Tough Girl - Daily Podcast - SEASON 2

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 thru hiked the Appalachian Trail (2,190 miles) in 100 days! In 2018 I will be cycling the Pacific Coast Highway and the Baja Divide! 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! ******************************************* SEASON 2 I’ve been wanting to go back to the Tough Girl Daily Podcast for a while. But I’ve just had so much on, I needed to let it go while I focused on my Masters getting back to full strength after the Appalachian Trail and working on building up Tough Girl Challenges into a viable business which can support me. At the moment I do work part time jobs to enable to me to do what I do and I do live with my parents (who are beyond amazing and supportive) but I do need to make this work, I need to be able to earn a living. I feel there is an illusion about how easy it is to build a business, build a brand and being able to earn a living from it. It’s not - it’s hard work and I hope through this daily podcast you will be able to see what is going on behind the scenes. I will share the good bits and the bad bits, the high points, the low points.
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Oct 30, 2017

What I Learned From Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail in 100 Days

See Blog -

Oct 29, 2017

Helping out Sophie with her uni work!





As I have mentioned in my Facebook message, I am currently writing a short film for a class in university (Concordia) about two women aged 22 and 25. Briefly, the story happens when the girls stop at the Greenleaf Hut. My teacher asked us to do some research about our subject. Thus, I have some questions to ask you to make sure my story is realistic! 



  1. How many months do it takes to get to the White Mountains (considering you start from the very beginning in Georgia)?
  2. Was there a point in your hike where you could not imagine yourself go back to ''reality''? Were you ever sacred to go back to the life you had before doing the AT?
  3. Do you have any funny anecdotes or bad luck that happened on trail?
  4. How were your relation with other hikers? Did you make good friends there?
  5. What would be a typical discussion between thru-hikers in a hut be like (do you talk about your hike anecdotes or you talk about who you are)? 
  6. Do you have any examples of trail names?  
  7. How did your body changed due to the long distance hike? 
  8. What was your biggest motivation for doing the AT?
  9. Do the huts in the Whites have that principle that you can stay for the night if you help with chores? ( Dixie from Homemade Wanderlust talked about that in a vlog I think)
Feel free to skip questions if you don't have any answers or just don't want to talk about certain things! :) 
Thank you so much for your time!!
Oct 23, 2017

Tough Girl Daily PODCAST! Sunday 22nd October - Part 5 - 7 women - 7 challenges EDITED!!!!!


Show notes


  • So pleased to have finished this edit!!
  • Plans for next week
  • Being in Lancaster Wednesday - Friday
  • Catching up with friends
  • Free weekend!
  • Back at the gym on Monday
  • New vlogs are coming out
  • Day 71 has gone live today!
  • Day 72 will be live tomorrow!
  • Check out
Oct 22, 2017

Show notes

  • Camp America interview done
  • Speaking with young people
  • Sell yourself
  • Editing 7 women - 7 challenges - getting rid of background noise, 6 hrs done….
  • Keeping the editing simple
  • This has to get out by Sunday
  • Charity night at Liverpool Football Club
  • Our Little Warrior Campaign - fingers crossed over £10K was raised
  • Caught up with Ali from the Tough Girl Team
  • How can I support the volunteers who support me
  • Sunday plans… clear diary!!!
  • Too work focused at the moment
  • Yestival this weekend! Hopefully members of the TGT got to meet up as well
  • Have an awesome Saturday!
  • Speak to you soon
  • Lots of Love xx
Oct 21, 2017

Show notes

  • Staying at a B&B
  • Early breakfast
  • Heading straight to the library
  • Working with R.W. Connell - Journal time… getting men involved in gender equality
  • Research into UN Women
  • Thinking about my essay topic and linking it into the UN
  • Thinking about doing an internship with UN Women and working in New York
  • 5,000 word essay… still formulating ideals
  • Academic wording….
  • Getting my head around the academic language
  • Being out of my comfort zone
  • How much work I have to do 
  • Week 2 is over!
  • Scary how time is moving by
  • Full on day of uni work
  • Day 71 for the vlog…. issues with getting it uploaded to youtube…
  • Plans for tomorrow
  • I want to edit 7 women - 7 challenges!!! 
  • Have an awesome Friday
  • Big love xx
Oct 20, 2017

Tough Girl Daily PODCAST! Thursday 19th October - Uni work & uni work & more uni work!!!


Show notes


  • Drove to Lancaster
  • Attended my lecture
  • Headed to the library
  • Left at 5.45pm
  • Stayed in Morecambe
  • Got the books out again
  • Study… Study…. Study….
  • Early night…
  • Getting a discount on student railcards!
  • Cheap train travel
  • Hope you had a great day!
  • Speak to you tomorrow!
  • xx
Oct 20, 2017

Tough Girl Daily PODCAST! Wednesday 18th October - I want a holiday - give me sunshine!!!!


Show notes


  • Wanting to go on holiday
  • Give me sunshine!
  • Cheap destination for holidays in December
  • Edited a vlog - Day 71(Still being uploaded to youtube)
  • Flynn is editing Day 72
  • Camp America interview & report written
  • Uni work - notes and preparation for lectures on Thursday and Friday
  • Taking breaks..
  • New interview for the Tough Girl Podcast
  • How I meet Zoe and why I wanted her on the podcast
  • Not being able to read anymore 
  • Having a balanced day… but wishing I could have edited a podcast
  • Applying to be a volunteer
  • Reddit…. Not a clue!
  • I’m bored of myself complaining about how little time I have!
  • Mini holiday in Lancaster!
  • No checking e-mails… no Facebook… 
  • New blog post coming soon - for Mighty Blue Podcast ( Need to write show notes)
  • Have a productive day!!!
  • Say yes - or say No!
  • E-mail me -
  • Big love xx
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