"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


Josie there is a reason I chose rating ‘1’ on the feedback form. Because my
expectations were negative, and based on a fixed mindset. This presentation was THE

Frank Staunton

ByTheRules Conference Success!

I would like to pass on, how much bytherules enjoyed your wealth of knowledge and expertise at our conference on Saturday. It was great to see everyone so engaged and keen and the areas you talked about being brought up in conversations throughout the rest of the day (and will be for weeks to come)! Very inspiring and lots certainly taken away from the day.

Lauren Collinge ... Assistant to Franchise Are Manager

Rated the presentation the best they had seen

Great session and always love hearing from Josie. She was a keynote speaker at our Hairhouse conference last August and our network rated her presentation one of the best they had seen. Can thoroughly recommend any business tapping into Josie’s life experience.....it’s transformative.

Michael O'Connell ... Chief Operating Officer at Hairhouse

Giving Back

As an Ambassador for Childhood Cancer Support (CCS), Josie donates $5 from each sale of her Inspirational Fridge Magnet Product.

“It’s an honour to be an Ambassador and advocate for Childhood Cancer Support. The children have fierce spirit and will against their battle with disease, they light up the world with their smiles and truly appreciate the gift of life.”

Giving Back


As an Ambassador for Childhood Cancer Support (CCS), Josie donates $5 from each sale of her Inspirational Fridge Magnet Product.

“It’s an honour to be an Ambassador and advocate for Childhood Cancer Support. The children have fierce spirit and will against their battle with disease, they light up the world with their smiles and truly appreciate the gift of life.”

How to Connect with Josie

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THANKFUL THURSDAYOne of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that you are your most important relationship. This has taken me a loooong time to learn.This relationship with self is the foundation of all other relationships in our life. Our 'outer' relationships mirror back aspects of our own relationship with ourselves. Ouch or yay? There's a thought. I’ve realised that happiness is experienced when we feel good about ourselves without feeling the need for anyone else’s approval.  This only happens when we 'like' who we are and how we are showing up in life in alignment with our core values.We must first have a healthy relationship with ourselves before we can have a healthy relationship with others.  You have to feel worthwhile and acceptable in your own eyes, so that you’ll be able to look confidently into the eyes of the people around you and connect with them.We’ve all made mistakes and we’ve all done or said things we’re not proud of. Learn from those experiences and decide to become a better version of yourself, not a bitter version of yourself. Be brave. Forgive. Learn. Let go. Grow. You can begin by deciding it’s time to break the pattern of closing down your heart, and by taking steps to begin to cultivate and nurture the kind of relationship you ultimately desire, with yourself. Jx
Thankful ThursdayI took a spontaneous drive and spent the last 2 hours in silence on a near deserted beach, listening to the sounds of nature and allowing my heart to unfurl and my spirit to be uplifted. I realise how important it is to make time and space to re-source ourselves with our inner North Star - that voice inside filled with wisdom beyond logical thinking. Within this 'quiet' and stillness I feel peaceful. I feel reassured. I feel loved. I feel 'enough'. In fact, my life as it is right now, is more than 'enough'. I feel grateful beyond words for the many blessings of my life, including you!I wrap you all in wings of gentle care and love, and pray you too will make some time over this festive period to be still and embrace rather than avoid 'alone' time. Magic happens in this space once you surrender your stories, breathe with calmness, and open to the grace of the Divine presence. Jx
Brisbane Event: LIVE Summer Solstice Event with Gong Sound MeditationJoin me and my good friend Leith James for a one night only event. Come and enjoy mindfulness practices, a profound gong sound meditation and healing experience, and blessings to usher in the dawn of a new era.... Leith James & I are both world-class teachers and healers. We have collaborated for many years to empower our audiences and workplaces around Australia with the countless and profound gifts of resilience training, mindfulness meditation and gong sound experience. Gong Sound & Vibration also helps with:- Chronic Stress and Fatigue- Anxiety & Depression- People who find it hard to meditate- Boosts Immune System - For physical and emotional blockages- For a deep state of relaxation and rejuvenation- Sleep issues Places are limited. BOOK NOW to join us! (link to register in comments)
THANKFUL THURSDAY:I love and live by Bob Moawads words: 'The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours. It is an amazing journey and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.' Mine began when I was diagnosed with cancer in 1991 and given 6 months to live. EVERYTHING I had ever believed in was up for negotiation! This was the day I decided to take charge of my life and not continue to blindly believe everything I had been taught. This was the day I took full responsibility for my life. As difficult, challenging and unpleasant the experience was, it was also the portal to deeper truths and the birth of the ‘seeker’ within me. I’m grateful for that reset. When did you decide to live your life your way? Jx
Observe and allow your emotions. Don't BEcome them. Jx