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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Oct 18, 2017

Show notes

  • Dealing with the DOMS
  • Reading Connell - Gender
  • Getting behind on my reading
  • Working at Ground
  • Washing dishes - making money
  • I need to get some speaking gigs!
  • Speaking at Wirral Girls School
  • New article on the website - What I learned from thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in 100 days
  • Reddit? How to use it?
  • Vlogs….
  • Missing footage..
  • Rowing the Pacific Ocean… to break the current record
  • Plans for tomorrow 
  • Uni work or Tough Girl work…
  • Have an amazing day! 
  • Big love xx
Oct 17, 2017

Show notes

  • Time to get back to the gym
  • Catching up with Chris Thomas 
  • 10 weeks of PT
  • New fitness goal - Getting my pull up back and running a fast mile
  • Feedback from his training plan
  • What could I have done differently in training for the AT
  • New Tough Girl Podcast coming out tomorrow - Meike Stones
  • Awesome interview with Megan Hine
  • Saving it for Christmas!
  • Christmas Special - 26th December
  • Storm Ophelia..
  • Applying for a job -“Earn more or spend less”
  • Still so much to do….
  • Whole body is knackered!
  • Sorry about e-mails and lack of response
  • Have an amazing Monday
  • Should I start setting an alarm??
  • Doing what I can do
  • Do what you can do!
  • Big love xx
Oct 16, 2017

Tough Girl Daily PODCAST! Sunday 15th October - Blog post - 4 Things The Women’s Adventure Expo Taught Me - By Emily Woodhouse


Show notes

Emily Woodhouse


Adventurer | Entrepreneur | Writer | Cyclist | Mountain Rescue   


Be Yourself - Know Yourself - Challenge Expectations




  1. I feel like an imposter… but I’m not

2. Even the “proper” adventurers are winging it

3. Thousands of social followers doesn’t stop you from being a person

4. Nothing beats doing things in person


TAKE AWAY: We don’t appreciate the things we do every day. They’re so much a part of our life that we forget they might be interesting to other people.


TAKE AWAY: Just have a go. Don’t wait to be perfect. Don’t wait to be qualified. Make it up as you go along, you just have to start.


TAKE AWAY: Behind each social media account lies a person just like me and you. Don’t forget that!


TAKE AWAY: Reader: if you want to become an adventurer, go on adventures.


Read the Blog Post here: -


Oct 15, 2017

Show notes

  • Working 
  • Reading books and making notes 3 chapters done
  • Interview Anoushe Husain - See her Website -
  • Not leaving the house
  • Printing out my notes for week 1
  • Update on the vlog!
  • Gemma is going to be helping edit the vlogs
  • The plan - Flynn edit videos 70 - 79, Gemma 80 - 84, me 85  - 89 (vlogs 90 - 98 done)
  • Have an amazing weekend, whatever you have got planned
  • Follow along on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL
  • Follow on Instagram @toughgirlchallenges
  • New blog post reading tomorrow
  • Big love xx
Oct 14, 2017

Tough Girl Daily PODCAST! Friday 13th October - 1st day back at University & being late!

Show notes

  • Arriving late for my first lecture!
  • Not knowing where I was going!
  • Navigating through a building site
  • Moodle 
  • Smashing it!
  • Getting myself organized!
  • Getting books out
  • Trying to find somewhere to stay in Lancaster
  • Late for my 2nd lecture!
  • Mentally drained
  • Trying to get back into the academic mindset
  • This is a good situation to be in
  • Get into my routine!
  • Big love
  • Have an awesome Friday! 
  • xx
Oct 13, 2017

Tough Girl Daily PODCAST! Thursday 12th October - 2 New Interviews done!


