When Turia Pitt delivered her second talk in two years to Illawarra Women In Business on Friday she said motherhood was something she was really looking forward to.
But in question time it was when she was asked about what challenge was next that she turned to one side and proudly showed off her baby bump.
“I think being a mum might be a little bit of a challenge. I don’t know what I will be like as a mum but hopefully I will be a good one,” she said.
Turia spoke about facing fears and one challenge that really tested her. That was being encouraged to fire walk on hot coals at a Tony Robbins conference.
“For the first time in a long time I was completely overwhelmed by fear,” she said.
“So I got out of my seat and headed for the nearest exit. But there was one of Tony’s people guarding the door who said “Tony knows who you are. Tony wants you to fire walk”.
Turia thought about it and decided to face her fear. “If you are really scared of something there is a part of you that knows it is probably going to be really good for you”.
I really think we are all capable of greatness- Turia Pitt
In her mind she thought that maybe with each step she took on the burning hot coals she would be walking further away from her biggest tragedy and closer towards her biggest triumph. But standing on the edge of the hot coals every single fibre of her was screaming at her to run in the opposite direction.
“But I still found it in me to take the first step. And was I elated. But here is the thing with hot coals. You can’t just take one step. It is a little bit like life. One step is great. It gets you going. But we have to keep being able to walk forward. I really think our success in life is all about how we respond to our challenges. Do we curl up from stuff or do we step up? Do we shy away from stuff that terrifies us or do we take that one step closer.”
Turia said if there is one message she wanted people to take away from her talk on Friday it would be “to challenge yourself, test yourself and see what it is that you are made of. I really think we are all capable of greatness if we brave enough to take that first step.”
Turia said she had developed a really good rapport with IWIB director Glenda Papac.
“I really admire what she is doing here,” she said.
“I think it is really good. I think we all need inspiration in our everyday lives. So I am happy I get to do that for the guests here today.”
“And that night on 60 Minutes when I was watching I think everyone just jumped up for joy,” she said.
Turia said the baby news was shared publicly while she was in Africa on a holiday planned two years ago.
She and fiance Michael Hoskin knew beforehand and were not sure whether to go when they found out she was pregnant.
“But I am really glad we did go because we had a great time,” she said.
Turia said she was not experiencing any morning sickness but was feeling really tired all the time.
“I feel like curling up underneath the table and sleeping,” she said.
Turia said she wanted to inspire more people with her story. She likes to encourage people to utilise the power of their mind because “if you can do that you are really unstoppable”.