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This lifetime can contain as many masterpieces as you allow.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @_lukecollinson_

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Consumerism encourages us to commodify our own identities. If we really want to dazzle others, though, we won’t do so via our possessions. Not in a meaningful way, at least.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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“The best way to proselytize is not to proselytize.” —Joshua Fields Millburn⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about the pros and cons of positive thinking with educator and podcaster T.K. Coleman of @discoverpraxis. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out the episode wherever you listen to podcasts and watch full episodes on YouTube! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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New at The Minimalists: Online Congruency⠀ By @JoshuaFieldsMillburn⠀ ⠀ I am seated at a booth in a diner outside Birmingham, Alabama, the smell of freshly ground, over-roasted coffee beans wafting around me, sifting through emails from friends. One in particular stands out.⠀ ⠀ A close friend is amid the tedious med-school application process, and she’s worried about her Facebook account being used against her by the folks who review applications. I don’t even have an undergraduate degree, so I’m likely an unfit advisor for grad-school matters; but, then again, I don’t really see this as a collegiate affair—rather, it’s a matter of congruency.⠀ ⠀ For the longest time, I, myself, led two separate lives: professional JFM and personal JFM. There was Corporate Me—prim and proper, ostensibly flawless. And there was Creative Me—flawed but beautiful (beautiful because of the flaws, perhaps?). For obvious reasons, the two mixed about as well as glass rubbing against concrete. So I kept them segregated: Corporate Me didn’t talk about his love for writing, and Creative Me loathed himself for hiding his creativity from the world. It was almost as though both sides were ashamed of each other.⠀ ⠀ Over time, this internal tug of war took its toll, until eventually I realized that living two separate lives was exhausting, and even disingenuous. So instead of hiding one half from the other, I decided to change my activity to align both halves.⠀ ⠀ To read the essay in-full visit our website—subscribe to our email list for essays and podcasts from The Minimalists. ⠀⠀ ⠀ 📷 @artbyhybrid

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What tiny decisions will you make today that will sculpt your extraordinary life? ⠀ ⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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When everyone is looking for more, we can focus on less.⠀ ⠀ 📷 Ellen Quinn

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“Our identities are shaped by the costumes we wear.” —Joshua Fields Millburn⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua discusses minimalist business models, entrepreneurship, building a small business, and making your business better with author and podcaster Paul Jarvis. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out the episode wherever you listen to podcasts and watch full episodes on YouTube! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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New at The Minimalists: Channel Surfing⠀ By @joshuafieldsmillburn & @RyanNicodemus⠀ ⠀ We’re always seeking something better.⠀ Something nicer, faster, newer, sleeker, bigger.⠀ Something more. Something else. Some thing.⠀ ⠀ The remote control made this search easier than ever: we can navigate a thousand channels without leaving the couch, flipping through channel after channel until we find something more desirable. But we don’t know what we’re searching for. So we persist.⠀ ⠀ Television isn’t the only place we “channel surf”: we dig through every aspect of our lives—food, relationships, entertainment, work—hoping to unearth anything other than what’s in front of us.⠀ ⠀ Our problem is, in a world of unlimited choices, there actually is always something better somewhere. So, even when we pinpoint something we enjoy, it’s never enough, and we yearn for something superior. It’s consumerism’s paradox: that which makes us happy soon brings us discontent.⠀ ⠀ The key to overcoming this cycle is simple: we must be happy with the channel we’re watching. If we’re not, we should change the channel. But once we locate a station we like, we should stick with it, enjoy it a while, and let go of the need to endlessly pursue the happiness that’s already in front of us. We can enjoy this life in this moment, and eventually the channel will change on its own.⠀ ⠀ 📷 Ricardo Gomez Angel

