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As a Life + Confidence Coach

Bianca Romeo
I went into my coaching series with Jo very confused and cluttered with my thoughts on what I was truly passionate about.  She made me feel incredibly warm and welcomed after our first session together and I knew I was in the right hands.  I have never felt as empowered or inspired as I have with Jo cheering me on and supporting my every move.  My experience with Jo was life-changing, she helped me rid my nasty girl thoughts and truly empowered my self belief and self love.  She is one of the most amazing life coaches I know and I am so grateful to have worked with her.

 

 Bianca Romeo   :   Fitness and Lifestyle Coach,  Bianca Romeo

 

 

 

 

Jo changed my life. When I connected with her for coaching I was feeling emotionally drained, burnt out, isolated and lethargic. I felt like I wasn’t good enough and knew that where I was wasn’t sustainable. After our first session together I already had a glimmer of hope and my overall time working with Jo was wonderful, healing and exciting. I am now calm, kind to myself, more health conscious and much more realistic while still working hard. There is much more flow in my life and I am excited for what lies ahead!

 

Chelsea Wharton   

 

 

 

 

I contacted Jo for coaching because I wanted a lifestyle overhaul.  I was feeling incredibly overwhelmed with the number of demands on my time and frustrated at the lack of forward movement in my business.  I wanted to start living and having fun.  I felt so incredibly understood and supported by Jo and always came away from our sessions buzzing.  My experience of working with her was inspiring and insightful and I can’t express enough my immense gratitude for her support, care and ability to hold me accountable to the things most important to me.  I am now taking better care of myself, I feel more free, I am living my life more and I have swapped old patterns, beliefs and habits for affirming new ideas and mindsets.  Jo, you are an amazing coach.

 

Connie Ng   :   Holistic Life Coach + ITA Energy Medicine Practitioner,  Emerge

 

 

 

 

When I made the decision to start coaching with Jo I was feeling stuck.  I was struggling with finding a way to shift my life into a space that made me feel alive and I wanted things to change, but didn’t have the confidence or know how to make it happen.  I felt terrified going into my first session with Jo but at the end of it already felt motivated and excited to get started.  Working with Jo was momentous and heart-opening.  I now handle stress and being overwhelmed so much better than I used to and I’m more of a friend to myself, which has really helped me in tackling the fear I have around making big changes in my life.  I can’t think of anything you could have done to support me better Jo, thank you for exuding authenticity and kindness.

 

 Carrie

 

 

 

 

Jo is a positive, confident, grounded source of pure, unwavering light and working with her has been incredibly inspirational, uplifting and life-changing for me. Before having Jo as my coach life felt very chaotic. Finding and holding space for my own self-care, dreams and passions felt so hard because all of my time was dedicated to hospital visits and therapies for my daughter and taking care of my family. But right from our first session together, Jo gave me hope. She allowed me to be real, vulnerable and human and supported me to hold a self-care practice at the heart of everything I do. I now feel confident to show up as myself in my life. I have a deep trust and awareness that I am on the right path and miraculous things are continuing to unfold within my own sense of self, my relationships and my work. Thank you Jo. With your guidance and support, I feel so blessed that I have been able to create a truly luminous life. Your work expands through to my family also, which is such a powerful thing to help a Mum like me.

 

Natalie Roberts  : Founder, Miracle Mama

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much Jo for holding a safe space for me to look at the ‘demons’ and the shadows. You were always so caring, kind and supportive and you helped explore the things that I knew were underlying how I was feeling but hadn’t allowed myself to really look at. I thought that this series might cover ‘business task’ to-do type things but instead it supported me to truly step into my truth and my authentic self, and to speak authentically from my heart.

 

Abby Lewtas :  Life Coach, Abby Lewtas

 

 

 

 

Jo is a beautiful coach and person. Her coaching is the perfect mix of caring and supportive energy alongside challenging you to grow to be your best self and holding you accountable to your growth. Through my work with Jo I have been able let go and flow more with what is happening in my life and trust that everything will work out as it should. I have learnt to slow down and stop more, and to not push myself so hard to achieve my goals. I have developed deeper and more consistent self-care and soul-care practices. I will always be very grateful for Jo and her support, guiding me to be my best self.

