The secret to happiness is freedom. And the secret to freedom is courage. Thucydides
Hello. My name is Kanae. I am from Japan and living in the UK with my husband, two daughters and a dog with attitude! I am a passionate happiness promoter.
I was brought up in a small village in the rural part of Japan. In this small village, I was always dreaming of seeing the world outside and of adventure. I was living with my parents, my grandparents and my sister. My parents, especially my mother worked very long hours and we were looked after by our grandparents. My grandmother was like my mother and I adored her. Sadly, I did not really have the chance to spend time with my mother when I was little.
I was determined that I would never make the same mistake as my mother, I would stay close to my children, spending time together.
Studied Buddhism in university, I have been always interested in happiness and all the mysteries of life, not so interested in building my career nor chasing money.
I thought I had everything. I had an adventure living in a foreign country, a comfortable house, supportive husband, two lovely girls, a very convenient part-time job which allowed me to work around my children. I had time to practice my yoga and occasional coffee morning with friends. Peaceful, Predictable, more or less ‘comfortable’. It really was what I wanted since my childhood.
However, I knew something crucial was missing… It was that spark in life, that twinkle in my eye. I remember I always wanted to grow old with that twinkle in my eye.
Then, something happened to accelerate the change in me. My girls needed me less and less. My parttime job as a dental nurse made me feel so stuck. My husband is a secondary school teacher and chronically stressed, exhausted and even started to show the signs of damaging his health. We both worked hard but felt like constantly worrying about our finance.
It hit home like a ton of bricks that we were not free. My husband is not able to escape from what has been making him ill and I cannot do anything about it? I hated being helpless.
I was desperate to be free. I wanted us to be free. Free from the financial shackles, free from whatever was putting me inside this small box…
I thought I had done a good job to ‘fit in’ so far but I did not figure out what I really wanted to do in my life…
Out of desperation and determination to find a way out, I discovered some extraordinary things.
The secret of happiness and the whole new world of limitless possibilities.
This site is where I share my discovery, insights and ideas, my journey of self-discovery. What I have learnt has changed my outlook on life completely. Now I have this passion to spread happiness by sharing what I have learned on my journey.
Thank you so much for visiting me and joining my adventure.
Please leave comments- I would be delighted to hear from you.