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The rhythm of life is not unlike a heartbeat. When everything is running smoothly, a balanced existence oscillates from productive to phlegmatic.⠀ ⠀ These days, however, with our tweets and likes and mentions and comments and posts and and and … it’s difficult to find a healthy tempo.⠀ ⠀ Don’t relax.⠀ Reply.⠀ React.⠀ Repost.⠀ Retweet.⠀ Repeat.⠀ ⠀ Our steady sine wave has collapsed into a fallow flatline. Go, go, go. Never stop never stopping.⠀ ⠀ But what if we need to stop? A heartbeat is a heartbeat precisely because it stops before it beats again.⠀ ⠀ A meaningful life is no different. So, The Minimalists are experimenting with intermittent stopping. We’re calling it “Screenless Saturdays,” and you’re welcome to join us.⠀ ⠀ You might call it a techno sabbatical, a digital detox, or a social-media diet, or you might simply think of it as a break, a breather, a repose from the frenzied world around you. Whatever you call it, there are at least three ways to experiment with Screenless Saturdays:⠀ ⠀ Social-Media Fast. Avoid all social media all day Saturday.⠀ ⠀ Digital Downtime. Avoid your computer screens, too.⠀ ⠀ Truly Screenless. Avoid all glowing screens. Yes, even your phone.⠀ ⠀ Which choice would provide the ideal respite? That’s the path worth walking.⠀ ⠀ Whichever path you choose, take three minutes before you go to bed on Saturday to jot down the ways in which you enjoyed the day differently without the pall of the digital world dulling your neurons.⠀ ⠀ How did you spend your day?⠀ How was it different?⠀ How did you feel?⠀ ⠀ Tell us about your experience here on Instagram or Twitter. Just don’t ping us on a Saturday—we won’t be around to see it.⠀ ⠀ 📷 Tyler Lastovich

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Because optimal health is real wealth, we’re going to record a podcast episode about about making simple choices to improve your overall wellness with @Dr_Greene_DO. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Diet, exercise, sleep, testing, and more—what questions would you like Dr. Greene to answer on the podcast?⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 📷 @tocayaorganica

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“The problem is not credit cards; the problem—and the solution—is you.” —Ramit Sethi⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua talks about earning income, managing money, financial willpower, budgeting mistakes, and what it means to live a “rich” life with author @Ramit. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out the episode wherever you listen to podcasts and watch full episodes on YouTube! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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New at The Minimalists: ⠀ Walk a Mile in My Blisters⠀ ⠀ I am seated on the warm side of floor-to-ceiling windows in a half-empty cafe, a black coffee on the table in front of me. A thick sheet of ice coats the sidewalk outside. Winter clouds hang over everything, the sky the color of a wet hippopotamus. “Graceless,” a song by The National, is playing softly through the overhead speakers.⠀ ⠀ Outside, a woman in a peacoat is traversing the icy walkway tentatively, planting each step with great care before planning the next, her arms outstretched and palms flat, as though she’s praying for less gravity. Her prayer goes unanswered, though, and with one misplaced step she slips backward. Her arms slice the air violently, hands grasping for something that isn’t there, until her backside finally connects with the concrete. Thwap!⠀ ⠀ I wince. Not because I feel her pain (literally), but because I feel her pain (figuratively). As the woman’s rear collided with the pavement, a twinge reverberated throughout my body. I, too, have fallen, so I know what it feels like. Or, rather, I know what it feels like to me. And this is a key difference.⠀ ⠀ Whenever we tell someone to “walk in our shoes,” we’re simply asking another person to put herself in our position for a moment, to be sympathetic of our circumstances. But when we do this—when we walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, as it were—we’re still approaching the situation from our own biased perspectives, which still may not allow us to empathize with the person who’s loaning her sneakers.⠀ ⠀ You see, sympathy and empathy are not the same thing. Sympathy understands someone’s pain; empathy feels it. Suffice it to say, we can never be truly empathetic—we can’t feel what another person feels completely—but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. When we care about another human, we must do our best to understand their pain.⠀ ⠀ To read the essay in-full visit our website—subscribe to our email list for essays and podcasts from The Minimalists. ⠀ ⠀ 🖊 @joshuafieldsmillburn ⠀ 📷 Cedric Wilder⠀

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Now is the only time to live in the moment.⠀ ⠀ 📷 Adam Marcucci

