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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.

Tough Girl Podcast Sarah Williams

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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.

    Meaghan Hackinen - Ultra-endurance cyclist - Trans Am Bike Race, NorthCape4000, and Paris-Brest-Paris brevet finisher, as well as the 2019 24-Hour World Time Trial Champion.

    Meaghan Hackinen - Ultra-endurance cyclist - Trans Am Bike Race, NorthCape4000, and Paris-Brest-Paris brevet finisher, as well as the 2019 24-Hour World Time Trial Champion.

    Meaghan is a Canadian writer and ultra-endurance cyclist whose two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico’s high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and from North Cape to Tarifa along some of Europe’s highest paved roads. 
     
    She is a Trans Am Bike Race, NorthCape4000, and Paris-Brest-Paris brevet finisher, as well as the 2019 24-Hour World Time Trial Champion and current course record holder in the women’s division. 
     
    In 2021, Meaghan took the overall win in the 2021 BC Epic 1000 and landed on the podium of the Alberta-Rockies 700. 
     
    Her debut travel memoir, "South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels" (NeWest Press, 2019) was shortlisted for a two Canadian book awards. 
     
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    Show Notes
    Who is Meaghan Living in British Colombia, Canada Being on a journey of self discovery Her love of sports and competing  Being into sports from a young age Her love of full contact sports  Discovering more solo sports and getting into long distance cycling Structuring her life around the things that she loves The women who have inspired Meaghan Being inspired by Lael Wilcox  Taking on the Trans Am Bike Race across America 2017  Having the courage to sign up for the race Training and getting strong for spending long days on the bike Getting her first Bivvy bag Getting prepared for the race Mental resilience and mental grit and the new lessons that have been learned Having fears and insecurities and being worried about the race Why showing up to the start line is a massive win Taking the pressure off and focusing on the fun Book: How bad do you want it?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle By Matt Fitzgerald  Building up her own toolkit of resilience tips and tricks Dealing with sleep deprivation The balance between suffering and having fun How her training has evolved over the years Investing in an indoor smart trainer (Wahoo Kickr) Focusing on short intense indoor rides and long rides outside How many bikes?! Rest and recovery and injury prevention  Getting into a good routine North Cape 4000 Race  Setting goals and having a race strategy around sleeping for 4hrs each night Food and nutrition while on the bike Advice for women who want to sign up for a new challenge Having people around you who support you Magical moments and feelings of joy while cycling Connect with Meaghan  Writing her book: South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels Plans for 2022 Her aim of being - consistently consistent   
    Social Media
     
    Website www.meaghanhackinen.com 
     
    Instagram @meaghanhackinen 
     
    Facebook @meaghanhackinen 
     
    Book: South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels 
     
    *Shortlisted for the Sixth Annual Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize - Nonfiction Category & Shortlisted for Best Trade Non-Fiction at the 2020 Book Publishing Awards!
     

    • 44 min
    Tayo Jaiyesimi - Adventure Enthusiast blogging at: The 5 to 9 Traveller. Who believes life is more than your 9 to 5.

    Tayo Jaiyesimi - Adventure Enthusiast blogging at: The 5 to 9 Traveller. Who believes life is more than your 9 to 5.

    Tayo is The Five to Nine Traveller who believes life is more than your 9 to 5. As an adventuring enthusiast she is always on the hunt for adventure both local & global and loves to share her stories to inspire the same in you! 
     
    She truly believes adventure is what you make it so you can find her hiking up some mountain or discovering the latest immersive cultural experience in the city.
     
    Tayo in her own words:
     
    My name is Tayo and I am just a regular gal with a job (oh the inconvenience) who exhibits off the scale delight when she travels and explores!  I love travelling as it appeals to my inner childhood of being an explorer and finding something new in my surroundings, be it in the city I live or a new destination.  As a child I was an avid reader of The Famous Five by Enid Blyton who were always on adventures and I was always exploring around the estate where I grew up.  
     
    Travelling for me is a collection of interactions, memories and personal development, and tells me more about the world I live in.  Some of my most vivid memories from travelling are moments I reflect on and smile, like seeing the gorgeous sunsets over Oxford city to meeting Frank in Cuba who kindly gave me a hat made of local leaves (which I still have to this day and use for fancy dress!)
     
    Blogging is my outlet to share my eclectic narratives and photos of the beautiful world I get to see, packed full of adventure!  The main thing  though is that I hope it inspires you to go out there and have an adventure even with your 9 to 5!
     
    Not all travels have to be in far flung exotic places
    (although that is fun too!)
    And who says who have to jack it all in to travel?
    That’s what makes me The 5 to 9 Traveller!
     
