Do what you love, make money, and save the world. #BHB2014

Wow! What a weekend I’ve just had. I’ve just attended Clare Bowditch‘s AWESOME Big Hearted Business (un-)conference for the second year…and to think that both times I almost didn’t go! Last year I wasn’t sure that I (or my new business) was “creative” enough, until I kept getting signs front the universe that indeed I was and I was meant to be there…and if it wasn’t for last year’s event…this blog would not have been born (read more here), and I might never have started my own architectural practice. This year I honestly thought that as I’d had my turn last time, it was now time for someone else to have a go, as there were limited tickets. However when they initially announced that it was not sold-out, a friend’s grandmother’s wise words would not leave my head…”What’s for you will not pass you by“, and I jumped and bought a ticket for this year’s event. BEST. DECISION. EVER. (Twice now!)

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The inspiring, generous, loving Clare Bowditch – the brains (left and right!) behind this whole shebang!

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What AMAZING speakers! Clare with Danielle LaPorte, Joost Bakker and Beci Orpin.

I went along last weekend trying NOT to have any expectations…but that is very difficult when the inaugural event was such a life-changing moment for me (and everyone else there!)…does the sequel EVER live up to the original? Not usually…but thankfully I was wrong. This year’s BHB was every bit as inspiring, motivating, engaging, encouraging, emotional, funny, educational, connecting, etc., as the first, but more importantly for me, it was a very timely reminder of just how far I’ve come on my journey this last year, and it reaffirmed that I’m on my right path.

My head and my heart are so full after the weekend, so I cannot give justice in this one post to the all the words of wisdom by trying to summarise them now. (I might go into some more detail in future posts). But the real secret (SHHHHHH!) of the Big Hearted Business (un-)conference is that it is NOT really about “business” at all! The essence of whole event, is that it is really about life, happiness & fun, dreams & goals, values & purpose, ethics & truth, emotional wellbeing and not just a focus on finance, ….sounds pretty good, huh?! “Do what you love, make money, and save the world” is their tagline. And really, this stuff should be taught in schools, to everyone, everywhere! How many business conferences do you know where you get to laugh and cry, sing and do “bo-ga” (Bogan-yoga), meditate, and hug your frentors? (No “schnetworking” here people!).


Do what you love, make money, save the world! Gorgeous lettering by BHB alumni Carla Hackett

Do what you love, make money, save the world! Gorgeous lettering by BHB alumni Carla Hackett

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Big-hearted goody-bag!

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Such a gorgeous idea – The Giving Tree. Sharing the love by sharing some skills – creative bartering at its best.

Talina-Edwards #BHB2014-Clare Bowditch sings Amazing Life

Clare brings the room to tears by singing “Amazing Life

Talina-Edwards #BHB2014 mindmap notes #BHBnotes

An attempt to organise my thoughts (and pages of notes!) with a mind map.

So what does this all have to do with my business as an architect with a passion for green buildings, sustainable design and healthy homes? Well, it’s confirmed that for me to be creating my sustainable architectural practice in a non-mainstream way, and on my own terms, is not only “acceptable”, it is absolutely VITAL. Want to why I became and Architect? See here. And what about my philosophy? Try here.

The speakers that I engaged with the most, were the ones who were able to tell their story in such a simple authentic way –  pure communication that made their message appear SO SIMPLE, made it FEEL SO RIGHT. That is part of my vision, to tell “elemental” truths, to practice “elemental” design, and to lead by example like these inspiring big-hearted people do….and I’ve just figured out WHY these speakers such as Joost Bakker, Danielle La Porte, Fabian Dattner, Pip Lincolne, Missy Higgins & more were so able to connect with their audience on this level. They have such a strong belief in themselves and why they do what they do, that we instinctively want a piece of the action too!  We all over complicate things and have lost touch with what really matters. But things are changing. Revolution is a BIG word, and not one I’d use lightly, but if you were there on the weekend you’d feel it too….watch this space and look out for the rise of these big-hearted businesses!


