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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: theminimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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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Jun 19, 2018

Joshua & Ryan chat with T.K. Coleman about goals, direction, standards, and expectations, and they answer the following questions:

How do I determine what’s most important to me so I can shape my professional and personal goals around it? (16:19)

How do I pursue my interests and simultaneously purge my guilt for not attending college? (39:39)

What can I use to motivate me to take action on challenging pursuits that interest me? (1:16:35)

How do I find the right direction when I realize I’m going the wrong way? (1:28:18)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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? (32:36)

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? (47:03)

Should I save anything with the consideration of what my children might like to own? (59:43)

How do I find the leverage to part with the few things that remind me of my recently deceased loved one? (1:03:47)

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.

You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

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.

You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

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.

You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

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.

You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

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.

You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

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