Nocciola The Drawer (Hazel Oakes) is an artist and designer from the UK. She has lived in 8 different countries, visited almost 40 countries between 5 continents. She's hiked the peaks of the Balkans, completed half marathons and the Athen's marathon. Hazel is military trained and has a joy for life, for sharing and inspiring other women to become more adventurous. Hazel has a nomadic spirit and feels her sense of community with women anywhere in the world. She specialises in bright, colourful, bold artwork that combines female characters with lively patterns. All with the aim to uplift, inspire, empower and celebrate women. She is inspired by the seasons, women, childlike imagination, travel, making the most of the moment, street art and graffiti. She spends her time illustrating, creating large murals and drawing on anything (paper, canvas, plates, walls). Nocciola The Drawer is spreading her joy of life one splash of colour at a time! New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Hazel Being based in Italy at the moment Her aims and goals Spreading her joy for life - one splash of colour at a time! Wanting to move her body and to follow her passions Being a creative explorer Where her passion for art and adventure came from Getting her creative side from her mum Getting her adventurous side from her dad Doing all the dance classes from a young age Her teenage years - and the pressure to get a normal job Loving art at school Wanting to learn about fashion design Joining the Officer Training Core OTC Following both of her passions The next step in her career Deciding to do a Masters course at Kingston University Working with brides and helping them to feel comfortable in their bodies Wanting more adventure and booking a one way ticket to Australia The different pathways and journeys that can be taken Spending time in Australia! Loving to travel and spending time in Canada and Italy What does Adventure mean to Hazel The why and the how of challenge The power of taking small steps Don't compare yourself to how other people have done it Living a nomadic lifestyle Taking advantage of the travel opportunities that become available Getting to know a new place Her love for walking and exploring Peaks of the Balkans Working as a trip manger in Italy Taking on new challenges every few years Dealing with the heat Why Nocciola? What it means Being a full time artist… Tips for being more creative Curiosity and amazement The Tough Girl Mural and how it came about Follow Hazel on line Future plans for 2022 Top tips and advice to motivate and inspire you Social Media Website: www.nocciolathedrawer.com Instagram: @nocciolathedrawer @nocciolatheexplorer Facebook: @nocciolathedrawer Youtube: Nocciola The Drawer
Bio written by her friend: “Sam, 47, has an interesting and diverse background, having Indian and English heritage and growing up between the UK, USA and Middle East. Over the past few years she has set herself multiple challenges raising money for charity or just doing for fun. In 2019, Sam set herself 12 challenges: Cold Water Swimming Championships 10K Winter run Climbing one of the more challenging routes up Snowdon Swimathon (5k swim) Great Northern SwimRun (Lake Windermere) Selkie Henley Classic - night / dawn swim SwimRun Tooting Bec Running a half marathon Not drinking any alcohol for 28 days Marathon run North Downs 50k walk Trekking two marathons in two days through the desert Unfortunately in late 2020, she was diagnosed with stage four cancer which was a huge blow to her, her family and friends. I certainly thought that would be the end of her adventuring and it felt immensely sad. However Sam has a remarkable positive energy and outlook on life and has been determined to carry on as normal. This year, while managing ongoing cancer treatment, she has already completed the Arcticbear swim challenge over winter, the 100km jurassic coast walk challenge, the great north 5km swim in lake Windermere, the lake Windermere trail walk challenge, The Selkie Henley classic 2km upstream swim at dawn, and Henley mile swim (I've probably missed more!). I have been lucky enough to share some of these adventures with her and have learnt so much along the way. From learning to enjoy those precious moments in the outdoors or in the water, to persevering even when things seem impossible. I think a lot of your listeners would benefit from hearing her story, knowing where she has come from, what she is battling today and her vision for the future.” New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Sam Living inLondon with her husband and 2 boys Not being sporty growing up but enjoying spending time in the outdoors Moving to America at 8 years old Being put off running at a young age Going to boarding school in the UK Spending time abroad with family How her parents met Studying psychology and music at university Not following her passion at a young age Meeting her husband and moving to London Having her children at 39 and 42 Asking herself - What am I doing with my life? Needing to get her life back on track How having children changed her priorities Loosing her identity Signing up for a 100k walk from London to Brighton Getting to the half way point… Mind over matter and how it has played a huge part in her life especially in recent years Being inspired by Dr. Joe Dispenza Learning to believe in herself again Needing to make a lifestyle change Setting out in 2019 to do 12 challenges Cold water…. The challenges of lockdown and not being able to swim The power of consistency Planning 12 challenges at the end of 2018 Wanting to be prepared Involving her family in the training and the challenges Doing something that she's not good at The South Down's 50k Walk and taking on the desert Doing events with Ultra Challenge Going through woodland at nighttime Dealing with the heat of the desert 2020 and the challenges faced Wanting to make a career change Being diagnosed with breast cancer Stage 4 cancer and being given all the options Going through the menopause in 3 weeks Getting back into cold water and how it helped Starting treatment at home Taking on a 5k swim in Lake Windermere Balancing life, challenges, family and treatment Making sure the children are aware of what's going on The next 2 challenges… Wanting to take on a relay swim across the channel! Putting the group together Swimming for an hour at a time Getting swimming lessons Connect and follow with Sam Final words of advice for other women Do things that bring you joy Believe you can do it Social Media Website: walkingwithsam.com Coaching Website: www.samanthaturner.co.uk Facebook: @samantha.turner.1042 Linkedin: @samantha-jane-turner Fundraising pages with details about her challenges: www.justgiving.com/Samantha-Turner22 www.justgiving.com/fundraising/samantha-turner42
About Person Irresponsible in her own words: "In 2020 the world went to hell in a handbag. This isn't exactly headline news - although it was then. I went from perfectly locatable in the Cotswolds to utterly baffled in the American wilderness when I embarked on a quest to walk from Mexico to Canada for reasons that escape me. It was most probably nothing more dramatic than a mid-life crisis. Perhaps I should have come ‘home' but I lived in the deluded optimism the pandemic would all be over by the summer. Besides, I'd given up my home: shoving my belongings into storage, persuaded someone to look after my cat and someone else to look after my car. I did think about returning but each time I popped into civilisation to top up my supplies, I discovered a new reason to run for the hills. So 'home' became a tent: a mere flimsy bit of fabric to protect me from every conceivable terror that exists in the wilderness - bears, rattlesnakes, deserts, avalanches and other human beings. Most dangerous of all was the racket inside my head. Everything you ever taught me is my journey, relying on nothing other than the twelve steps of recovery, teaching me to take it one day at a time, one step at a time, and one bloody ginormous mountain at a time as I staggered my way along the Pacific Crest Trail. As mid-life crises go, I remain utterly clueless why mine took me from my sofa to the Canadian border via the fridge, powered only by two chubby legs and a fat arse.” New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Being called Person Irresponsible (PI) What life was like before the mid-life crises Getting married and getting divorced How her home drinking increased and how it took over her life Turning 41 and failing at dry January and dry February Having a bigger problem than she wanted to admit to Joining Alcoholics Anonymous Following the 12 step program Learning more about herself Why it's never too late to make changes Applying for a permit for the Pacific Crest Trail Taking life more as it comes Being inspired by the film - “Wild” Getting obsessed with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) 6 months to plan and prepare Funding the challenge March 17th…. Learning to deal with her anxiety Learning to not worry about the future The ethics behind the decision to walk the PCT during the pandemic Trail angels and life on the trail The first mile on the PCT When the doubts crept in What it was like spending time alone in nature Learning how to switch off her thoughts Attending online AA meetings while on the trail Making connections on the trail and waking with other people Wanting to write a book about the journey Carrying a laptop on the trail!!! Magical moments from the trail Losing a close friend Wanting to quit every single day Not knowing how she would finish the final 500 miles The simple joy of a hot bath Putting the book together Connect with PI and how to buy the book Final words of advice for women going through a mid-life crisis Social Media Website: www.mlconaquad.com Instagram: @person_irresponsible Facebook: @person.irresponsible.3 Twitter: @BikeMlc Book: Everything You Ever Taught Me: If you've a lot on your mind, go for a walk…
Leah was born in Canada, conceived in Israel, and raised in Vancouver, B.C. by new immigrant parents. Growing up in Richmond, B.C., daughter of a boxer. Leah became involved in martial arts, Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing. After being told she should never fight again because she had herniated disks in her back, Leah won the Bantamweight World Kickboxing Championship at age 17, against a 25 year old fighter a foot taller than she was! Leah felt a deep desire to serve her time in the Israeli Army, (a mandatory 2 years for women and 3 years for men). Leah knew that she wouldn't be satisfied just being a soldier, she wanted to become the first woman ever to be an Elite Commando. She didn't just become an elite commando, she became a Krav Maga specialist, and became the first female Elite Commando Instructor. After leaving the Army, Leah pursued a career as a professional cyclist in Europe and North America. After a serious accident in 2005, Leah spend 2.5 months in the hospital where she was informed by doctors that she would never race again, let alone walk without a cane. Leah proved them all wrong, and came back stronger than ever before, she went on to win the Women's Solo Division of Race Across America (RAAM) - the Ultra Endurance, 3000 Mile, 12 day, single stage race in 2011, and coming in second in the women's division and fifth overall in 2019. She came back again in 2021 and at 52 years old made history by becoming the 1st female ever to WIN the overall SOLO division of RAAM. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Her background in athleticism Joining the IDF - Israel Defence Force Discovering the bike Wanting to become a pro racer at 30 Discovering ultra endurance racing Her childhood and growing up Dealing with bullies Her dreams for the future Being one of the only female instructors Training the elite soldiers/commandoes Krav maga as a martial art Learning how to defend yourself How you can train your mind Making the transition from the military to a different way of life Deciding to become a pro racer and taking 8 years to get to her goal Wanting to stay and keep physically active Being a professional cyclist and living out of her bag The pressure to perform and to reach the podium Her love and passion for cycling Using cycling as therapy Race Across America (RAAM) Needing to qualify for RAAM Why it's a one year process and why you need a good crew The planning and preparation for the race Why your crew is the most important thing Replicating the race in her training Working with trainer - John Howard Why you have to cross the finish line Learning lessons from her first experience of RAAM in 2011 Recovery from training and keeping her body injury free Keeping fit and active and doing things for fun Not smoking, not drinking and being plant based Focusing on core work and strength work The key of being consistent The challenging condition of RAAM in 2021 Dealing with extreme heat Limits and suffering Being 52 and dealing with menopause The mental side of challenges and mental resilience Learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable Being prepared for the worst in every scenario Being mentally ready for the challenge Staying focused and looking at the positive things Working with her crew Nutrition and bodily functions Needing to feel comfortable on the bike Suffering from Shermer's Neck Dealing with failure and going after it again Doing the things she has a passion for Not wanting to live a life of regret Writing her book No Limits Quick Fire Questions Connect with Leah Social Media Website: leahgoldstein.com Instagram: @goldstein_leah_ Facebook: @leahgoldstein1 Twitter: @NoLimitsLeah Youtube - www.youtube.com/channel/UCJh1irQOXvIYF-tnn370IlQ Book: No Limits: The powerful true story of Leah Goldstein-World Champion Kickboxer, Ultra Endurance Cyclist, Israeli Undercover Police Officer
Kristen (she/her) is originally from Toronto and has been living in the Northwest Territories for nearly four years. Kristen is a former journalist that enjoys writing about social issues and outdoor lifestyles. When she's not cooking delicious meals, Kristen can be found exploring the Northwest Territories and promoting diversity in outdoor spaces with her organization Amplify Outdoors. About Amplify Outdoors: “Amplify Outdoors was established to elevate and encourage diversity in outdoor spaces. Recognizing a lack of representation of people of colour (POC) and marginalized groups in marketing campaigns geared towards outdoor lifestyle, Amplify Outdoors hopes to change existing narratives that perpetuate societal stereotypes about 'who' should enjoy nature and 'who' is considered outdoorsy. Amplify Outdoors believes that representation is important, and we strive to provide products that empower and amplify diversity in outdoor landscapes and activities. Ultimately, our goal is for outdoor spaces to be inclusive and safe for everyone to enjoy, because 'Nature is for Everyone'." Listen to Kristen now! New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Kristen Relocating to the Northwest Territories in Canada (the subarctic) Making the decision to make a change in her life Growing up in Toronto Being a city girl at heart Not being given the opportunity to spend time outdoors hiking and camping Wanting a more laid back lifestyle and a slower pace of life Looking for a new job Moving to Yellowknife Wanting to take advantage of the opportunity Wanting to have new experiences Moving in January Going with the flow of life The transition from the city to the country Being shocked at how expensive housing was Getting use to the darkness Creating a routine and making new friends Her first experience with hiking and spending time outdoors Wanting to bring people with her on the journey Feeling the power of nature and the benefits for her mind Seeing the beauty in nature Documenting her journey The women who inspire Kristen Matthew Henson - 1st person and first Black man to reach the North Pole Founding Amplify Outdoors and what's its goal and purpose is Building a supportive community Looking to create more events in 2022 Advice for Black women for getting into the outdoors Acknowledging the barriers for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) who want to go outdoors Why you should start slow Nature makes me feel…. Chasing waterfalls How you can connect with Kristen Plans for the future Social Media Personal Website/blog: www.Twentiesandfabulous.com Personal Instagram: @Travel_Adventurehers Amplify Outdoors.
