On Sunday 4 March, Animal Planet’s ‘Snake Boss’ Julia Baker and acclaimed wildlife photographer Steve Parish will come together to explore the link between nature and life purpose, sharing their personal stories of how connection with nature has led to enhanced creativity and improved mental health, as WPSQ presents Inspiring Life: Nature Creativity Passion.
Neither speaker at this year’s brunch is a stranger to adversity. Julia Baker’s life changed forever in 2009 after a heartbreaking divorce at age 40, while Steve Parish suffered anxiety and depression after the 2011 floods destroyed his publishing company and many of his possessions.
In the face of these extreme challenges, both speakers found a pathway to greater purpose, passion and joy in their respective connections with wildlife, and are now inspiring others to do the same as they speak to growing audiences on the subject.
“I always felt that baking cakes wasn’t my true purpose in life,” shares Julia in the current edition of Wildlife Australia magazine. Little did she know that five years after writing her bucket list, one word on that list – ‘snakes’ – would lead to one of south-east Queensland’s busiest snake-catching businesses and her own smash-hit Animal Planet series Snake Boss.
Steve Parish echoes the inspiring message. “By having a purpose, a reason to wake up in the morning … that I believe in, that I’m passionate about, I’ve been able to get through the adversity I’ve confronted in my life,” Steve recently shared with The Courier Mail.
It’s all about bringing nature and creativity into your life, says Steve. “If you do so, you bring joy; if you bring joy into your life, you heal yourself; and you’re also in a position of expressing that joy and passing it on to others.”
Steve has recently concluded the 2017 SEA Library circuit where he discussed pain body, mind stories, dealing with anxiety and depression and major loss. All of his talks booked out within 48 hours.
Held at, and proudly supported by, Hotel Urban Brisbane in Spring Hill, this year’s event to mark International Women’s Day will include a delicious buffet brunch overlooking the Roma St Parklands, a display of Steve’s photography, and plenty of wild prizes to be won!