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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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Dec 4, 2018

Joshua & Ryan discuss our culture's addiction to stuff, shopping, drugs, alcohol, outrage, drama, success, and achievement, and they answer the following questions:

When should I stop trying to save those individuals that refuse to save themselves? (13:27)

How do I break my addiction to the status quo? (30:14)

How do I break my addiction to success? (35:14)

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Nov 27, 2018

Joshua & Ryan discuss re-evaluating our lives so we can make the changes we need to make, and they answer the following questions:

How do I effect positive change in a friendship? (1:15)

How do I ensure there’s adequate support in place to make a significant personal or professional change sustainable? (22:02)

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Nov 20, 2018

Joshua & Ryan discuss the holiday shopping season, and they answer the following questions:

How do I explain to my young child the importance of gifting things of value? (10:44)

What should minimalists gift their loved ones? (29:47)

How do I convince family members to gift my children valuable experiences instead of material items? (46:08)

How do I resolve the conflicts between my duties as a marketer and my values as a minimalist? (54:06)

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Nov 13, 2018

Joshua & Ryan chat with Randi Kay about self-care, and they answer the following questions:

How do I move on from the darkness of my past to become the person I want to become? (16:18)

How important is foot care to overall health? (46:06)

How do I practice self-care without feeling selfish? (1:03:03)

How do I balance caring for myself with caring for others? (1:08:01)

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Nov 6, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about reducing excess stuff, including some of the things that might add value to your life, and they answer the following questions:

How do I appropriately address the frustration I experience when I lose any of the few things I truly value? (15:09)

How do I determine if any family items are heirlooms to be saved for future generations? (23:40)

Should I minimize gradually or quickly? (33:14)

How do I minimize dispassionately? (36:37)

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Oct 30, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about fear, depression, success, judgment, and gift-giving, and they answer the following questions:

How do I explain my mental health issues to my new partner? (25:06)

How do I address gift-giving with loved ones that insist on giving gifts and question my judgment for not wanting them? (44:42)

How do I conquer the fear of criticism that is holding me back from sharing my creative work with the world? (1:00:01)

How do I overcome decision fatigue and choose a career? (1:09:41)

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Oct 23, 2018

Joshua & Ryan sit down with Peter Rollins, producer of Making Love, to discuss why people struggle with love, and they answer the following questions:

How do I appropriately enrich a relationship? (52:40)

When should I stop pursuing a relationship? (1:20:20)

How do I best love myself? (1:43:36)

How do I determine if a love is good or bad? (1:51:06)

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Oct 16, 2018

Joshua & Ryan answer a bunch of questions about minimalism, including:

Which revenue stream should I focus my energy on to ensure my company is profitable? (1:51)

What project are you focused on to complete within the next year? (7:52)

Should I spend more money for an apartment with an extra room for a home office? (11:58)

How does having a child change one’s minimalist practices? (19:28)

How do I find happiness when I’m stressed? (26:11)

What can I do to minimize more quickly? (35:21)

How do you consistently deliver practical and valuable advice? (41:26)

How do I learn to push through discomfort? (46:14)

Why do you do what you do? (53:08)

How do I create a company while remaining true to my minimalist values? (1:02:08)

How do I stay true to my minimalist values through a significant financial windfall? (1:08:22)

Do minimalist practices remain consistent throughout the world? (1:11:28)

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Oct 9, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about spouses, significant others, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, and lovers, and they answer the following questions:

How do my partner and I create a mutually agreeable budget? (19:45)

How do I live as a minimalist without my spouse’s support? (38:07)

How do I purge my spouse’s excess stuff without upsetting them? (56:07)

How do I determine between an ideal relationship and a simply comfortable relationship? (1:02:04)

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Oct 2, 2018

Joshua & Ryan sit down with Rachel Cruze, author of Love Your Life, Not Theirs, to discuss managing finances, eliminating debt, and avoiding the comparison trap, and they answer the following questions:

How do I determine the appropriate amount of money to  save when my income fluctuates throughout the year? (26:40)

How do I explain minimalism to non-minimalists? (33:08)

How do my partner and I decide who is responsible for each financial obligation in our household? (43:27)

How do I maintain a balance between taking care of debt too much and not enough? (47:30)

