Black Minimalists: Kenya Cummings


Learn about Black Minimalists team member, Kenya Cummings' minimalist journey.

When and why did you start your minimalist journey?

I started with decolonizing my faith. I started stripping away things that did not fit. After getting clear on the foundation of my life and being open to the journey. I started getting rid of my belongings.

What lessons have you learned since going minimalist?

There is no right way. There are ways that are comfortable or efficient.  There are layers to almost everything. I have learned to take life as it comes.

What are your goals in living simply?

I want to live a life where my values and lifestyle are congruent. I want to be able to question what I believe and why I believe it.

Has minimalism impacted other areas of your life?

It has allowed my mental health to improve. It allowed me to focus on my self-care and wellness activities.  My health now takes center stage. I am focused on my joy, health, and well-being.

What surprises or challenges have you encountered?

I  am surprised about how much family and friends have committed to simplify because of the joy they see in my life.

What mindset changes have you experienced?

I am much lighter. I am far less anxious about life. I know my priorities and I understand the level of control I have in the larger scheme of things. It makes it easier to think clearly.

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

Figure out what is important you, this will help you shape how you should simplify your life.  Minimalism does not look the same in everyone’s life.  You can see what you want to make room for.

What does being a black minimalist mean to you?

It means to listen to the voice of our ancestors. It means I am constantly editing my life and my commitments. It means I live my lifestyle as a form of resistance. It means I am BLACK, and a daughter of the African diaspora.

Where can we learn more about you?

Facebook & Instagram: @kenyaceceliarose
Twitter: @ck_hope