 

Monique Michell-Moylan   :   Life + Passion Coach for Mothers, Love Life with Monique

 

 

 

 

Tamielle_BruntAs a student who is studying off-campus it was hard for me to keep motivated in my studies and doubt in my abilities set in.  Johanna has shared techniques which have helped me to stay focused and have allowed me to believe in myself.  Working with Jo has not only improved my motivation for study, but has also increased my self-confidence and changed my overall outlook on life.  I have grown to believe that I can achieve any goal that I set for myself, and I now know who I am and appreciate how I connect with those around me.  The way that Jo works with people is incredibly unique; she personalises every single session to focus on exactly what YOU need and her warm and friendly personality allows for inspiring sessions where you are the only one that matters!

 

 Tamielle Brunt   :   Student,  University of Queensland

 

 

 

 

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I decided to find a life coach when I was in the early stages of starting my own coaching business.  I was struggling with self-care, dealing with a lot of overwhelm and was feeling really stuck with everything.  I wanted to move forward with my business feeling joyous instead of fearful and stressed.  I felt very supported, encouraged and comfortable right from the first session with Jo and I knew immediately that big things were going to come from working with her.  My entire perspective on self-care has changed thanks to Jo and I am now also a better, more patient, caring, generous mother – it feels amazing!  I have a confidence that I didn’t have before and through Jo I feel like I have been given permission to just be me and put myself out there.  I have not only moved forward with starting my business but I am now also clear on my own purpose as a coach.  Jo was there the whole way and gave so much of herself to me.  I am truly grateful.

 

Ebony James  :  Life Coach

 

 

 

 

I came to work with Jo when I was feeling overwhelmed. I was trying to create a business that felt authentic but I was lacking confidence in what I wanted to do and feeling a lot of fear. I had worked with Jo before and knew that she would motivate me and support me wholeheartedly at a time when I needed focus and self belief. There will never be enough words to express how grateful I am for Jo’s support and encouragement. I now feel so much more aligned to who I am and how that shows up in my business. I no longer feel like I have to compartmentalise the different pieces of myself and I have solid plans, more confidence in myself and a website that I love! People around me have commented on how much more calm and happy I am and I know that is showing in my online presence, too.

 

Aimee Wilson   :   Intuition and Embodiment Coach / Equine Practitioner, Hello Yes Coaching

 

 

 

 

Sally Bailey

When I met Jo I was a very quiet person with low self esteem and no confidence at all.  I was going through a very rough patch with my job, home and family.  Living with people who couldn’t accept me was getting me nowhere, I was working a job that I hated going to every day, and I was very sad.  I felt like I was in one of my darkest moments.  With Jo I sat down and wrote a list of goals that I wanted to achieve in my life and we began working together towards them.  When things got tough, Jo was always ready to step in. I could always trust her enough to tell her what was going on. 
 
As a result of Jo’s knowledge and support, I managed to move out of the house I was living in, go to the doctor to assist my health, cut people out of my life who were not doing me any favours, change jobs, and gain the confidence to do more things independently, including reaching my goal of competing in fitness challenges (something I would never have done before).  I don’t know if she realises how much of an impact she has made on my life, but if it wasn’t for Jo I would not be the strong, confident, enthusiastic person I am today.

 

Sally Bailey  :  Massage Therapist

 

 

 

 

I came to Jo for coaching when I was feeling very unhappy within myself, struggling a lot with work/life balance and needing a lot more direction in my business. I knew that life was too short to not be happy and I wanted to change the way I was feeling. I had never worked with a coach before but after our first session I already felt so happy – it was like a huge weight had lifted off my shoulders! Jo is so reliable and could not have supported me better. She even messaged me on Christmas Day!
Since working with Jo I cope much better with situations, I am much more patient with myself and others, I have much more direction in my business. and I am getting things done! I feel like a completely different person and have true purpose to my day, and to my life!
You have honestly changed my life Jo and I can’t thank you enough.

