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