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Freedom. Regardless of how you define it, everyone values freedom. The word alone conjures images of doing whatever we want, whenever we want.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Whatever.⠀⠀ Whenever.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Dig deeper, however, and we quickly realize that’s not freedom—it’s self-inflicted tyranny.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Left to her own devices, my four-year-old will happily do “whatever she wants”: throw her toys across the room, binge-watch Peppa Pig, gorge on chocolate cake, refuse to brush her teeth, play in traffic.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ These decisions feel good in the moment, but as our poor decisions compound, we reap the rotting fruits of our indiscretions. In time, bad decisions pave the road to bad habits, and those habits trap us. Eventually, the cage we’ve built keeps us closed off from the very thing we sought—freedom.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Of course, a four-year-old lacks the fully developed prefrontal cortex to be blamed for her impulsive decisions. But what’s our excuse?⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The antidote to impulse, then, isn’t more freedom—it’s self-restraint. When implemented regularly, this restraint seeds a better life formed by good habits, and a refined freedom blossoms with bounty.⠀⠀ ⠀ 🖋 @joshuafieldsmillburn & @ryannicodemus ⠀ 📷 Brianna Santellan⠀

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“Don’t let anyone’s opinions stop you from doing what your heart truly yearns to do.” —Griffin House⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about insecurities, criticism, perceived failures, and redefining success with singer-songwriter @GriffinWadeHouse.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out the episode wherever you listen to podcasts and watch full episodes on YouTube! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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New at The Minimalists: How Much Is Enough?⠀ By @joshuafieldsmillburn & @ryannicodemus ⠀ ⠀ How much is enough?⠀ ⠀ Without asking this question, we blindly pursue excess.⠀ We have been acculturated to act rapaciously.⠀ Acquire, consume, indulge. More, more, more.⠀ ⠀ How much is enough?⠀ ⠀ Without an answer, we don’t know how to proceed.⠀ Because we don’t know when to stop.⠀ Mindless desire takes us by the hand.⠀ ⠀ Of course, enough is different for each of us.⠀ Enough changes as our needs and circumstances change.⠀ ⠀ Your enough may include a sofa, coffee table, and TV.⠀ A dining table that seats six.⠀ A three-bedroom home.⠀ A two-car garage.⠀ A backyard trampoline.⠀ Or that might be too much.⠀ ⠀ Enough changes over time.⠀ Yesterday’s enough may be too much today.⠀ ⠀ How much is enough?⠀ ⠀ Less than enough is depriving.⠀ More than enough is indulging.⠀ Enough is the sweet spot in the middle,⠀ the place where intentionality intersects with contentment,⠀ where lust doesn’t get in the way of creating something meaningful.⠀ ⠀ The Minimalists recently found our enough.⠀ We set a limit on our private podcast audience.⠀ Because 6,000 people is enough.⠀ It’s our minimum viable audience.⠀ ⠀ It’s enough because we want to keep our private podcast private.⠀ A small audience allows us to test new ideas in an intimate setting,⠀ to discuss sensitive subjects and have difficult conversations⠀ without ridicule, judgment, or misunderstanding.⠀ ⠀ It’s enough to pay for our studio space and equipment.⠀ Enough to pay a producer, filmmaker, and social-media manager.⠀ Enough to pay ourselves without cluttering our podcast with ads.⠀ ⠀ Yes, we could rocket past 6,000 people.⠀ But “could” is not a good reason to do anything.⠀ Enough is enough when you decide it’s enough.⠀ ⠀ 📷 Alex Kondratiev

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A new month is approaching—let’s play a game together:⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ We call it the 30-Day Minimalism Game.⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Here’s how it works…⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Tag a friend or family member in the comments: someone who’s willing to get rid of their excess stuff. This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ It’s an easy game at first. However, it starts getting challenging by week two when you’re both jettisoning more than a dozen items each day. Whoever can keep it going the longest wins; you both win if you can make it all month. Bonus points if you play with more than two people.⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Win or lose, we’d love to hear about your game on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: #MinsGame.⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Ready? Go!⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ✒️ @joshuafieldsmillburn & @ryannicodemus⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @clemono2

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"Because I deserve it!" is never a good reason to do something.⠀ ⠀ 📷 Irene Kredenets

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“A kind person is the best kind of person.” —Joshua Fields Millburn⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about birthday gifts, gifting experiences, their favorite consumables to give as gifts, when it’s appropriate to give physical gifts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out the episode wherever you listen to podcasts and watch full episodes on YouTube! ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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New at The Minimalists: If a photo is worth a thousand words, then an infographic must be priceless. Ergo, The Minimalists and our friends at SPYR teamed up to create infographics that illustrate three of our most popular blog posts. Check them out on our website. Click each header to visit the blog post itself.⠀ ⠀ If you find value in these infographics, feel free to share them on Facebook or pin them on Pinterest. Your sharing helps our message spread.⠀ ⠀ 📷 David Travis

