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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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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

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Goals are never as powerful as someone’s internal motivations.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 📷 @amyshamblen

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A new month is approaching, 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.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 📷 Esther Jiao

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Before organizing, pretreat your possessions by getting rid of most of them.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @daigno.visuals

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The more we contribute to our community, the happier we make our community.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @tentides

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The fact is that any of us could die today. Right now. So everything after this moment is a gift.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @augustinewong

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What was your favorite episode of The Minimalists podcast this year, and why?⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan reminisce about their favorite memories of 2018.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Listen to the full episode wherever you listen to podcasts—and you can now watch the episodes in full via our YouTube channel! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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There’s always room for new traditions. What matters most is that your family knows you love and support them.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @jason_blackeye

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However you celebrate this week, and regardless of what you give—presence, presents, or contribution—remember what you’re actually trying to gift: a smile. Merry Christmas from The Minimalists! ⠀ 📷 @vanschneider

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Sometimes we must slow down to avoid going too far. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 📷 @r3dmax

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Imagine your life a year from now. Two years. Five.⠀ ⠀ Imagine living a healthier life, one in which you don’t just look better, you feel better. Imagine a life with higher standards. Imagine a life with less clutter, less stuff, fewer distractions. What would it look like?⠀ ⠀ Imagine your life with less—less stress, less debt, less discontent. What would it feel like? Now imagine your life with more—more time, more contribution, more elation.⠀ ⠀ Imagine better, more interesting relationships. Imagine sharing meals and conversations and experiences and smiles with people who have similar interests and values and beliefs as you. Imagine growing with your peer group and your loved ones.⠀ ⠀ Now imagine cultivating your passion until you can’t imagine a day without pursuing it. Imagine creating more than you consume. Imagine giving more than you take. Imagine a consistent commitment to growth. Imagine growing toward your limits and then past your limits and waiving back at your previous limits with a smile.⠀ ⠀ Imagine still having problems, but better problems, problems that fuel your growth and excitement, problems you want to face.⠀ ⠀ Imagine getting everything out of the way so you can love the people closest to you. Imagine the myriad ways you can show your love, not just say it, but really show it. Imagine holding hands and exchanging hugs. Imagine making love with the man or woman you love, unencumbered by the trappings of the noisy world around you, fully in the moment, two bodies, flesh and hearts as one.⠀ ⠀ Imagine real success. Imagine making your priorities your Real Priorities. Imagine feeling lighter, freer, happier.⠀ ⠀ What you’re imagining is a meaningful life. Not a perfect life, not even an easy life, but a simple one. There will of course still be hardships and pain and times when slipping back to the old passive world is appealing, but you won’t have to, because the real payoff is worth the struggle.⠀ ⠀ ✒️ @joshuafieldsmillburn ⠀ 📷 David Barajas

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Love is not a transaction. Love is transcendent: it transcends language and material possessions, and can be shown only by our thoughts, actions, and intentions. #minimalism ⠀ ⠀ 📷 @natalie.riedel

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When is it acceptable to take on debt to expand your business?⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ This week on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan are joined by @jordanharbinger to talk about what it takes to start a successful small business.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Listen to the full episode wherever you listen to podcasts—and you can now watch the episodes in full via our YouTube channel! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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It’s not about saying ‘no’ to gifts—it’s about saying ‘yes’ to the right kind of gifts. #minimalism ⠀ ⠀ 📷 @alexeckermann

