How to overcome injuries with Julie Metsola

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Julie’s journey started 18 years ago when she was in a serious car accident and hit by a drunk driver. She sustained injuries to her neck, shoulder and upper back, and is lucky to still be here. Her doctor recommended she try Yoga to help heal her injuries, she did and has since practiced yoga for the past 18 years and has no plans to stop anytime soon.

Six years ago Julie discovered her passion for training with weights when she went to see a personal trainer to even further her strength and rehabilitation. She found both of these practices helped with her injuries and both came quite easy to her, she then decided to become a qualified PT herself so that she could help other people become fit, strong, healthy and heal their injuries too.

She previously worked as a bookkeeper and after having time off to have a family decided that she didn’t want to return to this career and was going to help people instead. She has now been a fully qualified PT, Group fitness leader, Nutritional Coach and Yoga Instructor since the start of 2018.

Julie juggles her new business around her 2 children and her husbands FIFO work. “It can be hard at times, however I get a lot out of it. It’s very rewarding helping people” Julie said. Her favourite quote is “Small Changes lead to big change” which is exactly what she sees in her clients and is extremely proud of them all.

Julie teaches an over 50’s strength and Eccentric exercise class 3 times a week and has various personal training clients, she instructs occasional yoga classes and gives all her clients nutritional advice.

Julie Metsola – Mojo Fitness & Nutrician

Susan Wight and her home schooling experience


Susan Wight. A woman who has been described before, as a house wife. The term is a mockery to the sheer amount of work Sue puts in to making the world a better place. She is living proof, that no matter who the bread winner in the family is – every woman can be as inspiring, and successful as they choose.

Before marriage, and the arrival of her three incredible sons, Sue worked in a publishing house, and for a short time, in a bank. Her journey started when her sons reached primary school, and school problems and bad behaviour, spilled into the family dynamic. Sue talks about this time, saying something ‘drastic’ had to be done.

If something’s not right you can put up with it, you can whinge, or you can try to change it. I’m a ‘try and change it’ kind of person.”

After making a lot of enquires, Sue and her husband made the joint decision to take a leap, and make a bet on home schooling. The first few months were tough. Horrible behaviour Sue had been used to dealing with after school, became a round the clock occurrence. With a little bit of patience, and a lot of love – Sue made it through. She admits to making a lot of mistakes in the beginning, after all – who doesn’t at the start of their journey? Soon enough though, her family began to re-appreciate life and the joy that can be found in learning. Her son’s all grew up to be intelligent, mindful, independent thinking people. They are a tribute to the hard work she, and her husband, put in.

The struggles Sue faced did not begin and end in teaching her children. She began to find, there was stigma associated with her and her way of life. Almost instantly, everyone she knew and didn’t really know at all, had an opinion on the way she was raising her children. They didn’t mind sharing it either. Initially Sue was quite defensive, but over time she learnt to accept the difference of opinion and developed a resilience to their words, that stopped them derailing her progress. Perhaps the strangest assumption that followed her around, upon taking her children out of school, was the Sue herself – must be unintelligent.

When answering the ‘What do you do?” question at my husband’s work events, I saw people’s eyes glaze over; they looked over the top of my head for someone more important to network with. Sometimes that was funny, sometimes not so funny.”

Sue’s work with home education, goes far beyond the efforts she made to teach her own children. Sue began volunteering at a phone line, where she responded to home education ‘newbies’ calls and helped them to understand the options they had. She soon became the coordinator of the home education magazine, a position she has held for ten years. In fact she still holds it today, even though all her children are grown up and at university or with full time jobs. That kind of commitment, and input to a cause is an attribute in Sue that should be admired, not down played as being a ‘house wife’. If all that wasn’t enough, she is a major player in the movement to challenge the government, who are now trying to change the laws around home education. Sue recently spent more than a couple of days at Parliament, lobbying politicians for their support of people’s right to decide how and under what circumstances their children are raised.

If being a house wife, reliant on their husbands pay cheque has as much of an impact on the world as Susan Wight, women everywhere should be embracing that term as a badge of honour. This writer for one, would be proud to wear any label that put her in the same category as a pioneer of home education and meaningful change, like Susan Wight.

If you would like to contact Susan on any home schooling please contact Susan at


Self Development is Key

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Self Development is Key – Find the time

I am a huge believer in self development, without it I believe you will not live a full-filling life and some even struggle, you may find it hard to make ends meet or to understand how to move on from one thing to the other in life and end up working a Groundhog Day job.  I love a challenge, I love to learn, experience new things in life and be creative.  Every chance I get to learn or take on a new course of study I take it, I’ve studied around working horrible shift worker 12 hour rosters, all you need is determination and to pick something of interest.

