We're a diverse group of ladies, but we all share a common love for life in Richmond and making awesomeness happen in our city. What does "minimalist" mean to us? We each have our own perspectives that we bring to the table (er, uh, blog).

You can contact us at minimalistrichmond@gmail.com.

Kristen Ziegler

Photo credit Brenden Preddy

Kristen started Minimalist in February 2010 with the goal of sharing her ideas about living with less in Richmond. After losing her full time architecture job to the recession in October 2008, she had to cut back and realized it was much more doable (and empowering) than she'd ever imagined.

Now Kristen owns her own Professional Organizing business, Minima, and is helping people all across Richmond simplify their lives. When she's not organizing or blogging, you can find Kristen at a local indie music show, dancing (at a party or in her room), making music (she recently started a twee band with some friends), sketching or playing with her Netherland Dwarf bunnies Rocket and Coco.

Emily Jones

Photo copyright brightroom, Inc.

Emily's love for the river city began back in 2006 but it wasn't until three years later that she became a full time resident. She is currently working as an intern architect pursuing licensure, but after hours she is a freelance designer + photographer, explorer, and marathoner.  If you ever see her out and about with her camera, be sure to introduce yourself!  You can follow her on Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Pinterest.  

Christie Thompson
Photo credit Evan MacKenzie

Christie moved to Richmond in 2009 and has been in love with the city ever since. She currently works in marketing and graphic communication at a local architecture firm, but her passions lie in creating things with her hands and her sewing machine.

She joined Minimalist to share her love of the city, local events, and awesome people doing awesome things with other like-minded folk. Follow her on twitter here.

Emily Smith

Photo credit Chase Javier Goitia

Anne Marie Vastano

Photo credit Christophile Konstas

Anne Marie wrote for Minimalist from July 2010 to March 2011 before moving to Washington, DC. A vegan and animal lover, she shared her passion for cooking, dining and animal rights with our readers.