In 2012, Lizzie decided to take a career break and she spent nine months eco-adventuring in remote locations all over the world. She hiked through the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of south west China before travelling to Mongolia!
Shortly after returning to the UK in 2013 she was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer which re-defined her and, ultimately, gave her a new sense of purpose.
Lizzie shares more of her story on the Tough Girl Podcast.
Growing up in Tenerife, being sporty and loving the outdoors from a young age
Being surrounded by inspirational people at work and how it encouraged her to take a career break
Spending time in Russia, China & Mongolia & the challenges she faced on a daily basis
How plastic pollution first came to her attention
Travelling by train on the Trans-Siberian railway - being offered chicken feet & vodka!
Dealing with vulnerability while travelling in Mongolia & learning how to take a step back from situations and assess them
Heading back to the UK and dealing with the reality of being diagnosed with cancer at twenty five, and how it impacted the direction of her life
How she learned to focus on the short term goals and milestones
What she said to herself while she was lying in the hospital bed
Quitting her job, not having a plan and why you can never have a plan
Friends, family, nature and how her values changed
Why she started paddle boarding as a way of restoring her health and fitness
How the #SuperSUPEngland challenge came about
Why she decided to take matters into her own hand to help people understand the scale of plastic pollution in our waterways
The challenges she faced on the waterways and how she kept on going during the tough days
Having great adventures in the UK & working as an Ordnance Survey Champion!
What she’s learnt from her paddle boarding experience
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6th August - Tough Girl Tribe Trip to Snowdonia
12th - 14th August - Adventure Travel Film Festival, London
20th August - Tough Girl Tribe Trip to Snowdonia
1st - 4th September - Base Camp Festival, Peak District
Take a listen to these related podcast episodes…
Emily Penn (Skipper, ocean advocate and artist dedicated to studying environmental challenges in the most remote parts of our planet)
Lois Pryce (Adventure Travel Film Festival)
Belinda Kirk (Base Camp Festival)
Sarah Outen (One of the speakers at Base Camp Festival)
Emma Timmis (My running companion for Hadrian's’ Wall)