You might think you don’t have enough time or your busy with the kids and up keeping the house, take the time to research ideas first on how to improve things and make things easier for yourself and the family, there is many blogs out there with great ways on how to make life easier or how to work around things to save you time, all you may need is just another persons perspective.

There are many ways out there to do self development, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars and years at Uni, there’s self help books out there such as “Make it Happen” by Michelle Bridges, a bit about my past, I always hated reading books growing up, I never had the patience to sit down and read, I still can’t get into fiction books, but I picked up this book at the airport when I was dreading having to fly back to work wondering what can I grab to distract me this swing, how am I going to make it through another swing, shortly after I turned 31, I was going through a Nervous break down, the fifo company I worked for flew me home as I was showing high levels of Anxiety, and had to go through a number of counselling sessions to come back to work (bad workplace relationship it’s a long story and I’m not allowed to talk about it, I’m still physically and mentally healing from it) I couldn’t get my head out of this book and it got me back into the gym, I’ve now made it my goal to run regularly, I hated running until now, now I love it, you need fitness for work if you want to have a great quality of life and career. I completely understand and agree with what Michelle says in this book, It’s a great read and there is many more out there by her and other authors as well I can’t keep my head out of books now. It’s also been great having great role models in my up bringing such as Tanya Spencer who has turned her bad life experiences into Life Coaching for others, she has spent thousands on training to accomplish this, she will soon be listed as a Fembuiz.

You can also take on small courses, their listed everywhere these days, I’ve done short photography courses ran by professional photographers who have done the hard yards at Uni, or go to TAFE, I’ve done photography there as well, a part-time course over 6months, one 3 hour session every week is all it took and at the end you have a certificate to add to your portfolio, it’s not even expensive.

There’s also online courses, I’ve done one with Open Colleges and they have different payment plans, I’ve just signed up to another one a month ago so now I will be working a fifo roster, starting up this new business Fembuiz Directory and studying. If I’m not studying I just don’t feel as though I’m getting the best out of life, there is so much hidden knowledge out there, you just have to search for it. The world is my Oyster, Mmmmmmmm Oysters.

You might take on a course of study that your passionate about then halfway through think it’s not what you want anymore it’s been a waste of money – I think this is fear a lot of people take on that stops them from wanting to enrol in a course, even if this happens keep going and finish the course, this is knowledge that you now have, this will never be a waste of money, you would of still gotten something useful out of the course, still put it on your resume, employers love to see that your actively minded even if it’s nothing to do with the job your applying for, and this is also something to look out for when hiring new staff. You may not use that knowledge now but you may need it one day, it’s never a waste. When you do finish that course, if your passionate about it or not you will still have that great feeling of achievement, your passion may change into something else or you may turn that passion into a business, my Dad always told me that if you do something that you enjoy and your passionate about you will never have to work a day in your life, some people know know what their passionate about straight away some people it takes a few trial and errors or even a U-bolt in the opposite direction.

You can always take on a small course before you take on the big one to test out how passionate you are about that subject or ask a company if you can do a day of volunteer work to see what it’s like and get some inside information or just to get those feel good vibes before spending that money and signing up, then when you do the course you have a little head start for yourself.

If your employer ever offers to put you through training take it, don’t see it as an insult and don’t be scared that you might fail, there is heaps of help out there such as tutors or asking another staff member to assist you, sometimes courses cost hundreds or even thousands and it’s you that gets that certificate at the end, not the company, you did it, you own it, but they paid for it, win win situation. I once approached my employer and said I wanted to do the Accounting Clerical & Finance course at the local TAFE, this involved 1 night class every week for 6 months and a lot of studying around work to keep up with it, it was a lot harder then I thought and chewed up a lot of my free hours, I completed it but I didn’t want to take Accounting up a profession, numbers were haunting me in my sleep, even though I could do my book keeping myself I hire someone else to do it as my time is more valuable and I’d rather hire an expert who can do it better then me, but I still have that knowledge and can understand what she’s on about, in most cases.

It’s incredible the amount of ways to Self-develop these days, I actually budget for it, you could budget thousands yearly or you could budget $30 a month for a book, if your really strapped for cash there’s facebook pages, blogs, websites, or tutorials, YouTube is amazing for this, I say “Ask Google” a lot, I’m dead certain google knows everything but you must be weary as anyone these days can put anything on the internet, always read into a number of websites or articles on the same topic in case it’s contradicting then judge for yourself.

Happy learning fellow Fembuizers.  From the Fembuiz Honcho – Rebecca Bennett