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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 - https://www.youtube.com/c/SarahWilliamsToughGirlChallenges
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Mar 31, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 30th March - #RestDay #Collaborations #Sponsorship 

  • Rest day
  • Editing Cheryl Strayed podcast (which took all morning)
  • Scheduled some blog post
  • Interview with Emma Powell
  • Speaking to Laura Try from 7 women - 7 challenges
  • The struggle to get sponsorship - getting a no from Osprey
  • What else do I need to do?
  • What am I missing?
  • Recording an interview with Bex Band from the Ordinary Adventurer
  • Check out www.loveherwild.com 
  • Looking at collaborations
  • Getting my e-mails down to zero!!!
  • Have an awesome Thursday!!
  • xx
Mar 30, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 29th March - #cycling #interviews #focused

  • Having an amazing day
  • Sleeping better
  • Cycling for an hour & really enjoying it
  • Interview with Paula Reid - How she lives her life - www.paulareid.com
  • Goals and making sure you set smart goals
  • Caroline will be coming back on the podcast to talk about - Make it Happen March
  • Not being able to do anything before my interview with Cheryl Strayed!
  • Feeling the pressure building up
  • 100th episode coming out on the 2nd May
  • Being really focused and using a paper diary to keep track of everything
  • Edited Paul Reid
  • Plans for tomorrow and needing to get them uploaded before midnight on the 31st
  • Funzing Team - Working with London Night - April 25th £10 tickets (I make 70% of the ticket price) 
  • Going to get the coach back from London - save my money
  • E-mails are under control
  • Thank you to Alison Ingleby for converting one of the Youtube videos into a blog article 
  • Article on - How to prepare for your next adventure
  • What’s working well is being really focused on what I need to do
  • 4 episodes to be uploaded and then I’m scheduled with podcast up until May
  • That gives me April and May to pre load all of the podcasts for while I’m away on the Appalachian Trail
  • Waiting for Patreon funds to be processed 
  • Heading down to London for another event - being a panelist in May
  • Have an amazing day - keep focused on what you need to do 
  • Ask yourself if that’s going to help you achieve your goals
  • x
Mar 29, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 28th March - #Training #7Women #7Challenges

Day 87

  • Clear schedule of what I need to achieve today
  • Waking up a little later than normal…
  • Speaking to Rachel Wise in Switzerland from 7 Women - 7 Challenges
  • Sorting out my e-mail - 1 e-mail in my inbox
  • Sitting on a bike for an hour!
  • Reading Cheryl Strayed & interviewing her tomorrow!!!
  • Editing 3 parts for 7 women - 7 challenges
  • Having a power nap at 6.30pm
  • Being naught and eating 3 chocolate desserts!
  • Balance and trying to put on more weight before the trail
  • Shout out to Abbie! Believe in yourself
  • How to deal with haters and negative people
  • You have one life to live
  • Plans for tomorrow…. interview with Cheryl Strayed.. & wanting to do the best interview possible
  • Being inspired by Garry Vernackhuck especially in relation to having patience and being authentic
  • Wanting to do more videos & vlogging
  • Capacity to upload 1 more podcast before midnight on the 31st
  • So many interviews coming up….
  • Getting ready to start pre-loading episodes for while I’m away on the Appalachian Trail
  • Struggling to get insurance at a reasonable price
  • Excited to buy my tent in April!!
  • Having to get the coach to London
  • Have an amazing day, have fun, follow your passions and write down your goals
  • Know what you’re working towards! 
  • x
Mar 28, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 27th March - #MotivationalMonday

Amazing Monday! New Patrons and new interviews recorded! 

  • Monday plans - S&C Session and 2 interviews
  • Lovely e-mail from supporters of the podcast!
  • The link for people to becoming a patron!
  • Please share the podcast with everyone you know!!!
  • Thank you to Ellen for sharing my podcast leaflet to Libby Peter!
  • Trying to promote more women’s blogs through the main FB page (2,600+)
  • Thank you to everyone who is helping with the FB page and the TG Tribe
  • The tribe is growing and trying to decide how I want to grow it? If I want to grow it?
  • 90 patrons & breaking through the $400 a month!!!
  • Next goal - 100 Patrons!!!
  • Plans for Tuesday - 2 more interviews for 7 Women - 7 Challenges, write show notes, and edit 3 interviews.
  • By the end of Tuesday having 4 parts of the 7 women - 7 challenges, completed 
  • New walk - the Sandstone Trail in Cheshire
  • Training for this week
  • Continue reading Cheryl Strayed’s book for her interview on Wednesday
  • Having very set goals
  • Being in a very good space and why being very clear with my goals is helping me to achieve my goals
  • Trying to stay focused
  • The 80/20 rule
  • Be proactive  - write down your goals, highlight the priority goals and and focus on what needs to be done first!!
  • x
Mar 27, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 26th March - Happy Mother’s Day!

