The Minimalists Podcast

By Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus

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

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310 | Self-Doubt
43:30

Joshua and Ryan talk about inner conflict, self-doubt, and self-hatred with author, speaker, and attorney Mel Robbins, and they answer the following questions:

How do I rebuild my relationship with myself? (02:06)

What is the most important relationship in our life? (02:59)

What moment led to the High Five Habit? (08:42)

Why do most mantras not work? (15:22)

How did you keep from blaming yourselves and beating yourselves up for the failure of your marriages, and how did you restore your confidence in starting new relationships afterward? (16:54)

What does a high five represent? (19:39)

Can thinking about yourself negatively actually benefit you positively? (26:06)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Oct 19, 2021
Reevaluate Everything with Minimalism
07:03

Joshua and Ryan talk about when it makes sense to reevaluate everything, as well as the best time to simplify. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Oct 14, 2021
309 | Something More
27:29

Joshua and Ryan talk about finding something more compelling than material possessions, and they answer the following questions:

Why is Salt Lake City one of Joshua’s favorite cities? (00:00)

How do I explain to my children the importance of curating their toys in terms they’ll understand? (03:14)

How do I let go of a relationship I didn’t end? (09:59)

Why am I relentlessly searching for the next thing that will improve my life, and how do I better channel that energy? (17:56)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Oct 12, 2021
Why Do We Stay in Unhappy Relationships?
06:35

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to let go of toxic relationships that decrease our happiness with comedian Lisa Lampanelli. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Oct 07, 2021
308 | Clinging to Things
42:40

Joshua and Ryan talk about trading in our materialistic clinging for transcendent freedom with author, podcaster, and comedian Lisa Lampanelli, and they answer the following questions:

How do you define “humor”? (00:00)

What is the “United States of Avoidance”? (08:26)

When life changes your path, how do you stop clinging to the hope you once had? (14:20)

How do we accept the death of a dream? (15:33)

What do you mean by “daring to suck”? (17:45)

Is it helpful to simply treat our passions as hobbies until they pay the bills? (18:25)

How did Lisa get her start in comedy? (20:18)

When a loved one has passed, how do I honor their final wishes as executor and appropriately distribute the possessions they clung to when they did not leave specific instructions for doing so? (22:46)

How do you stop clinging to the security of a job simply because it pays well? (29:56)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Oct 05, 2021
Are Vacations an Escape from a Meaningful Life?
07:15

Joshua and Ryan talk about the two types of vacations with musician Andrew Belle. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Sep 30, 2021
307 | Sound of Simplicity
35:18

Joshua and Ryan talk about calm, serenity, and the sound of simplicity with musician Andrew Belle, and they answer the following questions:

How do we find serenity in the echoes of our decluttered spaces? (00:00)

If you’re living a life that aligns with your values, why would it be necessary to take a vacation from it to find solace and silence? (13:39)

Is there any evidence that overconsumption of podcasts or other informative audio is linked to anxiety? (21:08)

How do we move closer to access and further from excess? (24:18)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 28, 2021
How Can I Stop the Urge to Compulsively Shop?
05:44

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we can appropriately address the root cause of a shopping addiction. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Sep 23, 2021
306 | Shopping Addiction
40:14

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

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

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

What is consumerism? (06:45)

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

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

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

What is Project 333? (21:33)

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

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 21, 2021
The Minimalists' Gift Getting Rule
03:38

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

Sep 16, 2021
305 | Beauty Is Essential
31:17

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

What exactly is “beauty”? (00:00)

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

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

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

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

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 14, 2021
Our Goals Lead to Disappointment
13:54

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



Sep 09, 2021
304 | Toxic Positivity
42:34

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is “horizon work”? (12:23)

What is “choice poor”? (12:38)

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

How do you define “elitism”? (21:45)

What is “prudential wisdom”? (23:39)

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

What is “limited agency”? (33:13)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 07, 2021
What Is the Root Cause of Clutter?
06:32

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

Sep 02, 2021
303 | Recluttering
50:44

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

What is “recluttering”? (00:00)

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

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

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

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

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

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Aug 31, 2021
Stop Fixing Yourself
04:46

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

Aug 26, 2021
302 | The Advice Epidemic
43:11

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

What are ‘shoulds’? (00:00)

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

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

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

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

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Aug 24, 2021
How Do We Unsubscribe from Junk Email Permanently?
10:20

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

Aug 19, 2021
301 | Computer Clutter
44:40

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

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

What is the Diderot effect? (04:48)

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

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

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

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

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

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Aug 17, 2021
Can a minimalist live with a hoarder?
08:14

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

Aug 12, 2021
300 | Compulsive Decluttering
36:41

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

What is spartanism? (00:00)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Aug 10, 2021
How do you maintain minimalism in your kitchen?
07:43

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

Aug 05, 2021
299 | Minimizers
42:54

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the Enneagram? (22:19)

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

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Aug 03, 2021
Are you a narcissist?
10:02

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

Jul 29, 2021
298 | Talk to Someone
44:44

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is “forced forgiveness”? (25:24)

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

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

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

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jul 27, 2021
Six Questions to Ask Before Buying
10:22

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

Jul 22, 2021
297 | Minimalism Rules
47:13

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

How valuable are rules? (00:00)

How important are boundaries? (04:56)

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

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

What is our language problem? (20:19)

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

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

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

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jul 20, 2021
Loyalty Is Overrated
09:08

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

Jul 15, 2021
296 | Use Things
51:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What separates minimalism from dogmatism? (23:57)

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

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

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 13, 2021
Aligning Our Online and Offline Selves
03:18

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

Jul 08, 2021
295 | Fake Famous
46:12

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

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

What constitutes actual fame? (07:01)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jul 06, 2021
You Don't Have to Teach Your Children Anything
06:47

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

Jul 01, 2021
294 | Birthday Gifts
52:12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 29, 2021
What essentials should we keep?
04:10

Joshua and Ryan discuss a few reliable methods for determining what items are essential for each of us. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 25, 2021
293 | Starting Over
39:10

Joshua and Ryan talk about how minimalism, in more ways than one, is about starting over with less, and they answer the following questions:

How do we start over? (00:00)

As I’m letting everything go and starting over, how do I explain it to my friends and family who think I am crazy or terminally ill? (05:25)

What advice do you have for those of us dealing with the stress and anxiety of being forced to start over professionally after being let go from our jobs? (09:06) 

What is absolutely essential? (11:51)

What two questions should we ask ourselves when we’re considering a fresh start? (14:43)

How important is an emergency fund when you’re starting over? (15:46)

Is starting over simply a matter of considering a new direction? (16:23)

When you’re starting over from scratch and you realize you can’t do it alone, how do you get over your pride and ask others for help? (17:46)

What is the difference between enhancement and dependency? (19:38)

Why should we give money rather than loan money? (21:56)

When you’re starting over with nothing, how do you live without sentimental stuff in your life? (25:53)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 22, 2021
What is the most minimalist diet?
14:15

Joshua and Ryan discuss what foods meet the criteria of a minimalist diet with author, podcaster, and fitness expert Ben Greenfield and podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 18, 2021
292 | Fit Soul
50:19

Joshua and Ryan talk about what we must refine to ensure our spiritual and material lives align with author, podcaster, and fitness expert Ben Greenfield and podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern, and they answer the following questions:

What is a “fit soul”? (00:00)

What are the dangers of transactional relationships? (08:47)

What are the four pillars of the spiritual journey? (13:35)

What is the practice of self-examination? (18:02)

How do we determine our purpose? (21:38)

Is there a link between sex and spirituality? (26:44)

How do you explain sex to your children? (29:21)

What is “eye gazing”? (33:58)

How do you punish and reward your children? (36:12)

What is the “God-shaped hole”? (39:59)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jun 15, 2021
How can you declutter family relationships?
08:51

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to appropriately curate family relationships so we can focus on those that are mutually beneficial. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 11, 2021
291 | How to Barter
42:34

Joshua and Ryan talk about how we all seem to find ourselves having the things we don’t need, and needing the things we don’t have—and how we’re so disconnected from our communities that bartering for those things is nearly impossible—with the founder of HaveNeed, Josh Kline, and they answer the following questions:

What is HaveNeed? (00:00)

How has the pandemic affected bartering? (04:01)

What is your distinction between items that are essential, nonessential, and junk? (06:16)

What would the world look like if there was no such thing as money, which has a vice-like grip on the material world; that is, what would the world look like if it ran strictly on barter? (07:02)

What is the history of bartering? (07:26)

What is the “mutual coincidence of wants”? (08:11)

What is “Object A”? (13:44)

Bartering has been around forever, but seems to have fallen out of favor in recent times—why? (26:51)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 08, 2021
Obtaining New Possessions Creates a Spiral of Consumption
07:25

