The Minimalists Podcast

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

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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)

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Jan 19, 2021
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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)

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Dec 29, 2020
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Nov 02, 2020
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Oct 13, 2020
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: $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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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.

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 02, 2020
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 26, 2020
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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.

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 28, 2020
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 21, 2020
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 31, 2020
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 10, 2020
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Feb 04, 2020
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jan 28, 2020
Quickie: 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) 

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jan 21, 2020
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jan 14, 2020
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jan 07, 2020
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Dec 31, 2019
Quickie: 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

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Dec 24, 2019
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Dec 17, 2019
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Dec 10, 2019
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Dec 03, 2019
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Nov 19, 2019
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 17, 2019
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Sep 10, 2019
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Aug 27, 2019
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jul 30, 2019
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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)

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Jun 04, 2019
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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)

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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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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
Quickie: 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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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
Quickie: 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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: theminimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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

Joshua & Ryan talk about Easter, corporatism, and letting go, and they answer the following questions: How can I tactfully let loved ones know I don’t want any Easter gifts for my family? Do you believe you still would have adopted minimalism if it hadn’t been for those tragic events in your life years ago? How do I help my loved ones stay motivated to maintain minimalist practices? How can minimalism better address corporatism and its burgeoning waste? What are some prime examples of products and services that fraudulently market themselves as minimalist or essentialist? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Mar 27, 2018
124 | Religion
01:14:37

Joshua & Ryan chat with Rob Bell and Andrew Morgan about religion, spirituality, and their new documentary, The Heretic, and together they answer the following questions: What are a minimalist’s views on religion? What resources do you recommend for minimalists that are interested in incorporating spirituality into their minimalist practices? Was it painful when the church turned its back on you, and, if so, how did you move past the pain? Do you accept the title of ‘heretic’ like a badge, or do you simply shake it off? Do we actually choose our beliefs, or are they a result of an unconscious process? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Mar 20, 2018
123 | Hobbies
02:17:31

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

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Mar 13, 2018
122 | People
01:18:09

Joshua & Ryan talk about how to live as a minimalist and still respect the important people in their lives, and they answer the following questions: How do I find common ground with my non-minimalist roommates? How do I find a balance with my non-minimalist partner? How do I minimize the friends, family, and colleagues in my life that insist on tearing me down instead of building me up? How do I overcome my introversion to develop strong, enriching relationships with others? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Mar 06, 2018
121 | Emotions
01:30:34

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

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Feb 27, 2018
120 | Socialmedia
02:14:51

Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio” to talk about how they’re using social media in 2018, and they answer the following questions: What advice do you have for those that want to use social media more intentionally for their business? How do I create a social media strategy for my business without sacrificing my personal privacy? How do I determine the line between too much and just enough when I use social media for promotion? Did you discover a newfound value or a lack of value regarding social media after being off of it? Did your absence from social media make you realize it made your life more meaningful, or did it make you realize it’s just a modern platform to advertise? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Feb 20, 2018
119 | Decorations
01:36:04

Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio” to talk about decorations, and they answer the following questions: Are non-functional decorative items appropriate in a minimalist’s home and work environments? How can I reconcile my need to minimize my possessions when others’ perceptions of my personal and professional statuses rely on those possessions? How do I address the unsightliness of my child’s collections? How do I curate an art collection as a minimalist? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Feb 13, 2018
118 | Collecting
01:15:02

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

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Feb 06, 2018
117 | Loincloth
58:02

Joshua & Ryan chat with minimalist-traveler Colin Wright, author of Some Thoughts About Relationships, and they answer the following questions: What minimalist advice would you give a teenager on the cusp of graduating from high school and starting their journey into life? What does a happy, ideal life look like to you now that you’ve fully adopted minimalist practices? How do I purge the emotional baggage I accumulated throughout my childhood that is now interfering with my adulthood? How do I best utilize the free time I’ve discovered as a result of embracing minimalism? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Jan 30, 2018
116 | Resonate
55:26

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

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Jan 23, 2018
115 | Happier
01:05:09

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

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Jan 16, 2018
114 | SpiritualAF
59:21

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

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Jan 09, 2018
113 | Newyear
01:20:04

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

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Jan 01, 2018
112 | 2017
02:01:52

Joshua & Ryan present their favorite moments from 2017, and they answer the following questions: The workload at my current job consistently flows over into my personal time on my evenings and weekends, and it causes me a great deal of stress and anxiety in doing so—should I stick it out, and, if so, how do I manage the stress and anxiety? What are the most responsible clothing manufacturers that produce the highest quality clothing? How do I deal with setbacks and failure when I’m challenged by a mental illness? When you experience major life events, do you find your values change, and, if so, what do you do about it? How do you handle a toxic relationship with a parent? How do you determine which sentimental items to keep, and how do you ensure that you don’t apply that sentimentality to everything else? What advice do you have for creating a realistic value-based budget and adhering to it? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Dec 26, 2017
111 | Gift
01:13:00

