Whats In My Bag Wednesday

Welcome back to What’s in my bag Wednesday!

I am fascinated by people, what makes them tick, and what they choose to carry along with them when they leave their homes is a tiny sliver into their world. This interview series features diverse minimalist/minimalist leaning people. My hope is that we learn a little something, or find ways to improve or streamline our day to day existence. 

My first guest is the homey Yolanda, my fellow co-founder of Black Minimalists  . Yolanda is a writer, youtuber , artist and all around badass. Let’s get right to it.

How long have you practiced minimalism or been interested in minimalism, and why? 

December 2019 will mark 7 years since I began practicing minimalism. I started unknowingly because I was stuck and unmotivated in my life at the time and I felt like I needed to go back to the drawing board, so I started decluttering the physical stuff, which then led me to time, commitments, goals and beyond.


What are your favorite blogs, resources, books that you go to for inspiration?

 Of course I follow you and Black Minimalists. I also enjoy Alyson Simply Grows, Christine of The Afrominimalist, Amanda of Mama of Intention, and Erin of Reading My Tea Leaves. For books, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo is a classic and Essentialisms by Greg McKeown is a must-read.

Ok, let’s get down to the good stuff? What’s in your bag? 

I recently scored my bag from my favorite local thrift store for $3! It’s a genuine leather backpack purse by Tignanello. I had a backpack purse before, but this one is way better because it has multiple compartments. Before, I would often have to dig around in my purse to find what I was looking for. It’s also awesome because now I can actually fit my reusable water bottle in my purse and I don’t have to carry it in my hand. After that, I always need some kind of chapstick or gloss, my money, cards, and crystals are tucked away in a little satin coin purse (also thrifted), and I can’t see that far without my prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. I have sticky notes, a small brown notebook, and a pen I keep for shopping lists and important notes on the go. Finally, I have my “be prepared” stash of tissues (2 packs now that it’s fall), hand sanitizer, wet wipe, suicide first aid card (a holdover from my days of afterschool work), and two essential oil rollers from Dollar Tree which have already come in handy after banging my knee on my car. I usually carry a usb charger cord too, but it seems to have wandered off. That’s all folks! I like to keep it simple. I remove all receipts to save and throw away any trash after outings.


Thank you to Yolanda for sharing a peak into her life. Find her here 



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