Black Minimalists is an interview series featuring people of color on their simple living journeys.
When and why did you start your minimalist journey?
About two years ago when I had my son. I was looking for ways to save money and cut my spending knowing that I wouldn’t be back to work for a few months. I randomly found the blog Zen Habits, and from there I was hooked. It was a whole new world.
What lessons have you learned since going minimalist?
I’ve learned that things don’t matter. To me, it's all about experiences. Friends, family, food and new adventures, beats a trip to the mall any day!
What are you goals in living simply?
I honestly would love to build a tiny house! Everyone thinks I'm crazy, but I really love them! That just may have to wait until my son has grown up and moved out lol. For now I just hope to maintain this lifestyle. To be able to enjoy life, travel, and give back as best as I can.
Has minimalism impacted other areas of your life?
Yes, it has. It's changing me over all as a person. It's forced me to look at the bigger picture in life. And definitely to care so much more about others and what I do and how it impacts the world. Things I’ve never even considered.
What if any surprises or challenges have you encountered?
What's challenging right now is shopping for clothing. This is only difficult because I also want to shop with ethical brands. So finding really nice high quality basics that aren’t so expensive has been a challenge. Especially for my sons clothing. Im seriously considering purchasing a sewing machine and getting to work lol.
What mindset changes have you experienced?
I'm practicing non-attachment, to all things. It's a tough one, but it's something I'm becoming more mindful of.
What advice do you have for someone interested in simplifying her life?
Ask yourself why you want to do it, then make a list of all the things that are most important to you. Start with purging some old clothes…and then take it from there. I have a video about where to start on my youtube channel.
Where can we learn more about you?
You can find me on all social sites by simply searching Sadiya Marie. Youtube is the one space that I share my minimalist experiences the most.
Anything you would like to add?
Make it your goal to live a full life, not a life full of things.