The Minimalists Podcast

The Minimalists Podcast Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.

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

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253 | Waste
Joshua talks about waste and all the ways in which we are wasteful with Sheila Morovati, Founder and President of Crayon Collection and Habits of Waste, and they answer the following questions: Why do we rarely consider how we’re being wasteful? (03:44) How can I reasonably ensure my donated items don’t become a burden to anyone else? (04:57) How do I ensure I don’t receive unwanted correspondence? (11:47) How do I responsibly repurpose or recycle outdated technology at work? (17:06) What are my recycling o...

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

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252 | Everything's Spiritual
Joshua and Ryan discuss spirituality, evolving beliefs, and the impermanence of everything with author, podcaster, and theologian Rob Bell, and they answer the following questions: What does it mean to ‘own your story’? (02:10) How has Rob’s faith evolved? (04:40) What is the origin of the book title, Everything Is Spiritual? (07:09) What is the ‘wordlessness of grace’? (09:02) What does it mean to ‘hold a place for God’? (10:31) Do you believe in a higher power that can provide comfort and guidance? (14:25...

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

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251 | Stuffocated
Joshua and Ryan discuss the many ways we’ve stuffed our lives to the breaking point, how we can relieve that pressure, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine what is essential to pack for a move? (06:08) How do I incorporate some friction into my decision making? (09:22) What should I do with scrapbooks and mementos that I’m clinging to? (10:10) Is it inconveniencing others to ask them for help in storing items? (11:23) Is it helpful to limit storage space when decluttering? (12:00) How...

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

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250 | Lifestyle Clutter
Joshua and Ryan talk about all the extra things we do, and the extraneous activities, obligations, and tasks we commit to that make our lives more complicated with author and fitness expert Ben Greenfield, and they answer the following questions: How do I let go of limiting beliefs? (06:38) How do I reconcile my creativity and my desire for profit? (07:04) How important are mission statements? (07:35) How important is the skill of delegation for creatives? (11:33) How do I appropriately delegate responsibil...

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Quickie: $2,500 Minimalist Wedding Budget
Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate wedding budgets with blogger, author, and matrimonial expert Jessica Bishop. Watch the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists...

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249 | Minimalist Weddings
Joshua and Ryan discuss all things weddings—debt, expenses, expectations, responsibilities, ceremonies, outfits, wedding guests, and more—with blogger, author, and matrimonial expert Jessica Bishop, and they answer the following questions: What are the most common questions regarding weddings? (04:17) How do I appropriately manage my family’s expectations regarding the wedding? (08:50) Where do most couples go wrong regarding their wedding planning? (09:37) Is there any scenario where it would be appropriat...

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249 | Minimalist Weddings
Joshua and Ryan discuss all things weddings—debt, expenses, expectations, responsibilities, ceremonies, outfits, wedding guests, and more—with blogger, author, and matrimonial expert Jessica Bishop, and they answer the following questions: What are the most common questions regarding weddings? (04:17) How do I appropriately manage my family’s expectations regarding the wedding? (08:50) Where do most couples go wrong regarding their wedding planning? (09:37) Is there any scenario where it would be appropriat...

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Quickie: Will Millennials Still Shop at Malls?
Joshua and Ryan discuss what value younger generations will find in shopping malls. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists...

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248 | Shopping Malls
Joshua and Ryan discuss the death of shopping malls and the shopping mall culture, and they answer the following questions: What are the different kinds of dying malls? (03:50) What is the history behind malls? (10:51) How do we encourage retailers to use environmentally responsible packaging? (16:48) How effective is recycling? (18:44) Where do fashion and intentionality align? (24:58) How do we transform vacant malls into a community commodity? (35:06) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support ...

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

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247 | Owning Less
Joshua and Ryan talk about owning less, wanting less, decluttering physical and digital spaces, and more (about less) with YouTube minimalist Ronald L. Banks, and they answer the following questions: How do I ensure I purchase new items intentionally? (02:01) How do I appropriately address my constant yearning for upgrades? (05:15) Why do we try to use possessions to validate ourselves? (06:18) How do I appropriately manage my bloated digital storage? (10:53) What is the best method for organizing photos? (...

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

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246 | The Lacking
Joshua and Ryan discuss the fear of missing out (FOMO), the joy of missing out (JOMO), and how to be content in the midst of uncertainty with author, theologian, and philosopher Peter Rollins, and they answer the following questions: What is ‘the lack’? (03:51) What is the difference between freedom and determinism? (04:58) What are hypothetical and categorical imperatives? (06:27) Can too much freedom cause anxiety? (11:52) How do I find satisfaction with my current situation rather than constantly searchi...

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246 | The Lacking
Joshua and Ryan discuss the fear of missing out (FOMO), the joy of missing out (JOMO), and how to be content in the midst of uncertainty with author, theologian, and philosopher Peter Rollins, and they answer the following questions: What is ‘the lack’? (03:51) What is the difference between freedom and determinism? (04:58) What are hypothetical and categorical imperatives? (06:27) Can too much freedom cause anxiety? (11:52) How do I find satisfaction with my current situation rather than constantly searchi...

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Quickie: How to Let Go When Overwhelmed by Decluttering
Joshua and Ryan discuss overcoming overwhelm. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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245 | Overstuffed
Joshua and Ryan talk about stuff and why many of us still have too much, and they answer the following questions: How can pressure help me become a better minimalist? (02:21) How do I manage my children’s belongings? (03:52) How do I help my loved ones simplify their lives? (06:30) How do I address my compulsion to build collections? (11:39) What is the difference between joy and happiness? (12:28) What creates true joy? (14:40) How much is enough? (15:42) How can friction help me on my minimalist journey? ...

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245 | Overstuffed
Joshua and Ryan talk about stuff and why many of us still have too much, and they answer the following questions: How can pressure help me become a better minimalist? (02:21) How do I manage my children’s belongings? (03:52) How do I help my loved ones simplify their lives? (06:30) How do I address my compulsion to build collections? (11:39) What is the difference between joy and happiness? (12:28) What creates true joy? (14:40) How much is enough? (15:42) How can friction help me on my minimalist journey? ...

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

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244 | Fashion Obsession
Joshua and Ryan talk about our obsessions with trends and fashion, as well as dissect our infatuation with clothing, style, and shoes with the founder of PreachersNSneakers, Tyler Jones, and they answer the following questions: How did PreachersNSneakers start? (02:11) Is the current hip wardrobe of many modern religious leaders simply the new version of wearing the ‘Sunday best’? (11:10) Is it problematic for modern religious leaders to promote and sell church-branded swag? (13:44) Is it acceptable for rel...

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

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243 | Negative People
Joshua and Ryan talk about why we are addicted to negativity, gossip, and other disempowering emotions and behaviors; what we can do to improve or walk away from negative situations; and they answer the following questions: How do I tactfully address disrespectful family members? (01:59) How do I handle welcome and unwelcome teasing from others? (03:56) How do I manage the offensive behavior of others? (05:12) How do I stand up for myself with loved ones? (08:40) How do I address a toxic relationship with a...

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

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242 | Toxic People
Joshua and Ryan talk about dealing with toxic people, as well as defining, reassessing, repairing, and letting go of toxic relationships with podcaster and comedian Jamie Kilstein, and they answer the following questions: What’s your definition of a ‘toxic person’? (06:02) What’s your definition of ‘relationship’? (07:35) Is it possible to be toxic to some people but not toxic to others? (13:05) Can jealousy be helpful? (16:27) Is there a difference between empathy and compassion? (17:13) Is it realistic to...

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

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241 | Hormones
Joshua talks about hormones—both female and male hormones—and how they change in our 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond; what we can do to optimize our hormones to get the best out of life; how our hormones affect our sleep, stress, mood, energy, and sex drive; and how diet, sleep, sunlight, and exercise affect our hormones with registered dietitian Becca Shern and regenerative medicine expert Adam Lamb, and they answer the following questions: What are hormones? (02:46) Do hormones work in conjunction with one anot...

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Quickie: The Most Minimal Exercise
Joshua and Ryan discuss effective exercises that require minimal equipment with podcaster, journalist, and author Max Lugavere. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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240 | Genius Life
Joshua and Ryan talk about creating a healthy lifestyle, managing stress, healing your mind, strengthening your body, and becoming extraordinary with podcaster, journalist, and author Max Lugavere, and they answer the following questions: How do I best relieve stress? (02:23) How do I best mitigate chronic pain? (12:46) Can you expand on your stance that ‘food isn’t entertainment’? (28:19) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: Rich Roll on Working at Home
Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate practices for working at home with author, podcaster, and health expert Rich Roll. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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239 | New Abnormal
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to find balance, contentment, and tranquility in our new normal with author, podcaster, and health expert Rich Roll, and they answer the following questions: What are the best methods for envisioning our new normal? (08:47) How have your health practices evolved as a result of the recent crises? (15:49) How do you find the strength to keep pushing when it all starts breaking down? (25:36) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/suppor...