     
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    Show notes
    Who is Tayo Working as a pharmacist  Growing up in Newcastle Her early years Being connected to her Nigerian heritage  Learning more about her family history  Being a curious child Heading back to visit Nigeria  Not taking a gap year after school Deciding to start her blog at the end of 2015 Being inspired by Travel Noire Not really knowing what blogs were Not telling anyone about her blog Using her blog as a creative outlet What adventure means to Tayo  Being willing to have her mind opened to the new around her Deciding on where to go travelling  Spending time in South Africa and Brazil Having a wanderlist Traveling solo and travelling with other people Doing a summer placement in America 2019 spending time in South America Making the decision to go travelling  Telling her parents about her trip Making sure she had a reason to come back Wanting to learn Spanish  Need to get the balance between adventure and routine Making changes to hair Travelling on buses in South America Visiting Machu Picchu  Dealing with Covid  Loving travelling and loving to learn  How to connect with Tayo Final words of advice  Making time for travel The joy of starting off small and staying local.  
    Social Media
     
    Website: thefivetoninetraveller.com 
     
    Instagram: @the5to9traveller 
     
    Twitter: @5to9traveller 
     
    Facebook: The Five to Nine Traveller 
     

    • 41 min
    Sarah Williams - Reflects on the end of 2021 and the start of 2022.

    Sarah Williams - Reflects on the end of 2021 and the start of 2022.

    During this episode, I reflect back on the final 6 months of 2021 and the beginning of 2022.
     
    I really enjoy doing the solo reflection episodes as it is an opportunity to look back on what's been achieved and where we currently are at the moment with regards to the Tough Girl Podcast, what I'm doing personally and where I expect to see the business go over the following 6 to 12 months. 
     
    It also gives me an opportunity to answer any questions that patrons or members of the Tough Girl Tribe have.
     
    During this episode I talk more about the Wales Coast Path and go into detail about money. How I afford to travel and go on adventures.
     
    I also share more about my future plans which will be taking place in 2022 and what I hope will happen in 2023 
     
    I hope you enjoy this episode. 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. 
     
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    Show notes
    Welcome to the episode What this episode is about Where I am at the moment What you can expect Why I do these episodes  Bringing you on the journey with me Being committed to the journey What’s been going on Stats from the Tough Girl Podcast - Aug 2021 October 2021 - 28,000 downloads What am I doing wrong, how can I improve 2021 - Average of 45k - 50k per month January 2022 - 90,753 downloads in 1 month 2022 - Average of 77K per month Hitting 2 million downloads 2nd Feb 2022 Working with Playstation and Glamour Magazine What happened in March 2022 - Inov-8 and the March Daily Mile challenge, Sky Sports - International Women’s Day New challenge with cicerone - Wales Coast Path in 2022 in 50 days Having a structure and having a plan  What happened in Aug 2021 - December 2021 Reflecting back on the Tough Girl UK Adventure Series  Celebrating my 40th Birthday and visiting the tough girl mural in Liverpool Special Birthday episode with Zoe Langley Wathern - Why so many women are scared to adventure and recognising our female role models with Sarah Williams   Doing the Great Glen Way in a day - 77 miles in 2 days 40 miles to celebrate my 40th - Youtube vlog -  Figuring out how to edit my adventures vlogs and working with a new editor Finding an editor - splitting the Tough Girl Youtube Revenue Split Working with Sharon in New Zealand - @freewheelingkiwi  Working with Georgia in Scotland @georgia.mercedes and Katy from the UK @tinytealtrekker Wanting to walk the PCT and vlog it at the same time. Trying to figuring out how to do it…. Oct/Nov/Dec 2021 - Recording and editing podcasts  Christmas 2021 and getting covid. March 2022 - Sports Podcasts Awards - Winner Best Urban and Adventure Podcast 2022 - winner by public vote Outdoor Expo in Birmingham - highly recommend Walking with Arry Berresford Webb on the first day of the Wales Coast Path - starting in Chester Where are the public toilet in Chester?! Question from Dan re the Wales Coast Path Climbing Aconcagua January 2013 The Altitude Centre London - Mountaineering Consultation What do I want to do for the next 6 months - not having any plans  Not having a plan and feeling unsettled Dealing with uncertainty and focusing on fitness Having a nephew in November - spending 3/4 months in Australia Working with Inov-8 in 2023 #MarchDailyMile Challenge  Doing an adventure with Adelaide Goodeve - helping to celebrate her 30th Birthday The Outer Hebrides - 156 miles - vlogging the challenge Doing an adventure with Gemma for 2 weeks in October What does the next few months look like…. PCT - SOBO July - November 2023 Talking about money - Question from Franny Having a safety net and being privileged Financial worries…. Not making money  Starting on Patreon in 2017 No

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Abby Popplestone - Novice cyclist - Bikepacking the GB Divide solo & unsupported. Raising money for Ovarian Cancer Action.

