Black Minimalists: Ashley Dominique
When and why did you start your minimalist journey?
I officially started my minimalist journey in May of 2016. However, for years I have organically been practicing living a simple life prior to knowing about the minimalist culture.
I started my intentional minimalist journey because I was in a place where I felt like I was just floating through life without true purpose. I had weird relationships with trust, love, faith & boundaries. At the time, I wasn’t very knowledgeable on spirit guides, but now understand that it was my spirit guide that led me to start this journey.
What lessons have you learned since going minimalist?
I’ve learned the beauty of intentionally protecting my space and energy. I have learned the importance of letting go of what no longer serves me. I have learned that everyone’s minimalist journey looks different and there are no set rules to live simply.
What are your goals in living simply?
1| Declutter My Lifestyle.
My goal here is to cleanse my space - make it safe. I want to create healthier habits mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
2| Break The Stigma.
My goal here is to seek freedom and liberation. I want to break the stigma associated with blacks and overspending by freeing myself of debt and helping others along the way. I want other cultures to embrace ours with respect and dignity. I want to curate intentional connections and go against the odds.
3| Obtain Self-Possession.
My goal here is to focus from the inside-out - indulge in the things that matter • like my mental health and wellness. I’m in control of my destiny, not the actions of others. I plan to thrive in my zen zone so that I can continue to manifest, ascend and vibrate high.
Has minimalism impacted other areas of your life?
Absolutely! Minimalism has given me a new set of eyes to the world. I have become an unapologetic spiritual being, though I was raised Christian. I look at corporate america as a resource versus a necessity. I appreciate vibes, the universe and harmony more than ever before. Being minimalist has allowed me to understand that I don’t have to be slave to any thing.
What if any surprises or challenges have you encountered?
I was surprised by how naturally minimalism flows with style, beauty and overall culture. Also, seeing my loved ones be truly inspired to practice being more intentional. Though we term it ‘simple living’ the journey takes true effort and it’s worth every moment.
What mindset changes have you experienced?
I now fill my thoughts with positivity and affirmation. Of course, I’m human and I have bad moments, but I have trained myself mentally to control my mindset.
What advice do you have for someone interested in simplifying their life?
My advice is to understand that your journey won’t look exactly like anyone else’s. Minimalism is about the freedom to make intentional choices for the greater good and manifesting desires into reality.
What does being a black minimalist mean to you?
Being a black minimalist allows me to influence the power of breaking the stigmas of financial + emotional instability tied to our culture. Black people are royalty and should live freely and simply.
It also makes me feel a lot more connected to people from all walks of life. It allows me to be true to myself while understanding and accepting that though we’re all unique, we all serve the same purpose to better the universe.
Ashley Dominique, minimalist maven and Founder of lifestyle blog, EatThriftLove - passion points including food + culture + beauty + style + wellness.
Ashley is a vibrant Chicago native that is passionate about her mission to influence the importance of mental health and wellness in black and brown communities. She believes in self-love and self-possession.
She intentionally lives a simple life with harmony and sacred spaces. You can catch her curating vibes, mastering the art of people and influencing the lives of others on Instagram (@addicted2ashleyxo), Twitter (@addicted2ashley), and at EatThriftLove.com.