Joshua and Ryan discuss the perniciousness of the Diderot effect and the reflexivity of desire with author and professor Luke Burgis. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 04, 2021
290 | Wanting
43:35

Joshua and Ryan talk about our want for things, why we want what we want, and how we can free ourselves from chasing unfulfilling desires with author and professor Luke Burgis, and they answer the following questions:

What is mimetic desire? (00:00)

Does it help to identify the origins of our desires? (05:05)

Should we strive to be immune from desires? (06:54)

What is negative imitation? (08:22)

How do we find fulfilling desires? (08:48)

Can a relentless desire to be debt-free actually cause adverse unintended consequences? (12:39)

What are “borrowed desires”? (16:17)

What costs should we consider in the pursuit of our desires? (18:13)

What is a “misery tax”? (19:42)

How do we recognize and address the influences, especially those online, that promote mindless consumption? (24:08)

How is social media addictive? (24:39)

What is “hate watching”? (26:33)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jun 01, 2021
The Minimalists' Thoughts on Health Insurance
11:07

Joshua and Ryan discuss the issue of health insurance for independent business owners with the CEO of Patreon, Jack Conte. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

May 28, 2021
289 | Working for Self
46:00

Joshua and Ryan talk about how to take back control of our income and our creative outcomes by making a living on our own as an aspiring creator, small business owner, artist, or entrepreneur with the CEO of Patreon, Jack Conte, and they answer the following questions:

Why did Jack start Patreon? (04:40)

Where do you find the most practical feedback from your audience? (13:25)

How do I best prepare myself to make the jump from working full-time for others to working full-time as a small business owner with as much tranquility as possible? (15:46)

What should be my primary focus as a budding entrepreneur? (18:20)

How did Jack benefit from his “not be prudent” approach to his professional pursuits? (22:23)

When do you know it’s time to turn your side hustle into your full-time business? (26:00)

What is the first step I should take to become an online creator? (27:32)

What do you mean by “add value”? (28:55)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 25, 2021
How do you make new friends?
09:15

Joshua and Ryan discuss the myriad of methods for making new friends throughout our lives. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

May 21, 2021
288 | Decluttering Friendships
49:21

Joshua and Ryan talk about our desire for friendship that leads us to accumulate scores of friends, acquaintances, coworkers, partners, lovers, companions, contacts, colleagues, and associates; our realization that relationship clutter is getting in the way of loving, meaningful connections; and they answer the following questions:

Is it loving to let go? (00:00)

How can I stop feeling pressured to keep up with so many connections? (03:57)

I’ve never struggled to declutter my “friends” on social media when they no longer have a meaningful place in my life, but how do I explain their removal when they ask me about it without hurting their feelings? (13:53)

What does a truly healthy friendship look like? (20:56)

How do we ensure mutual respect in a relationship? (28:46)

How do we appropriately apply attention in a relationship? (29:43)

How do you define “toxic relationship”? (34:49)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 18, 2021
Jennette McCurdy Was Jealous Of Other Actors
02:32

Joshua and Ryan discuss the senselessness of jealousy with podcaster, writer, and director Jennette McCurdy. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

May 14, 2021
287 | Empty Inside
46:42

Joshua and Ryan talk about that empty feeling we all experience from time to time—and the things we do when we attempt to fill the void—with podcaster, writer, and director Jennette McCurdy, and they answer the following questions:

Why did Jennette start her podcast? (00:00)

What is the disconnect between our higher quality of life in this modern age and our happiness? (04:26)

How does society and culture influence disorders? (06:21)

Why do others often insist we not give up our “successful” careers? (10:59)

What are the three different types of relationships? (14:06)

How do we appropriately manage expectations in relationships? (16:09)

I think minimalism can help many of my loved ones find meaning in their lives and avoid the void, but I find it difficult to communicate it to them effectively so they see and understand the benefits and find it more attractive than the rat race they’re in—any tips? (20:01)

What is the elevator pitch for minimalism? (20:35)

How do you address the shame that sometimes accompanies minimalism? (23:50)

How is power the opposite of freedom? (24:26)

Was Jennette shamed for walking away from her acting career? (25:40)

Does confidence come from consistency? (26:58)

Filling our voids with stuff isn’t good, but what is good—what should we replace that consumption urge with that is meaningful? (28:37)

What is the “suckhole”? (33:33)

Why is Jennette’s podcast titled Empty Inside? (36:28)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 11, 2021
When Your Partner Owns Too Much
09:15

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to best address a partner's tendency to hoard. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

May 07, 2021
286 | Enoughism
51:21

Joshua and Ryan discuss identifying how much is enough so we can subtract the excess to get there, and they answer the following questions:

What is “enoughism”? (00:00)

How is enoughism different from minimalism? (03:04)

Given that the key to transformation is understanding our ‘whys,’ why does anyone truly want more, and, conversely, why does anyone truly want less? (12:20)

When it comes to a small business, how much record-keeping is enough and what is the ideal way to store it? (24:57)

How does renouncing something create an attachment to it? (30:09)

How do we learn to recognize the difference between enough and a false sense of security and comfort from unnecessary consumerism? (39:35)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 04, 2021
What are death practices?
03:05

Joshua and Ryan discuss what death practices are and how they can help us live with more purpose and intention with author Jamie Wheal. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Apr 30, 2021
285 | Finding Meaning
55:15

Joshua and Ryan talk about our constant search for meaning, purpose, and significance; they discuss ways we can rethink spirituality, sex, and death with author Jamie Wheal; and they answer the following questions:

What is “meaning”? (01:04)

Why do we always seem to look for shortcuts? (03:57)

What are heuristics? (05:30)

What constitutes a true nihilist? (13:39)

Is awareness a curse? (16:55)

Once we find meaning in life, do we have a duty to help others find meaning as well? (18:25)

What is the difference between being selfish and being self-centered? (20:01)

What is the Hedonic treadmill? (25:19)

What is the difference between narcissism and nihilism? (27:29)

What is rapture ideology? (35:35)

How does one find meaning after a close loved one has passed and they are struggling to deal with the passing? (40:43)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 27, 2021
What's the worst advice?
03:17

Joshua and Ryan discuss why some of the very worst advice is the advice we didn't ask for. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Apr 23, 2021
284 | Think the Opposite
01:02:57

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we’re too often led astray by the status quo and how we can benefit from doing the opposite, and they answer the following questions:

What does it mean to be authentic? (00:00)

What is so problematic about trends? (04:58)

Can we find meaning in suffering? (10:56)

Why are opinions so inconsequential? (20:48)

When have you benefited from thinking the opposite? (22:21)

I’m being advised by my ethics class in college that retirement is detrimental to our growth and development as human beings—do you think that is true? (29:20)

What is the best kind of growth? (34:31)

Some of the worst advice I’ve received is, “Fake it until you make it”—what is wrong with being a work in progress? (44:30)

How is all advice flawed advice? (44:59)

Do we improve our lives more by addition or subtraction? (52:00)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 20, 2021
Why didn't minimizing make me feel good?
04:55

Joshua and Ryan discuss addressing the complexity of our emotions tied up in our possessions. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Apr 16, 2021
283 | Sentimental Stuff
35:00

Joshua and Ryan discuss minimizing and letting go of sentimental stuff, and they answer the following questions:

How do we tactfully and appropriately address loved ones regarding stuff they’ve given us that we’re giving away—especially those things they consider of significant sentimental value? (08:37)

How do we avoid arguments with loved ones regarding possessions? (14:40) 

Why does our brain try so hard to hold us back from releasing sentimental possessions? (18:03)

What do we do with all of the things associated with a loved one when we’ve lost them in a particularly tragic, traumatic way? (21:01)

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Apr 13, 2021
How to Stop Self-Sabotage
06:17

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we can often be our own worst enemies with holistic psychologist Dr. Nicole LePera. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Apr 09, 2021
282 | Healing
48:30

Joshua and Ryan discuss trauma, the ego, and setting boundaries with holistic psychologist Dr. Nicole LePera, and they answer the following questions:

Why did Dr. LePera write her latest book? (02:31)

How do you start on a path to healing and commit to it when your motivation is almost nil? (04:34)

Why is it so difficult to break our patterns? (05:04)

How do we reframe failure? (07:38)

How important is the caloric intake of the brain? (08:35)

How do we recognize if a goal is empowering or disempowering? (13:09)

How do I work with loved ones to adjust our lifestyle preferences so I can attain and maintain mental peace? (13:36)

How do you forgive others and yourself and move forward when a loved one passes suddenly and you feel you haven’t had a chance to tell them everything you needed to, and how do you forgive others that you feel treated that person terribly in life and let go of the anger toward them? (18:30)

