crevasses and teetering ice blocks. Between base camp and camp one there were more than 20 of these adrenaline-pumping obstacles.

Throughout her experience of this fear, Mollie kindled a deep want to keep going and keep experiencing the mountain. Every single day Mollie had to push herself almost to her limit. Having a team made a big impact on Mollie’s ability to keep going. Having someone to support you and uplift you can be huge during an adventure that pushes what you thought you were capable of doing.

  1. Master Your Mindset

One of the hardest aspects of climbing Everest was maintaining a positive mindset. From beginning to end, Mollie faced a challenging 60-day climb. When you’re starting out with something that big ahead of you, you can’t help but wonder how you could possibly climb this huge mountain. The only way to do it is to take it one day at a time, Mollie advised.

Throughout several of her expeditions, Mollie realised that you have to be able to separate your emotions from the everyday emotions you’d have at home. While walking past someone who died in your regular life would be very traumatic, on the mountain you have to numb your emotions and keep going because it just happens.

On Mollie’s first summit of Everest, she admitted she was scared every day. The hardest part was summit day climbing in the death zone. At that point, Mollie had to control everything, focus on the climb, and keep breathing.

  1. Know Your Ability

After achieving her goal of summiting Everest from both sides, Mollie had learned that as human beings, we can achieve anything if we want it enough.

Everest took everything Mollie had, but with enough effort, Mollie had achieved her goals. She learned that you can really achieve anything you want. All it comes down to is having enough perseverance and determination. Your body can do anything if you want to do it enough.

When you’re in the depths of a real challenge, this can be a game-changing realisation. You can keep going if you want it enough. Draw on that desire and determination to reach your goal.

  1. Give Yourself Time

After Mollie’s second summit of Everest, she came back super tired. For two weeks she could hardly wake up without needing another nap. At times when you push your body so hard for so long, you do need that time to recover.

It may feel like your body isn’t working and that’s okay. Listen to your body and take it easy. You deserve this rest time after you’ve worked so hard. Don’t go back to work too soon. Enjoy your accomplishment and recover.

With 6 years spent focusing on Everest, Mollie doesn’t know what’s next. She simply shared, “I don’t have anything else to prove to myself.” While she knows exciting things are ahead, she’s content with her achievement and patiently waits for what comes next.

Nov 30, 2017
  • Moles…
  • Camp America interviews
  • Reports written
  • Evening plans over in Liverpool
  • How Science Got Women Wrong
  • Making the effort….
  • Inferior By Angela Saini
  • 36 pages in…
Nov 28, 2017

1) What is Tough Girl Challenges all about?

2) Why did you set up and how did you get in to it?

3) What are some of the best challengers and challenges you have interviewed?

4) Were are you hoping to take Tough Girl Challenges?

5) What’s the best challenge you have completed?

6) If I could grant you an entry place to any challenge in the world what would it be?

7) If you could interview or take on a challenge with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?


Find out more about Challenge Finder -

Nov 27, 2017

Show notes

  • Productive day - 2 podcasts edited!
  • Anna Blackwell will be on the TGP tomorrow
  • Jen Bricker - born with no legs- very fascinating story about how she overcame challenges in her life
  • New Patrons - Seanna ? 
  • Update post in the Tough Girl Tribe
  • Comments from the tribe
  • £1.53 a month
  • Vlog 97 is key!
  • Stopping the negative chit chat in my head
  • What’s going to happen to Patreon?
  • 1st day wanting to get hot and sweaty
  • Sorry for the overshare!
  • Front squats
  • Catching up with Di
  • Corporate Sponsorship 2018?
  • Study tomorrow.. & Wednesday
  • Hope you had an awesome Monday
  • Tune in tomorrow for a new podcast episode & vlog!
Nov 26, 2017
  • All the vlogs for the Appalachian trail have been edited (apart from 99 & 100)
  • New vlogs coming out everyday going forward
  • Day 99 - no footage….
  • Day 100 - Flynn will be editing
  • Boston… & France footage…..
  • Catching up with the daily podcast
  • Needing to get back on it!!!
  • Final push to the end of the year
  • Changes to the Tough Girl Tribe…
  • Limiting the Tough Girl Tribe & closing its doors
  • Patrons will be able to join (female patrons only) $2 per month
  • Time is precious
  • Wanting to get ahead of the curve!!
  • Family coming over on the 20th
  • My deadline the 19th  - all podcast preloaded, essays written, Camp America interviews reports written…
  • Holiday….. 2 week break 27th December…A Proper Break…
  • Do I share my holiday on social media or not?
  • You have to watch vlog 97!!
  • Are you ready for Monday?
  • I’m so excited for Monday!!!
  • Lots of love!! xx
Nov 26, 2017