Eleanor Carey is the first Australian woman to row across the mid-Pacific Ocean. Rowing 2,400 miles from California to Hawaii. Spending 62 days at sea in a 7.5m ocean rowing boat with two other women, as she battled extreme seasickness, sleep deprivation, multiple hurricanes and forty foot waves to set two Guinness World Records as part of a trio. A true adventurer at heart, Eleanor has also cycled solo across Europe, conquered a 100km ultra-marathon and completed many more multi-day human powered journeys worldwide. Through these extreme journeys, Eleanor has learned the power of adventure therapy and nature's ability to assist in healing, overcoming trauma and to fuel personal growth. Eleanor is driven to help others experience the power of adventure for themselves, improve wellbeing and nurture the ability to step into the unknown. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Being based in Australia on the gold coast Using adventure to help people build grit and resilience Her adventure story What her childhood was like Moving over the UK and not knowing anyone Being inspired by - Cycling home from Siberia by Rob Lilwall Taking a year before taking action Not knowing many women doing these types of challenges Taking action - the HOW Thinking about taking on a cycle journey How her Europe cycle trip came about Booking a one way flight to Norway… The fears and concerns before the trip Having 3 months to get sorted Wanting to try The reality of cycling day after day Why it was one of the best things she's ever done The challenges while out on the road The internal dialogue and dealing with it Using adventure as a building block Looking for a career change Being a planner and a goal setter? Being willing to try anything once Making a career change Moving back to Australia and setting up an innovation hub The path to ocean rowing and being inspired by Losing site of Shore Connecting with Pacific Terrific Saying yes to the opportunity with 6 weeks to go Would it be possible to get the qualifications in time The mental side of preparation Team dynamics…. in a trio Having open conversations Expectations versus reality of the row Learning to get comfortable with being uncomfortable Tips for getting through the day Managing her mental health while out on the ocean Being better while on the ocean The simple way of living while rowing Magical moment from rowing across the Pacific Ocean Feeling safe while out on the water and being at peace How the row changed her Writing a book about her experience Crossing the finish line Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you Social Media Website: www.eleanorcarey.com Instagram: @eleanorjcarey Twitter: @eleanorcarey
Born the youngest of 6 children and raised in small town in Northern B.C. Canada, Julie never expected she would end up in Mongolia, feeding, caring for and educating hundreds of Mongolian children in need at her two Children of the Peak Sanctuary or Narnii Huuhduud charity kindergartens. She and her husband, Chelvan, a Mining Engineer and the President of Veloo Foundation, have lived and worked in Indonesia, Australia and The United States before settling in Mongolia. During her 10 years here, Julie has taken up horse back riding and now, every year, with Saraa and Baagii of Horse Trek Mongolia hosts and rides the longest annual charity ride on the planet – The Gobi Gallop – along with a suite of other charity rides across Mongolia. In 2022 she will ride the record breaking 3,600 km / 84 day Blue Wolf Totem Expedition to raise funds for her charity project projects. All of the money the people pay for these rides stays in Mongolia and helps the children, local businesses, artists and artisans and local herders. Julie, herself, works running these rides and the charity projects on a volunteer bases. Since first riding here at the age of 50 Julie has logged in excess of 35,000 km on horseback across the wilds of Mongolia and all of it to help the children. Julie is passionate about Mongolia and all things Mongolian and is committed to sustainable and fiscally transparent philanthropy. She is thrilled to be able to incorporate her love of Mongolian culture and history into Veloo Foundation's Soaring Crane Summer Camp out in the countryside of Sonjin Boldog. The camp is a traditional Mongolian themed camp experience in English and Mongolian alike and offers 3 paying camps a year in English to fund the remaining camps for 250 Mongolian children in need. In addition to the two Narnii Huuhduud Kindergartens and the Soaring Crane Summer Camp, Veloo Foundation also operates the Fran London Centre for the Fabric Arts. Now 60, Julie expects to continue her epic long distance riding her in Mongolia and will continue making a difference in the lives of children in need as long as she is able. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Julia Being based in Mongolia, Central Asia for the past 10 years Growing up in a small town in Northern Canada Being the youngest of 6 Being fascinated with the idea of travel Being stuck in hospital for 4 years as a child The plight of the children in the garbage dump Being terrified of horses growing up Sitting on a horse for the first time at 50 and falling in love Her life before Mongolia The work the Veloo Foundation does in Mongolia Moving to Mongolia in 2010 Dealing with harsh winters due to over grazing and climate change Magical moments and how the idea for the Gobi Gallop came about Using the Gobi Gallop as a fundraiser for the Veloo Foundation Working with Horse Trek Mongolia Taking on a solo challenge… Riding 700km in 8 days The Blue Wolf Totem Expedition happening in 2022 - 3,600 km challenge in Mongolia The mental side of the challenge Training with Sarah Cuthbertson - Ride Like an Athlete Program Get back on the horse Riding with a rockstar… Having a weak moment in your endurance adventure doesn't mean it's over Life in Mongolia and what it's like Starting a new project Eating traditional Mongolian food Learning the language How to connect with Julie #AdventurerForGood Social Media Veloo Foundation - Helping Mongolian children and families in serious need through a series of educational, health and vocational programs. Website: www.veloofoundation.com Instagram: @VelooFoundation Horse Trek Mongolia - Ride. Explore. Help Children. We connect travellers to authentic Mongolian adventure . Home of the #gobigallop - 700 km / 10 days for charity! www.horsetrekmongolia.com Instagram: @HorseTrekMongolia Personal IG: @JulieVeloo Mongolist, Sharing horseback & other adventures with you all. LIFE PLAN= DO Good. HELP Children. KEEP going. No plans to stop… #AdventurerForGood
Gowri is a naturalist and environmental educator who loves finding an excuse to be outdoors in nature—and climbing is one of her favourite excuses. Gowri grew up climbing trees and scrambling on rocks in India, she went on to become an outdoor guide in the Peruvian Amazon. Gowri currently teaches nature connection to kids in Upstate NY and India and also teaches Indian women climbing. A few years ago she received the Live your Dream Grant given by American Alpine Club and the North Face to climb her hardest project to date, called French Indian Masala (7b+/5.12c), in India. In 2018 she initiated the first-ever Indian women's climbing meet up in India to mentor and teach women climbing, called CLAW or Climb Like A Woman. She hopes to keep teach climbing, inspire more women to climb, and teach nature connection to the larger outdoor community through her new initiative Wilderness Ways. Listen to Gowri now!!! New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Gowri Her passions and her work Growing up in India Going to a non conventional school Being obsessed with snakes Getting into nature and wildlife from a young age Her dreams as a little girl Going to college over in America Her journey into climbing Working in Peru as a guide Going to an indoor rock climbing gym in the US Her first climb outdoors Climbing the French Indian Masala route Applying for a grant CLAW - Climb Like A Woman Wanting to teach Indian women how to climb Holding the first event in 2018 Going against gender norms Climbing in Hampi Women teaching women The false stories we tell ourselves Dealing with fears when climbing The women who have inspired Gowri in climbing and nature Being inspired by Flash Foxy Planning a climb and starting a new project Producing a film of the French Indian Masala route climb Starting training 2 months before Figuring out your weaknesses and strengths The importance of rest Taking on a new challenge every 2 years The next project….. Training for one move The move…. Watch the video on Youtube - French Indian Masala - Gowri Varanashi Wilderness Ways Teaching children - Nature connection How to connect with Gowri Final words of advice Be curious, observe and ask questions! Social Media Women's Climbing Meet Up in India. CLAW Breaking barriers through rock climbing www.climblikeawoman.com Instagram: @gowrivaranashi @climblikeawoman Wilderness Ways - reconnects you to the power of nature through unique experiences in the outdoors promoting love & care for the natural world. Website - www.wildernessways.org Instagram: @wilderness__ways.
Anna is an up and coming British trad climber based in the Lake District. She has multiple climbs in the E6-E8 range on her CV and favours bold and often unprotectable climbs Anna started climbing at age 10. Competitions didn't really suit her, and she quit the sport in her teens for a while before getting into outdoor bouldering age 17. At 19, on a family holiday, she discovered she had a taste for hard trad and hasn't looked back. Anna has lived in the Lake District all her life and works as a route-setter at Kendal Wall. Anna's 2019 climbing spree* Lake District climbs 8 July, Disorderly Conduct E8 6c, lead, Reecastle Crag, Cumbria 26 June, Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow E5 6b, solo onsight, Hare Crags, Cumbria 27 May, Right Hare, Right Now E7 6c, lead, Hare Crags, Cumbria 22 May, Scrogbank Ravers E7 6c, lead, White Mines, Rusty Wall, Cumbria 20 May, No Nuts (Just Balls) E7 6b solo, Harrop Tarn Crag, Cumbria 4 May, Relentless Rage E7 6a, lead, Gouther Crags, Cumbria 29 April, Hang the Gallows High E6 6b, lead, Black Crag (Wrynose), Cumbria 17 April, Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid E6 6b, lead, Tilberthwaite Quarry, Cumbria 21 April, Big Tree Corner, E1 5b, lead, Tilberthwaite Quarry, Cumbria Notable climbs from trips away 22 June, Bad Life Choices E7 6b solo, Polldubh Crags, Glen Nevis 17 May, My Halo E7 6b, lead, Serengeti, North Wales slate 13 April, Nosferatu E6 6b, lead, Burbage South, Peak District Info from - www.thebmc.co.uk/disorderly-conduct-the-latest-in-anna-taylors-spree-of-e7s-and-e8s Commenting on Instagram, Anna wrote about her challenge: 'Well that's that. Two months ago I set off from Penzance with the intention of linking all of the Classic Rock routes together by bike. I didn't have a clue how to cycle tour, or how I was going to get all the climbs done if the weather crapped out, but bit by bit I learned, and here we are. So that's just over 1,500 miles on the bike, and 83 out of 83 climbs (68 of which were solos, either free or with rope), in a mostly continuous round (I did have to duck out for a work trip at one point). 'Big thanks to @neil.gresham for coming up to do the last few climbs with me in appalling conditions. The weather has often been unkind throughout this trip, and because of this things were difficult and pretty treacherous right up until the very last second. Still, we had a fun, mildly epic adventure sliding around on the Cioch, and the Cuillin Ridge was, to put it frankly, f**king grim. It wasn't quite the scenic finale I had in mind, but was quite a fitting ending in the sense that virtually nothing about this trip has ever gone according to plan. 'There's been some good and very memorable moments though. Climbing The Long Climb on the Ben in a bubble of mist feeling like I was the only person in the world was ace, as was the watery fight to get out of The Chasm (though that was perhaps more of a type 2 fun sort of day). Routes like The Devils Slide on Lundy and The Clean Sweep on Hells Lum were also highlights, and all that definitely made up for the times I was frozen, wet and off-route, or regretting my life choices cycling up endless hills. It's not been a perfect trip by any means, but I've learnt a lot (mostly about soloing), and I'm looking forward to putting some of that knowledge to good use on future projects. For now however, I'm just appreciating being warm and dry, and I'm pretty relived to have got this over with before it starts snowing.' Anna was also part of a large expedition in 2019 to climb the prow of Mount Roraima (a giant Tepui deep in the Amazon rainforest). Take a listen to Anna now! New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Anna Just finishing the classic rock tour Her childhood growing up in Windermere Where the idea for the challenge came from Wanting to try cycle touring Telling her friends and family about the challenge Wanting to start in April 2021 but having to push it back to August Working as a full time climber Figuring out how to take 2 months off How much would it cost and paying for the challenge Why it wasn't an expensive trip Figuring out how to keep costs down Filming the challenge and getting pictures of the climbs Getting to the start of the challenge Feeling overwhelmed by the challenge Dealing with the reality of the situation Taking it one day at a time The biggest challenge on the trip Why the Scottish climbs were so challenging Being solo on a rock face What's going on inside her head while climbing Magical moments from the experience The physicality of the challenge The challenges of going with someone else The rough route throughout the UK Finishing in the Isle of Skye Celebrating the end of the challenge and settling back into normal life What's next?! Advice for women who want to get into climbing Working on improving her skills What type of climbing Anna does Follow and connect with Anna on Instagram Her first big expedition to South America Connecting with Leo Houlding Lesson learned from taking on climbing challenges Final words of advice and why you should go and do it! Social Media Instagram: @anna_taylor_98
Annie in her own words: “My adventure career began with climbing, when I ticked off nearly every single box of "Mistakes to Avoid While Trad Climbing Outside" on my first ever outdoor trad climb. I survived and went on to see what other mistakes I could make that would not kill me. I took my bike on the 3000KM solo ride to the Nordkapp at age of 26. My latest adventure feat is successfully running a solo 1000KM Ultramarathon from the Lowest to Highest point of Germany, after having started running only six months prior. I am also the comic artist for BotsAndBrainz, and have set my base camp in Berlin, Germany, where I'm working on my PhD in neuroscience on the mechanics of learning and memory. And here's something a little more personal on me (and my book): The Nordkapp trip changed my life not because I actually physically managed to cycle 3000K. It changed my life because it was something I did entirely on my own, dependent on only myself, after coming out of years of abusive relationships. I thought I was scarred and broken beyond repair when I set out on that trip - but I should have known from the start that there was a part of me that had stayed intact, all of these years, because no drive like the one I felt going for the Kap had ever been as strong in my life before as this one had been. I cried so much on that trip, for what I lost, for what I had allowed to be done to me, and out of plain gratitude - that I was still here, still alive and kicking and still, somehow, so, so in love with life. I wish I could have had someone tell me that a bike ride to a place I hadn't even heard of just 5 days before I left for it, would change my life as it did. That's why I want to publish my book and share my story. So whoever needs to hear it knows that they are not alone, they can survive and they will make their life their own again - if only they dare take the first steps on that path.” New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Annie Starting out in climbing and moving into running and cycling Becoming an endurance athlete Being based in Berlin Moving to Georgia, USA at age 6 Studying for her PHD in learning and memory Spending time in the outdoors Her academic life and growing up around scientists PHD update… PHDs and ultra challenges Deciding on a 1,000km ultramarathon Getting into running 16 weeks to run a marathon.. Running from the lowest point in Germany to the highest point Feeling excited and intimidated at the same time How much strain is an ultra marathon on the body… Vo2 Max results The mental side of taking on a 1000km ultramarathon Hating running and trying to avoid it Preparation for the challenge Getting the runners high Wanting to quit on day 4 Figuring out where to sleep Getting back into running and arranging the King Snail Race Taking on a 3,000km bike ride Leaving a negative relationship which wasn't serving her anymore Being made to feel small and starting to doubt herself Wanting to get out and discover the world Wanting to see what she was capable off What is Nordkapp? Being terrified and the lead up to the start When everything started to go wrong Being supported by her brother Figuring out where she belonged Working on herself and processes the lessons learned Writing a book about her experience Speaking to Chris Fagan Learning to appreciate the small moments in life Follow Annie online and visit her website (links below) Final words of advice for women who have been made to feel small Social Media Website: www.thebotbeyondthebrainz.com Instagram: Personal - @thebotbeyondthebrainz Art - Tales of a Traveling Scientist in doodles, scribbles & dad jokes: @botsandbrainz
About Pammy: Born in the 60's in inner city Coventry to a Sikh immigrant family. At 16, a school trip introduced her to the mountains where she experienced the WOW moment that changed her life. A force much bigger than her took her to explore wild landscapes of the world! Not something her parents or community were keen on. “It's not what our girls do!.. what will everyone say??!!” Her drive was so strong she did it anyway at the risk of totally losing her world. She encountered many complex and painful challenges with people of all backgrounds including her own family/community. Through these emotional and physical challenges, she discovered her own core values. This was a journey of self-discovery, understanding and respecting differences and a passion for environmental protection. Pammy has been an outdoor/environmental practitioner since 1979 and in 1995 it struck her hard as she noticed the lack of Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic role models in the sector, at every level, from service users to Board level and felt very strongly this had to change. In 1995 she laid the foundation for what is now Backbone.. Backbone is a leading Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic outdoor environmental education organisation acknowledged on a national and global platform for successfully addressing diversity and inclusion in the sector. The key to their success is partnership working based on the values of: Genuine Intention Trust and Integrity Direct Benefit of All Communities They provide a safe and comfortable space for people and organisations to grow in their uniqueness. Together with their partners they are making a difference in the sector and to the communities they serve. ‘Adventure'… For some is climbing an unknown peak and for others it is leaving the City. The commonality is leaving the comfort of YOUR home and entering the unknown.. a journey of discovery to magical places! Learn more about Pammy and the work that Backbone is doing. Listen now via the Tough Girl Podcast. New episodes go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Pammy and what she does Being an outdoor practitioner for over 40 years Working in America and all over the world Coming back to the UK in 1995 Growing up in Coventry, UK Getting exposed to the outdoors Going against family expectations Living up in the highlands of Scotlands Having to have difficult conversations with her family Entering the outdoors in the 70s and what is was like being a female The struggle of being taken seriously Leaving America and headed back to the UK What Backbone is about Why the name Backbone Why change is happening so slowly Competitive Research Syndrome The excuses for inactivity Changing Landscapes - Actioning Change Being fed up of talking FREE OPPORTUNITIES FREE TRAINING Going national Handling frustration and what can be done to make change happen faster Why the sector is a service industry Why organisations need to change Why groups need funding and money What does adventure mean to Pammy Helping to break barriers down Wanting to inform on policy What training is offered The unethical behaviours Dealing with the mental and emotional toll Going on the big challenges and expeditions The power of spending time in the mountains Getting into skiing Advice for women who want to spend more time in the outdoors Why aren't you doing it? The pleasure of building up your skills Go and learn how to read a map Connect with Pammy on the socials (See below) FREE TRAINING Final words of advice Why - Life is too short to wear tight shoes Listen to your internal soul Why you need to be doing it. Social Media Website: www.backbone.uk.net Instagram: @backbonecicdiversity Facebook: @backbone.cic Twitter: @BackboneCIC
Minnesota native. Earned a teaching degree from the University of Oregon and taught a short few years before joining a team to dogsled to the North Pole. As first known woman to travel across the ice to the top of the world, I made a promise to not only follow my dreams but create something bigger than my own personal ambitions. All my expeditions since have education with them - thus inspiring millions of kids. One focus always is helping girls and women find their voice and potential in whatever they do. This theme traveled as I became first women to ski to both poles, lead the first all women's expedition to the South Pole in 1992/93 - Lead a team of all women across Greenland 1992 and later cross Antarctica with Liv Arnesen. 2000/01. Many wonderful trips in between on rock and snow, or on water - frozen and liquid. I started the Ann Bancroft Foundation in Minnesota that gives small monetary grants to girls to try an experience to find courage to find their way in the world as strong and confident and engaged humans. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Ann Going to college to become a teacher Following her childhood dream 65, years young Spending the past 20+ years working with Liv Arnesen Feeling very blessed about her life How her life diverted and changed into the adventure and expedition world at 29 years old Wanting to go to the South Pole How the opportunity came about Finding herself on the team and how it changed her life Why you have to just go for it Lessons learned from the South Pole The moments of truth Her love of long expeditions How have polar expeditions changed over the years Wanting to do something for women and girls Being a teacher outside of the classroom Do challenges get easier…. Why you can not short cut preparation Going back to focus on the basics Dealing with setbacks and failure Why it takes courage to put yourself out there Being able to learn from past mistakes Wanting to cross all of Antarctica in 1992 Having no money and no sponsors What is the legacy they wanted to leave behind Making the most painful decision in her life Connecting with Liv Arnesen Tent life…. Focusing on raising the voices of girls and women Bancroft Arnesen Explore - Access Water The next challenge on the Mississippi Quick Fire Questions Honesty - Integrity - Courage Final words of advise for women and girls who want to divert to a different path “I can because she did” The power of living your potential. Social Media The Ann Bancroft Foundation empowers girls to imagine something bigger through grants, mentorship, and ongoing development opportunities. The Ann Bancroft Foundation is giving Minnesota girls the strength to achieve their full potential. www.annbancroftfoundation.org Instagram: @abfdreamers Facebook: @AnnBancroftFoundation Twitter: @ABFdreamers
As she approached middle age, Marcia discovered a love for getting on her bike and riding a long way. In fact, when things got tough cycling regularly saved her sanity. In 2020 she had her sights on riding the Race around the Netherlands, but Covid put an end to that, at least for that year. But feeling the fittest she had ever been, and not wanting to waste a winter of hard training she cooked up a domestic adventure instead, and because the first woman to have attempted cycling the 1,725 miles from Lands End to John o'Groats and back! By completing this long distance challenge, Marcia raise £'000's for her local branch of mental health charity MIND and bagged herself a Guinness World Record! Learn all about Marcia, her passion for cycling and what she's learned from taking on this challenge. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Marcia Roberts Working a full time job in IT Discovering her love of riding bikes Encouraging other people to ride their bikes Getting into cycling 10/12 years ago Going through a divorce in 2000 Moving to Hampshire Looking for a new challenge Having time to herself Entering a charity challenge to ride across Vietnam Avoiding the hills! 9 months to train and get ready Wanting to do a bigger challenge Lessons from Vietnam Cycling over to the Alps Dealing with “bonking” Wanting to do a challenge in the UK Managing her cycling while working full time Cycling around main coast Britain Breaking down big trips into smaller chunks Loving the simplicity of cycling Setting up a local women's riding group The planning and preparation for cycling LEJOG (there and back) Going back to March 2020 Breaking it down into blocks…. 4 hrs, 3hrs, 3.5 hrs Planning on 12 days… Looking for a Guinness World Record Support crew, nutrition and meeting points Dealing with the wet, windy and stormy weather! Behind schedule all the time Being stubborn and setting her mind to the challenge Mental resilience and determination and not stopping Tricks to stay awake Sleeping The bike setup for cycling LEJOG Figuring out nutrition and being able to eat Magical moments Adventure blues and having a foolproof plan to avoid it Dealing with lockdown and feeling very low The Great British Escapades The evidence needed for a Guinness World Record Blogging and sharing content online especially around problems and how she overcame them “Why you can do incredible things, if you just put your mind to it” Final words of advice for middle aged women Find a friend who you can go cycling with Don't focus on speed or millage - just get on your bike Social Media Blog: https://mawonavelo.com/blog/ Instagram: @Mawonavelo Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/marcia-roberts to donate.
