Pieces of Me

Big Hearted Business 2014

Let the possibility wash over me. Let it sink through my pores and wake up the silence.

Before anyone had spoken a word on that grand stage in the Regal Ballroom in Northcote these are the words I had written down.

Unlike other conferences I had attended, I had not spent hours antagonising over the schedule of speakers. I had not spent time any time on Google researching the speakers or their links. Instead in my preparation to go to the Big Hearted Business (un)-Conference I stripped myself bare.

I shed my inhibitions. I shed my expectations. I took a deep breath and surrendered to the reason I had acted on an impulse and bought my ticket. I was at Big Hearted Business for my soul. My inner voice wanted to go, begged me to go and I followed that voice. My body was merely a shadow lagging behind.

I would need thousands and thousands of words to let the messages I learnt over the weekend wash through my mind, down my fingers and into words on this page. The schedule for the weekend seemed long, arduous even. The days started at eight in the morning and finished at seven at night. But almost like magic, maybe more so, in a way that time didn’t exist, the schedule fell away from time. I did not feel tired, exhausted or overwhelmed. Maybe it was the spontaneous dancing, the bursts of yoga or the inspiration that seemed to glisten every time that Clare took to the stage. Maybe it was just me. With each ticking minute my inner voice, that place deep inside, only spun warmer and warmer while at the conference. I felt energised by each moment.


If I could bottle the messages from each presenter I’m sure that each jar could solve so many of the world’s problems, like a spoonful of sugar each time. Take a moment (now or later) to meet the creative minds, the master crew of  Big Hearted Business of 2014:

Joost Bakker: I wish I could eat this man’s food every-single-day. His no nonsense, anything is possible attitude has really shed my perception on the ability of one person being able to make a ripple of difference.

Fabian Dattner: Happy 60th Birthday Fabian! One of the first things I wrote down when Fabian spoke was “do not compromise your values, your parents or your partner.” Something I have always lived my life by. “Failure shared halves its power over you.” I now believe that anything shared halves its power over you.

Missy Higgins: Sweetness of all kind is this woman. How on this planet had I not heard her before? Sing, speak and just be awesome? “Embrace vulnerability in your everyday.” The only thing I wrote down when Missy spoke because I was so enthralled with all that she was saying that I simply wanted to soak it all in. I hope to make more of my decisions through my vulnerability.

Danielle LaPorte: I was so excited about day two simply because of this lady and I was not disappointed! Get your Google on and find out all about her. I wrote pages upon pages of notes from Danielle, she was electric. I think the most powerful personal realisation I had while Danielle spoke is that I’m done with guilt. It is as simple as that. Moving forward, I am going to be empowered by my choices and seek enlightenment, not guilt.

Kylie Lewis: Give me more please! “Don’t obsess about the numbers, obsess about the story. Don’t chase the numbers, chase the relationships.” Kylie was music to my ears. I think I need to hear Kylie speak again.

Pip Lincolne: Pip hardly needs any introduction from me. She has always spoken the soft language my soul craves for. From Pip I learnt how easy we forget the simple things that we should never forget. The things we should seek to define us. “Be brave. Be curious. Be supportive. Be humble.” I hope that one day such words define our society.

Beci Orpin: What a pocket rocket this woman is! In all of her petite, she is a wealth of adventure, stories and success. “Break the rules. Get involved. Make mistakes. Be flexible. Go above and beyond. Compromise. Reward yourself. Share ideas. Keep learning. Be nice and work hard.” When did we forget these simple mantras? We need to chase them and make them part of our every day.

Jo Walker: Ok, I may have gushed and felt like a total fan-girl when she walked on stage. “Mashed bananas and monkeys.” I may never approach a pitch in the same way again after Jo spoke. Rest assured Frankie fans, that magazine is all kinds of awesome, because Jo is all kinds of awesome.

Correne Wilkie: I could not write fast enough when Correne was speaking. Then I stopped writing, hoped someone was recording her presentation and just inhaled all her inspiration. “Out on a limb, not in safe places, that is where you do great work.” I hope that as I move forward all my work is done while I am out on a limb. A beautiful oak tree would be nice, sitting way up high, feet dangling from the branches. If you ever have the chance to hear Correne speak, please go.


I may have told a white lie at the start when I said that I shed all my expectations before the conference. I did walk into Big Hearted Business with two. I expected that eating vegetarian all weekend would leave me completely cavernous. I also expected, by some small miracle, that Dr Patrick Reid would come out on stage, or into the crowd, or slip into the back row where I was sitting and just stay for a while. Neither of these things happened. If anything I am in withdrawal from Joost and his amazingly delicious food. If I had a genie in a bottle I would wish for Joost to cook for me every-single-day.

As for Patrick, well, I had one of those moments that can only sink me into silence over the weekend. It was a silence that I needed to simply absorb the energy around me and allow it to soak through the layers of skin, down into my soul. Clare Bowditch is one of those people you meet and you just know she is different. By different I mean awesome and inspirational. Aside from her beautiful voice and contagious energy, she epitomises the ability to seek the change we need in life to be enlightened, to ask the questions and to follow our hearts. I sincerely hope that our paths cross again one day.