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Quickie: Is Poverty the New Minimalism?
Joshua and Ryan discuss how the principles of minimalism are effective no matter a person's financial means. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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238 | Neo-Minimalism
Joshua and Ryan discuss what minimalism will look like after this moment of uncertainty, whether a movement of Neo-Minimalism will form in the wake of the reset, and they answer the following questions: How do I better control my online purchasing after relying on it so heavily during these recent crises? (16:04) Given our current crises, what emergency items are reasonable to keep on hand as a minimalist? (22:07) How has your definition and perspective of the word “essential” changed? (26:43) Detailed show...

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Quickie: T.K. Coleman Responds to “You Ain’t Black”
Joshua and Ryan discuss Joe Biden's "You ain't black" comment with T.K. Coleman. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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237 | Race Relations
Joshua and Ryan are joined by T.K. Coleman to discuss race in America, racial justice, colorblindness, protests, riots, indifference, systemic oppression, and what we can do to help. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: The Minimalists Tested Positive for COVID
Joshua and Ryan discuss Joshua’s family’s experience with COVID-19. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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236 | Memories
Joshua and Ryan talk about why we hold on to material possessions in an attempt to hold on to our memories, what we can do to hold on to our memories without holding on to the stuff, and they answer the following questions: Should I hold on to sentimental mementos, like a wedding dress, in case my children may want them someday? (05:25) How do I find the strength to let go of my deceased parent’s belongings? (18:24) How do I determine what sentimental items are appropriate to keep? (29:55) Detailed show not...

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Quickie: Kim Iversen on Minimalism in Politics
Joshua and Ryan discuss incorporating minimalism into politics with journalist and podcaster Kim Iversen. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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235 | Politics
Joshua and Ryan discuss local, national, and international politics; outrage and divisiveness in the current political climate; and the quagmire of disarray and turmoil created by tribalism and partisan politics with journalist and podcaster Kim Iversen, and they answer the following questions: How can we help our government officials adopt more minimalist practices, especially with respect to budgets? (02:54) Which political party is most closely aligned with the principles of minimalism? (15:29) How do we...

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Quickie: The Minimalists on Living Within Your Means
Joshua and Ryan reiterate the importance of avoiding debt within and without crises. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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234 | Ask The Minimalists
Joshua and Ryan field a flurry of questions from their podcast supporters, including: What system do you use to organize your personal and professional lives? (01:14) How do I determine which habits are helping me and which habits are not? (04:52) How do I ensure I carry forward the lessons I learned from the pandemic regarding appropriate scheduling? (11:04) How do I tactfully say ‘no’ to bosses and coworkers when I’m not on the clock? (20:50) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minima...

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Quickie: Andrew McAfee on Misconceptions About Recycling
Joshua discusses the efficacy of recycling with author and MIT scientist and professor Andrew McAfee. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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233 | More/Less
Joshua talks about whether reducing our consumption is enough to save the planet, or whether we need to do more than recycle, share stuff, and consume less; the upsides and downsides of capitalism; potential necessary changes to environmental policy; and some misconceptions about human progress with author and MIT scientist and professor Andrew McAfee, and they answer the following questions: How can we use minimalist practices to help the environment? (05:21) How do we train ourselves to purchase more inte...

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Quickie: Dr. Joanne Cacciatore on Preparing for Tragedies
Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate preparation for the loss of loved ones with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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232 | Qonversations
Joshua Fields Millburn talks about The Minimalists’ “No Junk Rule,” followed by three “Qonversations” with Dan Savage about sex and dating apps during a pandemic; the artist Colleen McCulla about using art to make sense of a post-coronavirus world; and a controversial chat with T.K. Coleman about whether we should give up our freedoms to stay safe. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: William B. Irvine on Stoicism within Families
Joshua discusses practicing stoicism within families with author and professor William B. Irvine. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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231 | Stoicism
Joshua talks about stoicism, what it means to live a good life, and different philosophies for living with author and professor William B. Irvine, and they answer the following questions: Is stoicism applicable to all cultures? (10:05) How do I explain the benefits of stoicism to my loved ones? (18:38) How do I practice stoicism without sacrificing human emotion? (26:20) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: Chris Guillebeau on His Financial Influences
Joshua and Ryan discuss the positive forces that helped shape their financial philosophies with author, podcaster, and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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230 | Money Tree
Joshua and Ryan talk about earning a living, being responsible with money, and choosing a new career path during times of financial uncertainty with author, podcaster, and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau, and they answer the following questions: How do I break out of the cycle of office jobs? (04:12) If I’ve grown tired of my current career but I’m overqualified for many other jobs, are there any other options open to me aside from completely starting over? (15:14) What is the best financial advice you’ve eve...

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Quickie: Ramesh Srinivasan on Smartphone Addiction
Joshua and Ryan discuss app designers' motives with author and professor Ramesh Srinivasan. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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229 | Tech Problems
Joshua and Ryan discuss the disconnection between designers and users, producers and consumers, and tech elites and the rest of us with author and professor Ramesh Srinivasan, and they answer the following questions: How do I narrow down what tech is most appropriate for me from the plethora of tech that’s available? (10:21) How do we deal with the constant intrusion of advertising in our lives that hitchhikes on our tech? (15:47) What are the ramifications of tech companies selling user information? (25:05...

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Quickie: Youheum on the Pros and Cons of Extreme Minimalism
Joshua and Ryan contemplate the pros and cons of living a life of extreme minimalism with YouTuber Youheum Son. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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228 | Extreme Minimalism
Joshua and Ryan talk about what minimalism looks like when it’s taken to its extremes with YouTuber Youheum Son, and they answer the following questions: Once it seems like you’ve minimized everything, where do you go from there? (05:12) What foods and utensils are in an extreme minimalist’s kitchen? (10:54) What is the minimum number of physical items you need to survive? (17:53) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: T.K. Coleman Explains How to Prepare for Early Retirement
Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate preparations for those seeking early retirement with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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227 | Economic Hardship
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to maximize wealth, how to minimize financial stress, and the wisest economic actions to take with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions: How do I maximize my wealth while minimizing my stress in accumulating it? (01:12) What are the wisest economic actions to take on a modest income? (12:02) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/sup...

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226 | How to Live Through This
Joshua and Ryan expand on how to live—not just survive, but thrive—through these unsettling times. They discuss societal panic, fundamental habit shifts, and the appropriate actions we should take in the midst of a pandemic, and they answer the following questions: How should we address the societal panic during the pandemic? (06:16) What things that we’ve taken for granted will now fundamentally change as a result of the pandemic? (16:00) What actions should we take right now? (29:26) Detailed show notes: ...

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225 | Coronavirus
Joshua and Ryan discuss the appropriate preparation and response to societal crises with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions: Are we preparing needlessly for problems that won’t exist? (07:11) How does the free market respond to a crisis? (09:56) Why aren’t there sufficient tests for COVID-19? (21:11) Are there some countries that are handling the pandemic better than the United States? (23:09) Why does tr...

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224 | Pandemic Preparation
Joshua and Ryan discuss the appropriate preparation and response to societal crises with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions: How likely is a minimalist to survive in a catastrophe? (23:07) How do I quarantine for 2-6 weeks as a minimalist? (39:15) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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224 | Pandemic Preparation
Joshua and Ryan discuss the appropriate preparation and response to societal crises with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions: How likely is a minimalist to survive in a catastrophe? (25:20) How do I quarantine for 2-6 weeks as a minimalist? (41:28) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: Dr. Joanne Cacciatore on the Effects of Past Trauma
Joshua and Ryan discuss the importance of recognizing how our past can affect our present and future with professor, trauma/grief counselor, and researcher Dr. Joanne Cacciatore. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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223 | Trauma
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? (07:54) How do I overcome the negative feelings attached to items so I don’t needlessly replace them? (19:10) Is it helpful to remove mementos of a lost loved one to overcome...

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223 | Trauma
Joshua and Ryan discuss particularly difficult topics, including trauma, bereavement, traumatic stress, sorrow, and even traumatic death with author, professor, and psychotherapist 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? (07:54) How do I overcome the negative feelings attached to items so I don’t needlessly replace them? (19:10) Is it helpful to remove mementos of a lost loved one to overcome trauma and...

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Quickie: Bobby Berk Talks Timeless Style
Joshua and Ryan discuss elements of timeless style with designer, entrepreneur, and Queer Eye star Bobby Berk. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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222 | Interior Design
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? (02:09) Is there a way to effectively stage a home for sale in a minimalist fashion? (12:08) How do I make a room feel cozy while maintaining a minimalist aesth...