How do I keep myself motivated to keep paying off my debt when it feels overwhelming? (55:41)

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Sep 25, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about donating, selling, recycling, reusing, and trashing their excess stuff, and they answer the following questions:

How do I determine what items I should donate and what items I should sell? (00:53)

Will friends appreciate me gifting them my unwanted belongings, or will they be offended? (17:36)

What should I do with items that are missing pieces, e.g., board games, rather than just throwing them away? (26:40)

How do I determine what is the best use of my time and energy between recycling, selling, and trashing? (31:56)

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Sep 18, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about how the city in which you live affects the rest of your life, and they answer the following questions:

How do I decide where it’s best for me to reside? (3:34)

How will I know when I’ve simplified enough? (4:05)

How do I choose a more affordable location for my family without sacrificing neighborhood amenities? (39:17)

Why are some areas of the world happier than others? (1:00:46)

How important are transportation options when considering places to live? (1:06:39)

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Sep 11, 2018

Joshua & Ryan sit down with Dr. Christopher Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn, to discuss sex, couples, and nontraditional relationships, and they answer the following questions:

If I consider the physical characteristics I find attractive when choosing a partner, am I being intentional or shallow? (12:12)

Should I save my sexual accoutrements for the possibility of a future relationship? (31:12)

Is building a strong emotional base crucial for a healthy sex life? (41:46)

How should I respond to criticisms regarding the traditional life choices of my partner and me, e.g., waiting until marriage to live together and have sex? (49:20)

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Sep 4, 2018

Joshua & Ryan sit down with Nate Green to discuss how he's moving forward after exiting a ten-year relationship, and they answer the following questions:

How do I move on from a relationship but still remain friends with my former partner? (17:16)

How do I rid myself of the remnants of a relationship that ended badly? (54:42)

How do I forgive myself for a breakup that was my fault? (1:14:22)

How do minimalists best divide up their collective items during a breakup? (1:18:34)

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Aug 28, 2018

Joshua & Ryan sit down with Chris Hogan, author of Retire Inspired, to discuss financial freedom, getting out of debt, and retirement planning, and they answer the following questions:

How do I retire and still ensure I can leave a legacy? (28:00)

How do I take on midlife responsibilities and obligations—marriage, children, mortgage—while still appropriately saving for retirement? (36:14)

Which is the better retirement investment between a 401K and a Roth IRA? (44:32)

How do I ignore the judgement of loved ones and fully pursue my passions?  (50:17)

Is a house an asset or a liability? (55:48)

Is it possible to overdo Dave Ramsey’s baby steps related to investing and paying off a mortgage? (59:20)

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Aug 21, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about the difference between curating and collecting, and they answer the following questions:

Are museum collections considered intentional curations? (34:08)

Shouldn’t I save items I acquired on vacation that are exclusive to the areas I visited? (55:13)

Shouldn’t I save items that improve with age? (1:24:04)

How can I best curate a collection of items that are meaningful to me? (1:30:04)

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Aug 14, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about their personal challenges, and they answer the following questions:

What aspects of minimalism have you found particularly challenging, and how have you overcome those challenges? (36:16)

How do I return to challenging myself in my discomfort zone after an extended period of time spent in my comfort zone? (1:08:56)

Is procrastination always bad? (1:26:23)

How do I best manage a relationship with a loved one that collects stuff? (1:29:54)

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Aug 7, 2018

Joshua & Ryan answer an assortment of difficult questions about simple living, including:

How do you define simple living? (2:07)

How do I incorporate simple eating practices into my simple living practices? (5:19)

How do I maintain my minimalist lifestyle with a non-minimalist roommate? (23:20)

What one thing can I do immediately that will have the most significant impact on my adoption of a minimalist lifestyle? (35:40)

How do I find a balance between “living my present” and “worrying about my future”? (42:03)

How do I break my strong attachment to my stuff? (52:10)

How do I maintain my minimalist lifestyle among those in my social circle obsessed with material goods and money? (1:03:43)

How do I reduce my family’s entertainment expenses while still keeping my children happy? (1:10:38)

How do I make my home cozy without “unnecessary” things? (1:13:30)

How do I craft a simple life with the little personal time I have as a constantly hustling freelance entrepreneur? (1:20:47)

What are your thoughts on the tiny house movement? (1:29:39)