 

Jane Lampe  :  Florist,  Floreat Floral Design

 

 

 

 

I decided to work with Jo when I was studying life coaching myself. I was starting to think about what being a life coach meant for me and in that a lot of fear and self doubt came up. I knew Jo as the right person to support me with my own coaching skills and confidence and I knew that in working with her I would receive a very high quality service and be challenged in the best possible way. Working with Jo has truly lifted a weight off my shoulders. It has been an emotional, releasing and important part of my journey towards following my calling and having love in my life. Thank you Jo. I now feel confident, free and I know I am enough.

 

Brooke Wilson  :  Life Coach, Brooke Wilson Life Coaching 

 

 

 

 

I can’t start to describe how valuable working with Jo has been.  In a world where pressures and expectations come from every angle, it has been invaluable to have Jo’s support in order to clearly articulate and develop my sense of self, in addition to calving out my own path in life.  The journey to date has been incredible – well beyond anything I could have ever have imagined.

 

Emma

 

 

 

 

Sue Muller roundI had worked with coaches before but I chose Jo to support me through a long list of ‘non-negotiables’ that I needed to get done within a potentially stressful transition period of my life because I have always admired and respected her and the work that she does.  Jo was kind and she helped me to be accountable; she didn’t let me stumble.  The work that we did together really helped me to clearly envision and articulate the big picture of my life and business and make some serious progress in both areas.  Since working with Jo I have an inner calm and an extra shot of determination and fearlessness.  It was grounding, empowering, uplifting and so helpful to have her by my side and I am so grateful.  Thank you SO much for your help and support Jo, I feel so blessed to have worked with you.

 

Sue Muller  :  Life Coach + Founder,  Smile Chickie

 

 

 

 

Tristan_KnoopJo has been a wonderful coach and support person during the time that I have known her, and she has motivated and inspired me to be the best possible version of myself that I can be.  During a rough time in my life she provided unwavering and highly-skilled support and guidance, enabling me to feel empowered to take control of my situation by making the decisions that were right for me.  Her ability to actively listen and to provide clarity has led me to see the bigger picture in the most difficult of times.  This has made be a better person, and has allowed me to achieve the life goals I have set for myself.

 

Tristan Knoop  :  Employment Consultant,  WorkingOUT

 

 

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I emailed Jo after reading an article about her and Heart Sparks in Renegade Collective magazine.  I had been feeling stuck in my life and was concerned that my mindset was holding me back but at the same time didn’t know how to address it on my own.  Jo understood my concerns right from our first session and it felt great.  Working with her has been enlightening, empowering and reassuring.  I now have a much greater understanding of myself and how my thinking impacts my quality of life.  I feel much wiser and my friends have said that I am much less critical and less negative, too.  Thank you Jo for all your help.

 

Stephanie

 

 

 

 

As a Speaker Coach

 

From the first email to our last, Jo made me feel supported + made it so easy for me to open up, share my thoughts, concerns and fears and just as quickly, empowered me with knowledge and tools to move through them.  Since working with Jo, I am now a more confident speaker and feel ready to take on more opportunities with the skills I have learnt.  I cannot recommend working with Jo enough, her beautiful energy, years of experience and straight to the point style is the perfect combination.

 


Amy Mackenzie  :  Founder,  Designing Her Life + Solopreneur Society

 

 

 

 

When I started working with Jo as my Speaker Coach I thought that there was no way I would go through with an upcoming presentation I has scheduled to do. My self-doubt was consuming me. I imagined working with Jo would be wonderful – but it was so much more than that. I felt so at ease, accepted and understood and Jo’s approach was exactly what I needed. She went above and beyond for me and working with her exceeded what I could have imagined! I felt a real shift right from my first session with her and I knew then and there that I would go through with my speaking commitment after having wanted to pull out of it for SO long. After that first session I immediately got traction with the writing of my speech and for the first time was able to focus on what I wanted to share and how that was going to happen. I had a plan, support and a strong process to follow. Beautiful Jo made what seemed so undoable more than doable and while before working with her I would have never called myself a speaker, now I am much more open to speaking opportunities in the future!