Show notes


  • Interview with Jen Bricker
  • Catching up with Adelaide Goodeve
  • Doing an introduction for the “Wild Show” 
  • Check out
  • Check out Adelaide’s Newsletter
  • Check out The Lilly Wild Show Podcast
  • Reading and Patrons gifts
  • Responding to e-mail
  • Thank you Helen for the questions for Beth French
  • Thank you Morgan for help with my to do list!
  • Top tip for to do lists - Have a master to do list and a daily to do list
  • “you know!”
  • Vlog 98 uploaded (but not published!)
  • We are up to vlog 69!
  • 4 weeks since the Appalachian Trail
  • Catching up with friends - Abbie & Lucy
  • 45 e-mails down to 20!
  • Early night
  • 1st lecture tomorrow!
  • Big love  - have an awesome day!
  • XX
Oct 12, 2017

Show notes

  • 400,000 downloads of the Tough Girl Podcast!!!!
  • The goal of 500,000 downloads…..
  • Having patience!
  • Rotary Club of West Wirral  - 31st Charter Dinner
  • The power of challenging yourself
  • Long evening
  • Starting speaking at 10.15pm
  • Great food!
  • Content of my talk…
  • How I can improve on it!
  • Good to get back to public speaking
  • Lots of interviews being booked in
  • Needing address from Patrons!
  • 132 patrons
  • Needing more time
  • Weekend plans
  • Getting booked in with my PT - Chris Thomas
  • Starting back at the beginning
  • Have fun!
  • Sign up for some new challenges!
  • Big Love xx
Oct 11, 2017

Show notes

  • New episode of Tough Girl Podcast
  • So close to 400,000 downloads…. 
  • Will I reach 500,000 by the end of the year?
  • Ideas to hit 500,000
  • Reading and study - Critical debates in Media and Cultural Studies….
  • Reaching out to women for the Tough Girl Podcast
  • Having a week of interviews - batch production
  • Giving a talk tomorrow night… working on my speech - The Power of Challenging Yourself.
  • Wearing heels..
  • Getting frustrated
  • Being approached by companies
  • Ticking over - ebbing & flowing
  • Come and follow on instagram stories @toughgirlchallenges
  • Sorry about the vlogs


Oct 10, 2017

Tough Girl Daily PODCAST! Monday 9th October - Study Time - “Gender, Sex & Bodies”

Show notes

  • Starting to study
  • Gender, Sex & Bodies
  • Reading - A vindication of the Rights of Woman - Mary Wollstonecraft (1792)
  • The Second Sex - Simone de Beauvoir “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman”
  • Active reading from journal and books - 1) quick read 2) highlight sections 3) words I don’t understand etc
  • Trying to get back into study mode
  • Catching up with Cathy O’Dowd
  • The Business of Adventure
  • Money & Time
  • New project….
  • Catching up with Jo Jo (from 7 women - 7 challenges)
  • Needing to get 7 W - 7 C edited and uploaded
  • Not getting anything done from my to do list
  • Lost footage for day 99….
  • What I need to figure out… Balance
  • How much have I taken on…
  • Patience!!
  • Going back to re-record the daily podcast!!
  • Speak soon - Lots of Love xx
Oct 9, 2017

Tough Girl Daily PODCAST! Sunday 8th October - “Why I’m ok with being a hypocritical sexist” - written by Bex Band - The Ordinary Adventurer.

About Bex Band

Fed up with my 9-5 routine, I quit my job as a teacher to be what most people only dream adventurer! It paid off. I now live a nomadic existence travelling from one adventure to the next - going on and leading expeditions, carrying out conservation work and searching for cool new things to do along the way. This is now my job!

I want to inspire more people to go on adventures to learn the value of experiences over things and to reconnect with our natural world. I'm proof that wealth, fitness and experience aren't what you need to achieve this....determination and kindness did me just fine!

Check out her website  -

Read the blog post- 


Oct 8, 2017

Tough Girl Daily PODCAST! Saturday 7th October -  Women in Adventure  #WAExpo 

Show notes

  • Alarm goes off at 4.50am!
  • Driving to Bristol with Kat
  • Arriving at the Women in Adventure Expo
  • Catching up with members of the Tribe
  • Check them out -
  • Problems with WEXpo…
  • Too many choices
  • Catching up with Mollie Hughes & Bex Band
  • Open water swimming…. with Alice Gartland
  • Listening to Beth French (Potential future guest!)
  • Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent - great story and new book coming out!
  • Overcoming self limiting beliefs with Anoushe Husain (climber)
  • Catching up with Adelaide, Gemma, Jo, Arry, Squash…
  • Trying to vlog it!
  • Deciding to head home at 5.30!
  • Getting advice…. and not loving it!
  • Home at 10.15pm
  • Did you follow along on instagrm stories? (Follow @toughgirlchallenges)
  • Catching up with women IRL (In Real Life)
  • Too focused?
  • Needing to socialise and make more of an effort to meet people
  • A blog post? (Probably not!)
  • Make sure you subscribe!!!
Oct 7, 2017