How are forgiveness and acceptance associated? (19:31)

How do we let go of anger? (25:37)

Are there types of bodywork that address the mind-body connection together, or are there types of psychotherapy that address the mind-body connection in tandem? (30:28)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 06, 2021
What should I do with useless sentimental items?
02:50

Joshua and Ryan discuss what to do with items we no longer find useful that we believe will be of no use to anyone else. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Apr 02, 2021
281 | Emergency Items
55:59

Joshua and Ryan discuss emergency items, preparing for emergencies, and when it’s appropriate to hold on to certain just-in-case items, and they answer the following questions:

How do we prepare for chaos? (04:33)

What are the three types of emergencies? (05:49)

What do you keep in your car? (08:02)

How do we reconcile what we actually need with what we want? (12:12)

What is the most important thing in an emergency? (14:36)

What essentials should we keep in a first aid kit for both home and travel? (19:18)

What is the difference between an emergency item and a just-in-case item? (25:50)

How do you differentiate between just-in-case items and just-for-when items? (31:42)

What are “b.s. emergency items”? (36:36)

What books, websites, podcasts would you recommend as resources for information regarding emergency preparedness? (43:27)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 30, 2021
What's the last thing you apologized for?
03:08

Joshua and Ryan discuss the grace of forgiveness. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Mar 26, 2021
280 | Environmental Minimalism
43:03

Joshua and Ryan discuss the relationship between minimalism and environmentalism with author and environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and they answer the following questions:

What is our biggest environmental problem, and is it too late to fix it? (01:38)

Since environmentalism is an idea that I cannot back down from, compromise on, or see from both sides, at what point is it dangerous to keep saying there are no ‘shoulds’? (04:33)

Why are landfills more prominent in the United States compared to Europe? (09:28)

How can we make individuals and companies more environmentally conscious? (11:47)

What is your opinion regarding the policy of the United States to ‘leap-first, look-later’ regarding environmental chemicals? (23:29)

What is the Toxic Substance Control Act? (27:36)

What are PFAs? (29:46)

Why have we seen such an increase in chronic diseases among children? (30:53)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 23, 2021
Why are we uncomfortable with stillness?
06:52

Joshua and Ryan discuss why we find it so difficult to simply stop and be present. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Mar 19, 2021
279 | Too Busy
44:43

Joshua and Ryan talk about the problem of busyness and how we can better manage our time, and they answer the following questions:

Why can’t we ever seem to get ahead of our to-do lists? (01:43)

What lists do you find helpful? (02:13)

What is “busyness”? (06:42)

How do we gain more discretionary time despite the onslaught of modern obligations and responsibilities? (11:25)

Is striving for work-life balance a fruitless endeavor? (13:58)

Are there any tools that can help with our overwhelm? (16:06)

What is the fear related to busyness? (17:24)

What can someone do if they feel they’re too busy to figure out how to become less busy? (25:30)

Would you be doing what you’re doing today if you only had six months left to live? (28:28)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 16, 2021
Not Everything Is Sentimental
07:52

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to break our sentimental ties with things so we can let them go. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Mar 12, 2021
278 | Hoarders
01:13:09

Joshua and Ryan talk about hoarding—the clinical definition, the statistics, the causes, the symptoms, the common types, the risks, the recovery—and they answer the following questions:

What is the clinical definition of “hoarding”? (03:00)

What is “spartanism”? (03:35)

What are the common types of hoarding? (05:43)

What is the difference between hoarding and collecting? (09:30)

What is the “sunk-cost fallacy”? (11:02)

What are the symptoms of hoarding? (21:56)

What are the causes of hoarding? (23:30)

How is hoarding diagnosed? (27:51)

Do children hoard? (29:41)

When do obsessions become unhealthy? (31:38)

What are the five levels of hoarding? (32:04)

Are there affluent hoarders? (43:17)

How does one become a hoarder? (45:16)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 09, 2021
The Upsides of Communal Living
10:49

Joshua and Ryan discuss the benefits of communal living with the CEO and cofounder of Nourish Balance Thrive, Christopher Kelly. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Mar 05, 2021
277 | Unusual Living Arrangements
55:49

Joshua and Ryan talk about alternative living options—communal living, throuples, combined families, long-term singlehood, nomadic living—with the CEO and cofounder of Nourish Balance Thrive, Christopher Kelly, and they answer the following questions:

What is ancestral health? (03:20)

What has likely caused our overall decline in health? (05:08) 

Is our current status quo of living arrangements in detrimental conflict with the natural order? (07:28)

How do people continue to help the paradigm of the nuclear family work? (10:40)

How do we set appropriate boundaries with roommates and ensure those boundaries are not crossed to prevent theft, property damage, and tense co-living environments? (11:59)

What is Christopher’s communal living arrangement? (12:38)

Why did Christopher adopt his communal living arrangement? (13:53)

How does Christopher manage living with several different families? (15:34)

What is ‘helicopter parenting’? (20:53)

What is your definition of “commune”? (22:59)

What are the pros and cons of unusual living arrangements in cultures that wholly embrace them? (28:36)

What does the “WEIRD” acronym represent? (30:56)

How do you define “solitude”? (32:40)

What is Joshua’s living arrangement? (33:51)

What is the ‘sweet spot’ regarding how many people you can live with? (35:25)

Who created the monogamous nuclear family? (38:40)

At what point does a group become a cult? (48:50)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 02, 2021
The Minimalists on Tranquility
09:28

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to determine what tranquility is by determining what it is not. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Feb 26, 2021
276 | The Unfollowing
46:09

Joshua and Ryan talk about unsubscribing and unfollowing anything that doesn’t bring tranquility or increase well-being, and they answer the following questions:

How has unsubscribing and unfollowing helped your tranquility? (08:36)

Should we attempt to explain ourselves to others when they question our minimalist lifestyle, or simply invite them to ‘unfollow’ us? (12:37)

Can minimalism help us bring order back to our chaotic lives? (14:44)

How do we determine the appropriate ‘path’? (18:50)

We can’t impose tranquility on the world around us, so how do we adjust our internal settings to maintain inner tranquility? (23:10)

Why do insults irritate us so intensely? (29:09)

How do we adjust relationships that are predicated on conflict? (31:20)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Feb 23, 2021
The Impulse to Buy Multiples of Things
07:10

Joshua and Ryan discuss the search for durable items. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Feb 19, 2021
275 | Let It Go
36:22

Joshua and Ryan talk about letting go—letting go of sentimental items, letting go of junk, letting go of anxiety and stress—letting go of anything that harms our well-being or interrupts our peace, and they answer the following questions:

How do our things own us? (02:53)

Given that I’m under a deadline to move, how can I increase my decluttering pace without becoming overwhelmed and stressed? (08:44)

Are there circumstances where a storage unit makes sense? (11:04)

When the amount of your belongings is completely overwhelming, how—and where—do you even start? (18:06)

Why are we so obsessed with prescriptiveness? (18:54)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Feb 16, 2021
Helping Messy Kids Get Organized
07:49

Joshua, Ryan, and their guest, behavioral and developmental pediatrician Dr. Damon Korb, discuss how to help children develop habits to become tidy and organized. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Feb 12, 2021
274 | Organized Kids
36:49

Joshua and Ryan talk about raising organized children with behavioral and developmental pediatrician Dr. Damon Korb, and they answer the following questions:

What are executive functions? (01:34)

What is behavioral pediatrics? (02:18)

What do you mean by “organized children”? (02:47)

How has the pandemic affected children’s health? (03:24)

How do we set appropriate boundaries with our children? (04:58)

How do we help our children adopt minimalist practices that stick at an early age so they don’t lose them and suffer the consequences in adulthood? (05:38)

How can we be minimalist parents? (06:50)

How can we teach our children to be problem-solvers? (09:51)

How can we help our children deal with boredom? (10:35)

What advice do you have for first-time parents? (14:43)

How do you balance setting boundaries with a child while still allowing them room to explore and learn about who they are? (19:16)

How do we appropriately handle our expectations regarding our children? (21:54)

What are the “5 H’s” regarding kids? (27:30)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Feb 09, 2021
How to Find Work-Life Balance
04:33

Joshua and Ryan discuss the folly of searching for work-life balance. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Feb 05, 2021
273 | Successfool
51:12

Joshua and Ryan talk about success, failure, fulfillment, and satisfaction—and how incessantly chasing those things can lead to foolness rather than fullness—and they answer the following questions:

What does success mean to you? (03:06)

What are your beliefs regarding spirituality? (07:38)

How do value judgments affect success? (13:08)

What is nihilism? (14:39)

How do I overcome my addiction to procrastination so I can focus on doing meaningful work? (17:00)

