Tough Girl Podcast

The Tough Girl Podcast is all about inspiring and motivating YOU! I will be interviewing inspirational women from around the world, who’ve faced and overcome difficult challenges and situations, they will share their story, their knowledge and provide advice and essential tips for you to overcome your own personal challenges. Please check out the Tough Girl Challenges website - and follow on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL
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Mar 29, 2016

Show notes

  • Roz introduces herself in her own words and talks through her childhood and the conventional decisions she made along the way. 
  • It took her 11 years before she realised what she was doing, was not making her happy and how she stumbled into the crazy world of becoming an ocean rower.  
  • How she made the decision to change her life and the steps she implemented to do it. 
  • Making the tough decisions to become free
  • Getting rid of the possessions that hold you back
  • How friends and family reacted to the change in her life and how she got to the stage where she didn’t care anymore about what people thought
  • How she went on to develop her own confidence
  • Being alert to the opportunities coming available to her
  • Heading off to Peru on her first expedition and how taking that first step, led her on a pathway to becoming an ocean rower.
  • How not to get overwhelmed by the size of the challenge facing you. Roz gives advice on how you can get past those feeling to go on and achieve your goals
  • Her motivation to keep going before she got onto the water and while she was out there rowing
  • Getting physically ready for the challenge and the mistakes she made on the way
  • The mental preparation she undertook before she even got into the boat and how her mental toughness developed while out rowing - she shares her mistakes, her learnings and how she made it work for her
  • Routines, daily habits and systems you can implement to move you forward in your life.
  • The highs and lows of rowing across the Atlantic - the challenges she had to face and overcome from broken oars, salt water soars, to the negative voices in her head
  • Why she could not quit the race
  • How she felt on arriving in Antigua and re-living that moment of celebration and most importantly getting a big hug from her mum!
  • Why having a clear vision is so important
  • Why she’s so passionate about the environment 
  • What happiness means to Roz
  • Receiving her MBE and what it means to her
  • Opting out of corporate life and why companies need to evolve out of the corporate dark ages

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Roz is on twitter @RozSavage, I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL

Mar 22, 2016

Kate is an adventurer, explorer, educator and speaker. She’s completed challenging expeditions all over the world, from cycling round her home country, Australia. To cycling across Africa and Russia. 

During this podcast we get to discuss in detail her expeditions, the reasons behind them, what she learnt on the way and how she’s applied that learning to her life. Kate also shares top tips and advice for you in completing your own personal challenges. 

Show notes

  • Kate introduces herself and shares more about her early years growing up in Perth the most remote city in the wold
  • Why she loves to travel by bike and remembering back to her first bike - a Malven Star Dragster!
  • Heading off to explore the world at a young age and how she did it, even when she wasn’t confident
  • Why structure is important to her when planning cycle routes
  • The reasons behind her dream of cycling across Russia in  1993 and becoming the first woman to make the unsupported bicycle crossing.
  • How the Trans- Siberian Cycle across Russia came about, from the planning, to finding team mates and communicating before e-mail
  • How she built her confidence over the years with tips and advice for you to build your own confidence. 
  • The problems she faced on the journey from trying to get out of St. Petersburg, crossing swamps, using old US military maps to getting accommodation while on the road. 
  • What the physical demands were on her body and how she coped mentally with the challenge
  • Why its important for you to understand the reasons behind your mission
  • Why you should focus on the beauty of your surroundings and why your perception is your choice.
  • The power of expeditions and what she’s learned on the way and how she’s applied it to her life going forward
  • “GRACE” - The GReat Australia Cycle Expedition
  • Being the first women to cross the Canning Stock Route (1,800 km long with over 1000 sand dunes) and the challenges involved and why it was one of the most spiritual experience of her life
  • Coping with being alone and why she prefers it.
  • Sustainability and why it’s so important for us all
  • “Breaking the Cycle in Africa” - 2010 -22,040km journey across Africa from Point des Almadies in Senegal to Cape Hafun in Puntland, Somalia
  • The story behind naming the book and film - “Njinga” 
  • How she found the writing process and why its hard but worth it; her rules for writing and why hope plays such as important role in her stories
  • Practical steps you can take to mitigating risk on expeditions from how to carry your money, from what support systems to have in place, from where to camp at night
  • The Next Challenge: “Breaking the Cycle - South Pole” -  Once completed she will be the first person to cycle across the Antarctic Continent!
“What do you really want to do?”

Learn more about Kate here -

Kate is on twitter @Leeming_Kate  come say hi!!I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL

Mar 15, 2016

During this podcast interview we get to learn more about Verena, her passion for racing, the challenges she'd faced and overcome and why she does what she does. 

She shares, advice, tips and will inspire the listener to go after their own personal dreams. 