Show notes

  • Nothing exciting done today!
  • Took a walk into Hoylake
  • Collected some printing….
  • Which I can’t tell you about! (I don’t want to spoil the surprise!!)
  • Caught up with friends on the phone
  • Pottered about with my files for my Masters..
  • Feeling ready to start studying!
  • Next week it’s all about uni work
  • Tune in tomorrow to find out ab out the Women in Adventure Expo!
  • BIG LOVE xx
Oct 6, 2017

Tough Girl Daily PODCAST! Thursday 5th October - 7 women - 7 challenges update...

Show notes

  • New hard drive - laptop is back working again!
  • 7 Women - 7 Challenges
  • Catching up with Jen Dxyhoorn
  • Talking about PhDs & funding
  • Feedback on 7 women - 7 challenges
  • Plans for 7 women in 2018
  • 8 women - 8 challenges in 2018?
  • Not achieving my goals
  • Planning to move out of home…
  • Next steps for me?
  • Starting work again for Camp America
  • Needing to earn money
  • Speaking to Jo Jo on Monday
  • Masters printing all done for my 2 modules this term
  • Wanting to do all the reading!!!
  • Being an active reader and needing paper for study
  • Kindle for books
  • UTS (Underground Training Station) Foundation launch
  • Being inspired by Dave Bolton 
  • Free Friday!
  • Have an amazing day!
  • Check out
  • Update on the vlogs - they are coming!!!
  • Less than 100 days till christmas
  • Big love!!! xx
Oct 5, 2017

Tough Girl Daily PODCAST! Wednesday 4th October - I’m a student again!!

Show notes

  • Heading up to Lancaster for my induction day
  • Starting to become real
  • 1 hr 25 mins to drive up
  • £5 for parking…
  • Super quick and easy registration
  • Student card!
  • Finance is sorted - thank you to the UK government!
  • Visiting the library
  • Induction & meeting all the other post grads
  • Moodle - all the info about the course, with readings etc
  • Printing out all my reading for the 1st term! 
  • Feeling excited…..
  • So much work!!!
  • Not buying books YET!
  • 1st Lecture on the 13th Oct
  • Excited to get into my routine
  • New external hard drive…. trying to figure that out!
  • Follow on instagram for stories @toughgirlchallenges
Oct 4, 2017

Show notes

  • New Podcast with Alex Mason is LIVE
  • Free day
  • Not being controlled by my to do list
  • Starting to do reading for my course
  • Active reading
  • Getting back into the swing of things
  • Being excited for tomorrow
  • Looking to get a routine in place
  • Starting the gym again….
  • Computer issues… start up disk is full
  • Waiting for the external hard drive to arrive
  • Final big box to sort out… the goal
  • Getting my mole removed
  • Mastermind call - Adelaide, Jen, & Margaret
  • Getting Adelaide (from the Lilly Wild Show) on the Tough Girl Podcast
  • Question - Should I upload my podcasts to my youtube channel?!
  • Blinkist - amazing website for books & downloading audible 
  • Not doing freshers week!!!
  • Looking to find a study buddy from my course
  • Have an amazing day!
Oct 3, 2017

Show notes

  • Awesome day?!
  • Nothing booked in until 5pm
  • Nightmare with finding vlog footage and getting downloaded
  • Watch vlog 97 (from the Appalachian Trail) 
  • Uploading Alex’s post to my website & Linkedin
  • Soooooo time consuming
  • Not achieving at the moment
  • Feeling frustrated
  • Speaking with Christine Armstrong for the Tough Girl Podcast
  • Wanting to speak to real women
  • Catching up with Rachel Wise from - 7 women/7 challenges
  • Exciting news re WAEXPO
  • Time for bed!
  • Chat tomorrow - have an awesome day  
Oct 2, 2017

Show notes!