    Abby Popplestone - Novice cyclist - Bikepacking the GB Divide solo & unsupported. Raising money for Ovarian Cancer Action.

    Abby in her own words:
     
    “Growing up, the outdoors wasn't a place I spent much time, unless you count doing all nighters in the park guzzling Bacardi Breezers and shivering into my Jane Norman parka as a teenager.
     
    It wasn't a place I felt I belonged. I hated exercise and actively avoided it at all costs, so much so, I'd hide in the showers to bunk PE lessons.
     
    During lockdown, my dad gave me his 23 year old mountain bike and I set myself a challenge to cycle the distance from John O' Groats to Lands End around my hometown to keep myself from melting into the sofa.
     
    I LOVED it! I felt strong and alive as I whooshed through the isolated streets. Is this what it felt like to enjoy exercise? Had I finally found 'my sport’? 300 miles in, I discovered an enormous Ovarian Tumour. 
     
    2 weeks later I was having surgery and my virtual cycle adventure was paused.
     
    The tumour turned out to be a rare form of Ovarian Cancer. I was lucky, it hadn’t spread to other organs which meant surgery was all I needed, however, I discovered the dire stats surrounding Ovarian Cancer and feeling lucky to be alive, I wanted to do something to raise awareness and vital funds for the disease.
     
    I decided to cycle John O' Groats to Lands End for real, but this time, I'd make it as fun and spicy as possible. I strapped my gear to the bike and headed for an off road route following GB Divide and Great North Trail. I’d be camping most nights and carrying everything I needed.
     
    I didn’t train, I didn’t even cycle much before I left, I just had blind faith that if I pedalled one foot at a time I’d eventually get there.”
     
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    Show notes
    Who is Abby in her own words Growing up in a non-sporty family Her teenage years Hating all sports but enjoy skiing Started climbing in Northumberland Climbing and hiking with her ex Spending a month in Grampians National Park Breaking up with her ex and going out on her own Plans to go together to Hampi in India Being uncomfortable going out by herself Driving a camper van to the North Island and South Island for two months Back to working in the events industry Wanting to do more Feeling uncomfortable being seen as a climber Pushing through the fear GB Divide - her first ever bike packing trip Cycling as a kid Deciding to cycle from John o'Groats to Land's End Discovering a big tumour in her ovary Not having any symptoms aside from bloating Finding out about her cancer at the start of COVID Being isolated alone before surgery Fundraising for Ovarian Cancer Action Why is she raising funds for Ovarian Cancer Action Getting support from her mum after her surgery When did she decide to give back Being unable to engage in any activities for six weeks Missing the bike ride around her area Feeling lucky despite going through a traumatic period More details about GB Divide and how she learned about this challenge Taking on the challenge on her father's old mountain bike Borrowing and purchasing necessary equipment Planning the cycle challenge Procrastinating and panicking about being unprepared Getting fit as she goes Driving with her friends from Edinburgh to John O'Groats Getting nervous and figuring out things as she goes Her first night of the challenge Enjoying cycling and feeling proud Staying in Scotland Doing the Cairnwell Pass Being able to do 580 miles on the trail Learned lessons that she can apply to the second half of the challenge Having knee pain Having no knowledge about nutrition Where did @adventure_logistics_queen come from Final words of advice
     
    Social Media
     
    Instagram: @abby_popplestone
     
    Just

    • 52 min
    Nirjala Tamrakar Wright - aka "Mountain Queen” - The Mountain Biking National Champion of Nepal from 2001 to 2012!

    Nirjala Tamrakar Wright - aka "Mountain Queen” - The Mountain Biking National Champion of Nepal from 2001 to 2012!

    Nirjala, the "Mountain Queen," was born in Kumari Pati in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nirjala is one of two children, with a younger brother who is a keen road biker. Nirjala started out in her late teens as a professional model. For this career, she was required to keep fit, and it was through going to the gym that she got into first bodybuilding and then cycling.

    In 2001, some friends suggested she try her luck in a mountain bike race, The Himalayan Mountain Bike Race Series, and she won the National Women's Category. This proved to be her inspiration to leave modelling and pursue a professional career as a cyclist for the Nepal National Team.

    Nirjala's rise to fame and to working as a professional athlete for the Nepal National Team was beset by the difficulty that arose from the patriarchy-based society in which she grew up. Although she competed at a national and international level and at a higher level than the majority of Nepalese male riders, she was marginalized by her own national cycling association, which found sponsors and endorsements for her male counterparts. Despite this, she continued and found her own sponsors (like Qoroz Professional Titanium Bikes).

