"It's not what happens to you that defines you, it's how you respond that counts!"

- Josie Thomson

About Josie Thomson

Josie Thomson is a multi-award winning coach, speaker, trainer, business owner, author and single mother of two.

Josie knows what it’s like to face the odds as a two-time cancer survivor and has proven that odds can be beaten. She speaks from first hand experience about bouncing forward with a ‘post-traumatic growth disorder’ and about how to reframe adversity into opportunities for triumph and success.

She is living proof that winning and succeeding in life is a mindset, and she teaches others how to embrace change due to their encounters with life challenges, sometimes in radically positive ways.


An avid learner, Josie has completed masters studies in neuroscience and combines 15 years of corporate experience with almost two decades of coaching to corporate executives, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Josie was awarded the International Gold Stevie Award for Maverick of the Year (Difference Maker) for 2014 and AsiaPacific in 2015; The Women in Business Coach/Mentor of the Year 2014 Silver Award in New York City, and AsiaPacific in Shanghai for 2015; and she’s a former Telstra Business Woman of the Year finalist.

She is also Ambassador for Childhood Cancer Support and GreenX7. Josie commits herself to transforming and improving the lives of others.


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Listen to Our Clients

Would not have happened without the life coaching from Josie

It is not always your mental health that is the problem but the situation that needs to change. I have worked in so many careers and in particular as a police woman, nurse and now a doctor. I was unfortunately like so many of the people that I looked after in my career, and allowed myself somehow to become abused mentally and lost all self esteem to the point where I had nearly lost hope to find the strength to carry on. I was very fortunate to come across our beautiful Josie. There was some ad that was giving a free life coaching session and I was nurtured by Josie till I developed my strength, regained my self esteem, did up my dream board and went for it. I became very aware that my mental health was a product of the place I was in and that it was the situation that needed to change. I have achieved all my goals on that dream board..... which I am certain would not have happened without situation change and the life coaching from Josie. I am very fortunate now to have Josie as a very precious friend, achieved so much and have such a beautiful husband now with an amazing future. But I want to reiterate that it was not my mental health that was the problem ....it was the situation that needed to change. We all need to find a way and seek the people in our lives to make change when the place we are in is a detriment to our mental health.

Shelly Fraser

I took away a lot from this presentation!

Wow so amazing that Josie has overcome what she has, studied neuroscience and now sharing very very useful tips and scientific facts!! I took away a lot from this presentation! I would love to read the white paper or book.

Women in Leadership Queensland Summit Attendee

Touched the minds and hearts

My heartfelt thanks go to you for your wonderful contribution to Happiness & Its Causes 2018. The conference was another great success with 1,500 people attending. Your presentation was a great addition to the program and was well received by our delegates. Thank you so much for all the effort you put into an event that touched the minds and hearts of so many people and provided insights and tools they could take back into their lives.

Beth Phelan ... Happiness & Its Causes 2018 - Conference Director, VI Conferences

Giving Back

As an Ambassador for Childhood Cancer Support (CCS), $5 from each sale of the Enliven-U book will be donated to ccs.org.au. CCS is a not-for-profit organisation that helps children with cancer and leukaemia, and their families.

This book of inspirations is filled with messages I've personally written from my own experiences in life. I reflect on topics such as life lessons, conquering fear, mindset, resilience and much much more.