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

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Dec 24, 2017
110 | Toxic
37:32

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

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Dec 19, 2017
109 | No
02:06:05

Joshua & Ryan are back "in studio" to speak with minimalist filmmaker Matt D'Avella of The Ground Up Show. Together they answer the following questions: How do the two of you split up the responsibilities and obligations of The Minimalists? To what ideal career did you aspire as you were graduating from high school? Did you always know you were discontented or did your discovery of minimalism help you realize you were discontented? How did you address the risks involved in deciding to leave your careers in the corporate world? How did you keep from falling back into the rat-race mentality with The Minimalists? What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs regarding consistently creating meaningful content? How do you determine what’s working and what’s not working during the creative process? What advice would you give to someone that wants to be an entrepreneur who’s starting with nothing? How did you not obsess about statistics when you were first starting out? How can someone make an unrealistic goal a reality? How do I create and maintain a balance between my personal and professional lives? What's the simplest advice that's the most important to follow? What can a person do today to turn their life around if they’re stuck in a career that’s unfulfilling? Where do you go to reset when you’re feeling doubt? What drives you? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Dec 12, 2017
108 | Becoming
01:00:59

Joshua & Ryan speak with Joshua Becker, founder of Becoming Minimalist, in Phoenix, and they answer the following questions: Does the minimalist life ever become stress-free? How does a minimalist appropriately purge religious items? What should I do with everyday use items that are in storage—such as spoons and forks, pots and pans, cups and bowls—while I’m temporarily living with a roommate? What recommendations do you have for goods that are both sustainable and durable? Will the economy crash if everyone practices minimalism? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Dec 05, 2017
107 | Giving
01:18:51

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

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Nov 28, 2017
106 | Limits
46:15

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

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Nov 21, 2017
105 | Malcolm
01:05:57

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

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Nov 14, 2017
104 | Simple
59:11

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

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Nov 07, 2017
103 | Masks
01:05:39

Joshua & Ryan speak with Lewis Howes, author of The Mask of Masculinity, in San Diego, and they answer the following questions: What do you suggest as a first step for those that are interested in adopting minimalism but have a fear of change? What advice would you give someone who doesn’t have children to prepare them for a relationship with someone else who already has children? How do I maintain a simple, intentional lifestyle in an increasingly complex world? Is there anything inherently spiritual or deeply philosophical in minimalism that inspires you and keeps you focused on spreading your message? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Oct 31, 2017
102 | Purge
01:00:53

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


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Oct 24, 2017
101 | Style
01:01:10

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

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Oct 17, 2017
100 | Gone
01:06:22

Joshua & Ryan visit Vancouver for their 100th episode, and they answer the following questions: How do you address feelings of loss when a prized possession you use daily is stolen? What is your process for curating the most important things in your life? How did you start living simple, intentional lives, and what advice would you give others seeking to do the same? How do I resolve my feelings of guilt regarding things I’ve purged from my life? What resource—book, podcast, film, etc.—has inspired you the most in your minimalism journey? How can I help my children adopt minimalism while respecting their attachment to their things? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Oct 10, 2017
099 | Breathe
01:03:40

Joshua & Ryan speak with Julien Smith, founder of Breather, in Montreal, and they answer the following questions: What is the most challenging aspect of your current journey as The Minimalists? How do I reconcile many of the traditional goals I grew up with—corporate career, marriage, children, home ownership, etc.—with the tenets of minimalism I now follow? How do you recommend we address others who question our minimalist lifestyle? How do we help our children become more conscious of compulsory consumption? What advice do you have for recent college graduates who are graduating from college with mountains of debt and molehills of prospects? What is the next step after decluttering? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Oct 03, 2017
098 | Horizons
41:15

Joshua & Ryan visit Ottawa, and they answer the following questions: As dedicated minimalists, what do you want the world to look like in five years? How important do you believe the history of minimalism is to the current minimalism movement? Do you believe taking on some student debt is a more effective use of your time than working 16+ hour-days for years to pay for a college education? What are some tricks and tips for getting rid of heirlooms? How do we help children adopt minimalism? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Sep 26, 2017
097 | Sidehustle
01:21:28