What are the two kinds of ‘haves’? (19:53)

What is the “thing you can’t not do”? (20:21) 

What is the best way to address distractions? (29:25)

What do you mean by “the costs we must pay”? (32:08)

How do you rebuild yourself and restructure your idea of success after a failure? (36:09) 

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Feb 02, 2021
Cleaning Out Your Junk Drawers
04:10

Joshua and Ryan discuss identifying and eliminating items that are truly ‘junk’ that necessitate the existence of junk drawers. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Jan 29, 2021
272 | Hidden Clutter
48:17

Joshua and Ryan talk about the mental, emotional, digital, and other clutter that reveals itself after we minimize our stuff, and they answer the following questions:

When are how-to’s helpful? (02:23)

How do we appropriately curate scanned photos so we’re not trading physical clutter for digital clutter? (13:57)

What advice do you have for young people who are embarking on their minimalist journeys so they have solid practices in place to prevent clutter? (25:43)

What one piece of advice would you give your younger self? (26:28)

How do we appropriately curate our many digital subscriptions and still satisfy ourselves since each service has programs exclusive to its platform? (31:56)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jan 26, 2021
The Minimalists' Thoughts on Monogamy
06:38

Joshua and Ryan discuss monogamy with blogger, podcaster, and Registered Dietitian Becca Shern. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Jan 22, 2021
271 | How to Love
49:21

Joshua and Ryan talk about love, relationships, sex, and parenting with blogger, podcaster, and Registered Dietitian Becca Shern, and they answer the following questions:

What is our language problem? (02:11)

What is the difference between loving someone and being in love with someone? (03:45)

What does commitment mean to you? (05:30)

What is your definition of “love”? (09:55)

How do you view unconditional love? (13:25)

How do you recognize when it’s time to end a relationship? (16:11)

What are the three components of a relationship? (24:16)

Why is compatibility the most difficult component of most relationships? (26:38)

Do you ever passionately disagree about important decisions that affect the entire family, and, if so, how do you handle compromise and conflict resolution? (31:44)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jan 19, 2021
Saying "No" to Work Obligations
03:39

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to tactfully decline work obligations. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Jan 15, 2021
270 | Obligations
01:06:02

Joshua and Ryan talk about reducing—or maybe even eliminating—obligations, and they answer the following questions:

What is your ‘context’? (02:23)

When is an obligation an actual obligation and not a perceived obligation? (04:31)

Is there a difference between commitment and obligation? (05:28)

What is the difference between want and desire? (07:04)

Do we truly want to be happy? (12:27)

What do you mean by ‘commitment’? (13:46)

How do I appropriately address societal obligations, such as charitable giving, when I don’t have the means to meet those obligations? (17:36)

What does ‘virtue’ mean? (25:47)

What is the difference between a community and a tribe? (26:38)

How do I prioritize financial obligations, such as debt? (29:24)

How do I step back from obligations I’ve accepted in the past? (41:47)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jan 12, 2021
Difference Between Decluttering and Minimalism
04:51

Joshua and Ryan discuss the relationship between decluttering and minimalism. Watch the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

 

Jan 08, 2021
269 | New Year's Cleanup
45:12

Joshua and Ryan talk about starting over and kicking off the New Year with some friendly decluttering, and they answer the following questions:

How do I start decluttering? (04:02)

What is the difference between decluttering and organizing? (07:05)

How do I conduct an effective Packing Party? (07:38)

How do I get my kids involved in decluttering? (13:01)

How do I determine whether or not to keep a car that’s functional, but not ideal? (14:49)

Once you declutter, how do you keep the clutter from coming back? (21:52)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jan 05, 2021
Why did The Minimalists and Matt D'Avella choose Netflix for LESS IS NOW?
05:45

Joshua and Ryan discuss why they chose Netflix for their newest documentary, Less Is Now, with filmmaker Matt D'Avella. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Jan 01, 2021
268 | Less Is Now
59:46

Joshua and Ryan talk about habit change, letting go of stuff, and the creative process that went into making their new film, Less Is Now, with filmmaker Matt D’Avella, and they answer the following questions:

How long have you been working on Less Is Now? (01:50)

How did the Less Is Now project start? (05:51)

How did the Less Is Now project evolve? (07:49)

How did you settle on a budget for Less Is Now? (10:16)

How do you curate the absolute essential tools for your work when it seems to require an overwhelming amount of items? (12:29)

How can constraints help creativity? (22:09)

Will a college degree provide a significant advantage for me in the entertainment industry? (23:36)

Is it dangerous to try too many things? (33:27)

How is there creation in destruction? (35:30)

What advice do you have for someone that’s just starting out that wants to have a successful film career like you? (38:05)

What is the Slow Growth Academy? (53:36)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Dec 29, 2020
Staying Focused in a Noisy World
05:14

Joshua and Ryan discuss how they address all the modern-day distractions to stay focused with writer Leo Babauta. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Dec 25, 2020
267 | Zen Living
49:42

Joshua and Ryan discuss finding peace within and without with writer Leo Babauta, and they answer the following questions:

How can you be a minimalist with a large family? (03:34)

How did you start on your minimalist journey? (05:39)

Who inspired you to adopt minimalism? (09:06)

How do you convert other family members to minimalism to ensure peace when you’re living in close quarters? (11:32)

How important is it to recognize what you’ve accomplished? (12:46)

Is leading by example the best approach to helping others adopt minimalist practices? (15:50)

How do you recognize when you’re taking decluttering too far? (20:00)

Is there a danger in living to minimize? (22:05)

What does it mean to “question the ‘must’”? (28:52)

What is spartanism? (29:40)

What is Metta meditation? (32:00)

How do we shift between decluttering and simplifying to live a life of purpose? (35:04)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Dec 22, 2020
How the Corporate World Prepared Joshua and Ryan to Become The Minimalists
08:37

Joshua and Ryan discuss how their corporate responsibilities prepared them for The Minimalists. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Dec 18, 2020
266 | Ten Years
01:23:09

Joshua treats The Minimalists’ audience to three exclusive conversations with Glennon Doyle (04:48), Dave Ramsey (18:13), and Derek Sivers (33:09) in celebration of the ten-year anniversary of The Minimalists, and they answer the following questions:

Has quarantining been a blessing in disguise for some people? (04:48)

Why do we have so much difficulty addressing our discontent? (07:46)

What is our ‘braver, bolder self’? (09:27)

How crucial is the ‘why’? (12:22)

Do we compound our problems by focusing on solutions? (14:19)

Has your financial advice changed in light of the pandemic? (19:03)

How crucial is a budget during a pandemic? (20:06)

Why do we have problems determining what is essential and what is nonessential? (22:14)

How is the pandemic likely to affect the housing market? (24:16)

How much more dangerous a practice is debt during a pandemic? (25:22)

What message of hope do you have regarding the pandemic? (27:28)

Is much of our brokenness attributable to the misalignment between our values and our actions? (30:28)

How did you develop your beliefs independent of the influence of others’ beliefs? (33:51)

How do you recognize when it’s time to let go? (37:23)

How has your relationship with material possessions changed over the years? (39:01)

Is it true that you even minimized your middle name? (41:59)

How do you decide when it’s time to move to a new place? (44:52)

How have your views on social media changed over the years? (53:27)

How much is enough? (57:43)

What are your views on ads? (60:15)

What is meta-inconsiderate? (1:07:10)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Dec 15, 2020
265 | Decade of Less
52:16

Joshua and Ryan discuss their evolution as The Minimalists over the last decade, and they answer the following questions:

Does it feel like ten years since you started The Minimalists? (03:44)

What did you believe about minimalism that you no longer do? (04:52)

How have we been lied to as a society? (07:41)

How is the word ‘hope’ problematic? (09:03)

Is there an issue with forming habits? (10:21)

What is the difference between the ‘how’ and the ‘why’? (12:33)

How might ‘help’ be a bad thing? (15:41)

How could balance be equated with mediocrity? (16:20)

How are solutions an issue? (18:21)

How have you adjusted your lifestyle as your popularity grows? (27:36)

How has your perspective of popularity changed? (27:36)

What’s one thing that is still challenging? (27:36)

Of what projects are you most proud? (30:18)

How can advice and truth be in conflict? (34:49)

What’s the biggest difference between you both now and ten years ago? (38:02)

What’s the problem with comparison? (39:13)

How are attachment and love incompatible? (40:39)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Dec 13, 2020
The Minimalists on Strengthening the Immune System
15:29

Joshua and Rebecca discuss refining the immune system and tips for optimum health with author and VEEP Nutrition CEO Joel Green. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Dec 11, 2020
264 | Immunity
45:41

