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FINAL EPISODE! Part 6 - Show notes! 7 Women - 7 Challenges 2017 - Reflections

At the start of 2017 after feedback from the Tough Girl Tribe. I started 7 Women - 7 Challenges.

Throughout the year I have been interviewing 7 women to follow them on their journey of going after their own personal challenges.

What a journey it has been! There have been high points (a new baby!), low points (trying to raise £21K), focus, dedication, commitment, success and failure. New skills have been learned, new challenges ticked off bucket lists and fears overcome.

I would like to extend a massive thank you to all of the seven women who have been involved in this project since December 2016. It is not easy to put yourself out there, and to share your story with the world (the tough girl podcast is listened to in 172 countries).

These women, all stepped up, they have shared honestly about their experience, the good bits and the bad and I hope you have managed to take something away from all of their collective experiences.

This is real stories, from real women, living real lives.

This is the final episode.


Listen to Part 1 - Now!

1st January 2017

Listen to Part 2 - Now!

12th February 2017

Listen to Part 3 Now!

2nd April 2017

Listen to Part 4 Now!

28th May 2017

Listen to Part 5 Now!

23rd October 2017

Listen to Part 6 Now!

31st December 2017


Running Order - Each part is about 20 mins

Gemma Smith

Rachel Wise

Rae Red

Laura Try

Jen Dykxhoorn

Jo Jo Rogers

Georgie Akin-Smith



Gemma Smith

  • December 2017!

  • Changing her attitude

  • How Gemma started 2017!

  • Reflecting back on the past 12 months

  • Why it was a year of 2 halves…

  • Being prepared and doing everything she can to make it happen

  • Not making it to the top of the mountain

  • Struggling with her work environment

  • What advice would she give herself?

  • Forcing herself to rest

  • Would she change anything in how she approached her challenge

  • Being a full time adventurer….

  • Being realistic

  • Sharing more about herself

  • 2018… Why it’s challenges not goals!

  • Getting her Mountain Leader Award

  • Doing a challenge with her mum

  • Big plans for 2019

  • How she will be spending New Year!

  • Advice and tips for you!

  • Follow along on her blog -

Gemma is on Instagram @GemLaurenSmith & also on Twitter @GemlaurenSmith


Rachel Wise

  • Back in the UK…. a slight change of plans!

  • The transition from St.Lucia to Malaysia

  • Miami - Staying in a cool hip hostel!

  • The girls & their schooling!

  • Getting into nice groove but needing to move on

  • Having more of a purpose…

  • Sri Lanka…. staying the wrong places… meeting new people!

  • Surf school for the girls!

  • Dealing with the tough times

  • The girls becoming better friends!

  • Keeping motivated with school work

  • Cutting short their time in Sir Lanka

  • The money and the budget!

  • Being back in the UK in Winter…

  • Spending time with family over Christmas

  • Flying back to KL on the 1st January

  • Slowing down time….

  • What she is most proud of?

  • What has she learned the most?

  • The blog?!

  • What advice would she give herself?

  • 6 months into the adventure!

  • Being excited by 2018!

  • Looking forward to going home

  • The website -

You can read about Rachel’s family’s adventures at!


Rae Read

  • What’s been happening since we last spoke!

  • NEW BABY!!

  • Wanting to have a home birth…

  • 14 hours at home… heading to hospital

  • Having an emergency c-section & dealing with complications

  • Grieving for her ultra

  • Having a different view of her body

  • Leading by example & wanting to be proud of herself

  • Taking each day as it comes

  • Dealing with sleep deprivation

  • Having a different relationship with food

  • Setting up mum’s groups

  • Gear 4 Outdoor Women - Facebook Group JOIN!

  • Having to make do with gear!

  • 2018 Goals - Marathons, Sailing & ML!

  • Freedom Outdoors - supporting women

  • Why 2017 has been a huge year!

  • Get in contact with Rae via Facebook or her blog


Laura Try

  • Speaking to us from Lagamara in the Canary Islands

  • Changing her job!

  • Thinking back to December 2016

  • The money and raising the money!

  • Putting her health at risk and being depressed

  • “She’s so lucky”

  • Going to bed at 4 am - getting up at 7 am

  • Not wanting to get carried away

  • Key moments

  • What would she tell herself 12 months ago?

  • Advice..

  • Her motivation and why having accountability helped

  • Not caring what other people think

  • The Atlantic Challenge… needing to raise £100,000

  • Plans for 2018

  • Wanting to be a little bit normal

  • Follow Laura on her social media channels @LTFactor

Connect with Laura - Facebook, twitter, Youtube, and visit her website


Jen Dyxhoorn

  • Being in Guatemala!

  • Travelling to Asia & Australia

  • Doing her PADI Open Water qualification

  • Looking back on 2017 and why it was an interesting year

  • Travelling, physical challenges and dealing with research issues and maintaining motivation

  • Wanting to develop a home base and a community

  • What advice would she give herself 12 months ago

  • The unexpected thing she has learned about herself

  • Having the capacity to figure things out

  • Tips & tricks to help mange her anxiety

  • Her passion for her passion planner!

  • Champagne goals and every day magic goals

  • Her most powerful motivator

  • Looking back at LEJOG & practical changes she would have made

  • Advice and tips for making 2018 and epic and adventure filled year

  • “Decide what to be and go be it”

You can follow Jen’s adventures at, or on Twitter @jendykxhoorn and Instagram @lovelyoutlier


Jo Jo Rogers

  • Happy December!

  • Her BIG Race in December!

  • Strava…

  • The November Challenge!

  • 29,000 people involved in the challenge… 12 days behind

  • Her master plan!!

  • Going for the top 10!!

  • Her mileage… 140 mile week, 150 mile week, 160 mile week!!!

  • Tired, cranky and hungry!

  • Withdraw from challenge…

  • Being in a dark place with running.. why she wasn’t loving it

  • Going running when she didn’t feel like it

  • Not wanting to get competitive with the tribe!

  • Being smart about her taper

  • Getting to Florida for the race

  • Getting the tactics right for the race - a 5 loop course

  • Not making her goals - but why it was still worth it all

  • What she has leaned this year

  • Watch out 2018!

  • Advice for getting off the couch!!!

  • Plans for 2018


Georgie Akin-Smith

  • 2 more challenges to go!

  • The Bournemouth Marathon

  • 15k Trail Run in the dark!

  • Over training and how she prepared herself for the Bournemouth Marathon

  • What she’s learned from the mental side of training

  • Why she found the marathon harder than she expected

  • Wanting to do another marathon!

  • The Wall!!

  • Running in the dark & getting the bug for trail running!

  • Coming 3rd female!

  • Fresh air and nature!

  • Advice for doing 12 challenges in 12 months

  • What she’s learned on the journey

  • How to break the challenge down into manageable chunks

  • Her motivation for the challenges

  • Her final 2 challenges!

  • Taking a dip in the sea on Christmas Day!!

  • Her plans for 2018! An ultra trail run…. 46 miles in May!

  • Getting the courage to enter the race!

  • Final words of advice and tips for your 2018 challenges

  • Getting her blog updated!

Georgie is blogging about her challenges at


A massive thank you to all the

women involved in this 2017 project.

If you want to do something - DO IT!!

Take that first step, write down your goals and go for it, there is nothing stopping you. xx


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