Preeti in her own words: “I come from the land of beyuls, the sacred valleys according to Himalayan Buddhism, where the physical and spiritual world connect with each other. Running through some of the most spectacular landscapes and remote regions of Nepal has made me experience that the health and wellbeing of people largely depend on the natural environment around them and vice versa. Through my work as both an engineering consultant and trail run organizer, I try to present this experience to both Nepali and international diaspora that I get to work with. While my company, Nepal Trail Series is at the very early stage of its operation, but it is moving ahead intentionally to bring forward both physical and spiritual experiences of my country in a running package. The company is female-run and provides professional opportunities for rare talented strong female athletes of Nepal." New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Preeti Being based in Nepal Her childhood and growing up in India How she ended up in Nepal Working as an engineer in rural areas Getting into running Becoming a race director for trail races Being pushed into fitness at a young age Seeing running in a different way Getting into running events in 2012 Just wanting to finish races and enjoy it Remembering her first ultra in Katmandu in 2016 Dealing with the altitude and what works for her Moving into multi stage ultras Training for ultras Not wanting to be a competitive runner Figuring out her energy management Having fun during races Running with a watch and using strava Food, nutrition and hydration for energy management Following her body and her menstral cycle Figuring out what works for her The Nepal Trail Series Hosting trail running camps in different regions throughout Nepal Advice for running taking on a multi stage trail race in Nepal Mantras and daily meditation The women who inspire Preeti Girls and sports in Nepal Mira Rai - Nepalese trail runner and sky runner. Noticing an increase in female runners Advice about being a responsible tourist in Nepal The Great Himalayan Trail and her dream project Advice and top tips for health and well being What Preeti name means Social Media Website: nepaltrailseries.org Instagram: @nepaltrailseries @preeti.khattri Catalogue for 2022 Training Camps - www.canva.com/design/DAEqpnA4xHI/W06W1cnkMz-fuxZ18WyURQ/view
Since becoming a wheelchair user Debbie has campaigned tirelessly to break down barriers in all aspects of promoting accessibility for all. Debbie lives on a sheep farm in Cumbria, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. She is a member of the Local Access Forum for the YDNP and chair of the Access For All group. She is a volunteer for the National Park with the responsibility of auditing the ‘Miles Without Stile' routes. For the past 6 years Debbie has been the expert in inclusion and diversity for The Outdoor Guide, a free online resource dedicated to enjoying the outdoors. Co-founded and fronted by television personality Julia Bradbury. Debbie is a Get Outside Champion with Ordnance Survey. In 2020 she was nominated for 'Outdoor Personality of the Year' by TGO magazine readers. Debbie is a presenter, motivational speaker, writer and consultant and is able to deliver tailor made training and presentations. She is a regular contributor for the BBC Countryfile Magazine Although Debbie specialises in walks for wheelchair users, she is able to create multi- sensory walks for people with visual and hearing impairment. Her motto is “Making the inaccessible accessible” New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Living on a sheep farm in Cumbria Being a wheelchair user since 2011 De-stressing from school life Spending time in the hills Starting to look at ways she could get back outside Struggling to access the countryside Working with Terrain Hopper Losing her husband Andy to cancer Setting up the charity “Access the Dales” The Outdoor Guide Spending time in the open and growing up in Sheffield Meeting Andy while teaching at the same school Doing the coast to coast walk not really knowing each other… Deciding to make some changes Putting pen to paper Getting back outside again and going on her first walk in a wheelchair Facing challenges out in nature Why accessibility should be the starting point of any new project Magical moments of spending time in the outdoors Getting a new dog Having her first Scottish solo holiday Batteries on wheelchairs Going downhill New books Launching the charity and the book in April 2022 Final words of advice Why we all have our own Everest Social Media Website: www.debbienorth.org Instagram: @debbienorth29n Facebook: @debbieNorth Twitter: @debbienorth29
“In the blink of an eye, I went from being an active, autonomous athlete to suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that took 70% of my vision and nearly my life. Now I aim to be mindful in every moment and strive to make every second count while adventuring in mountains around the world.” Jill in her own words: “On a day that began like any other in a high school Physical Education class, September 2014 began an expedition of survival. A line drive, a hardball to the head, began a climb testing personal strength and human potential. A medical team, hundreds of hands from 7 hospitals across 3 countries, guided me towards a peak that felt impossible to climb, traumatic brain injury (TBI). While I craved to climb alone, they got me to the summit but my work was just getting started. Now I am traversing an avalanche triggered by the TBI which left me days from death, with 70% vision loss and a life threatening eating disorder. No mountain can challenge me the way traumatic brain injury has. I chose to adventure in massifs around the world with the intention to adapt to vision loss and acceptance of the trail my life had taken. From surviving to thriving, I have run, climbed, and skied my way around the world embracing the 30% vision I am fortunate to have. My trails have connected with the Andorra Pyrenees, Italian Dolomites, French and Swiss Alps, Slovenia's Julian Alps, Iceland, India and Nepal Himalaya, New Zealand, Argentina, Peru, and the American Rockies. As a traumatic brain injury survivor and visually impaired athlete adventuring in mountains around the world, I have a complex story of resilience to share. Speaking to resilience, head injuries, eating disorders, visual impairments, trauma, or mental health or simply sharing my story, I can make connections through authentic tales of my trails from depths of darkness to adventuring in the highest of the Himalayas.” CONTENT WARNING - We discuss; Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD and thoughts of suicide. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Speaking to us from Nepal Who is Jill in her own words Growing up in a sporty, adventurous family Becoming a teacher and following her passion for travel Teaching in Singapore, Russia, Switzerland and Germany Taking advantage of the opportunity to travel September 2018 and how her life changed in an instant Being hit by a hard ball on the side of her head Going to hospital and being send home Ending up in intensive care with a bleeding and swelling brain Dealing with a Traumatic Brain Injury Finding out she would never see out of her right eye again Losing depth perception The impact the TBI has had on her appetite and relationship with food Seeing multiple specialists and spending a lot of time in hospital Starting to get her independence back while in Colorado Looking out to the mountains Feeling very lost and grieving her past life Needing to go and heal in the mountains Starting to travel again Creating a blueprint and plan for the future Being open to change…. Falling in love with Nepal and being inspired to get back into running Not wanting to share her story Being authentic with her feelings and being vulnerable Starting her website and starting to share her story Not wanting to do social media Accepting that her life had changed Testing herself at altitude Getting connected with the running and climbing community in Nepal Dealing with pneumonia Starting to climb higher in the Himalayas Planning to climb mountains over 6,000 metres Dealing with covid in Nepal and being in lockdown for 8 months Trying ice-climbing in early 2020 Escaping the lockdown and heading up into the mountains Not being able to run while in rundown and having to try different types of training while indoors Losing her father suddenly and supporting her family from afar Spending time alone in the mountains Training to climb the 8th highest mountain in the worlds - Manasulu Visa's for Nepal and being on a student visa Managing depth perception while climbing mountains Spending time in the mountains as part of the healing process Acceptance of what's happened? Dealing with dark days and using different tools to help manage the feelings Why meditation is a significant part of her daily practice Hiding behind her sunglasses and not being comfortable with the way she looks Being a work in progress and being aware of her mindset and thoughts The good wolf and the bad wolf - choosing which one to feed Wanting to build on the good Connecting with Jill Social Media Website: mountainsofmymind.com Instagram: @mtnsofmymind Facebook: @mountainsofmymind Twitter: @mtnsofmymind
Anja Madhvani is a writer and drinks industry worker with a passion for adventure. Anja studied classical piano performance at The University Of Huddersfield, and has gone on to perform as a violinist and singer with a number of post-rock bands, most notably Her Name Is Calla. She has spent 13 years in the beer industry, managing venues, hosting brewery tours and tastings, and working in sales and communications. She also works with Club Soda, a mindful drinking movement who aim to create a world where nobody feels out of place if they aren't drinking. In 2018 Anja completed her first ultra, the Marathon Des Sables, with undiagnosed Pulmonary Tuberculosis. She is now back to running and also enjoying the challenge of pole dancing. She is currently studying to become a personal trainer, and hopes to channel her unique experiences into helping others to shift their mindset and find joy in movement. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Anja What she does What Anja was like a child Growing up in North Yorkshire Being involved in dancing Making excuses to get out of PE Finding a love for beer Exercise and fitness in her 20s Deciding to make a change in her life Getting back into fitness and her first steps Needing a really big challenge Signing up for the Marathon des Sables and getting back into running Having 16 months to train Where did she start Her first run down by the canal Going solo but meeting other people online through the FB group Her method for training Making changes to her lifestyle and getting into a better routine Being cagey with sharing her running challenge Working with a personal trainer Focusing on the small tangible goals and celebrating the wins Building up her confidence via weight training How strength training impacted on her running Just wanting to finish the race Cagey or protective ? Being supported by friends and family Fears and concerns before the race Being a worrier or a planner? What if I fail? What does that say about me? Running the Marathon des Sables in April 2018 Feeling under the weather at Christmas 2017 The determination and grit to push on through the pain Being motivated by self loathing Enjoying the race Feeling disappointed on the finish line Wanting to go back and do the race in full health What happened after the race when back in the UK Tuberculosis (TB)…. what is it Being in isolation for 11 days Getting back her health and fitness Taking 20 mins to walk 100 m Having panic attacks when training Going to therapy and working on her mindset Training for the London Marathon in 2022 Final words of advice Social Media Instagram: @anjaism Twitter: @anja_madhvani
Having only started cycling in 2018, Biola immersed herself in the community, showing great enthusiasm for her own progression and that of other women too. She is the chair of Velociposse, a club for women and non-binary people in London. Biola is relentless in her energy to push the club forward and increase diversity, collaborating with the Women of Colour Cycling Collective. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Biola Being based in Brixton, South London Being a cycling club for ALL women Her passion for all types of riding Her love for cycling and the community Friends, fitness and having fun Her childhood and growing up in Brixton Going to the BMX track at 5 years old Teenage years and her fitness journey Getting into running and starting to take training more seriously Getting into weight training and commuting on the bike Getting her mum to go to the gym at 63 Working out with other people and being encouraged Moving from running into cycling The Power of Community and joining the Velociposse Club Advice for joining a cycling club Her first race experience in January 2019 Dealing with being dropped Making friends through racing Breaking down the informational barriers Why there is no such thing as a typical racer Why Biola races Sharing passions and encouraging others to give it ago Bikes…. Commuting to work Her journey with Velociposse and becoming the chairperson. Knowing her strengths A higher order ask Regent Park Laps on Saturdays Final words of advice Social Media Instagram: @biolasarah Velociposse - A cycling club for all women, all trans, and all non-binary people in London. Website - www.velociposse.cc Instagram: @velociposse
Rosemary in her own words, talking about Nellie Bly and her record breaking race around the world: “Crusading journalist Nellie Bly jumped off the page at me. She appeared as I was researching Victorian women adventurers… and she wouldn't go away. The more I got to know her, the more I was intrigued by this spirited woman who wouldn't take no for an answer despite living in a world where women ‘knew their place.' Nellie knew her place alright, smack dab on the front page of the world's newspapers. She pioneered investigative journalism and paved the way for female reporters like me. Nellie's crusades in print brought about huge reforms in women's asylums, sweatshops and prisons. 2015 marked the 125th anniversary of her best known adventure — circling the globe in a record-breaking 72 days. In celebration of the remarkable Nellie Bly and her amazing journey, I followed in her footsteps around the world. Now there is a book chronicling our two journeys: Following Nellie Bly: Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World. My aim is to put Nellie 'back on the map' as an inspiration for adventure, and a reminder that (as Nellie said) "'nothing is impossible if one applies a certain amount of energy in the right direction.” New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time. Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and support - Quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who Rosemary is and what she does Being in journalism since graduating from university Wanting to help to change the world Trying to make a difference Drawing attention to female explorers Why we need to hear these stories Wanting to get contemporary female explorers on the map What we can learn from these women “Follow your dreams and move out of your comfort zone” Why it's ok to take calculated risks Discovering women in adventure Wanting to follow in inspiring women's footsteps Doing her research and discovering Nellie Bly Sharing inspiring stories Getting these women on the map Who is Nellie Bly! Starting with her childhood and why she was such a determined woman Getting into journalism and becoming a writer Deciding to go to NYC to make her name Getting her first assignment to go undercover The beginning of investigative journalism Wanting to go around the world Setting off with 2 days notice Wanting to help the most vulnerable members of society Planning to travel around the world recreating her journey The challenges and difficulties of re-creating the itinerary Packing lightly Knowing when to stop planning and to start going Around The World In Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly Feeling close to Nellie at certain places on the trip Sometimes you have to get off the path! The risks and concerns before the trip Why the best thing you can do, is to just get started What would Nellie Bly do? Dealing with a typhoon (level 8) in Hong Kong Walking straight out into the typhoon! Synchronicity while on the train Self funding the adventure The dramatic ending of the trip Racing against - Elizabeth Bisland Finding Nellie Bly's grave in Woodlawn Cemetery Bronx, NYC Visiting her hometown and birthplace in Cochran's Mills, Pennsylvania Needing to have a happy/meaningful ending to the story Sitting down to write the story and having to be very disciplined Putting together a conference at the RGS on historical women Why you need to put your all into everything that you do Advice for women who want to go on more adventures “nothing is impossible if one applies a certain amount of energy in the right direction” - Nellie Bly Why you need to take that first step Leap and the net will arrive! Social Media Website: https://nelliebly125.wordpress.com Instagram: @rosemaryjbrown Twitter: @Rosemary_Nellie Book: Following Nellie Bly: Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World (Trailblazing Women)
We first spoke with Jessie on October 19th 2021 where she shared more about her cycle challenge of riding 570 miles to Glasgow for COP26. During this episode we catch up with Jessie to find out about her journey, the challenges faced and overcome, what it was like arriving in Glasgow and her thoughts on COP26 as well as her plans for the future. Jessie in her own words: I am a youth activist who cares deeply about the power of people to create change and this is exactly what I want People Pedal Power to do. The idea to start the movement came from my fears that more inaction would come from COP26. I knew that we didn't have time for this to occur, as this summit has to be the one where real change is created, if not by our leaders but by the power of individuals creating collective action. As can be seen from the youth climate movement across the world, individuals really do have the power to create change, and so I decided to harness this! I also believe in the immense power that words and storytelling have in helping us as individual to learn, understand and ultimately engage in the climate crisis. I have been trying to do this for the past 2 years with my monthly newspaper columns and other writing projects which discuss the climate crisis from the youth perspective. Listen to Jessie now on the Tough Girl Podcast. New episodes go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and support. Thank you. Show notes Who is Jessie The day before the start of the challenge Getting going and feeling relief Partnering with the Adventure Syndicate Film maker - Catherine Dunn Starting with 50/60 people Meeting people along the way Magical moments from the experience Why everyday was special One of the hardest days on the bike Tips and tricks for dealing with the tough times Using music to change her state of mind Coping with riding 100km per day Why it was harder mentally Arriving in Glasgow for COP26 Feeling unsettled in Glasgow Partnering with Eco-Schools Trying to get the youth voice in the media The challenges at the event Thoughts on COP26 Did attending the event help to make a difference What it was like inside the conference What it was like outside the conference People power and feeling empowered What's next for Jessie? COP27? Cycling during the winter months Final words of advice Social Media People Pedal Power - Demanding Climate action and greener more accessible transport. Website: httpspeoplepeddlepower.wordpress.com/ Instagram: @people_pedal_power Personal IG: @climate_jess_ The Adventure Syndicate is a collective of extraordinary cyclists who happen to be women and who aim to challenge what others think they are capable of. Website - theadventuresyndicate.com Instagram: @adventuresynd