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Without a cellphone, without the Internet, without a television, the world keeps turning.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @kpbiglife

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Debt-free is the new American Dream. ⠀ ⠀ 📷 Pedro Marroquin⠀ 🎨 Glenn Ligon

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What are the most pragmatic hygiene practices for a minimalist?⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about sustainability, overconsumption, environmental concerns, health and beauty products, and shopping with co-founder and CEO of @TheGoodTrade, @AmyAnnCadwell. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out the episode wherever you listen to podcasts and watch full episodes on YouTube! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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New at The Minimalists: Not Utopia⠀ ⠀ Minimalism will not solve all our problems.⠀ ⠀ Unfortunately, we often believe that the goal of simple living is to own as few things as possible—to declutter our homes, organize our lives, and clear our minds. Once we do this, we’ll each find our own private utopia and bask in the glory of our newfound happiness, right?⠀ ⠀ Not exactly.⠀ Real life doesn’t work this way.⠀ ⠀ Minimalism is not the end game. Chucking material possessions does not necessarily equate to happiness. You could get rid of all your stuff and still be miserable.⠀ ⠀ Removing the excess will, however, help you discover what does in fact bring you joy—experiences, people, passions—because it’s much easier to find the path once the debris is cleared.⠀ ⠀ Simplifying may never usher you to your utopia. Even the simple life has its moments of tedium and drudgery and sadness and pain. But letting go can lead to a better life, one that’s worth more than any shiny object.⠀ ⠀ You can start small, but it’s worth getting started today.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @WIDENKA⠀ 🖋 @joshuafieldsmillburn & @ryannicodemus

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We’re all different: what we need is different for each of us. #minimalism ⠀ ⠀ 📷 @gerandeklerk

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If we want our kids to be the best versions of themselves, then we need to be the best versions of ourselves. #minimalism ⠀ ⠀ 📷 Marcella Marcella

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“Solutions are not binary in an analog world.” —@JoshuaFieldsMillburn⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua discusses simple diets, optimal health, strategies for healing, and the gut microbiome with author and podcaster @richroll, @paulsaladinomd, and @drtommywood. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out the episode wherever you listen to podcasts and watch full episodes on YouTube! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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This week we released a five-minute “Quickie” episode, discussing how to handle pressure from family members with author and podcaster Denaye Barahona of @simple_families. Visit our website to watch it.⠀ ⠀ For a deeper dive, you can watch long-form “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively on @Patreon. ⠀ ⠀ 📷 Henrique Macedo

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“Whenever you pick up a boulder of obligation, you can just as easily set it down.” — @RyanNicodemus⠀ ⠀ 📷 Emile Guillemot

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New at The Minimalists: Buy This Thing ⠀ ⠀ We tend to use things to fill perceived gaps in ourselves and in our lives.⠀ ⠀ Feeling unhappy? Buy a thing. Feeling incompetent? Buy a thing. Feeling incomplete in some currently unnamed way? This thing will complete you; buy one.⠀ ⠀ We use new acquisitions, new things, to introduce change into our lives. I’m not feeling great right now, but what if I had those new shoes that looks so cool in the marketing materials? I’m not good at cooking yet, but what if I owned that expensive gadget or high-end chef’s knife? Surely that would cure what ails me? Surely the lack of that thing is why I can’t cut vegetables as quickly and evenly as they do on television?⠀ ⠀ The truth is, of course, that our things are not us. We are not made better by owning higher-end equipment, nor are we physiologically changed when we acquire new possessions. These things can augment and amplify what’s already there, but they very seldom fill our personal potholes and introduce something structural and real.⠀ ⠀ It’s possible to trigger a burst of dopamine and other pleasure chemicals by going through the acquiring-new-things process, but that doesn’t mean anything in our lives has fundamentally changed.⠀ ⠀ After the thrill of the chase, when the adrenaline of acquisition has worn off, things will almost always go back to the way they were before. The main difference is that we have fewer resources because of the time, energy, and money we spent on that new whatever.⠀ ⠀ Some things do actually add value to our lives, but this typically requires that a separate evolution take place.⠀ ⠀ We posted a new essay on our website this week, Buy This Thing. Visit our website to read it. ⠀ ⠀ ✒️ @colinismyname⠀ 📷 @solebicycles

