Info

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 - www.toughgirlchallenges.com and follow on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL
RSS Feed
2019
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2018
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2017
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2015
December
November
October
September
August


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: August, 2017
Aug 29, 2017

Show notes

  • Starting running 2 and half years ago
  • A mid life crisis?
  • How she came to be a runner
  • Hearing about Project Awesome!
  • Being persuaded to give it a go!
  • Showing up and giving it ago
  • Her running journey 
  • Making running part of her life, by running to work (9 miles)
  • Saving money by running
  • Not being a fast runner
  • Running a marathon tomorrow with 3 weeks training
  • Why it’s easier than you think it is
  • Running home from Rome - where the idea came from
  • Reading a book by Andrew P. Sykes and being inspired by the route
  • Not having the belief that she could do it
  • Letting the idea grow
  • Why not do it all!!
  • Being inspired by Anna McNuff!
  • Wanting to feel popular at the end
  • Why long distance running is mental
  • Her mental preparation for her run
  • Taking an accidental lift
  • Her main struggle in France
  • The mental difficulty with having no mental stimulation
  • What she learnt from the experience
  • Why you don't know who you’ll be in the future
  • Why going to Project Awesome changed her
  • Her highlight from running home from Rome
  • Her life plan…
  • Why she decided to stop flaffing and plans to move to Italy
  • Her final words of advice and tips for you
  • Just do it!
  • Where she blogs:- Love Her Wild, Etch Rock, Huffington Post

 

Blog/Website

www.lazylauramaisey.wordpress.com

New- twitter handle!!- @Maisey24

 

My Links!

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/_tough_girl

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/toughgirlchallenges/ 

Blog/Website - https://www.toughgirlchallenges.com/ 

FaceBook - https://www.facebook.com/ToughGirlChallenges/ 

TRIBE  - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ToughGirlTribe/

Tumblr - http://toughgirlchallenges.tumblr.com 

Pinterest - https://uk.pinterest.com/Tough101/ 

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ToughGirlPodcast?ty=h

 

Tough Girl Podcast

You can listen to the Tough Girl Podcast on the go via iTunes, Soundcloud & Stitcher!

 

Aug 22, 2017

Professionally; Catherine has worked on the beaches of Costa Rica protecting leatherback sea turtles and their nests, and as a jungle guide in the Corcovado rainforest… She held the position of Forest Operations manager for Operation Wallacea, running jungle training courses, and organising logistics for extremely remote scientific biodiversity studies in the forests, mountains and coral islands of Buton, Kabaena, and Wakatobi national park, South East Sulawesi, Indonesia... 

She has trekked for 700km down the ephemeral rivers of Namibia, tracking, (and being charged by), desert elephants, whilst leading groups of 17-25 year olds... 

She’s built harpy eagle hack boxes in the jungles of Belize, explored hidden sinkholes, crystal caves and Mayan ruins, performed reconnaissance trips and developed a new county project for Operation Wallacea in the cloud forests of Honduras, Central America... 

Most recently, she led The Matriarch Adventure, an all-women expedition to Namibia to track desert elephants and experience true wilderness. 

Show notes

  • Being based in Kingston Upon Thames
  • How Catherine would describe herself
  • Growing up in London with 4 younger brothers
  • Being good at school, and being misguided with careers advice
  • Going to university to do humanitarians and deciding to change subject
  • Following her first passion, and starting a theatre company
  • Buying a one way ticket to Costa Rica!
  • Being caught in a landslide
  • Training to be an expedition leader
  • Why she loves being in the Jungle
  • Coming home after expeditions
  • Her first expedition heading out to Indonesia working as a jungle trainer
  • Deciding to move onto the next adventure and challenge
  • Meeting her future partner and having her first daughter
  • Underestimated the impact of having children
  • Deciding to take her children with her on adventures
  • Heading out to Thailand to work with elephants
  • Training as a Dive Master
  • Why she thinks the adventure world has opened up
  • Why she has moved into leading expeditions for women
  • The Matriarch Adventure, how it came about and what it was
  • Building a website!
  • Wanting to head back to Africa
  • Her family trip to Everest
  • Preparing the children for the trip
  • What she found most challenging about Nepal
  • Her plans for the future, which include heading off to the Maldives
  • Taking another group of women out into the wilderness in November (The Matriarch Adventure)
  • Ted Talk and a potential TV documentary
  • Working with Bex Band from www.loveherwild.com
  • Going on a BIG family reunion
  • What coral bleaching is and what the impact is on the reef
  • What’s on her bucket list
  • Final words of advice and why you should go and run with your idea

 

Social Media

Facebook @matriarchadventure

Twitter  @cathadventure 

Website- https://www.cathadventure.com

The Matriarch Adventure - https://www.cathadventure.com/the-matriarch-adventure Next date November

 

Feeling inspired week after week? 

You can do 3 easy things to help me continue to grow the podcast!

