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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Jan 29, 2019

Ayesha is working tirelessly towards this goal and is determined to take every opportunity that comes available to make this happen. She is extremely passionate about creating representation in cycling that will encourage and inspire other African-American women and youth to follow their dreams, whatever they may be. 

#aquickbrownfox #representationmatters

Show notes

  • Ayesha on her mission and passion for cycling
  • Going back to her childhood and coming from a sporty family
  • How her cycling developed - which started with commuting and why she loved it
  • How commuting open up her access to the city and enabled her to take on different jobs
  • How it all started with ally cat races
  • Her first race - 2014
  • Type 2 fun and why it was a horrible experience
  • Why she decided to carry on
  • Why she is still learning
  • Deciding to go professional
  • Advocacy and what she’s doing
  • Focus on content creation
  • Starting her own blog and podcast podcast - A quick brown fox
  • Being inspired by how people got there in the first place
  • Crashing out of the National Championships…
  • Dealing with crashing and how to get back on the bike again
  • Working with coaches and the impact on her confidence
  • What a typical training week looks like
  • The Dirty Kanza 200 - gravel race 
  • The mental aspects of the race
  • Getting comfortable in the saddle
  • The journey of going pro and the help she had along the way
  • How she funds her life and affords to ride
  • Why she doesn’t want donations
  • Patreon and how she’s finding it 
  • The bike she rides
  • Have an integrated seat post and why she loves it
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • How we can help to increase diversity
  • Plans for 2019


Social Media


Twitter @ayesuppose 

Instagram @ayesuppose 

Facebook @ayesuppose  

Support Ayesha & her mission on Patreon - 


Jan 22, 2019

Brigitte, is a Belgian-born Australian mountain climber. Her climbing career spanned over thirty years. In 1997, she became the first Australian woman to summit Mount Everest and the first Australian, male or female, to climb the Seven Summits (the highest summit on each of the continents). Her nine year quest, which included four dramatic attempts on Mount Everest, gives her a unique insight on achieving long term goals, and on maintaining personal motivation.

After her career in mountaineering and adventure, Brigitte became a film maker and an inspirational speaker. Brigitte has also written an autobiography The Wind in My Hair which is a tale of true heroism, courage and an unconquerable determination. She now leads community building treks in her beloved village of Lura in Eastern Nepal, where she started a women’s literacy and empowerment program

'Il faut vivre ses reves et non rever sa vie.' 'We must live our dreams, not dream our lives’.

Show notes

  • Growing up in Belgium
  • Her parents
  • Being inspired by Tin Tin
  • The turning point in her life being inspired by her teacher.  'Il faut vivre ses reves et non rever sa vie.' 'We must live our dreams, not dream our lives’.
  • Joining a caving club at 16!
  • Her first experience in a cave and why she felt so safe and comfortable
  • How her journey evolved and why people are so important
  • Meeting boys and going climbing in Canada
  • Working at the supermarket to save money
  • Finishing university and what happened next
  • Moving to Australia and living in a tent
  • Not having any idea what she wanted to do
  • Taking it one expedition at a time
  • The low point of her lifestyle
  • Struggling to make friends after moving to Australia
  • The last mountain she climbed in 1999
  • Losing a loved one in the mountains
  • Why it was time for something else
  • Deciding to focus on other challenges and going through a divorce
  • Having a mountaineering career which spanned 30 years
  • Talking about money
  • Mental grit and mental resilience
  • Beyond the Smile - where it comes from
  • Plans for 2019
  • Starting with Patreon
  • Advice and top tips 

Social Media


Support Brigitte - via Patreon - 

Jan 15, 2019

In 2010, Sarah's curiosity and thirst for adventure led to the greatest expedition of her life, becoming the youngest female Documentarian at 21 years of age to produce her first film in the Amazon Rainforest “Amazon Souls”. While over there for 2 weeks, Sarah lived with the Huaorani tribe, hunted with the warriors, gathered with the women and was initiated into their existence by marriage to a warrior, making her a Queen! Through this alliance Sarah continues to send out their message of protecting their land through her film and speaking work.

Sarah’s achievements include winning the “Spirit of Adventure Award” from the Captain Scott Society 2014 for her next big expedition, “Life In The Darien Gap”, shortlisted by the SES (Scientific Exploration Society) Explorer of the year Award 2014, Finalist of the National Geographic Explorer Award, Finalist of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Award 2014, highly commended by The Adventure Fund in association with Sidetracked magazine. With an interest in ancient civilizations and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Sarah has since been exploring the world, embarking on adventures and working on various film and humanitarian projects.

As a side project, after realising there was no hub for female explorers on or off screen, Sarah partnered with Russ Malkin from Big Earth to set up ‘The Adventuress Club’ – a platform to connect, share, empower and encourage women in the world of adventure. 

Show notes

  • Not knowing how do describe herself
  • Doing what she loves
  • How she defines herself
  • Not living a conventional lifestyle
  • Being inspired at 9 years old
  • Making her first film at 21
  • Being made a Queen
  • What life was like growing up
  • Her childhood and being the ‘black sheep’ of the family
  • Growing up in a conservation, Bengali, Muslim family
  • Being a fashion designer
  • Spending 16 months living with her grandparents in Bangladesh
  • What she learnt from that experience
  • Coming up against resistance
  • Proving people wrong
  • Without action there is no reaction
  • Feeling different from everyone else
  • Trying to prove herself constantly
  • Meeting the tribe for the first time
  • Hunting with the warriors
  • Living with the tribe for 2 weeks
  • Dealing with the language barriers
  • Getting use to being naked
  • The marriage ceremony
  • Heading back to the UK and adjusting to life afterwards
  • Finishing her final year at university 
  • Deciding to become a journalist
  • Heading to the Atlas mountains
  • Learning to be open and understand of people who are different
  • Setting up -  The Adventuress Club
  • Plans for 2019
  • Final words of advice and tips for you 

Social Media

Website : 

Twitter : @Sarah_Begum  

Instagram : @sarahbegumtv 

Facebook : @sarahbegumtv 

The Adventuress Club

The Adventuress Club is here to inspire and empower women to live in the spirit of adventure.