    Nirjala's Notable Achievements:
    First Nepalese Woman to cycle 22 days from Lhasa (Tibet) to Everest Base Camp (North) to Kathmandu (Nepal) First female to Win (2 times) the Highest Altitude, Endurance race in the World, "The Yak Attack" First Nepalese Female to win a cycle race in the UK First Nepalese Cycle Athlete to compete in a UCI World Cup Finals First Nepalese Cycle Athlete to compete in South Asian Games First Nepalese Woman to complete a cycle race of the Annapurna Circuit Recipient of the - "Tamrakar Award Fund" - Ugrachandi Award (Nepal) Participated in the mountain biking competition at the 16th Asian Games in China in November 2010 She is now a keynote speaker and role model for young women in Nepal and all over the world who have grown up in oppressive societies but dream of being recognized for their sports and achievements. The British writer Jane Nobel Knight wrote a book titled "The Inspiring Journeys of Pilgrim Mothers" and included a chapter on Nirjala's struggle and eventual success in her field.

    Nirjala is now married to her British husband, Daniel Wright, and has a son, Percy, and a daughter, Aurora. She is also a respected Mandala Artist (3-time Nepal National, Street Mandala Winner) and holds a Masters in Business Studies (MBS).

    Nirjala recently completed her 10km swim race on 9th July in 5 hours, organized by MediaCity UK Swim Challenge.
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    Show notes
    Who is Nirjala Her passion for sports and fitness Wanting to do more challenging things in her life Her life in Nepal Being sent to a very academic school Her role as a girl in her household Her destiny in life  Trying to make her parents happy Doing all the household chores from a young age Her teenage years and realising that she wanted more from life Getting into physical exercise, starting with yoga and then onto cycling Winning her first mountain bike race Meeting like minded people who enjoyed mountain biking How winning the race changed her life Not having the proper gear  Feeling like somebody Not knowing what she needed to do to get to number 1 in the sport The next step in her journey  Taking part in all the mountain biking races, while studying and working Wanting to know how she compared to other athletes around the world Wanting to compete with the best mountain biking athletes in the world Getting the opportunity to race for 10 days in Northern India in 2009 Starting to win the international races The challenges she’s faced, from getting gear to finding sponsorship Racing for n

    • 37 min
    Parvinder Chawla - Travelling the world solo in her wheelchair. Challenging perceptions around disability.

    Parvinder Chawla - Travelling the world solo in her wheelchair. Challenging perceptions around disability.

    Parvinder was doing well until she was 22, when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and ended up needing a wheelchair.

    Despite her physical challenges, Parvinder has never let them stop her from pursuing her dreams to travel and to see the world.

    At 38, she decided to follow her passions and became a solo traveller. While travelling she has undertaken numerous adventure activities from paragliding in Taiwan, snorkelling in Australia, parasailing and kayaking in Udupi, and zip-lining in Ecuador, South America.

    At 52, Parvinder has now explored 59 countries and she’s not planning on stopping anytime soon.

    For Parvinder, there are many lovely experiences and stories that she would like to share with the world and if she could inspire even one person, it would make her really happy.

    Parvinder in her own words:

    “I have been travelling solo for more than a decade using my wheelchair. I have a small budget and aim to use public transport and hostels where ever wheelchair friendly. In 2020 and 2021 I drove my car from Bombay to Delhi and then from Bombay to Kanyakumari.”


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    Show Notes

    Who is Parvinder in her own words Not considering herself old Being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 15 Going through severe pain Her love for all kinds of sports Having a lot of faith in God Being bedridden for 5 years Taking herbal medicine Getting onto a manual wheelchair How her love for travel started Wanting to travel on a budget Being refused to travel without a companion Life changes after receiving an automated wheelchair as a gift Being on her own and being able to go wherever she wants Going to Hong Kong with a friend Deciding to travel to Bali alone Getting herself a cheap flight and a budgeted hotel Getting help from people wherever she goes Encountered challenges while travelling alone in a wheelchair Having faith and being fearless Learned lessons from her trip to China Magical moments while travelling to 59 countries Travelling by bus and metro and staying in hostels Getting into full detail about her time in China Making travel videos to share and inspire others during lockdown Getting used to highway driving Driving from Mumbai to Delhi Driving around nature and being closer to it 2020 as the best year for her and many people Not earning money from social media Wheelchair-friendly places Advice and tips for people in wheelchairs and solo travellers  
    Social Media
     
    Instagram @wheelchairandeye 
     
    Facebook @PammuParvinderChawla 
     
    Youtube @wheelchairandeye 
     

    • 40 min

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