Black Minimalists: Felicia Renee
When and why did you start your minimalist journey?
I began my minimalist journey my junior year of undergrad. It was in February 2015 before I studied abroad for a semester in Beijing, China. I wanted to spend a semester in Beijing focusing on the language, culture, and meeting others instead of focusing on my appearance. I used to be into fashion a lot by wearing a lot of prints and bright, bold colors. However, I wanted my experience overseas to be a transformative one. Where I wasn’t as focused on my outward appearance. Instead I wanted to focus inwardly by making myself a better person and enjoying everything Beijing had to offer. Today, I’m so glad that I did.
What lessons have you learned since going minimalist?
The biggest lesson I have learned is that there is more to life than things. I used to think that having a million dollars and having the biggest mansion meant that you were rich. But I’ve learned that this is not true at all. Experiences and travel will make you a much richer person than any item ever can.
What are your goals in living simply?
My main goal is to live in a way that makes me truly happy with my life while living intentionally. Whether that is by working a job that I adore, or being surrounded by people that uplift me. I also want to continue to travel even more while being financially independent.
Has minimalism impacted other areas of your life?
Minimalism has impacted every area of my life. It has also made me be more intentional about everything. I use more of an intentional minimalist approach when it comes to what I consume on a daily basis. Whether I stop listening to a podcast that adds no value to my life, or unfollowing people on social media because their selling me something that I’m not interested in. I also use this approach when it comes to starting something new. I try to be very intentional about everything.
What if any surprises or challenges have you encountered?
When I first began paring down my items I was amazed by the amount of clothes and stuff I had. I thought the amount I had was what I wanted, but once I took a closer look at each item individually I realized that I didn’t want or need half of the stuff I owned.
What mindset changes have you experienced?
I have found a shift in the way that I approach others and products in my life. Instead of discrediting everything by not trying something new. I’ve learned to figure out what works best for me in my season of life and letting go of judgments.
What advice do you have for someone interested in simplifying their life?
No one declutters their life and solves all of their problems in one day. We all have to start somewhere. Making the decision to minimize your life and live a life that is full of happiness and intentionality is the best way to start. After that you can focus on getting rid of clutter from your life little by little whether that is physically, mentally, or digitally.
What does being a black minimalist mean to you?
That I am not only a part of a community that strives to help others live a simpler life. But that I am also apart of a community of like-minded individuals that just happen to look like me, which is pretty amazing.
Where can we learn more about you?
My Minimalist Living Blog: www.thefeliciarenee.com
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