How do I make simple living fun for my family? (1:34:41)

How do I become a minimalist as a teenager? (1:39:53)

What cultures offer exemplary examples of simple living? (1:46:40)

How do I maintain simple living practices without the fear of missing out? (1:53:13)

Will living a simple life lead to living a bland life? (1:56:28)

How do I slow down to enjoy life when everyone around me is so busy? (1:59:27)

How do I live a simple life while balancing my responsibilities related to work, school, and family? (2:05:53)

How can I make housecleaning a simpler process? (2:09:20)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jul 31, 2018

Joshua & Ryan sit down with Anthony ONeal, author of 5 Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make in College, to discuss school debt, consumer debt, scholarships, credit scores, and credit cards, and they answer the following questions:

How do I strike a balance between paying off my student loan debt and building my dreams? (25:17)

How can I attend college with no money? (32:57)

How do I justify buying things of value when I’m in debt? (41:48)

How do I pay off my significant student loan debt with my modest income? (46:47)

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Jul 24, 2018

Joshua & Ryan discuss anxiety, worry, and stress, and how they personally deal with these negative emotions, and they answer the following questions:

How do I reduce my priorities to reduce my anxiety? (20:02)

How do I minimize my worry and indecisiveness to minimize my anxiety? (33:55)

Will simply letting go of stuff help me shed my anxiety? (57:10)

How do I rid myself of the physical feelings of anxiety? (1:02:12)

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Jul 17, 2018

Joshua & Ryan discuss the best ways to explain minimalism to your parents and other relatives, and they answer the following questions:

How do I address my parents’ toxic, wholly unsupportive relationship with me, and how do I forgive them for it? (3:41)

How do I help my loved ones better understand my lifestyle choices so they simply accept me? (36:29)

What do I do when my parents ask me to clear their clutter for them, but they won’t let go of anything? (56:36)

How do I help my aging parents understand that many of the possessions they want to pass along to loved ones have little intrinsic or extrinsic value? (1:00:42)

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Jul 10, 2018

Joshua & Ryan discuss tips for buying things intentionally, and they answer the following questions:

How do I stop myself from compulsively consuming? (19:50)

When you must consume, what brands do you trust? (39:56)

How do I manage my professional responsibilities and obligations to make more time for my personal pursuits? (40:18)

Should I spend more money on better products, or should I save money purchasing less inexpensive products that might be less durable? (1:08:03)

What criteria do you ensure a product meets before you purchase it? (1:16:41)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jul 3, 2018

Joshua & Ryan discuss ownership of things versus access to things with Ryan Delk from Omni, and they answer the following questions:

Is ownership simply a matter of satisfying one’s ego? (12:12)

Is it always better to rent something instead of buying it? (20:26)

Should I invest in things I use frequently instead of minimizing everything? (26:39)

How do I determine what I must own compared to what I can have access to? (52:31)

How do I enjoy the benefits of streaming services without the stress of the expense and the constant notifications? (59:01)

Where do I draw the line between ownership and access regarding items that adapt and evolve as I use them, such as musical instruments? (1:04:42)

Why does our culture place such an emphasis on ownership? (1:08:40)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 26, 2018

Joshua brings his doctors from NBT onto the podcast to discuss his personal health problems, including fatigue, hormonal imbalance, insomnia, digestive issues, gut health, back pain, multiple chemical sensitivities, brain fog, low libido, erectile dysfunction, heavy-metal poisoning, and more, and they answer the following questions:

Is there a link between excess material possessions and an increase in mental health issues? (1:06:25)

What’s the best way to support someone who is dealing with a serious health problem? (1:17:53)

How do I take responsibility for my health without obsessing over it? (1:21:57)

How do I safely recover from burnout? (1:25:37)

Why do we seem to have more health problems today than we ever had in the past? (1:34:17)

How do I best deal with chronic fatigue syndrome? (1:45:15)

Can I safely detox from heavy metals on my own? (1:51:15)

What are your thoughts on the low-carb, ketogenic, and Whole30 diets? (1:57:52)

How necessary are most supplements? (2:07:24)

How do I attain and maintain good gut health? (2:23:50)

What are the symptoms of Candida overgrowth, and what natural remedies will eliminate it? (2:30:29)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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