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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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Jun 12, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about letting go of sentimental items, souvenirs, trinkets, keepsakes, and mementos, and they answer the following questions: How do I manage the multitude of emotions prompted by my minimalism journey? What options are available for writing journals if I don’t want the clutter of physical journals and I don’t want to write on a computer? Should I save anything with the consideration of what my children might like to own? How do I find the leverage to part with the few things that remind me of my recently deceased loved one? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Jun 5, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about friends, partners, coworkers, acquaintances, and other types of relationships, and they answer the following questions: When you adopted minimalism, did you struggle to find people who shared your newfound values and beliefs? How do I minimize my friends to the few that actually add value to my life without offending anyone? What’s the value of having acquaintances who are responsible with their money? How can I turn valued acquaintances into cherished friends? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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May 29, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about setting intentions, differentiating essentials from nonessentials, developing a plan to leave the corporate world, and the difference between "good intentions" and intentionality, and they answer the following questions: Do you recommend that everyone leave their corporate jobs? How do I minimize my consumption of a plethora of unnecessary physical consumables? How do I remind myself during my daily routine of the intentions I set for myself? How do I maintain my composure with seemingly good-intentioned people who insist on contributing their unsolicited advice at every opportunity? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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May 22, 2018

Joshua & Ryan discuss the upside of constraints, the freedom of limitations, and the flexibility of nonstandard lifestyles, and they answer the following questions: How do I acclimate myself to letting go when I’ve been encouraged so strongly for so long to save everything? How do I embrace a minimalist lifestyle despite my current maximalist obligations and responsibilities? What constraints have you implemented in your life to help you become a better minimalist? How do I determine what constraints are in my best interest? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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May 15, 2018

Joshua & Ryan chat about experiences, regrets, the adventures of moving to to a new city, and the cost of bad habits, and they answer the following questions: How do I avoid getting mired in the materialism of city life when I move there from my rural residence? How can I spend time out and about with my friends without spending an inordinate amount of money? Is it better to follow the tried and tested route based on other peoples’ experiences, or is it better to take risks and enjoy your own experiences? How do I better internalize the lessons from the good and bad experiences of my past? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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May 8, 2018

Joshua & Ryan chat with T.K. Coleman about education, college, and careers, and they answer the following questions: How do I move on from my current job when it leaves me little time to pursue an education or even look for a new job? How do I prepare myself adequately for the upcoming challenges of college? How do I determine if I’m following the most appropriate career path for me? How can I avoid work meetings that distract me from meaningful work without upsetting the status quo? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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May 1, 2018

Joshua & Ryan brought Rich Roll into the studio to chat about the role food plays in our everyday lives and how to use food as fuel instead of entertainment, and they answered the following questions: How do I maintain a healthy diet while traveling? How do I purchase organic foods and grass-fed meats given my modest budget? How do I determine what is trendy from what is actually beneficial for me? Is there a relationship between nutrition and mental health? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Apr 24, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about new beginnings, starting over, creating new habits, walking away from bad situations, health problems, and losing weight, and they answer the following questions: What items should I keep, sell, donate, or recycle before I move to a new residence? How can minimalism help me adopt an appropriate diet? How do I build the confidence necessary to undertake a new beginning in my life? How do I overcome the fear of stepping outside my comfort zone to start a new career? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Apr 17, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about resetting, taking breaks, prioritizing, healing, and finding time to recover, and they answer the following questions: What role can minimalism play in healing? How can I get the alone time I need between a full schedule and a full house? How do I prioritize tasks that are important but not urgent? How can a minimalist stay a minimalist when they live in a non-minimalist environment? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Apr 10, 2018