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Take a look around: everyone is multitasking. We’re doing more than we’ve ever done, attempting to fill every interstitial zone with more work. Every downtown scene is the same: heads tilted downward, faces lost in glowing screens, technology turning people into zombies. We live in a busy world, one in which our value is often measured in productivity, efficiency, output, yield, GTD—the rat race. We are inundated with meetings and spreadsheets and status updates and rush-hour traffic and tweets and conference calls and travel time and text messages and reports and voicemails and multitasking and all the trappings of a busy life. Go, go, go. Busy, busy, busy. Americans are working more hours than ever, but we are actually earning less. Busy has become the new norm. If you’re not busy, especially in today’s workplace, you’re often thought of as lazy, unproductive, inefficient—a waste of space. For us, though, busy is a curse word. We respond to this accusation the same way each time: ”I’m not busy, I’m focused.” There is a vast difference between being busy and being focused. The former involves the typical tropes of productivity: anything to keep our hands moving, to keep going, to keep the conveyer belt in motion. It is no coincidence we refer to mundane tasks as “busywork.” Busywork works well for factories, robots, and fascism, but not so great for anyone who’s attempting to do something worthwhile with their waking hours. Being focused, on the other hand, involves attention, awareness, and intentionality. People sometimes mistake our focused time for busyness because complete focus apes many of the same surface characteristics as busy: namely, the majority of our time is occupied. The difference is we don’t commit to a lot of things, but the tasks and people we commit to receive our full attention. Sure, sometimes we slip; sometimes I fall back into the busy trap that has engulfed our culture. When we do, I make an effort to notice our slip-up, and then we course-correct until we’re once again focused on only the worthwhile aspects of life. It’s a constant battle, but it’s one worth fighting.⠀ ⠀ ✒️ @joshuafieldsmillburn⠀ 📷 @mccutcheonphoto

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New at The Minimalists:⠀ The Sound of Life ⠀ ⠀ Since Ryan & I started The Minimalists eight years ago this week, I’ve recapped my favorite albums at the end of each year. A lot has changed since then, and streaming has now become the norm—which has been both good and bad for new music: good because we have more opportunities to find great music; bad because most songs get lost in the firehose of ephemera.⠀ ⠀ Considering the current state of the industry, and the overabundance of audio “content” available every week—albums, EPs, singles, and, of course, podcasts and audiobooks—2018 was a surprisingly strong year for new music. Once I sifted through the sluice, I found a collection of gems—visit our website so see and hear the list all in one place. ⠀ ⠀ What was your favorite?⠀ ⠀ 🖋 @joshuafieldsmillburn ⠀ 📷 @anniespratt

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Happy birthday to us! The Minimalists turned eight today. Sending a huge thank you to everyone who's helped spread the message. ⠀ ⠀ We don't want any birthday gifts. ⠀ ⠀ OK, maybe a few bricks would be nice if we're being totally honest. You can never have too many bricks when you're building a not-for-profit food co-op. ⠀ ⠀ 📷 @aprilpethybridge

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Don't rely on gifts to express love.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @lucabravo

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Minimalism scares the shit out of you, doesn’t it? You’re worried you’ll get rid of stuff you’ll need later. You’re worried what your friends, your family, your co-workers, and your neighbors will think of you. You’re worried you’ll lose your identity, your status, and everything you’ve given meaning to in your life.⠀ ⠀ Me, too. Minimalism still scares the shit out of me.⠀ ⠀ I know there are many people who are as scared as me, and I’m here to tell you that’s okay.⠀ ⠀ I have always been the type of person who puts his whole heart into his beliefs. When I take on a particular ideal or way of life, I make the most of it. I do this to a fault. I have such high expectations of myself that I often expect perfection, which is probably why I stress out easier than most, why I have more anxiety than most.⠀ ⠀ On top of the expectations, a lot of people around me love to point out every “non-minimal” thing I have in my life. They love to talk about how I used to own a condo, wear nice shoes, and have a nice haircut (yes, someone actually brought up my haircut), and the list goes on and on. But these people are only projecting. They feel as though I’m judging them because I don’t live the way they do anymore.⠀ ⠀ You might be thinking, Ryan, why do you care what people think? It’s not about my caring as much as these people reaffirming negative things I already think about myself (with the exception of my haircut, which I’m quite fond of, thank you very much). I’m aware there are many things in my life I still need to minimize. The simplifying process, like life, is ever-changing. Minimalism is fluid. As our circumstances change, our versions of the simple life must change, too.⠀ ⠀ The beautiful thing about minimalism is there is no right or wrong, there is no pace at which you must live your life, and there is nothing that says “this is how you have to live.” Minimalism is a journey, and it is scary for everyone.⠀ ⠀ ✒️ @ryannicodemus⠀ 📷 Ricardo Gomez Angel

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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, limbs, 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. Or else.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 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⠀⠀ 📷 Mike Meyers ⠀ 📷 @photosmorales

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This week on The Minimalists Podcast, we discuss fear! How spooky of us. ⠀ ⠀ We want to hear from you—how do you conquer the fear of criticism so you can share your creative work with the world?⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Today on The Minimalists Podcast, we answer this very question alongside many others on depression, success, judgment, and gift-giving. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Listen to the full episode wherever you listen to podcasts—and you can now watch the episodes in full via our YouTube channel! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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Stuff is just stuff.⠀ Possessions can be replaced.⠀ You cannot.⠀ We cannot purchase a meaningful life.⠀ We can only live it.⠀ One day at a time.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @ionutcnecula

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Suffice it to say, our economy is already broken. This isn’t hard to see when we step out from among the pines and peer at the forest from a distance.⠀ ⠀ The problem is we’re attempting to fix the problem with the problem. We’re attempting to “stimulate” an economy that is already overstimulated, which is tantamount to giving a bottle of Jack Daniel’s to a man with a hangover.⠀ ⠀ The economy is not what needs to be fixed, and capitalism is not broken. Neither “problem” is the real problem; rather, we are the problem. We have turned ravenous and self-indulgent, and, as a result, we are less happy than ever. Suicide rates are at an all-time high. Personal debt is at an all-time high. Stress, anxiety, discontent—all at all-time highs.⠀ ⠀ Collectively, over many years, we told ourselves (with conviction) we could buy happiness, so we manufactured a false economy based on rapacious over-spending and accumulating stuff we didn’t need. And now it’s the morning after the party and we’re staring at ourselves in the mirror, unsure of how to make this pounding headache GO AWAY!⠀ ⠀ That bottle of Jack won’t fix the problem—it will only make it worse. Stimulating the economy won’t help, either. Changing how we live—how we think about consuming, how we make decisions—will slowly fix the problem. It will take time and action, but if enough of us live more deliberately, then we can fix this mess by fixing ourselves.⠀ ⠀ No, not everyone is going to become a minimalist: not everyone is going to live intentionally. But if we base our lives on the average person’s life, then we’re almost guaranteed to be unhappy—because the average person is unhappy.⠀ ⠀ We needn’t, however, settle for someone else’s discontent.⠀ ⠀ ✒️ @joshuafieldsmillburn & @ryannicodemus⠀ 📷 @marvins_memories

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We must love. You know the saying, “It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all,” right? I know, we often dismiss cliches with a wave of the hand, but maybe it’s a truth so profound we can discuss it only with aphorisms. Yes, we must love, even if it breaks our hearts—because, unless we love, our lives will flash by.⠀ ⠀ Remind someone you love them. Right here. Right now. Tag them and tell them why you're grateful for them. ⠀ ⠀ ✒️ @joshuafieldsmillburn ⠀ 📷 @bady_qb

