“’Enoughness’ is working out what you need to be healthy and happy, but without taking more than you need. Most people have good intentions — they want to do something that's going to make a difference. Enoughness is something that anyone can do.”
Jane Hilliard — building designer, beachcomber and changemaker — leans into the late arvo sunlight and traces the shape of a different kind of future across the sky above the chookpen. We’re standing by the outdoor kitchen at the back of her place in Nipaluna/Hobart, looking out into a garden that’s exploding with green. We’ve been talking inside for well over an hour, a circuitous and excitable conversation about family, politics and bushwalks. Of what it means to make a truly humble house, and about the many different ways to build a better world.
Janey spends her days designing thoughtful, honest homes. She meanders her way along quiet beaches, delighting in the curlicued outline of a curious shell, the gentle shadow of an albatross feather floating across the sand. She also grins a lot, gesticulates wildly and with great joy — one of those rare humans who make the very air crackle and fizz about them. She grows all kinds of veggies, fruits and blossoms in her family backyard, and more and more, every day, she advocates for this concept of enoughness.