Fun fact: So, I started on my minimalism journey nearly two years ago. I had naturally been applying it to so many aspects of my life beforehand, but once I found out there was a name for it, I became obsessed with the growing community.
Now, two years later, I like to connect with other minimalists to remain inspired and to stay connected to the feelings I felt in the beginning of my journey. Because here’s the thing; it’s easy to start the process of clearing out your home of unnecessary junk, but the continual effort of maintaining minimalistic values takes much more work, focus, and intention.
Recently I found Rya as I was searching for intentional living blogs and instantly knew I wanted to bring her to The Blissful Elefante. Something in my gut told me she would resonate with most of my readers.
Rya only recently started her journey of living more intentionally. Therefor, I believe she can bring some insight to those of you who are just starting on your path to intentional living as well.
Rya hopes to use her blog, RyAura, to inspire millennial women who desire a life of intention. She offers effective, simplified tips to help ease into the lifestyle without all the overwhelm.
Let’s get to know her better, shall we?
Hey girl hey! Introduce yourself:
Hi there! I’m Rya. A lover of life, servant of others, and an adventurer. I love to read, write, and do anything that allows me to be creative. I’m from Detroit, Michigan but I believe it to be Miracle City. Self awareness, positivity, personal development, spirituality, and intentional living is my thing. I love being spontaneous and I love challenging myself.
What is the inspiration behind your blog?
The inspiration behind my blog is a journey to find personal freedom. Everyone has a purpose and I don’t believe that our purpose is this one big overwhelming thing we must do for the world. I believe our purpose is to discover ways to be our authentic self everyday. The bottom line of everything I do is the belief that I’m here to unfold my soul. I am here to love and to live. So, I decided to share this journey with others through my blog. I also wanted to give anyone who was interested in finding their personal freedom resources or tools that would help spark a conversation with self; asking the question “What does it mean to live an intentional life and what would that look like for me?”
Who is your ideal reader?
My ideal reader is the cool girl. The girl who is laid-back, drama free, curious, hard working, and ambitious. My ideal reader is anyone who knows there is more to life than just existing, they know that life is beautiful and they are looking for new ways to experience that beauty with self, others, and the world. My ideal reader is the girl who is dedicated to personal development and spiritual growth, someone who wants to live a beautiful life.
How long have you been on a journey of minimalism?
I started my minimalism journey in May of 2017. So it’s been a good 7 months. I think with any new change or transition, things seem to get worse before they get better because it’s been a struggle (laughs out loud.) However, I’m really excited to see the manifestations of the changes I am moving towards.
What does minimalism mean to you and how has it added value to your life?
Minimalism to me is one path of many to personal freedom. Minimalism is not the definite answer for me but it is a tool that I’m using to navigate my personal journey, kind of like a compass. It has added value to my life because I no longer desire to be a person of perceived value based on the things I have but I’d rather be a valuable person overall. I desire to be the kind of person that adds life or love to anything I touch and anybody I encounter. Minimalism has given me a clearer view of what I want most out of life.
If you were to encourage someone to live life more intentionally, what would be your number one tip?
Great question! If I were to encourage someone to live life more intentionally, my number one tip is to remember that you don’t have to live a fixed life. You are allowed to be as flexible as you want. A fixed life is a life that is confined by rules and limiting beliefs that don’t allow you to make changes because of fear. This doesn’t have to be your life. You are the author and creator of your life’s journey. A flexible life is a life that is ever evolving, it is always changing because the person is always growing, so what worked for you a year ago may not work for you today and that’s okay. When living an intentional life, don’t be afraid to challenge your own belief systems, especially if they cause you to live out of fear.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Oh man, there’s so much I want to do. I have an Ebook that will be published in 2018 called “She Understands: 17 Truths That Will Change Your Mindset and Enhance Your Spiritual Life.” I also plan on creating online courses about intentional living and personal development. I definitely want to create a workbook/journal to help ladies easily work through their life’s intentions and plans as well.
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