Aloha and e kipa mai! Welcome to Simple Yet Significant!
My name is Haley and I am an island girl in my late twenties striving to create balance and harmony in my very busy life. Through my blog I hope to exhibit my passions of living a simple yet significant lifestyle that focuses on balance, creativity, harmony and enlightenment [you can find Simple Yet Significant's mission here].
I left my island home on Maui for college at the University of Oregon in Eugene right after high school. The fresh start was just what I needed to find myself. While away – especially while abroad in Aotearoa/New Zealand – I discovered a true passion for health, wellness, and the outdoors. More importantly, though, I discovered a deep love for myself, which in turn created the space for another person: my best friend, life-partner, and soul-mate Ben.
After graduating in 2007, I made the move back to the islands – this time with my best friend at my side. Since moving home, I’ve reconnected with nature on a whole new level. Ben and I are grateful every day to live in a beautiful (and modest) home on the slopes of Haleakala, where we are able to watch the sun set over the ocean or the mountains every day.
I married my best friend Benjamin on October 10th, 2009 at sunrise with our closest friends in attendance. We have created a beautiful life for ourselves – surrounded by the most incredible people – and I have never felt more alive or excited about life as I do now!
In the early hours of June 26th, 2012, Ben caught our beautiful son Isaac La’akea as he was birthed into water at our home. He has changed our entire Universe and brought us more joy than we could ever have imagined. Raising my son has already proven to be the most profoundly meaningful and life-changing challenges of my life. I feel blessed to be learning from my son a daily basis – pushing my boundaries and growing as he continues to grow.
Aside from my family, I am also passionate about many things, most notably community, health and wellness (exercise + nutrition), and creativity.
- I became a certified fitness instructor in October of 2009, and a Certified Personal Trainer [National Academy of Sports Medicine] in April of 2012.
- I am currently finishing my Masters degree in Social Work through the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
- My favorite forms of creativity are cooking, jewelry-making, and writing.
We don’t have much, but we live fully. I’ve got quite the balancing act happening between all the incredible things life has offered me and I am taking it all on with an open heart and a bright smile! Join me on my journey in living a simple yet significant life.
I would love to get to know my readers better and am always more than happy to answer any questions you may have! Leave a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.