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A new month is here! Let’s play a simple game together. We call it the 30-Day Minimalism Game. Here’s how it works.⁣ ⁣ Find a friend, family member, or coworker who’s willing to minimize their stuff with you next month. Each person gets rid of one thing on the first day of the month. Two things on the second. Three things on the third. So forth and so on. ⁣ ⁣ Anything goes!⁣ Collectables. ⁣ Decorations.⁣ Kitchenware.⁣ Electronics.⁣ Furniture.⁣ Bedding.⁣ Clothes.⁣ Towels.⁣ Tools.⁣ ⁣ Whether you donate, sell, or trash your excess, every material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.⁣ ⁣ It’s an easy game at first. Anyone can purge a few items, right? But it grows considerably more challenging by week two when you’re forced to jettison more than a dozen items per day. And it keeps getting more difficult as the month progresses.⁣ ⁣ Whoever keeps it going the longest wins. You both win if you both make it to the end of the month. Bonus points if you play with more than two people.⁣ ⁣ Win or lose, we’d love to hear about your decluttering experience this month. Use the hashtag #MinsGame to find thousands of other people sharing their photos as they let go.⁣ ⁣ 📷 Mario de Zafra

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This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss simple families, minimalist parenting, and traveling with a family with author and podcaster Denaye Barahona of @Simple_Families, and they answer the following questions:⁣ ⁣ How do I reach a compromise with my partner regarding the quantity of our children’s toys?⁣ ⁣ 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?⁣ ⁣ How do I help my children cultivate values focused on relationships, contribution, and experiences, rather than the acquisition of material items?⁣ ⁣ Listen to episode 182 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or you favorite podcast app. Or watch the full video on our YouTube channel.⁣ ⁣ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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Thinking about everyone in our hometown, Dayton, Ohio, pictured here in the reflection of the @daytonartinstitute, circa 2012. Sadly, several EF-3 tornadoes touched down and caused widespread damage in and around #Dayton last night. Our hearts go out to the community. We love y’all, and we’re currently working with locals to determine how we can help.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In the meantime, there are two ways folks in the community can help right now:⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 1. Donate Water. @TheFoodbankInc is accepting bottled-water donations through Thursday, May 30, between 7:30 AM and 4 PM, at their warehouse.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 2. Volunteer. If you’re looking to volunteer, please stay out of the affected areas because of safety concerns. You can volunteer to sort food donations at @TheFoodbankInc.⁣⁣ ⁣ WEDNESDAY UPDATE: If you're interested in helping, DaytonFoundation.org is the best way to contribute monetarily (we made a donation this morning). If you can volunteer locally, @thefoodbankinc is still a great option. Follow @daytondailynews for relief updates. #DaytonStrong⁣ ⁣ 📷 Adam Dressler

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Our minimalist friend Colin Wright—the man who introduced The Minimalists to minimalism—has several events scheduled across the United States and Canada. He’ll be speaking about minimalism, intentional living, travel, and more (of less). And if you’re nice, he might let you touch his perfect hair (optional but recommended). Seriously, though, Colin’s talks are extremely compelling, so go see him, solo or with a friend, if you get a chance, and give him a hug for us while you’re there. Check his profile, @colinismyname, for links.

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Today we released a four-minute “Quickie” video, featuring author @bengreenfieldfitness, discussing purchasing healthy foods that don’t break the bank.—visit our website to watch it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @heftiba.co.uk

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What is the ultimate minimalist exercise? ⠀⠀⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss minimalist health and fitness with @bengreenfieldfitness from the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out the episode wherever you listen to podcasts and watch full episodes on YouTube! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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Advertisements are propaganda.⠀ ⠀ 📷 Alexander Drummer