 

  • Starting the day with 121 Coaching
  • Marking the different area of your life out of 10
  • Focusing in on one area to create SMART Goals
  • Not telling people what to do
  • What do you want to do with your life
  • Recording Youtube video’s
  • Sharing my podcasts on youtube automatically through Libsyn
  • Youtube subscribers have grown from 100 to 360 with over 26,000 views
  • 3 more videos to come out - Yorkshire Dales Walk, Day 1 of my 50 mile walk and Day 2 of 50 mile walk
  • Answering questions for Katrina Megget’s blog - Climbing 40 volcanoes by the age of 40 www.katrinamegget.wordpress.com
  • Trying something new
  • Repurposing content 
  • 4 videos recorded
  • Answering blog questions for Dani from Mountain & Co
  • Answering questions on starting a podcast
  • Adding in the intro and ending to the videos
  • Issues with exporting the videos to Youtube
  • Conference Call 
  • Doing it for free and asking for donations
  • Plans for next week
  • Getting back on Instagram stories!
  • Having 13 interviews lined up!
  • Interviewing 7 women for 7 challenges for Part 3
  • Speaking with Cheryl Strayed on the 25th
  • Re reading wild and getting my questions sorted for the interview
  • Draw to win a copy of Catherine Mayers book on the 31st March
  • Have an amazing Monday and be proactive!!!

x

Mar 26, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 25th March - #blinkist #AppalachianTrail

Show notes

  • Having no plans
  • Starting my day with Blinkist
  • Reading great books
  • Creating artwork for the daily podcast - 70 done!
  • This daily podcast will finish on day 150 - the 30th May
  • Spending some glorious time in the sunshine
  • Being good on my supplements & having miso (v.salty) in my protein shakes
  • New blog posts uploaded for Sarah Logan, Gina Cleere & Rahma Barclay
  • Trying to figure out how to upload my video footage while on the trail
  • Do I need my watch?
  • Being tactical with recording and taking photos
  • Following “Bigfoot” may not work for me
  • Waiting for the 1st of April for Patreon funds to come through!
  • Birthday cards organised for while I’m away
  • Planning for Boston - what to do? Any suggestions?
  • Not knowing how I’m going to feel after I finish…
  • Getting booked in with my Naturopath for September
  • Hope you’ve had an amazing day
  • Sunday plans
  • Watch out for the Youtube videos’s coming out!
  • x
Mar 25, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 24th March -Planning for the Appalachian Trail

 

  • Chilled day
  • Appalachian Trail Planning!
  • What is the Appalachian Trail?
  • Thinking back to 2014..
  • Wanting to challenge myself for longer
  • How the 100 days evolved over time
  • Planning the 1st 10 days and 200 miles
  • Getting the balance right with planning
  • Choosing my tent 
  • Electrolytes in tablet form
  • New speaking gig in London
  • Being in London for the UK Blog Awards
  • Insurance? Waiting for quotes..
  • Keep ticking little things off the list
  • Starting to get my stuff together
  • Watching Bigfoot on Youtube for ideas
  • Alexa is taking on the Merchandise for Tough Girl Challenges!
  • More videos coming soon!
  • Creating an April spreadsheet
  • Thank you Leah for helping out with the show notes
  • Loving work
  • Have an awesome day!
  • x
Mar 24, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 23rd March - Rest day

 

  • Lazy day, eating food
  • Comparing my 50 miles over two days to doing 52 miles on MDS
  • New equipment for the trail
  • Flights booked home from Boston
  • Looking for Insurance and getting quotes
  • Needing to get my tent, backpack, insurance and shoes
  • Being organised with the podcast
  • Tough Girl Extra - Laura Gush & Sarah Logan
  • My plan for the end of March
  • Plan for April 
  • Still looking for a sponsor but being chilled about it
  • Patreon - $395 - 88 patrons
  • Goal to get to $400 or $450 by the end of March
  • Needing to get to $600 by the start of the trail 
  • Needing to tick a few more things off my list!
  • Have a fantastic day!
  • x

 

Mar 23, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 22nd March - Day 2  - 50 miles