Joshua and Rebecca Shern talk about what it really means to eat in a balanced way, how to improve our immune systems, and why our overall health is related to our gut health with author and VEEP Nutrition CEO Joel Greene, and they answer the following questions:

Why are the most common-sense health practices not obvious? (01:35)

What is the immune system, and why is it so important? (02:57) (03:25)

What is making us more susceptible to COVID-19? (05:10)

How crucial is it to control inflammation? (08:43)

How important is gut biome diversity? (10:30)

What is the apple-peel protocol? (13:01)

What is HMO? (13:52)

How does immunity begin in the gut? (14:58)

What is the order of operation to rebuild a healthy gut? (16:54)

Can meat heal a compromised gut? (23:23)

Can fasting help improve gut health? (26:23)

How important is a balanced diet? (28:13)

What are the best foods for ideal gut health? (28:44)

What is Joel Greene’s Chipotle hack? (30:10)

What is ‘eating in threes’? (31:55)

What is a pre-load meal? (33:49)

Do vitamins and supplements actually improve our immune system? (34:36)

Are probiotics supplements helpful? (35:08)

What is SIBO? (35:40)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Dec 08, 2020
Let Go of Unused Gifts
08:23

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to tactfully let go of unused gifts with author Meg Nordmann. Listed to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Dec 04, 2020
263 | Minimalist Christmas
48:04

Joshua and Ryan talk about celebrating the holiday season with purpose and intention with author Meg Nordmann, and they answer the following questions:

Why is gift-giving problematic? (01:59)

What do you think of when you think of the holiday season? (03:35)

What is the most common question you get about the holiday season? (04:27)

How do you handle someone who insists on giving gifts? (04:45)

How do I mentally manage the holiday season when I work in an industry dependent on consumerism? (10:25)

How do I make the holiday season wholly enjoyable and thrilling for my children without succumbing to the typical holiday trappings? (18:48)

What is the ‘Four Gift Rule’? (21:45)

How do we tactfully ask loved ones not to give us gifts, especially those who grew up with gift-giving as a practice to show appreciation for others? (28:22)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Dec 01, 2020
Do you need to upgrade, or do you want to upgrade?
08:45

Joshua and Ryan discuss whether it makes sense to replace cheap items with more expensive, more durable items. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Nov 27, 2020
262 | Materialism
42:23

Joshua and Ryan talk about the high price of materialism, and they answer the following questions:

What is a ‘curative’? (02:43)

Why is it important to recognize our discontent? (06:52)

Is money entirely problematic? (07:38)

Why does it seem most of us continue to make terrible financial decisions when we’re poor? (16:18)

Do celebrities influence society with their bad habits? (17:22)

How do I strengthen my focus on minimalism to avoid materialism? (19:18)

How do I get my family’s buy-in regarding minimalism? (22:55)

Is it reasonable to be expected to pay to avoid materialistic ads? (26:03)

What should I do with stuff I love when I don’t have space available for it? (29:57)

What is our language problem? (30:12)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Nov 24, 2020
Do we ever truly heal from grief?
03:24

Joshua and Ryan discuss if one can ever truly heal emotionally with author and holistic psychologist Dr. Nicole LePera. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Nov 20, 2020
261 | Mental Health
44:43

Joshua and Ryan talk about mental health, the psychology of healing, and consciously creating a healthy relationship with yourself and others with author and holistic psychologist Dr. Nicole LePera, and they answer the following questions:

What is a ‘holistic psychologist’? (01:05)

What do you focus on in your new book? (03:02)

How do you define ‘trauma’? (05:06)

How do I stay positive and focused on the days when maintaining my mental balance is particularly challenging? (08:22)

What is ‘bypassing’? (15:24)

How do I tactfully address my extended family placing undue hospitality obligations and stress on me regarding hosting them in my home? (17:16)

How do we let go of others’ expectations? (24:08)

How do we communicate appropriate boundaries? (25:48)

What can you do to promote healing in someone other than yourself? (30:05)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Nov 17, 2020
The Minimalists on Forgiveness
16:39

Joshua and Ryan discuss forgiveness with author and former con artist Matthew Cox. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Nov 13, 2020
260 | Redemption
01:07:55

Joshua and Ryan talk about how to find redemption within ourselves and with others with author and former con artist Matthew Cox, and they answer the following questions:

When did your journey as a con artist start? (04:52)

What incident stands out above all others in your journey as a con artist? (11:42)

What are ‘enhancements’? (12:39)

How did you create fake individuals? (14:15)

When did your scams start falling apart? (18:14)

Did you ever squeeze out of a scam? (22:32)

How do you define ‘redemption’? (37:45)

How have the events of your journey changed you? (40:37)

When did you recognize that what you were doing was wrong? (42:23)

How do you stay out of prison? (49:26)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Nov 10, 2020
When NOT to Vote
11:36

Joshua and Ryan discuss when abstaining from voting could be an appropriate option with returning guests T.K. Coleman, Kim Iversen, and Jamie Kilstein. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Nov 06, 2020
259 | Political Fallout
41:19

Joshua and Ryan talk about the 2020 election, our current political divide, and how we can find unity even when we disagree with returning guests T.K. Coleman, Kim Iversen, and Jamie Kilstein, and they answer the following questions:

If your values aren’t aligned with either of the major party candidates, is voting for a third-party candidate really a wasted vote? (06:36)

How do we incentivize the system to improve? (11:33)

Is it okay to minimize politics in my life and ignore the social media posts, the news, and the debates that feel very toxic, or is it my responsibility as a citizen to be well-informed and confident in my political opinions? (16:22)

Is it our duty to vote? (21:42)

Is moralizing politics the crux of the problem? (24:42)

Are these candidates really the best we have to offer? (28:42)

What is Unity2020? (30:26)

Should I vote even if I don’t fully understand the issues? (35:14)

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Nov 02, 2020
Adult Film Star Lisa Ann Discusses the Porn Problem
06:49

Joshua and Ryan discuss the crux of the issues with porn with director, media personality, and adult film star Lisa Ann. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Oct 30, 2020
258 | Porn Addiction
54:06

Joshua and Ryan talk about sex and porn addiction—how to recognize it, how to break it—and, conversely, even the possible positive attributes of porn with director, media personality, and adult film star Lisa Ann, and they answer the following questions:

Is porn addiction a recognized addiction? (03:40)

How do we better restrict our children’s access to porn? (06:40)

Do we overmoralize porn? (09:20)

Is porn addiction just a matter of self control? (11:00)

Why is Gen Z statistically having the least sex of any generation? (11:40)

What are the pros and cons of porn? (13:49)

Are there age limits for adult film stars? (20:20)

Can a minimalist approach to viewing porn enhance a relationship? (21:15)

How does libido play into relationships? (21:50)

How important is communication in a sexual relationship? (25:39)

What are your thoughts on the difference between guilt and shame being a primary trigger to lead someone to become addicted to porn? (30:01)

How does age affect porn addiction? (43:48)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Oct 27, 2020
Where can I find a supportive community?
03:26

Joshua discusses finding strong, supportive, nonreligious communities with author, podcaster, and pastor Erwin McManus and his son, film producer Aaron McManus. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

 

Oct 23, 2020
257 | Battle Ready
39:19

Joshua discusses our constant craving for spirituality with author, podcaster, and pastor Erwin McManus and his son, film producer Aaron McManus, and they answer the following questions:

How do I responsibly let go of expensive items that can't be reused by others? (06:17)

Is anything actually ‘free’? (08:14)

How compatible are minimalist and Buddhist practices? (12:25)

I recently let go of religion, but I don’t know what to cling to next. (24:16)

What is the difference between religion and faith? (25:42)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Oct 20, 2020
How to Minimize the Temptation of Social Media
09:22

Joshua and Ryan discuss the viability of switching to a flip phone to further minimize the temptations of social media with social media specialist Jess Williams. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Oct 16, 2020
256 | Social Dilemma
55:49

Joshua and Ryan talk about how The Minimalists apply minimalism to social media, how they’ve changed their opinion about social media over the years, and they review the new Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma with social media specialist Jess Williams, and they answer the following questions:

Is social media the original social distancing? (02:06)

How do we do a better job of using social media as a tool? (07:17)

What are the problems with social media? (16:16)

Has the smartphone become more of a distraction than the TV? (20:57)

Do we unfairly judge others in assuming that they’re simply wasting time on their smartphones rather than being productive? (21:46)

Has the ubiquitousness of social media contributed to creating an overly judgmental society? (26:48)

How do we set appropriate boundaries for social media? (28:06)

How do I address the desire to explain my behavior to others? (30:20)

Why do disagreements escalate so quickly on social media? (31:50)

How do I balance staying informed with being in the moment? (38:29)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Oct 13, 2020
How to Respect an Introvert's Space
09:06

