Good mornin' ya'll y Buenos dias! I feel like I haven't posted on here in forever! But today I have an amazing interview with Mama of Intention on Minimalism. 

Minimalism sometimes seems like it is only for an elite group of super modern fancily dressed people, but that is so far from the truth. I am here to show ya'll this amazing mujer that is rocking minimalism through intentional living. Hope you love it!

  • How do you define minimalism?
  • My definition of minimalism is evolving. Minimalism for me is about intentional living. It’s not necessary about the amount of things we own, although I do live fairly minimally, but it’s how we are consuming and how that consumerism can continue to entrap us in cycles of systemic injustices. Minimalism is about radical imagination, and change. It’s our ability as people of color to live outside of white supremacy, which can take on a lot of different forms; living small, living with less, zero-waste, living off the grid, plant-based/vegan diets, all of this really fits into the minimalist lifestyle. Ultimately it’s about how we can live in such a way that is sustainable, that is in tune with our ancestors, that pushes back against respectability politics and that is freeing.  

  • What brought you to minimalism? 
  • I have been interested in living small and consuming less for the purposes of financial freedom for almost five years now. I started really on a whim, I hated looking at the clutter around my house, and I was tired of never having money to do the things I really wanted to do. Somewhere along the way, I watched the “Minimalist” documentary on Netflix and I was actually really angry. It was clear that minimalism had been co-opted and white-washed when for me minimalism was a form of freedom and liberation. I had never heard anyone else talk about minimalism in the way of freedom until I connected with Black Minimalist. They really brought me back in, but also pushed me to think about my values, and to be unapologetic in seeking freedom and liberation. Once I connected with them I felt more confident in owning the fact that I was a minimalist, especially since it began to reflect my values and way of life.

  • What challenges exist with living simply?  
  • Yes! My kids, my husband, my family. I am actually laughing while writing this. The reality is living simply has always been a desire before I could even name it. I knew I would live with less, and I knew I would be happy living with less. This was definitely not always my husband’s ideal way of living. There is a lot of emphasis on the “American Dream” in our culture. To own a house, cars, and to work hard is a show of “stability” and “freedom.” What is not emphasized is the debt, and fatigue that come with that lifestyle. My husband and I have had to have a lot of deep conversations about our intentions. We have had to evaluate and reevaluate our values and figure out if we are living in alignment with them. We have also had to share these values with our kids. The reality is we are fighting against million dollar corporations that target our children, so teaching our babies and equipping them to fight these systems is a radical way to create change.

  • What lessons have you learned from living simply? 
  • One lesson I have learned from living simply is that I deserve to be free. It’s true I will have to push back against consumeristic ideas, but I can. I can push back against respectability politics, I can live with less, I can live smaller. I can do this because I have the agency to.

  • How do we create space within our culture for minimalism? 
  • We create space in our culture for minimalism by being in community with one another. Real, intentional community that is willing to have tough conversations, is unafraid to ask questions and to push one another to explore and consider different ways we achieve freedom. The community part though I cannot emphasize enough. We need to be able to be in relationship with one another, intentional living is not easy. It is a lifetime process, where we are constantly learning new things, and evolving. We have to be able to reach out and to check-in.

  • Where can we connect with you? 

Tlazo to Amanda for taking the time out of her busy day to do this interview! Check out her blog for the interview she did of me!