  • Waking up early 
  • Wearing the same clothes
  • Worried about injury
  • Getting to a trudge towards the end
  • Tips & tricks for getting through it
  • Negativity
  • Just thinking about the first 2 weeks of the trail
  • Having bad hydration and fuelling
  • Needing to have a routine when it comes to eating
  • Being met by mum
  • Being helped out of my trainers by dad
  • Started at 8.40 maybe about 7 hour of walking
  • Eating, drinking, hot bath, bed.
  • New daily record for downloads! (2,720 downloads in a day!)
  • Thank you for all your support!
  • Taking things away as well as adding them to your life
  • Have a fantastic day!
Mar 22, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 21st March

 

  • Lacking motivation in the morning
  • Heading out for a 25 mile training walk
  • Cheeky ice cream at Parkgate
  • Feeling in pain, throbbing legs & arms
  • Dealing with the DOMS
  • 3.3 mph - about 20 min miles
  • Being inspired by Nikki Kimble to push through the pain
  • 25 miles, 7.40 mins, 53,000 steps!
  • Listening to podcasts by Tim Ferris
  • Plan for tomorrow
  • Filming for Youtube
  • Breaking down the Appalachian Trail Challenge
  • Why I’m just going to focus on the first 2 weeks, the first 200 miles of the trail
  • Training on tired legs
  • New episode of the Tough Girl Podcast out today - Rahma Barclay
  • Hitting 250,000 downloads of the Tough Girl Podcast
  • Being exhausted & tired
  • Sorry about the tears

 

xx

Mar 20, 2017

#Chilled Sunday 

Mar 19, 2017

Day 77

Swimming - 1hr - 2425m

Sorting my life out - hoover, change bedding

Recording a new MDS Questions video

Beetroot & chocolate cake

Outsourcing work for the podcast

Mar 18, 2017

A rocking Friday!

2 podcasts edited!!

Follow me on Instagram stories! @toughgirlchallenges

Mar 17, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - Thursday  16th March - #ThrillingThursday

 

#GymLife #editing #CatherineMayer

 

  • Being  productive and everything coming together
  • New episodes on Tough Girl EXTRA with Frances Taylor
  • Sharing a bit more about the process and what I do when a new episode get launched
  • Heading to the gym with dad
  • Start of a new 8 week block of training
  • Yolk Hold - increased from 80kg to 90kg 
  • Changing my process re podcasting
  • Anne-Maria Watson uploaded and done - as well as Sarah Logan all uploaded and good to go
  • Taking a power nap
  • Heading to Liverpool to hear Catherine Mayer and Tabitha Morton talk
  • Learning to say NO 
  • Getting involved in WEP in the future
  • Having to be selfish and not apologising for it
  • Donating my hair to the Little Princess Trust
  • Should I shave my head?
  • Patrons - thank you so much -85 patrons $386 per month
  • Thank you Stance for my socks!!
  • Check out www.toughgirlchallenges.com
  • Have an amazing day!
  • THANK YOU!!
Mar 16, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - Wednesday 15th March - #MotivationalWednesday

#Swimming #editing #LovingLife

 

  • Being so productive
  • Swimming - 32 mins 1150 m
  • Fresh eggs - thank you Ellen Piercy!
  • Editing an emotional episode with Sarah Logan (Coming 13th April)
  • Check your breasts!!!
  • Plans for Tough Girl Extra
  • Camp America interview done and report written
  • Coaching Call - work with me!! (£35 p/h)
  • Thank you to Stance for my socks!
  • Appalachian Trail planning next week!!
  • Eating good food - all day!! Get the Albacore Tuna from M&S
  • Editing Anne-Maria Watson episode (Her episode will come out on the 4th April)
  • Having Cheryl Strayed on for the 100th episode!!! Interview is booked in!!
  • Not wanting to stop working…… #Balance
  • Plans for tomorrow - gym & meeting up with Catherine Mayers
  • Have an amazing day!
  • THANK YOU!!

 

xx

Mar 15, 2017

Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way

Timeless Strategies from the First Lady of Courage

by Robin Gerber

 

“Women, whether subtly or vociferously, have always been a tremendous power in the destiny of the world”

- Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

Mar 14, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - Monday 13th March - #MotivationalMonday

 

#Support

 

  • Being so productive (just none of it on my to do list)
  • Batch editing podcasts
  • Interview done for Camp America and report written
  • 80 Patrons - $366 USD
  • £1.55 until next pay day!
  • Being interviewed for Motivational Monday podcast
  • E-mails done
  • It’s a no from Sherpa 
  • Chased ISPO up again for my money
  • Why it’s about documenting the journey and not content creation
  • Being able to see the growth & the journey!
  • Having belief in myself
  • Why you should read the - Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen
  • Why your daily habits are so important
  • Have an amazing day!
  • THANK YOU!!

