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Love your Hair Suz

I’ve had some private messages about who cuts my hair, people wanting to stop colouring theirs and going silver. I’m glad I’m a silver fox now, was black hair, long black hair, I started looking a bit hard. Glad silver is trendy now, I don’t regret it.

AMELIA LONDON at Spectra in Palmerston North cuts mine, they’re on George street.

Yup I’m grey now naturally, but she puts in a tint now and then. Go see her, get a do that suits your face shape and your schedule.

No high maintenance for this mama.

 

Suz x

 

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Challenge Yourself

Challenge yourself!

  • Get out of your comfort zone!
  • It makes you feel alive!
  • The stress of a new challenge creates more focus!

Fight or flight, it’s a biological response, we all have self-doubt, that’s normal. Still push and try, find joy in the journey. When you complete the challenge, you feel amazing!!!

  • Trust in yourself!
  • Trust the process in getting there!
  • No regrets!
  • No excuses!

My challenge, my new parenting show I’m writing, I’m speaking end of September. December I’m doing Iron Maori half marathon in Napier. Then after that another goal of some sort, maybe book number two?

What’s your next challenge or goal? Could be anything, big or small:

  • Study?
  • Travel?
  • Saving?
  • Fitness?
  • Relationship improvement?
  • Music lessons?
  • Night class?
  • Local council?
  • Tell me!

I have more to say on challenges, watch my video by clicking here

Suz x

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Absorbing some brainy vibes!

I’m in the library, so I don’t find things to do at home, like clean.

Absorbing some brainy vibes…sitting in here. All my tabs are open. Set my goals, smashing the shit out of them. Goal number One is to do 21 km run in Iron Maori Napier December 2nd, 2017.  I ran around Massey, boxed yesterday just keeping fit each day, it helps my mood.

Goal number two is writing my UNPC, real, raw, relatable, earthy, funny parenting show! It’s in Napier, the first one is a fundraiser at the end of September. Tickets are available at our Napier OOSH store.

Procrastinating a bit, people watching, love it.  It’s hard to be quiet in here, I creepily whisper if people talk to me, I wanna yell out stuff! I respect librarians they seem so self-contained. Piano people come and randomly play it intrigues me to watch.

Have a great day.

Crazy mama Suz!

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Social media approval from the family

I’ve sat all my kids and hubby down a few weeks ago to talk. Asked them are they OK with me discussing topics including them openly on my public profile page.

  • Talking
  • Blogging
  • Videos
  • UNPC at times
  • Raw real relatable
  • Interactive
  • Thought provoking
  • Supportive to other parents
  • Business
  • Life
  • Discipline
  • Funny stories
  • Craziness 
  • Parenting our way
  • Them
  • Fun
  • Current daily events
  • Everything and anything

My kids are great, secure in themselves said they don’t mind at all, they like it. The kids at school think it’s cool one said. I’ve always been extremely open and honest with them from day one. It’s kinda normal for them, Mum is Mum.

Me…

  • A bit out there
  • UNPC
  • Tactless
  • Filter free
  • Extrovert

But ALWAYS with pure intentions, that’s how we Johnson’s roll.❤️ They agreed to talk to me if anything I do or say upsets them on here, so far so good. Their self-esteem is 100% intact. You, me and the kids are learning as we go, let’s support and help each other, life’s a crazy ride! Have a few laughs along the way.

I know my very open, not very private style will ruffle a few people’s feathers along this journey, but at least it gets us all talking and communicating. Pushing the limits and out of our comfort zone makes us feel alive.
Suz x

 

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Not My Problem

 

I learnt this from my boxing coach Mr Filipo Sana.

I forgot my wraps Filipo’ ‘not my problem Suz, I taught you to come prepared’

I can’t run in these boxing boots and I haven’t brought my sneakers Filipo’ ‘not my problem Suz, I taught you to come prepared, don’t make your problem my problem, I’m not owning that’.

We take on other peoples problems, in work and life unnecessarily:

  • Our kids
  • Our work mates
  • Our friends
  • Our jobs, especially as a supervisor or boss, people like to offload responsibility, its easier than fixing the problem themselves

Its frustrating when we have given the plan or the tools to succeed already. Like at staff training or family rules. So I will use this now not my problem you sort it out at home and work. I guess its human nature, easier to pass the problem on… try to make it some one else’s. If this happens; mirror image that problem right back at them… reflect. It could be the grenade theory, say not my problem.

If the kids aren’t prepared for the cross country at school, haven’t bothered to find their sneakers and gear until the morning, last minute before school its not your problem mum. So let them face the consequences of running in bare feet, let them feel the ripple effect of how being under-prepared affects them and those around them. Poor performance running, prickles and cold feet. Less house points for their team in school sports for poor performance. Hopefully they’ll be more prepared next time. The Johnson kids understand that every decision in life they make has a consequence and a ripple effect. More adults need to take this on board. Be responsible for your own shit!