The most resounding message I walked away from Big Hearted Business is that this is the community I want to be a part of. There is a power in feeling connected, perhaps the greatest power.

Will you be attending Big Hearted Business 2015?

  • Deb @ home life simplified

    Thank you for this post. I followed along with you on Instagram and was desperate for any nuggets you could share. I wish I had the spare cash and time this year but hope and pray to go next year. I will be coming back to your post to re- digest the nuggets here and maybe journal some of them. Thanks lovely xx

    • It was so good Deb, I hope you can make it to next year’s one – I have no doubt that the BHB crew will be working hard to make it bigger and better xx

  • Leanne Shea Langdown

    Wow! That sounds right up my alley!
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  • LydiaCLee

    Great tips! I love the failure shared one, and of course, I’m done with guilt!

    • I especially love the failure shared one – as for the guilt – that was one of my light bulb moments xx

  • Michaela Fox

    Great wrap up Josefa. I soooooooooo wanted to be there. My sister went along and said it was fabulous. Correne Wilkie is a very good friend of mine and I am not the last bit surprised you found her so inspiring. She’s amazing and I always look to her for a boost of positivity. Glad you got so much out of the un-conference.

    • Oh how fabulous to have Correne as one of your good friends! that is amazing, just quietly xx

  • Wow sounds like such an inspirational event Josefa, I can tell how much it mean to you by your words, they are almost dancing off the (page) screen!
    Oh Claire, she’s awesome. I saw her at ProBlogger, loved her so much x

    • I really loved this comment today Emily, not that I don’t love all the others, but this one spoke to me in a way I think I needed today, so thank you xx

  • You do so many awesome things! My close friends is one of the BHB team, and I am so proud of her to be amongst such awesomeness. Would have love to have been there. Sounds great. x

  • Wow! This all sound so amazing. I am envious. I too will reread and write on some of them xx

  • Oh it sounds wonderful!

  • Kathy www.yinyangmother.com

    What a wonderful time you had. Having been inspired by Claire Bowditch as last year’s Problogger I have a sense of the spine-tingling environment at the conference, and I’m sure I would go weak to hear Danielle La Porte.

  • I would have loved to have gone too. Sounds like a wonderful weekend of inspiration and gratitude.

  • bodyandfeetretreat

    WOW it sounds like a fantastic weekend !
    Me xox

  • I don’t think I’ve heard much about this before, but it sounds familiar. Have you mentioned it?
    Sounds like some really great take away stuff there. I love when you can just catch a line that really speaks to you.

    • I mentioned it earlier this year to you Jess – it is the one “big” conference I have decided to attend out of all the others this year xx

  • Talina Edwards

    Hi Josefa! You certainly have a way with words…no wonder you are blog-royalty! Loved this post covering the weekend. Sounds like you’re already well on your way as a multi-passioante big-hearted creative! Welcome to the BHB community – it really is an amazing supportive tribe. I hope you don’t mind but I added a link to your blog post on mine (am trying to round up them all!). You can see it here: http://talinaedwards.com/2014/05/09/do-what-you-love-make-money-and-save-the-world-bhb2014/ Talina x

  • What a great round up of the weekend. I will definitely be there next year.

    • Did you go last year Dorothy?

      • No, I didn’t, but heard such great things about it, that I had to find out for myself. And it all just resonated with me so much more than any other event I’ve been to.

  • Nee Say

    This sounds like an amazing experience!

  • The Plumbette

    Sounds like an inspiring event to go to. The speakers sound awesome. I found out about this via Problogger last year. When I’m out of the baby making and baby rearing routine, I definitely would love to go to this. Sounds like you’re in your sweet zone Josefa with your amazing achievements thus far. You should be so proud. You’re an inspiration. X

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    Wow! Sounds like an amazing conference. I love those conferences and speakers that stay with you long after you leave. I love drinking in their words and advice and just feeling completely and utterly inspired. I love that it’s called an (un-conference) too. I’ve never actually heard of it before, but will look out for it next year. I haven’t heard of Danielle LaPorte, but I think I need to start following her x

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    Oh, I have! She’s the desire map lady. Very cool. Thanks 🙂

  • Oh I have been curious about this event every year. Sounds super worthy of the ticket money spent which is good to know. Maybe next year I should be getting myself along to it.

  • I loved seeing your excitement on Instagram, Josefa! This looks like the most awesome line-up, and I will definitely be looking at next year.
    Thank you for sharing all these fabulous links too x

  • Inspiring. I really love that quote from Missiy higgins “Embrace vulnerability in your everyday.” That is powerful . Thanks Josefa !

  • I would so love to attend! I am sad it was in Melbourne, otherwise I would definitely have gone. xo

  • Sounds simply gorgeous! I thought briefly about it but wasn’t really sure what it was and if it would do me any good. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • TeganMC

    Wow so much inspiration in two days! I heard Clare speak at Problogger and she was all kinds of awesome. I really enjoyed her talk.

  • I hadn’t heard of this conference before, so read your post with interest – Clare was great at PBEvent last year. I love how BHB sounds like it is very REAL, and authentic, about people, not numbers, about trying, not just succeeding, about living and enjoying the journey and doing what we love!

    And how regal does that venue look – it must have made you feel like royalty!

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT xxx

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