The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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Sep 13, 2016

Joshua & Ryan answer questions in front of a sold-out crowd in Salt Lake City, Utah, including: What is your relationship with everything that remained after your purge of most of your physical belongings? How does minimalism apply to life beyond physical belongings? Do you feel pressure to be role models of minimalism, or is it just part of who you are? How do we help our kids adopt minimalist practices when they're so entrenched in a compulsory consumption society? How do we explain to loved ones that we appreciate items they've given to us after we've donated the items when they're no longer useful to us? What are the best methods for storing digital files? Will you share more personal insights into your lives as minimalists in future content? Detailed show notes:

Aug 30, 2016

Joshua & Ryan discuss criticism. Detailed show notes:

Aug 16, 2016

Joshua & Ryan answer questions in front of a sold-out crowd in Chicago, including: How do we help the Baby Boom generation adopt minimalist practices? How did you connect with all of the minimalists featured in your film? How did your move to Montana relate to your minimalist journey? Have you ever asked for anything back that you gave away? What advice do you have for documentary filmmakers? What new projects do you have planned for the future? Detailed show notes:

Aug 3, 2016

Joshua & Ryan take a break from their podcasting break to discuss some of their favorite documentaries. Detailed show notes:

Jul 13, 2016

Joshua & Ryan discuss letting go and the willingness to walk away from anything. Detailed show notes:

Jul 5, 2016

Joshua & Ryan answer questions in front of a sold-out crowd in Los Angeles, including: Why do you feel as satisfied purging items as you do collecting items? How do you live as a minimalist in areas with a high cost of living? What are the three life lessons you want to leave behind as your legacy? How do you pay for education for a new career without going into debt? Which presidential candidate is most in line with minimalist principles? What are the best first steps to start one’s journey into minimalism? How do you become the minimalist you strive to be when you’re wrapped up in obligations that require you to work most of the time and put that life on hold? How do you transition from a corporate career to your life’s mission? How do you attain and maintain focus as a writer? Detailed show notes:

Jun 28, 2016

Joshua & Ryan discuss debt, credit scores, credit cards, investments, and much more, and they answer the following questions: Should you keep credit cards or cancel them after you pay them off? Should you invest money while you're paying off debt or put all the money toward paying off the debt? Should you use federal income-based repayment programs if you have student-loan debt? How do you form a financial team with your partner who thinks some debt is okay? Detailed show notes:

Jun 21, 2016

Joshua & Ryan discuss passion, and they answer the following questions: How do you focus on one passion when you enjoy many passions? How do you find your passion? How do you make a living from your passion? How do you prioritize your time to accommodate all your passions? Detailed show notes:

Jun 14, 2016

Joshua & Ryan hand the microphone to Colin Wright, of Let's Know Things, for a special guest episode. Detailed show notes:

Jun 7, 2016

Joshua & Ryan answer questions in front of a sold-out crowd in Dallas. Detailed show notes:

May 31, 2016

Joshua & Ryan hand the microphone to Jessica Lynn Williams and Melissa Cain, of The Mind Palace Podcast, for a special guest episode. Detailed show notes:

May 24, 2016

Joshua & Ryan share a handful of interviews from their new film, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, which hits United States and Canadian theaters starting today, May 24, 2016. Find your nearest showing here. You can also pre-order the online version of the film worldwide here, which includes six hours of bonus content. Detailed show notes:

May 17, 2016

Joshua & Ryan answer questions in front of a sold-out crowd in Miami, including: How do you resist relapses into compulsory consumption? Where do you purchase minimalist clothing? What's next for The Minimalists? How can you best express the benefits of minimalism to others? How can you reconcile your minimalists practices with the maximalist practices of family members? How do you stay inspired and focused through the process of integrating minimalist practices into your life? How can you encourage industries to integrate minimalist practices into their daily operations and future planning? Detailed show notes:

May 10, 2016

Joshua & Ryan discuss travel, moving, and packing lightly, and they answer the following questions: How do you minimize your belongings when traveling abroad? How do you move without using a U-Haul truck? Is it better to get a new car or a used car for transportation? How do you travel widely without incurring debt? Detailed show notes:

May 3, 2016

Joshua, Ryan, and director Matt D'Avella answer questions from the audience about their film, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, at their sold-out New York City screening: How do we help our children adopt minimalism practices? How do we help our parents adopt minimalism practices? How do we reconcile our personal lives with our professional lives when many of our careers revolve around consumption? How can minimalism help us become more spiritual? How do we tell friends and family members we don't want physical gifts for birthdays and holidays? Why did you choose to make a documentary about minimalism? What is the most valuable lesson you learned from making the film? Detailed show notes:

Apr 26, 2016

Joshua & Ryan discuss mentalclutter, internal clutter, and emotional clutter, and they answer the following questions: Is there a connection between physical clutter and mental clutter? What is the best way to declutter your mind? What are the best meditation practices to focus and clear your mind? How do you practice minimalism despite mental health challenges? Detailed show notes:

Apr 19, 2016

Joshua discusses writing tips and best practices, and he answers the following questions he commonly receives regarding writing: How did you become a successful writer? What daily habits help you improve as a writer? How do you keep your inner editor from interfering with your inner creator when you write? What writing app do you use? What books about writing do you recommend? Detailed show notes:

Apr 12, 2016

Joshua discusses diet, exercise, sleep, stress, and more, and he answers the following questions: What diet supplements are most effective? How does minimalism change your diet? What is on the grocery list of a minimalist? What are the most ideal exercises for a minimalist? Detailed show notes:

Apr 5, 2016

Ryan answers a bucketload of listener questions, including: How do you minimize social activities, but still participate enough socially to be beneficial? How do you respectfully turn down gifts? How do you determine what you can contribute to society that will add the most value? What do you do with pets that are no longer adding value to your life? Detailed show notes:

Mar 29, 2016

Joshua & Ryan discuss the perils of consumerism, and they answer the following questions: How do you ensure the clothing you buy was created responsibly? Where do you draw the line between spending more money for higher quality goods and getting sucked into consumerism? How can you be a fandom collector and still be a minimalist? How do you shop responsibly at warehouse club stores? Detailed show notes:

Mar 22, 2016

Joshua answers a slew of listener questions, including: How do you stay passionate when work and side projects are similar? How do you maintain minimalist practices in the whirlwind of college? How do you explain to loved ones you won't go into debt to buy gifts? Should you accept a new position that fits your passion but pays less? How do you keep from accumulating more stuff after a move? How do you tell loved ones you don't want physical gifts? Detailed show notes:

Mar 15, 2016

Joshua & Ryan discuss careers, jobs, passion, and the concept of having a “mission” in life, and they answer the following questions: How do you answer "Where do you see yourself in three to five years?" Are there scenarios where more is less? Do you have to make money from a passion? How do you quit your job but still have security? How did you transition from your corporate jobs to what you do today? How do you commit to a career choice? How do you ensure work duties don’t interfere with minimalist values? How do you not lose passion in your work? How do you balance passion and security during a health crisis? What are your views regarding ambition? Detailed show notes:

Mar 8, 2016

Joshua & Ryan talk about finances, and they answer the following questions: How do you pay down student loan debt with only a part-time job? How do you buy a house and stay debt-free? Should you use retirement funds to pay down school loan debt? How can you attend college without incurring debt? How can you adopt minimalism if you’re financially challenged? How can you afford to travel for pleasure when you earn less? How can you still enjoy life’s pleasures while paying down debt? Detailed show notes:

Mar 1, 2016

Joshua & Ryan talk about letting go of sentimental items, and they answer the following questions: What do you say to those that lost sentimental items involuntarily? What should you do with heirloom jewelry you’ll never wear? How do you get rid of sentimental tchotchkes? How do you help hoarders purge stuff without making them feel guilty? How do you prevent sentimental attachments to newly acquired items? Detailed show notes:

Feb 23, 2016

Joshua & Ryan answer a bunch of random questions about minimalism, including: What do you do about relationships you no longer want to invest in? How do you control your compulsion to buy clothes? How do you deal with the guilt you feel when purchasing things? How do you deal with people who say minimalism is wrong? How do you explain to people why it took you so long to finish college? How do you balance using tracking tools without getting overwhelmed? Have you ever felt regret after letting something go? Detailed show notes:

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