Farai is a Zimbabwe-born, Botswana-bred mama living in Kansas. On her blog “The Hillbilly African” she shares her love of life and a penchant for all things minimalist and eco-friendly. We recently chatted about her journey to minimalism (and her adorable daughter!)
1. I love your blog! Can you share a bit more about The Hillbilly African and how your minimalist journey began?
Thank you! Sure! I like to write, photograph and just create in general and my blog stemmed from my need to share my foray into motherhood, minimalism and eco-friendliness specifically as a woman of color. The name Hillbilly African is an ode to my Kansas roots where my grandparents were farmers and my African heritage as well. I love that I come from that and felt like that name described who I was. As for my minimalist journey, I stumbled upon it while pregnant and looking for ways to prepare for my daughter. It was love at first sight after I did a little more research because it was exactly what I had been searching for.
2. Your daughter, Thandiwe, is absolutely beautiful. You recently wrote a post discussing minimalism with kids. How have you managed to navigate motherhood and minimalism?
Minimalism has been monumental in my motherhood journey. It encourages me to simplify, to question what I bring into my and my daughter’s life and to just stay present. Minimalism makes cleaning after my little one easy because we only keep what serves us and bring us joy and allows me to constantly find ways to enrich our lives together.
3. Minimalism looks different for everyone. What does minimalism mean to you and your family?
It means being conscious of what we bring in to our living spaces, buying quality, well made items that will last us a long time. It also means living in a clutter free space (most of the time haha) so that we can have lots of family time and experiences together in a home that brings us joy over anxiety. Pre-minimalism, the layout and cleaning of our home was great source of anxiety for my partner and I and now we are constantly motivated to make this space so much eco-friendlier and peaceful.
4. I have found the creative mind often needs a bit of minimalism to thrive. How does it help your creative process?
I completely agree. A clean, minimal space is soothing to me. Whether its the desktop of my computer, or making my bed. These clean minimal spaces have a way of reducing my anxiety and inspiring me to create. Whether I am crafting or writing, I feel motivated and good in these spaces.
5. What advice to you have for those just starting their journey towards a minimalist lifestyle?
Find inspiration everywhere, take everything with a grain of salt and find what works for you and your family. Like any good habits, practice makes perfect. Have fun and always remember why you are doing what you do so you can stay motivated.
6. Anything else you’d like to share?
Love people, Use things, Take care of the Earth and enjoy the ride.
Thank you so much, Farai!