Joshua and Ryan discuss introverts' boundaries with comedian Josh Wolf. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Oct 09, 2020
255 | Relationship Rescue
59:43

Joshua and Ryan talk about repairing and strengthening relationships during difficult times with comedian Josh Wolf, and they answer the following questions:

Is it possible that the global pandemic actually helped save some relationships? (01:20)

What are some good habits to adopt to save a relationship? (06:36)

What is ‘Object A’? (09:59)

How much is enough? (10:37)

What does it feel like to be satisfied? (13:13)

What is the difference between pleasure and joy? (15:32)

What is the ‘price of admission’? (19:50)

Has social media given us a false sense of self-importance? (22:35)

What is the difference between a recipe and a template? (24:05)

Is restricting a partner’s choices a reasonable solution to their staunch resistance to change? (24:45)

What is the value of stretching our comfort zone? (34:00)

How will I know when I’ve found ‘the one’? (36:02)

Do we set unrealistic expectations regarding relationships? (39:52)

Why do we often start relationships in an attempt to fix ourselves? (45:01)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Oct 06, 2020
Physical Books vs. Kindle Books
05:35

Joshua talks about the pros and cons of digital books and physical books. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Oct 02, 2020
254 | Book Clutter
49:42

Joshua discusses books and how to best ensure they enhance our lives, and he answers the following questions:

What is the true value of books? (04:42)

How do I determine whether to keep or purge books I own that I haven’t yet read? (06:10)

What do I do with books to which I’m attached but my partner insists I let go? (12:33)

Why do writers choose that profession? (16:10)

How do I let go of books I inherited from a loved one that have sentimental value? (21:03)

How do I start trimming my book collection? (23:22)

Why do some items have sentimental value? (24:12)

How do I break my sentimental attachments to my books? (27:46)

What is the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’? (30:21)

What is the perfect amount of books? (30:48)

What makes one book format better than the others? (34:53)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 29, 2020
Do paper straws and sip-cup lids actually help the environment?
15:54

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

Sep 25, 2020
253 | Waste
43:18

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 options if I live in a city without a robust recycling program? (22:34)

What are some alternatives to plastic storage? (27:47)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 22, 2020
Does Rob Bell believe in an afterlife?
09:28

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

Sep 18, 2020
252 | Everything's Spiritual
52:50

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)

What causes a negative reaction to practices considered fringe? (14:45)

What is our language problem? (19:00)

How do religion and minimalism align? (21:33)

How do you define religion? (22:14)

How important is order? (25:20)

What are the polarities of feasting and fasting? (27:23)

How do you define spirituality? (33:33)

Is Rob Bell still a Christian? (36:49)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 15, 2020
Declutter Your Kitchen
05:57

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

Sep 11, 2020
251 | Stuffocated
53:47

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 do I ensure I maintain a minimalist mindset throughout my day? (14:26)

What is the difference between joy and pleasure? (17:14)

How do we still manage to responsibly recycle and repurpose items despite the restrictions imposed by the global pandemic? (23:58)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 08, 2020
How to Prioritize What Matters Most
04:37

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

Sep 04, 2020
250 | Lifestyle Clutter
47:12

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 responsibilities and obligations? (14:02)

What are some opportunities for diversification? (17:12)

How can I ensure I’m planning an intentional life as a senior in high school? (23:20)

How do I determine my purpose? (24:22)

How important is adaptability and flexibility? (32:22)

How do we appropriately minimize commitments and obligations? (34:51)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 01, 2020
$2,500 Minimalist Wedding Budget
10:29

Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate wedding budgets with blogger, author, and matrimonial expert Jessica Bishop. Watch the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Aug 28, 2020
249 | Minimalist Weddings
53:59

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 appropriate to take on debt for a wedding? (12:46)

How do I maintain a minimalist wedding despite a large guest list? (14:18)

What are some alternatives to traditional weddings, particularly in light of the global pandemic? (14:52)

What consumes most of the budget for a wedding? (15:24)

What is the appropriate number of guests for a wedding? (17:25)

How do I create a minimalist celebration ceremony rather than a traditional wedding? (19:13)

What are the different variations of marriages? (20:54)

What does commitment truly mean in a relationship? (23:30)

What are some celebration event options for couples? (26:30)

How do couples arrive at an appropriate budget for their wedding? (26:50)

What are some of the most ridiculous things that couples have spent their wedding budget on? (27:44)

What is the appropriate size and cost of a wedding gift? (30:46)

How do couples set the appropriate expectations with their guests regarding wedding gifts? (31:54)

What are the most ideal gift registries for weddings? (33:07)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Aug 25, 2020
Will Millennials Still Shop at Malls?
05:31

Joshua and Ryan discuss what value younger generations will find in shopping malls. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Aug 21, 2020
248 | Shopping Malls
53:42

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

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Aug 18, 2020
Why is fashion associated with social status?
11:29

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

Aug 14, 2020
247 | Owning Less
36:18

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? (13:47)

Are there instances that warrant more rather than less? (21:12)

How does minimalism simultaneously encompass less and more? (22:06)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Aug 11, 2020
Dealing with Guilt
09:30

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

Aug 07, 2020
246 | The Lacking
50:34

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 searching for something new? (13:40)

What is the difference between desire and drive? (15:50)

Why do most of us seem to crave change? (23:12)

What is the burden of freedom? (24:20)

What is the ‘lack of the secret’ compared to the ‘secret of the lack’? (27:37)

How can I curb my constant desire for new things? (32:09)

Is our desire for the new related to our past? (33:46)

What is guilt? (38:48)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Aug 04, 2020
How to Let Go When Overwhelmed by Decluttering
05:13

Joshua and Ryan discuss overcoming overwhelm. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jul 31, 2020
245 | Overstuffed
48:07

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? (17:21)

What is the value of ‘why’? (22:25)

How do I curate what’s appropriate for me to keep long-term when I’m constantly moving? (24:36)

How do I let go of the burden of cost? (27:15)

How do I remove the meaning I’ve given to things? (28:26)

What is the ‘price of admission’? (30:23)

How do I responsibly dispose of items that no longer serve their function? (33:52)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jul 28, 2020
Trendy or timeless?
07:22

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

Jul 24, 2020
244 | Fashion Obsession
01:13:18

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 religious leaders to wear expensive clothing that was gifted or donated to them? (14:40)

Can function be separated from form? (16:20)

How concerned should we be about the message our appearance communicates? (18:20)

Would Jesus wear expensive, fashionable clothing? (23:52)

How do I purchase clothing intentionally without becoming obsessed with it afterward? (26:10)

Is our culture influencing our possession obsession? (27:40)

How do I select clothing that can serve multiple purposes in a seasonal climate? (34:42)

Is it helpful to employ delayed gratification to curb our shopping? (38:50)

Is it best to search for items that are multi-functional with a durable style? (40:41)

How do I develop my own personal style so I’m not adversely influenced by advertising? (43:30)

Are we essentially paying companies to use our bodies as walking billboards? (43:43)

Are Kanye West’s presidential aspirations questionable? (49:50)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jul 21, 2020
Is negativity contagious?
06:20

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

Jul 17, 2020
243 | Negative People
40:09

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 superior at work when using HR is not an option? (13:53)

What is the difference between immoral and illegal? (15:21)

How do I recognize when I’ve reached the breaking point at my job? (15:47)

How do I appropriately address people who constantly judge me and overstep boundaries? (25:04)

How do I establish appropriate boundaries with others? (25:27)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jul 14, 2020
The Toxic Relationship That Almost Ended The Minimalists
07:53

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

Jul 10, 2020
242 | Toxic People
53:50

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 expect to find a partner that’s on my own frequency? (20:04)

What is the ‘us box’ in relationships? (25:11)

Do my partner and I have to hold the same beliefs to be compatible? (27:57)

Is compromise a necessary component of a productive relationship? (29:13)

How do I deal with toxic people in the workplace? (38:35)

What are the essentials of meaningful work? (42:45)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jul 07, 2020
Becca Shern on Getting Better Sleep
04:31

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

Jul 03, 2020
241 | Hormones
37:08

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 another? (04:17)

Is ‘normal’ actually ‘optimal’ or ‘good’? (05:52)

What are some warning signs of hormone imbalance? (10:10)

How do I determine if hormone replacement therapy is right for me? (11:08)

How does stress affect our hormones? (13:09)

Can hormonal birth control negatively affect testosterone levels in females? (16:59)

How do hormones affect sex drive? (20:29)

What’s the link between hormones, anxiety, and depression? (23:09)

Why does testosterone seem to be the silver-bullet hormone for so many people? (23:51)

Can testosterone help with thyroid issues? (24:44)

What’s the best way to determine hormone levels? (27:18)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 30, 2020
The Most Minimal Exercise
05:57

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

Jun 26, 2020
240 | Genius Life
52:12

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

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Jun 23, 2020
Rich Roll on Working at Home
03:59

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

Jun 19, 2020
239 | New Abnormal
41:45

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

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Jun 16, 2020
Is Poverty the New Minimalism?
10:02

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

Jun 12, 2020
238 | Neo-Minimalism
40:59

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 notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 10, 2020
T.K. Coleman Responds to “You Ain’t Black”
06:37

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

Jun 05, 2020
237 | Race Relations
01:17:06

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.