Topics covered during the podcast interview -

-How she first got into motorsports and how she developed a passion for it

-Going to stunt school and the reason she did that first

-Coping with intimidation when dealing with a new situation

-Being encouraged to try new things from a young age

-What Drag Racing is!

-What’s she's thinking about while racing and how she can overthink things too much

-Why rallying is a whole other ball game 

-Working with her co-driver and how she knows how to push her buttons to make her go faster

-Driving with her “ears” and not her eyes!

-Transitioning from being a model to a racing car driver & the challenges she faced.

-Why it didn’t matter what they thought - “This is my dream” & why she had to make it happen herself

-What drifting is and why its so mentally challenging. 

-Being in Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift - Why do you drift?! Money, fame, girls?!

-Winning her first Championship in the Red Line Attack Series

-Racing in Rally America & having to find sponsorship

-Tips for getting sponsorship & why you have to keep going for it

-The highs of her racing career & the biggest challenges she had to face and overcome

-Tips & advice for women who are wanting to make a change in their life. 

-Why more women should get involved in motorsport.

-Why women can end up talking themselves out of what they’re doing.

-Why women supporting each other can make us all stronger.


Verena is on twitter @VerenaMai you can also learn more from her website 

“My life is an adventure. I’m a big dreamer, and believer that anything is possible. When I have a goal, I work relentlessly to make it happen.”


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Mar 8, 2016

Jenny Tinmouth is the first female rider in the British Superbike Championship and is the only female rider to be racing!

Jenny is 100% passionate about what she does, you can hear the passion in her voice as she talks about racing and how much fun she has on the track. Jenny enjoys the adrenaline, going fast and competing with the best.

Jenny is down to earth, humble and it was fantastic to get to speak to her in more detail about her career and how she's got to where she is!

During this podcast we also discuss the following :-

  • What it was like growing up, and learning what & who influenced her love of motorsports
  • Leaving school at 18 and trying to decide what to do next
  • Getting her motorcycle license the 2nd time round!
  • Working in a local dealership and why she thought they wouldn’t take her on because she was a girl!
  • Getting her start in racing and how her journey progressed and the steep learning curve she needed to conquer
  • Her ambition and the reasons she kept it quiet
  • Sexism in motorsports?
  • Having to raise her game and knowing what she needed to do to take her riding to the next level
  • The skills needed to be a good rider
  • Crashing! Broken bones! Bouncing down the road at 100 mph!
  • The IOM TT 2009 Race where she became the fastest female ever, gaining her first Guinness World Record
  • How she prepared for the IOM TT and what makes it such a special race
  • Dealing with nerves before the race and how she handles them
  • Why the “easy laps” are the fastest laps!
  • The habits she follows before a race
  • Jenny discussing her most challenging season yet and why she almost gave up on her dream. 
  • The challenge of getting sponsorship and why she struggles when asking for money
  • How a change in the scoring lost her, The British Super Sport Cup Championship and she ended up coming 3rd
  • Advice for girls who want to get involved in motorcycle racing and why you should just - GO FOR IT!!!
  • Starting & running her own racing team - Two Wheel Racing
  • How she became a Honda Rider!
  • What she gets up to during the off season
  • Why fitness become more and more important as the bikes get bigger and faster
  • The goals for the 2016 season

Jenny has her own website, she’s also on twitterFacebook and Instagram

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Mar 1, 2016

Tough Girl - Jade Paveley a professional sports car driver for Mazda Motors UK & competing independently in the Motorsport New MSV Championship for 2015/16.

Jade introduces herself and shares more about how she got her start in racing!

We also discuss:

  • How her Dad pushed her from a young age to try new things and purposefully put her in situations to challenge her!
  • Racing karts at 15 years old and how she found it at that age. 
  • Moving from karts to race cars when she was 17.
  • The differences between racing verses driving on the roads!
  • Why self belief is so important not just for racing but life in general - and how you just have to get on with it.
  • Explaining the difference between racing and rallying.
  • Are women bad drivers?!
  • The experience of racing, the highs, the lows, the crashes, the adrenaline and the danger!
  • Top tips for getting over her nerves before the start of races. 
  • Working closely with her navigator, Sarah while rallying and why team work and communication are so important!
  • Why its important to look to where you want to go!
  • Describing how endurance races work and what some of the tactics are!
  • Why fitness is so important, the training she does to keep her in the best physical condition and how that helps her concentration and focus.
  • Understanding how formula one works and why there are no female racers.
  • Sponsorship for women in the motorsport industry - and why being a female in a male dominated sport has helped her.
  • Top tips for driving & why following the speed limits on the roads are important!
  • Jade’s career highlights so far, and her goals for the future.

You can follow Jade on Twitter @JadePaveley and like her Facebook page Jade Paveley Racing. I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL

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