Hello! I’m Jo
I’m a creative soul searching for what I believe are the most meaningful and important ways to live my life.
I have lived my whole life in the beautiful eastern suburbs of Brisbane, Australia and don’t see myself leaving anytime soon, unless we decide to move to the country because that is my dream. Well I think it is but I’m happy to wait and see because I live by the water and who wouldn’t love that.
I have been married to my husband Andrew since I was 20 years old and we have raised two amazing sons Matthew and Mitchell. I am also the proud owner of my beautiful adopted dog Asha.
I was a stay at home mum for 8 years while our boys were young and I did the whole mum routine: strict budget, home management, baked, learned to make the boys clothes etc etc and we made it work. Being young we didn’t really know any other way so while we didn’t have a lot we were very happy. But I always knew I would have to go back to work.
Over the next 17 years I worked my way up in a corporate role and completed a Diploma of Accounting and a Diploma of HR Management. At the end of 2016 I found myself in a position where I was earning more money than I ever had before. I was as high up the corporate ladder than I ever expected to be but I was also lost, overweight and extremely unhappy. Being diagnosed with depression, anxiety and severe stress was the final straw. So in June 2017 I quit my corporate life to find a slower, simpler more intentional way of living.
I’m still in the city, still working, won’t be travelling full-time to places far and wide, but I’m learning to find the balance I need to live with less, live with purpose and live with joy and contentment.
About This Site
Elsie Road is my personal, creative journal. I don’t have all the answers but I do have a hell of a lot of questions and I write about what I’m discovering and learning along the way. I’m no expert on life, but it’s my hope that by reading my words you too will ask yourself the same questions and begin walking your own path to a more meaningful life.
I’m so happy to have you here.