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 7, 2019

Bex started out with her blog, The Ordinary Adventurer, in 2016 and a year later founded Love Her Wild. In just over a year, she grew the community to over 5,000. Her blog now receives over 10,000 visitors a month and she regularly delivers talks and sell-out expeditions. She was shortlisted for TGO personality of the year 2017 and made the 2018 San Miguel Rich List.

Since we last spoke with Bex in 2017, Bex has gone on to do numerous challenges and expeditions, which have included; kick scooting the length of the United States from Vancouver in Canada to Mexico, hikes in Israel, climbing mountains in India and eco trips in Africa.

During this podcast Bex shares more about her adventures, the issues of fundraising, getting sponsorship, how she handles the stress of being on the road and making decisions, and why after 3 years she has decided to have a permanent base for a while.  

Show notes

  • Where is Bex currently?
  • Kicking the States!
  • 1750 miles from Canada to Mexico on a scooter!
  • Putting personal adventures on hold
  • Doing a big challenge which hadn’t been done before
  • Deciding to fundraise for charity
  • Heading off in May and not having much time to prepare
  • Having to share your trip on social media
  • Feeling under pressure
  • Getting the trip sponsored by Vivo Life
  • The pressure and challenges of fundraising 
  • Why raising $10,000 is one of the proudest moment of her life
  • The challenges she faced on the road
  • Legs & scooting!!
  • The John Wayne Joke!
  • Her scooter muscle!!
  • Having a 3 month visa
  • The unknown factors and trying not to stress about it
  • Going back to the start of the trip in Vancouver
  • Handling the uncertainty and getting use to it 
  • Doing an expedition with her husband - Gil
  • Finishing the challenge and the relief she felt and being ready for it to be over
  • What happened after the end of the challenge
  • Heading off to India and leading a hike in Israel
  • What Love her Wild is and how it came about
  • “The Everest Adventure”
  • The gap for all female expeditions
  • So many different expeditions to choose from!
  • Focusing on conservation and being environmentally friendly as possible
  • Working with whale sharks in Tanzania!
  • Going on an adventure with Cal Major and Holly Hughes (who have both been on the Tough Girl Podcast!)
  • The problems she faced on the hike
  • Handling the issues and problems and how she handled them
  • Doing what she needs to do 
  • Deciding to change from being nomadic
  • Going to move to Bristol
  • Why travelling stopped being fun
  • Why normal living is not a negative thing
  • Deciding on Bristol and why it was a quick decision
  • Plans for 2019!
  • Where to connect with Love Her Wild
  • Advice and tips for other women to find their wild


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Mar 5, 2019

Georgina credits the mountains and a life of adventure to shaping who she is today. She is passionate about sharing the gift of adventure and wellness with others to unleash the power within and enjoy life a bit better.

Georgina is a social entrepreneur, adventurer, public speaker, consultant, and coach combining over a decade of Corporate, Start-up, and Adventure experience. She is a social innovator working to accelerate gender equality globally and exploring new ways to unleash full human potential in life and business from a holistic mind, body, spirit approach. She's passionate about building healthier and more socially conscious entrepreneurial ecosystems that combine business and spirituality.

She firmly believes that women are the world's largest untapped resource and that given the proper resources and equal opportunities they can change the world. She’s on a mission to do her part to change this statistic. 

As an accomplished mountaineer, climbing 6 of the 7 highest peaks on each continent, including Mt. Everest twice, she is fascinated by the power of human potential. She loves working with people to help them unleash their full potential and bring to surface conscious and subconscious roadblocks in order to help them reach their dreams, goals, and objectives in business and life. She is currently in the process of completing the Explorer Grand Slam, a feat that less than 15 women globally have completed. 

Georgina credits the mountains and a life of adventure to shaping who she is today. She is passionate about sharing the gift of adventure and wellness with others to unleash the power within and enjoy life a bit better. 