  1. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, so you won’t miss a single episode
  2. If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment!
  3. Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love. 

Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you!

Want to do more?

Please become a Patron and donate a small fixed amount every month to help fund the runnings costs. 

 

Aug 15, 2017

Tough Girl - Pip Hare - Professional ocean racing sailor who was part of the all female team who won the 3 Peaks Yacht Race in 2016

Pip Hare is a professional ocean racing sailor, with a wealth of experience over the past 16 years in the marine industry, clocking up over 120,000 miles across the worlds’ oceans, including the Pacific, the Atlantic and as far south as Patagonia.

With steely determination and a high ambition, Pip achieved has taken part in a major short handed Ocean Racing campaign every year since her first OSTAR in 2009.

Since this first race Pip has become the Only British Sailor to every finish the coveted international mini transat race twice as well as winning the 2010 Two Handed Round Britain and Ireland Race overall with co-skipper Phil Stubbs.

In 2016 Pip was part of Team Aperito, for the 3 Peaks Yacht Race, which was led by Elin Haf Davies – (Who has also been on the Tough Girl Podcast)– the sailors on the team were Pip and Nikki Curwen, – and the runners were TV presenter and Ultra racer Lowri Morgan and Jo Jackson.

 

Show notes

  • Suffering from the cold
  • Being based in Poole
  • Racing in the Caribbean 
  • Getting Pip to introduce herself
  • Growing up in London before moving over to East Anglia
  • Sailing from a young age, but not really enjoying it
  • Developing a passion for sailing while doing her A’level
  • Taking a year out after A’levels and getting her Yacht Master & sailing on tall ships
  • Starting to become aware of single handed ocean racing
  • Making a decision about university and telling her family
  • Could she have a career in the sailing industry
  • Remembering back to the first time she was out of site of land
  • The big difference between being isolation and being lonely
  • Dealing with a lack of confidence and not going after her dreams until she was 35
  • Her first single handed ocean race from Uruguay to the UK which took 58 days
  • Finding a sponsor and why she decided to try
  • How to plan for sailing across the Atlantic!
  • Physical fitness and how she gets herself ready for a crossing
  • How sleeping works while out on the ocean, and why she has learnt how to capnap
  • Training her body over the years to cope with the conditions on the ocean
  • The race which stands out as the most memorable
  • How to qualify for the Mini Transat 
  • Taking the next step up
  • Winning the 2010 Round Britain & Ireland Race
  • Planning and strategy for racing 
  • What she loves about ocean racing
  • The Three Peaks Yacht Race  - one of the most epic endurance races the world has to offer
  • How the team came together in a very short time period
  • The sailing and the transitions
  • Doing the Three Peaks Yacht Race in July 2017 as a pair!
  • Top tips and advice for you! 

 

“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead”

 

Social Media

Website - http://www.pipoceanracing.com

 

Tough Girl Podcast

You can listen to the Tough Girl Podcast on the go via iTunes, Soundcloud & Stitcher!

 

LINKS!

Twitter - https://twitter.com/_tough_girl

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/toughgirlchallenges/ 

Blog/Website - https://www.toughgirlchallenges.com/ 

FaceBook - https://www.facebook.com/ToughGirlChallenges/ 

TRIBE  - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ToughGirlTribe/

Tumblr - http://toughgirlchallenges.tumblr.com 

Pinterest - https://uk.pinterest.com/Tough101/ 

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ToughGirlPodcast?ty=h

 

Aug 8, 2017

Suzy was the US Junior Record Holder at 1500m and won 3 National Junior Titles in High School.

Competing professionally, Suzy won seven USA National titles, set two American Records, was a three-time Olympian, ran her specialty 1500m under 4:00 five times and at the time was the second fastest American Woman in history. In 2000, Suzy was the fastest woman in the world, but came last in her race at the Sydney Olympics.

Triggered by feelings of inadequacy, Suzy slipped further into darkness and was eventually misdiagnosed with depression. The prescribed drug made her high, too high in fact, and soon, she was working as an escort in Las Vegas.

Only being outed to the world and an eventual diagnosis of bipolar disorder led her to begin the slow process of recovery. Years later, she is sharing her story about her experiences with bipolar disorder as well as her struggles with life during and after running. 

