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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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Sep 25, 2020

Joshua discusses whether paper straws and paper sip-cup lids actually help the environment with Sheila Morovati, Founder and President of the Crayon Collective and Habits of Waste. Watch the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Sep 22, 2020

Joshua talks about waste and all the ways in which we are wasteful with Sheila Morovati, Founder and President of Crayon Collection and Habits of Waste, and they answer the following questions:

Why do we rarely consider how we’re being wasteful? (03:44)

How can I reasonably ensure my donated items don’t become a burden to anyone else? (04:57)

How do I ensure I don’t receive unwanted correspondence? (11:47)

How do I responsibly repurpose or recycle outdated technology at work? (17:06)

What are my recycling options if I live in a city without a robust recycling program? (22:34)

What are some alternatives to plastic storage? (27:47)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 18, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss the possibility of life after death with author, podcaster, and theologian Rob Bell. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Sep 15, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss spirituality, evolving beliefs, and the impermanence of everything with author, podcaster, and theologian Rob Bell, and they answer the following questions:

What does it mean to ‘own your story’? (02:10)

How has Rob’s faith evolved? (04:40)

What is the origin of the book title, Everything Is Spiritual? (07:09)

What is the ‘wordlessness of grace’? (09:02)

What does it mean to ‘hold a place for God’? (10:31)

Do you believe in a higher power that can provide comfort and guidance? (14:25)

What causes a negative reaction to practices considered fringe? (14:45)

What is our language problem? (19:00)

How do religion and minimalism align? (21:33)

How do you define religion? (22:14)

How important is order? (25:20)

What are the polarities of feasting and fasting? (27:23)

How do you define spirituality? (33:33)

Is Rob Bell still a Christian? (36:49)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 11, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to streamline our kitchens. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Sep 8, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss the many ways we’ve stuffed our lives to the breaking point, how we can relieve that pressure, and they answer the following questions:

How do I determine what is essential to pack for a move? (06:08)

How do I incorporate some friction into my decision making? (09:22)

What should I do with scrapbooks and mementos that I’m clinging to? (10:10)

Is it inconveniencing others to ask them for help in storing items? (11:23)

Is it helpful to limit storage space when decluttering? (12:00)

How do I ensure I maintain a minimalist mindset throughout my day? (14:26)

What is the difference between joy and pleasure? (17:14)

How do we still manage to responsibly recycle and repurpose items despite the restrictions imposed by the global pandemic? (23:58)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Sep 4, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss dedicating our time to what matters most with author and fitness expert Ben Greenfield. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Sep 1, 2020

Joshua and Ryan talk about all the extra things we do, and the extraneous activities, obligations, and tasks we commit to that make our lives more complicated with author and fitness expert Ben Greenfield, and they answer the following questions:

How do I let go of limiting beliefs? (06:38)

How do I reconcile my creativity and my desire for profit? (07:04)

How important are mission statements? (07:35)

How important is the skill of delegation for creatives? (11:33)

How do I appropriately delegate responsibilities and obligations? (14:02)

What are some opportunities for diversification? (17:12)

How can I ensure I’m planning an intentional life as a senior in high school? (23:20)

How do I determine my purpose? (24:22)

How important is adaptability and flexibility? (32:22)

How do we appropriately minimize commitments and obligations? (34:51)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Aug 28, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate wedding budgets with blogger, author, and matrimonial expert Jessica Bishop. Watch the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Aug 25, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss all things weddings—debt, expenses, expectations, responsibilities, ceremonies, outfits, wedding guests, and more—with blogger, author, and matrimonial expert Jessica Bishop, and they answer the following questions:

What are the most common questions regarding weddings? (04:17)

How do I appropriately manage my family’s expectations regarding the wedding? (08:50)

Where do most couples go wrong regarding their wedding planning? (09:37)

Is there any scenario where it would be appropriate to take on debt for a wedding? (12:46)

How do I maintain a minimalist wedding despite a large guest list? (14:18)

What are some alternatives to traditional weddings, particularly in light of the global pandemic? (14:52)

What consumes most of the budget for a wedding? (15:24)

What is the appropriate number of guests for a wedding? (17:25)

How do I create a minimalist celebration ceremony rather than a traditional wedding? (19:13)

What are the different variations of marriages? (20:54)

What does commitment truly mean in a relationship? (23:30)

What are some celebration event options for couples? (26:30)

How do couples arrive at an appropriate budget for their wedding? (26:50)

What are some of the most ridiculous things that couples have spent their wedding budget on? (27:44)

What is the appropriate size and cost of a wedding gift? (30:46)

How do couples set the appropriate expectations with their guests regarding wedding gifts? (31:54)

What are the most ideal gift registries for weddings? (33:07)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Aug 21, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss what value younger generations will find in shopping malls. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Aug 18, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss the death of shopping malls and the shopping mall culture, and they answer the following questions:

What are the different kinds of dying malls? (03:50)

What is the history behind malls? (10:51)

How do we encourage retailers to use environmentally responsible packaging? (16:48)

How effective is recycling? (18:44)

Where do fashion and intentionality align? (24:58)

How do we transform vacant malls into a community commodity? (35:06)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Aug 14, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss the misconception that fashion equates wealth with YouTube minimalist Ronald L. Banks. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Aug 11, 2020

Joshua and Ryan talk about owning less, wanting less, decluttering physical and digital spaces, and more (about less) with YouTube minimalist Ronald L. Banks, and they answer the following questions:

How do I ensure I purchase new items intentionally? (02:01)

How do I appropriately address my constant yearning for upgrades? (05:15)

Why do we try to use possessions to validate ourselves? (06:18)

How do I appropriately manage my bloated digital storage? (10:53)

What is the best method for organizing photos? (13:47)

Are there instances that warrant more rather than less? (21:12)

How does minimalism simultaneously encompass less and more? (22:06)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Aug 7, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to appropriately address guilt with author, theologian, and philosopher Peter Rollins. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

Aug 4, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss the fear of missing out (FOMO), the joy of missing out (JOMO), and how to be content in the midst of uncertainty with author, theologian, and philosopher Peter Rollins, and they answer the following questions:

What is ‘the lack’? (03:51)

What is the difference between freedom and determinism? (04:58)

What are hypothetical and categorical imperatives? (06:27)

Can too much freedom cause anxiety? (11:52)

How do I find satisfaction with my current situation rather than constantly searching for something new? (13:40)

What is the difference between desire and drive? (15:50)

Why do most of us seem to crave change? (23:12)

What is the burden of freedom? (24:20)

What is the ‘lack of the secret’ compared to the ‘secret of the lack’? (27:37)

How can I curb my constant desire for new things? (32:09)

Is our desire for the new related to our past? (33:46)

What is guilt? (38:48)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 31, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss overcoming overwhelm. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jul 28, 2020

Joshua and Ryan talk about stuff and why many of us still have too much, and they answer the following questions:

How can pressure help me become a better minimalist? (02:21)

How do I manage my children’s belongings? (03:52)

How do I help my loved ones simplify their lives? (06:30)

How do I address my compulsion to build collections? (11:39)

What is the difference between joy and happiness? (12:28)

What creates true joy? (14:40)

How much is enough? (15:42)

How can friction help me on my minimalist journey? (17:21)

What is the value of ‘why’? (22:25)

How do I curate what’s appropriate for me to keep long-term when I’m constantly moving? (24:36)

How do I let go of the burden of cost? (27:15)

How do I remove the meaning I’ve given to things? (28:26)

What is the ‘price of admission’? (30:23)

How do I responsibly dispose of items that no longer serve their function? (33:52)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 24, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss the elegance of simple, timeless style with the founder of PreachersNSneakers, Tyler Jones. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jul 21, 2020

Joshua and Ryan talk about our obsessions with trends and fashion, as well as dissect our infatuation with clothing, style, and shoes with the founder of PreachersNSneakers, Tyler Jones, and they answer the following questions:

How did PreachersNSneakers start? (02:11)

Is the current hip wardrobe of many modern religious leaders simply the new version of wearing the ‘Sunday best’? (11:10)

Is it problematic for modern religious leaders to promote and sell church-branded swag? (13:44)

Is it acceptable for religious leaders to wear expensive clothing that was gifted or donated to them? (14:40)

Can function be separated from form? (16:20)

How concerned should we be about the message our appearance communicates? (18:20)

Would Jesus wear expensive, fashionable clothing? (23:52)

How do I purchase clothing intentionally without becoming obsessed with it afterward? (26:10)

Is our culture influencing our possession obsession? (27:40)

How do I select clothing that can serve multiple purposes in a seasonal climate? (34:42)

Is it helpful to employ delayed gratification to curb our shopping? (38:50)

Is it best to search for items that are multi-functional with a durable style? (40:41)

How do I develop my own personal style so I’m not adversely influenced by advertising? (43:30)

Are we essentially paying companies to use our bodies as walking billboards? (43:43)

Are Kanye West’s presidential aspirations questionable? (49:50)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 17, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to avoid the virus of negativity. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jul 14, 2020

Joshua and Ryan talk about why we are addicted to negativity, gossip, and other disempowering emotions and behaviors; what we can do to improve or walk away from negative situations; and they answer the following questions:

How do I tactfully address disrespectful family members? (01:59)

How do I handle welcome and unwelcome teasing from others? (03:56)

How do I manage the offensive behavior of others? (05:12)

How do I stand up for myself with loved ones? (08:40)

How do I address a toxic relationship with a superior at work when using HR is not an option? (13:53)

What is the difference between immoral and illegal? (15:21)

How do I recognize when I’ve reached the breaking point at my job? (15:47)

How do I appropriately address people who constantly judge me and overstep boundaries? (25:04)

How do I establish appropriate boundaries with others? (25:27)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 10, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss when relationships become untenable with podcaster and comedian Jamie Kilstein. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jul 7, 2020

Joshua and Ryan talk about dealing with toxic people, as well as defining, reassessing, repairing, and letting go of toxic relationships with podcaster and comedian Jamie Kilstein, and they answer the following questions:

What’s your definition of a ‘toxic person’? (06:02)

What’s your definition of ‘relationship’? (07:35)

Is it possible to be toxic to some people but not toxic to others? (13:05)

Can jealousy be helpful? (16:27)

Is there a difference between empathy and compassion? (17:13)

Is it realistic to expect to find a partner that’s on my own frequency? (20:04)

What is the ‘us box’ in relationships? (25:11)

Do my partner and I have to hold the same beliefs to be compatible? (27:57)

Is compromise a necessary component of a productive relationship? (29:13)

How do I deal with toxic people in the workplace? (38:35)

What are the essentials of meaningful work? (42:45)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 3, 2020

Joshua discusses the best practices for getting ideal sleep with registered dietitian Becca Shern and regenerative medicine expert Adam Lamb. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

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