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A new month begins today, so let’s play a simple game together. We call it the 30-Day Minimalism Game. Here’s how it works.⠀ ⠀ Tag a friend, family member, or coworker in the comments who’s willing to minimize their stuff with you next month. Each person gets rid of one thing on the first day of the month. Two things on the second. Three things on the third. So forth and so on. ⠀ ⠀ Anything goes!⠀ Collectables. ⠀ Decorations.⠀ Kitchenware.⠀ Electronics.⠀ Furniture.⠀ Bedding.⠀ Clothes.⠀ Towels.⠀ Tools.⠀ ⠀ Whether you donate, sell, or trash your excess, every material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.⠀ ⠀ It’s an easy game at first. Anyone can purge a few items, right? But it grows considerably more challenging by week two, when you’re forced to jettison more than a dozen items per day. And it keeps getting more difficult as the month progresses.⠀ ⠀ Whoever keeps it going the longest wins. You both win if you both make it to the end of the month. Bonus points if you play with more than two people.⠀ ⠀ Win or lose, we’d love to hear about your decluttering experience on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Use the hashtag #MinsGame to find thousands of other people sharing their photos as they let go.⠀ ⠀ ✒️ @joshuafieldsmillburn & @ryannicodemus⠀ 📷 @bluumind

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New at The Minimalists: Every Other Never ⠀ ⠀ There are a few things I’ve been putting off lately. Meditating this morning. Cleaning my house this week. Finishing my taxes this month. This embarrassing list stretches on and on.⠀ ⠀ With my mounting task list, I’ve let my crastination turn pro. If I were running for public office, “I’ll get to it tomorrow” would be an honest slogan for my tacky yard signs.⠀ ⠀ Tomorrow? Well, today was once tomorrow, so if I want to break the cycle, I must pause and then prioritize my most important affairs. I know this intellectually, but it’s difficult in practice because it often feels like life gets in the way of life. Or, more accurately, everyone else’s life gets in the way of my life. Work, leisure, and family obligations prevent me from doing what I need to do.⠀ ⠀ But do they really?⠀ ⠀ The truth is that even my best excuse is still an excuse. Today, I have the same 24 hours as everyone else. The only difference is how I spend it—what I say yes to, and, just as important, what I say no to.⠀ ⠀ So, instead of a never-ending to-do list, I make three lists in the Notes app on my phone.⠀ ⠀ To read the essay in-full visit our website—subscribe to our email list for essays and podcasts from The Minimalists. ⠀ ⠀ 🖋 @joshuafieldsmillburn ⠀ 📷 @anniespratt

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How do you overcome the guilt you feel when you unfollow friends and family on social media?⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, 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.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out the episode wherever you listen to podcasts and watch full episodes on YouTube! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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People often ask why we wrote three books about simple living: “That’s not very ‘minimalist,’ is it?” Actually, it is, because each book communicates something unique—we didn’t just slap three different covers on the same material.⠀ ⠀ Everything That Remains is the why-to book: it is our story of letting go; it documents our five-year journey from suit-and-tie corporate guys to minimalists. This book attempts to answer the questions: Why have I given so much meaning to material possessions? Why have I been so discontented by the status quo? What if everything I ever wanted isn’t what I actually want? Of everything we’ve written, we are most proud of this book.⠀ ⠀ Minimalism is the what-to book: it focuses on the five values we must focus on to live a meaningful life. This book attempts to answer the questions: What is a meaningful life? Who is the person I want to become? How will I define my success after letting go of the excess?⠀ ⠀ Essential is the how-to book: the “best of The Minimalists,” this collection of 150 essays focuses on twelve areas of intentional living, from decluttering, gift-giving, and finances to health and relationships. This book attempts to answer the question: How would my life be better with less?⠀ ⠀ All titles are available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook. For the best experience, we recommend reading them in the above order: why, what, how.⠀ ⠀ But doesn’t selling a book fly in the face of the minimalist ethos? Aren’t The Minimalists asking people to consume more stuff?⠀ ⠀ That’s a fair question, except books are not mere consumables—they’re experiences. The value is not in the artifact itself—the value is in the words. Ergo, we don’t want you to consume our books—we want you to experience them.⠀ ⠀ Do we want you to purchase our books? Sure—only if you’re willing to read them, though. But please, by all means, do not collect them. When you’re finished, pass the book on to someone who might find value in its pages.⠀ ⠀ Or, instead of buying our books, find them at your library.⠀ ⠀ No matter the vehicle—be it our books, essays, podcast, or documentary—we hope you find value in our message. Above all, we want to add value to your life.

