My Personal Information
- First and last name, Jo Christy AKA Miss Sue Flay
- Date of birth, 9th April ; )
- City of residence, Cambridge
- Education background A Levels, left Sixth Form to work full time after AS
- Employment History: First job in a dolls house shop for £2.50 an hour & a horse riding school for free lessons! Current job, self employed under “Miss Sue Flay” & “Stir Up Media”
- Things that I am really good at, listening, networking, teaching
- Things I really enjoy, getting people together, socialising, travel, good food
- Hobbies, I adore films (cinema), traveling, visiting spas & relaxing with a book
- Food, I adore afternoon tea, but love most food. I’m with a personal trainer atm and have lost 3 stone in weight this year… with a bit more to go! My work revolves around food a lot of the time, so I try amazing dishes, I’m very lucky!
- Music, I’m a rock & Indie girl (Garbage, No Doubt, Placebo, ACDC) – I love all music and go to many festivals and live gigs when I can.
- Ideal house and income, I am dreaming of travel recently, I currently rent and I don’t want to buy just yet. I want to live out of a suitcase and see some of the world before I settle down. When I do settle, a country cottage & early retirement would be perfect!
- Three things I really don’t like about: 1) Life – It’s too short (& expensive!) & there’s so much to see and do. 2) Work – when it’s mundane it’s never pleasing. Now I’m self employed I love my work… the accounting, not so much! 3) Myself – I’m too hard on myself. I am never happy with my achievements and always want to better myself. This can be good and bad, sometimes I need to reflect and be kinder to myself!
What are the current challenges facing women today? Solutions? Who should be taking responsibility for addressing these?
I recently watched an advert on the TV where the producer asked the models in front of the camera to “throw like a girl”… it’s an interesting feature… adults were all throwing balls feebly and running with their arms and legs flailing pathetically and this is the image society seems to have set for women.
However, when asking older kids to do the same things, they were much stronger and passionate, even athletic in their actions and it was a powerful view of female behavior.
More women than ever before are creating their own businesses and successful career paths and they are proving that women can do just as well, if not better than men when it comes to this. It’s inspiring to meet so many female business owners myself locally (and nationally) and to discuss their plans and pitfalls. Not once have I ever heard a woman say to me that she’s been laughed at or mocked for her business idea…
And it should stay this way, shouldn’t it?…
Marie Forleo once said that she was laughed at by a businessman at a conference when she responded to a question about what she did. She helped female entrepreneurs to get ahead in business and he laughed her down and mocked that she was “playing” business with her husband’s money behind her. This spurred her to make $millions and she recently created a video to thank whoever he was for his sexism in business, as it motivated her to do well.
It is our own responsibility to respect and support those around us. An opinion such as his above could make or break somebody, words are so dangerous, no matter how lightly they may seem.