Show notes

  • Who is Georgina
  • Coming from a small family
  • Growing up in LA and San Diego
  • Now living between the West Coast and Amsterdam 
  • Getting into the adventuring world and being an unlikely adventurer
  • Discovering rock climbing
  • How being playful could benefit your life
  • Going above 10,000ft
  • Not being able to run a mile
  • Figuring out what your body can do 
  • Deciding to go public with her goal of the 7 summits - 2007
  • The article that changed her life
  • Being 10 years into her challenge
  • Why the result don’t always come over night
  • Climbing Mount Elbrus 
  • Saying her goals outloud for the first time
  • Being brought up in a traditional Latino household
  • A message from ‘a real climber’
  • How she keeps going after her goals even without family support
  • How she decided when to summit Mount Everest
  • Deciding to climb Mount Denali first (May 2010)
  • Not making it up Everest on her first attempt (2011)
  • Learning from failure and why her approach in 2013 was different
  • Spending 30 hours in the Death Zone
  • Making the decision to turn around
  • Getting over the “failure”
  • Why you need to train your mind
  • How Georgina pays for her adventures
  • The misconception about sponsorship and money
  • The remaining challenges
  • Saving Antarctica until last
  • She Ventures
  • Life is trail and error
  • Top tips for you to step outside your own comfort zone


She Ventures 

Website - 

Facebook -  @SheVenturesCo  


Website - 

Instagram - @gg_miranda  

Twitter - @georgina_here 

Facebook -@georginamiranda0  



Feb 26, 2019

Following the breakdown of her marriage and at the age of 48 in 1998 Jacqui decides to leave her job in health visiting and set off on a years adventure, alone backpacking in South East Asia.

This was to be the beginning of a journey that left conformity a distant memory. Finding herself bitten by the travel bug she then set off again, at the age of 50 with the Dutch Man this time combining her love of travel with her other passion … motorcycling.

During this podcast Jacqui share stories from her 7 years on the road, where she visited 20 countries with no plan. Jacqui speaks with warmth and an openness, sharing the mishaps, the mistakes, the broken leg, the food, and how she dealt with storms, castaways and pirates! 

Show notes

  • Currently living in Tasmania, Australia 
  • Heading off to go backpacking at 48
  • Having her marriage breakdown
  • Liking travelling and meeting awesome people
  • Meeting the Dutch man
  • Deciding to buy a motorcycle to travel around the world
  • Deciding to travel solo 
  • Reactions of friends and family when she headed off to go travelling at 48
  • Wanting to get away from it all
  • The plan for her year off
  • Never being on her own before
  • Staying in a hotel for 3 days and crying
  • Learning who she was
  • Wanting to slow down and to go at her own pace
  • Being frugal and managing a budget while travelling
  • Making mistakes and being wrong
  • How her confidence has grown over the years
  • Being a people pleaser and wanting to change that
  • Heading back to the UK after her first gap year and seeing that nothing had changed
  • Deciding not to go back to her old job as a health visitor
  • The return of the Dutch man!
  • Moving back in with her mum
  • Deciding to buy her own motorbike
  • Riding with a partner throughout India
  • Riding from India into Nepal, then spending time in Pakistan
  • Breaking her leg
  • Getting back on the bike after the  crash
  • Why she loves Australia
  • Dealing with pirates, storms and castaways!
  • Sailing with interesting characters….
  • 7 years of travelling and being on the road
  • Travelling with guilt 
  • Taking another 7 years to write a book
  • The difficulties of heading home 
  • Doing an A’level in history
  • The next part of the journey 
  • Plans for 2019 - “Plan what plan?!”
  • Advice for going with the flow and why you have to want to 



Social Media

Website - 

Facebook - @JacquiFurneauxTravels  

Instagram - @JacquiFurneaux


"I have found that all I need in life is the right attitude. And what can be comfortably carried on an Enfield."