Sunday 1st October


  • Feeling more energised and ready to podcast daily again
  • Wanting to go back and fill in the gaps for the TGDP (Tough Girl Daily Podcast)
  • Sorting my life out day!
  • Heading back to University
  • Getting myself prepared and organised
  • Reading Tim Ferriss - Tools of Titans
  • Speaking with Alex Mason - for the TGP
  • 1st October  - New Book Competition for Patrons!
  • Wanting to go the Women In Adventure Expo
  • Editing vlogs!!
  • Shout out to Flynn
  • 32 vlogs to go!!
  • Meeting a friend for lunch
  • Crossing things off my to do list
  • Getting caught up with the women from - 7 women 7 challenges
  • Wanting to start up Tough Girl Extra again
  • Other goals I want to do
  • Being a productive busy person!
  • Not wanting to be busy
  • Not liking the word balance anymore!!
  • Looking forward to Monday
May 29, 2017
  • Sunday 28th May
  • Final daily podcast
  • Why I started the daily podcast
  • Can’t wait to listen back to it all
  • Cutting off straps off my backpack
  • Needing a suitcase…
  • How to get my bag across
  • Just looking at my equipment…
  • What have I forgotten??
  • Final 3 items - trainers, jacket & bear cord
  • Food shop in America - going for high protein and fat diet
  • The weather….
  • The rain…
  • Wanting hot gorgeous weather…
  • The Numbers…… Youtube 451 - 35,000….. Twitter 7,291.… Instagram…. 6,091 Facebook…. 2,851
  • The Tough Girl Podcast  - 318,000 downloads - 171 countries
  • Weight - 10.7 3/4
  • Still trying to put weight on
  • Thank you Mike!!
  • How can you support me while on the trail…
  • No packages…
  • How your taste buds can change!
  • Buy me a burger!!!
  • The tough girl podcast will still be coming out
  • Part 4 - 7 women - 7 challenges is out today!!!
  • All show notes at
  • Priorities for the trail
  • The Tough Girl Team
  • Summer Blogging 2017
  • #TribeThursday
  • Show people how to listen to podcasts!
  • The Eddie Copeland Story
  • Thank you for listening!
  • Thank you for supporting me!
May 28, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 27th May - #PaveTheWay #7Women7Challenges 

Day 147!! Only 1 more episodes of the Daily Podcast to go! - Make sure you subscribe to the YouTube Channel to follow my Appalachian Trail Journey!


  • Final 2 days before I stop the daily podcast
  • Then 2 days of prep and then heading over to America
  • Final jobs
  • Part 4 - 7 Women - 7 Challenges  - coming out tomorrow 28th May
  • Not being able to see the progress that is being made
  • Things take time and why it’s about your daily habits
  • Meeting up with Stacey Copeland 
  • #PaveTheWay
  • Heading down to the beach for the photos
  • You can listen to Stacey on the Tough Girl Podcast
  • Editing 7 women - 7 challenges
  • How real it’s getting for the women involved in the challenge
  • Pottering day on Sunday
  • Compression gear?
  • Trying to avoid weight creep!
  • Feeling calm…. real or fake?
  • Ready to step away
  • I hope I can do it
  • Not wanting to let people down
  • I have to finish 
  • THANK YOU!!!
  • Check out 
  • 1 more daily podcasts to go!!
  • Part 4 - 7 women 7 challenges coming out this Sunday the 28th May! 



May 27, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 26th May - #LittlePrincessTrust #AndrewCollinge


Thank you to Andrew Collinge Graduates in Birkenhead for giving me a free haircut! 


Day 146!! Only 2 more episodes of the Daily Podcast to go


  • What have I done today?
  • Waking up super early & getting on it!
  • Speaking to Laura Try (Who will be rowing around GB)
  • Sunbathing- factor 50 and I still got burnt!
  • Donating my hair to the Little Princess Trust
  • Thank you to Andrew Collinge Graduates in Birkenhead for giving me a free haircut! 
  • What I learned from this experience
  • Come and follow me on Instagram stories @toughgirlchallenges to see more
  • Having a purpose and why I’m so pleased I was able to donate my hair
  • Growing my hair again…
  • More sunshine
  • Speaking to Jo Jo in America
  • GoPro learnings…
  • Karma Grip dying after 45 mins
  • Getting the footage off my GoPro onto my phone
  • Freeing up space on my phone
  • New to do list created
  • How I’m feeling….
  • My rest and recovery
  • Patreon… 10/12 new patrons
  • Do book giveaways make a difference
  • $497 in May - goals for June - July - August
  • Trying to understand why people do sign up to patreon.. what else can I do
  • Coming up to 450 subscribers on Youtube
  • Twitter - 7,300
  • Enjoy the beautiful weather! 
  • THANK YOU!!!
  • Check out 
  • 2 more daily podcasts to go!!
  • Part 4 - 7 women 7 challenges coming out this Sunday the 28th May! 