Facebook: @theadventuressclub 

Twitter : @AdventuressClub  


Jan 8, 2019

Sara Hastreiter - adventurer, professional sailor and athlete. Current challenge - to be the first women to sail the 7 seas and to climb the highest summits of the world's 7 continents.

Sara Hastreiter is a globe-exploring, international adventuring sailor and climber. It's Sara's goal to be the first woman ever to sail all 7 seas, and climb to the highest summits of the world's 7 continents. This feat would also see Sara become the first person in history to have competed in the Volvo Ocean Race (the 'Everest of Sailing'), and climbed Everest itself. During her reign as a professional sailor, Sara has sailed the equivalent of 5 laps of the planet, and has no signs of slowing down.

Show notes

  • Getting Sara to introduce herself
  • Growing up in the cowboy state
  • Her career path and journey after high school
  • Going all in 
  • Ending up in the Caribbean and starting to sail
  • Wanting to cross an ocean
  • How her sailing career progressed
  • Reading books and being inspired 
  • Deciding to become a professional sailor
  • Deciding to get experience over qualifications
  • Volvo Ocean Race (hardest sailing race on the planet)- a once in a life time opportunity 
  • Becoming part of Team SCA
  • The process of making the team over 18 months
  • Taking advantage of the opportunities that came her way
  • The challenges involved in the race and why it is so full on
  • Getting though the tough times on the water and how she made it through
  • Getting into climbing 
  • Deciding to climb Mount Everest
  • Deciding on the 7 seas and 7 summits challenge
  • 4 more mountains to go!
  • Looking for corporate sponsorship and how she approaches it
  • Deciding every day to believe in herself and to keep working on it
  • Being 2 years in and still just as passionate as she was at the start
  • Keeping herself motivated 
  • Balance….
  • Not being concerned with a personal life
  • Making money through sailing
  • Dealing with her first knee injury
  • Climbing Mt Elbrus in Russia
  • Fracturing her pelvis and dealing with more injury
  • Coping with the recovery process
  • Being kind to herself
  • Advice and tips for women who want to follow a different type of career path
  • Giving herself permission and asking herself the question - is she doing the right thing
  • You create your life and why you need self initiative


Social Media

Website & Blog : 

Twitter: @SaraSailingUSA  

Instagram: @sara_hastreiter 

Jan 1, 2019

Abbi is adventurous, fun, loves being outside and can not sit still! She loves being in the open air, and strives for everyday big and small adventures. Abbi encourages others to get outside and to get active she does this as both a hobby and a job; her job as an expedition leader and outdoor instructor, sees her travel a lot taking groups of adults and children on challenge expeditions it also allows her to teach bushcraft and survival skills to all types of people. 

In 2017 Abbi set herself a HUGE challenge, to take part in 30 endurance events over 2018 to raise money and awareness for the charity Young Minds. During this podcast we learn more from Abbi about her life the challenges she has faced and overcome and what she has learned on the way

*** Please note during this episode we do talk about eating disorders, mental health and suicide - we do not go into specific but please be aware these subjects are mentioned ***

Show notes

  • Loving the outdoors, being outside and being into health and fitness
  • Not being able to sit still
  • Loving to learn and studying for her Masters
  • Growing up in Dartmoor in the South West of the UK
  • Deciding to be an expedition leader
  • Meeting her husband and how her path changed
  • Training to be a teacher 
  • Moving to the Isle of Man
  • Going to Borneo as an Assistant Leader
  • Finding out about the adventure industry
  • Working with charities and helping children who have behavioural expeditions
  • Getting into sporting challenges… 
  • Why exercise wasn’t always a positive thing
  • Recovery and having anxiety about food
  • Being inspired at school to get outdoors
  • Being in all boy teams
  • Realising she liked ultra running
  • Being booked on to the Thames Trot Ultra Marathon
  • What she loves about ultra marathons
  • Running a double marathon and managing to stay positive and out of the dark moments
  • Deciding to do thirty4thirty
  • Going back to December 2017 and how she was feeling before the start of the challenge
  • Wanting to raise money for a mental health charity - Young Minds
  • Sharing her story and sharing her past history
  • Her first event - January 1st 2018! The Knacker Cracker
  • What happens as the months went by
  • Having a coach and working with Mark 
  • 69 mile ultra marathon and feeling emotional when no sponsorship came through
  • Doing a 100 mile race and an ironman!
  • Starting to feel tired towards the end of the year
  • Being intimated by the ironman course
  • How she has recovered between events
  • Her nutrition while training 
  • The final event and making it up herself
  • Preparing for 2019 and taking time out to reflect on what she has achieved
  • Hosting a charity ball in March 2019 for Young Minds
  • What Abbi has learned from this year
  • Advice and tips for you 

Social Media

Ball tickets:



Instagram: @abbi.naylor