 


Lenice Gaunt   :   Life + Wellness Coach / Mind Detox Practitioner

 

 

 

 

As a Speaker + Facilitator

 

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Johanna is a natural, giving and engaging speaker.  She shines with authenticity and has an innate way of connecting instantaneously to her audience.  She particularly has a special way of inspiring young people and young adults to be their true and best selves, and that’s because she is constantly challenging herself to lead her own true and best life.  If you are looking for an incredible speaker for your next event, Johanna comes with my highest recommendation.  For the many years I engaged her at the youth leadership conference I convened she consistently performed with star quality, and it was never a question I would invite her back year after year.

 

Julie Parker  :  CEO + Founder,  Beautiful You Coaching Academy   

 

 

 

 

Johanna is a new kind of leader. She inspires intention-led living with her every interaction and her ability to connect and affect people is profound. I chose Johanna as our opening speaker for The Create Day and the energy she created with our audience set the perfect tone for our entire day. She presents with first class polish and heart, and on stage as well as in conversation, she is both captivating and generous.
People recognise that they are in safe hands with Johanna and are willing to be vulnerable because she quickly earns trust. Luminous yet grounded and accessible, she gifts audiences a perfect mix of inspiration and practical application that enables them to be the best versions of themselves. Johanna shows such depth, substance and infectious kindness. From knowing her I am more lit up in my own life and I was honoured to connect her with my tribe, too.

 

Jade Wisely: Host of The Create Days, Jade Wisely Photography

 

 

 

 

Jess Jones

Jo spoke at SoarCon – a conference for women in business – and was the perfect person for the job!  The audience were immediately engaged and truly inspired by her presentation on authenticity as it really hit the nail on the head for so many attendees.  Jo was the favourite speaker amongst many guests and we had wonderful feedback from them saying she’d really struck a chord with them.  A beautiful person inside and out, Jo’s ability to really connect with the audience was something not all speakers can do.  We’d love to have her back at a future event.

 

Jess Jones  :  Founder,  Soar Collective

 

 

 

 

Luke
Jo Parker is an impressive and engaging speaker with an easily-relatable storytelling style. Most recently I was privileged to welcome Jo to Federation University as a keynote speaker for The ‘One Small Thing’ Leadership Conference. Jo’s story and message impacted and inspired our students and student leaders greatly and her presence has left a long-lasting impression.
 Jo was utterly professional and accommodating from our initial contact and session proposal right through the lengthy preparation for the conference, in her delivery on the day and even during reflective contact afterwards. She responded to communication promptly and clearly. I have booked Jo to speak and facilitate workshops here at the Uni multiple times and would have no hesitation recommending Jo to anyone looking for an intelligent, confident and warm speaker or facilitator who delivers a strong, clear message to a diverse audience.

 

Luke Icely  :  Student Leadership Program Officer,  Federation University

 

 

 

 

Jo is an unwavering pillar of belief and support with everyone she comes in contact with.  Her work as part of our Youth Mentor Training has been incredible and to see her speak, answer questions and provide feedback and guidance to students is a special thing to witness.  Jo is thoughtful in her choice of words, full of wisdom and instantly makes her audience feel comfortable and as though anything is possible.  She’s born to do the work that she does.

 

Amanda Rootsey  :  Founder + DirectorShine From Within

 

 

 

 

Jo is like no-one I have ever collaborated with. Having worked in the youth sector for 15 years, I am always on the look-out for unique, inspirational and genuine people who do what they do because they absolutely love it. I saw Jo present to university students in our Cadetship program and I wondered if she could translate the concepts she delivered so well there to the Year 7 and 8 high school students I work with. I invited Jo to present to these young people and the feedback from them after hearing her speak spoke for itself! Jo delivered a transformational workshop, supporting students to develop their self-confidence, build resilience and enhance their personal values while embracing fear and expanding their comfort zones. I am grateful to have met her and to work with her.

 

Lisa Mac   :   Future Focus Program Lead, Doxa Future Focus

 

 

 

 

I engage Jo every year to be a Keynote Speaker and a live-in Coach/Counsellor at a leadership program I direct for young adults from all over Tasmania. I first met her years ago when we were asked to collaborate in Sydney and deliver a four-day event for a group of 100 international young leaders from over 30 countries on behalf of Rotary International.
Back then I was filled with self-doubt and confusion about how I could have been selected for such an amazing role, but from the moment I first connected with Jo I knew that she would forever be a part of my life and world. She gave me the courage to find my inner strength – something I always knew deep down was there but struggled to let shine – and to face my fears. Her beautiful nature, honesty and warmth empowered me to believe in myself and to trust that I CAN do anything I set my heart and mind to. I am grateful to now have her as a continued part of our programs in Tasmania.
Jo’s sessions give you tools, insight, options and the space to truly think. She surrounds you with the support and encouragement to move forward with your goals and dreams. One person really can make a difference and lives are forever better because Jo has been in them.

