The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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Jan 17, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about how they handle stress, tension, and anxiety, and they answer the following questions: What have you found most challenging about maintaining a minimalist lifestyle, and how have you overcome those challenges? What can I do to feel more comfortable around non-minimalists? Do you think you both would have continued to be long-term minimalists without having one another along for the journey for support and encouragement? The workload at my current job consistently flows over into my personal time on my evenings and weekends, and it causes me a great deal of stress and anxiety in doing so—should I stick it out, and if so, how do I manage the stress and anxiety? How do I deal with the stress and anxiety of commuting daily in my car so I don’t have to give up access to the things I love like my job, my partner, and my recreational activities? Detailed show notes:

Jan 10, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about dealing with material possessions while moving, and they answer the following questions: In preparing to move to a more spacious place, how can I prepare appropriately to ensure I hold to my minimalist practices and not fill it with unnecessary items? How can I help my children purge much of their superfluous belongings during a move, yet still make it fun for them? How do I ensure I pack only what I need when moving? How do I politely refuse family heirlooms and other donations from family when they’re moving? Detailed show notes:

Jan 5, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discuss our addiction to possessions, shopping, social media, entertainment, and more, and they answer the following questions: When I go to a store to return a purchase thanks to buyer’s remorse, how do I ensure I don’t succumb to my inner compulsive shopper where I wind up exchanging an item instead of returning it? I recognize my binge watching of Netflix and YouTube makes me unproductive, antisocial, and unfulfilled, but how do I stop doing it? As a small business owner, how do I help my customers avoid compulsory consumption without damaging the very source of my income? Detailed show notes:

Jan 3, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about getting back to basics for the new year, and they answer the following questions: What should I do when I love my job, but my company’s values and beliefs don’t align with my own? How do you start working toward a goal, and how do you ensure you remain accountable to achieving that goal? How do you measure your success throughout the year? How do I get back to basics emotionally after a particularly tumultuous year? Detailed show notes:

Jan 1, 2017

Joshua & Ryan answer a bunch of questions about minimalism, including: Can adopting minimalist practices improve my mental state? What are The Minimalists’ plans for 2017? When are The Minimalists coming to my city? After I adopt minimalist practices and declutter, how do I maintain my new neat and orderly life? How do I address the nagging worry that everything will fall apart? When you have to purchase items, do you ensure the companies you purchase from use ethical, sustainable, and environmentally responsible practices? What did you do to grow your website and spread your message? What tools do you use to write? How do I stay present while traveling and stop viewing much of my trips through the camera viewfinder? Detailed show notes:

Dec 30, 2016

Joshua & Ryan present some of their best answers from 2016, and they answer the following questions: How do you minimize social media feeds and not miss important info? What are some alternative education options besides college? How do you commit to a career choice? How can you best express the benefits of minimalism to others? How do you find your passion? How do you form a financial team with your partner who thinks some debt is okay? How do you differentiate between good criticism and bad criticism? Detailed show notes:

Dec 28, 2016

Joshua & Ryan talk about the different influences that helped them let go, and they answer the following questions: When did you realize minimalism was the right path for you, and what brought you to that realization? How do we help budding adults struggling with the overwhelm of consumption, and how do we do a better job helping our children adopt minimalist practices early so they don’t find themselves struggling through similar situations later in life? Do you believe you still would have adopted minimalism even if you had not “had it all”? Detailed show notes:

Dec 24, 2016

Joshua answers questions about parenting as a minimalist, including: How do you minimize the accoutrements that seem requisite when you have young children? How do you initiate a minimalist lifestyle with family members, and how do you maintain and measure the results of such a lifestyle? How do you help children adopt and maintain minimalist practices on their own? What are the best gifts for children? How do I let go of sentimental items? Should I hold onto my children’s items for future children I may or may not have? When co-parenting in divided households, how do I explain to the children how to reconcile the different values and beliefs of each household? Detailed show notes:

Dec 21, 2016

Joshua answers a bunch of questions about simple living, including: Do you plan on making another movie? What do you think of veganism and its effects on the environment? What do I tell family members who are upset that I don’t want to participate in a gift exchange during the holiday season? How can I be a minimalist as a teacher or a student when I have so many physical items—books, papers, etc.—to deal with? What are your thoughts on tiny houses? What are your thoughts on renting versus buying? What is the simplest way to explain minimalism to others? How do I get started with minimalism? How do I convince family members to adopt minimalism? Detailed show notes:

Dec 19, 2016

Joshua & Ryan present two audiobook chapters from Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life. Detailed show notes:

Dec 15, 2016

Joshua & Ryan talk about creativity, craft, passion, and different types of creative work, and they answer the following questions: Do you consider the value of your content for your audience while you’re creating it? How can I improve my craft? What is the best method for editing my work? How do I create a blog? Detailed show notes:

Dec 13, 2016

Joshua & Ryan talk about creating a meaningful holiday season, and they answer the following questions: How do you get into the holiday spirit with all the everyday challenges of life, as well as the constant bombardment of holiday advertising? How do you avoid succumbing to the overconsumption of alcohol amid all the pressures of the holiday season? How do you discuss with your family that you want to replace holiday traditions that no longer add value to your family's holiday season? Detailed show notes:

Dec 6, 2016

Joshua & Ryan present two chapters about "Minimalism" and "Stuff" from Essential. Detailed show notes:

Nov 29, 2016

Joshua & Ryan discuss reducing digital, physical, and mental noise in our everyday lives, and they answer the following questions: How do you deal with negative emotions? What methods do you recommend for getting to sleep? How do you adopt minimalist practices when you have mental challenges? How do you manage to be a minimalist among non-minimalists? How do you break the cycle of compulsory consumption? Should you proactively provide others with constructive criticism? Detailed show notes:

Nov 22, 2016

Joshua & Ryan discuss giftgiving, the holiday shopping season, Black Friday, and the commodification of love, and they answer the following questions: What gifts are appropriate for minimalists to gift on special occasions where gifts are the expectation, such as weddings, baby showers, bachelorette parties, and the like? What gifts have you given on Christmas? How do you tactfully part with gifts from loved ones without offending the gift giver? How do I explain minimalism to family members with regard to giving gifts and receiving gifts? What is the difference between a thoughtful gift and asking someone what they want for Christmas? Detailed show notes:

Nov 15, 2016

Joshua & Ryan embark on an apolitical discussion about the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and they talk about where we go from here. Detailed show notes:

Nov 8, 2016

Joshua & Ryan discuss focus, pacifiers, success, priorities, goals, and much more, and they answer the following questions: How do we better educate ourselves about negative media? How can minimalism help us develop and maintain clarity of mind? Can pacifiers be useful? How do we maintain a minimalist lifestyle? How do we stay grounded with so much going on? Detailed show notes:

Oct 5, 2016

Joshua & Ryan answer questions in front of a sold-out crowd in their hometown, Dayton, Ohio, including: With the infinite possibilities of places to travel to and to live in, how do I minimize those options and focus on one place? Have you considered focusing your efforts on educating the younger generations on minimalism to prevent the problems that arise as we grow older? When you're being interviewed on major media outlets, do you believe the interviewers are wholly engaged and later become advocates for minimalism? Detailed show notes:

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:

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