Today it is my great pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for Transition by Jo Huey and my thanks go to Emma Mitchell for inviting me to be a part of the tour. I have an author spotlight to share with you all in just a moment, but first of all, here is what the book is all about.
The Official Book Blurb
An autobiography of Jo’s life from the trauma and unpredictability of living in an alcoholic home, through self-development transformation to the more content, happy and successful business woman she is today.
Jo shares her many insights into alcoholism and the effects on the family. An honest and brutal account of Jo’s experience with her father’s addiction to alcohol, she shares the highs and lows of life with an absent father and busy mother.
After life hit an all-time low in adulthood she decided to turn her life around and start a journey of self-discovery. Jo transformed herself through therapy, self-help books, groups, events and more which she shares in the book.
If you have experienced the challenges of living with someone’s drinking, then you’ll relate to Jo’s experience and feel the connection with her story.
If you are interested in an inspirational and motivational story, then you won’t be disappointed. Within the book, Jo shares several techniques you’ll be able to learn and use in your life if you really want the change you seek.
Jo Huey is an inspirational & motivational speaker, coach and author.
Jo gets up every morning wanting to help those with experiences like hers, those affected by someone’s drinking. She connects the dots to form a new picture using practical tools & techniques with the aim that they would genuinely feel better about themselves and live a calmer and chaos free life.
Years Ago – what was your childhood like?
My childhood was a fairly difficult one. School was enjoyable up to the age of about 11 years old. I lived with my Mum, Dad and older sister until 9 years later my younger sister came along. I had friends at infant and junior school but not that I saw outside, I mixed mainly with the neighbour’s kids because we all lived so close.
I spent a lot of time either playing with the kids in the street or someone in my bedroom alone. My home wasn’t a particularly safe and relaxed place a lot of the time as my Dad had a serious drinking problem.
I didn’t know any different and as far as life was concerned this was normal. I didn’t have a close relationship with my father as he isolated himself off quite a lot and my Mum was very busy holding down different jobs and looking at the foreign students we would have pretty much all year round.
My sister and I had a lot of sibling rivalry but at times we only had each other so we did enjoy playing together and doing fun things like playing ‘shop’ or setting up a library which we still laugh about now.
I loved baking and learning how to sew with my Mum, I used to love getting new clothes and it was time I could spend with just Mum and me.
I’m single and have never been married, I decided very early on that I never wanted to have children. I think in the most part I didn’t want to bring someone into the world that was like me. My opinion has changed, I think I would be a great Mum but it isn’t something that I have a burning desire for. It was definitely something my older sister always wanted and she has 2 boys, so I have two lovely nephews.
My father died 2 months before my 21st birthday so now I have my Mum, older sister and younger sister as well as 2 step brothers and their family. I also have an aunt and uncle and two cousins who live in London. We are a small family but we do keep in touch with each other and catch up every now and again, like most families, our lives are busy but it’s nice to get together when we can.
Whilst I’m building my business I also work for a company that make synthetic teak decks for boats. I run the office and do all the administration side of things. When I’m not doing that I do a range of activities for my business, some of that is getting things set up like social media, applying for funding, completing courses, creating courses to help others, having one to one clients and talking at events to raise awareness about living with someone’s addiction. I share my story to help others feel connected and know they aren’t alone. It’s exceptionally fulfilling work and I love it.
I love to swim, I swim three times a week and do yoga on a Saturday morning.
I also love watching my local football team AFC Bournemouth play and I’m really into my singing. I do perform sometimes but I’m still building up a repertoire of songs and my confidence at the same time.
I love movies, specifically action and crime and I like watching TV series around that topic too.
I won’t lie, shopping is something I’ve always enjoyed but I do less of it now, I think that’s because I find fulfilment in other things which isn’t bad and it certainly saves me money.
Music is a big part of my life and I do enjoy going to concerts, especially open air ones where you can take a picnic and your own drink and just relax and dance away to the tunes.
My next plans for writing will be a practical workbook, like a self-help book with lots of practical exercises to do. Focusing on building confidence, self-esteem and self-care.
My vision is to be doing my business full time, running regular support groups, retreats, workshops and working one to one with people as well as carrying on with the speaking events. I’d also love to collaborate with others that support my purpose because I think it’s a great way to help others. I see my life being integrated with the work I do because it’s who I am, I feel so fulfilled when I help someone and I can see what a difference it’s made to them.
I’d love to find a partner because I believe I’m in the best place I’ve been in personally and I would love to share the excitement that I’m experiencing with someone else.
I’d love to do more travelling in America, especially going back to Florida. I’d love to visit Vancouver and go to the Rocky Mountains.
I’m lucky enough to be a very active and determined person so I tend to do the things I want to do because I don’t want to leave this planet thinking “I wish I did that”.
I’d like to go to more events that I’ve not been to, I ‘d like to go to Wimbledon again, experience the Chelsea Flower Show, go to Glastonbury festival for the day, visit a prison because I’m intrigued to see what it’s like. I’d like to have a shih tzu dog too one day, she’ll be called “Roxy”.
I would also like to go on a Safari and experience a meditation/yoga retreat in India where it’s really authentic and not commercialised.
I’d like to do some jet skiing and water skiing and a lot more kayaking because I tried it in America and really enjoyed it.
Thanks Joanne. It was great to learn a little bit more about you.
If you would like to lay your hands on a copy of Transition, then it is available from the following link.
You can also join Joanne and Emma for a Facebook Q&A session on 10th August at 20:00 right here.
About The Author
Jo is an inspirational speaker, coach and author. She is also an adult child of an alcoholic and shares her personal story of living with an alcoholic father for 16 years and how that has impacted her adult life.
Jo is brutally honest about her experience, explaining how she coped as a child in an alcoholic home and the self-development journey she took in her twenties to overcome the trauma.
If you’ve experienced the impact of living with a heavy drinker, someone’s addiction or mental health problem you’ll relate to Jo’s story. For those of you that haven’t experienced what an alcoholic home brings it will give you an insight into the damage it causes to the family.
Jo shares her story for two reasons, the first is to connect with those that have been affected so they know they aren’t alone and the second to educate and inform others about this very hidden problem.
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Make sure to check out some of the other blogs on the tour for more author articles and reviews.