 

Jenny Simms  :  Tasmanian District RYLA Director, Rotary International District 9380 

 

 

 

 

I have been lucky enough to work alongside Jo, delivering personal development programs to young women.  Jo is an incredible facilitator that oozes with warmth, understanding and compassion.  Her ability to create a safe and nurturing space makes her so great at what she does.  Jo is absolutely devoted to her vision of building positivity, self-love and confidence in every individual she connects with.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with Jo and experience her passion for helping people to awaken their potential.

 

Tanya Whitmore  :  Youth Development Officer, Wyndham City Youth Services

 

 

 

 

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Jo was an absolute pleasure to work with.  From the beginning she was ready to help work with us to cater a speech unique to the day we wanted and incorporate all of our own personal touches.  The students and volunteers of the program were incredibly impressed with her, and all learnt valuable information from her talk that was full of rich information.  It was great to see the participants of the Ballarat program particularly love the talk and really engage with her about their future goals and dreams.  Thank you for all your hard work Jo.

 

Maddie Vernon  :  emPOWERme Committee,  Lord Somers

 

 

 

 

Clare_Desira
I have worked with Jo for 7 years co-directing a youth program in a volunteer capacity.  Jo is one of the most inspiring and engaging people I have ever met.  She has the ability to move a group or an individual in a short amount of time.  She connects well with people, builds trust quickly and leaves you thinking ‘I cant believe I just revealed that…’ but you are always glad you did with the support, problem solving and million dollar questions Jo asks to help you collect your thoughts and make positive change.  Jo pours her kindness and energy into everyone she works with and brings a wealth of experience.

 

Clare Desira  :  Founder, Top Five Movement  /  Manager, NAB Employee Volunteering Program   

 

 

 

 

Ruth

We were delighted to have Jo provide workshop and group consultation facilitation training to a group of our young people so that they could go on to confidently lead a consultation process with other young people on behalf of Council.  Jo was engaging, interactive and was able to easily draw upon discussion with the group to illustrate examples and effectively teach them.  Her session covered a fantastic range of content about facilitating groups and discussion, leading consultations and understanding a facilitator’s role, in a way that the young people could understand and relate with.  The young people finished the workshop feeling confident and well prepared for any group situation they might encounter, and I have been hearing great feedback about Jo’s training all week.  Thank you Jo!

 

Ruth Mihelcic  :  Youth Participation and Leadership Officer,  Wyndham City Youth Services   

 

 

 

 

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Johanna is very highly skilled with facilitating workshops for young people. She is very engaging and professional and brings a great energy to the room. She is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic which makes her workshops of a high quality.

 

Peta Seabrook  :  Youth Counsellor

 

 

 

 

Tristan_Knoop
Jo’s skill and passion for working with young people is infectious and has been a privilege to watch. Her ability to engage with not only individuals but also groups of young people is incredible, and her natural ability to make everyone feel important and valued leaves each young person she works with feeling empowered to take on any challenge they face and to change their own lives for the better. The way in which she captivates and involves her young audiences in the session content is remarkable to witness, and I recommend hiring her without hesitation to work with youth on any aspect of their personal development and growth.

 

Tristan Knoop  :  Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Leadership Team

 

 

 

 

Heath_Schulz
We were fortunate to have Johanna as a speaker at our 2013 graduation dinner at the College. She was the most honest, authentic and down-to-earth speaker that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Jo has the ability to appeal to audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and I highly recommend her services at such events. I feel so fortunate to have worked with someone who is changing so many lives, whist maintaining such an inclusive, community mindset.

