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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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Jan 16, 2018

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan are back in-studio with Dan Harris, author of Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, and they answer the following questions: I know what I must do to achieve happiness in the long-term, but how do I address my unhappiness in the short-term? How do I let go of nagging feelings of regret when I make mistakes? How do I squeeze meditation into an already full agenda? How do I maintain happiness without becoming complacent? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Jan 9, 2018

Joshua & Ryan have a hilarious conversation with satirist JP Sears in Atlanta, and they answer the following questions: Is it necessary to explain to those that contribute to your mission how the money will be used? What tips do you have for those that hate public speaking but must be public speakers? How did you maintain your mental health after you completely decluttered your life? How do I reconcile taking advantage of nearly every deal when shopping for a large family with the tenets of minimalism? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Jan 1, 2018

Joshua & Ryan are back "in studio," and they answer the following questions about challenges of the New Year: What tips and tricks do you have regarding daily task planning and organizing? How do I dial back my proclivity to be a workaholic and learn to enjoy life again? How do I inspire myself to hold true to my minimalist ways year after year? How do I take a leap of faith into a new creative endeavor when the direction and viability of the pursuit are not clear? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Dec 26, 2017

Joshua & Ryan present their favorite moments from 2017, and they answer the following questions: The workload at my current job consistently flows over into my personal time on my evenings and weekends, and it causes me a great deal of stress and anxiety in doing so—should I stick it out, and, if so, how do I manage the stress and anxiety? What are the most responsible clothing manufacturers that produce the highest quality clothing? How do I deal with setbacks and failure when I’m challenged by a mental illness? When you experience major life events, do you find your values change, and, if so, what do you do about it? How do you handle a toxic relationship with a parent? How do you determine which sentimental items to keep, and how do you ensure that you don’t apply that sentimentality to everything else? What advice do you have for creating a realistic value-based budget and adhering to it? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Dec 24, 2017

Joshua & Ryan give you a special episode as a Christmas gift, and they answer the following questions: Why do you think you receive any criticism at all for spreading such a positive message? How do I resolve my feelings of guilt regarding all the items that I purge that must wind up in a landfill? How do I deal with the difficult decisions regarding what items, values, beliefs, relationships to let go? Is it possible to take minimalism too far? What rules should I set for myself when developing my daily schedule to ensure it focuses on my true priorities? How should I address the stress and anxiety I experience when I visit my loved ones’ cluttered environments? How do I help my loved ones find the leverage they need to let go of worthless items? What is the best way to move past negative feedback? How do I let go of friendships that are no longer adding value to my life? How do I conquer the fear of change? What do you believe is the greater good, and how do you believe minimalism can contribute to it? How can I promote a more minimalist lifestyle to others through my profession? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Dec 19, 2017

Joshua & Ryan return to their hometown, Dayton, Ohio, and they answer the following questions: How do I develop and maintain a healthy relationship with an ex-partner with whom I share children? How can I best help others adopt minimalist practices? How do I reconcile disagreements with a loved one to ensure those disagreements don’t adversely affect our relationship? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Dec 12, 2017

Joshua & Ryan are back "in studio" to speak with minimalist filmmaker Matt D'Avella of The Ground Up Show. Together they answer the following questions: How do the two of you split up the responsibilities and obligations of The Minimalists? To what ideal career did you aspire as you were graduating from high school? Did you always know you were discontented or did your discovery of minimalism help you realize you were discontented? How did you address the risks involved in deciding to leave your careers in the corporate world? How did you keep from falling back into the rat-race mentality with The Minimalists? What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs regarding consistently creating meaningful content? How do you determine what’s working and what’s not working during the creative process? What advice would you give to someone that wants to be an entrepreneur who’s starting with nothing? How did you not obsess about statistics when you were first starting out? How can someone make an unrealistic goal a reality? How do I create and maintain a balance between my personal and professional lives? What's the simplest advice that's the most important to follow? What can a person do today to turn their life around if they’re stuck in a career that’s unfulfilling? Where do you go to reset when you’re feeling doubt? What drives you? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Dec 5, 2017