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Jun 02, 2020
The Minimalists Tested Positive for COVID
07:12

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

May 31, 2020
236 | Memories
46:03

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)

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May 26, 2020
Kim Iversen on Minimalism in Politics
07:14

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

May 22, 2020
235 | Politics
42:14

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 all maintain balance in this heated political climate? (25:25)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 19, 2020
The Minimalists on Living Within Your Means
04:13

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

May 15, 2020
234 | Ask The Minimalists
43:04

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

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May 12, 2020
Andrew McAfee on Misconceptions About Recycling
05:17

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

May 08, 2020
233 | More/Less
44:44

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 intentionally and less impulsively? (23:37)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 05, 2020
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore on Preparing for Tragedies
06:06

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

May 01, 2020
232 | Qonversations
59:14

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.

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Apr 28, 2020
William B. Irvine on Stoicism within Families
03:51

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

Apr 24, 2020
231 | Stoicism
39:31

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)

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Apr 21, 2020
Chris Guillebeau on His Financial Influences
07:09

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

Apr 17, 2020
230 | Money Tree
37:53

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 ever received? (23:40)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 14, 2020
Ramesh Srinivasan on Smartphone Addiction
06:21

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

Apr 10, 2020
229 | Tech Problems
40:23

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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 07, 2020
Youheum on the Pros and Cons of Extreme Minimalism
04:00

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

Apr 03, 2020
228 | Extreme Minimalism
32:56

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)

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Mar 31, 2020
T.K. Coleman Explains How to Prepare for Early Retirement
07:10

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

Mar 27, 2020
227 | Economic Hardship
55:04

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

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Mar 24, 2020
226 | How to Live Through This
32:59

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: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 22, 2020
225 | Coronavirus
01:15:00

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 tribalism often take precedence over community? (35:22)

Is government incompetence and overregulation just as harmful to our health as the virus itself? (44:32)

Are some government regulations appropriate and helpful? (47:31)

How can we effectively use incentives instead of regulations? (52:38)

How effective are masks and respirators against the virus? (1:06:42)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 20, 2020
224 | Pandemic Preparation
50:49

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

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Mar 17, 2020
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore on the Effects of Past Trauma
05:22

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

Mar 13, 2020
223 | Trauma
47:04

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 trauma and grief? (33:20)

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Mar 10, 2020
Bobby Berk Talks Timeless Style
04:09

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

Mar 06, 2020
222 | Interior Design
33:39

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 aesthetic? (20:26)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 03, 2020
Laura McKowen on When Drinking Becomes a Problem
02:38

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

Feb 28, 2020
221 | Dependency
40:32

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 between a minimal life and a sober life? (23:21)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Feb 25, 2020
Dr. Paul Saladino Explains How to Lose Weight Healthfully
06:57

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

Feb 21, 2020
220 | That's Unhealthy?
01:06:27

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

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Feb 18, 2020
Joshua and Ryan Discuss How to Prevent Clutter
02:23

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

Feb 14, 2020
219 | Spring Clutter
35:18

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

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Feb 11, 2020
Courtney Carver Cuts Boring out of Her Wardrobe
03:54

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

Feb 07, 2020
218 | Minimalist Fashion
43:44

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)

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Feb 04, 2020
Peter Rollins Conquers Fear with Desire
03:54

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

Jan 31, 2020
217 | Desire
47:13

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)

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Jan 28, 2020
Jennette McCurdy Opens up About Her Eating Disorders
06:30

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

Jan 24, 2020
216 | Toxic Fame
53:23

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) 

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Jan 21, 2020
Jason Fried on Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
03:56

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

Jan 17, 2020
215 | Busyness
34:28

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)

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Jan 14, 2020
The Minimalists Debate Whether Creativity Is Learnable
03:24

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

Jan 10, 2020
214 | Podcasting
42:16

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)

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Jan 07, 2020
Are AirPods bad for your health?
04:31

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

Jan 03, 2020
213 | Resolutions
36:06

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 with minimalism the next time I attempt to adopt it? (23:13)

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Dec 31, 2019
Can universal morality exist?
04:28

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

Dec 27, 2019
Yes This Is Real
02:10

Text us your questions: 937-202-4654

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Dec 25, 2019
212 | Community
58:51

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)

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Dec 24, 2019
Keeping Holidays with Family Minimal
08:33

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

Dec 20, 2019
211 | Clean Spaces
35:46

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)

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Dec 17, 2019
Should college be "free"?
04:52

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

Dec 13, 2019
210 | Student Debt
31:43

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)

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Dec 10, 2019
Chemistry Is Complicated
04:41

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

Dec 08, 2019
Less Coast Tour
04:46

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. Tickets: LessCoast.com

Dec 06, 2019
209 | Uncivilized
45:52

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)

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Dec 03, 2019
Better Goals Than Happiness
05:41

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

Nov 29, 2019
208 | Best Life
37:54

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

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Nov 26, 2019
Let's Talk About Black Friday
03:27

Joshua Fields Millburn discusses the pitfalls of the holiday (shopping) season.

Nov 25, 2019
What do The Minimalists fear?
05:47

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

Nov 22, 2019
207 | Paranoia
45:08

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)

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Nov 19, 2019
Managing Screen Time for Kids
05:14

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

Nov 15, 2019
206 | Raising Kids
38:06

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 consumerism? (23:53)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Nov 12, 2019
How do I discover my passion?
11:17

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

Nov 08, 2019
205 | Career Advice
42:10

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

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Nov 05, 2019
The Difference Between Minimalism and KonMari
03:57

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

Nov 01, 2019
204 | Starting Minimalism
43:03

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

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Oct 29, 2019
The Connection Between Stuff and Depression
07:27

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

Oct 25, 2019
203 | Connection
42:08

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/podcast

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Oct 22, 2019
Avoid the Fast-Fashion Trap
03:29

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

Oct 18, 2019
202 | Buy Once
39:14

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 show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Oct 15, 2019
How to Stay Motivated When Writing
05:59

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

Oct 11, 2019
201 | Slowing Down
38:03

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

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Oct 08, 2019
Mayor Pete Reads Online Headlines About Mayor Pete
04:25

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

Oct 04, 2019
200 | Minimalist President
57:59

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

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Oct 01, 2019
How to Declutter Your Smartphone
08:33

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

Sep 27, 2019
199 | Decluttering Questions
41:27

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/podcast

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Sep 24, 2019
How do I improve my sleep?
06:58

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

Sep 20, 2019
198 | Simple Choices
36:00

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)

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Sep 17, 2019
How do I transition out of a dead-end career?
03:18

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

Sep 13, 2019
197 | Successful People
39:03

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)

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Sep 10, 2019
Give Value to Get Value
04:46

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

Sep 06, 2019
196 | Your Weird
34:34

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 with family and friends—particularly during the holidays—a healthy practice, or should we always strive to challenge the status quo? (18:33)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 03, 2019
48,000 Negative Thoughts a Day
02:43

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

Aug 30, 2019
195 | Questioning Faith
40:27

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

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Aug 27, 2019
How much art is unoriginal?
04:10

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

Aug 23, 2019
194 | Craft
46:51

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 creative? (37:34)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Aug 20, 2019
How to Discuss Debt with Your Partner
05:36

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

Aug 16, 2019
193 | Financial Independence
38:43

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

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Aug 13, 2019
How Consciousness Affects Your Priorities
09:58

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

Aug 09, 2019
192 | Conscious
41:25

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

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Aug 06, 2019
Conflicting Beliefs with Loved Ones
05:07

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

Aug 02, 2019
191 | Common Ground
49:31

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)

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Jul 30, 2019
How Positive Thinking Is Like Prayer
16:09

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

Jul 26, 2019
190 | Positive Thinking
44:25

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

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Jul 23, 2019
The Appropriate Storefront
08:05

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

Jul 19, 2019
189 | Minimalist Business
33:09

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 job? (20:58)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jul 16, 2019
Advice on Leaving the Corporate World
06:24

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

Jul 12, 2019
188 | Budgeting Mistakes
46:08

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

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Jul 09, 2019
How to Keep Growing as a Creative
07:26