A good parent an effective manager and supervisor gives the team the tools to do a good job and the respect to trust they will, the training, the inductions, the manuals, the resources and the communication. But a good manager doesn’t do other peoples jobs for them. They also don’t own others slack behaviors or responsibility and job avoidance. Use the mirror and grenade theory, chuck it back, leave them to deal with it not my problem its your job, you sort it, accept the consequences and ripple effects.

NOT MY PROBLEM… DEAL WITH YOUR OWN SHIT!

Suz x

 

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Taking one for the Team

Sometimes you just gotta take one for the team, (put out, action, jiggy jiggy) with your husband, to get shit done around home or to keep them non grumpy, whistling, upbeat and positive. Trust me I KNOW!

So turn the telly off, get out of your trackies and t-shirt, shower, pop on a fancy bra and undies set, preferably matching. Chuck on some lippy, bit of perfume and lure… get your sexy on, lol.

I find it helps to also get what you want, things go more in your favor with a lot less effort. Lawns get done more often, dinner gets cooked, dishes get done, kids get babysat. Say you are having a girls night out, he’ll say yeah go for it, have fun.

Initiate and make the effort, because from my experience, he ALWAYS feels like it. Guaranteed that half an hour of adult play will make him 20 times more productive round home, less grouchy too.

But do remember no MEANS NO. Don’t scare him or her, its got to be consensual. Even at work if he’s grumpy, my team will joke with me and tell me to ‘take one for the team’. Then the next day they have a happier much more productive CEO… good luck peeps. Oh and the CEO is my husband, it’s OK!

If you want the house painted, wall papered, dinner cooked, yard sorted, do ‘IT’ more often. Take one for the team! Check out my video, by clicking here.

 

Suz x

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Travelling for Work

Travelling for work makes me feel unhinged at time, people keep telling me I’m LUCKY getting to travel with work. Its not luck, I think I’m lucky to get to come home.

I’ve just been to China, buying fabric from massive crazy fabric markets, with a few million other humans, that were all trying to do the same thing. Hustle, bustle, the people, bikes, cars, its like the A & P show amusement rides area on steroids and red-bulls. Noise, always noise, yelling, horns, cars, trucks and chatter. I start to feel a little unhinged and mental by about the fifth day of work.

The language barrier!!! The spitting everywhere. I feel like I’m on an episode of TV’s fear factor food eating. Menu’s not in English, so I guess what I’m eating, pointing at a picture that looks like the color of chicken. Must be chicken, ahhh no, to discover later its frog (by making various animal noises to the waiter). I thought I’d relax with a nice Chinese massage after a 20 hour plane journey. I’m left with bruises, can’t wear my handbag or lean against the back of a chair. Bruises galore, a Chinese massage is basically “getting a hiding” with the nice title of “massage”.

Pooing in stand on toilets and my aim ain’t to flash… missing! Handling the taxi drivers which fancy themselves as racing car drivers like Shumacher. The constant feeling of going to be ripped off as I’ve had my handbag stolen in China before. So always on edge and aware. It makes me feel a bit mental, manic, unhinged, the chaos, everyone on their own mission. The eating alone and missing my family. There’s no time to chill because there’s people EVERYWHERE and work to do in a short time.

I’m a talker as Oprah said “she’s a talking child” I love to talk, so I get lonely travelling alone. If there’s a language barrier, I always wonder if that’s how the deaf feel… lonely in a world full of people moving around them, but not understanding what they are saying. So I guess I sound like that fella on that TV program… an idiot abroad (name I can’t remember) and ungrateful. After all its work 8am till 8pm. I’ve never seen the great wall. I’m grateful that I’ve created a work life for myself to be free and independent to travel as a woman. I am grateful I have the confidence to do so and trust my instincts to take care of myself when I travel.

It makes me appreciate my own friendly country of New Zealand. It makes me appreciate and feel grateful our pollution free air, I get headaches in China’s industrial city. I feel grateful when I’m away to be able to go home to my own bed and fridge of familiar food, hug my kids, see my friends and animals.

So I am not lucky to travel, lucky is winning lotto. I’m not complaining, I’m grateful for the opportunities as a Kiwi woman to be self employed and travel. But am more grateful to get to go home.

I guess that old saying, home is where the heart is, resonates with me being away from home. Makes me appreciate experiences I get, but really appreciate the simple things like blue sky, fresh fruit, how good I have it at home in New Zealand.

Check out my videos, to get a feel for what its like in China, click here and here.

 

Suz

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Self Awareness

So who the F – – K am I? Geez that’s a hard one.

BRAINSTORM!!! I guess I am what I know? Experiences or intuition, gut feeling.

I guess we are a product of the experiences we have or chase. It gives us our belief, character, feelings, emotions and desires. I guess self awareness is knowing WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT and KNOWING and hopefully LIKE WHO YOU ARE, the authentic you.

ME… Mrs Suzie Johnson is:

  • Bossy
  • Stroppy
  • Opinionated
  • Tactless
  • Funny
  • Quirky
  • Passionate
  • Advocate
  • Loyal
  • Can be a bitch

I know what I know, by trusting what I’ve learnt from the experiences I’ve had. I’m a product of all my life experiences I have had, that’s shaped me.

