Hi! I’m Joelle Birano. I live in Hawaii with my husband and 2 daughters. A month after our first daughter was born my husband graduated with his Master’s Degree and accepted a job in Oregon. After three months it was clear that the job wasn’t the right fit for him and Oregon wasn’t the right fit for me. We turned around and came straight back home to absolutely nothing, and spent 2 years waiting for a job opportunity to come our way. Keola was blessed with a job he loves in November of 2012, and we have been working on getting our lives in order ever since.
So what’s the point of this story? This period of financial hardship and uncertainty also proved to be a time of great freedom (though I did not always recognize or appreciate it…in fact I probably spent more time whining and complaining than anything). When you have nothing, you can rebuild your life in any way you please. I did a lot of reading and a lot of soul searching (and still do). All of this searching led me to minimalism. I’ve never been a very materialistic person to begin with, but my explorations into minimalism revealed that it’s about much more than stuff. We all have clutter in our lives (tangible and intangible) that stand in the way of our greatest potential. I know I do, and I’m doing something about it.
This blog chronicles my commitment to de-cluttering my life, physically and emotionally, and rebuilding myself to be more productive, more focused, more content and better able to recognize and pursue the things in life that truly matter. If my journey can inspire and help someone along the way, even better.