Adelle is a British middle distance track athlete, who has competed for Great Britain over 800m on a number of occasions. Adelle has competed internationally on a European, Commonwealth and World stage for over 10 years. Adelle's international debut was a the European Youth Olympics in 2009, where she won a Silver medal at 16 years old. Since then, she has gone on to compete for Great Britain at a senior level competing at two European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam 2016 and Berlin 2018, at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland 2016, World Athletics Championships in London 2017, World University Games in Taipei 2017, the Commonwealth Games for team England in Gold Coast 2018 and at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow 2019. Throughout competing as a senior athlete on the international stage, Adelle has balanced her life off the track working as a Hair & Makeup artist. Adelle is a Woman's Sport Trust 'UNLOCKED' Alumni and proud ambassador for the British Dyslexia Association & Dementia UK, two causes very close to her heart. "Sport has so much to offer, I'd love all woman to have the opportunity to enhance their life with sport. There is so much power in lifting each other up and continuing to create spaces for woman & girls to flourish.” - Adelle Tracey New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Adelle Wanting to be an athlete Being inspired by the Olympics Being inspired by her head teacher - Mr Potter Excelling at sports day Getting involved in the school running club Making her first GB team at 16 Achieving her first Silver medal Discovering make up later on Remembering back to the Youth Olympics Being part of a team Being inspired by female role models Looking up to Dame Kelly Holmes Running the longer distances Endurance sports in athletics Winter training and weekly milage Magical Moments from the past 10 years Finishing 4th in the final Getting a personal best (PB) in the semi finals Tactics on the start line Working with a sports psychologist Music during the warmups Following a cool room process Training in a winter block - an approx week and what it looks like Doing a triple day Pre-hab, stretching and rolling Sleeping and napping Keeping injury free Maintaining motivation levels Getting out of the door Working as hard as she can Advice for more advanced runner who want to run faster Advice for getting your mojo back Going back to your reason why The importance of goals Linking her training to her period. Working with Fitrwomen Future goals Funding and paying for her lifestyle Why 2020 was such a difficult year Dealing with financial stress Ending the season on a high Having a vision board and writing down goals Final words of advice Social Media Website: www.adelletracey.com Instagram: @adelletracey Twitter: @adelle_tracey
Steph in her own words: “Being a very shy and uncoordinated child I used to avoid anything active until a family holiday to the Lake District ignited a passion for walking and the outdoors. I love to get outside and active and to push my body to see just what it's capable of. The excitement of tackling a long-distance trail appeals to me, but I also enjoy discovering the adventure my local area has to offer. I find joy in immersing myself in nature- wherever you are you can find great beauty. Middle age is a time when people tend to slow down and stop being active. I want to inspire other people in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond that you are still capable of doing some pretty amazing things and that it's never too late for adventure.” New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Turning 50 and being passionate about getting outdoors Wanting to do more and more Being very shy and uncoordinated while growing up Doing everything to avoid physical activity Being inspired by spending time walking in the Lake District Progressing her walking and joining the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) Getting involved in Challenge Walks with the LDWA Deciding what challenges to do next Doing the coast to coast walk Feeling scared at the start How her confidence grew through experience Walking with a friend on the Isle of Man Walking the Pennine Way and why it was challenging due to lockdowns and covid Dealing with the British Weather…. Planning and preparation for walks The importance of long training walks Equipment and gear on a budget Ways to keep the costs down as a single traveller Doing her first overnight camping trip A Pennine Journey (247 miles) The plan… Food and nutrition while on the challenge Training and getting physically ready Wanting to share her stories with others Signing up for the Marathon des Sables (MDS) to document the training of the journey Start small and build up Running the London Marathon Marathon des Sables Building up fitness and training for the MDS Preparing the mind and getting mentally ready for the challenge Running the wettest MDS ever! Lessons learned from finishing the MDS Dealing with stomach issues Craving coffee Follow along with Steph on social media Part 2 A Pennie Journey The route Why things didn't quite go to plan Dealing with blisters and the Summer heat wave Building her confidence with camping and using her tent The magical moments from the experience Getting resupply on the route Going solo and meeting other walkers Making a few changes to stay out on the trail for 17 days Dealing with blisters and pain Feeling a little disappointed at the end Final words of advice Starting small and building up Going on local adventures Social Media Website: www.endurance-adventures.co.uk Instagram: @endurance_adventures Facebook: @enduranceadventures
Patti Shales Lefkos is a Canadian writer and journalist. Her Himalayan adventure travel memoir Nepal One Day at a Time celebrates her creative non-fiction debut. Nepal One Day at a Time is the story of her first trekking trip on her own. Born and raised in Toronto, she has also lived in Neuchatel, Switzerland and Vancouver. Following a rewarding career as a teacher, educational consultant, administrator and advocate for inner city children, Patti studied journalism at Langara University. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Toronto Teachers' College, Simon Fraser University and the Wilderness Leadership Program at Capilano College. In 2006 she set out to pursue international adventure travel. Whether canoeing the Yukon River, backcountry skiing in BC's Monashee Mountains, hiking in Scotland's Outer Hebrides or trekking in Tibet and Nepal, she embraces the culture and environment of wilderness areas. When not travelling, she skis downhill, nordic and backcountry from her home base at SilverStar Mountain Resort in BC's Okanagan Valley. In summer she paddles canoe, kayak and stand up paddle board at her Ontario island cottage. Listen to Patti on the Tough Girl Podcast. New episodes go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time. Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Good Morning! Who is Patti and what she does Where her love and passion for the outdoors came from Buying her first typewriter and wanting to be a writer Lost Horizon by James Hilton Becoming an outdoor girl Doing all the expected things and becoming a teacher Moving west to Vancouver Working in inner city schools Riding her bike to school and doing her first marathon Moving from marathon to triathlon Meeting her husband Barry Not travelling until they retired in their 60s Heading to England in 2007 and walking the coast to coast Taking on bigger adventures and going to higher and higher levels of altitude Spending time in Nepal Wanting to volunteer in Nepal in 2014 Having to go solo at 67 Facing her fears to go by herself Making the transition from working full time to being retired Writing the articles she wants to write about adventure travel Choosing her work Her first experience of travelling and trekking to altitude Making a list of her fears Her plans for Nepal The biggest challenge while out trekking Writing her first book Supporting the village affected by the earthquake in 2015 The realities of starting a non profit Figuring out what is good help to provide Why 97% of the money goes to Nepal The realties of trekking at altitude in your late 60s Bucket list destinations Final words of advice The power of spending time with young people and being of service Social Media Website : pattishaleslefkos.com Facebook: @plefkos Facebook Non-profit Nepal One Day at a Time Society on Facebook Buy Patti's book NEPAL ONE DAY AT A TIME on Amazon Partner NGO in Kathmandu, Nepal. Sambhav Nepal Recommended Trekking Company in Kathmandu, Nepal. Ace the Himalaya IN CANADA: How to buy NEPAL ONE DAY AT A TIME book directly from Patti COST: $32 ($25 for the book, $7 for postage) All profits go to education in Ratmate and Aprik Villages, Gorkha, Nepal. BY CHEQUE: Mail cheque for $32 to Patti Lefkos Box 3093Vernon, BC. V1B3M1 *** REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS*** BY eTRANSFER: $32 to email@example.com ***REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS***
Anisah is the founder of the new blog: Outside Our Way which features interviews from other disabled and chronically ill folks, sharing their stories of their outdoor experiences. Anisah in her own words: My name is Ani. I have multiple chronic illnesses and I am disabled. That probably brings an image to your mind of what it means to be ‘disabled', But when you look up the definition of ‘disability' you'll find various ways you can categorise it - as well as plenty of opinions about what it means to be disabled. The UK Equality Act 2010 classifies disability as: “a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.” The truth is there are so many variations and types of impairments that fit this definition. There are visible physical disabilities, there are hidden physical disabilities, there are learning disabilities, and there are mental health disabilities. The variations and combinations are endless and as a result each person's disability or impairment is unique. How that affects their daily life is completely individual to them. I have what is called hidden disabilities or invisible illnesses. I'm diagnosed with Lupus SLE and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD). I have chronic pain, fatigue and memory loss along with other symptoms that affect me daily. People often think that I'm not disabled or chronically ill. There's a common stereotype that comes to a lot of people's minds when the words “sick” or “disabled” is used, and like so many I don't really fit that image. Most of the time when you look at me I don't look like I'm in pain or fatigued. I walk without aids. I take part in active outdoor activities. People don't realise that I don't look in pain or fatigued because I have a lifetime's worth of experience pretending I'm not. I time my painkillers to kick in before I see someone. I'll make sure the environment I'm in when I'm with people is one that won't drain too much energy or add to the pain. I'll plan my week prior and after to ensure I'm rested enough and won't crash. Finally, when I'm too exhausted to handle a simple conversation despite all my planning and methods… I will cancel and you will not see me in that state at all. The same amount of work goes into planning any outdoor activities. I have to use tactics and creative methods just to take part. I need extra preparations and plans to get by in a world that was created with non-disabled people in mind. This is the aspect of disability that people might miss. Which brings me to the question - how can we help change this? I can only be an expert on my own experience/disability/illness (and even then, that's iffy!). After brief conversations with others with chronic illnesses or disabilities, I have come across some amazing tips to help manage my own disabilities outdoors. I have found people who can relate to my feelings like no-one else can, and have helped me pass challenges I'd previously faced alone. I've realised that there's so much that I don't know about people who are chronically ill/disabled and so much more I should learn. I want to talk to people with different disabilities and conditions to mine. I want to see what challenges they face when they access the outdoors, what hurdles they have to navigate when going outdoors. I want to ask them what everyone should do to flatten those hurdles as much as we can. Outside: Our Way is a collection of interviews to show that we as a community are here. These interviews are a chance for disabled people to shape their own narratives and tell us about their way of going outside. It's aim is to shine a light on what it's really like to be an outdoor enthusiast and disabled/chronically ill. To those who are disabled or chronically ill - I hope you can find something to relate to. There's a beautiful community that have shared experiences and can truly understand what you might think or feel. To those who are non-disabled - I hope to show you what it takes to be disabled/chronically ill in the outdoors. And perhaps prompt you to consider how you can help us access the outdoors our way. Listen to Ani on the tough girl podcast - New episodes go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Ani Being an advocate for disability and chronic illness in the outdoor environment Getting into the outdoors and not liking it at first Getting back into the outdoors 2/3 years ago Deciding not to follow the advice Enjoying her time in the outdoors Her life as a child and experiencing symptoms from a young age Hating going to school Learning energy management Not knowing what something was wrong dealing with pain was normal Getting the diagnosis as 12 years old Making the decision to go outside and wanting to do something Spending too much time inside Why the outdoors is her happy place Feeling empowered and enabled Learning how to balance caution and happiness Planning every aspect of her life Connecting with other women who have a similar condition Spending time around water and feeling at peace Trying to get good with cold water Making adjustments to make wild camping accessible Figuring out how it can work for you What Outside Our Way is about The women who have inspired Ani Wanting to share her hiking journey on line Future dreams and ambitions Wanting to do a multi-day hike Hike your own hike Advice for your next adventure Social Media Instagram: @ani_went_outside Outside: Our Way - A blog sharing stories from from across the outdoor sector and disability and chronic illness landscape. Hosted by @alltheelements www.alltheelements.co/outside-our-way Instagram @outside_our_way
Annabel Abbs is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. She grew up in Wales and Sussex, with stints in Dorset, Bristol and Hereford. Daughter of academic and poet, Peter Abbs, she has a degree in English Literature from the University of East Anglia and a Masters from the University of Kingston. She lives with her family in London and Sussex, and is a Fellow of the Brown Foundation. Annabel's debut novel, The Joyce Girl, won the 2015 Impress Prize for New Writing and the 2015 Spotlight First Novel Award, and was longlisted for the 2015 Caledonia Novel Award, the 2015 Bath Novel Award and the 2016 Waverton Good Read Award. It was a Reader Pick in The Guardian 2016 and was one of ten books selected for presentation at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. Published across the world, Annabel discussed The Joyce Girl on BBC Radio 4's Soul Music. It is currently being adapted for the stage. Her second novel, Frieda: The Originial Lady Chatterley, was a Times Book of the Month, then a Times Book of the Year 2018 and one of five novels selected for presentation to film directors at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair. Frieda has been translated into six languages. Annabel spoke about Frieda on BBC Woman's Hour. Annabel's third novel, the story of Eliza Acton, Britain's first domestic goddess, and a best-selling cookery book writer (and a poet) will be published in the US in October 2021, by William Morrow as Miss Eliza's English Kitchen. In the UK, the novel was acquired at auction by Simon & Schuster, and will be published in spring 2022 as The Language of Food. It is currently being translated into sixteen languages. In 2021 it was optioned by Stampede Ventures and CBS. Annabel's first non-fiction book, The Age-Well Project, was published by Little, Brown in 2019, co-written with TV producer, Susan Saunders, and based on their acclaimed blog agewellproject.com, longlisted for the 2018 UK Blog Awards. Annabel's first foray into memoir and her first solo-authored non-fiction book, Windswept: Walking in the Footsteps of Remarkable Women, was acquired at auction by Two Roads and was published in June 2021. In the US, Windswept was acquired by Tin House and published in September 2021, with the subtitle Walking the Paths of Trailblazing Women. Windswept tells the extraordinary stories of eight women who walked long distances in wild and often remote places as they sought their own voices. They include Simone de Beauvoir, Nan Shepherd, Georgia O'Keeffe, Gwen John and Daphne du Maurier. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Annabel Her latest book Her interest in walking Being interested in women who do long distance walks in challenging environments Where are all the women walkers? Researching the women who walk Having a strange childhood How walking was a part of her education the benefits for women walking in nature How wild places are not deemed safe for women And why women are encouraged to stay at home and get their time in nature from being in the garden Why women DO long hikes Women from 100 years ago who went out walking Focusing on 6 women for the book Windswept Recreating their walks Feeling trapped at home Having family walking holidays Planning the walks and incorporating her writing within the walks Using old maps to help plan Encouraging women to be able to navigate What Nan Shepherd said about walking in Scotland Why river journeys and coastal journeys were quite popular Why women should learn to navigate Doing the walks solo and the challenge involved Thinking of all the things that could go wrong Why walking is so much more complication for a woman What is was like walking solo Women and their relationships with the mountains The struggle of mental preparation before heading out to walk solo The long history of women doing walking pilgrimages on their own Why we need to see more women out there walking The dark side of walking solo and spending time on your own Walking in Texas, USA - night hikes? The importance of legacy Final words of advice Social Media Website: www.annabelabbs.com Instagram: @annabelabbs Twitter: @annabelabbs Book: Windswept Windswept is a feminist exploration of walking in wild landscapes. Annabel examines the role of walking on the lives, writings and art of several women including Gwen John, Frieda Lawrence, Nan Shepherd, Georgia O'Keeffe and Simone de Beauvoir. As Annabel walks their paths – the empty plains of Texas, the mountains of Scotland, the rivers and forests of France – she looks back at her childhood in remote Wales and asks why women have been overlooked in the literature of wild-walking.