  • An alcoholic Dad made me defensive, forgiving, occasionally violent, self maintaining, strong, hateful, resilient, short tempered, driven, sneaky, ability to know when to shut up or disappear.
  • A job from 12 made me reliable, hard working and responsible. Saving for what I needed and wanted. Self worth and self governed.
  • Horses in my life gave me, peace, responsibility, unconditional love, friendships, care and kindness, nurturing, exercise awareness, goal driven and love animals.
  • Being overweight as a child made me become, sensitive, vulnerable, hard tough exterior, funnier to fit in, sneaky with food, shame and guilt.
  • Being a curvy adult has made me address issues with courage and change. I’m now raw, earthy and real. Empathetic, accepting of self, kinder to self, understanding, enlightened, educated, self accepting, loved and give love. They say “you are what you eat”. I believe “you are how others make you feel or how you feel about yourself”.
  • Other things like, friendships, nursing training, ancestry, business owner, failures and successes, wife, designer and mother.

Those things have made and shaped me to who I am today. My self awareness, a sum of all these parts, the good and the bad. The bad times make me stronger and appreciate the good. I like who I am now. I don’t make excuses if people don’t like this authentic me, I’ll leave that with them. I talk about what I know, people can tell if you’re a bullshitter.

I’ll teach what I know, as I am the only “ME”, authentic, raw, earthy and funny. Occasionally I have self doubt, like why would they want me? and nerves and also think WTF am I doing? That’s normal. We aren’t in this world to be perfect. So take that self awareness. Know who you are and own that shit. Don’t try to be anyone else. You are here for a reason. Write 50 words that reflect YOU! NOW!

You can only keep improving you and learning, using this to help others. So that’s why I public speak, write blogs and tell people it’s OK to be you and happy in the skin you are in, no matter what shape or history you have. Bloody love yourself, rolls and all. I photograph everything, be the selfie Queen. Chase and embrace any new life experiences, as it all adds to our own SELF AWARENESS.

You are the sum of all your life experiences, feel, deal, heal and shine.

  • I have a story or 1000 stories to tell
  • I am 42
  • I have curves and stretch marks
  • I am a mother, not a perfect mother, but a good one
  • I am a business owner
  • I am a wife
  • I understand and design fashion
  • I am a good friend
  • I understand body shape
  • I understand selling
  • I understand woman

I’ll own that SHIT. I’ll talk about all that and more because its in my DNA, its real. I understand and live it.

 

From the authentic me, Suz xox

 

Appreciation

My mum Heather came to stay from Napier and did all my washing and cleaned my whole house, when I was away visiting the OOSH Managers in New Plymouth, Cambridge and Mount Maunganui for four days this week. That’s no easy feat with five kids under thirteen and two adults who work full time… BOOM! Thanks you a bloody legend mum, I am grateful. Practical help is the BEST when you are a busy mum. I will pay it forward when I have grand kids too and to randoms everyday.

Appreciating the little things…

  • Sunshine
  • Roses (the flower and the chocolate)
  • Cashew nuts
  • Nail polish
  • Dogs greeting
  • Tank water
  • Cuddles from my kids
  • Sellotape
  • Nelson my Labrador dog
  • Stretch fabric
  • My crazy sister
  • My team… OOSH
  • Cider
  • TIME with my kids
  • Trish and Irene

Being thankful for all the things in your life and not wishing your life away. My neighbour said to her farmer hubby “if we won lotto, what would you want to do with the money?” I loved his response that “he’d probably pay off some farm debt and keep doing what he’s doing… farming”. He’s living the life he loves, land, animals, family, simply happy.

People tend to look too much at what everyone else has got. Fancy car, fancy house, keeping up with the fancy pants. Wishing they had the same…ugh. Its just stuff, people like to keep up appearances (probably all on tick and borrowed dollars). Its so shallow, stuff is material, its isn’t WHO you are, its just what you have. You can’t take it with you to heaven.

Make memories. Don’t save for the new lounge suite, instead save for the holiday with the kids whilst they still want to be seen with you. Take PHOTOS and have fun. Furniture fades, memories stay the same. Our furniture is a bit dated, but instead of saving $50 a week for a leather lounge suite, I pay a cleaner. So I get more time with my kids after school and in the weekends, time I am grateful for.

  • TIME is golden
  • TIME you can’t get back

There’s only one thing more precious than time, its actually who you decide to spend that time with. Our lives are so busy these days. So be grateful for who you are and what you have. Don’t be greedy, remember you can always make more dollars later. But you can’t make time. I wish I spent more time with my dad and granddad, they are dead now so I can’t. Appreciate the living…

  • APPRECIATE the quirks and personalities
  • APPRECIATE the conversations and the humour
  • APPRECIATE and be grateful they are alive

So YAY the weather forecast this weekend is SUNSHINE, buggar the housework. I’m sure my five kids will be grateful that I’m outside spending time with them on ponies and motorbikes and maybe the beach. All of us enjoying and appreciating being alive in a safe country. I bet I’ll be rarking them up heaps though.

 

Suz xox

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