Welcome to Chatting to a Friend. In this podcast I am chatting to incredible women from all walks of life about friendship, community, self care, adventure, sex, grief, boundaries and asking them how they look after themselves, how they manage their mental health and what drives them. It’s an enormous privilege to have the time and opportunity to learn from some truly remarkable women. I hope you enjoy it.
Chatting to Jenny Graham about single motherhood at an early age, growing up with your child and becoming the female World Record Holder for cycling round the world
Jenny is a joy to chat to. Funny, self aware and full of Scottish banter.
We recorded this epsiode about a million years ago but her book as just come out so it’s finally time to release the chat about teenage motherhood, growing up alongside her little boy and re-discovering her own passions.
Heavily featured is the world record breaking round the world cycle which makes her the fastest woman to circumnavigate the planet on a bike.
Chatting to Amy Aed about walking the length of the Danube River
Amy Aed walked the length of the Danube River. It was not the journey she planned. In fact, she hadn’t really planned at all so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that there were ups and down, stops and re-starts. However, sometimes that makes for the best kind of adventures. Join me as I chat to her about setting off with grand expectations, managing injury and travelling as a woman in a same sex relationship in countries where that’s not yet the norm.
Chatting to Laura Collett MBE about horses, a life threatening accident and winning eventing gold at Tokyo 2021
Since recording this with Laura, more months ago than is polite to still not have published, she has gone on to win Badminton. Listen in though as we talk about early beginnings in horses, a life threatening accident and coming back to win gold at Tokyo 2021. Inspiring stuff!
Chatting to Victoria Evans about taking on the Atlantic and becoming the fastest solo woman to make the crossing
Listen as Victoria Evans relives her voyage across the Atlantic to become the Guinness World Record holder. Recorded quite some time ago, my apologies to Victoria for the delay, but I promise it’s worth the listen!
Chatting to Preet Chandi about defying expectations, breaking barriers and getting to the South Pole
Chatting to Ursula Martin
Ursula Martin is also known as “One Woman Walks” after she walked thousands of miles across Wales and then across Europe.
Her Welsh walk started when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and our conversation takes us all over the place (literally) although actually we talk less about the logistical achievement of crossing Europe on foot during covid than how someone who needed a change of scenery took to adventure and never really looked back.
It’s a very personal conversation, full of insights and thoughtful meanderings which I don’t think either of us were really expecting to get into.
I loved chatting to Ursula. She’s very real and very modest with a dry sense of humour which I suspect has helped her through many of the struggles she’s faced.
Catch up with her here https://onewomanwalks.com/, where there is a link to her book “One Woman Walks Wales” or on Instagram @onewomanwalks
Lovely chat with Annabel Abbs. I’m reading *Windswept* now with an online bookclub. And plan on reading *Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen* when it’s released in the USA soon. I’m a day hiker and a foodie.
Love the topics!
Thanks to Catie for featuring such great guests & conversations :)
Chattingtoafriend has become my favourite go-to Podcast during my commute to and from work.
Catie has clearly researched her subjects exceptionally well. Her questions are direct, sincere, interesting and on-point. Her subjects all come across well and are clearly at ease and therefore open and forthcoming with their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Catie has also chosen her interview subjects well because they truly are an inspiring cross section of women from all walks of life.