After working in finance for 8 years, Sarah Williams quit her city job and spent 18 months travelling the world, climbing Kilimanjaro, backpacking around South America and doing a ski season. She used this time to help her decide on what she wanted to do with her life, and came back to set up Tough Girl Challenges as a way of motivating and inspiring women and girls.
She is also the host the Tough Girl Podcast where she interviews inspirational female explorers, adventurers, athletes and everyday women who have overcome great challenges. She completed the Marathon des Sables in April 2016, and in 2017 she will be thru hiking the Appalachian Trail (2,190 miles) in 100 days!
Here are a few of the big topics we talked about:
How physical challenges help us connect with our true inner voice by building our internal confidence.
Physical training vs. emotional and mental training
Using visualization to help you achieve your goals.
The “What If” scenario practice
How living with passion has helped silence her inner critic.
When you wear a mask for long enough, you start to become that person.
The power of finding your purpose.
The uprising of women seeking out alternative ways to share their voice.
The power of vulnerability
The fear of failure.
The benefits of gratitude.
Why we need to give ourselves permission.
In Sarah's Voice:
“It's not just about achieving the goal, it's about what you learn along the way.”
“When you aren't doing something you are passionate about, there is a disconnect internally.”
“I got tired of having to be someone I'm not.”
“The only person I can be is me.”
“If you can be vulnerable, it's an incredibly powerful place to get to.”
“The reason you are here is because of the decisions you have made.”