About the Author

Hello there!

 I’m Amanda and I’m a minimalist.


From hairstylist and shopping addict, to English major and minimalist, I created Simply Speaking to bask in the beauty of simple living.  I found minimalism in the most romantic of ways, by falling in love.  My love, Dustin, introduced me to minimalism and gave me the push I needed to get rid of 85 percent of my belongings.  I quit my job as a hairstylist and went back to school to pursue my passion of writing.  This summer, Dustin and I moved into a 500sqft apartment where we got rid of another 90% of our belongings.  This second-wave of downsizing has brought us to a new level of simplicity.  We are accompanied by a sassy cat named Joplin and a mischievous bunny named Banzo.  Join me as I write about my experience with decluttering my life, changing my career path, and altering my lifestyle to benefit our beautiful planet.

Thanks for visiting!

-Amanda Maria