Joshua & Ryan speak with Joshua Becker, founder of Becoming Minimalist, in Phoenix, and they answer the following questions: Does the minimalist life ever become stress-free? How does a minimalist appropriately purge religious items? What should I do with everyday use items that are in storage—such as spoons and forks, pots and pans, cups and bowls—while I’m temporarily living with a roommate? What recommendations do you have for goods that are both sustainable and durable? Will the economy crash if everyone practices minimalism? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Nov 28, 2017

Joshua & Ryan speak with Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water, in New York City, and they answer the following questions: How do I help my child adopt minimalist practices without ruining their childhood expectations of the holidays? How do I address the stress from my passions so I don’t lose my love for them? How do I overcome the fear of leaving a ‘safe’ job with corporate benefits for a more independent pursuit that’s better aligned with my passions? How do I get my partner to accept and embrace minimalism? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Nov 21, 2017

Joshua & Ryan visit Denver, and they answer the following questions: How do I ensure I don’t fall off the minimalism wagon? How do I determine my passions, cultivate them, and incorporate them into my life? Have you ever taken minimalism too far? How do I stay confident and motivated through failures? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Nov 14, 2017

Joshua & Ryan speak with Malcolm Fontier in Brooklyn, and they answer the following questions: How do I minimize daily stress and still fully engage in the moment? What should I do when my values and beliefs are in conflict with the actions I believe I must take for the welfare of my loved ones? How do I help my community adopt minimalist practices? Are there values and beliefs I must adopt to call myself a minimalist? How do I ensure my existence in the material world consistently aligns with my minimalist values and beliefs? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Nov 7, 2017

Joshua & Ryan speak with Courtney Carver, founder of Be More with Less, in Salt Lake City, and they answer the following questions: How do I know when I’ve taken minimalism too far? What should I do if the countless accoutrements and other moving parts required for my job are causing me stress? How should I support my loved ones who want to let go of their cherished items but are in a highly vulnerable state? Is there one thing you treasure more than anything else? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Oct 31, 2017

Joshua & Ryan speak with Lewis Howes, author of The Mask of Masculinity, in San Diego, and they answer the following questions: What do you suggest as a first step for those that are interested in adopting minimalism but have a fear of change? What advice would you give someone who doesn’t have children to prepare them for a relationship with someone else who already has children? How do I maintain a simple, intentional lifestyle in an increasingly complex world? Is there anything inherently spiritual or deeply philosophical in minimalism that inspires you and keeps you focused on spreading your message? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Oct 24, 2017

Joshua & Ryan visit Edmonton and record one of their favorite episodes, and they answer the following questions: Where should I start regarding adopting a ketogenic diet? How do I address my parents regarding my distaste for accepting family heirlooms? Was there anything you purged that surprised you? How do I minimize without offending those who gave me the things I’m purging? How do I navigate holidays with loved ones who aren’t aspiring minimalists like me? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.


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Oct 17, 2017

Joshua & Ryan visit Calgary, and they answer the following questions: What tips do you have regarding finding, and being satisfied with, your own clothing style? What advice do you have for those people who are reluctant to take action immediately to improve their lives? What is your favorite ski resort? What is your favorite podcast? How do you explain you don’t want physical gifts to a loved one that enjoys giving gifts? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Oct 10, 2017

Joshua & Ryan visit Vancouver for their 100th episode, and they answer the following questions: How do you address feelings of loss when a prized possession you use daily is stolen? What is your process for curating the most important things in your life? How did you start living simple, intentional lives, and what advice would you give others seeking to do the same? How do I resolve my feelings of guilt regarding things I’ve purged from my life? What resource—book, podcast, film, etc.—has inspired you the most in your minimalism journey? How can I help my children adopt minimalism while respecting their attachment to their things? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Oct 3, 2017

Joshua & Ryan speak with Julien Smith, founder of Breather, in Montreal, and they answer the following questions: What is the most challenging aspect of your current journey as The Minimalists? How do I reconcile many of the traditional goals I grew up with—corporate career, marriage, children, home ownership, etc.—with the tenets of minimalism I now follow? How do you recommend we address others who question our minimalist lifestyle? How do we help our children become more conscious of compulsory consumption? What advice do you have for recent college graduates who are graduating from college with mountains of debt and molehills of prospects? What is the next step after decluttering? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Sep 26, 2017

