Minimalissimo Meets Rachel Aust
Jana Ahrens of Minimalissimo speaks to Rachel Aust, a freelance creative who is multitalented, constantly working and at the same time an inspiring example for balancing a healthy life with productivity. She is a photographer, YouTuber, gym owner and very much into a minimalist, sustainable lifestyle. From her beautiful home in Brisbane, Australia, she answered all our curious questions about how her portfolio of style, minimalism and health came together.
Minimalism plays a huge role in helping me clear my schedule of things I don’t want to do.
When did you start living a minimalist life and what was the fundamental inspiration to do so?
I started to consider minimalism a lifestyle in 2015. Prior to that I had just been decluttering, trying to buy less, but I had no idea it was a thing until I stumbled across it on some blogs. The many people who have followed along with my Minimalism Series videos on YouTube since the beginning can see how much I have downsized. One example is my makeup. I decluttered a huge collection to a few boxes and by now everything fits into one small pouch.
Are there any publications you follow or people you admire that push you to go further in your workouts and the decluttering of your life?
For decluttering and interior design I am inspired by my own space and how I’d like it to look. Or I find imagery on Pinterest. I also read publications like Minimalissimo or Minimalism Life. As for the working out side of things, I have this extreme stubbornness to me—anyone who knows me personally will attest to this—which makes me pursue what I want with absolutely everything I can give it. When I decided I needed to go into ketosis to help with the symptoms of my PCOS it was like a switch was flicked and I went into it 100%—that’s just me.
Looking at your constant output, it seems very much like you lead a minimalist but also very busy life. How do you find moments to rest your mind?
Exercise is actually relaxing to me. When I workout my mind can rest. That’s why I usually make sure I’m not being disturbed by others. Minimalism plays a huge role in helping me clear my schedule of things I don’t want to do, or do not enjoy, but I do like to spend time on the things I enjoy.
Which role does photography play in you life right now?
Photography weaves its way into almost everything I do. I still do freelance work, shooting product photography for brands when I can. I really enjoy this. I also create photographic artworks for music tracks and I’m constantly shooting to have content available for my Instagram feed and two blogs, Eat Run Lift and my personal journal. I feel like photography is something I can never or would never want to remove from my life completely.
Are there specific fashion brands you are into at the moment?
At the moment I’m really loving Acne Studios, Helmut Lang, Scanlan Theodore, Scott Benedictine, and Line and Dot.
You once said in an interview that you reevaluate your goals as soon as you come close to reaching one of them. What’s your next goal at this moment?
Ahh, I can’t actually say just yet! I have two very big, very exciting projects that I’m working on at the moment, one is expected to drop at the end of 2017, and another in May 2018, but that’s all I can divulge for now.