Julie Johnson

What business/company do you own or work for and what is your job title.
1.) I am a Regional Color Specialist with John Paul Mitchell Systems. 2.) I am a Direct Manager with Arbonne International. 3.) I am CEO of Fortune J4 and the inventor of CamiFlauge’ the first Patented Backless, Strapless Camisole proudly made here in the USA. We also make natural spa products called Juicy Bath. 4.) I have 2 published books. Who Knew I Could COOKbook and The Joy’s of Travel. Neither one are perfect. They contain typo’s but so does life I say. I know I go through my day with a little ‘oopsie’ here and there.

How can women help each other in business?
I think one of the best ways women can help each other in business is to be the example or role model of what a great business look like. Great business doesn’t just happen 9-5. You don’t clock in and clock out. It’s a 24 hour job. In reality your business is your lifestyle. I am my business. I also believe that we need not be afraid to share our success plan. As John Paul Dejoria, CEO and co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems always states, “Success unshared is failure”. I agree with that 100%.

What are you passionate about?
This one is a tough one. I guess you could say that I am most passionate about what I set my mind too. If I have a goal ahead of me I am passionate about reaching it. If someone tells me it can’t be done, I’m most passionate about proving that I can. Not so much to prove to them but to myself. One thing my dad always taught me is that people may tell you that you can’t do something, but you are the only one who can determine that.

How do you “live your values?”
I try to live my values in everything that I do. I want to be a blessing to my husband every day. I want to be an example to my children. I want to be an encourager to the discouraged, bring laughter to the saddened and help those that feel burdened and let them know there is hope. I guess I would rather someone see my values in how I live every moment and not just in something that I do here and there when I know someone is looking.

What can’t you stop talking about?
Well my nick name was Jabber Ju, so I guess I can’t stop talking about anything. But on a more serious note I can’t stop talking about life in general and the autistic spectrum, especially Aspergers. That is our family. I do enjoying sharing about my family. I am a little obsessive about it you could say. I do get excited when I meet other people who have that special “Aspi” in their life. We exchange stories, our victories, and discoveries. Sometimes I am encouraged and other times I am the encourager. One way or another someone is going to be encouraged at the end of the conversation. It feels great to share with others about the joy we’ve found in this journey.

What would be impossible for you to give up?
It would be impossible for me to give up dreaming, the what if’s and the I wonders. I think we should always have a vision and try to achieve it. Once we get there, set another one and begin again. We should never give up in the dream.

How do you want to be remembered?
I’d like to be remembered as the encourager who made others feel special, important and laugh when they need it most. Every person has value and if I can make someone feel that then my day has been made.

What inspires you in your business?
What inspires me in my business is when I can help others see their true potential and how the can be their best. When I am wearing my Regional Color Specialist hat I love it when a stylist gets that spark again. To know I helped them become a more successful colorists in their salon. When they get inspired it just fuels my fire you could say. When I am wearing my Arbonne hat I love to hear testimonies from people of how their health has improved. I always say, “It feels great to feel great.” When you can help others do that, well it feels even better. I never get tired of hearing ‘thank you’ for helping me

Name a time that you felt you were incredibly brave?
Wow, this question is really hard for me to answer. I don’t know if there is a time that I actually FELT brave but there have been many times when I had to BE brave. One time in my life that really stands out to me is when our son was born and we learned we had a very sick baby who would be flown to the NICU in another city, I had to be brave. When the doctors told us Drake had a one in ten thousand chance of surviving, I had to be brave. When he flat lined a few times and my husband and I stood there, I had to be brave. When we learned there was an 80% chance he would have brain damage, I had to be brave. When we later learned that he was not brain damaged but actually had a very gifted beautiful mind and it came in the diagnosis of Aspergers, I had to be brave. I guess looking back maybe I actually did feel a little bit brave.

How do you accomplish goals?
I don’t over analyze the end goal. That would be like looking at your dinner plate and all the food before you and trying to get it all in one bite. That is not very realistic and sure is not lady like. I lay out a plan of action of how to get there. I only focus on one step at a time and not get overwhelmed by how far away the finish line is. In reality you can never get to the finish line if you don’t put one foot in front of the other. So I accomplish my goals in the same manner; one step at a time.

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give the child version of yourself?
Always take the risk. There will always be a result. The result of taking the risk and succeeding is you achieve the reward. The result of not taking the risk or falling flat on your face really has the same outcome. However to not take the risk there is never a lesson learned to prepare you to be stronger, smarter and more creative the next time around. If you take the risk and fall on your face you’ll be ok. Get up, brush off and move on but never forget the lesson learned and use that experience next time. The other bit of advice would be to start saving for retirement when you are 6. Even if its pennies. Over time everything adds up. So make everything in your life count in all that you do. Remember practice does not make perfect as many think. Practice makes permanent so practice well.
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