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Quickie: Laura McKowen on When Drinking Becomes a Problem
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to determine when bad habits are becoming addictions with author and blogger Laura McKowen. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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Quickie: Laura McKowen on When Drinking Becomes a Problem
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to determine when bad habits are becoming addictions with author and blogger Laura McKowen. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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221 | Dependency
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? (03:52) How do I address my addiction to online shopping? (12:35) Is there a correlation b...

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Quickie: Dr. Paul Saladino Explains How to Lose Weight Healthfully
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to lose weight healthfully with Dr. Paul Saladino MD. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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220 | That's Unhealthy?
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? (52:40) What is inflammation? (52:40) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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220 | That's Unhealthy?
Joshua and Ryan argue about what’s healthy and what isn’t healthy with author, podcaster, and health expert Dr. Paul Saladino, and they answer the following questions: What is inflammation? (52:40) Why is it so difficult to determine what’s healthy? (52:40) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: Joshua and Ryan Discuss How to Prevent Clutter
Joshua and Ryan discuss one of the crucial tools they use to prevent clutter. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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219 | Spring Clutter
Joshua and Ryan get back to basics for spring cleaning and discuss decluttering, organizing, and letting go of excess stuff, and they answer the following questions: How can I help my parents embrace decluttering? (01:01) How do I tactfully tell my family I don’t want to inherit their belongings? (10:57) How can I save mementos and still be clutter-free? (20:48) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: Courtney Carver Cuts Boring out of Her Wardrobe
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to keep a minimal wardrobe interesting with author, blogger, and podcaster Courtney Carver. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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218 | Minimalist Fashion
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? (08:01) How do I find sustained satisfaction with my current wardrobe despite the onslaught of new stylish temptations? (15:10) How do I ensure my clothes last longer? (24:28) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/p...

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Quickie: Peter Rollins Conquers Fear with Desire
Joshua and Ryan discuss the relationship of fear and desire with author, theologian, and philosopher Peter Rollins. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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217 | Desire
Joshua and Ryan talk about desire, yearning, craving and impulse and lust and longing and aspiration with author, theologian, and philosopher Peter Rollins, and they answer the following questions: How do I commit to a desire? (11:27) How do we make time for our desires? (19:36) Is it unhealthy for someone to lust and yearn for others outside their marriage? (34:10) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: Jennette McCurdy Opens up About Her Eating Disorders
Joshua and Ryan discuss how the stress of striving for success can lead to eating disorders with actor, writer, and director Jennette McCurdy. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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216 | Toxic Fame
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? (03:13) What can we do about celebrities that use their fame to spread ill will? (17:46) Will the general public ever finally realize that fame is hollow? (30:01)  Detailed show notes: minimalis...

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Quickie: Jason Fried on Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Joshua and Ryan discuss lowering our expectations and raising our standards to overcome imposter syndrome with author and entrepreneur Jason Fried. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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215 | Busyness
Joshua and Ryan talk about 80-hour work weeks, packed schedules, endless meetings, overflowing inboxes, unrealistic deadlines, and bringing our work home with us with author and entrepreneur Jason Fried, and they answer the following questions: How do I balance my professional life and my personal life so it doesn’t feel like I’m just living to work? (02:34) What can I do to help temper the intensity of my company’s culture? (22:08) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minim...

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Quickie: The Minimalists Debate Whether Creativity Is Learnable
Joshua and Ryan discuss whether creativity is inherited, learned, or both. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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214 | Podcasting
Joshua and Ryan discuss the lessons they’ve learned from their years of blogging and podcasting, and they answer the following questions: What is the most effective medium for sharing my expertise to build an audience? (22:09) How do I determine what I should select for my next entrepreneurial pursuit? (30:38) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: Are AirPods bad for your health?
Joshua and Ryan discuss the possible harmful effects of wireless devices on the human body with author, podcaster, and fitness expert Ben Greenfield. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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213 | Resolutions
Joshua and Ryan talk about starting New Year’s resolutions, when it’s appropriate to give up on a resolution, and what actions to take when you’re feeling stuck with author, podcaster, and fitness expert Ben Greenfield, and they answer the following questions: How do I improve my sleep hygiene in the new year? (02:13) How do I apply minimalism to voluntary pursuits in the new year to ensure I’m being highly effective and not overextending myself? (18:40) After several false starts, how can I ensure I stick ...

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Quickie: Can universal morality exist?
Joshua and Ryan discuss if it's possible to achieve universal morality with mathematical physicist, economist, and podcaster Eric Weinstein. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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Yes This Is Real
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212 | Community
Joshua and Ryan discuss the internal conflicts many people experience when it comes to community and individualism, reason and spirituality, and religion and atheism with mathematical physicist, economist, and podcaster Eric Weinstein, and they answer the following questions: How do I move on from my current community and find a new community since our values no longer align? (19:26) Are minimalism and religion working toward resolving the same human conflicts? (31:54) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/p...

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Quickie: Keeping Holidays with Family Minimal
Joshua and Ryan discuss the value of simplifying the holidays with our families with author and entrepreneur Melissa Maker. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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211 | Clean Spaces
Joshua and Ryan talk about organizing, tidying up, and cleaning your home with author and entrepreneur Melissa Maker, and they answer the following questions: How do I attain and maintain a clean and orderly home when my partner persists in being a packrat? (02:05) How do I appropriately store a plethora of important documents? (10:38) How do I overcome the overwhelm I feel whenever I try to address the clutter in my home? (21:56) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimal...

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Quickie: Should college be "free"?
Joshua and Ryan discuss the irresponsibility of college educations without obligations with author and podcaster Anthony ONeal. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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210 | Student Debt
Joshua and Ryan talk about student debt, graduating from a university without any debt, and tips for avoiding college debt altogether with author and podcaster Anthony ONeal, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine if it makes sense to take on student debt for an advanced degree? (03:04) How do I find someone that has managed a debt-free college education pursuing what I want to pursue? (08:38) What is a reasonable amount of money to invest in a college education? (15:35) Detailed show n...

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Quickie: Chemistry Is Complicated
Joshua and Ryan discuss the the value of empathy, experience, and maturity regarding sexual attraction with author and podcaster Dr. Christopher Ryan. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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Less Coast Tour
Join The Minimalists for a night of less. For our first tour in two years, we’re simplifying the west coast of the United States and Canada: Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. At each event, we’ll present a talk about the benefits of living with less, followed by a live edition of The Minimalists Podcast with a special guest. Together we’ll discuss consumerism, decluttering, personal values, and minimalism, and we’ll answer audience questions....

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209 | Uncivilized
Joshua and Ryan talk about consumerism, the successes and failures of modern society, the price of progress, and whether civilization has actually made us less civilized with author and podcaster Dr. Christopher Ryan, and they answer the following questions: Are technological advances primarily benefiting or degrading our society? (04:04) How do I survive and thrive in traditional mating rituals in a world that is becoming increasingly digital? (17:53) How much sacrifice is too much sacrifice? (30:46) Detai...

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Quickie: Better Goals Than Happiness
Joshua and Ryan discuss the prime objective of life. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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208 | Best Life
Joshua and Ryan discuss the elements of a best life, and they answer the following questions: How do I live what I believe is my best life despite the criticism of others? (02:45) If I alter my blueprint for life because my plan isn’t working out, isn’t that giving up on my dreams? (10:45) How do I address the stress associated with society dictating to me how to live my life? (21:56) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Let's Talk About Black Friday
Joshua Fields Millburn discusses the pitfalls of the holiday (shopping) season....

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Let's Talk About Black Friday
Joshua Fields Millburn discusses the pitfalls of the holiday (shopping) season....

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Quickie: What do The Minimalists fear?
Joshua and Ryan discuss recognizing and addressing their greatest fears with singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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207 | Paranoia
Joshua and Ryan discuss fear, anxiety, worry, discomfort, and paranoia with singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze, and they answer the following questions: How do I overcome contentment and the fear of failure and purposely put myself in my discomfort zone to challenge myself? (02:45) How do I address my fear of the judgment of others and make a career move that many see as a step backward? (15:11) How do I address my fear of being alone? (28:19) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: ...

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207 | Paranoia
Joshua and Ryan discuss fear, anxiety, worry, discomfort, and paranoia with singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze, and they answer the following questions: How do I overcome contentment and the fear of failure and purposely put myself in my discomfort zone to challenge myself? (02:45) How do I address my fear of the judgment of others and make a career move that many see as a step backward? (15:11) How do I address my fear of being alone? (28:19) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: ...

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Quickie: Managing Screen Time for Kids
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to ensure children are not adversely influenced by technology with author and professor Emily Oster. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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Quickie: Managing Screen Time for Kids
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to ensure children are not adversely influenced by technology with author and professor Emily Oster. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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206 | Raising Kids
Joshua and Ryan talk about raising kids, the data behind good parenting, and how parents can be more confident in their parenting decisions with professor and author Emily Oster, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine with my partner who will sacrifice their career to take care of our children? (02:09) How do I ensure my hoarder relatives don’t negatively impact the minimalist values I’m instilling in my child? (11:10) What’s the best way to educate children in a world dominated by cons...