Joshua & Ryan visit Ottawa, and they answer the following questions: As dedicated minimalists, what do you want the world to look like in five years? How important do you believe the history of minimalism is to the current minimalism movement? Do you believe taking on some student debt is a more effective use of your time than working 16+ hour-days for years to pay for a college education? What are some tricks and tips for getting rid of heirlooms? How do we help children adopt minimalism? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Sep 19, 2017

Joshua & Ryan speak with Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle, in Portland, Oregon, and they answer the following questions: How often do you recommend reassessing your values to ensure your short-term actions still align with your long-term goals? When is bankruptcy the appropriate option for those people that are struggling with their finances? How do I help my partner adopt minimalist practices? What ideas, concepts, and skills did you glean from Corporate America that helped you in your minimalist journey? Do you believe the philosophy of minimalism you have adopted has informed your spirituality? When you’re at home, what kinds of meals do you cook, what kitchen utensils do you use to prepare them, and how long does it typically take to make them? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Sep 12, 2017

Joshua & Ryan visit Toronto, and they answer the following questions: What ultimately made you decide to quit your jobs? What should I do if I have conflicting values? What tips do you have for traveling light? Can social media truly add value to our lives? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Sep 5, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about where they're moving, and they answer the following questions: How do you move past feelings of shame regarding past mistakes and embarrassing episodes in your life? How do you ensure you’re addressing any emotional baggage attached to items as you’re getting rid of them? Is there a path to purchasing a house without taking on debt? Is it cheaper to sell your furniture before a move and then buy new furniture for the new place, or is it cheaper to pay to move the furniture you already own? How do you decide if it’s better to stick with what you have where you currently live, or if it’s better to move to a new place and start over? What should I do with all my camping gear that I feel is overwhelming me? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Aug 29, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about budgeting, and they answer the following questions: Is it good or bad to have a credit rating? Is it appropriate to move in with loved ones to save money? In what order should I pay off my debt? What advice do you have for creating a realistic value-based budget and adhering to it? How do I stick to my budget without restricting experiences with loved ones? What do you recommend to those in the ‘pre-budget’ stage that are not ready to make every dollar go in its place? How can I still afford some enjoyment in life while paying down my crushing student loan debt? What can I do with all these books, CDs, and DVDs that are weighing me down? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Aug 25, 2017

Joshua & Ryan speak with Andrew Belle in Indianapolis about his new album, Dive Deep, and they answer the following questions: As an introvert, how do you meet the demands of a passion that requires an extroverted personality? What suggestions do you have for preparing yourself for the reality of daily life once you’ve graduated college? How do you resolve the feelings of guilt you have for even purchasing items you need to run a business? How can I be more intentional regarding the relationships I bring into my life? To what extent did the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008 affect your journey into minimalism? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Aug 22, 2017

Joshua & Ryan visit Spokane, and they answer the following questions: How do I minimize the many accoutrements I have for the many passions I pursue? How do you ensure you’re adding the appropriate amount of value to a relationship? What advice do you have for ensuring you don’t lose memories when you let go of sentimental items? How do I minimize a plethora of paper documents I’ve saved and filed just in case I need them? How do you explain your new minimalist lifestyle to former colleagues who are non-minimalists without bragging or sounding elitist? What advice do you have for someone considering which mortgage term is most appropriate for them? How deeply have you delved into the more energetic aspects of adopting minimalism? How do you stay humble amidst the trappings of fame that come with being The Minimalists? How do we help our children adopt minimalism when everything they own is the most important thing in the world to them? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Aug 15, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discuss whether nostalgia is useful or dangerous, and they answer the following questions: How do you determine which sentimental items to keep, and how do you ensure that you don’t apply that sentimentality to everything else? Is it okay for an aspiring minimalist to keep a small container of sentimental items as a time capsule? How did you let go of yearbooks? Is there a healthy form of nostalgia, or is it inherently useless to hold onto the past? How does nostalgia impact historical awareness, and how will minimalism change that in the future? Does nostalgia have a place in today’s world? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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