Black Minimalist: Dr. Crystal Jones

 Photo Credit:  Kelly Raye

Photo Credit: Kelly Raye

When and why did you start your minimalist journey?

I honestly began delving in to intentional living when I began remembering this path of evolving into certainty within. My life requires fluidity and grounding on the wave, so I’ve learned to choose the things that I carry very wisely and offer detachment when necessary. I travel quite often so everything has to be intentional especially when I have twenty four to forty eight hour turnarounds. I honestly did not know that ‘minimalism’ was a trend, this has been an evolving lifestyle for me for quite some time. I am more comfortable with the word intentional as minimalism is on a polar spectrum while being intentional is freedom in power when it comes to making choices.

What lessons have you learned since going minimalist?

I’ve learned more intricate levels of letting go. Self-evaluation is key. How I handle anything on a spiritual, emotional, biochemical or physical level manifests in my surroundings. I take notice often.

What are your goals in living simply?

My continual goal of living simply is to be intentional with all of my decisions. I think being intentional and mindful as we attract and repel any form of energy makes for beautiful life experiences. My goal is to continue forward evolving this truth on greater levels.

Has minimalism impacted other areas of your life?

Intentional living is my lifestyle. These choices show up in all aspects - relationships, food, career, travel, home, entertainment, the list goes on. Now, it’s pretty simple to pick up on the subtle changes.

What if any surprises or challenges have you encountered?

I think one of the bigger surprises is seeing my family make more intentional decisions. As someone who learns from others rather than forcing others to adopt my truth, it has been absolutely beautiful to watch those that are close to me become lighter in so many ways.

I also have interesting stories of traveling to other countries with one pair of shoes and the shoes breaking - the beautiful surprise, time and time again, is being able to ground with the earth on new land. After this experience I have learned to create intentions to be mostly barefoot.

What mindset changes have you experienced?

Being intentional has been an evolving mindset since the beginning. Nature has a beautiful way of speaking with me when it’s time to shift. The awareness that I am sending energy to new homes that serves it better is so absolutely refreshing. Anytime I find myself not doing that, or holding on too tightly, I remember that practice.

What advice do you have for someone interested in simplifying their life?

Continually ask yourself if whatever you are holding on to or gaining is contributing to the highest good of all. If you have a relationship or desire to be of service to all, this will be a helpful guide with living with intention. If you’ve noticed any blockages in receiving, notice the space that is taken up by holding on. Evaluate why you feel like you need more things? Do you have a scarcity mindset? What truths can you evolve to create a path of intentional living? Imagine how far you can travel in all aspects when you are more mindful.

What does being a black minimalist mean to you?

Being a black ‘minimalist’ (living with intention) means freedom and power. Many “things” are targeted to make you want or need more. Black people have so much buying power. Making intentional choices to attract what I truly desire is the way I plant seeds in generations to come. I do not equate intentional living to poverty, which is what most are frightened of. This lifestyle opens people to evolving their truth. And that’s my chosen path!

Where can we learn more about you?

At my website: