Aloha! I’m Joanne
I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years working in the entertainment industry. But in 2018, big city life no longer appealed to me. I needed a lifestyle reset, so I gave up the city for simplicity and moved to Maui, Hawaii.
While the move to Maui was a refreshing sea change, I had to start over again by making new friends and adjusting to life on a small island. As a result, I became more mindful, intuitive, creative and inspired. I discovered more meaning in my life and redefined happiness for myself. Nature is a great teacher and healer.
“I’ve been a dedicated vegan since 1994, because of my love for animals and passion toward health”.
Path to Simplicity
I was always driven by ambition and goals. I left high school at 15 and headed to LA by 19. Finally, I’d found my tribe of fellow creatives, a place where I could live and breathe success. I was busy from morning til night, but as the years passed by, it was harder for me to keep track from one year to the next. I felt like I was in a time warp. Only now, I’d become a workaholic. I was lacking sleep, but kept pushing myself to achieve the next thing. I’d become an over-achiever and got an adrenalin rush from beating my own personal record. I even ignored the signs of anxiety and stress in my life.
When I wasn’t busy, I didn’t know what to do with myself. The rush of excitement from achieving goals and setting new ones felt rewarding… until it didn’t. I began to feel empty inside. I thought I was just having an “off day” and hoped the feelings would disappear, but they didn’t. There was a nagging feeling of dissatisfaction growing inside of me every day. I began to question my own happiness.
On the surface, I had it all. I lived in the entertainment capital of the world and had a place in West Hollywood off Melrose Ave, except I was no longer stimulated by materialism, chasing big success or living in busy places – all the things I once enjoyed. I even started to outgrow some of my friends in LA. I was hoping this was some silly dream, and I’d soon wake up and return to the old me. But that never happened. I had changed as a person, and this time I was paying attention to life.
“Happiness, quality of life and wellbeing meant more to me than chasing success”.
Having been a regular visitor to Maui for a few years, I began to feel an inner calling to move there. So, I left LA, moved to Maui and never looked back. Choosing a life of simplicity actually proved to be a win-win for me. As a result, my life is more creative now. With less stimulation, the focus is on important things in life like health, freedom, purpose, relationships, and feeling whole inside. I have more inspiration than ever. It’s interesting when you think about it. The ocean flows, lava flows…basically life just flows in Hawaii.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always forged my own path and love to inspire others to do the same. It’s a process that I now use with my own clients who are ready to begin their journey to wellness.
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