Show notes

  • Working at Ground in Hoylake 
  • Talking to real people!
  • Editing Vlogs!
  • Day 82 for the Appalachian Trail has gone live!!!!
  • Scheduled vlogs ready to come out over the next few days
  • Make sure you watch vlog number 97…
  • Thank goodness the vlogs weren’t coming out in real time
  • My mission this weekend
  • Flynn is working on vlog for day 100!
  • Boston footage & footage from France
  • Getting more into vlogging…
  • Vlogging as a way to grow your brand..
  • Not being able to get access to my ad-sense money
  • 148,000 views from 1,300 subscribers
  • Interactions from the daily podcast via youtube
  • I’m so pleased I vlogged the Appalachian Trail
  • The White Mountains…
  • My mental self talk
  • Trying not to panic
  • Being a LEGEND!!!!
  • Feeling like a winner!
  • Lots of love!
Nov 26, 2017

Show notes

  • Flooding…
  • Parking on a bridge
  • Police knocking on my parents door at 1.30 am….
  • The damage
  • Catching up with my sister
  • Travelling back up to Lancaster
  • Flood damage
  • Heading to the theatre
  • Not sleeping too well
  • Everyone is ok! 
  • Check out
  • Fancy reading one of my books? 
  • Treat yourself for Christmas!
Nov 26, 2017

Show notes

  • Going to see a Psychic - Keith Watson 
  • William…… 
  • Grandma Babs
  • A writer? Blogging
  • Podcasting - my voice
  • Dropping some balls
  • 2018 is going to be a big year
  • The Wirral is not the place for me
  • Liking my bed!!!
  • My commute
  • Not being good in the morning…
  • 4 year window if I want to have children 
  • London?
  • Being in my comfort zone…
  • Siblings!
  • Why I enjoyed it
  • Catching up with Sarah
  • Meeting Hector
  • Not coming to London 
  • Neglecting my  friends
  • Meeting people face to face
  • Having fun!
  • Feeling guilty when I wasn’t working
  • Building Tough Girl Challenges from the ground work
  • A great day!
  • Go watch some vlogs from the Appalachian Trail!
Nov 21, 2017

Monday 20th November - Should I quit my job to be full time adventurer?


  • It is hard to make money being a full time adventurer!
  • It depends on where you are in your life…
  • You never know people financial situation…
  • The illusion….
  • Trying to get sponsorship
  • Take a listen to Laura Try on 7 women 7 challenges - Raising £20K for the GB rowing challenge
  • Making a living and needing to build up a brand
  • How you are going to make money?
  • Socks & headphones are not going to pay the bills
  • Fake it till you make it!
  • Are you miserable? Do you hate you life?
  • Being sensible…
  • Do you have a support system in place?
  • It always takes so much longer than you think it will
  • Saving your money - cut back on expenses
  • Reduce your lifestyle costs 
  • What do you want from being an adventurer?
  • Can you take a career break?
  • Freedom & flexibility
  • Do you like structure?
  • Feelings of isolation
  • My recommendation
  • Start the planning and preparation NOW
  • How to become a public speaker… what can you charge?
  • Not knowing how much money is coming in every month
  • The costs of building a website - the fees, the time involved
  • Hike your own hike - live your own life
  • There is no right or wrong way of doing it  - what is going to work best for you?
  • Make the right decision for you
  • Should you quit your job….
  • What are you passions? What are your interests? Do you want to share your life?
  • Why I started the daily podcast
  • NEW Podcast out tomorrow - with Melissa Urie - EPIC 5 Challenge
  • Lots of love 
Nov 19, 2017

Sunday 19th November - Super chilled Sunday - beautiful feet & eating everything…

  • Staying down in London
  • Pedicure
  • Gorgeous Lunch - Kale & Broccoli!
  • Tattoo time!
  • Opportunity cost of time
  • Time pressure and getting things done for the end of the year
  • Chocolates - not feeling guilty
  • Eating habits
  • Being in a home environment
  • Temptation…
  • What am I eating? Why am I eating it?
  • Being kind to myself
Nov 18, 2017

Saturday 18th November - The Fawcett Society Conference

  • The dreaded alarm clock…
  • Conference with the Fawcett Society
  • Sold out… what to do!
  • Arriving at 8.15
  • Helping out with registration, ushering, tidying etc
  • Getting to attend the conference
  • Plans for the day
  • 2018 - women getting the vote
  • Female statues
  • If you can see if - you can’t become it
  • Amazing speakers
  • FeMANism
  • Getting men involved….
  • Why I wanted to go
  • Listen to understand
  • Violence against women and girls (VAWG)
  • FGM
  • Putting your voice out in public
  • Getting off my soap box
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