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206 | Raising Kids
Joshua and Ryan talk about raising kids, the data behind good parenting, and how parents can be more confident in their parenting decisions with professor and author Emily Oster, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine with my partner who will sacrifice their career to take care of our children? (02:09) How do I ensure my hoarder relatives don’t negatively impact the minimalist values I’m instilling in my child? (11:10) What’s the best way to educate children in a world dominated by cons...

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Quickie: How do I discover my passion?
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to discover and develop a passion with author and radio personality Ken Coleman. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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Quickie: How do I discover my passion?
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to discover and develop a passion with author and radio personality Ken Coleman. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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205 | Career Advice
Joshua and Ryan discuss career advice, pursuing your passion, mentors, and the stepping stones to success with author and radio personality Ken Coleman, and they answer the following questions: How do I find a job that adequately fulfills my professional and economic needs? (07:27) How do I secure my dream job despite fierce competition in the field? (20:19) How do I ask someone to be a mentor? (26:45) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: The Difference Between Minimalism and KonMari
Joshua and Ryan compare and contrast minimalism and the KonMari method with lifestyle entrepreneur MJ Gordon. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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Quickie: The Difference Between Minimalism and KonMari
Joshua and Ryan compare and contrast minimalism and the KonMari method with lifestyle entrepreneur MJ Gordon. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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204 | Starting Minimalism
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to start simplifying, how to become a minimalist, and some practical tips and rules for decluttering with lifestyle entrepreneur MJ Gordon, and they answer the following questions: How do I motivate myself to minimize? (01:49) What is one unexpected result you realized after adopting minimalism? (10:30) How do I overcome analysis paralysis and wholly embrace minimalism? (35:32) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: The Connection Between Stuff and Depression
Joshua and Ryan discuss how the things in our lives can contribute to depression with author Johann Hari. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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203 | Connection
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? (01:33) Are the allegedly high rates of depression accurate? (26:27) As an introvert, how do I develop connections with others? (29:38) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/...

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203 | Connection
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? (01:33) Are the allegedly high rates of depression accurate? (26:27) As an introvert, how do I develop connections with others? (29:38) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/...

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Quickie: Avoid the Fast-Fashion Trap
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to avoid the devious seduction of fast fashion with author and business owner Tara Button. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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202 | Buy Once
Joshua and Ryan talk about buying new and used material possessions with intention, purchasing products that last a lifetime, and being responsible with time and money when shopping for necessities with author and business owner Tara Button, and they answer the following questions: How do I find satisfaction with what I already own rather than seeking out ‘perfect’ replacements? (01:51) How do I control my urge to shop? (09:55) How do I know that what I really want is what I really need? (22:00) Detailed sh...

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Quickie: How to Stay Motivated When Writing
Joshua discusses how to maintain motivation during a writing project with author Ryan Holiday. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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201 | Slowing Down
Joshua talks about stillness, quietude, combating distractions, and slowing down with author Ryan Holiday, and they answer the following questions: What skills should I learn to lead a more peaceful, purposeful life? (01:21) How can I make my long commute less stressful? (09:51) How do I combat the societal pressure to hustle tirelessly, no matter the cost? (19:03) How do I appropriately balance personal and professional obligations as a business owner? (20:36) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast S...

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201 | Slowing Down
Joshua talks about stillness, quietude, combating distractions, and slowing down with author Ryan Holiday, and they answer the following questions: What skills should I learn to lead a more peaceful, purposeful life? (01:21) How can I make my long commute less stressful? (09:51) How do I combat the societal pressure to hustle tirelessly, no matter the cost? (19:03) How do I appropriately balance personal and professional obligations as a business owner? (20:36) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast S...

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Quickie: Mayor Pete Reads Online Headlines About Mayor Pete
Joshua and Ryan ask presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg to read headlines about him from The Onion. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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200 | Minimalist President
Joshua and Ryan discuss values, contribution, leadership, minimalist uniforms, and whether or not there could ever be a minimalist president with 2020 presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and they answer the following questions: How would you reduce the national debt? (23:12) Is it feasible and responsible to replace the Electoral College? (36:50) How important is freedom, and how would you incorporate it into your presidency? (39:10) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimali...

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200 | Minimalist President
Joshua and Ryan discuss values, contribution, leadership, minimalist uniforms, and whether or not there could ever be a minimalist president with 2020 presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and they answer the following questions: How would you reduce the national debt? (23:12) Is it feasible and responsible to replace the Electoral College? (36:50) How important is freedom, and how would you incorporate it into your presidency? (39:10) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimali...

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Quickie: How to Declutter Your Smartphone
Joshua and Ryan discuss how they ensure their smartphones add value rather than distraction. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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199 | Decluttering Questions
Joshua and Ryan discuss decluttering our spaces, lives, hearts, and minds, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine what to keep regarding my hobbies? (01:07) How do I determine what to keep regarding seasonal and special-occasion clothing? (17:09) How do I help my family members become more organized? (22:04) How do I appropriately keep and store holiday decorations? (26:12) How do I determine the appropriate amount of toys for my child? (27:46) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podca...

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199 | Decluttering Questions
Joshua and Ryan discuss decluttering our spaces, lives, hearts, and minds, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine what to keep regarding my hobbies? (01:07) How do I determine what to keep regarding seasonal and special-occasion clothing? (17:09) How do I help my family members become more organized? (22:04) How do I appropriately keep and store holiday decorations? (26:12) How do I determine the appropriate amount of toys for my child? (27:46) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podca...

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Quickie: How do I improve my sleep?
Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate sleep hygiene with Dr. Ryan Greene from Monarch Athletic Club. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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198 | Simple Choices
Joshua and Ryan talk about simple choices to improve overall wellness with Dr. Ryan Greene from Monarch Athletic Club, and they answer the following questions: How do I attain and maintain a healthy relationship with food? (04:47) What lifestyle changes most positively impact health? (13:44) How often should I exercise to maintain optimal health? (16:04) How do I overcome my craving for sweets? (18:27) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: How do I transition out of a dead-end career?
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to move on from a dead-end career with author Alex Banayan. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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197 | Successful People
Joshua and Ryan discuss success, successful people, and how the world’s most successful people launched their careers with author Alex Banayan, and they answer the following questions: How do I cultivate a passion, and how do I determine when a passion is no longer worth cultivating? (01:14) How do you define success? (16:22) What are the essential healthy habits of successful people? (21:16) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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197 | Successful People
Joshua and Ryan discuss success, successful people, and how the world’s most successful people launched their careers with author Alex Banayan, and they answer the following questions: How do I cultivate a passion, and how do I determine when a passion is no longer worth cultivating? (01:14) How do you define success? (16:22) What are the essential healthy habits of successful people? (21:16) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: Give Value to Get Value
Joshua and Ryan discuss finding the communities most appropriate for us with author, podcaster, and entrepreneur Jason Zook. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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196 | Your Weird
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? (2:02) 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? (11:59) Is maintaining traditions wit...

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196 | Your Weird
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? (2:02) 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? (11:59) Is maintaining traditions wit...

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Quickie: 48,000 Negative Thoughts a Day
Joshua and Ryan discuss the crucial balance of faith and doubt with Mosaic pastor Erwin McManus. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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195 | Questioning Faith
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? (09:37) Is it possible to have faith while still harboring doubt? (22:53) How do I address my family’s disapproval of my religion? (25:06) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: How much art is unoriginal?
Joshua discusses the existence of art without the "prerequisite of originality" with singer-songwriter Jay Nash. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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194 | Craft
Joshua discusses artistry, resourcefulness, originality, and craft with singer-songwriter Jay Nash, and they answer the following questions: How do I best use my newfound free time after a digital detox? (06:10) How do I determine if I’m adequately prepared to quit my day job to pursue my passion full-time? (23:00) What time of day are most people at their creative peak? (33:17) How do we determine which thoughts will likely lead to the most productive projects? (36:07) Where do you find inspiration as a cr...

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Quickie: How to Discuss Debt with Your Partner
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to address debt in a relationship with filmmaker Travis Shakespeare. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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193 | Financial Independence
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? (04:01) How do I save and invest with the earnings from a minimum-wage job? (18:19) Is financial independence necessary for a minimalist, and, if so, what is the first baby step toward that journey? (26:35) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Suppo...

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Quickie: How Consciousness Affects Your Priorities
Joshua and Ryan discuss how consciousness affects our priorities with New York Times bestselling author Annaka Harris. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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192 | Conscious
Joshua and Ryan discuss consciousness, the mysteries of the brain, and decluttering our minds with New York Times bestselling author Annaka Harris, and they answer the following questions: How do I mentally declutter? (10:01) Why do spontaneous purchases give us a brief surge of pleasure? (22:08) Is obsession a mindset or a disorder? (25:26) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: Conflicting Beliefs with Loved Ones
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to reconcile conflicting beliefs with loved ones with comedian and podcaster Jamie Kilstein. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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191 | Common Ground
Joshua and Ryan talk about tribes, picking sides, and finding common ground with people who have different beliefs with comedian and podcaster Jamie Kilstein, and they answer the following questions: How do I find common ground with a partner that prefers a different climate? (02:21) How do I find common ground with people that hold different beliefs? (25:33) Why do I find it particularly challenging to find common ground with certain people? (29:03) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The ...

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Quickie: How Positive Thinking Is Like Prayer
Joshua and Ryan discuss how positive thinking is similar to prayer with educator and podcaster T.K. Coleman. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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190 | Positive Thinking
Joshua and Ryan talk about the pros and cons of positive thinking with educator and podcaster T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions: How do I stay motivated when I see my contemporaries succeeding while I continue struggling? (01:35) How do I balance positive thinking with healthy skepticism? (18:26) How do I stay positive despite the anguish from past abuse? (23:53) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: The Appropriate Storefront
Joshua discusses how to decide whether a virtual storefront or a physical storefront is the most appropriate choice for a business with author and podcaster Paul Jarvis. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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189 | Minimalist Business
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? (08:19) How do I determine which social media applications are having a positive effect on my business? (17:05) How do I untether from the identity associated with my...

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Quickie: Advice on Leaving the Corporate World
Joshua discusses planning appropriately for leaving a well-paying job with author Ramit Sethi. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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188 | Budgeting Mistakes
Joshua talks about earning income, managing money, financial willpower, budgeting mistakes, and what it means to live a “rich” life with author Ramit Sethi, and they answer the following questions: What is the most effective investment strategy if I have limited funds to invest? (14:11) How do I resist making impulsive purchases? (28:46) How do I address my issues with credit cards? (33:23) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: How to Keep Growing as a Creative
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to continuously grow as a creative with singer-songwriter Griffin House. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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187 | Insecurity
Joshua and Ryan talk about insecurities, criticism, perceived failures, and redefining success with singer-songwriter Griffin House, and they answer the following questions: How do I get the most honest, constructive feedback from others? (01:56) How do I let go of the obsession to make everything perfect? (10:42) How do I overcome shyness and self-doubt? (18:11) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: Minimalists' Preferences for Gifts
Joshua and Ryan discuss preferences regarding giving gifts compared to preferences regarding receiving gifts. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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186 | Birthday Gifts
Joshua and Ryan talk about birthday gifts, gifting experiences, their favorite consumables to give as gifts, and when it’s appropriate to give physical gifts, and they answer the following questions: How do I set the appropriate expectations with my loved ones regarding the kinds of presents I prefer to gift? (05:08) What are the most tactful methods for requesting specific gifts or no gifts at all? (16:43) What does the ideal minimalist birthday party entail? (23:29) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/po...

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Quickie: How Small Changes Make Big Progress
Joshua and Ryan discuss how small changes in our daily habits will lead to big progress over the course of our lives with co-founder and CEO of TheGoodTrade.com, AmyAnn Cadwell. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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185 | Sustainable Living
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? (01:10) How do I introduce sustainability practices into our relationship without offending my partner? (12:02) Where should I start if I want to live a more sustainable life? (17:13) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/...

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Quickie: Healthy Eating Habits for Travel
Joshua discusses healthy eating habits for travel with author and podcaster Rich Roll, Dr. Paul Saladino, and Dr. Tommy Wood. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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184 | Minimalist Diets
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? (02:31) Are branded diets created for the good of public health or simply to promote products and services? (28:18) What food purchases should I prioritize on a limited budget? (33:51) Detailed show...

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Quickie: Knowing When to Say Yes or No
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to determine whether to say "yes" or "no" to professional obligations with filmmaker and YouTuber Matt D'Avella. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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183 | Creativity
Joshua & Ryan chat about creativity, creating more and consuming less, and the difference between “creating content” and “producing meaningful creations” with filmmaker and YouTuber Matt D’Avella, and they answer the following questions: How do I redirect my creative energy toward the most positive, productive pursuits? (03:10) How do I determine if I’m creating out of love or obligation? (18:51) How do I maintain a consistent message, yet still always keep it fresh and engaging? (25:43) Detailed show notes...

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Quickie: Addressing Pressure from Family Members
Joshua and Ryan discuss how to handle pressure from family members with author and podcaster Denaye Barahona. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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182 | Simple Families
Joshua & Ryan discuss simple families, minimalist parenting, and traveling with a family with author and podcaster Denaye Barahona, and they answer the following questions: How do I reach a compromise with my partner regarding the quantity of our children’s toys? (01:09) How do I help my children adopt minimalism in spite of the societal pressure encouraging them to acquire all of the latest and greatest things? (15:04) How do I help my children cultivate values focused on relationships, contribution, and e...

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Quickie: The Impact of Excessive Phone Use
Joshua & Ryan discuss the impact that cell phones have on our lives with their friend Cal Newport, author of the new book Digital Minimalism. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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Quickie: How to Separate Personal and Professional Values
Joshua and Ryan delineate personal and professional values with neuroscientist, author, and podcaster Sam Harris. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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181 | Mindful
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? (02:43) What does it mean to live a meaningful life, and how can mindfulness help? (19:14) How can mindfulness ultimately help me determine and pursue my life’s purpose? (28:14) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com...

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Maximal: Constipation of the Soul
Joshua & Ryan discuss whether success leads to sadness, whether sadness leads to success, and how to deal with both with singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists Questions answered in this episode: How do you get out of a funk when you’re dealing with despair, loss, and sadness? (1:12:19) When did you stop comparing yourself to your mentors and heroes, and become happy with who you are? (1:24:15)...

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Quickie: Letting Go of the Love of Things
Joshua and Ryan discuss letting go of our love of things with YouTuber Shelbizleee. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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180 | Stopped Buying
Joshua & Ryan talk about the things they stopped buying as minimalists, and why they stopped buying them, with YouTuber Shelbizleee, and they answer the following questions: Will economies continue to survive and thrive if minimalism is adopted by the masses? (06:54) How do I better control my spending online where they make it so easy to be impulsive? (19:04) How do I stop myself from buying food I don’t need? (22:36) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/sup...

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Quickie: Short-Term Sacrifices to Achieve Long-Term Gains
Joshua & Ryan join author Rachel Cruze to discuss establishing financial responsibilities. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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Quickie: When do you stop comparing yourself to your idols?
Joshua and Ryan discuss comparing yourself to others, especially your idols, with singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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179 | Sadness
Joshua & Ryan discuss whether success leads to sadness, whether sadness leads to success, and how to deal with both with singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, and they answer the following questions: How do I carve out time to take better care of myself so I can be the best me for myself and others? (08:26) Do you combat sadness differently as minimalists? (24:36) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: How do you determine the value of things?
Joshua & Ryan discuss how to determine what items truly add value to our lives. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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178 | Favorite Things
Joshua & Ryan talk about their favorite things, why they add value to their lives, why they may not add value to your life, and they answer the following questions: How much is too much in a collection? (14:54) How do I part with favorite items that are simply sentimental? (22:32) How do I part with favorite items that no longer add value and now function as distractions? (24:42) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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177 | Disagreements
Joshua & Ryan talk about disagreements, arguments, and conflict with educator and podcaster T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions: How can I be forthright with my friends without offending them? (04:37) What is the best way to “agree to disagree”? (15:06) What media most effectively adds value to people’s lives? (20:29) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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176 | UnAmerican Dream
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? (07:16) What is considered freedom today, and how do we gain more freedom in our lives? (16:05) How have your social interactions during your travels enriched your worldview? (23:30) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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175 | Feeling Stuck
Joshua & Ryan talk about feeling stuck creatively, feeling stuck emotionally, and what it takes to get unstuck with singer-songwriter Rosi Golan, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine if I should continue to ‘drudge through the drudgery’ at my current job, or if it’s time to move on? (01:46) How do I craft a plan to get unstuck? (13:51) How do I overcome creator’s block? (20:27) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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174 | Minimalist Fitness
Joshua & Ryan discuss minimalist health and fitness with Ben Greenfield from the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast, and they answer the following questions: How do I create an exercise habit that fits my busy life? (5:54) What are some effective exercises that don’t require a gym? (28:13) What is the ultimate minimalist exercise? (31:09) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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173 | Digital Clutter
Joshua & Ryan talk about digital clutter, technological exhaustion, quitting social media, and overall online health with their friend Cal Newport, author of the new book Digital Minimalism, and they answer the following questions: How do I overcome the guilt I feel when I unfollow friends and family on social media? (1:59) How can my company or brand remain relevant without a constant media presence? (23:36) How do I keep up with work without drowning in information? (27:08) Detailed show notes: minimalist...

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172 | Money Problems
Joshua & Ryan discuss budgeting, tuition, debt, and other money quagmires with author Rachel Cruze, and they answer the following questions: How do I persuade my partner to join me in crafting a shared budget to ensure our financial contributions are equitable? (1:55) Should I assume the responsibility for the college savings for our child if my ex-partner isn’t financially savvy? (10:40) How do I stay motivated while paying off debt? (14:50) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimali...

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171 | Rejection
Joshua & Ryan talk about independence, rejection, and creating meaningful work without gatekeepers with comedian Andrew Schulz, and they answer the following questions: How do I balance the need to support myself with the need to fulfill myself? (1:28) How do I create demand for my new creation? (22:09) How do I minimize rejection in my life? (26:42) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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170 | Subtract
Joshua & Ryan discuss subtracting the superfluous from our lives in order to make room for the valuable, and they answer the following questions: How do I minimize my talking and maximize my listening? (1:42) Is letting go of obligations as important as letting go of stuff? (14:02) How do I determine what “obligations” are truly obligations? (16:10) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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Quickie: Tidying Up
Joshua & Ryan discuss their thoughts on "Tidying Up." Listen to "Maximal" episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists...

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169 | Millionaires
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? (9:32) How many revenue streams are appropriate to ensure lifelong financial freedom? (20:18) How significant a role does positive thinking play in becoming successful in life? (24:23) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists....

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168 | Baggage
Joshua & Ryan talk about baggage, boundaries, and letting go of the past, and they answer the following questions: How do I remove the emotional baggage of a past relationship? (10:31) Is it selfish to share my emotional baggage with my partner? (26:12) How do I ensure I’m not unwittingly creating emotional baggage for others? (31:42) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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167 | Collectibles
Joshua & Ryan talk about their personal collections, and they answer the following questions: What should I do with items that are no longer useful but might have value as decorations or collectibles? (01:03) Is it better to store or display collectibles? (20:48) What should I do with collectibles that bring me joy that I’m too embarrassed to display? (22:58) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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166 | Hope
Joshua & Ryan are joined by Diane Capaldi to talk about hope, despair, joy, and regret, and they answer the following questions: What should I do if I still feel little hope toward transitioning into a minimalist lifestyle after decluttering? (18:14) How do I maintain the hope of living a meaningful life if my loved ones don’t support me? (38:08) Isn’t hope simply a form of craving that a minimalist should seek to overcome? (45:37) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minima...

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165 | Habits
Joshua & Ryan are joined by James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, to talk about creating new, empowering habits, and they answer the following questions: How do I select and develop the habits to foster my passions? (16:15) How do I determine where to start with new habits when I’m overwhelmed by the options? (51:41) How do I break the habit of never saying “no”? (1:04:25) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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164 | 2018
Joshua & Ryan reminisce about their favorite memories of 2018, and they answer the following questions: When should I stop pursuing a relationship? (13:09) Is it still a hobby if I make money from it? (33:42) What are a minimalist’s views on religion? (46:30) 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? (1:17:13) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/...

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163 | Business
Joshua & Ryan are joined by Jordan Harbinger to talk about what it takes to start a successful small business, and they answer the following questions: When is it acceptable to take on debt to expand my business? (12:19) How do I run a minimalist business and still earn a living wage? (39:32) How do I establish a work-life balance when starting a business? (58:37) How do I overcome the fear of failure to migrate from corporate cog to owner-operator? (1:04:50) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Sup...

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162 | Upgrades
Joshua & Ryan discuss upgrading your phone, clothes, technology, housing, appliances, and anything else you might consider upgrading, and they answer the following questions: Under what circumstances can I justify an upgrade? (15:12) How do I resist the urge to upgrade to the 'latest and greatest'? (27:37) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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161 | Addictions
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? (13:27) How do I break my addiction to the status quo? (30:14) How do I break my addiction to success? (35:14) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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160 | Changes
Joshua & Ryan discuss re-evaluating our lives so we can make the changes we need to make, and they answer the following questions: How do I effect positive change in a friendship? (1:15) How do I ensure there’s adequate support in place to make a significant personal or professional change sustainable? (22:02) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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159 | Blackfriday
Joshua & Ryan discuss the holiday shopping season, and they answer the following questions: How do I explain to my young child the importance of gifting things of value? (10:44) What should minimalists gift their loved ones? (29:47) How do I convince family members to gift my children valuable experiences instead of material items? (46:08) How do I resolve the conflicts between my duties as a marketer and my values as a minimalist? (54:06) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists...

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158 | Selfcare
Joshua & Ryan chat with Randi Kay about self-care, and they answer the following questions: How do I move on from the darkness of my past to become the person I want to become? (16:18) How important is foot care to overall health? (46:06) How do I practice self-care without feeling selfish? (1:03:03) How do I balance caring for myself with caring for others? (1:08:01) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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157 | Excess
Joshua & Ryan talk about reducing excess stuff, including some of the things that might add value to your life, and they answer the following questions: How do I appropriately address the frustration I experience when I lose any of the few things I truly value? (15:09) How do I determine if any family items are heirlooms to be saved for future generations? (23:40) Should I minimize gradually or quickly? (33:14) How do I minimize dispassionately? (36:37) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support T...

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156 | Fear
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? (25:06) How do I address gift-giving with loved ones that insist on giving gifts and question my judgment for not wanting them? (44:42) How do I conquer the fear of criticism that is holding me back from sharing my creative work with the world? (1:00:01) How do I overcome decision fatigue and choose a career? (1:09:41) Detailed sh...

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155 | Love
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? (52:40) When should I stop pursuing a relationship? (1:20:20) How do I best love myself? (1:43:36) How do I determine if a love is good or bad? (1:51:06) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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154 | Minimal
Joshua & Ryan answer a bunch of questions about minimalism, including: Which revenue stream should I focus my energy on to ensure my company is profitable? (1:51) What project are you focused on to complete within the next year? (7:52) Should I spend more money for an apartment with an extra room for a home office? (11:58) How does having a child change one’s minimalist practices? (19:28) How do I find happiness when I’m stressed? (26:11) What can I do to minimize more quickly? (35:21) How do you consistent...

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153 | Spouses
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? (19:45) How do I live as a minimalist without my spouse’s support? (38:07) How do I purge my spouse’s excess stuff without upsetting them? (56:07) How do I determine between an ideal relationship and a simply comfortable relationship? (1:02:04) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimali...

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152 | Comparison
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? (26:40) How do I explain minimalism to non-minimalists? (33:08) How do my partner and I decide who is responsible for each financial obligation in our household? (43:27) How do I maintain a balance betw...

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151 | Donating
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? (00:53) Will friends appreciate me gifting them my unwanted belongings, or will they be offended? (17:36) What should I do with items that are missing pieces, e.g., board games, rather than just throwing them away? (26:40) How do I determine what is the best use of my time and energy between recyc...

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150 | City
Joshua & Ryan talk about how the city in which you live affects the rest of your life, and they answer the following questions: How do I decide where it’s best for me to reside? (3:34) How will I know when I’ve simplified enough? (4:05) How do I choose a more affordable location for my family without sacrificing neighborhood amenities? (39:17) Why are some areas of the world happier than others? (1:00:46) How important are transportation options when considering places to live? (1:06:39) Detailed show notes...

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149 | Sex
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? (12:12) Should I save my sexual accoutrements for the possibility of a future relationship? (31:12) Is building a strong emotional base crucial for a healthy sex life? (41:46) How should I respond to criticisms regardi...

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148 | Breakups
Joshua & Ryan sit down with Nate Green to discuss how he's moving forward after exiting a ten-year relationship, and they answer the following questions: How do I move on from a relationship but still remain friends with my former partner? (17:16) How do I rid myself of the remnants of a relationship that ended badly? (54:42) How do I forgive myself for a breakup that was my fault? (1:14:22) How do minimalists best divide up their collective items during a breakup? (1:18:34) Detailed show notes: minimalists...

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147 | Retire
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? (28:00) How do I take on midlife responsibilities and obligations—marriage, children, mortgage—while still appropriately saving for retirement? (36:14) Which is the better retirement investment between a 401K and a Roth IRA? (44:32) How do I ignore the judgement of loved ...

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146 | Curation
Joshua & Ryan talk about the difference between curating and collecting, and they answer the following questions: Are museum collections considered intentional curations? (34:08) Shouldn’t I save items I acquired on vacation that are exclusive to the areas I visited? (55:13) Shouldn’t I save items that improve with age? (1:24:04) How can I best curate a collection of items that are meaningful to me? (1:30:04) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support...

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145 | Challenges
Joshua & Ryan talk about their personal challenges, and they answer the following questions: What aspects of minimalism have you found particularly challenging, and how have you overcome those challenges? (36:16) How do I return to challenging myself in my discomfort zone after an extended period of time spent in my comfort zone? (1:08:56) Is procrastination always bad? (1:26:23) How do I best manage a relationship with a loved one that collects stuff? (1:29:54) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast ...

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144 | Simpleliving
Joshua & Ryan answer an assortment of difficult questions about simple living, including: How do you define simple living? (2:07) How do I incorporate simple eating practices into my simple living practices? (5:19) How do I maintain my minimalist lifestyle with a non-minimalist roommate? (23:20) What one thing can I do immediately that will have the most significant impact on my adoption of a minimalist lifestyle? (35:40) How do I find a balance between “living my present” and “worrying about my future”? (4...

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143 | Indebted
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? (25:17) How can I attend college with no money? (32:57) How do I justify buying things of value when I’m in debt? (41:48) How do I pay off my significant student loan debt with my modest income?...

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142 | Anxiety
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? (20:02) How do I minimize my worry and indecisiveness to minimize my anxiety? (33:55) Will simply letting go of stuff help me shed my anxiety? (57:10) How do I rid myself of the physical feelings of anxiety? (1:02:12) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/suppor...

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141 | Parents
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? (3:41) How do I help my loved ones better understand my lifestyle choices so they simply accept me? (36:29) What do I do when my parents ask me to clear their clutter for them, but they won’t let go of anything? (56:36) How do I help my aging parents understand th...

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140 | Buying
Joshua & Ryan discuss tips for buying things intentionally, and they answer the following questions: How do I stop myself from compulsively consuming? (19:50) When you must consume, what brands do you trust? (39:56) How do I manage my professional responsibilities and obligations to make more time for my personal pursuits? (40:18) Should I spend more money on better products, or should I save money purchasing less inexpensive products that might be less durable? (1:08:03) What criteria do you ensure a produ...

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139 | Access
Joshua & Ryan discuss ownership of things versus access to things with Ryan Delk from Omni, and they answer the following questions: Is ownership simply a matter of satisfying one’s ego? (12:12) Is it always better to rent something instead of buying it? (20:26) Should I invest in things I use frequently instead of minimizing everything? (26:39) How do I determine what I must own compared to what I can have access to? (52:31) How do I enjoy the benefits of streaming services without the stress of the expens...

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138 | Healthproblems
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? (1:06:25) What’s the best way to support someone who is dealing with a serious healt...

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137 | Direction
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? (16:19) How do I pursue my interests and simultaneously purge my guilt for not attending college? (39:39) What can I use to motivate me to take action on challenging pursuits that interest me? (1:16:35) How do I find the right direction when I realize I’m going the wrong w...

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136 | Mementos
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? (32:36) 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? (47:03) Should I save anything with the consideration of what my children might like to own? (59:43) How do I find the leverage to part with the...

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135 | Acquaintances
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? Detailed show notes: ...

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134 | Intentional
Joshua & Ryan talk about setting intentions, differentiating essentials from nonessentials, developing a plan to leave the corporate world, and the difference between "good intentions" and intentionality, and they answer the following questions: Do you recommend that everyone leave their corporate jobs? How do I minimize my consumption of a plethora of unnecessary physical consumables? How do I remind myself during my daily routine of the intentions I set for myself? How do I maintain my composure with seem...

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133 | Constraints
Joshua & Ryan discuss the upside of constraints, the freedom of limitations, and the flexibility of nonstandard lifestyles, and they answer the following questions: How do I acclimate myself to letting go when I’ve been encouraged so strongly for so long to save everything? How do I embrace a minimalist lifestyle despite my current maximalist obligations and responsibilities? What constraints have you implemented in your life to help you become a better minimalist? How do I determine what constraints are in...

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132 | Experiences
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? H...

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131 | School
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? Detailed show notes: mi...

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130 | Food
Joshua & Ryan brought Rich Roll into the studio to chat about the role food plays in our everyday lives and how to use food as fuel instead of entertainment, and they answered the following questions: How do I maintain a healthy diet while traveling? How do I purchase organic foods and grass-fed meats given my modest budget? How do I determine what is trendy from what is actually beneficial for me? Is there a relationship between nutrition and mental health? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You...

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129 | Beginnings
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? Detailed show note...

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128 | Reset
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? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists...

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127 | Sivers
Joshua & Ryan chat with Derek Sivers about simplicity, complexity, parenting, creativity, and saying “no” to almost everything, and they answer the following questions: How do I prioritize the most important things in my life once I’ve eliminated the clutter? How do I say ‘no’ to gifts and donations from my loved ones for my newborn without looking like an unappreciative jerk? How do I stay present with my loved ones when there are so many pressing demands on my time from my professional life? How do I ensu...

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126 | Quality
Joshua & Ryan talk about some of their favorite high-quality items, and they discuss finding a balance between quality and quantity. They also answer the following questions: How do I transition to buying quality over quantity? What brands of products and services do you recommend to other minimalists? What’s the best approach to fight that programmed obsolescence that is engineered by big companies? What is your definition of quality? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minima...

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125 | Easter
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 ...

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124 | Religion
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 minimalists that are 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 ...

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123 | Hobbies
Joshua & Ryan talk about creativity, writing, music, and hobbies with Paul Johnson of Canyon City, and they answer the following questions: How do I reconcile my minimalist values and beliefs with all of the items that are necessary for my hobby? How can I ensure my work space only contains those tools that are absolutely essential? Is it still a hobby if I make money from it? Are hobbies essential for a happy mind? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at min...

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122 | People
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 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? Detailed show notes: minimalists...

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121 | Emotions
Joshua & Ryan invite Courtney Carver into their new studio to talk about emotions, and they answer the following questions: How do I maintain high standards for myself without beating myself up when I fall short of those high standards? How do I let go of resentful feelings I have toward people that cling to their belongings and don’t embrace minimalism? How important is it to take emotion out of all of our important life decisions? Why is being emotional stigmatized while so many of us desire to feel good?...

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120 | Socialmedia
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 ...

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119 | Decorations
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? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can ...

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118 | Collecting
Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio” to talk about collecting, and they answer the following questions: How do I reconcile my collector’s mindset with the principles of minimalist philosophy? How do I appropriately purge my medals and trophies? How do I express my minimalist viewpoint regarding my loved ones’ collections without offending my loved ones? What fuels people's desires to collect in the first place? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalist...

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117 | Loincloth
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...

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116 | Resonate
Joshua & Ryan visit Nashville with musician Griffin House, and they answer the following questions: How do I keep from bringing the mental clutter I accumulate at work into my personal life? How can I ensure I continue to look my best but minimize my cosmetic consumption? How can I better use food as a fuel instead of as a crutch? What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs that want to use your journey as entrepreneurs as their business model? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can su...

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115 | Happier
Joshua & Ryan are back in-studio with Dan Harris, author of Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, and they answer the following questions: I know what I must do to achieve happiness in the long-term, but how do I address my unhappiness in the short-term? How do I let go of nagging feelings of regret when I make mistakes? How do I squeeze meditation into an already full agenda? How do I maintain happiness without becoming complacent? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Po...

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114 | SpiritualAF
Joshua & Ryan have a hilarious conversation with satirist JP Sears in Atlanta, and they answer the following questions: Is it necessary to explain to those that contribute to your mission how the money will be used? What tips do you have for those that hate public speaking but must be public speakers? How did you maintain your mental health after you completely decluttered your life? How do I reconcile taking advantage of nearly every deal when shopping for a large family with the tenets of minimalism? Deta...

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113 | Newyear
Joshua & Ryan are back "in studio," and they answer the following questions about challenges of the New Year: What tips and tricks do you have regarding daily task planning and organizing? How do I dial back my proclivity to be a workaholic and learn to enjoy life again? How do I inspire myself to hold true to my minimalist ways year after year? How do I take a leap of faith into a new creative endeavor when the direction and viability of the pursuit are not clear? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podca...

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112 | 2017
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 il...

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111 | Gift
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 sc...

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110 | Toxic
Joshua & Ryan return to their hometown, Dayton, Ohio, and they answer the following questions: How do I develop and maintain a healthy relationship with an ex-partner with whom I share children? How can I best help others adopt minimalist practices? How do I reconcile disagreements with a loved one to ensure those disagreements don’t adversely affect our relationship? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support....

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109 | No
Joshua & Ryan are back "in studio" to speak with minimalist filmmaker Matt D'Avella of The Ground Up Show. Together they answer the following questions: How do the two of you split up the responsibilities and obligations of The Minimalists? To what ideal career did you aspire as you were graduating from high school? Did you always know you were discontented or did your discovery of minimalism help you realize you were discontented? How did you address the risks involved in deciding to leave your careers in ...

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108 | Becoming
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 everyon...

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107 | Giving
Joshua & Ryan speak with Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water, in New York City, and they answer the following questions: How do I help my child adopt minimalist practices without ruining their childhood expectations of the holidays? How do I address the stress from my passions so I don’t lose my love for them? How do I overcome the fear of leaving a ‘safe’ job with corporate benefits for a more independent pursuit that’s better aligned with my passions? How do I get my partner to accept and embrace mi...

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106 | Limits
Joshua & Ryan visit Denver, and they answer the following questions: How do I ensure I don’t fall off the minimalism wagon? How do I determine my passions, cultivate them, and incorporate them into my life? Have you ever taken minimalism too far? How do I stay confident and motivated through failures? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support....

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105 | Malcolm
Joshua & Ryan speak with Malcolm Fontier in Brooklyn, and they answer the following questions: How do I minimize daily stress and still fully engage in the moment? What should I do when my values and beliefs are in conflict with the actions I believe I must take for the welfare of my loved ones? How do I help my community adopt minimalist practices? Are there values and beliefs I must adopt to call myself a minimalist? How do I ensure my existence in the material world consistently aligns with my minimalist...

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104 | Simple
Joshua & Ryan speak with Courtney Carver, founder of Be More with Less, in Salt Lake City, and they answer the following questions: How do I know when I’ve taken minimalism too far? What should I do if the countless accoutrements and other moving parts required for my job are causing me stress? How should I support my loved ones who want to let go of their cherished items but are in a highly vulnerable state? Is there one thing you treasure more than anything else? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podca...

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103 | Masks
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 de...

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102 | Purge
Joshua & Ryan visit Edmonton and record one of their favorite episodes, and they answer the following questions: Where should I start regarding adopting a ketogenic diet? How do I address my parents regarding my distaste for accepting family heirlooms? Was there anything you purged that surprised you? How do I minimize without offending those who gave me the things I’m purging? How do I navigate holidays with loved ones who aren’t aspiring minimalists like me? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. ...

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101 | Style
Joshua & Ryan visit Calgary, and they answer the following questions: What tips do you have regarding finding, and being satisfied with, your own clothing style? What advice do you have for those people who are reluctant to take action immediately to improve their lives? What is your favorite ski resort? What is your favorite podcast? How do you explain you don’t want physical gifts to a loved one that enjoys giving gifts? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast...

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100 | Gone
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 ...

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099 | Breathe
Joshua & Ryan speak with Julien Smith, founder of Breather, in Montreal, and they answer the following questions: What is the most challenging aspect of your current journey as The Minimalists? How do I reconcile many of the traditional goals I grew up with—corporate career, marriage, children, home ownership, etc.—with the tenets of minimalism I now follow? How do you recommend we address others who question our minimalist lifestyle? How do we help our children become more conscious of compulsory consumpti...

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098 | Horizons
Joshua & Ryan visit Ottawa, and they answer the following questions: As dedicated minimalists, what do you want the world to look like in five years? How important do you believe the history of minimalism is to the current minimalism movement? Do you believe taking on some student debt is a more effective use of your time than working 16+ hour-days for years to pay for a college education? What are some tricks and tips for getting rid of heirlooms? How do we help children adopt minimalism? Detailed show not...

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097 | Sidehustle
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 jo...

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096 | Toronto
Joshua & Ryan visit Toronto, and they answer the following questions: What ultimately made you decide to quit your jobs? What should I do if I have conflicting values? What tips do you have for traveling light? Can social media truly add value to our lives? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support....

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095 | Relocating
Joshua & Ryan talk about where they're moving, and they answer the following questions: How do you move past feelings of shame regarding past mistakes and embarrassing episodes in your life? How do you ensure you’re addressing any emotional baggage attached to items as you’re getting rid of them? Is there a path to purchasing a house without taking on debt? Is it cheaper to sell your furniture before a move and then buy new furniture for the new place, or is it cheaper to pay to move the furniture you alrea...

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094 | Budget
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 sti...

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093 | Deep
Joshua & Ryan speak with Andrew Belle in Indianapolis about his new album, Dive Deep, and they answer the following questions: As an introvert, how do you meet the demands of a passion that requires an extroverted personality? What suggestions do you have for preparing yourself for the reality of daily life once you’ve graduated college? How do you resolve the feelings of guilt you have for even purchasing items you need to run a business? How can I be more intentional regarding the relationships I bring in...

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092 | Smallstuff
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-min...

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091 | Nostalgia
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 awarene...

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090 | Alignment
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 ret...

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089 | Reconcile
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...

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088 | Respond
Joshua & Ryan visit Columbus, and they answer the following questions: How do you respond to people who resign themselves to situations by saying, “That’s just the way it is”? How do you manage to continue to grow and to cultivate open minds and soft hearts? What advice do you have for saying ‘no’ to people and to activities you like to avoid becoming overly committed and stressed? What struggles and expectations have you had to address since becoming ‘The Minimalists’? What do you recommend to a minimalist...

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087 | Balance
Joshua & Ryan visit Cincinnati, and they answer the following questions: What questions have your audience members posed that have made you reevaluate your values and beliefs? What questions did you ask yourself when you were younger to help you determine that happiness was more important to you than material success? What advice do you have for people who seem to take minimalism to an extreme, or for those who offend others with their obsession with minimalism? What suggestions do you have for those who wa...

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086 | Rich
Joshua & Ryan speak with Rich Roll live on the Less Is Now tour, and they answer the following questions: What questions did you ask yourselves, and what resources did you consult, to determine your five foundational values? What has helped you 'drudge through the drudgery' and stay focused on your projects? How do you let go of the fear that you don't have enough? What films do you find most relatable to the journey of becoming a minimalist? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The...

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085 | Shopping
Joshua & Ryan talk about shopping, and they answer the following questions: Do you ever splurge on anything? How do I justify purchasing something new to replace something that is still functional, but has lost its luster? How do I quell my feelings of guilt after purchasing new items? How do I reconcile my need to sell merchandise for my livelihood with my need to hold true to my minimalism values? How can I create a profitable minimalist store? What are good questions to ask myself before I go shopping? D...

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084 | Nonline
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 discussed in Viktor ...

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083 | Rob
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 imp...

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082 | Hoarding
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? 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...

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081 | Bloodchocolate
Joshua injures himself at a rest stop & Ryan eats chocolate in front of a crowd, 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 ki...

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080 | Family
Joshua & Ryan talk about their families, and they answer the following family-related questions: How does caring for others fit into minimalism? How do you pitch minimalism to folks that are resistant to getting rid of their stuff? How do I part with gifts from family and friends without offending the gift-givers? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support....

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079 | Collisions
Joshua & Ryan visit Chicago, and they answer the following questions: How do you deal with the collisions with the values and beliefs of the non-minimalists in your life? How do I donate items to different charities when I don’t have a car to haul the items to those charities? What questions did you ask yourself to determine your passions, and what actions did you take to pursue those passions? What have you learned about yourself that you weren’t able to recognize before adopting minimalism? How can I meet...

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078 | Q&A
Joshua & Ryan are joined by Minimalism director Matt D'Avella, and they answer the following questions: Was it hard to invest so much money and time into your film project without assurance it was going to succeed? How do I further minimize the essentials in my life when I feel like I’m always overbooked and I can’t catch my breath? How have your lives changed since you made the film? What can we do as a community to further promote the message of living more intentionally and simply? What was the most chal...

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077 | Seattle
Joshua & Ryan visit Seattle, and they answer the following questions: After you found success, what changed in your lives? Can you be in a committed relationship with someone who doesn’t share the same core values as you? If I must use social media for my job, how do I regulate my usage of it effectively? How can I ensure my family has access to all of my digital archives when I pass away? What is the most significant obstacle most people encounter when they’re trying to minimize? How can I be a minimalist ...

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076 | LiveWire
Joshua & Ryan stop by Live Wire Radio in Portland, Oregon, to record a live radio show in which they must convince the audience to keep or let go of certain possessions. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support....

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075 | Maine
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...

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074 | Boston
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 your life? 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 maximalis...

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073 | Vermont
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 important and necessary? What do your daily lives look like now that you’ve wholly adopted minimalism? What baby steps can someone take if they’re having trouble adopting...

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072 | Pittsburgh
Joshua & Ryan kick off their Less Is Now Tour in Pittsburgh, and they answer the following questions: How do I keep 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? Ho...

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071 | Media
Joshua & Ryan discuss their evolving approach toward social media and news media, and they delete many of their smartphone apps live on the air. They also answer the following questions: How do minimalists cope with the daily deluge of media? Which social media platform do you find the most effective? Is there an ideal newsfeed for minimalists? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support....

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070 | Clutter
Joshua & Ryan discuss the best ways to handle clutter, and they answer the following questions: I’ve minimized my possessions to only those things that add value to my life and bring me joy, but my space still feels cluttered—what do I do next? What should I do with all the books and papers I accumulated as I was earning my college degree? How do I deal with the clutter of my partner? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support....

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