Tiphaine in her own words: "My name is Tiphaine, I'm from France and since I was a child my parents took me backpacking in other continents. They've opened me to the world. After three years of studies to obtain my Specialized Educator diploma, I felt the urge to explore more of this planet. I went to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa for a year. The adventures I've experienced there made me reconsider my whole perspective on life. Inspired by my short cycling trips in Australia and New Zealand, I bought a bicycle and left, in June 2017, on my 23rd birthday. I started from my home in Paris, without a real plan, without a final destination and ended up cycling 20,000 km in 14 months, half of it with Martin (@hi.martin.cycles). This trip, more than any others, showed me that dreams can come true and that travelling is a matter of motivation. Since then, I dare to live a different life, “unstable”, full of changes, adventures, experiences, that make me who I am today.” Listen to Tiphaine on the tough girl podcast. New episodes go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Tiphaine Wanting some adventure Deciding to head to Australia on a working holiday Wanting to continue living this different lifestyle Her younger years and spending time backpacking with her family Not being afraid of travelling solo Having a plan verses being more flexible and playing things by ear Wanting to join the Civil Service in France Rethinking her whole perspective on life Realising how little you need to be happy Coming back to Paris after 15 months of travelling Not knowing what to do next Paying for her cycle trip and saving up money Why its cheap to travel by bike Keeping costs down while on the road Leaving Paris on her 23rd Birthday The route and the plan Meeting Martin in Africa @hi.martin.cycles and deciding to cycle across the Sahara together Using Warmshowers in Europe Wanting to explore more of Africa and heading to East Africa for 7 months Dealing with elephants close to the tent! Resupply and accommodation in Africa Route planning and the challenging in Europe Trying to pick the nicer routes and avoiding the main roads Maintaining the bike on a long journey Not knowing how to change a flat tyre at the start Buying a simple bike for 450 EURO Learning new skills on the road Writing her first e-book: Little Miss Pedals: 20,000 km on a bicycle through Europe and Africa Final words of advice to encourage you to take on your own challenge or adventure. Why it's worth it! Social Media Website: www.dreamsontracks.com Instagram: @littlemisspedals Facebook: @littlemisspedals Book: Little Miss Pedals: 20,000 km on a bicycle through Europe and Africa
Aneela is passionate about encouraging people from all walks of life to ride bikes and she works with individuals, organisations and the cycling industry to encourage wider participation. She works tirelessly to increase diversity in cycling and mountain biking and firmly believes that mountain biking is more than a sport - she's a champion of the wider benefits of mountain biking in building confidence, strength and resilience in everyday life. With 20 years+ diversity and inclusion experience, Aneela is particularly interested in diversity and wellbeing; women in MTB leadership; diversity role models; young girls in sport and promoting mental health. She offers training and workshops; inspiring talks and presentations; diversity audits; participation and engagement activities as well as professional advice and consultancy. ANEELA'S JOURNEY 20 years+ Diversity and Inclusion experience in the public sector Co-Chair, British Cycling's new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group 10 years+ running Go-Where Scotland 5+ years professional MBL/Level 3 mountain bike guide Board Member and Secretary of Tweed Valley Trails Association Cycling UK Trail Inspector, and, Trail Maintenance Coordinator Cycling UK Outdoor Expedition qualification Masters Degree, Equality and Discrimination, University of Strathclyde Personal Fitness Trainer New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Aneela Her early years Growing up in Glasgow How her parents moved over from Pakistan Visiting Pakistan Her dreams as a little girl Getting into mountain biking Pivotal moments from being on the mountain bike Taking friends out on the bike Her journey of becoming a coach and leader Giving people the opportunity to empower themselves Not having a great experience in childhood Being the only women during the assessment and training Being worried about being the only woman Being supported by her husband Lost opportunities Having to have faith in herself Battling again self doubt Being encouraged by her tutor Having to prove herself in a male environment Changes in the mountain biking industry over the past 10 years Creating empowering spaces Encouraging women to take the next step The lack of role models and how it is chaining slowly Encouraging women to become coaches Being inspired by her friends The FNY Collective and what it stands for… What the word fanny means in Scotland Getting charity status and being able to look for funding How many bikes… Being an ambassador for Juliana Bicycles The power of bikes Working to support refugees Working with Endura Sport Working on a film about - bikes, love and discrimination “After the Storm” premiere at Kendal Mountain Festival Advice for other women for being brave The power of knowing you are not alone Advice to encourage women to try mountain biking Being on a learning journey and why everyone has to start somewhere #Ridemòr (mòr - big and great) Social Media Go-Where | Ridemòr - Scotland's award-winning curator of guided & self-guided bicycle experiences. Advocates for wellbeing, diversity & inclusion. #ridemòr #mòrdiversity www.go-where.co.uk Instagram: @gowherescotlandmtb Facebook: @gowherescotland Personal Instagram @mrsgowherescotland Twitter: @AneelaMckenna MÒR DIVERSITY - From diversity, inclusion and wellbeing to leadership and resilience training - we offer professional services to help unlock the human potential of organisations. Website - www.mordiversity.com The FNY Collective - The FNY collective: a group of Badass women passionate about riding bikes and getting more women sharing the fun on two wheels. Website - www.thefnycollective.co.uk Instagram @the_fny_collective
Erica Terblanche is an accomplished endurance runner and adventure racer and has won numerous iconic long-distance races all over the world, including the gruelling Racing the Planet 7-day Sahara Desert Ultra Marathon among many others. Erica is a Life Coach and psychologist with a master's degree in Positive Psychology. She is also the founder of Teach a Girl to Fish, Thrive Guru & Thrive Run Club. Her lifelong quest is to determine how we can over time shape and mould ourselves to become ‘the best we can possibly be'. At heart Erica is an outdoor enthusiast with over 20 years of adventure experiences. Erica in her own words on Adventure Racing: “Adventure Racing was a wonderful vehicle for access to extreme adventures - and over a period of five years I experienced the most extraordinary adventures while running, cycling, canyoneering, river rafting, sea kayaking, and rappelling in some of the most wild landscapes in the world and often with less than an hour of sleep a day for races that spanned five days. This sport helped push my boundaries and has helped me to become an accomplished ultra distance trail runner, winning a number of the big 7-day stage races. I now live in Cape Town where I run Thrive Guru and Thrive Run Club. My intention with both is to get people moving and to help people build and live their best, most vital, most fulfilling and happiest lives.” Erica is the Author of “Run for the Love of Life” which was published on the 4th of November 2021. Erica wrote the book to share her adventures, to motivate people to get up, get going and get out into nature. Erica wants people to know that they can do far more than they imagine they can. Erica wants the book to inspire people to take that very first step and to find their tribe - a community of people that will support them on the journey. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and sign up - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Erica and what she does Being a keen advocate to encourage people to get into the outdoors Living in Cape Town now Starting an adventure company - Teach a girl to Fish Studying positive psychology Being interesting in how we can come the very best of ourselves Focusing on the outdoors Finding out about her childhood, growing up on a farm and spending time outside Catching her first fish at 6 years old Learning not to be scared of the outdoors Having a lot of freedom from a young age Bravery? Being inspired by her fearless mum Raising girl children differently from boy children Knowing in your body that you are strong Her passion for running and where it came from Getting into running in her early 30s Falling in love with Adventure Racing Not being an athlete and going to the World Championships in Adventure Racing! How women improve as races go on, especially coming into their own by day 3 Pushing her body to the limits and the lessons from the edge of the experience The races which really challenge her Racing the Grand to Grand Ultra, USA. 275 km in 6 stages, over 7 days. Being unwilling to give up and being able to grit it out. Racing as hard as she could and sticking to her own game plan Women who run with wolves Practical tips and tricks to help you keep going Start slowly and finish strong Tips for running in the heat Why Erica loves the deserts and spending time in that space Feeling empowered by the sunshine The importance of Vitamin D (especially in the UK) Dealing with Raynaud's Menopause and how its impacted on running and adventure racing The impact on Vo2 max Being more deliberate about the supplements she takes Being excited about the next stage of her life and wanting to be even more resilient “Run For The Love of Life” - the goal and purpose of the book Thrive Run Club and encouraging people to take the first step Final words of advice for other women who want to get into running and live their best life The power of community and finding your tribe Social Media Personal - Instagram: @erica_terblanche Business - Thrive Guru Coaching, Thrive Run Club and Teach A Girl to Fish. Positive psychologist, transformative life coach, internationally accomplished endurance athlete, organisational change and strategy expert Website: www.thrive-guru.com Instagram: @thrive_guru @thrive_run_club Facebook: @thrivegurus FB Thrive Run Club Teach a Girl to Fish - We take women on out-of-the-ordinary walking, biking and kayaking adventures. If you enjoy being active and exploring beautiful places, especially near the big blue ocean, this is for you. Our expeditions create the perfect conditions for you to unwind, to reconnect with nature and to rekindle your inner spark. Website: teachagirltofish.co.uk Facebook: @TAG2F
Kisha in her own words: “I grew up in Virginia, a gymnast and cheerleader, playing softball and soccer. I knew I was bound to do something special, but I didn't know what. When it comes to my career, I'm often called a ‘bad-ass.' As the Managing Director of Portland's Artists Repertory Theatre, I feel at home on a stage in front of thousands of people. When it comes to spending time outside, however, I wasn't what you would call an “outdoors woman.” I didn't camp. I didn't spend hours in the woods. Yet, when I moved to Portland, I found a love I didn't know existed: my love of hiking. Days spent exploring all of the swimming holes and waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest transitioned into my first solo trip to Reykjavнk, Iceland. I scuba-dived, hiked through Gullfoss, Skуgafoss, Hengifoss, and ﬁingvellir, and I HIKED UP AND THROUGH A GLACIER! Me! All 240 pounds of me. I became a superhuman on that trip. I'm a fat, Black woman with Lupus who hikes glaciers, mutherf*ckers! My outdoor exploration unlocked something in me. After that, I was unstoppable! When I returned home, I wanted to hike all the time. I bought sturdy hiking shoes. I started reading outdoor magazines, watching Eco-Challenge and going into every outdoor store. I was inspired…but I never saw anyone that looked like me. I didn't let that stop me. I've been moving since, continuing to have solo journeys and proving to myself time after time that just because I look the way I do, doesn't mean I'm not strong and powerful - nor does it mean that these adventures are not for me!” “I'm undertaking my biggest challenge yet. I am hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail, from the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean. I am hiking to change the narrative. It matters to me to share my journey because not only did I not think I couldn't do this as a child, but I never even knew stuff like this existed. I know my story will have bigger resonance with others. I know I can be the representation I never saw. I want to offer an invitation to a journey of self-discovery and an introduction to a lifelong passion. And I hope we can do this together. — Kisha Jarrett” New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Kisha and what she does The traditional lands of Portland Moving to Portland 5 years ago Growing up in a small town in Virginia Not spending time in the outdoors Falling in love with hiking Going on her first solo travel trip to Iceland Climbing a glacier and feeling empowered Being diagnosed with lupus Wanting to do all the things Heading to Bali in Feb 2020 Why Iceland Being told that she couldn't do it. Becoming more aware of her body The pivotal moments Taking the first steps into living a life of adventure Google! Looking different and not seeing herself in the media Black Girl in the Woods The dream of thru-hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail Looking for exploration and a different type of challenge Deciding not to do a solo thru hike How the documentary came about Finding information about Native Land in USA Native Land App Preparations for thru hiking Finding gear to fit her body Getting a pack fitted Learning over the past year by doing Thinking about impact planning Financials of a thru hike Planning to hike in summer 2022 Needing to hike in an alternative manner Dealing with the setbacks from the first thru-hike Processing and dealing with the experience Feeling disappointed and moving forward Recovering from surgery Top tips to encourage you to start Social Media Black Girl In The Woods - chronicles Kisha Jarrett's 1,200-mile journey as a Black, plus-sized woman with chronic pain thru-hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail. Website: www.blackgirlinthewoods.org Instagram: @black.girl.in.the.woods @kisha.j Twitter: @BGITW_doc
Elise in her own words: “To me, Alexandra David-Néel's book My Journey to Lhasa was one of those books I just couldn't get over. You know when you read a book or see a film and you keep thinking about it for weeks afterwards, it was like that. Except that with this book, I never stopped thinking about it. The book recounts the final six months of Alexandra's epic 14 year journey through Asia, her quest to reach the forbidden city of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Against all odds, dressed as a poor pilgrim, she reached Lhasa in 1924. 12 years after reading this book for the first time, I was still wondering just how she managed to achieve what she did. 14 years of dealing with the cold, the wet, illness and of course the constant pressure and difficulty that came with being a female traveller in the early 1900s. So, I decided to act on that idea that had always been in the back of my mind - to recreate Alexandra's journey in some way, and to experience life travelling as a woman as closely as she would have done. I realised that the only way to truly do this, and to truly do her journey justice would be to do exactly as she did, taking with me only what she had. This meant NO modern day mountain equipment. So with my yak wool coat, a wooden backpack I made out of an old chair and an all-female team in tow, I set off in search of a special cave, the worlds third highest mountain and answers to questions I'd had for the last 13 years. After returning from this life-changing first expedition, I realised that the stories and achievements of histories female explorers like Alexandra should be celebrated and never forgotten. I've made it my mission to bring these stories back to life, to inspire this generation and the next the same way they have inspired me. In July 2019 I set off on my second adventure to the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland, to follow in the footsteps of Nan Shepherd, one of the UK's best known nature writers and mountain wanderers.” New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Elise/lise and how she would describe herself Reading Alexandra David-Néel book "My Journey to Lhasa" at 16 years old Growing up in the country side and spending lots of time in the outdoors Not knowing what she wanted to do Doing an art degree and wanting to be an artist Starting to work at a travel company Starting Women with Altitude website Deciding to do the first trip at 28 years young The planning and preparation process Trying to find the old equipment Figuring out the route The gear…. and why it was better than you think Heading over to India for the start of the journey Being joined by a filmmaker (Emily) and a local guide (Jangu) The magical moments from the trip Dealing with the altitude sickness and the cold Managing periods while on the adventure Spending a month in the mountains Finding the cave where Alexandra meditated for 2 years Tummo breathing After completing the challenge and heading home Dealing with anxiety, panic attacks and having a lack of confidence Wanting to take on a new adventure Trying to highlight a woman from the UK - The Nan Shephered Trip Who is Nan Shepherd? Her book - The Living Mountain Making a plan to go to Scotland What her time in Scotland was like Being vegetarian and trying to eat like the 1940s Not having any modern equipment What days were like Dealing with the nerves before the trip starts Journey number 3 Grace O'Malley the Pirate Queen of Ireland Dame Freya Madeline Stark DBE - Anglo-Italian explorer and travel writer. Figuring out how much things costs and paying for challenges Pitching the idea to TV channels The women who have inspired Elise Final words of advice Social Media Website: www.womanwithaltitude.com Instagram: @woman_with_altitude Facebook: @womanwithaltitude Twitter: @altitudewoman Jangu IG @jangu_adventures Emily Almond Barr - Film maker Website - www.emilyalmondbarr.com Instagram: @emilyalmondbarr
Clare Rutter grew up in rural, coastal west Wales with childhood days often spent with her brother playing and exploring in nature, climbing trees, jumping hay bales, cycling the green and lush country lanes and time spent on the beaches exploring rockpools, playing in the sand and swimming in the sea. Everyday was a mini-adventure in Clare's eyes which was only added to by joining the Brownies, the Guides and later the Scouts when girls were (finally!) permitted to join across all age sections. At age 6 and continuing through her participation in these youth organisations, Clare began her journey in paddlesport thoroughly enjoying kayaking and canoeing. Now, after more than 25 years spent in the Scouts, Clare has many ‘on the water' hours paddling and has been on many Scouting adventures including working at a large, commercial Scout summer camp and activity centre, expeditioning in Africa, multi-day tall ship sailing, led the Welsh Contingent at a Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree and volunteered as a staff member at two World Scout Jamborees in both England and Japan. As studying for a degree, worklife and life in general took over; paddlesport unfortunately had to take a back seat. In 2016, Clare fulfilled one of her lifelong goals and moved abroad to Gran Canaria which in itself was an almighty adventure. Unfortunately, Clare experienced some kind of a medical episode whilst on her way home from work, passed out, hit the deck and entered a 30 minute unconscious seizure state. This episode resulted in a life changing traumatic brain injury. After several months with no signs of recovery from the resulting symptoms which included headaches/migraines, severe fatigue, insomnia, tics and balance and cognitive issues and declining mental health; Clare decided to give up her home in the sun and return to Wales for further neurological investigation and treatment and to have the support of her family and friends. Clare, at this point was mostly bed bound and used a stick to aid walking but returned to Scouting as illness allowed. Clare's Brain Injury Team Occupational Therapist encouraged her into some further volunteering which, returning to her childhood roots, she undertook at a local outdoor activities centre offering land and water adventures including canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. A change in medication tackled Clare's condition to the point where she could function better on a daily basis, could ditch the walking stick and experience better mental health. After a season at the centre, Clare was offered a full-time position which she gladly accepted and begun her journey towards training and qualifications to be a paddlesports Instructor on a permanent basis. A short time after the first Covid-19 lockdown, Clare was informed that she had been selected from multiple applications to be the first ever women's paddling ambassador for Wales, a #ShePaddles Ambassador; a role to tackle the low numbers of females getting into and staying in paddlesport. Despite the lockdowns, Clare threw herself into the voluntary role and together with Canoe Wales and British Canoeing had an incredibly successful first year providing an online Welsh women's friendly and welcoming paddling networking hub and providing paddlesport taster sessions to hundreds of females at #ShePaddles ‘On Tour' events across Wales. Whilst still battling illness, known as Post-Concussion Syndrome, with her symptoms mostly masked, Clare is now a full time, qualified Paddlesports Instructor & Leader and regularly supports clients with neurological conditions, mental health issues and a range of disabilities enabling participation, enjoyment and progression in paddlesports utilising the outdoors as therapy and rehabilitation as she did. She's also a guest speaker speaking at events sharing her motivational and inspirational brain injury story and is still heavily involved in #ShePaddles and #ShePaddlesCymru (in Wales). Clare is passionate about paddlesport and you'll usually find her on the water in her spare time, committed to relearning, redefining and challenging herself and her abilities to prove that given some adaptations and self-belief that almost anything can be achieved. Aside from paddlesport, Clare also enjoys writing, camping, geocaching, photography and videography and enjoys sharing her experiences, challenges and adventures across her social media channels. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Who is Clare Growing up in Wales by the coast Being a paddlesports instructor and a scout leader Getting into swimming at a young age Going into Brownies and then joining the scouts when girls were allowed in Collecting all the interest badges Wanting to join the police force and wanting to help people Getting into paddlesports Going to university as a mature student Getting her level 2 youth work qualification What it was like going back to university as a mature student Her twenties working as a chef and in security Her lifelong goal to live and work abroad in a hot sunny place Starting to learn Spanish Moving to Spain! The reality of living and working abroad Making friends Having a medical episode in 2017 Being taken to the hospital Finally getting to see a doctor and getting a CT scan done Being housebound for 6 weeks Not knowing what to do and thinking she was going to die Struggling on for 9 months Deciding to move back to Wales Getting the support she needed Using a walking stick to help her walk Trying new medication and starting to feel better within 48hrs Being encouraged to get into volunteering Being encouraged and supported Being offered a full time job Lessons from having a brain injury Being back in the outdoors and spending time in the sea and river Getting qualifications in paddlesports Learning how to manage her fatigue Wanting to encourage other women to get into paddlesports #ShePaddles why it was created and what it does Getting her life back together Trying to encourage more women and girls to get into paddlesports thinking creatively and being supported by Canoe Wales Creating a FB Group for women Getting into paddle boarding (SUP - Stand Up Paddle board) Needing something to look forward to Supporting women who don't have gear but still want to have ago Having a supportive boss - www.adventurebeyond.co.uk Practical tips and advice for women and girls to get into paddlesports The She Paddles Effect Final words of advice - why there is always an opportunity you can create or take advantage of Social Media Personal Website: www.clarerutter.com Instagram: @clare_rutter.ba.hons Facebook: @clarerutter.DBA Facebook groups: Women's Paddling Community and #ShePaddlesCymru Hashtags: #ShePaddles #ShePaddlesCymru Twitter: @clare_rutter Other Resources: www.britishcanoeing.org.uk www.canoewales.com
