Julie Stafford
You are always only ever one step away from
a new life ...


Julie Stafford offers a stimulating and empowering conversation to take you beyond the walls of your comfort zone to step out of your ordinary and embrace your extraordinary life.


Why live ordinary when you can live extraordinary.

Julie's experiences are beyond your average! She has a reputation for entertaining, educating, inspiring and motivating her audiences based mostly on her personal experiences. Julie has spoken to over 1500 groups on topics of positive living and managing life changes with audience sizes ranging between 5000 and 5.

International best-selling author, speaker, life mentor, artist and philanthropist  


Julie is the mistress of self-reinvention. She is ageless. Julie would argue, “Why live one passion when you can live two or three passions in one lifetime.”

There’s no stopping this feisty, energetic, brave woman who we first fell in love with when she stole our hearts with what became Australia’s fastest selling cookbooks that changed a generation’s eating habits. She wrote the ‘Taste of Life’ cookbooks to save her husband, Bruce, when he was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer just two years into their love story. Bruce survived that cancer and lived cancer free for 23 years until the unthinkable happened. In 2003, he was diagnosed with a totally unrelated second cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma claimed Bruce, in 2006.  

At 55, an established international best-selling author, with sales exceeding

2.2million copies worldwide, Julie put cookbook writing on hold and set off to discover

who she would become in the next chapter of her life without the man she’d adored f

or more than 25 years.

She quickly fell in love with the sound a zipper made on her suitcase and the thump of a new passport stamp. She read arrival and departure boards at airports like others read great novels. Conversations with strangers taught her that your best lessons are sometimes in the least most likely characters and that often, destinations will call you when you are ready for their lessons.

You'll be laughing in your seats at some of Julie's travel adventures ...

like the time she nearly spent all of her children's inheritance in just one hotel booking in Paris!

like the time she was offered 10 camels to marry a handsome Bedouin, in Morocco!

like the time she got lost in the oldest Medina in the world but found herself at the steps of a palace that she had always wanted to stay! like the time she stalled the carpet seller's advances in the bazaar in Istanbul to avoid having to buy a carpet! like the time in Dubrovnik she was introduced to her first taste of homemade Grappa ... 

like the time ...

Julie's solo woman travel experiences have now taken her across several continents.

Exploring the world, while at the same time exploring her capacity to be brave, Julie revisited old passions of writing and painting. The result is a recently published, heart-warming debut novel titled: ‘Seagulls on the Ganges’

a fictionalized account of her own love story and the journey she traveled after loss, to reclaim her new self.

Julie has worked with a Hollywood producer and screenplay writer to turn her story into a movie script

and is currently pursuing getting her story to the BIG SCREEN.

Julie's stories will astound you ... but mostly they will inspire and motivate you to live your extraordinary life.

Why live an ordinary life when you can live an extraordinary life?

Meanwhile Julie is into the sequel... the first of two more books following on from 'Seagulls on the Ganges' that will complete this chapter of her life.

Julie has also had two successful art exhibitions. Her mediums are dramatic photography and acrylic on large canvases. Her subjects are seagulls. She is currently working on a third exhibition.

But this is only a small snippet of the woman Julie Stafford discovered she could become after 55.

She is also a property developer and a property investor, a stock market trader, and she’s working on a philanthropy project to leave her footprint in Morocco growing dates in the Sahara to support the education and community work of isolated Berber families.

Awarded a Governorship for services to cancer research at the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute in Australia, Julie shares her extensive skills and experiences on boards and in private mentoring.   

Add to this a new direction in the solo woman travel market with adventures designed by Julie in Morocco, Paris and Croatia and you might say Julie Stafford is not afraid to step beyond the walls of her comfort zone.


Julie Stafford will both entertain and ignite the passions in your audience in both their private and professional lives? 

Julie's stories are extraordinary.

Walk away inspired and motivated to step a little further outside the walls of your comfort zone.

Why live an ordinary life when you can live an extraordinary one?