Joshua & Ryan chat with Derek Sivers about simplicity, complexity, parenting, creativity, and saying “no” to almost everything, and they answer the following questions: How do I prioritize the most important things in my life once I’ve eliminated the clutter? How do I say ‘no’ to gifts and donations from my loved ones for my newborn without looking like an unappreciative jerk? How do I stay present with my loved ones when there are so many pressing demands on my time from my professional life? How do I ensure I stay committed to my minimalism journey? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Apr 3, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about some of their favorite high-quality items, and they discuss finding a balance between quality and quantity. They also answer the following questions: How do I transition to buying quality over quantity? What brands of products and services do you recommend to other minimalists? What’s the best approach to fight that programmed obsolescence that is engineered by big companies? What is your definition of quality? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Mar 27, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about Easter, corporatism, and letting go, and they answer the following questions: How can I tactfully let loved ones know I don’t want any Easter gifts for my family? Do you believe you still would have adopted minimalism if it hadn’t been for those tragic events in your life years ago? How do I help my loved ones stay motivated to maintain minimalist practices? How can minimalism better address corporatism and its burgeoning waste? What are some prime examples of products and services that fraudulently market themselves as minimalist or essentialist? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Mar 20, 2018

Joshua & Ryan chat with Rob Bell and Andrew Morgan about religion, spirituality, and their new documentary, The Heretic, and together they answer the following questions: What are a minimalist’s views on religion? What resources do you recommend for minimalists that are interested in incorporating spirituality into their minimalist practices? Was it painful when the church turned its back on you, and, if so, how did you move past the pain? Do you accept the title of ‘heretic’ like a badge, or do you simply shake it off? Do we actually choose our beliefs, or are they a result of an unconscious process? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Mar 13, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about creativity, writing, music, and hobbies with Paul Johnson of Canyon City, and they answer the following questions: How do I reconcile my minimalist values and beliefs with all of the items that are necessary for my hobby? How can I ensure my work space only contains those tools that are absolutely essential? Is it still a hobby if I make money from it? Are hobbies essential for a happy mind? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Mar 6, 2018

Joshua & Ryan talk about how to live as a minimalist and still respect the important people in their lives, and they answer the following questions: How do I find common ground with my non-minimalist roommates? How do I find a balance with my non-minimalist partner? How do I minimize the friends, family, and colleagues in my life that insist on tearing me down instead of building me up? How do I overcome my introversion to develop strong, enriching relationships with others? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Feb 27, 2018

Joshua & Ryan invite Courtney Carver into their new studio to talk about emotions, and they answer the following questions: How do I maintain high standards for myself without beating myself up when I fall short of those high standards? How do I let go of resentful feelings I have toward people that cling to their belongings and don’t embrace minimalism? How important is it to take emotion out of all of our important life decisions? Why is being emotional stigmatized while so many of us desire to feel good? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Feb 20, 2018

Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio” to talk about how they’re using social media in 2018, and they answer the following questions: What advice do you have for those that want to use social media more intentionally for their business? How do I create a social media strategy for my business without sacrificing my personal privacy? How do I determine the line between too much and just enough when I use social media for promotion? Did you discover a newfound value or a lack of value regarding social media after being off of it? Did your absence from social media make you realize it made your life more meaningful, or did it make you realize it’s just a modern platform to advertise? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Feb 13, 2018

Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio” to talk about decorations, and they answer the following questions: Are non-functional decorative items appropriate in a minimalist’s home and work environments? How can I reconcile my need to minimize my possessions when others’ perceptions of my personal and professional statuses rely on those possessions? How do I address the unsightliness of my child’s collections? How do I curate an art collection as a minimalist? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Feb 6, 2018

Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio” to talk about collecting, and they answer the following questions: How do I reconcile my collector’s mindset with the principles of minimalist philosophy? How do I appropriately purge my medals and trophies? How do I express my minimalist viewpoint regarding my loved ones’ collections without offending my loved ones? What fuels people's desires to collect in the first place? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Jan 30, 2018

Joshua & Ryan chat with minimalist-traveler Colin Wright, author of Some Thoughts About Relationships, and they answer the following questions: What minimalist advice would you give a teenager on the cusp of graduating from high school and starting their journey into life? What does a happy, ideal life look like to you now that you’ve fully adopted minimalist practices? How do I purge the emotional baggage I accumulated throughout my childhood that is now interfering with my adulthood? How do I best utilize the free time I’ve discovered as a result of embracing minimalism? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Jan 23, 2018

Joshua & Ryan visit Nashville with musician Griffin House, and they answer the following questions: How do I keep from bringing the mental clutter I accumulate at work into my personal life? How can I ensure I continue to look my best but minimize my cosmetic consumption? How can I better use food as a fuel instead of as a crutch? What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs that want to use your journey as entrepreneurs as their business model? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Jan 16, 2018

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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