Kwesia grew up in Deptford, an inner city area of South-East London. Along with many of her friends, neighbours and peers, she experienced a great deal of challenges that come with living in an area, and with people, who have been neglected, excluded and marginalized. At 17, Kwesia found herself homeless, moving from sofa to sofa. Her life was chaotic, often harsh, without any meaning and lacking a clear sense of direction or purpose. At her lowest point, Kwesia received an opportunity to become apart of a British Exploring Society's expedition to the Peruvian Amazon Rain-forest. Grabbing the opportunity, Kwesia spent 3 weeks in a remote part of the jungle, with no phone, and no contact with the outside world, with a group of individuals she barely knew. It was a life-changing experience for her. She experienced the beauty of nature, there was no judgement, just new friendships, new energy, a chance to be herself, to experience new energy and to think about new opportunities. On her return to the UK, Kwesia wanted to give back to her community, she wanted to connect with young people like herself, and inspire them to spend time in nature, to give them new opportunities and new experiences away from their life of poverty and hardship. Kwesia created, City Girl in Nature. This was her way to share her love and passion for the outdoors, and her belief that everybody should have the chance to be healed, to be nourished, and to live a life filled with abundance. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who Kwesia and what she does Being based in South East London Growing up in Deptford Being homeless at 17 Not getting on well with her mum Struggling to get support and the challenges of finding housing Not having a place to call home Dealing with inner city trauma Having to be resilient from a young age Going to college and working as a football coach Getting the opportunity to go to the Amazon with the British Exploring Society Not having any experience of the outdoors Being open to learning and connecting with others Going on a practice weekend and getting to meet other members who were going on an expedition Heading out to the jungle! Being sponsored Concerns about going on the expedition What camp life was like Being apart of a “fire” group The lessons learned from the expedition Being a leader Taking a while to process what happened on expedition The power of spending time in nature Speaking at the Adventure Mind conference Being featured in Belinda Kirk's book - Adventure Revolution Trying to figure out how to give back to her community Her Youtube Online Series Speaking with Rhiane from Black Girls Hike Getting out into nature Top tips for women and girls for getting into the outdoors Why its important to find what you enjoy How can people support and get involved with City Girl In Nature Final words of advice to share with you. Social Media Website: citygirlinnature.com Instagram: @citygirlinnature Twitter: @citygirlnature Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC9jqCgQ5rOBHV5EVj0vwFyw Donate/Support City Girl In Nature - www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=Z3VU9MJTB6K5Y
Jessie in her own words: “It would be a lie to say that I have always been aware of the climate crisis, because I haven't. Frankly, that is the problem. Whilst always enjoying spending time in nature whether that be up at our allotment or walking on the wilds of Dartmoor right on my doorstep, it was only a few years ago that I became aware of the dire straights our climate is in. It was at this moment that like many youth activists, I began to realise that I really had no choice but to fight for it. This didn't mean that it necessarily was something I wanted to do, because most young people just want a care free experience as they grow and develop, and activism is certainly not these things. However, I felt a duty to do this, because the vast majority of adults around me and in society were choosing not to. It was then that I decided to create People Pedal Power and cycle to COP26 both as a personal challenge and as a way to bring the many individuals concerned about the Climate Crisis together. As a way to highlight the power and joy that is created when people come together to create change. I am a youth activist who cares deeply about the power of people to create change and this is exactly what I want People Pedal Power to do. The idea to start the movement came from my fears that more inaction would come from this upcoming COP. I knew that we didn't have time for this to occur, as this summit has to be the one where real change is created, if not by our leaders but by the power of individuals creating collective action. As can be seen from the youth climate movement across the world, individuals really do have the power to create change, and so I decided to harness this! I also believe in the immense power that words and storytelling have in helping us as individual to learn, understand and ultimately engage in the climate crisis. I have been trying to do this for the past 2 years with my monthly newspaper columns and other writing projects which discuss the climate crisis from the youth perspective.” New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you. Show notes Who is Jessie Being interested in the environment Being aware of the climate emergency Wanting to make a difference Being on a learning journey Delaying with climate anxiety and climate grief Is the climate a concern for young people Why it's a split issue Wanting to find your tribe Growing up and being supported by her family Studying for A'Levels at 6th fort What does being a Youth Climate Activist mean How Jessie is driving change Being passionate about writing Hearing from the youth Growing up in the 2000s What is - People Pedal Power What is COP (Conference of the Parties) COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland Adults putting profits before people. Wanting to get the youth voice into the political sphere. Partnering with the Adventure Syndicate How the partnership is going to work Creating a cargo bike relay Why it's not just shouting about what's wrong Why the moment is going to be joyful and highlighting the issues and the way forward How the movement has evolved Getting into cycling and loving the journey The route and the logistics of cycling from Devon to Glasgow Making sure to factor in mental rest Riding 570 miles and hoping the training has paid off Concerns about the journey and thinking about the impact of the weather Dealing with all of the unknowns about the challenge How it's going to work once she's arrived in Glasgow Working with Eco-Schools Wanting to bring more of a youth perspective to the summit Tough Girl Podcast Extra episode coming on the 13th November to follow up with Jessie and her journey. What does Jessie want to happen over the next few weeks. Good luck to Jessie! Social Media People Pedal Power - Demanding Climate action and greener more accessible transport. Website: httpspeoplepeddlepower.wordpress.com/ Instagram: @people_pedal_power The Adventure Syndicate is a collective of extraordinary cyclists who happen to be women and who aim to challenge what others think they are capable of. Website - theadventuresyndicate.com Instagram: @adventuresynd
Kirsty in her own words: “I'm a mixed-race freelance mountaineering and climbing instructor from the west coast of Scotland. I love being able to introduce and share so many of the incredible Scottish environments, whether it's the mountains in full winter conditions or a beautifully still sea with views out to the Hebrides. Climbing in all forms is pretty much my life but earlier this year I also started mountain biking and roller skating, which are both great fun and very different! Outside of work and play, I've been a member of Oban Mountain Rescue Team since 2013. I'm a callout manager and the Training Officer on the team, and love being able to give something back to the mountaineering community. I'm the founder of Our Shared Outdoors, an organisation set up to tackle and change the lack of diversity in the outdoors and promote underrepresented groups. I'm really passionate about making outdoor communities as accessible as possible to everyone, because it should be! I'm also a panellist on On the Outside podcast, where we discuss outdoor news in the UK with a panel of diverse outdoor enthusiasts.” New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Who is Kirsty What she does Her passions and interests Moving up to Scotland when she was 9 years old Getting to spend time in the outdoors as a child Her dreams as a little girl How she got into outdoor instructing Doing work experience at an outdoor centre Becoming a volunteer during the summer holidays Getting an outdoor education apprenticeship What was involved in being an apprentice What she loves about her job Mixing her passion for the outdoors with her job Deciding to join the Mountain Rescue Team as a volunteer What the call out manager does The stresses of the job Wanting people to be as prepared as possible for the outdoors Being a founder of Our Shared Outdoors Changing the narrative Call to the Mountains Film (Jan 2020) The women who inspire Kirsty Advice for women who want to start doing their qualifications Summer and Winter Mountain Leader Training Why we need to go and do it Being a panelist On the Outside Podcast The barriers that stop people going outdoors Struggling with equipment and finding kit to fit The changes over the past 10 years How the statics haven't changed in 30 years Having a 10% female membership…. Why women are less likely to wing it Support for women who have children Dealing with skill fade Kirsty's favourite walk/hike up in Scotland Social Media Personal - Instagram: @kirstypallas Facebook: @kirstypallas Our Shared Outdoors - An organisation working to redefine the outdoor narrative to become inclusive to all. Join our community by sharing experiences #oursharedoutdoors Instagram: @oursharedoutdoors Facebook: @oursharedoutdoors On the Outside Podcast Launched Summer 2021 - is a UK based news-panel podcast sharing diverse views on outdoors news. Instagram: @ontheoutsidepod Facebook: @ontheoutsidepod
Lindsay is a coach, author, speaker, and lifelong athlete. She is an Olympic gold medalist, a three-time World Champion, five-time World Cup medalist, and a National Rowing Hall of Fame inductee. Lindsay lives in Florida, where she daily seeks to mentor, inspire, and improve the lives of others by sharing her knowledge of health and wellness along with her journey of self-discovery from ultimate defeat, to Olympic gold. Think of any sport, and Lindsay played it growing up. She was a driven athlete, good student, and happy teenager. But when she went to college, everything changed. She quit basketball, gained weight, and skipped classes. Her drive was gone. After a sleepless night and fateful turn of events, Lindsay made the decision to become her best self. She discovered rowing, and the sport became her outlet for transformation. In just one year she became an NCAA Division-I All-American; in four, she broke a world record and won her first World Championship. Within six years, Lindsay won Olympic gold. In Better Great Than Never, Lindsay shows you how to seize your full potential by removing self-imposed limitations. She demonstrates how to embrace every step, good and bad, to find greatness. For Lindsay, life isn't about winning. As long as you learn throughout your journey, you can never lose. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Being based in Miami Beach Florida Working in Ocean Rescue Being an athlete and an educator Dreaming about the Olympics… Being very sporty from a young age and playing a whole variety of different sports Graduating from high school at 17 Going to the University of Virginia Stumbling across rowing in her junior year at rowing Not feeling confident at playing sports at college level Being tall at school and feeling awkward while growing up Falling in love with rowing Why there is always something that you can be improving in What motivates Lindsay How sports psychologists played a role in her rowing Learning from every opportunity Being self reflective and being intrinsically motivated What does it take to achieve at these high levels What training was involved Her first day or rowing practice Learning to be accountable to ourselves, our equipment and to one another Why sleep was the most important thing Wiring a book about her story and being able to reflect back on her journey Staying injury free for 7.5 years Removing as much stress as possible Keeping detailed training logs Sleeping for 10 hrs a night and taking naps during the day Starting rowing January 2002 and winning medals a few years later Even through it was hard, it was fun Knowing what her role was in the boat Being the connector The Beijing Olympic Games Why it's just another race Go out and do what you do Doing extra deep breathing to relax What it was like sitting at the start line Why nerves on the start line are a good thing 6 mins - 6 secs Getting into a flow state and just feeling Reflecting back on the journey the luxury of being an athlete Where you can find Lindsay on the Socials Having a middle name “Dare” Advice for other women who want to dare to be great Why her advice is Patience Staying Patience, Positive & Determined throughout the process Finding the one thing and to do well Social Media Website: www.lindsaydareshoop.com Instagram: @LindsayDareShoop Youtube - www.youtube.com/channel/UCQEzWRsCnke6ws_wJTKg8uQ/about Book: Better Great Than Never: Believing It's Possible Is Where Champions Begin
Jenny Valentish has been devoted to dancing around the void for many decades, first in the pub and then the boxing ring as a kickboxer. Jenny is the author of the acclaimed Woman of Substance: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment and her new book, Everything Harder Than Everyone Else: Why Some of Us Push Our Bodies to Extremes. About the book: There is a part of human nature compelled to test our own limits. But what happens when this part comes to define us? When journalist Jenny Valentish wrote Woman of Substances, a book about addiction, she noticed that people who treated drug-taking like an Olympic sport would often hurl themselves into a pursuit like marathon running upon giving up. What stayed constant was the need to push their boundaries. Everything Harder Than Everyone Else follows people doing the things that most couldn't, wouldn't or shouldn't. By delving into their extreme behaviour, theres a lot that us mere mortals can learn about the human condition. The athlete using childhood adversity as grist for the mill. The wrestler turning restlessness into curated ultraviolence. The bare-knuckle boxer whose gnarliest opponent is her ego. The dancer who could not separate her identity from her practice until at deaths door. The bodybuilder exacting order on a life that was once chaotic. And the porn star-turned-fighter for whom sex and violence are two sides of the same coin. Their insights lead Jenny on a compulsive, sometimes reckless journey of immersion journalism. * CONTENT WARNING - Drugs, Sex, Self Harm, Cutting Weight, Eating Disorders, Obsession, Suffering, Addiction. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Who is Jenny? Growing up in Slough Being a journalist and an author Writing her 4th book - Everything Harder Than Everyone Else Being interested in the mental side of endurance Her starting point for the book The link between addiction and endurance racing Asking the question - how far can I push myself Pushing your body to the extreme The anticipation of entering a race and the anticipation of getting a drug to get high Getting a sense of validation from other people Why balance is over rated? Having obsessions from childhood How her obsessions changed when she got into her teens and early twenties Finding kickboxing, and training 5x a week Finding a positive obsession Starting to research the book Finding people who would trust her Why am I doing this thing - which puts a lot of pressure on my body? Super elite athletes and their link to past suffering in childhood The Dark Side of Top Level Sport: An Autobiographic Study of Depressive Experiences in Elite Sport Performers Suffering as an adult athlete and being able to push through the pain Why certain sports attract certain personalities The rise of women taking up strength sports The feeling of POWER and women wanting to take up physical space Social Media Project - #YouLookLikeAMan Her journey in kickboxing Taking on her first amateur fight What it was like being in the ring…. The fear of getting back into the ring Wanting to be a threat in the ring The ability to suffer Learning How to Suffer with the Queen of Pain: My Conversation With OCR Super-athlete Amelia Boone Over exercising and using sport as a way to sanction diet and what you consume The Recovery I needed - By Amelia Boone Book: Women of Substance: A Journey Into Drugs, Alcohol and Treatment Self care? Knowing your Why The next book! Social Media Website: www.jennyvalentish.com Instagram: @jennyvalentish_public Twitter: @JennyValentish
Verna is the founder of Native Women Running, a Hoka Global Ambassador, she serves on the Running Diversity Board, and represents several organizations: Red Earth Running Co, UltraRunning Magazine, and Native Women's Wilderness. Verna in her own words: “My name is Verna Volker and I am from the Navajo Nation. My clans are Tódích'íi'nii (Bitterwater) nishlíi, Hashtl'ishnii (Mud People) bashishchiin, Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle) dashicheii, and Tó' áheedlíinii (Water Flows Together) dashinalí. I grew up in the Dzilnaoodilii area of New Mexico, but currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my husband and four children. I work as a second grade teacher. In 2009, I started my running journey to lose weight, but it has turned into a quest to find out who I am internally. This journey has taken me from a newbie runner to a marathoner and recently to an ultra-marathoner when I finished my first Ultra 50-mile race. My desire is to use my running to inspire others.” New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Subscribe so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Introducing herself in Navajo Who is Verna How the outdoors played apart of her life growing up Loving sports but not being into running Why Verna got into running Signing up for her first Half Marathon in August 2009 Struggling with her weight Falling in love with running How her running journey progressed Putting herself first and not feeling guilty Having a 4th child Becoming an early morning runner Waking up at 4.15am…. to go running Having female role models at the start of her running journey Native Women Running - Founded on Jan 23rd 2018 The lack of visibility for Native women runners Not seeing women who looked like her Using the power of instagram to create change How Native Women Running has evolved over the past 3 years Inter-generational trauma and the power of running to heal Creating a call to action - MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) May 5th - National Day of Awareness for MMIW Using running to heal trauma The murder of native children and finding the reminds of native children in residential schools Connecting with a running community Coping with the trauma Being resilient and being in a leadership position Why it's ok to detach yourself from social media Magical moments while running Deciding to run her first ultra marathon 50k in 2018 Running a 50 miler in October 2019 Why the ultra journey has been mental Seeing her little girl at the finish line Training and planning for ultra runs Meeting her coach via Instagram What a typical training week looks like Keeping motivated to go running when not in the right frame of mind Training for her next 100K (62 miles) race Mental tips and tricks for running an ultra Dedicating miles to lost love ones Teaching 2nd grade and how working for Hoka is becoming a full time job Advice for women who want to get into running The power of being patient with yourself Taking the next step to running an ultra What hozho means Final words of advice from Verna Social Media Instagram: @hozhorunner4 Native Women Running - Visibility, inspiration and community of native women runners on and off the reservation/reserve. Community. Inspiration. Motivation. Visibility. #nativewomenrunning Website: www.nativewomenrunning.com Instagram: @native_women_running Facebook: @nativewomenrunning
