Black Minimalists is an interview series highlighting people of color on their simple living journeys.
When and why did you start your minimalist journey?
It started around the time I decided to go green.
What lessons have you learned since going minimalist?
Oh boy! Where do I start? I learned that the saying is true, I can do more with less. We live in a society that tells us we need bigger, more, shinier things/stuff to keep us happy. That wasn't the case for me. Like... Where am I going to put that bigger object? Who's going to give me money for more stuff? Why is that shiny object not attracting the kind of people I want in my life?
What are you goals in living simply?
My goal is to save and not be so consumed with people/things that don't add any real value to my life. Experience taught me that...you live and you learn.
Has minimalism impacted other areas of your life?
Yes! It sure has. Eating-in more, making my own skincare (and other DIY) products, and more, has brought out my creative side and I'm less stressed.
What if any surprises or challenges have you encountered?
Hmmm... This is a journey and there will be ups and downs. Some of the info out there can be overwhelming with certain rules you have to follow which can be discouraging. But, I'm a professional at "take what you can and leave the rest". I work with what I have and go from there.
What mindset changes have you experienced?
Just being open minded with trying and doing new things. Getting out of my comfort zone was not an easy task. It can be scary at first but I've gotten this far and I'm liking the results.
What advice do you have for someone interested in simplifying her life?
Find what areas are most important to you and research how to simplify it to your liking. Start small, don't overwhelm yourself, ask questions, and connect with like-minded people.
Where we can learn more about you?
I can be found blogging for the underdogs at cluelesscurl.com. I blog about my ups and downs to an eco-friendly lifestyle and everything in between. I have a recurring Green Light Feature where women of color share their journey as well. I can also be found on Twitter by the same name.
Anything you would like to add?
Thanks for inviting me to be a part of this series. It is so needed. Wishing you much success with it.