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

Jul 05, 2019
187 | Insecurity
27:35

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

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Jul 02, 2019
Minimalists' Preferences for Gifts
03:12

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

Jun 28, 2019
186 | Birthday Gifts
37:02

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/podcast

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Jun 25, 2019
How Small Changes Make Big Progress
04:58

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

Jun 21, 2019
185 | Sustainable Living
32:57

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/podcast

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Jun 18, 2019
Healthy Eating Habits for Travel
04:06

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

Jun 14, 2019
184 | Minimalist Diets
51:00

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 notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 11, 2019
Knowing When to Say Yes or No
04:24

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

Jun 07, 2019
183 | Creativity
41:13

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: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 04, 2019
Addressing Pressure from Family Members
05:32

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

May 31, 2019
182 | Simple Families
37:32

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 experiences, rather than the acquisition of material items? (19:08)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 28, 2019
The Impact of Excessive Phone Use
03:23

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

May 26, 2019
How to Separate Personal and Professional Values
06:57

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

May 24, 2019
181 | Mindful
48:01

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/podcast

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May 21, 2019
Maximal: Constipation of the Soul
01:42:15

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)

May 19, 2019
Letting Go of the Love of Things
05:05

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

May 17, 2019
180 | Stopped Buying
34:31

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

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May 14, 2019
Short-Term Sacrifices to Achieve Long-Term Gains
03:03

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

May 12, 2019
When do you stop comparing yourself to your idols?
08:12

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

May 10, 2019
179 | Sadness
44:47

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

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May 07, 2019
How do you determine the value of things?
02:56

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

May 03, 2019
178 | Favorite Things
35:55

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

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Apr 30, 2019
177 | Disagreements
34:23

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

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Apr 23, 2019
176 | UnAmerican Dream
35:39

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)

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Apr 16, 2019
175 | Feeling Stuck
31:32

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

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Apr 09, 2019
174 | Minimalist Fitness
45:34

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

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Apr 02, 2019
173 | Digital Clutter
37:25

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: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 26, 2019
172 | Money Problems
30:22

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

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Mar 19, 2019
171 | Rejection
46:17

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

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Mar 12, 2019
170 | Subtract
36:33

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

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Mar 05, 2019
Tidying Up
03:03

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

Feb 12, 2019
169 | Millionaires
01:05:12

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

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Jan 29, 2019
168 | Baggage
53:01

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

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Jan 22, 2019
167 | Collectibles
01:17:22

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)

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Jan 15, 2019
166 | Hope
01:18:55

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)

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Jan 08, 2019
165 | Habits
01:40:38

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)

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Jan 01, 2019
164 | 2018
01:34:15

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)

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Dec 25, 2018
163 | Business
01:35:46

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)

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Dec 18, 2018
162 | Upgrades
53:02

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)

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Dec 11, 2018
161 | Addictions
54:43

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)

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Dec 04, 2018
160 | Changes
50:06

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)

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Nov 27, 2018
159 | Blackfriday
01:21:19

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)

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Nov 20, 2018
158 | Selfcare
01:37:27

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)

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Nov 13, 2018
157 | Excess
01:00:11

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)

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Nov 06, 2018
156 | Fear
01:44:20

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)

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Oct 30, 2018
155 | Love
02:25:05

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)

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Oct 23, 2018
154 | Minimal
01:27:12

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 consistently deliver practical and valuable advice? (41:26)

How do I learn to push through discomfort? (46:14)

Why do you do what you do? (53:08)

How do I create a company while remaining true to my minimalist values? (1:02:08)

How do I stay true to my minimalist values through a significant financial windfall? (1:08:22)

Do minimalist practices remain consistent throughout the world? (1:11:28)

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Oct 16, 2018
153 | Spouses
01:47:00

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)

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Oct 09, 2018
152 | Comparison
01:23:18

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 between taking care of debt too much and not enough? (47:30)

How do I keep myself motivated to keep paying off my debt when it feels overwhelming? (55:41)

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Oct 02, 2018
151 | Donating
57:36

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 recycling, selling, and trashing? (31:56)

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Sep 25, 2018
150 | City
01:43:09

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)

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Sep 18, 2018
149 | Sex
01:25:57

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 regarding the traditional life choices of my partner and me, e.g., waiting until marriage to live together and have sex? (49:20)

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Sep 11, 2018
148 | Breakups
01:51:28

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)

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Sep 04, 2018
147 | Retire
01:24:58

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 ones and fully pursue my passions?  (50:17)

Is a house an asset or a liability? (55:48)

Is it possible to overdo Dave Ramsey’s baby steps related to investing and paying off a mortgage? (59:20)

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Aug 28, 2018
146 | Curation
02:16:36

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)

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Aug 21, 2018
145 | Challenges
01:58:30

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)

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Aug 14, 2018
144 | Simpleliving
02:37:01

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”? (42:03)

How do I break my strong attachment to my stuff? (52:10)

How do I maintain my minimalist lifestyle among those in my social circle obsessed with material goods and money? (1:03:43)

How do I reduce my family’s entertainment expenses while still keeping my children happy? (1:10:38)

How do I make my home cozy without “unnecessary” things? (1:13:30)

How do I craft a simple life with the little personal time I have as a constantly hustling freelance entrepreneur? (1:20:47)

What are your thoughts on the tiny house movement? (1:29:39)

How do I make simple living fun for my family? (1:34:41)

How do I become a minimalist as a teenager? (1:39:53)

What cultures offer exemplary examples of simple living? (1:46:40)

How do I maintain simple living practices without the fear of missing out? (1:53:13)

Will living a simple life lead to living a bland life? (1:56:28)

How do I slow down to enjoy life when everyone around me is so busy? (1:59:27)

How do I live a simple life while balancing my responsibilities related to work, school, and family? (2:05:53)

How can I make housecleaning a simpler process? (2:09:20)

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Aug 07, 2018
143 | Indebted
01:13:02

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? (46:47)

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Jul 31, 2018
142 | Anxiety
01:38:12

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)

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Jul 24, 2018
141 | Parents
01:38:11

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 that many of the possessions they want to pass along to loved ones have little intrinsic or extrinsic value? (1:00:42)

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Jul 17, 2018
140 | Buying
02:04:10

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 product meets before you purchase it? (1:16:41)

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Jul 10, 2018
139 | Access
01:29:07

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 expense and the constant notifications? (59:01)

Where do I draw the line between ownership and access regarding items that adapt and evolve as I use them, such as musical instruments? (1:04:42)

Why does our culture place such an emphasis on ownership? (1:08:40)

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Jul 03, 2018
138 | Healthproblems
03:29:22

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 health problem? (1:17:53)

How do I take responsibility for my health without obsessing over it? (1:21:57)

How do I safely recover from burnout? (1:25:37)

Why do we seem to have more health problems today than we ever had in the past? (1:34:17)

How do I best deal with chronic fatigue syndrome? (1:45:15)

Can I safely detox from heavy metals on my own? (1:51:15)

What are your thoughts on the low-carb, ketogenic, and Whole30 diets? (1:57:52)

How necessary are most supplements? (2:07:24)

How do I attain and maintain good gut health? (2:23:50)

What are the symptoms of Candida overgrowth, and what natural remedies will eliminate it? (2:30:29)

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Jun 26, 2018
137 | Direction
01:53:14

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 way? (1:28:18)

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Jun 19, 2018
136 | Mementos
01:27:23

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 few things that remind me of my recently deceased loved one? (1:03:47)

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Jun 12, 2018
135 | Acquaintances
01:19:30

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: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Jun 05, 2018
134 | Intentional
01:13:17

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 seemingly good-intentioned people who insist on contributing their unsolicited advice at every opportunity? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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May 29, 2018
133 | Constraints
01:20:30

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 my best interest? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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May 22, 2018
132 | Experiences
01:08:31

Joshua & Ryan chat about experiences, regrets, the adventures of moving to to a new city, and the cost of bad habits, and they answer the following questions: How do I avoid getting mired in the materialism of city life when I move there from my rural residence? How can I spend time out and about with my friends without spending an inordinate amount of money? Is it better to follow the tried and tested route based on other peoples’ experiences, or is it better to take risks and enjoy your own experiences? How do I better internalize the lessons from the good and bad experiences of my past? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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May 15, 2018
131 | School
02:36:41

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: minimalists.com/podcast.

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May 08, 2018
130 | Food
01:31:27

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.

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May 01, 2018
129 | Beginnings
01:40:33

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 notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Apr 24, 2018
128 | Reset
01:32:44

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.

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Apr 17, 2018
127 | Sivers
01:42:45

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 ensure I stay committed to my minimalism journey? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Apr 10, 2018
126 | Quality
01:27:20

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.

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Apr 03, 2018
125 | Easter
01:04:27