In the spring of 2018, at the age of 57, Kathy Elkind walked the Grande Randonnée Cinq (GR5) with her husband of 27 years. The 2,286K (1,400-mile) journey starts at the North Sea in The Netherlands and goes through Belgium, Luxembourg, and the whole length of France through the Alps to end at the warm Mediterranean in Nice. Kathy always longed for an epic adventure, but the time was never right. Finally, her children had flown the nest, and she had shifted from a fertile body to a not fertile body – What could this new body do? It was the perfect time for a quest: to pause, reflect and explore. Could her marriage sustain and thrive on a long walk? After two months on the GR5, they entered the mighty Alps—five weeks of alpine views, mountain refuges, and exertion. Her walking became more than meditative; she fell into an ethereal pace where she became the air and the landscape. In her own words: “Life was not about me. It was about the beauty of the world. This truth was what I had longed for but did not know.” At home, she stepped into the last third of her Life, more in love with her husband, accepting the unknown, knowing her power, and brave enough to write a book one step at a time (she has dyslexia and did not learn to read until I was in 7th grade). Kathy has come to believe it's necessary for women entering the last third of their life to experience a quest or challenge. It can be anything they love – going to 25 art museums, swimming or dancing 50 days in a row. There is a unique challenge for every woman. Kathy is an Eating Psychology Coach, a Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, and owner of Elkind Nourishment. Kathy helps women feel their emotions instead of eating their emotions and feel comfortable in their bodies. She is writing a memoir about her adventure. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Who is Kathy and what she does Wanting to go on a big adventure Finding the right time to go travelling Wanting to take a pause in life Being married for 27 years Stepping into the next phase of her life Being exposed to the outdoors from an early age Never having the guts or the time to do a big thru hike Struggling with overeating Having trouble with reading and struggling in school Using food to numb emotions and to calm her nerves Struggling with shame and food Becoming a teacher and raising her kids Becoming an eating psychology coach Paying attention to the emotions underneath and learning to be with them Studying self compassion Being mindful Placing your hand on your heart and chaining your voice The power of speaking to yourself and being gentle to yourself Learning how to be compassionate to yourself The GR5 Trail Making the decision to go on the hike Going through menopause Moving from running to walking Planning and preparation before the trip Making the adventure your own Deciding to bike the 1st week in the Netherland Starting the GR5 at the end of April, beginning of May Doing a preamble in Italy for a few weeks before Wanting to slow down Listening to her body and using her intuition Learning how to sleep in a different bed every night Being concerned about hiking in the Alps and dealing with the elevation Staying mindful and being in the present Connecting the rhythm of your breath to your walking pace The magical moment and the beauty of the walks The lessons learned from walking the GR5 Ready to do some backpacking and camping Feeling strong and powerful Writing a book about her experience The impact of the walk on her marriage Knowing each others strengths and weaknesses Daily Routine on the walk Top tips for taking on the GR5 Adjusting back to normal life in America Final words of advice for other women who want to go on an adventure Why it's never too late The power of brainstorming Social Media Website: www.elkindnourishment.com Instagram: @elkindnourishment Facebook: @elKindNourishment
Houda grew up in the Netherlands and she first came into contact with kickboxing at the age of 11. She soon found out that kickboxing was her passion, Houda trained hard and spend all her time in the gym, training 6 days a week. Due to her passion and perseverance, in 2005, Houda became the Dutch Youth Champion. At university Houda choose to study Sports Management and Movement. Houda was inspired as a young girl by her coach – and she wanted to be the inspiration for other young children. With her knowledge and experience in top-class sports and her social-pedagogical background, Houda knows how to reach girls and get them moving – literally. By sharing her story, Houda makes young people feel relevant and that they are capable of more than they think. Her mission is to give coaches the tools to make sports more accessible for girls. She believes it is important that every individual can play sports according to their own needs. Houda is passionate about equality and diversity in sports and has worked with Nike on their “made to play campaign”. Nike's words are clear: children should play. Not just some kids, but all kids. Not just some girls, but all girls, including girls who wear hijab. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Who is Houda Why sport is her life Coming from a sporty family Being inspired by Bruce Lee at 8 years old Getting into kickboxing at 11 Falling in love with kickboxing Her journey in kickboxing Training for her first match Becoming the Dutch Youth Champion Becoming more confident Wanting to prove a girl could fight Starting to wear the hijab at 14 Going to study sports at college Being the only girls wearing the hijab “It was not easy, but I had the power to do it” Wanting to keep going with the kickboxing Being in a car accident at 21 Spending a lot of time in recovery Dealing with the first big disappointment in her life Having nothing else apart from sports Trying to figure out what to do next Working with young girls but wanting to inspire the whole family Wanting to make a big impact in the world Having her own personal development program Working towards lots of goals Wanting to change the representation of girls and women in the media Being a teacher of resilience Giving the children tools to help build resilience The power of being positive Wanting children to believe in themselves Teaching children how to say no Why you attitude is very important The power of having a growth mindset How to deal with negative thoughts Planting seeds in young minds Having people believe in you The pressure on girls to look/act a certain way Needing the help and support from others Wanting to educate other coaches Being inspired by her mum Being 1 of 6 children How her parents support her dream Working with Nike - Made to Play Campaign Creating a play book for coaches to use to help them work with girls who wear a hijab Starting a Youtube Channel The importance of smiling and having fun “Your start says nothing about your finish” "If you have a dream and you want to achieve your dream, then you need to work for it and believe in it” Social Media Website: https://houdaloukili.com/linkpage-instagram-houda-loukili/ Instagram: @loukilihouda
Katie is an endurance athlete, charitable ambassador, author and world-record holder. Katie has completed five Ironman triathlons, cycling across the country, completed a 325-mile river swim, run 100 miles nonstop in under 20 hours, and also spent 70 days at seas while rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 2010, Katie set a World Record for being the youngest person to row solo across ocean rower. Katie is also the only American to row solo from Africa to Guyana, in South America. In 2020, Katie became the 1st person to run nonstop 138-miles nonstop across Maine in 33 hours, raising $26,000 for a clean water project in Tanzania. In preparations, Katie became the 1st woman to run nonstop across Vermont and New Hampshire. Katie has been awarded the Elite Female Athlete of the Year for 2020 by the U.S. Coast Guard. On June 21, Katie announced her latest challenge, Run4Water. Which involved running 11 ultra-marathons for 11 consecutive days. Katie started her 341-miles journey in Ohio and ran from Cincinnati to Cleveland. Throughout her adventures, Katie isn't just seeking to make history. She is also raising money for safe drinking water projects around the world. Give Water today - www.h2oforlifeschools.org/katiespotz New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Who is Katie Why she raises money for clear drinking water Helping over 25,000 people The importance of service and giving back Studying environmental science Growing up around the Great Lakes Getting into swimming at young age Where her love of adventure comes from Keeping up with her 2 older brothers Role models Doing her first marathon at 18 Wanting to do an ironman Not being competitive at school and doing the easiest gym class possible Setting a target to run 1 mile Joining the Coastguard in 2018 Why running ultras is one of the toughest challenges Finding her limit…. Doing endurance for fun Strategy for the 138 mile run across Maine Race your own race and be in tune with your body Fuelling her body during endurance challenges Getting her calories in via liquids Using Tailwind Nutrition Taking a supplement called Sports Legs Needing to get enough sodium in You're going to hurt The mental challenges during the race Hating the first 5 miles Why it gets easier the longer you go Feeling best at 50/60 miles Getting into a flow state and moving on autopilot Needing to block out the pain Not wanting to do permanent damage Pain that is an injury and pain which is muscle fatigue Dealing with an Edema (swelling of the hands and/or feet) Rhabdo (Rhabdomyolysis) - Myoglobin is released from the muscles when they break down and is excreted into the urine. This can cause a red or cola colour of the urine. Book: Just Keep Rowing: Lessons from the Atlantic Ocean by the Youngest Person to Row It Alone Being a different person after the Atlantic Row Having a strong enough why - you can figure out the how Dealing with setbacks and the low moments When the easy option is to quit Not wanting to live a lifetime of regret Finals words of advice and why it's ok to feel afraid Why fears are welcomed Social Media Website: www.katiespotz.com Instagram: @katiespotz Facebook: @hellokatiespotz Twitter: @katiespotz
Jcy is a trail runner, bike traveller, fixed gear rider, bike polo player and Most importantly... An Outdoor lover! Jcy was born in Hong Kong, she then moved over to the UK where she lived for 22 years. When she was young, Jcy was not into sports or being active, but that all changed when she started getting into cycling and began commuting to and from work. Jcy moved back to HK in 2016 and continued commuting via bike, she also joined lots of sports clubs to make new friends. Running was something she'd always hated and tried to avoid. However, after hurting her arm, her only option was to run! During this episode Jcy shares more about her journey into trail running, how she progressed from running 2.4k to the metro station, to her first 24km trail race, then a 50k race and onto running 100 milers all within 4 years. Jcy loves the uphill, hates the flats and hates going downhill. Learn more about her training, her tips for dealing with tough times while out on the trail and why she never gives up, even when she comes in last place. Jcy will inspire you to give tail running a go, and to step outside your comfort zone. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Being born in Hong Kong Being rebellious as a teenager and dropping out of sports Moving back to Hong Kong in 2012 Wanting to save money by cycling to work Cycling in Hong Kong as a commuter Getting comfortable with the traffic Joining sports clubs to make friends Why the trails are concrete Getting introduced to trail running Changing from cycling to running Her first time running Being in so much pain, not being able to walk the next day Running her first 24k race Getting dressed up for races Being a smoker Loving the freedom of running Having the time to reflect on her life 2016 - her first 50k race Coming in last place and it taking over 12hrs Returning 3 years later and coming in 2nd place What changed over the 3 years Quitting smoking Running her first 100k Happy food Recovery after a big race Being humbled by a challenging 100k race which took over 24hrs Dealing with heatstroke in her first year of running Having 3 goals with regards to a finish time Working with a running coach in 2019 What a typical training week looks like Getting up at 5/5.30 am to go training Running the same route over and over again Hating running downhill Managing the fear of running downhill Learning house dance The 9 Dragons Ultra Race HK Being inspired by Magdalena Lewy-Boulet How to follow Jcy online Final words of advice for other women who want to get into trail running Go out and enjoy the nature! Social Media Instagram: @jcy Strava: www.strava.com/athletes/1272125
Nahla is a social change maker, a transformative coach, a podcaster, an accidental adventurer and a speaker. As the founder of the CIC Sunshine People, every year she takes on a new challenge and every year she discovers something new about the power that kindness has on people. We first spoke with Nahla in February 2020 where she shared more about how she started off doing challenges and how it evolved over the years. During that episode Nahla shares more about her 2018 challenge of cycling 3,000 miles across America, as well as her 2019 walk from Swanage, Dorset to Gretna Green in Scotland. A 500 mile journey visiting schools and promoting kindness on the way, through speaking, workshops and sunshine people events. In 2020 Nahla took on her biggest challenge to date riding 5,000 miles on an ElliptiGO Bike across the UK while writing “KINDNESS” in massive Strava Art! This challenge would also see Nahla gain a World Record for the furthest distance travelled in a single journey on an Elliptical cycle. Nahla has recently finished writing her 3rd book - “The Accidental Adventurer: just how far can kindness take you” - which will be released on November 1st About the book: The Accidental Adventurer is not only a journey of adventures but a journey of life, with all its rawness, vulnerability and most of all connections. Nahla Summers never intended to become an adventurer but after a life event that changed who she was as a person she discovered that the adventures were helping her find herself not again, but for the first time. This book demonstrates the extraordinary power of the mind when everything else fails. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Who is Nahla Her past adventures Her most recent challenge in 2020 The start of 2020 Making changes and adapting to a new plan Trying to find a new route in the UK Why connection is more important than money Having to think outside the box How the new kindness challenge idea came about Figuring out the logistics of the journey Making changes while out on the road Cycling 50 miles per day over 4 months Not having to have it perfect before the start What an ElliptiGO bike is Riding it for the first time Needing to practice! Going up hill on an ElliptiGO Emma Timmis - Riding an ElliptioGo across Australia Starting the challenge on 1st August 2020 Training and getting fit for the challenge How it worked day to day Having a support vehicle to start with Going solo Being supported by Hilton Hotels Organising accommodation as she went along Dealing with stress during a challenge “Well it is what it is” and needing to deal with it Breathing properly Going back to her purpose and her reason why Getting on a vitamin plan to boost her health and wellbeing Show your support by doing an act of kindness for a stranger The power of kindness and the importance of kindness in society Saying hello and connecting with people The message of Sunshine People Free Listening by Urban Confessional The Crisp Packet Project - https://crisppacketproject.com Starting a podcast! The Culture of Kindness Podcast by Nahla Summers (New episodes every week on a Sunday) Writing a new book! The Accidental Adventurer - Live in November 2021 Social media being used for the best Kindness Day UK - November 13th Advice for being kind to yourself Planning the next challenge - A World First….. Social Media Website: www.sunshinepeople.org.uk Instagram - @sponsorkindness Twitter - @sponsorkindness Facebook - @sponsorkindness YouTube @SunshinePeople Past episode - Feb 2020 - www.toughgirlchallenges.com/single-post/summers
Prerna has gained climbing experience from around the world, but her focus is the Himalayas. As an aspiring alpinist, she has delved into all aspects of climbing, from high mountains and frozen waterfalls to hard sport grades and bouldering. She is actively working to foster a strong climbing culture and community in India with an emphasis on introducing more women to the sport and the outdoors through the organization Climb Like A Woman (CLAW). She also plays a key role in the community-led initiative Piti Dharr Ice Climbing Festival. Climbing gives her the courage to chase after all things that seem hard, whether they are scary routes or stereotypes, which is a lesson she loves sharing with others along the way. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Loving the outdoors Spending her summers outside Her dreams as a little girl Being a collector of skills and hobbies Her route to climbing Going to university and finding climbing Studying English Literature Trying to figure out what to do next Being a tomboy and exploring her feminine side The climbing culture in India What it's like being a woman climber in India Connecting with other women in the sport The growth of climbing gyms in the last 5 years Arranging an all women's climbing meet up which is now an annual event Feeling strong and powerful from climbing Planning to climb Mt. Denali Dealing with self doubt Having a shoulder injury and needing surgery Pioneering ice climbing in India The journey on becoming a professional guide Focusing on quality and skill development Her first expedition to a 6,000m peak Having the ability to push herself physically Being able to handle the suffering Looking for new opportunities Wanting to become a well rounded climber Trying to get sponsored projects Spending 5 winters creating an ice climbing community Wanting more people to try ice climbing Creating a new niche in climbing Why complaining doesn't do anything - you have to take action Future dreams for climbing Being inspired by other women Final words of advice for women who want to get into climbing and the outdoors Why you should do the things that scare you How overcoming fear can be empowering Social Media Website: pitidhar.com Instagram: @thepahadigirl
Emma Kingston is an outdoor adventurer, author, teacher and self-confessed map geek who lives in Bristol - the UK's first designated Cycling City. She has ridden, walked, swam and camped in the South West for over 20 years and her knowledge of the area is enviable. Specialising in mountain biking, she has travelled extensively around the rest of UK, Europe and further afield in search of ever more flowing singletrack. Emma took up bikepacking when she realised it meant that she could stay out and ride her bike for longer, take the time to explore interesting places off route, and eat an outrageous amount of ice cream. In the summer of 2021, she released her first book 'Bikepacking England' which contains 20 great multi-day off-road routes around the country and proves that you don't have to go far to have a memorable adventure. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Who is Emma Her passion for the outdoors and adventure Being into her cycling Focusing on having fun Her relationship to the outdoors Being afraid of heights at a young age Going on family adventures Exploring more of Wales on mountain bikes Growing up in Bristol and being able to escape the city Being inspired by her parents Making the transition to solo adventures and expeditions Being more into team sports such as hockey and ultimate frisbee Pushing her limits and building resilience Making decisions for herself Heading to Wales to bike pack for the first time Concerns before the trip Feeling confident and prepared on the bike Why it was a case of getting on and doing it Why you should go on a solo adventure Trusting in her own capabilities The stories we tell ourselves Being scared? Feeling safe while on the road How the book came about and the process of writing it. Having local adventures and creating new memories The type of routes included in the book Getting practical advice Sleep systems for Bikepacking clothing layers Food while on the bike GPS and route planning Will there be a second book? Why you don't need to suffer on adventures Future adventure dreams Final words of advice to encourage you to get on your bike Look at the barriers that are holding you back Don't apologies for being a beginner “You are so much more capable than you think you are” Roll with the bikepacking and see where it will take you Social Media Website: www.emmaoutdoors.com Instagram: @emma.outdoors Twitter: @emma_outdoors Buy the book: Bikepacking England 20 multi-day off-road cycling adventures About the book Bikepacking England by Emma Kingston contains 20 great multi-day mountain bike adventures across England. Explore ancient holloways and hunt for fossils in Bridport and the Jurassic Coast, tackle the stiff climbs and spectacular singletrack of the Dark Peak, discover stunning coastal scenery on the Isle of Man or Exmoor or traverse the rolling countryside around the Ridgeway and Chilterns – every corner of England has a different experience to offer. Each route includes all the information you need to help you plan your ride, points of interest along the route, food recommendations and accommodation options, in addition to stunning photography and overview mapping. Downloadable GPX files of the routes are also available, including optional routes and shortcuts. This book is full of practical tips and advice for both experienced bikepackers and those who want to try it out for the first time, including lots of information on wild camping. Let Bikepacking England inspire you to get out there on your bike with your tent and enjoy the best bikepacking adventures that England has to offer.