 

xx

 

Mar 13, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - Sunday 12th March - Update on Goals!

#Goals #Sunday #MondayMotivation

  • Chilled Sunday
  • Battling feelings of guilt
  • Catching up with Stephanie from the Tough Girl Tribe
  • Catching up with Stacey Copeland
  • Arranging a dinner party for early March 
  • Watching Twilight
  • Foot massage & reflexology
  • Getting into bad habits
  • Monday  - New Week - New Start!
  • Editing podcasts (no more editing chat)
  • Patreon - 79 patrons - $365 a month!! GOAL  - to get to $400
  • Update on my goals for the year
  • Have a great Monday & have a great week!!

xx

 

Mar 12, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - Saturday 11th March - Walking weekend in the Yorkshire Dales!

#Walking #GetOutside #Training

 

  • Staying with Ellen from Rando Girls
  • Not having to plan or think
  • 10 miles with a weighted backpack (20 lbs)
  • Dealing with the pain of the pack
  • Check out Instagram stories for more pics @toughgirlchallenges
  • Loving my walking poles!
  • Chocolate & Beetroot #Cake
  • New Youtube video coming soon (Thank you to Flynn!!)
  • Needing to look at my fuel intake as I don’t eat enough when I’m walking
  • Switching my brain off
  • How to celebrate the 100th Episode of the Tough Girl Podcast
  • Editing podcasts!!
  • Why you just have to do the things you don’t like
  • Plans for Sunday
Mar 11, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - Friday 10th March

 

#Editing #planning #DailyHabits

 

  • Stayed in my PJs all day editing podcasts
  • Focusing on the quality of the sound
  • Batch editing
  • Thank you Leah for your help with the show notes
  • Needing to get help with the show notes
  • Having an epsom salt bath 
  • Heading to stay with Ellen from Rando Girls
  • Eating chocolate & beetroot cake
  • Appalachian Trail planning
  • Have fun this weekend
  • Follow along on Instagram stories @toughgirlchallenges
  • Loading up my backpack with water… do I need a new backpack?
Mar 10, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - Thursday 9th March

#ToughOldThursday

 

  • Up at 6am
  • Thank you cards!
  • Interview with Podcast with Heart
  • Editing more podcasts & getting them uploaded
  • Staying in my PJs all day
  • Watching movies…No exercise… Feeling Lazy
  • Not in the mood.. for podcasting
  • Dealing with the loss of 1 patron
  • Being a slow month for patrons
  • Trying to be patient
  • Being invited down to London for an event at RedBull HQ - Having to say no
  • Still waiting for funds from ISPO
  • Plans for tomorrow - edit one podcast!
  • Plans for the weekend
  • Thank you for listening - any questions ping me an e-mail sarah@toughgirlchallenges.com
  • Speak to you tomorrow 

xx

 

Mar 9, 2017

Day 67

International Women's Day 

- #IWD2017

- Chronic period pain

- Trying to up my gain

- Speaking gig for Sony 

- Working with Caroline from Raise the Bar Life Coaching

- Thank you Pamela!!!

- Goal setting (SMART)

- Heading to Bills for lunch

- Having a naughty desert

- Killing time at Euston

- Editing the next podcast

- EXHAUSTED! 

 

 

 

Mar 8, 2017

Show notes

- Super chilled morning

- Working on screen flow (recording how to videos for while I'm away on the Appalachian Trail)

- Loving dropbox

- Train to London from Liverpool

- Meeting up with friends in London

- Staying in London for the day

- Arranging interview with Cheryl Strayed for the end of March

- Book competition giveaway for Patrons of the podcast

- 3 new patrons in March

- Getting ready for #IWD2017

 

Mar 7, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - Monday 6th March

#MagnificentMonday

  • Finished editing Rahma Barclays episode
  • Speaking to Catherine Mayer for International Women’s Day - 8th March
  • #IWD2017
  • Why I decided to interview Catherine for the Tough Girl Podcast
  • There is no point complaining 
  • Why action needs to be taken
  • Books to be won!! You just need to become a patron of the Tough Girl Podcast!
  • Patreon!
  • PT session with Chris Thomas
  • Flight has been booked!
  • Next two big purchases are the tent and my tracker
  • 2 new Patrons in March! $361 goal is to get to $450 by the end of the month or at least $400
  • Epsom salt bath for recovery
  • Plans for tomorrow - editing & travel to London
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