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Throughout my twenties, I was an on-again, off-again alcoholic. An on-again, off-again womanizer. An on-again, off-again drug addict. I was a lot of things I’m not proud of, and I still battle with some of my demons.⠀ ⠀ I’m not perfect. I still lose sometimes. But there’s a key difference between Ryan Past and Ryan Present: I win a lot more today.⠀ ⠀ The person you are today is directly related to the five people you spend the most time with and your role models. Examine your friends and role models. If they’re not in line with who you want to be, then something needs to change.⠀ ⠀ Then take massive action. Once you see what needs to change, change it. Don’t sit around and should all over yourself. Can’t take immediate action? Fine—pick a date when you’re able to implement change and stick to it no matter what. Make change a must. If you don’t take action, your life won’t be any different.⠀ ⠀ Change means avoiding negative relationships. Change means asking friends and family to embrace change with you. Change means breaking out of your comfort zone. Change means finding new, empowering relationships and role models. It’s not easy, but it is rewarding.⠀ ⠀ What’s the difference between action and massive action? Massive action creates a physiological shift. Sitting down and writing out how you need to change is taking action; joining a new group of people to make new friends is taking massive action. If your actions don’t move you in the direction you want to be, then it’s not massive action.⠀ ⠀ Lastly, realize there is no endgame: once you reach greatness, keep being great. Often, when I would reach success, I would use my bad habits as a way to reward myself. As soon as I saw good results, I would reward myself by slacking off and eating unhealthily. This attitude will destroy your momentum. You don’t have to fall back to your old habits; you get to move forward toward better ones.⠀ ⠀ Keep your head up. I have failed many times, and I still do. The key is to fail less as time goes on.⠀ ⠀ Tag a friend or role model who's influence you are grateful for. ⠀ ⠀ ✒️ @ryannicodemus⠀ 📷 @skyestudiosmedia

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True cost of a thing goes well beyond the price on the pricetag.⠀ ⠀ 📷 Antoine Bussy

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As your phone slips from your hand, your world shifts to slow motion.⠀ ⠀ You can’t name the intensity, but it’s so overpowering you can almost taste it as you reach for the plummeting device. Everything is more vivid: the colors are louder, the sounds are brighter, your movement, at least for this split second, mimics the grace of a ballerina.⠀ ⠀ You are completely in the moment, alert, fully aware of the world around you as the gadget nosedives toward its cracked-screen fate.⠀ ⠀ Then, suddenly, it’s over. You catch the phone at the last possible second, the panic subsides, and your world speeds up again, covering everything with an opaque layer of dullness, thrust into the prison of daily routine. In a meaningful way, you become less aware—less free.⠀ ⠀ But it’s possible to channel that same level of awareness on demand, isn’t it?⠀ ⠀ Instead of dropping the phone, we need only pause and intentionally slow down the world around us.⠀ ⠀ See—not just look at, but truly see—the colors in front of you.⠀ Listen—not just hear, but actually listen—to the sounds around you.⠀ Feel—not just touch, but verily feel—the ground beneath you.⠀ Breathe—not just inhale, but really breathe—the air around you.⠀ ⠀ When we recapture this level of awareness, that is when we experience real freedom.⠀ ⠀ Tag a friend in the comments who's presence you admire. ⠀ ⠀ ✒️ @joshuafieldsmillburn & @ryannicodemus⠀ 📷 Sunyu

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A pound of experiences is much more valuable than a pound of stuff.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @dosbenjamin

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How do you best love yourself?⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Today on The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan are joined special guest @peter_rollins, producer of Making Love, to discuss why people struggle with love. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Listen to the full episode wherever you listen to podcasts—and you can now watch the episodes in full via our YouTube channel! ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @jordanknowmoore

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Every time we let go, we build on the momentum we’ve gained from years of jettisoning, decluttering, purging.⠀ ⠀ At first, the act of eliminating feels difficult—everything seems so precious. Then you realize: if something is too precious, you’re probably holding onto it too tightly.⠀ ⠀ If you loosen your grip, letting go leaves fewer claw marks. In time, getting rid of a few unworn teeshirts leads to half a closet, a dusty letter opener leads to a clutter-free workspace, an outdated phone charger leads to junkless junk drawers.⠀ ⠀ Letting go is a beautiful cycle: the more action you take, the more you want to take action. And it all starts with less sentimentality, fewer expectations, and a loose grip.⠀ ⠀ Tag a friend in the comments who's shown you the value of having a loose grip. ⠀ ⠀ ✒️ @joshuafieldsmillburn & @ryannicodemus⠀ 📷 Sunyu