 

Show notes

  • Growing up and wanting to be perfect, the reasons behind it and what drove her to this level of perfection
  • Her older brother and how his illness impacted on her life
  • Finding running at 11 years old
  • Dealing with the pressure from a young age
  • Loving running, and when it all started to change
  • Being ranked number 1 in the country 
  • How she used food to help manage the pressure 
  • Dealing with an eating disorder 
  • When she started to think about the Olympics
  • Feeling carefree while running
  • Her first Olympics - 1992 Barcelona 
  • Not getting the support from her coaches that she needed
  • Competing against athletes who were doing drugs
  • No focus on the mental side of racing while competing at the Olympics
  • The highlight from her running career - making the US Olympic Team and beating her idol
  • Her downfall
  • Going into the 2000 Olympics after having run the fastest time in the world in Oslo
  • Losing her brother to suicide before the Olympics
  • The 1,500 Olympic race - What happened with 100 metres to go
  • The fall out and what happened afterwards
  • Falling out of love with running
  • Being diagnosed at 42 years old
  • Her rock bottom…
  • Having her daughter in 2005
  • Being given drugs for depression
  • Deciding to jump out of a plane and heading to Vegas to celebrate 20 years of marriage
  • The spiral into destruction and how she started to cope
  • Sex was becoming her escape and dealing with hyper sexuality
  • Fast Girl  - A Life Spend Running From Madness 
  • Working as an escort in Vegas - Kelly
  • Your power as a women
  • Hiring a male escort
  • The escorting world…
  • What is hyper sexuality?
  • Being exposed via the Smoking Gun Website and the impact it had on her life, her husband and her marriage
  • The journey of how she got from where she was to where she is now
  • Taking baby steps and how life is not perfect
  • How she recovered thanks to her husband
  • Being bi-polar and the relief that came from the diagnosis
  • Being able to share her story and be an advocate for mental health
  • Dealing with shame
  • Running for fun now!
  • Loving yoga and how it brought out all of the pain
  • Her final words of advice 

 

Social Media

Website - http://suzyfavorhamilton.com

Twitter - @favorhamilton 

Instagram - @favourhamilton

Facebook  - @favourhamilton

 

Book - “Fast Girl – A Life Spent Running From Madness”

 

Feeling inspired week after week? 

You can do 3 easy things to help me continue to grow the podcast!

  1. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, so you won’t miss a single episode
  2. If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment!
  3. Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love. 

Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you!

Want to do more?

Please become a Patron and donate a small fixed amount every month to help fund the runnings costs. 

 

 

Aug 1, 2017

Return to Kyrgyzstan is focused on raising awareness about the local community and a Kyrgyz man named Hayat Tarikov who is dramatically changing Kyrgyz children’s lives through skiing. It also tells the compelling story of Nayla’s own return back to Kyrgyzstan 4 years after a catastrophic accident there left her on the brink of death. She organises adventure travel trips with a focus on filming stories of interest in far corners of the world.

Nayla was born in the French Alps to an Egyptian father and French mother and has been a devout traveler for her entire life. She is an avid skier and snowboarder with a true passion for the outdoors, adventure and global travel.

 “To me snowboarding is not just an obsession, it is an insatiable craving that has lead me to discover new cultures, speak new languages, and form irreplaceable friendships.”

Show notes

  • Moving out to Costa Rica for 4 months
  • How Nayla would introduce herself
  • Being born in France, moving to the states when she was 2 years old
  • Loving to travel from a young age
  • Being a student at UCLA 
  • How the opportunity came about to go to Kyrgyzstan and make a film
  • The type of film she wanted to make
  • Getting equipment together to take
  • Putting the project together in 2 months
  • When the problems started…
  • The accident in the middle of nowhere
  • Remembering everything and being the only person not to have a head injury
  • Living in slow motion
  • Trying to get out of the car
  • Being the only one who could get help
  • Breaking her back in 3 places, breaking her sternum…
  • Doing what she needed to do, to survive
  • Getting help and being focused
  • The danger of catching AIDS
  • Managing to contact her friends 
  • Being as nice as possible
  • Speaking to her dad, who is a doctor
  • Getting back to the States, worrying about a spinal cord injury
  • Reaching Dubai and it was getting time critical
  • Getting misdiagnosed in Dubai
  • The recovery process…
  • 2 years before she’d be able to snowboard again
  • The mental recovery… how she got through it
  • Why she needed to focus on the stuff that she could do
  • Dealing with PTSD, having nightmares, not being able to control her thoughts
  • Deciding to go back to Kyrgyzstan
  • Developing a relationship with the village
  • Becoming part of the story
  • Travelling back with Lexie
  • Having her dad join the team!
  • Heading back to the village
  • Being able to teach the girls!
  • Working with the men
  • Being in post production of the documentary 
  • Feeling blocked while trying to exit the movie
  • Planning her next trip back!
  • Having the opportunity to go to the Arctic!
  • Creating a documentary from the footage
  • Wanting to start a non profit
  • Following her passion to do some good
  • girlgonepolar.com
  • Final words of advice

 

Social Media

Twitter - @NaylaTawa 

Instagram - @NaylaTawa

Learn more about her return to Kyrgyzstan  www.returntokg.com 

 

Feeling inspired week after week? 

You can do 3 easy things to help me continue to grow the podcast!

  1. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, so you won’t miss a single episode
  2. If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment!
  3. Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love. 

Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you!

Want to do more?

Please become a Patron and donate a small fixed amount every month to help fund the runnings costs. 

 

1