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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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

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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?!