 

Heath Schulz  :  VCE Coordinator,  Warracknabeal Secondary College

 

 

 

 

I was lucky enough to work with Jo delivering personal development programs to Year 9 girls in Wyndham.  Working alongside Jo was an absolute honour.  Her bright, bubbly and kind hearted nature makes her so warm and inviting to interact with which was so apparent when observing her interactions with the girls – I could notice them all listening with open minds and enthusiasm to everything she had to say.  She was perfectly organised, on time and with ample resources that assisted us to run the day smoothly, including resources for students to keep.  Johanna’s approach is fun, friendly and interactive, whilst still maintaining professionalism and effective delivery.  The work she does is truly empowering.

 

Codie Hart  :  Youth Development Officer,  Wyndham City Youth Services

 

 

 

 

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It was an absolute pleasure booking Johanna as a keynote speaker for a Parent Information event here at Wyndham City Council.  She was very thorough in her communication in the lead up to the event and she was also very accommodating and organised.  Jo presented to an audience of parents and carers about the effects of stress on teenagers and empowered them with a series of tools and strategies to better support young people in their households during stressful exam periods and times of change, whilst also effortlessly recognising and validating positive contributions they were already making with their teens.  Jo presents in a way that is both very engaging and easy to follow.  She scored 10/10 across all areas of our feedback forms from 100% of our attendees, which demonstrated how highly they valued her presentation as well as her as a speaker.

 

Rosie Barbara  :  Counsellor,  Wyndham City Youth Services

 

 

 

 

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I highly recommend the services that Jo at Heart Sparks offers. My experience with her was nothing but positive and she was able to provide me with the clarity and encouragement that I needed to pursue my dreams. Her positive outlook on life coupled with her belief in me was instrumental in allowing me to find the courage to pursue my dreams.

 

Jacinta Saunders  :  Blogger,  One Gypsy Soul

 

 

 

 

Brooke_WilsonJo has a way of asking the right questions to get the right answers.  She has a warmth that makes you feel incredibly comfortable in her presence, in both one-on-one sessions or in front of a group.

 

Brooke Wilson  :  Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Leadership Team

 

 

 

 

As an MC + Host

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There was only one person I thought of to MC the Beautiful You Coaching Academy Inspiration Day in Bali and that was Jo Parker.  I knew she would hold the entire day and those in attendance (who came from all over the world) in very safe hands.  She was warm, gracious, kept beautifully to time and covered everything we needed.  She was also inspirational and engaging with her beautiful speaking manner and there was not one thing more I could have asked for from her on what was a very important day for us.  I absolutely recommend bringing Jo to your stage as either an MC or a key note speaker.

 

Julie Parker  :  CEO + Founder,  Beautiful You Coaching Academy 

 

 

 

 

I recently engaged Jo Parker to be MC at my annual Inspired Women event and it was one of the best decisions I had made for my event.  Jo was not only an incredible speaker (which I had already known about her and seen for myself numerous times), but she was also an amazing support in the lead up and on the day.  When asked for what she needed prior to the event, her communication was prompt and clear, enabling me to gather the required information she needed quickly and easily with no fuss.
On the day, she turned up ready to go with all of her notes prepared and immediately dived into action.  The utmost professional, Jo was an incredible addition to the day.  Both the speakers and the audience absolutely loved her and I am still receiving feedback on how much they enjoyed her presence.  As an event host, I needed to feel supported, prepared and like everything was running smoothly.  Jo helped ensure that all three of those needs were met and more.  Looking back, I honestly couldn’t have done it all without her as I knew that she was there to take care of the stage while I took care of all the other bits and pieces.  Plus, I got to enjoy watching all of my speakers without being distracted in any way.
If you are looking for an MC that is professional, helpful, intelligent, warm and impressive, Jo is your go to woman. I’ve already booked her in for my 2017 event so do not hesitate to engage her today, she will book out fast!

 

Jade McKenzie  :  Founder,  Event Head 

 

 

 

 

What the media have to say

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When you talk about ‘spark’ Johanna, owner of Heart Sparks is absolutely the epitome of it.  She is an energised, passionate and enthusiastic business owner, who has completely found truth in the saying “do that which makes you happy”.

 

Social Media Expert  :  Enterprise Geelong

 

 

 

 

 

A positivity expert.

 

Australian Women’s Fitness Magazine