Let me start by giving some background into who I am, what I do, and what this blog will be about. So my name is Lee Wayne Johnson and I was born in Coventry England in 1971 at the age of 10. During the recession in England in 1982 we moved to South Africa, as my father was offered two positions for work, one in Cape Town, and one in Johannesburg.
My early life is not all that interesting, but I don’t really consider myself a very interesting person to be honest with you. I guess not many people do, at least people who are not narcissists, but hopefully I can provide some kind of entertainment in this blog.
So who am I really? I left school and didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do, so ended up working in the factory where my father worked, and I got retrenched after about year, and then I went to go work in another company doing the same thing which is basically machine tool setting, got retrenched from that one as well. So I went to go and do an aptitude test and the results were rather interesting.
Now when you go and get the results they usually hand you a piece of paper with a list of jobs that you can do, or careers to chase. It is split into sections of about 10 jobs per section, and I sat down with the lady, and she just gave me the whole sheet and said “you can do all of them”, so I picked the first one, which was draughtsperson. We had some family friends who were then working for Lionel Levin and Associates doing interior design, mostly Southern Sun hotels and they did the Carousel casino and hotel while I was working there. Anyway they decided to help me out and give me an apprenticeship, just to see if it was worthwhile, if I liked it or something I wanted to do. I ended up working there for almost 2 years I think before I went to go stud, and then I got into interior design and architecture, and from there I ended up being a senior architect for a number of years, about 15 years, and then the industry kind of fell through.
We were doing high rise apartments or converting office blocks into high rise apartments in Johannesburg CBD, doing domestic houses, offices, you name it we were doing it, and all of a sudden we have another recession and companies just couldn’t get funded. These were big contractors that had been getting funded by banks like Absa for years and years, and all of a sudden they weren’t getting anymore.
So the whole architectural industry fell apart and I ended up scrambling, trying to figure out what to do next. I was doing some freelance architecture and basically took every skill I could possibly think of and I worked on it to see what would actually work or what would bring in money because I had a family to feed. I had a toddler, my daughter, and a wife, and so I was doing book publishing because I had written a couple of books on occultism, spirituality, and self-published through Lulu.
The service wasn’t available in South Africa so I ended up providing a service to others to do their own self-publishing. I didn’t actually have the funding to make these things happen properly, but you know I made a go of it and got a few clients but then the whole thing just kind of washed away.
But the one thing that I did have a passion for was web development, so I started creating websites using FrontPage, but that was a long time ago, maybe 10+ years ago. I was self-taught so I didn’t really know what was out there to use or what I should be using so I was using FrontPage. Terrible program, glad they got rid of it actually, and then I discovered DreamWeaver and was working on that for a while.
But then I came across Joomla and the whole race towards CMS, content management systems, and started building themes on Joomla. Simple stuff, you know taking things that people already made and just developing them into a design that clients would be happy with.
But then I hopped onto WordPress and that just became the be-all and end-all of everything so I ended up being a WordPress theme developer. Became quite a guru actually and I still do it now. I have a couple clients who still use me.
A few years ago I got divorced, finally, something I should have done a long time before that although you know, I had a daughter. When I got divorced my daughter was 18, just turning 18, so I’m actually glad I waited because of that. But you know at the time I didn’t think I’d be able to afford it, didn’t think I’ll be able to do it, I thought it was something completely out of my reach, and basically I was living day to day sitting at my desk just making money so we could eat. Waiting to die. That is the honest truth. It’s all I was doing in my life.
But I got divorced and it gave me a second chance on life, and I moved in with my sister for a while. My mother was living there, she was elderly and sick, my father had passed away a few years before that, so I helped to look after my mother for a while until she passed away, and also you know, just to get on my feet.
I basically just left everything behind. I took my computer, my clothes, my desk and chair, my books, my bookshelf, that’s all I took with me. Only really the important things to me and left everything behind, start again from scratch and I built myself up again.
While I was living with my sister she insisted that I study, and start learning new things and expand my knowledge, expand my skills and it’s probably the best thing she ever did for me, apart from taking me in for almost a year, and help me out. My sister and my brother-in-law’s are just exceptional people, they really are. From there I moved into my own place but during that time I started studying digital marketing, online marketing, and for a while I wasn’t very interested. I needed to make money to pay bills and stuff, and I wasn’t really ready to try and move into a different field or different career. I don’t think I had the confidence to do it at the time, I’d been broken down too much, so I needed to build myself up some more.