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How do you stay motivated while paying off debt?⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss budgeting, tuition, debt, and other money quagmires with author @RachelCruze. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out the episode wherever you listen to podcasts and watch full episodes on YouTube! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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Without a cellphone, without the Internet, without a television, the world keeps turning.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @gflandre

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Your home is your home for one reason: you call it your home. The stuff doesn’t make it your home—you do.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @jairph.ch

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Identity is one of the hardest things to let go: it takes a lot to see ourselves differently.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @patrickbrinksma

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How do you balance the need to support yourself with the need to fulfill yourself? ⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about independence, rejection, and creating meaningful work without gatekeepers, with comedian @AndrewSchulz.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out the episode wherever you listen to podcasts and watch full episodes on YouTube! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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“Hope is a power stance—craving is not.” —V⠀ ⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan are joined by @paleobosslady to talk about hope, despair, joy, and regret.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Listen to the full episode wherever you listen to podcasts—and you can now watch the episodes in full via our YouTube channel! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 Megha Ajith⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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We’re all searching for that 25th hour in the day. We’re stressed because we can’t accomplish every task we want to accomplish every single day. As our to-do lists grow, it seems we must be superheroes—or high-functioning sociopaths—to be “effective” people. I feel the pressure, too. But instead of beating myself up when my life isn’t “complete,” I give myself permission to be satisfied if, twice a week, I’m able to engage in the twelve solo endeavors that are most important to me (in no particular order): ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sunlight (one hour) Writing (two hours) Reading (one hour) Sauna (30 minutes) Yoga (30 minutes) Squats (100 reps) Pull-ups (60 reps) Push-ups (200 reps) Cycling (30 minutes) Meditation (20 minutes) Hiking/walking (two hours) Weight training (30 minutes) Some folks might call these endeavours simple self-care rituals, while I simply consider them part of a meaningful life. Although I’ll likely never accomplish all these tasks in one day, doing each just a couple times a week gives me 24 opportunities to improve my life every seven days. Moreover, these pastimes make me a better version of myself, especially when I’m around others. Committing to twice a week relieves the pressure of daily expectations, and it has proven far more productive than trying to overdo everything. At under sixteen hours total, “self-care” occupies less than ten percent of my week, but it makes life immeasurably better during the other 90 percent. I’m curious: What twice-a-week pursuits would improve your life? Let me know in the comments. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✒️ @joshuafieldsmillburn ⠀ 📷 @AngelKingPhoto

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New at The Minimalists: How to Start a Successful Blog in 2019 By @joshuafieldsmillburn ⠀ ⠀ Want to create something meaningful? Why not start a blog? Creating our blog is one of the best decisions Ryan and I ever made. After all, our blog is how we earn a living. More important, it’s how we add value to other people’s lives. So you’re thinking about starting a blog, but you don’t have any idea where to start, right? Guess what—neither did we! Before we were “The Minimalists,” we wanted to start a blog to communicate our thoughts and express our feelings, but we were overwhelmed with options. Clueless, confused, and confounded with choices, we had no idea how to start a blog or how to be a blogger. When should we start? How do we register a domain name? What is hosting? Which blogging platform should we use? How do we choose a template? What is a plugin? What should we write about? Heck, we could hardly spell HTML, let alone build a blog! But good news: it turns out that starting a blog is much easier than you think. We’ve learned a ton of lessons during our ascent to millions of readers, and now you can learn from our pain and suffering to circumvent much of the tedium involved in setting up a blog. Thankfully, you needn’t be tech savvy to start a blog (we certainly aren’t). You don’t need to know how to code or design to build your blog (we still don’t). You don’t need much money to create a blog (you can get a free domain and host your site for just a few bucks a month). And you don’t need to spend a ton of time setting up your blog, either (you can set up your blog in less than an hour). Because we receive so many questions about how we specifically set up our blog, we decided to provide our readers with a soup-to-nuts, comprehensive guide for how to set up a blog. This blog post is intended to function as a how-to manual—a guide that will light the path toward launching your new blog—with easy-to-follow screenshots, step-by-step instructions, as well as additional rationale and insights to improve your blog. ⠀ Day one. Or one day. You decide. ⠀ ⠀ Visit our website for details. ⠀ ⠀ 📷 Daniel Born

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“‘Yes’ is a form of time debt; ‘no’ is a form of time option.” —James Clear ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan are joined by @James_Clear, author of Atomic Habits, to talk about creating new, empowering habits.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Listen to the full episode wherever you listen to podcasts—and you can now watch the episodes in full via our YouTube channel! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore