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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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Sep 21, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about resisting the incessant tug of consumerism while striving to simplify, and they answer the following questions:

How do we overcome our shopping addiction? (00:00)

What are the three prime indicators of compulsive buying? (04:00)

What is consumerism? (06:45)

When does something become an addiction? (09:39)

Why do people have shopping addictions? (19:17)

When creating a capsule wardrobe and running up against challenges regarding durability, should we buy more clothes at once or purchase clothes more often? (19:35)

What is Project 333? (21:33)

How do I adjust my shopping habits so they better align with my minimalist practices? (26:01)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 16, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the ideal approach to receiving gifts as a minimalist with author, podcaster, and pastor Erwin Raphael McManus. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Sep 14, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about removing the excess to expose the everyday beauty that’s all around us with author, podcaster, and pastor Erwin Raphael McManus, and they answer the following questions:

What exactly is “beauty”? (00:00)

Can beauty help us find peace? (05:01)

How do we discover and incorporate singular beautiful accents and items throughout our homes while maintaining a simple, minimalist style? (11:55)

What is the value of negative space? (14:21)

How do we find the beauty inside ourselves, and then be content with it? (18:42)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 9, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how an obsessive focus on goal attainment can actually steer us away from the the values we’re driving toward with author, podcaster, and professor Kate BowlerListen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists



Sep 7, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about the folly of the self-help industry’s focus on exhausting positivity—on trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn, and out-perform our humanness—with author, podcaster, and professor Kate Bowler, and they answer the following questions:

What is the “gospel of hustle”? (00:00)

What are the signs that positivity has become toxic for us as individuals, and what are the signs that our well-intentioned positive vibes are becoming toxic to others? (06:58)

Where did the ‘good vibes only’ orthodoxy originate? (07:21)

Why does complaining seem to encourage camaraderie? (10:03)

What is the problem with the language of positivity? (10:43)

What is “horizon work”? (12:23)

What is “choice poor”? (12:38)

How do we address those that weaponize perspectives, such as toxic positivity, to bully us into accepting and adopting their way of thinking as our own; for example, when people that disapprove of minimalism call minimalists “privileged”? (17:11)

How do you define “elitism”? (21:45)

What is “prudential wisdom”? (23:39)

Where did the notion come from that being positive is the cure for everything, the path for everyone, the solution to whatever life throws at you—what is wrong with embracing sadness, contemplation, grief, anxiety? (31:35)

What is “limited agency”? (33:13)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 2, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss our ‘why’ of cluttering. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Aug 31, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about how to avoid recluttering our lives with new possessions, burdens, and obligations once we’ve excised our excess, and they answer the following questions:

What is “recluttering”? (00:00)

How do we address recluttering with loved ones and roommates who seem to see our clean spaces as places to dump their stuff that doesn’t have a home? (07:55)

How do we ensure the items we bring back into our homes after decluttering don’t become recluttering? (18:11)

How do I figure out my ‘why’ for recluttering? (32:15)

What’s problematic about having options? (35:02)

How do you define “consumerism”? (35:39)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Aug 26, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how an obsession with self-improvement can cause more harm than good. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Aug 24, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss our escalating advice epidemic as our society swells with scores of well-meaning people advising other people on what they are supposed to do, and they answer the following questions:

What are ‘shoulds’? (00:00)

What possesses some people to insist on giving others unsolicited advice? (03:13)

How can we provide appropriate advice and/or guidance to loved ones to alter behaviors that are impacting us negatively? (17:46)

How do our expectations complicate things? (21:14)

How do we critically evaluate all the ‘shoulds’ out there and take what works for each of us? (23:34)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Aug 19, 2021

Joshua and Ryan describe how to protect our email inboxes from unwanted solicitations. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Aug 17, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about all the digital clutter on our computers, phones, tablets, and other devices taking up space on our hard drives and in our minds, and they answer the following questions:

What are the benefits of not having digital clutter taking up space in your mind? (00:00)

What is the Diderot effect? (04:48)

What do you define as ‘digital clutter’? (10:41)

Where do we start in addressing digital clutter to ensure we stay focused and motivated and not get overwhelmed with all of it? (13:31)

As an avid gamer, how do I ensure I don’t let my enthusiasm and passion for gaming turn into clutter with all of the games and consoles available, and how do I ensure it doesn’t consume me to the detriment of my relationships? (21:00)

How about a basic overview of how to manage it all: emails, documents, photos? (30:18)

How can overwhelm actually help us? (33:17)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Aug 12, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss checking ourselves for compatibility and compassion in our relationships. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Aug 10, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about the perniciousness of compulsive decluttering (aka obsessive-compulsive spartanism) on the occasion of their 300th episode, and they answer the following questions:

What is spartanism? (00:00)

Hoarding, spartanism, ad nauseum—must we diagnose everything? (06:06)

How do we recognize and respect the challenges of others? (06:59)

How could letting go of everything be a bad thing? (11:16)

How do we ensure our decluttering doesn’t trigger other compulsive behaviors; for instance, the compulsion to constantly check our phones for notifications when we’re trying to sell what we decluttered? (11:46)

What is the “art of noticing”? (17:38)

When does minimalism turn into compulsive decluttering or obsessive-compulsive spartanism—what signs do we look for? (19:40)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Aug 5, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to keep things simple in the kitchen. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Aug 3, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about “summer simplifying,” and they answer the following questions:

Which moniker won in your audience poll—“simpletons” or “minimizers”? (00:00)

Where do you start when your entire home needs decluttering? (06:04)

What is the most important thing to do to get started? (10:04)

How do we get our children to participate in decluttering? (13:27)

How do I break my emotional and sentimental attachment to my collection of books, and how do I appropriately curate my collection and recycle the books I don’t keep? (14:07)

What is the Enneagram? (22:19)

What do we do with items that have a sentimental attachment? (25:51)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 29, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the tell-tale signs of narcissism with author, podcaster, and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jul 27, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about the best options for therapy when you’re feeling sad, grieving, depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed with author, podcaster, and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb, and they answer the following questions:

When is the appropriate time to talk to a therapist? (00:00)

What is “idiot compassion” compared to “wise compassion”? (02:53)

What is self-sabotage, and how can we identify and address its manifestation in us? (04:03)

What is the most important phase of change? (05:45)

What is the most challenging part of change? (07:09)

Why should someone schedule a session with a therapist? (08:48)

What key power can therapy give us? (09:49)

What do we do when cost is an impediment to mental healthcare? (11:26)

What are the downsides of trying to help others change? (14:42)

What mantras, self-talk, meditations, et cetera, have helped keep you focused, centered, and positive when addressing significant life challenges? (18:15)

In their lives, to whom do most people talk the most? (19:17)

How do we give ourselves self-compassion? (22:06)

How do we get past childhood traumas and disappointments? (23:42)

What is “forced forgiveness”? (25:24)

Must we forgive to move on? (26:15)

How do we handle pride appropriately? (27:13)

Why does there seem to be a stigma against mental health in older generations, and, more specifically, how can we get our parents to talk about their feelings and vulnerabilities? (29:35)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 22, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the six questions they ask themselves before they purchase anything. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jul 20, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about the minimalism rules that have helped simplify their lives, and they answer the following questions:

How valuable are rules? (00:00)

How important are boundaries? (04:56)

Once I only have my essential items, how do I keep them from wearing out quickly? (18:48)

How is minimalism not a destination? (19:47)

What is our language problem? (20:19)

How effective is it to reverse clothes hangers to minimize a wardrobe? (27:17)

Is it helpful to restrict the amount of clothes hangers to create an appropriate wardrobe? (28:20)

How do you develop and maintain the discipline needed to stick to your minimalism rules or other habits you're trying to establish? (30:26)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 15, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we often give loyalty more weight than it truly deserves with podcaster and Director of Entrepreneurial Education for FEE, T.K. Coleman. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jul 13, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about healing our relationships with stuff, truth, self, values, money, creativity, and people with podcaster and Director of Entrepreneurial Education for FEE, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions:

What gave you the inspiration for Love People, Use Things? (00:00)

Do we learn more from those that have been redeemed, or from those that have led “perfect” lives? (08:51)

How did the line blur so much between private lives and public lives? (10:31)

How do I reconcile with my minimalist values when I must trash items I no longer use that can’t be donated, recycled, or upcycled? (13:48)

What is the true cost of things?  (14:43)

How do I justify to my minimalist self that it’s okay to have numerous accoutrements for several hobbies that bring me joy? (21:00)

What separates minimalism from dogmatism? (23:57)

How do I rejuvenate my creativity when I’m overwhelmed by burnout? (36:04)

How do we avoid falling into maintenance mode as creatives? (40:31)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 8, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we must strive to treat one another appropriately both online and off with director Nick Bilton and artist Chris Bailey of HBO’s Fake Famous. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jul 6, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the perils of pursuing fame, clout, and attention in today's insta-world with director Nick Bilton and artist Chris Bailey of HBO’s Fake Famous, and they answer the following questions:

Why did Nick make a film about fake fame? (00:00)

What constitutes actual fame? (07:01)

What impact is social media having on our children? (09:24)

How has Chris’s life changed since the film? (13:04)

Why do the people who just post photos of themselves in skimpy outfits and pouts get five million followers, yet the people who actually have something meaningful to say get only a handful of followers? (21:27)

What is the number one photo opportunity in L.A. for influencers? (26:49)

What is an “Instagram vacation”? (27:55)

If maintaining social media accounts is part of our daily work, how do we incorporate minimalism to ensure our use is intentional, appropriate, and valuable? (28:38)

What value have you gotten from social media? (32:19)

Has the experience of the global pandemic actually helped us get away from our glowing screens? (32:57)

What is the prime purpose of social media? (35:52)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 1, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss a fresh approach to parenting with podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 29, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about gift-getting, gift-giving, and birthday celebrations for adults and kids alike with podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern, and they answer the following questions:

What does Joshua want for his birthday? (00:00)

Why do we never seem to know what we truly want? (04:06)

Instead of spending lots of money and giving expensive gifts, what are some meaningful ways to celebrate birthdays? (06:22)

How do you celebrate your child’s birthday? (07:27)

What if gift-giving is one of my love languages? (11:14)

How do you celebrate your birthday? (14:57)

Is gift-giving just a matter of simply asking others what they want? (17:31)

How do we appropriately address a loved one who insists on giving us gifts when we’ve asked them countless times not to, and do we tell them that we’ve actually given away most of the gifts they’ve given us? (18:20)

How do my spouse and I address the societal expectations of others regarding our choice of participation in traditional gift-giving events, such as birthdays and Christmas? (31:04)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

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