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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.

    Sophie Pierce: Healing Through Nature – A Journey of Grief, Love, and Wild Swimming

    Sophie Pierce: Healing Through Nature – A Journey of Grief, Love, and Wild Swimming

    In this episode of the Tough Girl Podcast, we sit down with Sophie Pierce, a writer, broadcaster, and passionate wild swimmer from Dartmoor in Devon, UK. Sophie shares her profound journey through grief, particularly the loss of her son Felix in 2017, and how the healing power of nature has been an anchor in her life.
    Sophie talks about her memoir, "The Green Hill," which explores themes of love, loss, and the transformative effects of wild places. She also discusses her work as a journalist with the BBC, her love for exploring new places, and the growing popularity of outdoor swimming. We delve into her co-authored wild swimming guides, including her most recent book, "Wild Swimming Walks Exmoor and North Devon.”
    This episode highlights the mental health benefits of outdoor swimming, the importance of community, and how nature can help reset and heal us. Sophie offers insights on navigating grief, the support she received from friends and family, and how she continues to find solace in nature.
    Join us for an inspiring and heartfelt conversation with Sophie Pierce as we explore the intersection of nature, grief, and resilience.
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    Show notes
    Who is Sophie Being based in Dartmoor in South west England Living close to the sea and a wild moorland media Working as a journalist for many years Her love of exploring  The loss of her son in 2017 Where her love of exploring and swimming came from  Her childhood and growing up with 3 brothers Being quite ferrel when younger Getting back into outdoor swimming  Connecting with friends and exploring new places Outdoor swimming and it’s increase in popularity How outdoor swimming have changed over the past 25 years Why its about your mindset and having a desire to be out in nature and explore Why all you need is a map, a swimming costume and a pair of walking boots The benefits of communities  Looking out for one another while in the water The importance of having fun at any age Going wild swimming in the River Dart ever day during the summer  The impact cold water can have on your mental health and how it can help reset you Dealing with the loss of her son, Felix SUDEP ‘the Sudden, Unexpected Death of someone with EPilepsy’ How her life changed afterwards Learning to incorporate her grief into her life  Finding spending time in nature to be helpful Charity SUDEP Action Dealing with grief  Book: The Green Hill: Letters to a Son  Writing a series of letters to Felix – composed during walks and swims taken close to his burial place by the river Dart Still feeling connected to Felix  Why it was hard to go back to the places where her and Felix had spent time Wanting to explore new places and create new memories Remembering Felix as a child Processing her grief  Having some counselling but not finding it helpful  Book: Weathering By Ruth Allen The narrative imposed about grief by society  Not feeling the urge to process grief Making something beautiful out of something terrible  Feeling a loss when the the book was published and not having anything to focus on  The support from friends and family and what helped  Living in a small town and having to face people What happens when a year or two passes Getting use to living with the loss  Why the second year can be tougher than the first Published Wild Swimming Walks guide books Wild Things Publishing Artist - James L

    • 43 min
    Susan Smillie: Former Guardian editor and writer, now author and sailor. She left her job to sail around Great Britain, turned left at Land's End, and ended up in Greece!

    Susan Smillie: Former Guardian editor and writer, now author and sailor. She left her job to sail around Great Britain, turned left at Land's End, and ended up in Greece!

    In this episode, join us as we delve into the captivating journey of Susan Smillie, former Guardian editor turned intrepid sailor and author. Susan shares her remarkable story of leaving behind the comforts of her career to embark on an extraordinary sailing adventure from Great Britain to the picturesque shores of Greece. Through Susan's candid reflections, guests can expect to gain invaluable insights into the transformative power of following one's passions, overcoming obstacles, and embracing the unknown with courage and determination. From the highs of discovering newfound confidence in sailing to the lows of navigating personal challenges and unexpected detours, Susan's narrative serves as a beacon of inspiration for anyone seeking to break free from the confines of convention and chart their own course towards fulfilment and adventure.
    Throughout the episode, listeners will be treated to Susan's candid anecdotes and profound reflections on life at sea, shedding light on the realities of living life on the water and the profound sense of purpose and productivity that comes with pursuing one's dreams. From the exhilarating moments of getting caught up in the adventure to the sobering realities of navigating unforeseen challenges, Susan's story offers a rich tapestry of lessons and experiences for guests to glean from. Whether you're an aspiring sailor, a fellow adventurer, or simply someone in search of inspiration to follow your heart's desires, Susan's episode promises to leave you with a renewed sense of possibility and a reminder that, as she eloquently puts it, "you can do so much more than you think you can."
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    Thank you for your invaluable support!
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    Show notes
    Who is Susan Working as a features editor at the Guardian  Her plan to sail around Great Britain and ending up in Greece Her early years  Not getting into sailing until her 30s Her first boat - a trailor sailor  Deciding to live on a boat instead of a house Moving from Brighton to London and living on a boat on the Thames River Wanting to learn more sailing skills and leaning new technical skills Dealing with the end of a relationship, and a new job  Becoming less happy with her life in London Gaining her confidence in sailing Deciding to take redundancy in 2016 Remembering the moment when the decision was made Being inspired by other women following their passions The real realities of making this decision The costs of working  The start of the journey…. Ending up at Land’s End Coming up with a new plan and deciding to sail across the English Channel Getting caught up in the adventure  Having a sense of purpose and feeling productive  The differences of sailing around the UK and sailing to the Mediterranean  The realities of living life on the water Ending the trip in Greece due to the pandemic  Looking after her dad after a heart attach Sailing away from the media and journalism  Wanting to leave the writing behind her Sharing her journey on social media and keeping a record that way Being contacted by an agent about writing a book Getting into cold water swimming Half boat, half woman How to connect and buy the book  Final words of advice  Don’t think too far into the future “You can do so much more than you think you can”  
    Social Media
    Instagram: @smillieonsea 
    Book: The Half Bird: One woman’s voyage of self-discovery from Land’s End to the shores of Greece

    • 47 min
    Pelumi Nubi: The first Black woman to drive solo by road from London to Lagos, covering over 10,000 km in 74 days.

    Pelumi Nubi: The first Black woman to drive solo by road from London to Lagos, covering over 10,000 km in 74 days.

    Pelumi Nubi is a purpose-driven travel content creator and connector who thrives on exploring less commonly visited countries. 
    Currently living between London and Dubai, she calls both the UK and Nigeria home. Having ventured to over 80 countries across six continents, her engaging content inspires her community to embrace life with fearlessness and embody true freedom.
    She is committed to showing that travel can be safe, easy, and achievable, particularly for Black women who want to travel solo. 
    Pelumi has recently achieved an incredible milestone, becoming the first Black woman to drive solo by road from London to Lagos, covering over 10,000 km in 74 days. 
    Additionally, she was recently appointed Ambassador of Tourism in Lagos State, Nigeria.
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    Thank you for your invaluable support!
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    Show notes
    Who is Pelumi Growing up in Nigeria Moving to the UK aged 10 Relocating to Dubai in 2023 Her passion for travelling  Being bullied and diagnosed as dyslexia Visiting over 80+ countries Why travelling can be easy, safe and doable for solo travellers Academic life and the end of her PHD Pivoting from science to travel Her road trip from London to Lagos Early travel memories Doing a global leaders program and spending time in India Is travel/content creation a viable career option? Why no knowledge is wasted knowledge  Using her research background to plan her Lagos trip Living her life in chapters Deciding to drive to Lagos and how much time to plan for the adventure  The power of having mentors  Needing more time to plan and deciding to delay for a year Starting 24th January 2024 Naming her car ‘Lumi’ and the reasons behind the name Keeping costs down  Her route - UK, ferry to France, then Spain, ferry across to Morocco and then down the West coast of Africa Putting measures in place to keep herself safe Being more excited about the journey, than the fear Working on her mindset to keep going, despite the naysayers Refusing to read comments and not engaging  Setting other goals for the journey  Feeling like a failure after the end of her phd and not getting to be called Dr.  Needing to do a hard thing Wanting to re-write the narrative about how she felt about herself Not seeing people who looked like her doing over landing trips Wanting to inspire other Black solo explorers to go on an overland trip Wanting to show off the beauty of the different countries in Africa  Wanting to go at a slower pace Why it was chaotic on the road Daily routines and figuring out where to sleep at night Meeting new people and feelings of loneliness  Why a smile is the universal language  Africa is not a country  Riding the Iron-ore train and the reality of what it’s like Being a Black woman solo traveller and the differences between travelling in Europe and Africa Why you should start local People not believing that she was doing the adventure solo Sexual harassment while traveling  How to connect with Pelumi and follow her adventures  Future travel plans NDAs Not wanting to play it safe Just do it… Advice for women who want to get travelling and to make a pivot in their live The power of daily habits and why they are so important  Keep the promises that you make for yourself Why the magic is in the doing.   
    Social Media
    Website: www.peluminubi.com/s-projects-side-by-side 
    Instagram: @pelumi.nubi 
    Twitter/X: @peluminubi_ 
     

    • 51 min
    Kristin Thue: Thru-Hiker and Human Rights Activist from Norway, Sharing Adventures on Her Blog 'Let’s Trek It' to Inspire Others to Undertake Their Own Wilderness Journeys.

    Kristin Thue: Thru-Hiker and Human Rights Activist from Norway, Sharing Adventures on Her Blog 'Let’s Trek It' to Inspire Others to Undertake Their Own Wilderness Journeys.