PS A huge THANK YOU to Clare Bowditch and the Big-Hearted-Business team and to ALL the big-hearted attendees who are now part of my tribe…If you’d like to read more about the conference from others who were there, I highly encourage you to check out these blogs and support these amazing folk!

Pip Lincoln from “Meet Me At Mikes”

Dorothy K

Martine (Vintage Prints)

Helen Edwards – no relation to me! (Recycled Interiors)

Amanda Dziedzic (Glass-blowing artist)

Amy Feldtmann

Tahlee Rouillon (The Attitude Revolution)

Selina Braine (I Can Draw)

Rebecca Jee

Lisa Miller (Multiples of Two)

Always Josefa

Gill Stannard (Naturopath, Health and Happiness coach)

Kat McNally


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  1. manquebrock on May 9, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Great round-up Talina, you make me feel like I am back in that space of peak inspiration! I can’t wait to see what you create over the next year, you have been a force of nature since BHB2013! Rock on Sister! xx

    • Talina Edwards on May 12, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Thanks Suse! And right back at ya! Thanks for the ongoing support! x

  2. Louise on May 10, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Sounds amazing Talina! Do it your way, what a great mantra.

    • Talina Edwards on May 12, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Thanks Louise! You would LOVE it…maybe we’ll see you there next year too? x

  3. lizblaxell on May 12, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Great job Talina, you’ve really captured the essence of it all. Whenever I need a bit of a BHB2014 hit, I’ll come straight back here. Can’t wait to follow all the great outcomes from this fantastic event x

    • Talina Edwards on May 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Liz! That’s what I’ve loved about the BHB2013 FB group – we’ve all continued to inspire & support each other throughout the last year. Hope with 500 attendees our group this year will also be a fabulous creative community. Looking forward to getting to know everyone a bit better! x

  4. artistsattheendoftheworld on May 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Sounds amazing, I can’t wait to get along next year!!

    • Talina Edwards on May 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      You won’t regret it Amy! It is perfect for you as a creative multi-passionate! x

  5. Rebecca Jee on May 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Thanks for including my blog Talina! I think the unconference was like an oasis where we could stop, refuel, take in some goodness, before setting off again. It must have been wonderful to be able to see where you’d come from the year before! Hopefully that will be me next year.

    • Talina Edwards on May 13, 2014 at 11:45 am

      You’re welcome – loved your summary of the weekend’s “keywords”! It absolutely WILL be you next year…this is just the beginning on your big-hearted-business journey. x

  6. Jacquie Tulloch-Garcia on May 13, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I love the way you describe the essence of the whole event Talina. You capture it beautifully.

    • Talina Edwards Architecture on May 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks Jacquie! That means a lot to me – I’ve only been blogging for a year (but I LOVE it), so it still feels very “new” to me. Really appreciate your feedback. x

  7. Lisa on May 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Talina, great wrap-up and so good to know the second time around was as good as the first :) I loved going this year and already can’t wait until next year!

  8. Lisa Miller (@MultiplesofTwo) on May 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Talina, Great wrap-up and so good to hear this year was as good as last year. Love the idea of linking to other people’s posts – I might link to yours for the full list on my post!

    • Talina Edwards Architecture on May 13, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks Lisa! You have the same name (first and surname) as my sister-in-law so that confused me for a moment! I’ve just seen your post now – so will add that to my post too. x

  9. Kat McNally on May 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks so much for the shout-out, gorgeous! You captured the essence of the weekend so beautifully here.
    Apologies it’s taken me so long to visit (life with a bambino, sigh!). Love your website and blog! xx

    • Talina Edwards Architecture on May 28, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      No worries at all Kat! I completely understand the juggling of a cuppa tea/+ feeding bub /+ trying to read a few words (mag, novel, iPad, anything!), and thanks so much for taking the time to comment x

  10. romy sai on May 31, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I’m a bit late to this party, but beaut post Talina. Looks like 2014 was a helluva party! x

    • Talina Edwards Architecture on May 31, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Aw thanks Romy for taking the time to read and comment! It was pretty fabulous…but of course nothing will compare to the original, and the bond we’ve all made since then! xx