Have you heard the phrase "feminine energy" recently? It's a hot topic for a reason! Podcaster and Life Coach Heidi DeGraffenried shares how we can beautifully become and achieve in our feminine approach to life, rather than try to mimic the masculine. She shares her journey to finding those truths, and gives fabulous tips on how to live it in daily life. Enjoy this inspiring, thought-provoking interview!
Vera in her own words: "My cycling journey really began four years ago when I was lured into riding a tandem for a charity ride under the false promise that as the stoker, I didn't need to pedal and could just drink prosecco and enjoy the views. This turned out to be a lie, as I had to work very hard, but I caught the cycling bug! A year later I bought my first road bike and joined my local cycling club as a way to build my solo cycling skills and meet new people. During the first lockdown in 2020 when we could no longer cycle in groups, I was forced to plan and follow my own routes and become a more independent cyclist. I also longed for a cycling community, which led me to starting my Instagram page @pedalling.to.and.fro where I wanted to share my love of cycling with others and also to find a more diverse community of cyclists, something I had been missing in real life. I was awarded the Ultra Distance Scholarship aimed at increasing representation of BAME cyclists in ultra distance racing. This incredible opportunity has provided me with the resources and support to prepare me for my first self-supported endurance cycling race this summer. The lack of ethnic diversity in ultra-distance cycling has prompted me to document and share my journey with others in the hope that more women and BAME people are encouraged to give this type of cycling a try. Cycling has given me a sense of belonging. It has also helped me manage my mental health, reduce my anxieties and build my confidence. Getting into endurance cycling has made me more self-sufficient and independent, and taught me how to persevere when things get tough; all valuable life lessons that have been useful both in and out of cycling. My hope is that by sharing my honest experiences of my journey in cycling, that it will encourage others, particularly black women, to have a go at it too.” New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Who is Vera and what she does Thinking of herself as a new adventurer Starting to discover adventure Being a member of Women of Colour Cycling Collective (WCCC) Working to increase the representation of Black Women in adventure and engineering Growing up in Malawi Not doing sports or physical activity after her gap year Coming to the UK for University Moving to Cardiff for a Graduate Job Joining a work football team Doing a charity tandem cycle ride with her boyfriend (became future husband) Starting to cycle commute to work Joining a cycling club and buying her first bike What to do if things go wrong The practical steps taken to overcome worries and fears Wanting to do a self supported race Looking for a new challenge before her 30th birthday Setting up her instagram account @pedalling.to.and.fro Learning about the Ultra Distance Scholarship The brilliant start to 2021 Training and planning for the race Having 6 months to go from zero to hero Being coached by Alison Wood https://www.veloqi.cc Figuring out wild camping and sleeping outside Food and nutrition and fuelling for the race Developing a stomach of steel Working with a sports psychologist Dealing with negative self talk The start of the race Celtic or Celtic! Meeting Jenny Graham at the start Dealing with the rain and the challenge of getting out of the car Wanting to complete the race in 10 days and make the finishing party Getting warm, getting dry and eating food before making a decision Deciding to try Listening to your body and making the right decisions at the right time Magical moments from the race The amazing supporters and dot watchers Knowing by day 7 that she would be able to make it to the finish line “You've not come so far, to only come so far” Getting to the finish line and having mixed emotions Not reaching her limits and maybe there is more Adventure blues? Booking in another race ASAP Recovery afterwards How her body adapted during the race Documenting the ups and downs of her cycling journey Final words of advice for other women The power of setting a deadline and why you should sign up for something Can't or won't? Social Media Instagram: @pedalling.to.and.fro
This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter Memoir launched in April 2021. “Includes research on the shy child, parent-child bonding, social media issues, and the benefits of outdoor activity and nature immersion. Disillusioned with overly competitive organized sports and concerned about her lively daughter's growing shyness, author Angie Abdou sets herself a challenge: to hike a peak a week over the summer holidays with Katie. They will bond in nature and discover the glories of outdoor activity. What could go wrong? Well, among other things, it turns out that Angie loves hiking but Katie doesn't. This One Wild Life explores parenting and marriage in a summer of unexpected outcomes and growth for both mother and daughter.” A view in Elle Magazine says "Anyone who has ever been pushed to do something outdoorsy because it was good for them - or who has been the parent doing the pushing - will find this sweet tale about a growing and changing parent-child relationship all too familiar.” A life long athlete, Angie loves writing about sport and the many lessons it teaches. Angie is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Who is Angie Living in British Columbia, Canada Being a writer since 2006 What Angie was like as a child Loving books from a young age Being a competitive swimmer and swimming for 4 hrs a day Learning the lesson of showing up every day Setting an early alarm… Balancing swimming with everything else as a teenager Being in a serious car crash at 29 The impact of that experience Knowing it would be better to try and fail rather than never try Processing the aftermath of the crash Journaling throughout her life Book - Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life By Natalie Goldberg Book - The Artist Way By Julia Cameron Writing down her goals How the wilderness played a part in her life Having a negative experience with social media The power of nature New Book - This One Wild Life Feeling guilty as a mum Her mother daughter relationships Her relationship with her daughter The difference between a child who is introverted and a child who has social anxiety How motherhood changed her life Having to make choices Asking herself what kind of mother does she want to be Being available for her kids Girls, confidence and social media Screen time for children The benefits of doing hard things Climbing a peak a week and how the goal changed The challenges of hiking with a child Learning from each other Learning how to be a leader and how to be confident in nature Where does her drive and ambition come from Doing a solo 12hr challenge Thinking about the car accident Reminding herself that life is a gift Being present on social media Listening to her body while using social media Stop doom scrolling and put the phone down Final words of advice for other women Why there is always time for a 30 min walk outside Social Media Website: abdou.ca Twitter: @angie_abdou
Dr. Hajjah Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir is a lecturer at the Faculty of Sports Science and Recreation, Universiti Teknology MARA (UiTM). She successfully ski-sailed across the Antarctic, from the South Pole to the Hercules Inlet from Dec 9 to 30, 2004. The 1,100km-long journey took her 22 days to complete. She reached the North Pole in 2007 and Greenland in 2011. In 2019 she was back at this South Pole, this time as the leader of the All Women Expedition to Antarctica (AWETA) team. Which involved completing the “last degree” 60 nautical miles (69 mi/111 km) from 89 degrees to 90 degrees. Dr. Hajjah Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir created her very own psychological concept called M.E.P.S. M = Mental (power and strength of mind), E = Emotion (including spiritual aspects as well), P = Physical (ability and endurance of the body), S = Social (ability and intellectual). A concept that focuses on mental strength, getting out of your comfort zone and maximising your own potential. The MEPS Concept has helped over 300,000 people to date. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Her full time job as a sports psychologist Having a focus on women empowerment Being a confident and active person Loving sports and being involved in multiple activities Doing her first degree in physical education Going to Canada to do a Masters in Psychology Creating the MEPSS Concept Wanting to create a balanced human being Needing to put the concept into practice Being a mental training coach in the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia Starting work as a lecturer Needing to go somewhere extreme to challenge her limits Coping with the cold Needed to put a plan in place in order to achieve this dream Needing to learn new skills for dealing with the cold Training 5hrs each day - both weights and cardio Needing to build her endurance Pulling tyres at night when it was cooler Doing her research Going to Norway for training 2004 South Pole Expedition 1,127km in 22 days - from South Pole back to base camp Being a Muslim women in Antarctica Food and nutrition in a cold extreme environment Dealing with the cold The biggest challenge she faced while on expedition Why the North Pole was the most challenging expedition Dealing with frostbite on her face Telling her mum about her goals Needed to ask for a sabbatical from work Starting with Google Creating a proposal with all the information Working to inspire young girls and women Creating a time capsule Doing a talent search all over Malaysia Being called the “Ice Queen” Looking for 5 key qualities Looking for good human beings Getting the team together to do the last degree in Antarctica Planning her online motivation program Social Media Website: drsharifahmazlina.com Instagram: @sharifah_mazlina_aweta
Jessica in her own words: I am a British non-fiction writer living on a hillside in North Wales, where I write with candour (and, hopefully, a dash of humour) about improbable things; UFOs, the United Nations' use of clowns to resolve conflict, and, most recently, the rigours of childbearing. I grew up in Shropshire and, at first, dabbled with sports and adventure writing — I played international lacrosse, was one of the fastest unaffiliated runners in the 2011 London Marathon, and once cycled 5,000 miles across sub-Saharan Africa. My career in journalism began as a reporter for the London Evening Standard's gossip column, although I was not good at it, rarely knowing who anyone was. I moved to foreign affairs in East Africa. There, I notched up datelines (often in a flak jacket, this time) from across the continent, Bissau to Burundi, Congo to Madagascar, and met my future husband, a photojournalist, whilst covering the civil war in Somalia. Within five years, I'd won a number of prestigious awards for my investigative features, including a Frontline Club Award, and was a regular contributor to the Guardian, TIME and Newsweek, for whom I wrote about topics including Islamic militancy, piracy, sexual violence and human trafficking. In 2016, pining for the British countryside, I moved with my husband to Llangollen in North Wales, a decision made in part because it had the tightest contour lines we could find within an hour's drive of a decent airport. I am now a mother to two small boys, and spent much of their formative years writing a book about motherhood – the postnatal period, to be precise – and submerging myself in the icy waters of the river Dee, which courses through the valley below our house. Jessica's first book - AFTER BIRTH: What nobody tells you – How to Recover Body and Mind and is available in all good book shops. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Who is Jessica and what she does Being sporty at school and playing Lacrosse for Wales Being good at running, but putting too much pressure on herself Deciding to flee London and heading to Africa Partying, getting drunk and trying to snog boys! Finding regular work with the Evening Standard Celebrity parties and finding out the gossip Keeping costs down and running everywhere Running a Marathon in Kenya on a nature reserve Finding what she wanted to do Making the decision to move to Nairobi and why it was easy Feeling lost after university Not knowing many people at first Having savings and making editor connections before leaving Being enthusiastic and very determined Cycling 5,000+ miles across Africa for TUSK The route through Africa Missing female companionship during the cycle ride Teaming up with Centre Point Being under pressure to arrive at places Needing more downtime Spending 4 months on the road - cycled for 5/7 days visit a place and then carry on Meeting her husband on a trip to Somali How her priorities changed Making the change to having babies and getting married Continuing to write and share stories Having her first baby and not being prepared Dealing with the loss of physical activity Using running to stay sane Going for a swim in the River Dee in November Starting to feel more like herself again Balancing work and babies Focusing on your own physical and mental recovery Taking 2 years to feel strong again Giving women better information Using words like vagina Not prioritising herself enough Follow Kari Bo for Pelvic Floor Exercises Learning how to retrain the bladder All the stuff you shouldn't do after having a baby Giving women the information they need to make informed choices Antony Lo Supporting women with prolapse Cold water therapy and dipping in the River Dee Final words of advice for women who have just given birth Social Media Website: www.jessicahatcher.com Instagram: @jessicajanehatcher Facebook: @jessicajanehatcher Twitter: @jessiehatcher Book: AFTER BIRTH: What nobody tells you – How to Recover Body and Mind is available in all good book shops. About: While there is a wealth of advice for new mums on caring for their babies the same is not true for postpartum health. Fulfilling this vital need, After Birth is the ultimate postnatal primer for women facing changes to their bodies after having a baby. Addressing issues great and small - from hair loss and stretch marks, to bladder and bowel leaks, painful sex, diastasis recti and mental health - researcher and writer Jessica Hatcher-Moore brings together straight-talking advice on preparation for childbirth, healing, and recovery in the weeks, months and even years that follow. She also offers insights for partners, whose role is often overlooked at this critical time. Blending knowledge from the full spectrum of modern and traditional therapies with honest experiences from mothers, here is balanced advice with no agenda. Taking a broad look at what we can do for ourselves at home, and also when to seek expert help, After Birth will reassure, inform and empower women to reclaim their post-birth bodies.
Dr Sarita Robinson is Deputy Head of the School of Psychology and Computer Science at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Sarita is one of the world's leading academic researcher in area of survival psychology and so is often referred to as Doctor Survival. Survival psychology focuses on how people respond in disaster situations – everything from a terrorist attack to a ship sinking. Sarita has spent over 15 years researching people's reactions to disasters. She focuses on trying to work out why some people are more likely to survive than others in emergency situations (and what we can do to improve our chances of survival). Sarita is keen not to rely on dusty books to inform her academic research and so has undertaken some hands-on survival training. This means Sarita has had some hair-raising adventures, including completing training in Helicopter Underwater Escape, Fire-Fighting and Coastal Survival. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes What Dr. Sarita Robinson does What her childhood years were like Being the daughter of 2 mental health nurses Struggling throughout her school years and feeling left behind Being diagnosed at 17 with dyslexia Enjoying the more individual sports Developing her own coping strategies Doing Psychology as an A'Level Going onto university Being inspired by The Poseidon Adventure Movie Why some people are more likely to survive than others The importance of having an optimistic outlook Fight - Flight - Freeze - How we respond to threats Being in a survival situation Spending 5 years on her PHD on Survival Psychology Being in a hotel fire in Turkey Needing to keep your brain in a good place - especially in longer term survival situations CPU - Central Processing Unit of the brain Why people do unusual things during a life threatening situation Why the brain falls back on pre-learned behaviours Training for emergency situations The power of prepping and preparing for emergencies Why trainings is important - “skills & drills” How training boosts your confidence and in turn your optimism The power of “What If” Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) Practical steps to building resilience The importance of building your body - exercise, sleep, hydration, nutrition The connection between the body and the mind Enhancing your optimistic thinking Moving away from learned helplessness The power of social support and social networks What toxic positivity is and devaluating what someone else is going through The poison of resilience and why resilience is not always the answer Why the resilient thing ca n be to walk away Coping with the pandemic and how 2020 was Dr John Leach - Senior Research Fellow in survival psychology. Book: Survival Psychology (1994) Is there a difference between men/women gender (social construct) / sex (biological) in survival Why more girls and women died during the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami Why preparation is everything Social Media Website: http://drsurvival.co.uk Facebook: @drsurvival.robinson Twitter: @DrSurvival