May 26, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 25th May - #SummerBlogging #TribeThursday

  • Summer Blogging (For patrons & Tribe members)
  • Making it happen - thank you Rachel Goodard
  • Plans for 2018 
  • Year of The Tribe
  • Wanting to do more
  • Will people want to write blog posts
  • Developing Tough Girl Extra
  • Speaking with Gemma Smith
  • 2 more interviews to do
  • Editing or sunbathing….
  • 27 degrees 
  • Trying to build my base tan
  • Not long to go now!!
  • 3 more days of the daily podcast!!
  • Plans over the next few days
  • Plan for the start
  • Meeting up with Becca
  • Hair cut tomorrow!! (Donation to Little Princess Trust)
  • Have an awesome day
  • Come and follow me on Instagram stories @toughgirlchallenges
  • Part 4 - 7 women 7 challenges coming out this Sunday the 28th May! 
May 25, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 24th May - #Wednesday #NewKit #Trail&Kale


Day 144!! Not long to go


  • Speaking to Georgie Smith- From 
  • No new shoes or jacket :-(
  • Everything happens for a reason
  • Visiting REI
  • New homeopathic remedies ordered
  • Nice e-mails - thanks you Helen D & Zoe W
  • Helen from Inspiring Fitness Blog - Trail Running, Adventures, Gear & Nutrition
  • Have an awesome day
  • Filming answers to questions
  • Re purposing vlog content
  • Check out 
  • Come and follow me on Instagram stories @toughgirlchallenges
  • Part 4 - 7 women 7 challenges coming out this Sunday the 28th May! 
May 24, 2017


Tough Girl Daily - 23rd May - #Manchester #What2Do


  • New Podcast out today - With Bex Band
  • How to process what’s happened
  • Should you stop social media
  • Not letting them win
  • Not wanting to give the power
  • I don’t know what the answer is
  • Being in New York - September 11th
  • Wrong time - wrong place
  • Interviews for 7 women - 7 challenges
  • Catching up with Jen and Rachel
  • Being interviewed for 2 podcasts
  • Living your HELL YES life
  • Final push -7 women - 7 challenges
  • Equipment - Shoes & Jacket
  • Being invited to Keswick Mountain Festival
  • Brand & Influencer Partnerships - Blacks, Millets & Ultimate Outdoors
  • Flights…..
  • Feeling relaxed and trying to reframe the “challenge”
  • My 5 priorities for the trail
  • No more training
  • A little bit concerned about my weight…
  • Make sure you speak to people if you need to
  • Spread some positivity
  • Day 24 - Raise the bar life coaching 



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May 23, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 22nd May - Feedback for Vlogs on the Trail!

  • Adding value to you!
  • Reaching out to FB Groups to ask for input re the trail
  • Appalachian Trail: Women’s Group
  • Homemade Wanderlust Backpacking Forum (thanks Mike!)
  • Being authentic while on the trail
  • Interviewing women on the AT
  • Dealing with the wind noise
  • Thinking about sound quality
  • Friday 26th - Getting my hair chopped off!
  • Going for a bob!
  • Photo shoot #PaveTheWay with Stacey Copeland
  • New Video shoot - 
  • 7 Women - 7 Challenges - Part 4 coming out of the 28th of May
  • Final week
  • Traveling to London on the 30th - US on the 1st!
  • Check out Love Her Wild - 


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May 23, 2017

At 26 years old, Lauren Morton is a two-time world record holder. She’s rowed across the Atlantic Ocean and survived The Island with Bear Grylls. Lauren came onto the Tough Girl Podcast to talk about her incredible experiences and what they taught her about perseverance and strength. With every feat that Lauren took on, she faced innumerable challenges. The way she made it through despite so many obstacles, can help anyone going through a difficult journey.

1. Adapt and Keep Going

2. Remember Your Strength

3. Choose Your Attitude

4. Find Happiness From the Inside

Listen to Lauren talk about her incredible experiences and what she learned on the Tough Girl Podcast.

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