Jacqui Furneaux


Feb 21, 2019

Jenny is passionate about human powered endurance challenges and loves combining this with her love of the mountains. At the moment, Jenny is making her way around the globe, running across a mountain range on every continent. In 2016 she ran across the Tien Shan of Kyrgyzstan, in 2017 she ran across the Atlas of Morocco, and most recently ran across the Bolivian Andes. In 2019 Jenny will be tackling her fourth expedition, the Southern Alps in New Zealand! 

Jenny first came on the tough girl podcast in February 2017 when she shared more about her first challenge, exploring the Yukon of North Canada by cycling over 3,000 km. After her ride to Yukon, suddenly being fit enough to take on a running endurance challenge seemed like a possibility. Jenny decided to run solo, self-supported across Kyrgyzstan over 900km!

On the Tough Girl podcast, Jenny Tough shared stories from several of her adventures and the lessons she learned along the way. Whether you’re thinking about a major challenge or want a little more adventure every day, you can learn something from this incredible woman.

Show notes

  • Her next big challenge 
  • How the idea came about
  • Loving the mountains and her passion for running
  • Being looked after by local people
  • Deciding on her 2017 challenge
  • Getting into the zone
  • Moving from the survival stage to the thriving stage
  • The Atlas Mountains in Morocco
  • The planning of the trip
  • Making it up as she goes along (to a certain extent!)
  • The excitement!
  • Getting in shape for the challenge
  • Getting injury proof
  • The gear:- backpack - poles - shoes
  • Fast packing
  • Why weight is everything
  • Mental preparation and dealing with the unknown
  • The fear and doubt
  • Be the expedition buddy you wish you had brought
  • Tricking your brain
  • Covering 55k on her first day
  • Meeting the Berbers
  • Over coming language barriers
  • The beauty of the desert
  • The challenges of North Africa
  • Dealing with the Police
  • Not being able to enter cafe and restaurants
  • Helping to change attitudes
  • Adventure blues and finishing the challenge
  • Recovery time after a challenge
  • Trying to get better at patience
  • Her 3rd run- October 2018 heading off to Bolivia
  • Dealing with the altitude
  • Dealing with bad weather and storms
  • Doing constant risk assessments
  • Insurance
  • Paying for the challenges
  • Her plans for New Zealand - only 1200 km!
  • Being an introvert and dealing with the remoteness
  • Being more mindful when using a camera

Social Media

Check out Jenny’s website -

Jenny is on Twitter @JennyTough


Feb 19, 2019

Callie 32, is a winter sports enthusiast who loves skiing and being in the mountains. She grew up in Southern California, before moving over to Alaska. One of Callie’s first challenges was bike touring from Dushanbe, Tajikistan to Ulaan Baaar, Mongolia. Callie has then gone on to successfully climb Mount Denali the highest mountain in North America and Aconcagua the highest mountain in South America.  Both were unguided expeditions! Her most recent challenge led her to complete a 5,000 mile unsupported ski, kayak and bike from Arctic Russia (in mid-winter), to the Bosporus Strait in Istanbul! 

During this podcast Callie talks about her journey, the challenges she has faced along the way, the high points, the low points, the dangers and realities of being out on the road. What she has learned about being brave and why women should get out there.