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Hello, it's Liv here again. I'm pleased to report that Josie is doing all the right things and is actually resting. The surgeon is very pleased with her healing and recovery.  Josie has been deeply moved by the outpouring of your care, prayers and well wishes. Her heart, filled with your wishes, has sustained her through her healing journey. She passes on her heartfelt thanks and hopes you are learning from her lead.The matters concerning her head are being closely monitored and managed until she can see another specialist for a second opinion - likely to be November. There's some adjustment required to get her blood pressure back on track and her pain management regime right. She's working in tandem with her marvellous GP, pain management specialist, intuitive kinesiologist and homeopathist.Josie has been meditating and enjoying salt baths every day. She says she appreciates life and all its twists and turns so much more. She's discovered 'there is gold beneath our pain.' She's learning what rest really means and what it takes to surrender and allow the mind and body to heal in coherence. This has reinforced for her the importance of mindfulness, calm, and harmony to create optimal conditions for recovery from life's physical, mental and emotional traumas. I get a sense she'll have a lot more to say about that very soon...Josie expects to be back on restricted hours from the week commencing Monday, 13th September. Her coaching sessions will be offered online for the interim.In true Josie style, Josie has also decided to host an online event on 20th September for us all to come together - she'll share more details about what she has learned through this latest health experience, and she will facilitate a talk, as well as mindfulness relaxation practice around the theme of RECREATE - she says "when adversity strikes, we have a choice : to become bitter or to become better!  Recreate yourself - your thinking, your emotional reactions, your choices and get ready for unlimited potentials to open up in your life.' Book early and see more details here: https://bit.ly/38oCJ4tI'll continue to keep you posted. Liv
It's Liv here (Josie's Assistant) I wanted to share another update with you on Josie's progress. I know you've all been concerned. She saw a neurosurgeon on Tuesday who has recommended a second opinion in handling a couple of issues. She does have a small recurrence in the frontal lobe area of her head which is of no major concern at this stage, and a small mass that's creating troubling symptoms to the right side of her face and body. She is in very good hands and spirits. Josie is allowing herself this time and space to focus on rest, reflection and healing. The surgeon from last week's eventful procedure did a review with her today and is happy with her progress. Josie is unable to sit up for any length of time, but she is enjoying her daily salt baths and thanks you from the bottom of her heart for all your well wishes and prayers.  I'll keep you posted with any updates.
Hi friends & followers of Josie, it's Liv here, Josie's Assistant. I wanted to share an update with you, I know many of you have been waiting for it. After announcing her need to take time out to heal from her recent and sudden surgery, Josie’s inbox was flooded with pages and pages of emails, outpouring your love and support of Josie and sharing stories of how her work has helped you heal, forgive, learn and grow.  There are also so many text and voice messages than she has the capacity to respond to right now. Josie said she has no words to express how much you all mean to her. She said to tell you: ‘Thank you from the depths of my heart.  You are why I keep going.’ Josie is making steady progress and is recovering. There is a healing journey ahead and I’ll keep you posted. Quiet, stillness and rest are her three greatest allies – luxuries she doesn’t usually afford herself… unless, as she admitted, she is sick! She says: ‘I’ve had many insights about my lack of consistent self-care resulting in episodes like this when by body will insist on forcing me to rest and heal. I’m determined to break this pattern once and for all. In order to do this, I need to be gentle, kind and patient with myself and to also allow myself this time to focus entirely on me. This is not easy for me, as I’m usually the one at service to others. It’s been irresistibly difficult to not respond to all your beautiful messages. Please understand it’s not personal. Well, it is… it’s all about me. I need to keep the focus on me for now and I hope you will respect and support me in this quest to heal, recover and re-emerge stronger, wiser and more balanced.’ She also added: ‘I was ‘born’ to do this… to go through physical dis-ease, darkness and pain so that I can emerge with new understandings of how we can all heal so that I can teach others the ‘steps’ of growth, healing, resilience and inner peace.’ It's how she creates the content she shares with you – if you’ve been to one of her workshops or if you’ve been coached by Josie, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Her authenticity is palpable and being in her presence is calming and healing.She told me to add: ‘I send love and hold you in my heart each day and ask you to tune into your heart and feel it. Love never fades. Right now, it’s time for me to honour what my heart and body needs from me and that is quiet, stillness and rest. Thank you for your love, care, friendship, wishes and support.’Josie shared: ‘if my heart wrote me a love song, this would be it...’You Can't Rush Your Healing - by Trevor HallConfusion clouds the heartBut it also points the wayThe more you quiet down your mindThe more the song will playYou...can't...rush...your healingDarkness...has its teachingsLove is...never leavingYou...can't...rush...your healing From the book Inward - by yung pueblo...when we disconnectfrom our painwe stop growingwhen we are dominatedby our painwe stop growingfreedom is observing our painletting it goand moving forward
Thankful ThursdayI don’t know how many more tests I need to finally learn that we must love ourselves like our life depends on it - because it does!Again I was hospitalised this week for yet another physical challenge for healing. I see a cardiologist tomorrow and a neurosurgeon on 17 August. On top of this, someone very near to my heart and soul is unwell. I reached out to a wonderful pastoral care counsellor at the hospital who lent her ears and full presence to my deep grief and sadness. My biggest insight was ‘you’re not dead until you’re dead.’ Somehow these words brought comfort to me and I was able to call and offer support for their choices. This is a time for deep rest, deep healing and deep reflection for me. I cannot hear or connect into my inner wisdom when I’m in constant motion.  I will be taking a break from all my work and social media for a while to honour my need to rest and heal. My wonderful VA Liv will keep you posted on my progress and you will see posts from time to time that I have been working on.I leave you for now with these words from my favourite Sufi poet, Rumi: "You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens... for everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of their heart.” If you’ve learned nothing else from me, I hope you will heed this call to always be true to yourself and take better care of your self and your needs too. Our healing is our gift to the world. And that’s my plan for you! Holding you in my heart, all-ways, Jx