- Congratulations on the successful launch of Black Minimalists. Can you tell us how your journey to minimalism began?
Thanks! We are so grateful and excited that Black Minimalists has launched. A couple weeks ago we were able to meet for our first meetup in Washington D.C. It is so crazy how an idea can grow into a full-blown movement. I started my minimalism journey while in graduate school. I was attending school pursuing a master of divinity. I started a journey of revising my faith and my commitments. I stopped taking things as they were given to me. For me, minimalism was a journey of the mind, heart, and soul. It is slowly morphing into external markers like my physical processions or the way I dress.
2. What was your inspiration behind creating the collective and community known as Black Minimalists?
This is Yolanda Acree’s brain child. But I resonated so deeply because there are so few images of black folks doing intentional living. If you google minimalism or minimalists you do not see images of people who look like us. I wanted to help amplify the stories of black minimalists. I wanted to engage in creating a platform for black liberation. And I wanted to do this work with people committed to people showing up as they are. The leadership team on black minimalists is full of black women who are unapologetically themselves and they also invite others to be the same.
- Minimalism looks different for everyone. What does minimalism mean to you/your family?
Minimalism is all about intentional living. It is about cutting the emotional clutter. It is about making the space for the depth of human emotion.
- I have found the creative mind often needs a bit of minimalism to thrive. How does it help your creative process?
My creative process… Minimalism has given me the opportunity to dream. I am also less afraid to try new things or make a mistake. I do not worry if something is my best work. My core values are creativity, wellness, and revival. Since I know and understand what is important to me. I create the time for creative play. I have time to listen to the thoughts in my head because I am not managing loads of clutter or bound to other people’s expectations.
- What advice to you have for those just starting their journey towards a minimalist lifestyle?
Figure out what is important to you. Once you know that you can build a life that has meaning and functionality for you.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Black Minimalist is always looking for contributors. Please head over to https://blackminimalists.net/contribute/
Thank you so much, Kenya!