Anyway I moved out of the house into my own little place with my daughter and eventually met my current girlfriend who has been supportive. She’s helped me through a lot, I think I’ve helped her as well. It is the kind of relationship that is something that people look for, and should have. It’is a two-way street. If there is a problem we talk about it, just something neither of us could do with our ex’s because as soon as we spoke about something, brought up a problem, you would just get hammered for it, would get screamed at and told that were wrong. I was called an asshole so many times.
So we’ve been together for the past year-and-a-half and she’s been very very supportive of me. I’ve been trying to make money here and there and trying to change my approach on life and how I approached my career, adding new skills, learning new things and eventually I added online marketing to my services, and has definitely been worthwhile. Because of the freedom I’ve had, freedom to be who I am, the freedom to express myself, I think it’s created a lot of freedom to be creative, and to think, and to explore. It’s given me the chance to venture into new areas, find out what I’m good at and I think it’s made a big difference.
So what is this blog gonna be about? Me really, and hopefully through what I write about and speak about, I’ll be able to help some other people in different areas. It won’t just be about my career or how to make money, it will also be about relationships, building yourself up, starting from scratch. It will also be about my health because I did let my health go down a lot, and have been recently slowly working on that.
I put on a lot of weight in the past couple of years. I was 98kg and in the past month I’ve lost just over 5kg, so I’m on a keto diet. Will also be talking about ozone therapy because that’s what actually motivated the most to get my health back up to scratch.
There will also be meditation which I have been interested in for years and years. I think I used spirituality as an escape actually. I do like to find out what the universe is made of, but it was mostly an escape. I wanted to escape into a different reality, because I didn’t like the reality I was in. So for about 20-25 years I studied and practiced a lot of different spiritual traditions and paths from Wicca, Traditional Witchcraft, to Shamanism, Chaos Magic, Kabbalah, Ceremonial Magic such as that of Golden Dawn, OTO, Aleister Crowley stuff, so there’s a lot of different areas I became interested in.
I think the two that stayed with me the most have been Traditional Witchcraft and Kabbalah. Traditional Witchcraft because it’s very much focused on my roots coming from England, and Kabbalah because it’s extremely potent. When I say Kabbalah then I mean Practical Kabbalah. I’m not really into studying the Tree of Life the rest of my life and just understanding it, but obviously you’ve got to have an understanding of it, the Etz Chayim, but it’s more the Practical Kabbalah side, the actual practice of magic and the practice of meditation, breath work and creating artificial elementals, and the ritual side of it as well, the healing side. I am a 3rd Degree Reiki Usui Master so I do have a very large invested interest in healing techniques and the healing side of Kabbalah, and everything I was taught really by Jakobus Swart, very good friend, very good mentor.
Not long before I got divorced, about 4 to 5 years, I stopped doing anything magical and spiritual. I think I got myself to a point where I burnt out. I was taking it so much knowledge and trying to bring so many things together, so many different traditions, and trying to create a path that was my own path, I think I just took on too much and burnt myself out. But I’m slowly getting back into it. Not gonna do anything too fast, too quickly, and too intense, but it’s always been there. I can speak to my gods. I spoke to my father for year after he died, and then after my mother passed away, I kind of saw them move off together, and there hasn’t been neither of them around. No reason why I can’t speak to my ancestors, I can speak to them, but I had a definite, I’m gonna say tangible, connection with my father after he died. He was hanging around, waiting for my mother, which is a beautiful thing.
Yep so there’s gonna be a lot of things in this blog. I’ll be keeping track of my progress on my health and my weight loss. Giving you ideas, my experiences, and how to make money. Last year I started doing day trading, although that’s now moved more into stock market investing, it’s now between trading and investing, but stock markets are a lot safer. And bitcoin, I’m invested in Bitcoin. But I’m also starting a couple new things. One is an online networking website. I’m also doing an online marketing video course which I need to get back into because I’ve let that sit on the back burner for a little while.
That’s me, that’s what this blog is gonna be about and I hope you find some value in it, and as I said I’ll try and make it as entertaining as possible. I guess I’m not the most boring person in the world but you know, I don’t really see myself as very interesting.