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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less. With more than 50 million downloads and 7,000 listener reviews, The Minimalists Podcast is often the #1 Health podcast on Apple Podcasts, and it occasionally charts in the Top 10 of all shows.

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan discuss particularly difficult topics, including trauma, bereavement, traumatic stress, sorrow, and even traumatic death with professor, trauma/grief counselor, and researcher Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I overcome the trauma of my past to address the challenges of the present?
  • How do I overcome the negative feelings attached to items so I don’t needlessly replace them?
  • Is it helpful to remove mementos of a lost loved one to overcome trauma and grief?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “We don’t let go of the memories when we let go of the stuff.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Letting go creates space for what’s truly important.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about interior design, feng shui, the calmness of clutter-free spaces, and how to have a minimalist home that’s not boring with designer, entrepreneur, and Queer Eye star Bobby Berk, and they answer the following questions:

  • When I have more space than I have belongings to fill it, how do I appropriately address that empty space?
  • Is there a way to effectively stage a home for sale in a minimalist fashion?
  • How do I make a room feel cozy while maintaining a minimalist aesthetic?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Minimalism exposes the beauty beneath the banality.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “A mind is a terrible thing to clutter.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “An appropriately appointed home will recharge you each day.” —Bobby Berk
  • “‘Trendy’ is a euphemism for ‘soon-to-be-out-of-date.’” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan discuss dependency, sobriety, and different types of addiction, including our addiction to stuff, alcohol, food, drugs, cigarettes, money, status, social media, attention, television, breaking news, smartphones, and porn with author and blogger Laura McKowen, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I help my mother overcome her addiction to shopping and hoarding that is negatively affecting me?
  • How do I address my addiction to online shopping?
  • Is there a correlation between a minimal life and a sober life?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Sobriety is the capacity to savor.” —Russ Hudson
  • “A simple life is not an easy life: a forest fire is easy; a campfire is simple.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Covering emotions with pleasure is like covering rotting wood with paint.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan argue about what’s healthy and what isn’t healthy with author, podcaster, and health expert Dr. Paul Saladino, MD. They also discuss fiber, fruits, vegetables, meat, vitamins, nutrients, cholesterol, fat, ketosis, toxins, and the gut microbiome, and they answer the following questions:

  • Why is it so difficult to determine what’s healthy?
  • What is inflammation?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Health is perspectival.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Health is a journey, not a destination.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about minimalist fashion, capsule wardrobes, cleaning out your closet, and the pros and cons of trendy clothing with author, blogger, and podcaster Courtney Carver, and they answer the following questions:

  • How can I be a minimalist and still keep up with the current fashions?
  • How do I find sustained satisfaction with my current wardrobe despite the onslaught of new stylish temptations?
  • How do I ensure my clothes last longer?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Trendy looks good today; timeless looks great everyday.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The best recipe for discontent is to compare our lives to others’ lives.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Love people use things—because the opposite never works.” —The Minimalists
  • “Err on the side of quality, not trendy.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan discuss fame, notoriety, the difference between being famous and being well-known, and the upsides and downsides of stardom with actor, writer, and director Jennette McCurdy, and they answer the following questions:

  • Why do we seem to get more satisfaction from celebrities losing fame than gaining it?
  • What can we do about celebrities that use their fame to spread ill will?
  • Will the general public ever finally realize that fame is hollow?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “We often don’t want what we think we want.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Everything you’ve picked up, you can set down.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “What you’re chasing isn’t as important as why you’re chasing it.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about several modern crises—depression, loneliness, addiction, connection, belonging, and meaning—with author Johann Hari, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I increase my happiness and live a more fulfilled, meaningful life in spite of the daily barrage of negativity from social media and the Internet?
  • Are the allegedly high rates of depression accurate?
  • As an introvert, how do I develop connections with others?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “A meaningful life exists at the confluence of one’s values and actions.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The well-lived life is a value-driven life.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “If life has a purpose, it involves suffering and problem-solving.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “If we live overwhelming lives, it doesn’t take much for us to feel like we’ve lost control.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan discuss bucking the status quo, embracing our idiosyncrasies, and what happens when we refuse to conform with author, podcaster, and entrepreneur Jason Zook, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I reconcile creating material goods for my business while eliminating material goods in my life?
  • How do I address the disappointment of my family and friends when I choose different paths in life than the ones they believe are most ideal for me?
  • Is maintaining traditions with family and friends—particularly during the holidays—a healthy practice, or should we always strive to challenge the status quo?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “If you try to appease everyone, then you’ll appease no one.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “You won’t get to your destination by taking their path.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The only person you needn’t disappoint is yourself.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “The way things have always been done is not the way things have to be done.” —Jason Zook
  • “You make your beliefs stronger if you’re willing to question them.” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan discuss questioning religion, questioning atheism, questioning belief systems, and finding peace with Mosaic pastor Erwin McManus, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I introduce minimalist principles to my church?
  • Is it possible to have faith while still harboring doubt?
  • How do I address my family’s disapproval of my religion?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Without doubt there is no faith—there’s just belief.” —Erwin McManus
  • “We must question what we hold close, otherwise we cling to everything.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “A person that doesn’t doubt, doesn’t think.” —Erwin McManus
  • “Faith and doubt are two sides of the same coin.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “It’s not just okay to have doubts—it’s not okay to not have doubts.” —Erwin McManus
  • “Live a life of intention, not a life of obligation.” —Erwin McManus
  • “Compromising our values to gain approval is a recipe for discontent.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The only approval we need is our own.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “We live happier lives when we fulfill our own expectations rather than others’ expectations.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan discuss financial independence, spending habits, and solving money problems with filmmaker Travis Shakespeare, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I pay off debt when I’m only earning enough money to pay for life’s essentials?
  • How do I save and invest with the earnings from a minimum-wage job?
  • Is financial independence necessary for a minimalist, and, if so, what is the first baby step toward that journey?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Debt is a spiritual poison.” —Travis Shakespeare
  • “We can’t maximize life with minimum effort.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Money isn’t everything, but it’s also not nothing.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Money won’t solve all your problems, but it will solve your money problems.” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua discusses minimalist business models, entrepreneurship, building a small business, and making your business better with author and podcaster Paul Jarvis, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I incorporate minimalist practices into my daily work life without sacrificing any professional obligations, responsibilities, or gains?
  • How do I determine which social media applications are having a positive effect on my business?
  • How do I untether from the identity associated with my job?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Social media can enhance your business, but is not the point of your business.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Our identities are shaped by the costumes we wear.” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about sustainability, overconsumption, environmental concerns, health and beauty products, and shopping with co-founder and CEO of TheGoodTrade.com, AmyAnn Cadwell, and they answer the following questions:

  • What are the most pragmatic hygiene practices for a minimalist?
  • How do I introduce sustainability practices into our relationship without offending my partner?
  • Where should I start if I want to live a more sustainable life?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “You can’t buy well-being, but you can buy tools to help you achieve well-being.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Important changes are not easy, but they can be simple.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The only thing people dislike more than change is being changed.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “The direction is more important than the goal.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Small and consistent actions result in big changes.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua discusses simple diets, optimal health, strategies for healing, and the gut microbiome with author and podcaster Rich Roll, Dr. Paul Saladino, and Dr. Tommy Wood, and they answer the following questions:

  • What are the most reliable resources regarding information about vegan, carnivore, and omnivore diets?
  • Are branded diets created for the good of public health or simply to promote products and services?
  • What food purchases should I prioritize on a limited budget?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Solutions are not binary in an analog world.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “If we don’t make good decisions today, we’ll pay for our bad decisions tomorrow—with interest.” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about the most precious kind of freedom—awareness—as well as intentional living, mindfulness, meditation, and purpose with neuroscientist, author, and podcaster Sam Harris, and they answer the following questions:

  • Is minimalism a practical lifestyle given today’s chaotic world?
  • What does it mean to live a meaningful life, and how can mindfulness help?
  • How can mindfulness ultimately help me determine and pursue my life’s purpose?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “A meaningful life exists at the confluence of one’s values and actions.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The well-lived life is a value-driven life.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “If life has a purpose, it involves suffering and problem-solving.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “If you’re suffering, then you’re lost in thought.” —Sam Harris

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss freedom, travel, an introduction to minimalism, and the new American Dream with author, podcaster, and intrepid traveler Colin Wright, and they answer the following questions:

  • Is homeownership still an ideal goal?
  • What is considered freedom today, and how do we gain more freedom in our lives?
  • How have your social interactions during your travels enriched your worldview?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “The right investment for somebody could be the wrong investment for everybody else.” —Colin Wright
  • “Our freedom corresponds directly with our ability to walk away from anything.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Debt-free is the new American Dream.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Your perspectives shape your worldview; your worldview shapes your life.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “To live life to the fullest, we must seek different perspectives—no matter how uncomfortable they make us.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan are joined by Chris Hogan, author of Everyday Millionaires, to talk about budgeting, wealth, and retirement, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I ensure my purchases are always intentional without obsessing over them?
  • How many revenue streams are appropriate to ensure lifelong financial freedom?
  • How significant a role does positive thinking play in becoming successful in life?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “You can purchase ephemeral pleasure, but you cannot purchase financial freedom.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Being intentional and being consistent are the key ingredients for success in anything you do.” —Chris Hogan
  • “Interest that you pay is a penalty; interest that you earn is a reward.” —Chris Hogan
  • “Never be afraid to ask for help in life: don’t let your ego get in the way of your progress.” —Chris Hogan
  • “Don’t try to make money—try instead to make something that adds so much value that people want to pay for it.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “What you do with your money matters more than where it comes from.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “If you believe in what you’re doing, it doesn’t feel like work—it feels like service.” —Chris Hogan
  • “It’s impossible to put negatives in and expect positives out.” —Chris Hogan
  • “Think carefully: your mind controls your actions and your actions shape your life.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “It’s hard to be hateful when you’re grateful.” —Chris Hogan

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss our culture’s addiction to stuff, shopping, drugs, alcohol, outrage, drama, success, and achievement, and they answer the following questions:

  • When should I stop trying to save those individuals that refuse to save themselves?
  • How do I break my addiction to the status quo?
  • How do I break my addiction to success?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Some cultures consider competition to be a mental illness.”
  • “Worry more about impressing yourself than impressing others.”
  • “We fail when our definition of ‘success’ is ‘excess.’”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about fear, depression, success, judgment, and gift-giving, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I explain my mental health issues to my new partner?
  • How do I address gift-giving with loved ones that insist on giving gifts and question my judgment for not wanting them?
  • How do I conquer the fear of criticism that is holding me back from sharing my creative work with the world?
  • How do I overcome decision fatigue and choose a career?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Confidence is a way to kill fear.”
  • “Missing out is letting go in advance.”
  • “Criticism highlights the problem, while feedback actually highlights the solution.”
  • “It’s better to have done something badly than to not have done anything at all.”
  • “It’s not worth creating if everyone likes it.”
  • “Create to create—not to reach an objective.”
  • “Don’t let perfection be the enemy of creation.”
  • “Binary thinking produces gray-scale rainbows.”
  • “There are many paths in life; if you choose one that aligns with your values and beliefs, you can’t go wrong.”
  • “If you want to overcome fear, get lost a little bit.”
  • “Judgment is but a mirror that reflects the insecurities of the person that’s doing the judging.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan sit down with Peter Rollins, producer of Making Love, to discuss why people struggle with love, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I appropriately enrich a relationship?
  • When should I stop pursuing a relationship?
  • How do I best love myself?
  • How do I determine if a love is good or bad?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “We desire the desire of the ones we desire.” —Peter Rollins
  • “None of us gets what we want, but you can not get what you want in different ways.” —Phil Harrison
  • “Embrace the healthy tension.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Recognizing our past helps us best free ourselves from it.” —Peter Rollins
  • “Internal clutter gets in the way of love; thus, to love ourselves, we must let go of that which is in the way: emotional clutter, psychological clutter, spiritual clutter, mental clutter, existential clutter.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The more your short-term actions align with your long-term values, the more love and respect you’ll have for yourself.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Find the space where you’re accepted and gradually you’ll accept yourself.” —Peter Rollins
  • “Don’t let others’ opinions make you think less of yourself—get those people out of your life.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Hate often masquerades as love, so tread lightly and with intention.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “If you really want to test your love, ask yourself whether you would start the relationship over again.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Does your love seek to fill the lack and to get rid of the struggle in your life, or does your love animate and help you enjoy the lack and the struggle in your life?” —Peter Rollins

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about spouses, significant others, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, and lovers, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do my partner and I create a mutually agreeable budget?
  • How do I live as a minimalist without my spouse’s support?
  • How do I purge my spouse’s excess stuff without upsetting them?
  • How do I determine between an ideal relationship and a simply comfortable relationship?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Trashing someone else’s stuff isn’t letting go—it’s theft.”
  • “The best way to ruin a relationship is to try to control the other person in the relationship.”
  • “Easy relationships atrophy; simple relationships grow.”
  • “If a relationship is missing support or respect, it’s guaranteed to be pernicious.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan sit down with Rachel Cruze, author of Love Your Life, Not Theirs, to discuss managing finances, eliminating debt, and avoiding the comparison trap, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I determine the appropriate amount of money to save when my income fluctuates throughout the year?
  • How do I explain minimalism to non-minimalists?
  • How do my partner and I decide who is responsible for each financial obligation in our household?
  • How do I maintain a balance between taking care of debt too much and not enough?
  • How do I keep myself motivated to keep paying off my debt when it feels overwhelming?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “It’s okay to have some nice stuff, just don’t let your nice stuff have you.” —Dave Ramsey
  • “Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things, so we can make room for life’s most important things—which, actually, aren’t things at all.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The more you’re willing to sacrifice, the quicker you will get out of debt.” —Rachel Cruze
  • “Without any boundaries, you’ll find you get nowhere.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “You have to stop doing what you’re doing to do something different.” —Rachel Cruze
  • “If you want to get out of debt, then you must accept that it’s not easy, that it takes a lot of hard work, and that it requires a plan.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Sometimes the best thing to do is simply turn around.” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about donating, selling, recycling, reusing, and trashing their excess stuff, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I determine what items I should donate and what items I should sell?
  • Will friends appreciate me gifting them my unwanted belongings, or will they be offended?
  • What should I do with items that are missing pieces, e.g., board games, rather than just throwing them away?
  • How do I determine what is the best use of my time and energy between recycling, selling, and trashing?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “The best way to declutter is to avoid new clutter before it enters your home.”
  • “Holding on to something incomplete will make you feel exactly that—incomplete.”
  • “You will be more complete without the incomplete objects in your life.”
  • “When getting rid of old possessions, sell whenever it makes sense. If you can’t sell in seven days, donate immediately. If you can’t donate, recycle. If you can’t recycle, trash it.”
  • “There’s an official rulebook for minimalism—and you’re the author of your own book.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan sit down with Dr. Christopher Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn, to discuss sex, couples, and nontraditional relationships, and they answer the following questions:

  • If I consider the physical characteristics I find attractive when choosing a partner, am I being intentional or shallow?
  • Should I save my sexual accoutrements for the possibility of a future relationship?
  • Is building a strong emotional base crucial for a healthy sex life?
  • How should I respond to criticisms regarding the traditional life choices of my partner and me, e.g., waiting until marriage to live together and have sex?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Looks do matter in terms of attraction; but, in terms of long-term compatibility, values matter more.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Figure out your non-negotiables, and then don’t negotiate.” —Dr. Christopher Ryan
  • “A strong emotional base is crucial for all relationships.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Unquestionably, instability is the birthplace of chaos.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “A healthy sex life is different for everyone; so, in my experience, great sex happens when it’s consensual and all parties’ preferences are respected and supported.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “No response is often the most appropriate response.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “People who challenge your values and beliefs are not entitled to a response.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Extended travel with a partner is one of the best methods for testing compatibility.” —Dr. Christopher Ryan
  • “We must be content with what we currently have in order to appreciate something better.” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan sit down with Chris Hogan, author of Retire Inspired, to discuss financial freedom, getting out of debt, and retirement planning, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I retire and still ensure I can leave a legacy?
  • How do I take on mid-life responsibilities and obligations—marriage, children, mortgage—while still appropriately saving for retirement?
  • Which is the better retirement investment between a 401K and a Roth IRA?
  • How do I ignore the judgement of loved ones and fully pursue my passions?
  • Is a house an asset or a liability?
  • Is it possible to overdo Dave Ramsey’s baby steps related to investing and paying off a mortgage?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Don’t use your retirement to fund your emergency.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “How miserable are you willing to be to impress the people around you?” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Other people’s expectations are just that—other people’s expectations.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Opinions are just like yesterdays: everybody has them.” —Chris Hogan
  • “Renting is simply paying for the freedom to walk away.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “You can’t afford a house unless you can afford to put down 20% on a 10-15-year mortgage.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Renting is not throwing away money: you’re paying for extra time so you can purchase a home the right way.” —Chris Hogan
  • “I will never go into debt to own the thing that takes me to work just so I can pay for the thing that takes me to work.” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about the difference between curating and collecting, and they answer the following questions:

  • Are museum collections considered intentional curations?
  • Shouldn’t I save items I acquired on vacation that are exclusive to the areas I visited?
  • Shouldn’t I save items that improve with age?
  • How can I best curate a collection of items that are meaningful to me?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Curators create space; collectors just fill space.”
  • “Without curators, anyone can put up ‘art’ in a museum.”
  • “As the seasons pass, some things get better with age and some things rot—it’s critical to recognize the difference.”
  • “Excuses to collect are plentiful—focus instead on curating a meaningful life.”
  • “Even the best excuse is still an excuse.”
  • “Be proud of your creations instead of your possessions.”
  • “Our objects possess no meaning except the meaning we thrust upon them.”
  • “Curation is the deliberate collection of that which adds value to our lives.”
  • “Collecting is an impulse, but curation is a skill; and, when developing any skill, you need practice, and, sometimes, a mentor as well.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan answer an assortment of difficult questions about simple living, including:

  • How do you define simple living?
  • How do I incorporate simple eating practices into my simple living practices?
  • How do I maintain my minimalist lifestyle with a non-minimalist roommate?
  • What one thing can I do immediately that will have the most significant impact on my adoption of a minimalist lifestyle?
  • How do I find a balance between “living my present” and “worrying about my future”?
  • How do I break the strong attachment to my stuff?
  • How do I maintain my minimalist lifestyle among those in my social circle obsessed with material goods and money?
  • How do I reduce my family’s entertainment expenses while still keeping my children happy?
  • How do I make my home cozy without “unnecessary” things?
  • How do I craft a simple life with the little personal time I have as a constantly hustling freelance entrepreneur?
  • What are your thoughts on the tiny house movement?
  • How do I make simple living fun for my family?
  • How do I become a minimalist as a teenager?
  • What cultures offer exemplary examples of simple living?
  • How do I maintain simple living practices without the fear of missing out?
  • Will living a simple life lead to living a bland life?
  • How do I slow down to enjoy life when everyone around me is so busy?
  • How do I live a simple life while balancing my responsibilities related to work, school, and family?
  • How can I make housecleaning a simpler process?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things, so we can focus on life’s most important things—which, actually, aren’t things at all.”
  • “Sometimes we must slow down to avoid going too far.”
  • “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”
  • “Strive to live the life your future self will be proud of.”
  • “Our beliefs must be anchored in our values.”
  • “A schedule will help you plan your future so you don’t worry about it.”
  • “Start with the easiest things so you gain momentum and confidence to tackle the most difficult things later.”
  • “Don’t bring stuff into your life that you know you’ll become attached to.”
  • “Minimalism isn’t easy—but it is simple.”
  • “As the chaos grows, so does the need to simplify.”
  • “In order to stay focused with a full plate, we must learn the art of saying ‘no’.”
  • “The fewer things we own, the fewer things we must clean.”
  • “Cleaning is easier for minimalists.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan sit down with Anthony ONeal, author of 5 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make in College, to discuss school debt, consumer debt, scholarships, credit scores, and credit cards, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I strike a balance between paying off my student loan debt and building my dreams?
  • How can I attend college with no money?
  • How do I justify buying things of value when I’m in debt?
  • How do I pay off my significant student loan debt with my modest income?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Simple isn’t necessarily easy.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Don’t talk about money problems until you create a budget.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Content people don’t have the best of things, but they make the best of things.” —Anthony ONeal
  • “It’s not how any of us starts—it’s how any of us finishes.” —Anthony ONeal
  • “Go for the layup shots that are almost always guaranteed instead of always risking it for the three-point shots that aren’t guaranteed.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Spending four years of careless spending will force you into eight years of careful budgeting.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “I’m not against money—I’m against money problems.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “You can’t spend your way out of debt.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “It didn’t take you a day to get into debt, and it’s not going to take you a day to get out of debt.” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss anxiety, worry, and stress, and how they personally deal with these negative emotions, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I reduce my priorities to reduce my anxiety?
  • How do I minimize my worry and indecisiveness to minimize my anxiety?
  • Will simply letting go of stuff help me shed my anxiety?
  • How do I rid myself of the physical feelings of anxiety?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “If you go searching for anxiety, you will find it.”
  • “Busy does not mix with anxiety.”
  • “When we tell others we’re ‘busy,’ we’re telling them our lives are out of control.”
  • “The easiest things are usually the least meaningful things.”
  • “Our material possessions are a physical manifestation of our mental state.”
  • “The more we detach from things that don’t add value to our lives, the calmer, the freer, and the lighter we feel.”
  • “Follow your fear to find the root of your anxiety.”
  • “Oxygen is anxiety’s enemy.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss the best ways to explain minimalism to your parents and other relatives, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I address my parents’ toxic, wholly unsupportive relationship with me, and how do I forgive them for it?
  • How do I help my loved ones better understand my lifestyle choices so they simply accept me?
  • What do I do when my parents ask me to clear their clutter for them, but they won’t let go of anything?
  • How do I help my aging parents understand that many of the possessions they want to pass along to loved ones have little intrinsic or extrinsic value?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Family is not determined simply by bloodlines.”
  • “Sometimes the best way to love someone is from a distance.”
  • “My expectations shape my mood.”
  • “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”
  • “You can’t care for others until you first care for yourself.”
  • “No matter how close to perfect you believe to be, you will always be judged.”
  • “Doing is often the opposite of helping.”
  • “Helping is helpful, unless the people you’re helping don’t want help.”
  • “In helping a drowning person you may drown yourself.”
  • “Patience is paramount.”
  • “You don’t have to be mean to be honest.”
  • “Most gift horses have tooth decay.”
  • “You can’t fix a problem until you see the problem.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua brings his doctors from NBT onto the podcast to discuss his personal health problems, including fatigue, hormonal imbalance, insomnia, digestive issues, gut health, back pain, multiple chemical sensitivities, brain fog, low libido, erectile dysfunction, heavy-metal poisoning, and more, and they answer the following questions:

  • Is there a link between excess material possessions and an increase in mental health issues?
  • What’s the best way to support someone who is dealing with a serious health problem?
  • How do I take responsibility for my health without obsessing over it?
  • How do I safely recover from burnout?
  • Why do we seem to have more health problems today than we ever had in the past?
  • How do I best deal with chronic fatigue syndrome?
  • Can I safely detox from heavy metals on my own?
  • What are your thoughts on the low-carb, ketogenic, and Whole30 diets?
  • How necessary are most supplements?
  • How do I attain and maintain good gut health?
  • What are the symptoms of Candida overgrowth, and what natural remedies will eliminate it?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Excess is a sign of instability.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The road to support is paved with understanding.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Obsession is helpful until it’s no longer useful.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “If you give up worry, there’s nothing to worry about.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Fix the things you can fix and you’re willing to fix, and then don’t worry about it.” —Dr. Tommy Wood
  • “Extinguish the fire before rebuilding your home.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Even LeBron James has shown he can’t win alone.” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan chat with T.K. Coleman about goals, direction, standards, and expectations, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I determine what’s most important to me so I can shape my professional and personal goals around it?
  • How do I pursue my interests and simultaneously purge my guilt for not attending college?
  • What can I use to motivate me to take action on challenging pursuits that interest me?
  • How do I find the right direction when I realize I’m going the wrong way?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Prioritize discovery over dogma.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Don’t confuse your excitement with your passion.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Following your passion means pursuing what you believe in past the point of all obstacles.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “If it’s always exciting it’s probably an indicator it’s too comfortable—obstacles create the discomfort we need to grow.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Instead of having a goal have a direction in which you want to travel.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “There is no piece of insight—no matter who it comes from or how awesome it is—that isn’t fully capable of destroying your life if you don’t combine it with critical thinking and creativity.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Find people you want to emulate.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “The more we pursue meaning, the more things will fall into place.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Passion is one half love and one half obsession.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Obsession is about going deep on something for long, sustained periods of time.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Perspiration trumps aspiration.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “An idea is worth nothing without taking immediate action.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “If you’re passionate about something, and you can’t motivate yourself to take that first step, then your first step is probably too big.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “You won’t see the sunrise if you’re facing westward.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “It’s wise to stop to get a lay of the land before you change course.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Giving something up that isn’t good for you is not without its reward.” —T.K. Coleman

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about letting go of sentimental items, souvenirs, trinkets, keepsakes, and mementos, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I manage the multitude of emotions prompted by my minimalism journey?
  • What options are available for writing journals if I don’t want the clutter of physical journals and I don’t want to write on a computer?
  • Should I save anything with the consideration of what my children might like to own?
  • How do I find the leverage to part with the few things that remind me of my recently deceased loved one?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Frequency doesn’t equal friendship.”
  • “Any storage unit either of us ever had was a burden.”
  • “Too few is greater than too much.”
  • “When it comes to saving precious heirlooms for children, avoid the guessing game by asking them what they want.”
  • “If you wait until you’re completely ready, you may never let go of anything.”
  • “What’s the cost of not letting go?”
  • “Our memories aren’t in our things—our memories are inside us.”
  • “Create boundaries or you’ll hold on to everything.”
  • “More gain, more pain.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about friends, partners, coworkers, acquaintances, and other types of relationships, and they answer the following questions:

  • When you adopted minimalism, did you struggle to find people who shared your newfound values and beliefs?
  • How do I minimize my friends to the few that actually add value to my life without offending anyone?
  • What’s the value of having acquaintances who are responsible with their money?
  • How can I turn valued acquaintances into cherished friends?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Responsibility is contagious.”
  • “Your friends reflect you, and you reflect them.”
  • “You get more when you give more.”
  • “The more values and beliefs two people share, the more fruitful the relationship.”
  • “Acknowledge small losses now so you’re not forced to address huge losses later.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan chat about experiences, regrets, the adventures of moving to to a new city, and the cost of bad habits, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I avoid getting mired in the materialism of city life when I move there from my rural residence?
  • How can I spend time out and about with my friends without spending an inordinate amount of money?
  • Is it better to follow the tried and tested route based on other peoples’ experiences, or is it better to take risks and enjoy your own experiences?
  • How do I better internalize the lessons from the good and bad experiences of my past?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Live your life for you and you can be communicative, you can express yourself, without having to impress others.”
  • “Do what others do unless you have a good reason not to.”
  • “Learning from others’ mistakes is a good idea, as is learning from others’ successes, but there’s rarely only one way to do something.”
  • “Learn—then let go.”
  • “If you wouldn’t beat up a loved one for their past mistakes, don’t beat yourself up for yours.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan chat with T.K. Coleman about education, college, and careers, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I move on from my current job when it leaves me little time to pursue an education or even look for a new job?
  • How do I prepare myself adequately for the upcoming challenges of college?
  • How do I determine if I’m following the most appropriate career path for me?
  • How can I avoid work meetings that distract me from meaningful work without upsetting the status quo?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Every princess wants a prince, but so few are willing to kiss the frog to discover him.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “You have to love your life for it to become livable.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “The fastest way to get where you want to be is by appreciating where you are and respecting yourself for what you’re doing.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Don’t just have something you’re running from—make sure you also have something you’re running to.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Making progress is more productive than pursuing perfection.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Experimenting with your curiosity yields far more benefits than finding your passion.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “You must be willing to walk away from anything if it’s no longer serving a purpose in your life.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “You must not only follow your dreams—you must also let your dreams follow you.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Continuously upgrade your dreams to reflect the person that you’re always in the process of becoming.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Sometimes you must tear down the boundaries you set for yourself to avoid rotting in your self-imposed prisons.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Desire is what you long for; love is what you’re committed to.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “What would you be willing to do if it cost you everything?” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Adult problems are youth problems left unresolved.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Tomorrow’s road to success is paved by all of yesterday’s many small failures.”
  • “People don’t fear failing per se: people fear failing and being alone, failing and being blamed for it.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Be real with yourself about what you want, take ownership of your path, and don’t be a victim about it.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Freedom is not free—freedom is something you have to take.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “You learn more about the ideas you study when you have real world experience to weigh them against.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “You can’t know ‘there’ until you go there.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “The most important part of a plan is taking action.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Abandon the permission-based mindset.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “You learn how to create value by creating value.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Start with the results you want to create, or you’ll pursue a purposeless aim.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Learn out loud—document the journey.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Don’t confuse schooling with education.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The best person to give you any advice on what’s best for you is you.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Don’t let others’ expectations dictate your decisions.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “The only way to know if something is a better fit for you is to try it on.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Too often we confuse talking about work with actually performing work.” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about new beginnings, starting over, creating new habits, walking away from bad situations, health problems, and losing weight, and they answer the following questions:

  • What items should I keep, sell, donate, or recycle before I move to a new residence?
  • How can minimalism help me adopt an appropriate diet?
  • How do I build the confidence necessary to undertake a new beginning in my life?
  • How do I overcome the fear of stepping outside my comfort zone to start a new career?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “The good life is birthed from great habits.”
  • “Routines are ‘shoulds’; habits are ‘musts.’”
  • “You will become what you focus on.”
  • “Apologizing to yourself for your past is an effective way to accept and let go.”
  • “Starting over requires forgiving yourself and moving forward in a way that aligns with your values and beliefs.”
  • “Change isn’t impossible—it’s incremental.”
  • “We needn’t let go of everything to move on.”
  • “A life of surplus comfort isn’t a life well-lived.”
  • “Comfort is the place in which we grow and learn the least.”
  • “We learn from what we’ve learned.”
  • “You must live on the edge of your comfort zone to grow, to learn—to become a new and better version of yourself.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about resetting, taking breaks, prioritizing, healing, and finding time to recover, and they answer the following questions:

  • What role can minimalism play in healing?
  • How can I get the alone time I need between a full schedule and a full house?
  • How do I prioritize tasks that are important but not urgent?
  • How can a minimalist stay a minimalist when they live in a non-minimalist environment?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Enough is never enough when we have the wrong mindset.”
  • “What’s urgent usually isn’t what’s important.”
  • “To make your habits a priority, make your habits both important and urgent.”
  • “When it comes to prioritizing, calendar is the ally and procrastination is the enemy.”
  • “Even a great excuse is still an excuse.”
  • “A person who blames others for their discontentment will always rely on others for their contentment.”
  • “If you wait around for everyone else to become a minimalist before you become a minimalist, you will never yourself become a minimalist.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about Easter, corporatism, and letting go, and they answer the following questions:

  • How can I tactfully let loved ones know I don’t want any Easter gifts for my family?
  • Do you believe you still would have adopted minimalism if it hadn’t been for those tragic events in your life years ago?
  • How do I help my loved ones stay motivated to maintain minimalist practices?
  • How can minimalism better address corporatism and its burgeoning waste?
  • What are some prime examples of products and services that fraudulently market themselves as minimalist or essentialist?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Instead of saying ‘no,’ tell them what you’re saying ‘yes’ to.”
  • “There are five transformative words to use whenever you’re asking something of others: ‘Would you be willing to…?’”
  • “It doesn’t take a car crash to become a safer driver, but sometimes that’s what it takes to wake us up.”
  • “Common sense ain’t so common these days.”
  • “Ask yourself, ‘How might my life be better with less?’”
  • “Alone we can’t be the change—we can only be the voice. But everyone we touch can be an echo of that voice.”
  • “Capitalism is awesome. Crony capitalism, however, is ruining our environment and depleting our resources.”
  • “If minimalism is a product, then I ain’t buying it.”
  • “If minimalism is about nothing more than counting your stuff, then I lost from the start.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan chat with Rob Bell and Andrew Morgan about religion, spirituality, and their new documentary, The Heretic, and together they answer the following questions:

  • What are a minimalist’s views on religion?
  • What resources do you recommend for those interested in incorporating spirituality into their minimalist practices?
  • Was it painful when the church turned its back on you, and, if so, how did you move past the pain?
  • Do you accept the title of ‘heretic’ like a badge, or do you simply shake it off?
  • Do we actually choose our beliefs, or are they a result of an unconscious process?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “If you’re going to go in, go in all the way.”
  • “It’s easier to give birth than to raise the dead.”
  • “Calling is overrated; curiosity is underrated.”
  • “And then what?”
  • “We must walk away to move on.”
  • “You don’t need clergy to confirm you’re excelling in life.”
  • “Your beliefs are a path to your values.”
  • “As a human being, you’re a vitamix of nature and nurture, of impulse and instinct—so, a practice, a religion, can be incredibly helpful to give you a path to transform your heart to take part in the healing of the world.”
  • “We may not get to choose our beliefs, but we do get to choose how close we hold them.”
  • “How you hold a belief is equally important as the belief itself.”
  • “Don’t insist on being right in a wrong way.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about how to live as a minimalist and still respect the important people in their lives, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I find common ground with my houseful of non-minimalist roommates?
  • How do I find a balance with my non-minimalist partner?
  • How do I minimize the friends, family, and colleagues in my life that insist on tearing me down instead of building me up?
  • How do I overcome my introversion to develop strong, enriching relationships with others?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Give all you can give and take only what you need.”
  • “Lead by example and you’ll raise the standards of everyone in your life—and they, in turn, will raise yours.”
  • “On a long enough timeline, everything is temporary.”
  • “Raise your standards and lower your expectations.”
  • “Hurt people hurt people.”
  • “Misery encourages others to pull up a chair and stay awhile.”
  • “Distance creates the room necessary to let go.”
  • “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”
  • “It’s possible to show love and support from any distance.”
  • “No values, no self; know your values, know yourself.”
  • “When everything is urgent, nothing is urgent.”
  • “Do the things you find meaningful, make friends along the way—approaching it in the reverse way can be more difficult.”
  • “Don’t conflate meaning and excitement.”
  • “People love people who are interesting.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio” to talk about how they’re using social media in 2018, and they answer the following questions:

  • What advice do you have for those that want to use social media more intentionally for their business?
  • How do I create a social media strategy for my business without sacrificing my personal privacy?
  • How do I determine the line between too much and just enough when I use social media for promotion?
  • Did you discover a newfound value or a lack of value regarding social media after being off of it?
  • Did your absence from social media make you realize it made your life more meaningful, or did it make you realize it’s just a modern platform to advertise?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “We are nothing more than dogs thrashing in the collars of our self-imposed demands.”
  • “If it feels like too much, it’s too much.”
  • “Before using social media, ask yourself: How can I use this tool as little as possible and still add value to the various platforms people love?”
  • “A paintbrush can create a masterpiece. A paintbrush can destroy a masterpiece. An idle paintbrush, however, does nothing at all.”
  • “A silent monk sitting in a temple converts no one.”
  • “When you give yourself permission to waste time, intentionally waste time—which, then, actually isn’t a waste at all.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio” to talk about decorations, and they answer the following questions:

  • Are non-functional decorative items appropriate in a minimalist’s home and work environments?
  • How can I reconcile my need to minimize my possessions when others’ perceptions of my personal and professional statuses rely on those possessions?
  • How do I address the unsightliness of my child’s collections?
  • How do I curate an art collection as a minimalist?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Step slowly to avoid going too far.”
  • “If someone likes you for who you are trying to be, then it is not you that they like.”
  • “Our choices influence other people.”
  • “As parents, we teach our children to pick their battles, but we, too, must pick our battles carefully.”
  • “A parent’s job is not to order their children around; a parent’s job is to set boundaries.”
  • “No matter what, you can always say ‘no.’”
  • “Art extends beyond the framed objects on our walls.”
  • “Buy art only if you love it, you have room for it, and you don’t have to go into debt to acquire it.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan chat with minimalist-traveler Colin Wright, author of Some Thoughts About Relationships, and they answer the following questions:

  • What minimalist advice would you give a teenager on the cusp of graduating from high school and starting their journey into life?
  • What does a happy, ideal life look like to you now that you’ve fully adopted minimalist practices?
  • How do I purge the emotional baggage I accumulated throughout my childhood that is now interfering with my adulthood?
  • How do I best utilize the free time I’ve discovered as a result of embracing minimalism?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “There is no single, definitive definition of success.”
  • “No one on their deathbed says they regret not accumulating more stuff.”
  • “If you can cultivate one minimalist superpower, make it the minimalist superpower of detachment.”
  • “Just as much of our stuff we cling to doesn’t add any value to our lives, many of our emotions we cling to don’t add any value.”
  • “You must determine if you’re following someone else’s path, or if you’re following the path you want to follow.”
  • “The measurement of success is not money and things.”
  • “Our childhood shapes us, but, once we leave our childhood home, we get to form how we want our lives to be.”
  • “You want a little friction in your life so you have traction to move forward and grow.”
  • “Happiness is not the point; happiness is a beautiful byproduct of striving to live a meaningful life.”
  • “Sitting around and doing nothing while you’re happy will always lead to you being unhappy.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan present their favorite moments from 2017, and they answer the following questions:

  • 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?
  • What are the most responsible clothing manufacturers that produce the highest quality clothing?
  • How do I deal with setbacks and failure when I’m challenged by a mental illness?
  • When you experience major life events, do you find your values change, and, if so, what do you do about it?
  • How do you handle a toxic relationship with a parent?
  • How do you determine which sentimental items to keep, and how do you ensure that you don’t apply that sentimentality to everything else?
  • What advice do you have for creating a realistic value-based budget and adhering to it?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on addressing toxic relationships with family members: “Victims become victimizers.”
  • Joshua on addressing toxic relationships with family members: “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”
  • Ryan on addressing toxic relationships with family members: “Don’t go out of your way to support someone and forsake your own meaningful life.”
  • Rob Bell on addressing toxic relationships with family members: “Some people you have to love from a distance.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan give you a special episode as a Christmas gift, and they answer the following questions:

  • Why do you think you receive any criticism at all for spreading such a positive message?
  • How do I resolve my feelings of guilt regarding all the items that I purge that must wind up in a landfill?
  • How do I deal with the difficult decisions regarding what items, values, beliefs, relationships to let go?
  • Is it possible to take minimalism too far?
  • What rules should I set for myself when developing my daily schedule to ensure it focuses on my true priorities?
  • How should I address the stress and anxiety I experience when I visit my loved ones’ cluttered environments?
  • How do I help my loved ones find the leverage they need to let go of worthless items?
  • What is the best way to move past negative feedback?
  • How do I let go of friendships that are no longer adding value to my life?
  • How do I conquer the fear of change?
  • What do you believe is the greater good, and how do you believe minimalism can contribute to it?
  • How can I promote a more minimalist lifestyle to others through my profession?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Ryan on criticism: “Simply being offended doesn’t automatically make someone right.”
  • Joshua on resolving guilt regarding purging: “You’re going to have to let go to move on.”
  • Joshua on letting go of bad relationships: “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”
  • Joshua on letting go of items: “I don’t want to be detached from life; I want to be detached from giving meaning to stuff.”
  • Ryan on fully embracing minimalism: “Minimalism is about creating a simple life for yourself so you have the energy, time, and other resources to contribute beyond yourself in a meaningful way.”
  • Joshua on addressing the stress and anxiety arising from others’ clutter: “Judgement is just a mirror that reflects the insecurities of the person who’s doing the judging.”
  • Joshua on letting go of toxic relationships: “If you truly love someone—and it’s a toxic relationship—sometimes the best way to love them is from a distance.”
  • Joshua on the greater good: “It all comes down to how each of us maximizes the happiness, meaning, and well-being in the lives of the most number of people.”
  • Ryan on the greater good: “Minimalism can help someone fill the void with contribution to their community rather than stuff.”
  • Joshua on engineering solutions: “Create sustainable products in alignment with your values.”
  • Ryan on engineering solutions: “Ensure all of life’s necessary products are recyclable.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan speak with Joshua Becker, founder of Becoming Minimalist, in Phoenix, and they answer the following questions:

  • Does the minimalist life ever become stress-free?
  • How does a minimalist appropriately purge religious items?
  • What should I do with everyday use items that are in storage—such as spoons and forks, pots and pans, cups and bowls—while I’m temporarily living with a roommate?
  • What recommendations do you have for goods that are both sustainable and durable?
  • Will the economy crash if everyone practices minimalism?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on purging spare items: “If something is too precious for me, I try to figure out a way to let it go.”
  • Ryan on purging spare items: “One day or Day One—you decide.”
  • Joshua Becker on purging spare items: “Generosity is not only the result of minimalism in our lives, but it also becomes the lifeblood of it: our excess becomes a blessing to others.”
  • Joshua on minimalists crashing the economy: “We will still spend money, but we’ll spend money on more meaningful experiences.”
  • Ryan on minimalists crashing the economy: “Minimalism brings a balance between too much and too little.”
  • Joshua Becker on minimalists crashing the economy: “The economy will shift instead of collapse.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan speak with Lewis Howes, author of The Mask of Masculinity, in San Diego, and they answer the following questions:

  • What do you suggest as a first step for those that are interested in adopting minimalism but have a fear of change?
  • What advice would you give someone who doesn’t have children to prepare them for a relationship with someone else who already has children?
  • How do I maintain a simple, intentional lifestyle in an increasingly complex world?
  • Is there anything inherently spiritual or deeply philosophical in minimalism that inspires you and keeps you focused on spreading your message?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on embracing change: “In order to live the best life, we must be prepared to change our mind.”
  • Ryan on embracing change: “It’s okay to close doors, but don’t be afraid to open them again if life calls for it.”
  • Lewis on embracing change: “When I let go of serving myself and focused on serving others, I truly started making a difference.”
  • Joshua on maintaining focus: “Avoid busy work—enjoy focused work instead.”
  • Ryan on maintaining focus: “Any boulder we’ve decided to pick up, we can put down.”
  • Lewis on maintaining focus: “When I have a clean space and a clean mind, I can attack a powerful vision.”
  • Joshua on spirituality in minimalism: “No matter which road you take, minimalism will help you better understand your values.”
  • Ryan on spirituality in minimalism: “It doesn’t matter which prophet you follow—or if you follow a prophet at all—living a simple life is the secret to a good life.”
  • Lewis on spirituality in minimalism: “Letting go of shit that doesn’t matter allows us to have inner peace and matter.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on addressing guilt after purging: “Often when we think we’re feeling anxious or guilty or whatever, there’s a positive emotion on the other side of it.”
  • Ryan on addressing guilt after purging: “Ruminating on guilt associated with the past is one of the worst wastes of your time.”
  • Joshua on helping children declutter: “It’s important to continuously challenge our children because it simultaneously challenges us.”
  • Ryan on helping children declutter: “It’s important for parents to set boundaries for children while still respecting their feelings.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on lessons from Corporate America: “I couldn’t be the person I am today without my past wins and losses.”
  • Ryan on lessons from Corporate America: “You’re in the wrong job if it doesn’t align with the person you want to become.”
  • Chris on lessons from Corporate America: “It’s not the work you do, it’s how you do it—that’s the value that can transfer.”
  • Joshua on minimalism and spirituality: “Our material clutter is a physical manifestation of our internal clutter: mental clutter, financial clutter, and spiritual clutter.”
  • Ryan on minimalism and spirituality: “It does not matter what religion you follow or what god you worship—they all want you to live a simple life.”
  • Chris on minimalism and spirituality: “Getting rid of the excess allows you to figure out what you believe in.”
  • Joshua on appropriate diets: “Bring into your life only that which is appropriate.”
  • Ryan on appropriate diets: “It doesn’t matter how good your excuse may seem, it’s never good enough to justify eating unhealthy foods.”
  • Chris on appropriate diets: “There’s always something we should be proud of, and there’s always more we can do.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on budgeting experiences: “No matter what, we always miss out on something; therefore, it’s important to replace ‘the fear of missing out’ with ‘the joy of missing out.’”
  • Ryan on budgeting experiences: “Sacrifices are necessary in order to meet one’s financial goals.”
  • Joshua on committing to a budget: “When would ‘now’ be a good time to have a budget?”
  • Ryan on committing to a budget: “Waiting around for ‘one day’ will always keep you waiting; ‘one day’ or ‘day one’—you decide.”
  • Joshua on enjoying life while paying down debt: “Change your beliefs, change your life.”
  • Ryan on enjoying life while paying down debt: “Get a plan in place or be lost forever. And be prepared to learn along the way: if your plan fails, readjust—but never give up.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on explaining minimalism to non-minimalists: “When you walk away from everything, the important things follow.”
  • Ryan on explaining minimalism to non-minimalists: “People hate change, but people hate being changed even more.”
  • Joshua on appropriate mortgage terms: “What percentage of people pay off a 30-year mortgage in less than 30 years?”
  • Ryan on appropriate mortgage terms: “There is no such thing as good debt.”
  • Joshua on just letting go: “When you take a meaningful path, the benefits are plentiful.”
  • Ryan on just letting go: “The physical things we have in our life are physical manifestations of what we have on the inside.”
  • Joshua on maintaining humility: “To stay humble, constantly put yourself in a state of discomfort.”
  • Ryan on maintaining humility: “You’ll support the people you love no matter what.”
  • Joshua on helping kids adopt minimalism: “If we want our kids to be the best versions of themselves, then we need to be the best versions of ourselves.”
  • Ryan on helping kids adopt minimalism: “As parents, you get to set the boundaries for your children.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Josh on the utility of nostalgia: “Many things are both useful and dangerous. An automobile is useful; an automobile is dangerous. Likewise for nostalgia.”
  • Ryan on the utility of nostalgia: “Memories exist with or without a physical item in hand. Don’t use nostalgia as an excuse to hoard those physical items.”
  • Joshua on nostalgia’s impact on historical perspectives: “Nostalgia is a rose-colored rearview.”
  • Ryan on nostalgia’s impact on historical perspectives: “The past shapes our present, but does not ever equal our future.”
  • Joshua on nostalgia’s role in our lives: “Everything in today’s world has a place in today’s world. The question, then, is what will we choose to be nostalgic for in tomorrow’s world?”
  • Ryan on nostalgia’s role in our lives: “Nostalgia can make us feel warm and fuzzy. When one feels stressed over the nostalgic items they hold onto, it’s time to let go.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on laundry and retirement planning: “I agree with Ryan.”
  • Ryan on laundry and retirement planning: “I do my laundry once a week, and once a month I contribute to my retirement—both are non-negotiable.”
  • Joshua on self-control: “Contribution is key.”
  • Ryan on self-control: “Every day I try to be the best version of myself that I plan to be five years from now.”
  • Joshua on letting go of receiving and storing physical gifts: “Before you let go, set the proper expectations with yourself and your loved ones.”
  • JFM bonus maxim on letting go of receiving and storing physical gifts: “Don’t be burdened by other people’s burdens.”
  • Ryan on letting go of receiving and storing physical gifts: “As an adult, you get to choose what to do with your things.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on things to do in Dayton, Ohio: “Press Coffee Bar. Dayton Art Institute. Dayton Visual Arts Center. Downtown Dayton.”
  • Ryan on things to do in Dayton, Ohio: “United States Air Force Museum. Thai 9. University of Dayton.”
  • Joshua on curation versus hoarding: “Curators are the people who can take what would otherwise be a hoard and curate it into something meaningful, intentional, and necessary for current and future generations.”
  • Ryan on curation versus hoarding: “Unless you’re a professional curator, you’re probably just hoarding.”
  • Joshua on saving money: “There’s nothing inherently wrong with money. The question is—when we have access to more of it, what are we going to do with it?”
  • Ryan on saving money: “My secret to being financially secure is I always spend less money than I make.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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 in 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?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on recognizing life-changing events: “We all experience car crashes in life: the question isn’t about the crash—the question is about what we do after the crash.”
  • Ryan on recognizing life-changing events: “For us to make a major change in our lives, sometimes we must have a major catastrophe—but we shouldn’t have to wait for that moment.”
  • Patrick on recognizing life-changing events: “Every moment is a fresh opportunity to make a new start.”
  • Joshua on drawing the line with memorabilia: “The winner is not determined by the trophy.”
  • Ryan on drawing the line with memorabilia: “Even if you win a gold medal, it doesn’t matter how many you hold onto—you’re going to have to work your ass off to win another one next year.”
  • Patrick on drawing the line with memorabilia: “When you win that gold medal, how many fingers will you be holding up?”
  • Joshua on practices that conflict with our values: “If your actions don’t align with your values, you’ll continue to experience a chasm of discontent.”
  • Ryan on on practices that conflict with our values: “If you want to live a discontented life, live outside your values and beliefs—but you’re certainly not going to be happy.”
  • Patrick on practices that conflict with our values: “Tell your own story of your life, and, by doing so, you will help others live their lives better.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on the relationship between minimalism and finances: “I made really good money in the corporate world, but I spent even better money—and that equation never works.”
  • Ryan on the relationship between minimalism and finances: “If you’ve dug yourself into a hole, there isn’t an easy way to get out of it—it’s going to take a lot of work.”
  • Rob on the relationship between minimalism and finances: “The more debt you have, the less oxygen your soul has.”
  • Joshua on toxic relationships: “Victims become victimizers.”
  • Joshua bonus maxim: “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”
  • Ryan on toxic relationships: “Don’t go out of your way to support someone and forsake your own meaningful life.”
  • Rob on toxic relationships: “You must determine how much you can engage with someone without losing yourself.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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 to improve their life?
  • 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?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua Bonus Maxim: “If you’re just driving around without a destination in mind, you’ll never get there.”
  • Joshua on discussing minimalism with hoarders: “Approach people you care about with compassion and understanding.”
  • Ryan on discussing minimalism with hoarders: “To keep confrontation from escalating, don’t use the word ‘you’ unless it’s followed by a compliment.”
  • Joshua on successful hoarding: “Hoarding is always a problem, never a solution.”
  • Ryan on successful hoarding: “I’ve yet to hear a good reason why the average person should hoard.”
  • Joshua on decluttering an overwhelming hoard of stuff: “When facing an overwhelming challenge, it’s best to start with the ‘why,’ not the ‘how.’”
  • Ryan on decluttering an overwhelming hoard of stuff: “If you don’t know where to start, that’s a good sign there isn’t a wrong place to start. The only wrong you can do is not taking action.”
  • Joshua on breaking the cycle of clutter: “Once you finally reach the horizon, there’s always a new horizon.”
  • Ryan on breaking the cycle of clutter: “Temporary habits are almost as bad as no habits at all.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua injures himself at a rest stop & Ryan eats chocolate in front of a crowd in Madison, Wisconsin, 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?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on chocolate limits: “Food is not entertainment.”
  • Ryan on chocolate limits: “It doesn’t matter how much chocolate you eat—if you have a void, chocolate is probably the last thing that’s going to fill that void.”
  • Joshua on introducing partners to minimalism: “Ask them to ask themselves: ‘How might my life be better with less?’”
  • Ryan on introducing partners to minimalism: “In order to have meaningful relationships, you must support those people. But it’s impossible to support someone if they don’t support you back.”
  • Joshua on finding success without obsessing over goals: “Let go of your goals, and, instead, travel in the right direction.”
  • Ryan on on finding success without obsessing over goals: “Don’t water down your goals with more goals. But regardless of how many goals you have, it doesn’t mean anything without taking massive action.”
  • Joshua on minimalism and kids: “No matter your age, no matter your race, no matter your level of income, no matter your perceived status—everyone can benefit from living a more meaningful life.”
  • Ryan on minimalism and kids: “Kids! Become minimalists now before you have to in the future.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan visit the great state of Maine, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I help my children minimize their stuff without doing it for them?
  • How do you deal with gift-giving from others around birthdays and Christmas?
  • How do you discover your identity and your passions?
  • As an artist, how do I minimize many of the tools that are requisite for my art?
  • How do you stay focused on maintaining minimalist practices despite the temptations of the surrounding consumerist world?
  • Is minimalism more difficult to practice with a family than as a single person?
  • What has been your favorite part of your minimalist journey?
  • Do you feel kinship with religious and spiritual practitioners?
  • What books are you reading right now?
  • How do you determine the career path that will work best with your life?
  • What has added value to your life in Portland, Maine?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on practicing minimalism with a family versus as a single person: “Minimalism is more challenging as a family, but that’s why it’s more important.”
  • Ryan on practicing minimalism with a family versus as a single person: “Pass.”
  • Joshua on the favorite part of his minimalist journey: “As my life changes, that which adds value changes as well.”
  • Ryan on the favorite part of his minimalist journey: “Nothing makes me happier than living a well-curated life.”
  • Joshua on kinship with religious and spiritual practitioners: “Minimalism is not about deprivation; minimalism is about aligning your short-term actions with your long-term values.”
  • Ryan on kinship with religious and spiritual practitioners: “It doesn’t matter what organized religion you belong to, or what god you worship: they all want you to live a simple life.”
  • Joshua on books he’s currently reading: “Discourses. The Average American Male.”
  • Ryan on books he’s currently reading: “Sex at Dawn.”
  • Joshua on choosing the best career path: “If there is a right path and a wrong path, take the right path. If there is a right path and a left path, then pick a path and go.”
  • Ryan on choosing the best career path: “The best recipe for discontent is being stuck in a career that doesn’t align with your long-term values and beliefs.”
  • Joshua on what has added value to his life in Portland, Maine: “Portland, Maine, has a shit-ton of culture per capita.”
  • Ryan on what has added value to his life in Portland, Maine: “Portland, Maine, has the best lobster rolls I have ever had.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan bring their Less Is Now Tour to Boston, and they answer the following questions:

  • Once your needs are met for the month, what do you do with your remaining money?
  • How can minimalism help with significant transitions in our everyday lives?
  • As an artist who creates physical artifacts, how do I reconcile that with being a minimalist?
  • Have there been moments when you’ve struggled when considering purchasing an item or letting go of an item?
  • How do explain your recent adoption of minimalism to your maximalist friends and family members, especially when it pertains to gifts?
  • How do you find the willpower to let go of sentimental items and family heirlooms?
  • How did you overcome the adversity of being disadvantaged in your youth to achieve the success you enjoy today?
  • Can you quantify the ideal minimalist wardrobe for a child?
  • How do you assess the value of relationships?
  • Once you’ve downsized, minimized, and eliminated everything, where do you go from there?
  • How do I get my family members to adopt minimalism?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on explaining the benefits of minimalism to family and friends: “You might be broke if you have a car payment, you have a credit card payment, you have a credit card, you have a student loan payment, you have a 30-year mortgage.”
  • Ryan on explaining the benefits of minimalism to family and friends: “The people in your life who love and appreciate you will support you no matter what.”
  • Joshua on letting go of sentimental items and family heirlooms: “I’ve never regretted anything I’ve let go of, but if I ever do, I’ll let go of the regret.”
  • Ryan on letting go of sentimental items and family heirlooms: “If you don’t ever start letting go, you’re going to be waiting the rest of your life.”
  • Joshua on overcoming adversity and realizing your potential: “There are two reasons we make changes: fear and meaning. And I feared staying in my previous life more than I feared making the change.”
  • Ryan on overcoming adversity and realizing your potential: “If you just want to be rich, go get a sales job. But you’re going to fucking hate it.”
  • Joshua on the ideal minimalist wardrobe for a child: “Full price is often the intentional price because sale price is fool price.”
  • Ryan on the ideal minimalist wardrobe for a child: “You and your husband get to set boundaries: you don’t need anyone’s permission but your own to do anything.”
  • Joshua on assessing the true value of our relationships: “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”
  • Ryan on assessing the true value of our relationships: “It doesn’t matter whose blood someone has in their veins: I invest in people who invest in me.”
  • Joshua on what to do when the decluttering’s done: “In order to live a meaningful life you must align your short-term actions with your long-term values.”
  • Ryan on what to do when the decluttering’s done: “If you aren’t clear on what your values and beliefs are, you’re going to be lost the rest of your life.”
  • Joshua on convincing family members to adopt minimalism: “People don’t hate change: they hate being changed.”
  • Ryan on convincing family members to adopt minimalism: “If you truly love your friends and family and want them to be happy, you’ll support them in their happiness.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan visit Vermont for the first time, and they answer the following questions:

  • Once you decluttered your home, how did you fill the empty space appropriately without falling back into old habits?
  • If you could give minimalism a more appropriate name, what would you call it?
  • How do you deal with all the paperwork in life that seems so important and necessary?
  • What do your daily lives look like now that you’ve wholly adopted minimalism into every facet?
  • What baby steps can someone take if they’re having trouble integrating minimalism into their life?
  • Can minimalism be applied to other areas of life besides our living and working spaces?
  • When you tell people you’re minimalists, what’s the difference in their reactions between now and when you started six years ago?
  • Is there anything you simply had to have, something you couldn’t let go?
  • Did you have to teach yourself to say ‘no’ to things?
  • How can the poor and destitute benefit from minimalism?
  • How do you deal with unwanted and unneeded gifts you receive from loved ones?
  • As a minimalist, how do you reconcile minimalist practices with all the non-minimalist things that come with having children?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on applying minimalist principles to all aspects of life: “Intentionality is contagious.”
  • Ryan on applying minimalist principles to all aspects of life: “Minimalism is not just a well-curated home: minimalism is a well-curated life.”
  • Joshua on people’s reactions to discussing minimalism in the past and in the present: “I don’t care what people think about me; I care what I think about me.”
  • Ryan on people’s reactions to discussing minimalism in the past and in the present: “I don’t care what people think about me.”
  • Joshua on insidious items: “The best parts of me are made up of some of my worst failures.”
  • Ryan on insidious items: “If I die with no regrets, I’ll really regret that.”
  • Joshua on saying ‘no’ to daily demands: “I can’t beat Ryan’s answer.”
  • Ryan on saying ‘no’ to daily demands: “I say ‘no’ to as many things as I can so I can say ‘yes’ to the important things.”
  • Joshua on adopting minimalism when someone’s living paycheck to paycheck: “Money doesn’t buy happiness. But neither does poverty.”
  • Ryan on adopting minimalism when someone’s living paycheck to paycheck: “It doesn’t matter how much money you have—if you make shitty decisions, you’re probably going to have a shitty life.”
  • Joshua on unwanted and unneeded gifts: “Presence is the best present.”
  • Ryan on unwanted and unneeded gifts: “People buy gifts because they want you to be happy. If your life will be happier without those gifts, you will be doing them a disservice if you don’t get rid of them.”
  • Joshua on minimalism and children: “We must lead by example.”
  • Ryan on minimalism and children: “Having children makes minimalism even more important.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan kick off their Less Is Now Tour in Pittsburgh, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I maintain a minimal wardrobe when I have a career that depends on appearance?
  • Who influenced you to adopt minimalism?
  • What are your passions?
  • How do you stay focused on your minimalism practices and resist falling off the wagon?
  • How do I appropriately minimize a sentimental item that was made specifically for me?
  • How do I find my mission in life?
  • When I’m moving, how do I best determine what to keep?
  • How does minimalism help the grieving and coping process?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on practicing meditation: “Our material possessions are a physical manifestation of what’s going on inside us.”
  • Ryan on practicing meditation: “It only takes a minute to clear some mental clutter.”
  • Joshua on managing daily tasks: “My short-term actions must align with my long-term values every day.”
  • Ryan on managing daily tasks: “Exercise. Meditate. Contribute.”
  • Joshua on finding motivation: “Pass.”
  • Ryan on finding motivation: “It’s okay to veg out, but if you veg out too much, you become a vegetable.”
  • Joshua on addressing toxic relationships: “Victims become victimizers.”
  • Ryan on addressing toxic relationships: “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”
  • Joshua on minimizing digital clutter: “You’ll never reach the end of the Internet, so stop trying.”
  • Ryan on minimizing digital clutter: “Simple is not easy. Purge relentlessly. Curate carefully.”
  • Joshua on getting rid of gifts you don’t want: “The only person’s permission you need is your own. The best way to deal with clutter is before it happens.”
  • Ryan on getting rid of gifts you don’t want: “When someone gives you a gift, they want to make you happy; if your life would be happier without that gift, I assure you they would want you to get rid of it.”
  • Joshua on regrets: “Successes are composed of fragments of failures.”
  • Ryan on regrets: “If I die with no regrets, I’ll really regret that.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss their values, principles, and beliefs, and they answer the following questions:

  • What does the phrase “add value” mean?
  • When you quit a job you’ve held for a long time, how do you find your new identity separate from the identity you created through your job?
  • When you experience major life events, do you find your values change, and, if so, what do you do about it?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on passing minimalist ideals onto children living in a materialistic society: “To demonstrate our values, we must do more than tell—we must show.”
  • Ryan on passing minimalist ideals onto children living in a materialistic society: “Leading by example is the best way to transfer our values and beliefs to others.”
  • Joshua on how minimalism changed his values: “Minimalism didn’t change my values—it helped me discover what my values are.”
  • Ryan on how minimalism changed his values: “Minimalism helped me stop giving my values lip service and start taking action.”
  • Joshua on values that don’t give us joy: “If you are living by your values, but aren’t happy, consider changing what you value.”
  • Ryan on values that don’t give us joy: “If something you value is making you unhappy, you may not value that thing as much as you thought.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss how they deal with being overwhelmed, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I encourage and support someone who wants to adopt the best practices of minimalism, but can’t seem to find and keep the motivation to do so?
  • How do I declutter, de-stress, and live a more meaningful life as a 12 year-old, especially at school?
  • How do I deal with setbacks and failure when I’m challenged by a mental illness?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on addressing anything that distracts from long-term values: “Distractions are inherently meaningless. Values are inherently meaningful. Pause, and then choose wisely.”
  • Ryan on addressing anything that distracts from long-term values: “Take it simple: one step at a time.”
  • Joshua on determining the line between fully engaged and overwhelmed: “Engagement is an action; overwhelm is an emotion. When we are overwhelmed by our actions, we must focus.”
  • Ryan on determining the line between fully engaged and overwhelmed: “Look at being overwhelmed like a flashing yellow light: use caution when saying ‘yes’ to others and tasks.”
  • Joshua on coping effectively when overwhelmed: “Lean into the experiences you avoid.”
  • Ryan on coping effectively when overwhelmed: “Sometimes saying ‘no’ to others and tasks leaves room for saying ‘yes’ to a meaningful life.”
  • Joshua on avoiding procrastination when feeling overwhelmed: “Don’t let your crastination turn pro.”
  • Ryan on avoiding procrastination when feeling overwhelmed: “Having an accountability partner can often be the kick-in-the-pants needed to get things done.”
  • Joshua on determining what to focus on when multiple things compete for our attention: “Prioritize, and then decoct.”
  • Ryan on determining what to focus on when multiple things compete for our attention: “If saying ‘yes’ to others is distracting you from focusing on your priorities, everyone loses.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss jobs, careers, missions, passions, side hustles, and earning income, and they answer the following questions:

  • How can I keep the job I love, yet still alleviate the financial stress of being underemployed?
  • Do I need to keep my diplomas?
  • How can I tell if an employment opportunity is actually a pyramid scheme instead?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on suitable jobs for minimalists: “A vocation that matches your short-term actions with your values is ideal.”
  • Ryan on suitable jobs for minimalists: “It doesn’t matter what you do for a living. What matters most is living a life that aligns with your values and beliefs.”
  • Joshua on working long hours but still maintaining one’s values: “What are your priorities? There are 168 hours in a week—plan accordingly.”
  • Ryan on working long hours but still maintaining one’s values: “Our priorities are what we do, not what we say they are.”
  • Joshua on leaving a job you love to move out of state: “Consider your values when making life-changing decisions.”
  • Ryan on leaving a job you love to move out of state: “Home is where you find the most support.”
  • Joshua on the best way to negotiate a salary: “You will never have to settle if you add considerably more value than you’re worth.”
  • Ryan on the best way to negotiate a salary: “If you don’t ask, you’ll never know.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss friends, family, acquaintances, and coworkers, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do you reconcile your relationships with friends that have values and beliefs that starkly contrast with your own?
  • How do you minimize the chaos caused by certain people in your life?
  • How do you use breakups as catalysts for positive change?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on managing the obligations of social media and social events: “Schedule ‘you’ time before anything else, and then fill out the rest of your calendar accordingly.”
  • Ryan on managing the obligations of social media and social events: “Saying ‘no’ doesn’t make you a bad friend, especially when it enables you to say ‘yes’ to life’s most important things.”
  • Joshua on ridiculous questions regarding friends: “Q: Does minimalism mean I have to let go of my friends? A: No, minimalism allows us to better prioritize our most important relationships.”
  • Ryan on ridiculous questions regarding friends: “Q: How do I make all of my best friends become minimalists? A: You don’t make your friends do anything.”
  • Joshua on determining who among our friends are true friends, as opposed to those people that are just using us: “You can be used only if you’re useful.”
  • Ryan on determining who among our friends are true friends, as opposed to those people that are just using us: “You get to choose what you do with your time—not anyone else. Choose wisely.”
  • Joshua on using the silent treatment to let go of former friends: “Silence speaks volumes.”
  • Ryan on using the silent treatment to let go of former friends: “Don’t avoid important conversations.”
  • Joshua on the differences between family, friends, and acquaintances: “Family will suffer for you; friends will support you; acquaintances will be there when it’s convenient.”
  • Ryan on the differences between family, friends, and acquaintances: “I invest in people who are invested in me, regardless of whose blood they have in their veins.”
  • Joshua on maintaining healthy relationships with friends who don’t share the same values: “Values are the bedrock of friendship.”
  • Ryan on maintaining healthy relationships with friends who don’t share the same values: “Being friends with someone whose values don’t align with yours is possible, but it isn’t easy.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about different types of minimalist dwellings and simple-living situations, and they answer the following questions:

  • I’d like to move to a much smaller home, but how do I get my partner and my children on board?
  • I have a lot of extra room in my home—how do I ensure I don’t fill it all with new stuff?
  • What are your views on microhomes?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on what he left out of his new home that he misses: “As my needs change, my possessions change accordingly.”
  • Ryan on what he left out of his new home that he misses: “Minimalists do not deprive themselves of the things that add value to their lives.”
  • Joshua on whether art is simply stuff: “Possessions have no intrinsic meaning, only the meaning we give to them.”
  • Ryan on whether art is simply stuff: “Minimalism helps me create beautiful art. It helps me create a beautiful life.”
  • Joshua on where to start decluttering: “Just start. Letting go gets easier by the day.”
  • Ryan on where to start decluttering: “One day or day one—you decide.”
  • Joshua on the appropriate amount of technology in the home: “The most valuable technologies don’t supplant, they supplement.”
  • Ryan on the appropriate amount of technology in the home: “Technology is a great tool, but don’t get caught up in the upgrades.”
  • Joshua on regretting parting with items: “I’ve never regretted letting go, but if I ever do, I’ll let go of the regret.”
  • Ryan on regretting parting with items: “The greatest regret I have is not letting go sooner.”
  • Joshua on maintaining a minimalist home with children: “Minimalism with children isn’t a challenge, it’s an adventure.”
  • Ryan on maintaining a minimalist home with children: “I can’t think of one good reason for the average person to hoard things.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about clothing brands, simple wardrobes, and minimalist accessories, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I balance being a minimalist with my desire to own a full wardrobe of nice clothing?
  • What are the most responsible clothing manufacturers that produce the highest quality clothing?
  • I have purged most of my clothes, and I need to acquire well-made replacements that will last—where do I start?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on managing a wardrobe in a volatile climate: “As with life, plan for the hot days and plan for the cold days.”
  • Ryan on managing a wardrobe in a volatile climate: “I can’t think of one good excuse to hoard clothes.”
  • Joshua on apparel emblazoned with pop culture references: “I avoid logos, brands, and advertisements whenever I can.”
  • Ryan on apparel emblazoned with pop culture references: “Wear what you love.”
  • Joshua on just-in-case clothing: “I own what I need, and I constantly reevaluate my needs.”
  • Ryan on just-in-case clothing: “Typically I remove items from my life I don’t use at least once a year.”
  • Joshua on ethical second-hand clothes retailers and donation warehouses: “Buying used clothes, no matter the brand, is often the most ethical way to shop.”
  • Ryan on ethical second-hand clothes retailers and donation warehouses: “No matter where I get my clothes, I usually wear them out before I get rid of them.”
  • Joshua on minimizing a wardrobe to meet the approval of others: “You don’t need anyone’s approval but your own.”
  • Ryan on minimizing a wardrobe to meet the approval of others: “Days are less stressful for those who can find a simple wardrobe to fit their lifestyle.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about organizing material possessions, and they answer the following questions:

  • Once you’ve decluttered, how do you maintain your newly minimized living space?
  • What are some good alternatives to paper planners for keeping your schedule organized?
  • What do you think of Marie Kondo’s method?
  • How do you declutter your digital collection?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on recognizing when organizing is being used as a distraction: “Organizing is not nearly as freeing as letting go.”
  • Ryan on recognizing when organizing is being used as a distraction: “Distraction is a form of procrastination.”
  • Joshua on minimizing organizational tools: “It’s quixotic to assume we can use possessions to combat our problem with possessions.”
  • Ryan on minimizing organizational tools: “It’s impossible to keep it simple if you have an abundant supply of organizing materials.”
  • Joshua on using software to organize: “I embrace technology, but whenever I rely too heavily on tech, I feel disorganized.”
  • Ryan on using software to organize: “No software will do the hard work for you—taking action is our responsibility.”
  • Joshua on using organizing as an excuse to cling to stuff: “Before organizing, pretreat your possessions by getting rid of most of them.”
  • Ryan on using organizing as an excuse to cling to stuff: “You’re allowed to use as many excuses as you want in life, but it won’t be much of a meaningful life then.”
  • Joshua on everyday carry: “Everything I carry, I need.”
  • Ryan on everyday carry: “Comparing our material possessions to others is a great way to see discontent.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on providing guidance: “For more meaningful interactions, I avoid questioning other people’s intentions.”
  • Ryan on providing guidance: “Being a role model for others is one of the biggest honors.”
  • Joshua on the influence of ambient clutter on stress levels: “Material clutter is a physical manifestation of what’s going on inside us.”
  • Ryan on the influence of ambient clutter on stress levels: “A visually overstimulating room can be just as distracting as a noisy room.”
  • Joshua on striving to become a stress-free minimalist: “Minimalism helps us feel less stressed by letting go of our vapid problems like consumerism, and replacing them with more empowering problems.”
  • Ryan on striving to become a stress-free minimalist: “Removing physical clutter can help free up mental space.”
  • Joshua on tools and tips to minimize stress and anxiety: “Just breathe.”
  • Ryan on tools and tips to minimize stress and anxiety: “Daily incantations affirm who we are and how we feel.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on finding inexpensive or free moving boxes: “If you have less stuff, you’ll need fewer boxes.”
  • Ryan on finding inexpensive or free moving boxes: “Between friends, family, and local grocery stores, you can find a lot of cardboard boxes for free.”
  • Joshua on determining what to keep and what to purge: “Distinguish between just-for-when and just-in-case items. Let go of just-in-case items with the 20/20 Rule, and apply the 90/90 Rule when dealing with just-for-when items.”
  • Ryan on determining what to keep and what to purge: “It doesn’t matter what rules you follow, as long as you’re following rules that fit within your lifestyle.”
  • Joshua on determining what to sell, what to donate, and what to give away: “Moving is the perfect time to throw a literal packing party.”
  • Ryan on determining what to sell, what to donate, and what to give away: “When selling possessions, it’s important to determine the value of your time versus the sunk cost of the items.”
  • Joshua on parting with sentimental items: “The first step in letting go is understanding that our memories aren’t inside our things—our memories are inside us.”
  • Ryan on parting with sentimental items: “Start small—give away one sentimental item to see how it feels. If you can’t sleep at night, ask them to return it.”
  • Joshua on determining what is essential: “Ask yourself, ‘How do I want to live?’ Build your home and your stuff around that life.”
  • Ryan on determining what is essential: “Don’t bring things into your home just because there’s a space for it—instead, ask, ‘What is going to serve a purpose or bring me joy?’”
  • Joshua on forcing children to adopt minimalist practices: “The road to discontent is cluttered with good intentions.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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 source of my income?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Ryan on eschewing social media and calling people instead: “Social media is a tool. Used properly, it can add a tremendous amount of value to our lives.”
  • Joshua on eschewing social media and calling people instead: “Avoid ‘keeping up.’ Focus instead on giving and getting value.”
  • Ryan on our desire to create collections: “Hunting and gathering is in our DNA. Collecting is a side effect, and it’s becoming an antiquated form of survival in most of the modern world.”
  • Joshua on our desire to create collections: “Collecting is well-planned hoarding. Thus, we often form collections to cover up our hoard.”
  • Ryan on doing nothing: “When I snowboard, I always take a few moments to ‘just be on the mountain.’”
  • Joshua on doing nothing: “Sometimes nothing counts as something.”
  • Ryan on spending an inordinate amount of time playing video games: “Habits are hard to break. Others’ habits are even harder to break.”
  • Joshua on spending an inordinate amount of time playing video games: “You can’t help people who don’t want help.”
  • Ryan on minimizing social media use: “If you want a break from social media, turn it off—the power button is right there.”
  • Joshua on minimizing social media use: “Use social media intentionally: unfollow and unfriend the people who aren’t adding value, and work hard to create value yourself.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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”?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Ryan on receiving unneeded gifts: “When you receive a gift, it’s yours now—you can do whatever you want with it.”
  • Joshua on receiving unneeded gifts: “Let it go: it’s just stuff.”
  • Ryan on the most difficult thing to give up: “Identity is one of the hardest things to let go: it takes a lot to see ourselves differently.”
  • Joshua on the most difficult thing to give up: “Letting go of our attachment to stuff is difficult, but necessary.”
  • Ryan on practicing minimalism among roommates who do not practice minimalism: “Showing respect is the best method of persuasion.”
  • Joshua on practicing minimalism among roommates who do not practice minimalism: “Don’t preach—teach.”
  • Ryan on minimizing the time requisite to achieve a goal: “Unorganized or unclear goals lead to discontent.”
  • Joshua on minimizing the time requisite to achieve a goal: “Discover what’s essential to reach your objective, and then eliminate the rest.”
  • Ryan on reconciling minimalist values with family and friends with non-minimalist values: “It’s important to love, support, and respect family—and more important to never act against your values and beliefs.”
  • Joshua on reconciling minimalist values with family and friends with non-minimalist values: “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Ryan on creativity and originality: “If you create something unique, by default it is original.”
  • Joshua on creativity and originality: “Worthwhile creations reside at the intersection of connection and originality.”
  • Ryan on half-completed projects: “Concentrating on one thing at a time is the best way to accomplish any task. Multitasking doesn’t exist.”
  • Joshua on half-completed projects: “Constraint breeds creativity.”
  • Ryan on creativity: “It’s not about how others define creativity—the one putting in the work gets to decide.”
  • Joshua on creativity: “Creativity sits in the absence of consumption.”
  • Ryan on creating consumables while minimizing consumables: “Living with less makes room for the things—even physical things—that add the most value to our lives.”
  • Joshua on creating consumables while minimizing consumables: “Don’t just live with less stuff—live without excess.”
  • Ryan on motivation to create: “If I stop creating, I stop living.”
  • Joshua on motivation to create: “Avoid content in favor of meaningful creations. Content is nebulous; important creations align with values.”
  • Ryan on flow state: “There is no magical formula: put in the work and you will find a flow state.”
  • Joshua on flow state: “Drudge through the drudgery.”
  • Joshua on minimal farming: “When confronted with an unknown, it’s okay to say, ‘I don’t know.’”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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 minimalism 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?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Ryan on restaurant noise: “I avoid TV-filled restaurants unless I’m there to watch football.”
  • Joshua on restaurant noise: “The first step in turning down the volume is avoiding the noise. At the very least, turn your back to the noise.”
  • Ryan on the value of noise and static: “Noise isn’t always bad. I love going to concerts—plenty of noise there.”
  • Joshua on the value of noise and static: “The noise helps us appreciate the quiet.”
  • Ryan on ignoring devices and focusing on loved ones: “I’ve been to plenty of get-togethers where the invite specifically asks for no phones to be present during the event.”
  • Joshua on ignoring devices and focusing on loved ones: “For more meaningful get-togethers, leave your phone in the car, suggest a phone-free evening, and keep a phone basket near the door.”
  • Ryan on silencing mental noise: “Meditate.”
  • Joshua on silencing mental noise: “Are your negative thoughts useful? If so, take action. If not, let go.”
  • Ryan on noise while writing: “I like being in a coffeeshop. It’s not the noise, though—it’s the movement of the people I enjoy.”
  • Joshua on noise while writing: “Silence reigns supreme.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Ryan on gift limits: “Try to compromise—can you ask your family to give consumables or experiences?”
  • Joshua on gift limits: “Don’t set expectations without first attempting to understand why someone is upset.”
  • Ryan on gifts for fathers: “Gift him an experience. How about preparing his favorite meal?”
  • Joshua on gifts for fathers: “Most dads I know—including myself—prefer presence over presents. After all, presence is the best present.”
  • Ryan on charities: “Charity Water is my favorite charity, and World Vision is a close second.”
  • Joshua on charities: “GiveWell.org provides evidence-based, thoroughly vetted analysis of the best charities to donate in your name, or as a gift.”

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In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Ryan on social media: “I check social media once a day.”
  • Joshua on social media: “Does this message serve the greater good? If not, delete before sending.”
  • Ryan on multitasking: “There’s no such thing as multitasking.”
  • Joshua on multitasking: “There’s only single-tasking. Or single-tasking plus noise.”
  • Ryan on goals: “I don’t have goals. If I don’t need a goal, then I don’t have it.”
  • Joshua on goals: “Instead of goals, I prefer to have a direction in which I travel: if you’re searching for a sunrise, head east; for a sunset, west.”
  • Ryan on focus: “If you don’t meditate—meditate. Five minutes a day—try it out.”
  • Joshua on focus: “First identify your ideal life, then shed that which does not serve your vision.”
  • Ryan on nutrition: “If I eat crap, I feel like crap.”
  • Joshua on nutrition: “Eat real foods. No sugar. Nothing processed. Reduce carbs. Treat food as nourishment, not entertainment.”

Mentioned in This Episode

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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.

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People Featured in This Episode

  • Rick Hanson, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist
  • Jesse Jacobs, Entrepreneur
  • Shannon Whitehead, Sustainable Apparel Consultant
  • Sam Harris, Ph.D., Neuroscientist
  • Juliet Schor, Ph.D., Economist and Sociologist
  • Patrick Rhone, Author
  • Yarrow Kraner, Film Director and Photographer
  • Ryan Nicodemus Co-founder, The Minimalists
  • Joshua Fields Millburn, Co-founder, The Minimalists
  • Leo Babauta, Author
  • David Friedlander, Communications Director, LifeEdited
  • Jacqueline Smith, Illustrator and Designer
  • Joshua Becker, Author
  • Kim Becker, Co-founder, The Hope Effect

Mentioned in This Episode

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan share a live Q&A event at which they wrestled with audience questions about minimalism, decluttering, passion, families, children, pets, clothes, finances, debt, mortgages, and much more.

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The Minimalists Podcast is produced by Podcast Shawn. Our theme music was written and performed by Peter Doran. Our podcast is free of advertisements, so if you find value in these episodes, please consider becoming a supporter.

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