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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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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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Aug 8, 2017

Joshua & Ryan visit Grand Rapids, and they answer the following questions: What is the best way to get rid of items that are still useful, but are of no value to me? How do I let go of the stress I feel when I witness my loved ones not aligning their short-term actions with their long-term values? How do you address all the stress that comes with inheriting all the stuff that comes with the passing of a loved one? Before you quit your corporate jobs, did you have your financial houses in order regarding retirement? How often should a minimalist do laundry? How do you continue to practice self-control as you become more successful and gain a greater capability to get more stuff? How do you deal with the stress of purging sentimental items, and how do you explain to those that gifted them to you that you have no need for their gifts anymore? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Aug 1, 2017

Joshua & Ryan visit Cleveland, and they answer the following questions: What advice do you have for minimalists who have loved ones that prefer to receive physical gifts? What is the best way to explain to a potential partner that you’re a minimalist? What advice do you have for those that want to adopt minimalism into their lives, but fear the changes? How do you manage the negative feedback that inevitably comes with failure? What is your advice to minimalists struggling to reconcile their personal values and beliefs that conflict with their professional values and beliefs? As minimalists, what are you saving your money for now? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Jul 25, 2017

Joshua & Ryan visit Columbus, and they answer the following questions: How do you respond to people who resign themselves to situations by saying, “That’s just the way it is”? How do you manage to continue to grow and to cultivate open minds and soft hearts? What advice do you have for saying ‘no’ to people and to activities you like to avoid becoming overly committed and stressed? What struggles and expectations have you had to address since becoming ‘The Minimalists’? What do you recommend to a minimalist who is living among a group of people who have no interest in minimalism? What are you really excited about right now? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Jul 18, 2017

Joshua & Ryan visit Cincinnati, and they answer the following questions: What questions have your audience members posed that have made you reevaluate your values and beliefs? What questions did you ask yourself when you were younger to help you determine that happiness was more important to you than material success? What advice do you have for people who seem to take minimalism to an extreme, or for those who offend others with their obsession with minimalism? What suggestions do you have for those who want to quit their corporate jobs but need to maintain their level of corporate benefits for the welfare of their family members? How do you maintain balance between your five core values? Is there a question you wish audience members would ask that they have not yet asked? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.


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Jul 11, 2017

Joshua & Ryan speak with Rich Roll live on the Less Is Now tour, and they answer the following questions: What questions did you ask yourselves, and what resources did you consult, to determine your five foundational values? What has helped you 'drudge through the drudgery' and stay focused on your projects? How do you let go of the fear that you don't have enough? What films do you find most relatable to the journey of becoming a minimalist? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Jul 4, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about shopping, and they answer the following questions: Do you ever splurge on anything? How do I justify purchasing something new to replace something that is still functional, but has lost its luster? How do I quell my feelings of guilt after purchasing new items? How do I reconcile my need to sell merchandise for my livelihood with my need to hold true to my minimalism values? How can I create a profitable minimalist store? What are good questions to ask myself before I go shopping? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Jun 27, 2017

Joshua & Ryan speak with Patrick Rhone, author of Enough, in Minneapolis, and they answer the following questions: Is America’s consumerism more nefarious than that of other countries that therefore makes practicing minimalism even more crucial in the United States? Is it better to use up what you have, or is it better to sell it, donate it, or give it away? Should I hang onto the things I purchased for the person I want to become? Are there similarities between the principles of living discussed in Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning and the principles of minimalism? Where should I draw the line with memorabilia? Is it possible for me to live a minimalist lifestyle while making a living selling other people things they don’t need? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.


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Jun 20, 2017

Joshua & Ryan speak with Rob Bell in Los Angeles, and they answer the following questions: What is the best way to tell people you’re a minimalist that is easiest for most people to understand and accept? Is it possible to have a better life with ‘more,’ and, if so, what would that ‘more’ be? How do you find a deep-rooted, lasting happiness in everything? How do you find the flow that makes your work effortless? Why does minimalism seem to be more popular with females than males? Can minimalism help you improve your financial situation? Do you ever secretly buy things and hide them from one another? How do you handle a toxic relationship with a parent? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 13, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discussing hoarding and collecting, and they answer the following questions: What are your thoughts on emergency preparedness? How can a minimalist coexist with their hoarder partner? How can I help an older family member adopt minimalist practices? How do you broach the subject of minimalism with a family member that is a dedicated hoarder? Do most hoarders actually find the things they were saving for one day, or do they simply purchase replacements? As a hoarder, where do you start when you’re completely overwhelmed by stuff? Once you’ve decluttered, how do you ensure the cycle doesn’t start again? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 10, 2017

Joshua injures himself at a rest stop & Ryan eats chocolate in front of a crowd, and they answer the following questions: What tips and tricks do you have regarding moving? How can you grow side hustles without increasing mental clutter and losing focus? How much chocolate is too much chocolate for a minimalist? What do you do when you’re a minimalist, but your partner has no interest in minimalism? How do you become successful without becoming obsessed with goal achievement? How does minimalism apply to kids? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 6, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about their families, and they answer the following family-related questions: How does caring for others fit into minimalism? How do you pitch minimalism to folks that are resistant to getting rid of their stuff? How do I part with gifts from family and friends without offending the gift-givers? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 30, 2017

Joshua & Ryan visit Chicago, and they answer the following questions: How do you deal with the collisions with the values and beliefs of the non-minimalists in your life? How do I donate items to different charities when I don’t have a car to haul the items to those charities? What questions did you ask yourself to determine your passions, and what actions did you take to pursue those passions? What have you learned about yourself that you weren’t able to recognize before adopting minimalism? How can I meet my daily personal and professional obligations without a smartphone? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 26, 2017

Joshua & Ryan are joined by Minimalism director Matt D'Avella, and they answer the following questions: Was it hard to invest so much money and time into your film project without assurance it was going to succeed? How do I further minimize the essentials in my life when I feel like I’m always overbooked and I can’t catch my breath? How have your lives changed since you made the film? What can we do as a community to further promote the message of living more intentionally and simply? What was the most challenging thing about making the film? If you were to make the film again, what would you do differently? What is your next project? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 23, 2017

Joshua & Ryan visit Seattle, and they answer the following questions: After you found success, what changed in your lives? Can you be in a committed relationship with someone who doesn’t share the same core values as you? If I must use social media for my job, how do I regulate my usage of it effectively? How can I ensure my family has access to all of my digital archives when I pass away? What is the most significant obstacle most people encounter when they’re trying to minimize? How can I be a minimalist and still enjoy a hobby that requires a significant amount of accoutrements? How can I be a minimalist with multiple dogs without getting rid of the dogs? Is the ease or difficulty of adopting and maintaining minimalism tied to geography? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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