Interview with Suzanne Mann

Hello and welcome to the RV! On today’s episode we are heading to Sydney, Australia to talk to Suzanne Mann , AKA The Challenge Girl. Suzanne is a mother of 3, writer, changing maker, co-host of Voices Two Dream Podcast and co-author of Relatable Voices Anthology.

Suzanne, tell me about yourself.

Ha! Where do I start? Mother of three, I studied microbiology at university (totally weird I know) and then ended up going into marketing, product management and change maker. I then took 12 years “off” to have children. I am very blessed not to have to work so when I realised I wanted more in life I was able to study Compassionate Integrity. I then became involved in writing articles for this as well as doing important fund raising for me. After reading Imagine I then went into book reviewing, publicity and more recently interior design and authoring!!

. Where are you from and where do you live?

 From Australia but grew up overseas… Hong Kong, Philippines & Atlanta Georgia then back to Sydney since I was 13.  I love to travel and have been luck enough to be able to my whole life.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

 What spare time???

Life is pretty busy… I’m the Challenge Girl in spare time… I challenge myself and others to go beyond what they thing they can do.  I run step challenges, mental and spiritual challenges. I try to mediate & started a men’s only meditation so my husband would have to go! I love outdoor exercise but my favourite is to be near the ocean.  Also have two dogs that keep me busy.

Can you tell us a little bit about your journey?

 I have learnt that the older I get the more fearless I have become. I love that I feel more free and open to be myself. I feel like I have really started to find my “tribe”.  I am passionate about making a difference in the world.   Thus why we started eg the podcast because  I feel like by telling others stories and sharing wisdom … through conversations, we learn the most about how to be more accepting and loving in the world.

. Are you working on anything that you would like to share?

I am one of the co-hosts of Relatable Voices anthology and it will be available in July 2022.

Can you tell us a little bit about it?

The idea behind this anthology will be a collection of short stories (fiction) all designed to make the reader smile. I was inspired by the resilience our world has shown after this pandemic, and how I think we can add some positivity, or even a light distraction, amidst this crazy time.

What inspires you?

Helping people help themselves and others… trying to make individual lives and the greater world better places to live.

How did you get into writing ?

I wrote a few articles on compassion for a local newspaper. Then I had to write a lot of things for publicity. I do not have a lot of confidence in my own writing but I’m getting better. I ‘ve found the more I write, the better I feel about it. I love writing the book reviews. My area is writing about how things make me feel. When things speak to me – I find it easy to highlight them.

. What are your goals and aspirations? 

 My main goal is to inspire my children and help them to become compassionate, loving people. I hope to set a good example and show them that the sky is the limit and to always dream and challenge things. I have learnt in life that I always use to follow the rules but not all rules are “perfect”.

Where can our readers connect with you online?

 Website : TheChallengeGirl.com

Instagram: thechallengegirl and voices_two_dream

Listen to Voices Two Dream at: https://suzm377.podbean.com/

Voices Two Dream Podcast with Suzanne Mann and Dr.Richard Harris