Show notes

  • Who is Callie
  • Growing up in California and moving to Alaska 10 years ago
  • How a SoCal girl ended up in Alaska!
  • Going to university and taking extra classes to get though university quicker
  • Her first big adventure - a big bike trip across Asia
  • Going to graduate school 
  • Deciding to go cycling with her best friend 
  • How her plans changed and why she decided to carry on solo
  • Transitions from being in a pair to being solo
  • Deciding to go to Afghanistan 
  • What it was like in Afghanistan in 2013
  • Learning between bravery and recklessness
  • Being reported as missing…
  • Speaking to her parents 
  • What happened next
  • Not being able to get out of the country
  • Managing fear and keeping calm
  • Getting back on the bikes again
  • Deciding to go skiing in Kashmir
  • Cycling through India and why it was her least favourite place to go as a women
  • Having to be so aware of her surrounding and the people she was engaging with
  • Planning where to sleep at night and making use of cheap hotels
  • Talking herself into leaving Delhi 
  • Deciding to finish after a year of cycling
  • Being attacked on the side of the road
  • Being angry at men and why cycling wasn’t fun anymore
  • Heading to Turkey to meet a friend
  • Going to graduate school in Dublin
  • Studying - Philosophy of Peace 
  • Getting into climbing and the mountains
  • Becoming a more competent mountaineer
  • 2016 and climbing Mount Denali and giving herself 6 month to plan
  • Climbing Aconcagua in South America in 2014
  • Climbing before the busy season - being there for Christmas and New Year
  • What happened while on the mountain
  • 2 summit attempts and the weather window
  • Knowing when to turn around
  • Heading back up by herself
  • Summit day!
  • Costs of climbing Aconcagua  - permits, food, & flights - less than $3,000 
  • Deciding to climb Denali
  • Gaining mountaineering skills and learning from friends
  • Being injured at the moment with a torn ACL and MCL…
  • Waiting to have surgery
  • The Russian Expedition in 2017!
  • A break down of the challenge
  • Dealing with the cold …. Siberia in winter …. - 40!
  • Going from skiing to bikes and then into kayaks!
  • Navigating though the mountains
  • Keeping positive in challenging situations
  • Why everything is easier with a partner
  • How the challenge came about 
  • The challenges during the kayaking portion
  • Dealing with the Russian Army & Police
  • Future plans for 2019
  • Not being on social media
  • Final words of advice for women out there



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Feb 12, 2019

Favia is a 30 year old Pathologist living in New Mexico, she is a keen climber and has been a competitor on American Ninja Warrior! During this podcast Favia shares more about her life, growing up with a single mum, going to Harvard University, deciding to go to medical school and what it was like being diagnosed with cancer. Favia, shares more about the challenges she faced and overcame and why climbing is such an important part of her life. 

Favia gives practical advice and top tips about how to schedule your time to be efficient and, why you may have to say no. Favia talks about mental sadness, the feeling of frustration and angry while dealing with cancer and how she managed to get through the chemotherapy and the recovery process to be able to start living her life again.

Show notes

  • Favia introduces herself
  • Her childhood and being raised by a single mum
  • Attending Harvard University
  • Going to Colombia to get her Masters and coming across rock climbing
  • Not liking climbing to start with
  • Setting the goal to go to Harvard when she was 5 years old
  • Her dream of being of Doctor
  • What life was like at Harvard
  • Deciding to give rock climbing another chance
  • Moving to Ohio and going to the rock gym to make friends
  • Being welcomed into the climbing community 
  • Being scared of spider and bugs
  • Recovery tips for climbing
  • Being diagnosed with cancer
  • The cancer journey and why training as a Dr. helped to save her life
  • Not being believed by the doctors
  • Standing up for herself
  • Getting through the toughest 6 months of her life
  • Getting back into sport and climbing
  • Living minute to minute
  • Doing radiation or not?
  • Trying to get out of the house and live again
  • Dealing with the anger and frustration from her condition 
  • Chaining her mental state
  • Working out her mental sadness
  • Needing a reason to not give up
  • Her reason for living
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • Learning how to schedule her time to be efficient
  • Getting fit with her husband
  • Having to get 9 hours of sleep and not getting up to early
  • Advice and tips for women who want to get into climbing
  • Advice and tips for women who are going through a tough time 


Social Media

Website -

Instagram @FelineFavia 


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Feb 7, 2019

We first spoke with Jessica after she had successfully completed her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2015. Since then Jessica has continued to share her backpacking and hiking advice though her website and hugely popular Youtube channel  - Homemade Wanderlust (well worth checking out - over 150,000 subscribers!)

