Black Minimalists: Bryttany Hyde
When and why did you start your minimalist journey?
I began my minimalist journey in November of 2016, fed up with the clutter of my home and my life. My husband and I realized quickly how the minimalist lifestyle was changing our life so we decided to transition into a tiny house by the end of 2017.
What lessons have you learned since going minimalist?
Patience and Grace! It is NOT an easy transition and there will be times when you need to just stop and rest. Realizing that stopping to rest was a big life lesson for me personally.
What are your goals in living simply?
My goals for living simply are to live within my means, create more time for my family without stress in the back of my mind, and to leave a legacy of an intentional life.
Has minimalism impacted other areas of your life?
Other than all of it? Yes! I have started to evaluate my friendships and their value in my life. Sometimes letting go a little bit will release you from negativity and allow light to shine through.
What surprises or challenges have you encountered?
You can't go minimalist overnight! It is an ever evolving process. Starting the process with an instant gratification mindset means you will be disappointed if you don't change your mindset early on.
What mindset changes have you experienced?
Mindset change is everything, having the ability to set aside all of society's pressure to choose to live a purposeful life is heavy. Once I set aside my pride and sentimental attitude I was free to allow minimalism to change my life. I've never been happier!
What advice do you have for someone interested in simplifying their life?
Start slow, change your mindset, and believe daily that you can do this!
What does being a black minimalist mean to you?
As a child, I had trouble finding my identity. As an adult, identifying as Black and learning about minimalism I was excited to finally find somewhere I feel I belong. Black Minimalist means to me, finding a community on the same journey as I am while being surrounded with people who understand me. A safe place to truly express my true self.
Where can we learn more about you?