    Kristin is a thru-hiker, climber, and human rights activist from Norway currently living in London. Despite her outdoorsy upbringing in snowy Norway, it was only in her 20s that she discovered her own adventure journey. 
    After going through a very tough time at university, Kristin decided to hike the Te Araroa across New Zealand’s South Island as an existential journey to shed her depression when she was 22. 
    Her thru-hiking journey has taken her across the world on trails such as the John Muir Trail, the GR11 Spain, the GR20 Corsica, and The Haute Route in Switzerland. 
    She founded her blog, Let’s Trek It, to share her adventures, tips, and inspire others to undertake their own wilderness journeys. 
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    Show notes
    Who is Kristin Originally from Norway but living in London now Being a thru-hiker for the past 9 years Growing up in Norway and spending a lot of time outdoors in the mountains Discovering thru hiking The struggles during her undergrad years Dealing with bullying and feeling of being loneliness Struggling with depression  Searching for purpose Being inspired by the book: Wild - By Cheryl Strayed Cheryl Strayed - Tough Girl Podcast May 2, 2017 Knowing that the Te Araroa Trail was the key to making her life better Deciding to start with a smaller trail - The West Highland Way - for her first thru0hike The kindness of strangers on the trails  Being 22 and ready to go The reasons for deciding to hike in New Zealand Concerns before thru-hiking Expecting thru-hiking to make everything better  Walking into her life Why it’s the journey and not the destination Favourite sections on the South Island, New Zealand The Nelson Lakes and the Two Thumb Range Feeling so happy while being on the trail  The challenging days on a thru-hike Struggling with a lack of sleep  Thunderstorms on the GR20 (Corsica) Dealing with challenging situation on a thru-hike Balancing her love of hiking with her London lifestyle Post trail/adventure blues and dealing with them Filling your life with fun things Hiking the GR11(walking across the Pyrenees, on the Spanish side)  Future walks/thruhikes  Heading to America to section hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Trail name - “white blaze” How to connect with Kristin  Believing in the power of inspiration  Final words of advice and wisdom for you - “ Dare to act on an idea because there is no reason why it can’t be you”  
    Social Media
    Website: www.letstrekit.com
    Instagram: @lets.trek.it 
    Facebook: @letstrekit
     

    • 48 min
    Sunny Stroeer: Completing the Iditarod Trail Invitational 1,000-Mile Race on Skis, Becoming the First Woman to Do So.

    Sunny Stroeer: Completing the Iditarod Trail Invitational 1,000-Mile Race on Skis, Becoming the First Woman to Do So.

    Sunny is a professional adventure athlete, guide service owner and story teller based in Kanab, Utah.  
    After obtaining an MBA from Harvard Business School and pursuing a career as a management consultant in her twenties, Sunny decided to leave behind the business world in order to focus full-time on mountains, climbing and VLDs (very long distances). 
    Today, she is a professional athlete and owner of two guiding businesses - AWExpeditions and Dreamland Safari Tours. 
    She is also the founder of the AWE Summit Scholarship Foundation that breaks down barriers for women+ to access mountaineering and the backcountry -- in the form of tens of thousands of dollars in expedition scholarships. 
    Sunny first came on the Tough Girl Podcast on Jun 23, 2020. Sharing her story about being the first woman to circumnavigate and summit Aconcagua in a single push. 
    You can listen to that episode Here
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    Use code TOUGHGIRL15 to get your 15% discount.  Click Here 
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    Show notes
    Who is Sunny  Working as a professional adventure athlete and running her own travel companies  Sunny first came on the Tough Girl Podcast on Jun 23, 2020. First woman to circumnavigate and summit Aconcagua in a single push. What happened in 2020  Deciding to buy a tour company/guide service business Using her MBA from Harvard Thriving with the challenge and the uncertainty  Pursuing her own adventures and being her own boss Getting involved in running Fastest Known Times (FKTs) Starting to focus on adventuring in Alaska 350 mile race on cross country skis - Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI), held in Alaska during Winter (2021) Planning to head to the South Pole in the future  More info about the ITI and how its structured, and what you can expect.  The short version - 350 miles. The long version 1000 miles. You need to do the short version of the race before you can attempt to race the longer version. The different modes of travel: Fat bike, dogs, skies, walking The lessons learned from the recce before the bigger race No mandatory gear list Being able to connect with folks who had done the race before to get advice and tips Leaving her comfort zone behind and moving into the stretch zone Dealing with uncomfortable feelings Reflection back on her first ITI in 2021  Dealing with overflow Not having a background in cross country skiing Knowing that she able to keep herself safe in these extreme conditions Dealing with broken bindings and having to hike the final 150 miles Having a 10 day deadline to cover the 350 miles Being pushed to her limits both physically and emotionally  Going back in 2022 to ski the 350 mile distance again - gaining more experience and knowledge Fat biking the race in 2023 with her husband Feeling ready to commit to the 1000 miles race in 2024 Race strategy and plan (both adhoc and thought through) Needing to complete the 1000 miles (approx 930 - 960 miles) in 30 days Dealing with a stress fracture on her shin in the December and only having 5 weeks to train Using both a backpack and a pulk/sled to transport gear.  Dealing with the cold and trying to avoid getting wet in -30/-40 degrees Aiming to travel slowly, keeping her heart rate low in an aim to keep from sweating Dealing with wet and damp gloves and getting a little bit of frost bite on her fingers.  Dealing with numb heels and maybe a little bit of nerve damage after the race Highlights and magical moment from life on the trail Being in her own thoughts for 14hrs or more a day Food and nutrition on the trail Feeling the pressure to reach the finish line before the cut off point Making it across the sea ice before it flooded or

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Sarah Perry - INOV8 Ambassador: Setting Records on the South West Coast Path (630 Miles) with a Fastest Self-Supported Completion

    Sarah Perry - INOV8 Ambassador: Setting Records on the South West Coast Path (630 Miles) with a Fastest Self-Supported Completion

    Sarah Perry is an ultra-runner, dedicated educator, and INOV8 ambassador with a passion for the outdoors and pushing her limits. On this episode of the Tough Girl Podcast, Sarah shares her journey from her Yorkshire roots to breaking records on the South West Coast Path (SWCP).
    Living in Cumbria and working in adult education, Sarah balances her career with her love for long-distance running. Growing up with family holidays in the Lakes, Wales, and Scotland, she developed a love for the hills. After lockdown, Sarah sought a healthier balance, moving to a greener environment and embracing running for the joy it brings.
    In March 2024, Sarah set a new British backyard running record, showcasing her mental resilience and strategic approach to ultra-running. Her most notable achievement came with her record-breaking, self-supported run of the SWCP, covering 630 miles in 13 days, 11 hours, and 31 minutes. Despite a failed attempt in 2023 due to injury, her meticulous planning and determination led to success.
    As an INOV8 ambassador, Sarah discusses her favourite gear and the support she receives from the brand. She also talks about the importance of community and staying motivated, even when balancing a full-time job with intense training.
    Looking ahead, Sarah is preparing for future challenges, including the 13 Valleys Ultra in September and the Winter Spine in January 2025. Her story highlights the power of dreaming big, learning from failures, and the importance of detailed planning.
    Tune in to hear Sarah Perry's story, her adventures on the SWCP, and her advice for women looking to elevate their running: "Dream big and don’t forget the spreadsheet!" Connect with Sarah on social media to follow her journey and upcoming challenges.
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     Don't miss the latest episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast, released every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 AM UK time!  
    Be sure to hit the subscribe button to stay updated on the incredible journeys and stories of strong women. 
    This episode of the Tough Girl Podcast is proudly sponsored by INOV8, pioneers in cutting-edge sportswear. 
    Use code TOUGHGIRL15 to get your 15% discount.  Click Here. 
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    Show notes
    Who is Sarah - Teacher, dog mum & ultra-runner.   Living in Cumbria and working in adult education  Doing a little bit of longer distance running! Running the South West Coast Path (SWCP)  Breaking the record (self supported) 630 miles in 13 days, 11 hours and 31 mins Growing up in Yorkshire Making a change after lockdown and deciding to move somewhere greener Having an older brother and being quite competitive  Having family holiday in the Lakes, Wales and Scotland and doing lots of walking in the hills Not having the healthiest balance with running when she first started in her early 20s Trying to gain control in her life Why your 20s can be so stressful  Using running as an escape and a tool for finding herself  Running for the love of it and not doing super structured training programs Setting a new British backyard running record in March 2024 What is a backyard ultra? 4.2 miles per lap, going out on the hour, every hour until 1 person is left.  The mental side of a back yard ultra - and the tactics involved? Getting her head down and doing her own thing. 52 mins for each lap - approx 8/10 mins to recover What goes on during the rest break Not wanting to run until she dropped The reality of running while having a job and living Staying in the zone and thinking of the small things  Becoming an INOV8 ambassador  Favourite INOV8 Trainers - Trailfly  Fell shoe - INOV8 Mudtalon Speed  Attempting to run the SWCP last year in 2023 and needing to stop on day 3 due to an injury  The reason for going self supported Planning for the SWCP Trying to figure out how far to run each day…. Working out ferry crossings, food and water stops Living out the adventure via the spreadsheet, before even stepping on the path Needing to fail the first time, in order to understand wh

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