Jessica talks very openly about her dreams, doing what she loves, the challenges out on the trail as well as how she is funding her life. I am inspired by Dixie and what she has achieved and I know you will be as well. Enjoy this episode!

Show notes

  • What does she prefer to be called?
  • How Dixie would introduce herself
  • Completing the recipe to be successful.. but not being happy
  • Doing what she loves
  • Listen to Jessica when she shares more about hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2015
  • Getting back home after the Appalachian Trail
  • Wanting to get hiking again
  • Doing a wide variety of different jobs while growing her youtube channel
  • 2017 and doing the Pacific Crest Trail - the why and the how
  • Learning about the CDT
  • The pressure she felt at the start of the PCT and feeling so nervous about the desert and the snow
  • Gear changes and wanting to go lighter with her gear
  • Getting use to dry camping
  • Not being able to train before the PCT
  • Dealing with the desert and the first 700 miles
  • Filming on the PCT and trying to capture more of nature 
  • The moment that stands out on the trail and why the bad days make the best stories
  • Loss of life on the trail
  • Crossing rivers
  • Navigation on the trail and using the Gut Hook App
  • Appreciating the trail but also taking time out for a family graduation
  • Getting to the end of the trail and what it felt like
  • Patreon and how patrons have helped to change her life
  • Wanting to get out on the CDT in 2018
  • Heading north bound - 3,050 miles!
  • Create your own adventure trail!
  • The challenges of the CDT 
  • Food and nutrition on the trails
  • Lessons learned on the CDT
  • Taking risks doing thru hikes
  • When things don’t go to plan
  • Completing the triple crown and why it was surreal
  • Life after a thru hike
  • Future hikes and plans 
  • 2019 plans with her mum on the PCT
  • Top tips for having a successful thru-hike


Social Media

Youtube @homemadewanderlust

Website -

Feb 5, 2019

Verónica is a retired diver from Argentina. She earned a spot in the Olympic finals with appearances in 1980 (Moscow, Russia), 1984 (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1988 (Seoul, South Korea) and 1992 (Barcelona, Spain), with best finishes of eighth on the platform and 10th on the springboard, both at the 1992 Games. She was the only female competitor to make finals in both events in Barcelona. She is a 12-time South American champion (1980-92) while competing for her native country of Argentina, winning championships on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards and the platform. Ribot-Canales later captured a pair of U.S. national titles in the 3-meter in 1992 and 1993 before retiring in 1996 after her fourth year as a member of the U.S. national team. 

Veronica’s journey continued on from being a very driven and competitive diver at the international level, to taking up SUP racing and yoga in her late 50s. Veronica shares more about her life, the challenges she has faced and overcome and how she stays physically active, especially while training in all kinds of weather. At the same time she is also deepening her yoga practice, while opening her heart, experiencing gratitude and abundance, and inspiring others. 

Show notes

  • Who is Veronica in her own words
  • Getting into SUP - doing both SUP yoga and racing in the summer
  • Her childhood - being born in Argentina and growing up in the Bahamas
  • Getting into diving and swimming at 8 years old
  • How she progressed in diving 
  • Potential being able to dive for Argentina in the Olympics!
  • The Pan American Games
  • How her diving career progressed
  • What it’s been like at the Olympics and how it has changed over the years
  • Competing at the olympic level - and dealing with the stress and pressure
  • the mental training they did 
  • Positive and negative stress
  • Perfection and the issues
  • The biggest challenge she had to face and overcome in her career
  • Coaching at Cornell 
  • Tips and tricks for coaching
  • Losing your “who am I”
  • Suffering from depression
  • Moving across the country with 2 small children
  • Going through a divorce
  • Being the only female diving coach
  • Starting yoga and how it helped change her life
  • Deciding to become a yoga instructor
  • SUP racing and winning!
  • Plans for 2019
  • No comparisons allowed


Social Media

Personal Website -

Yoga Website  - 

Instagram - @olympicheartyogi  

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

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Instagram: @abbi.naylor



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