Joshua & Ryan speak with Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle, in Portland, Oregon, and they answer the following questions: How often do you recommend reassessing your values to ensure your short-term actions still align with your long-term goals? When is bankruptcy the appropriate option for those people that are struggling with their finances? How do I help my partner adopt minimalist practices? What ideas, concepts, and skills did you glean from Corporate America that helped you in your minimalist journey? Do you believe the philosophy of minimalism you have adopted has informed your spirituality? When you’re at home, what kinds of meals do you cook, what kitchen utensils do you use to prepare them, and how long does it typically take to make them? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Sep 19, 2017
096 | Toronto
46:34

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

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Sep 12, 2017
095 | Relocating
01:47:21

Joshua & Ryan talk about where they're moving, and they answer the following questions: How do you move past feelings of shame regarding past mistakes and embarrassing episodes in your life? How do you ensure you’re addressing any emotional baggage attached to items as you’re getting rid of them? Is there a path to purchasing a house without taking on debt? Is it cheaper to sell your furniture before a move and then buy new furniture for the new place, or is it cheaper to pay to move the furniture you already own? How do you decide if it’s better to stick with what you have where you currently live, or if it’s better to move to a new place and start over? What should I do with all my camping gear that I feel is overwhelming me? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Sep 05, 2017
094 | Budget
02:03:14

Joshua & Ryan talk about budgeting, and they answer the following questions: Is it good or bad to have a credit rating? Is it appropriate to move in with loved ones to save money? In what order should I pay off my debt? What advice do you have for creating a realistic value-based budget and adhering to it? How do I stick to my budget without restricting experiences with loved ones? What do you recommend to those in the ‘pre-budget’ stage that are not ready to make every dollar go in its place? How can I still afford some enjoyment in life while paying down my crushing student loan debt? What can I do with all these books, CDs, and DVDs that are weighing me down? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Aug 29, 2017
093 | Deep
01:22:14

Joshua & Ryan speak with Andrew Belle in Indianapolis about his new album, Dive Deep, and they answer the following questions: As an introvert, how do you meet the demands of a passion that requires an extroverted personality? What suggestions do you have for preparing yourself for the reality of daily life once you’ve graduated college? How do you resolve the feelings of guilt you have for even purchasing items you need to run a business? How can I be more intentional regarding the relationships I bring into my life? To what extent did the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008 affect your journey into minimalism? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Aug 25, 2017
092 | Smallstuff
01:43:37

Joshua & Ryan visit Spokane, and they answer the following questions: How do I minimize the many accoutrements I have for the many passions I pursue? How do you ensure you’re adding the appropriate amount of value to a relationship? What advice do you have for ensuring you don’t lose memories when you let go of sentimental items? How do I minimize a plethora of paper documents I’ve saved and filed just in case I need them? How do you explain your new minimalist lifestyle to former colleagues who are non-minimalists without bragging or sounding elitist? What advice do you have for someone considering which mortgage term is most appropriate for them? How deeply have you delved into the more energetic aspects of adopting minimalism? How do you stay humble amidst the trappings of fame that come with being The Minimalists? How do we help our children adopt minimalism when everything they own is the most important thing in the world to them? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Aug 22, 2017
091 | Nostalgia
02:16:08

Joshua & Ryan discuss whether nostalgia is useful or dangerous, and they answer the following questions: How do you determine which sentimental items to keep, and how do you ensure that you don’t apply that sentimentality to everything else? Is it okay for an aspiring minimalist to keep a small container of sentimental items as a time capsule? How did you let go of yearbooks? Is there a healthy form of nostalgia, or is it inherently useless to hold onto the past? How does nostalgia impact historical awareness, and how will minimalism change that in the future? Does nostalgia have a place in today’s world? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Aug 15, 2017
090 | Alignment
01:13:12

Joshua & Ryan visit Grand Rapids, and they answer the following questions: What is the best way to get rid of items that are still useful, but are of no value to me? How do I let go of the stress I feel when I witness my loved ones not aligning their short-term actions with their long-term values? How do you address all the stress that comes with inheriting all the stuff that comes with the passing of a loved one? Before you quit your corporate jobs, did you have your financial houses in order regarding retirement? How often should a minimalist do laundry? How do you continue to practice self-control as you become more successful and gain a greater capability to get more stuff? How do you deal with the stress of purging sentimental items, and how do you explain to those that gifted them to you that you have no need for their gifts anymore? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Aug 08, 2017
089 | Reconcile
01:04:10

Joshua & Ryan visit Cleveland, and they answer the following questions: What advice do you have for minimalists who have loved ones that prefer to receive physical gifts? What is the best way to explain to a potential partner that you’re a minimalist? What advice do you have for those that want to adopt minimalism into their lives, but fear the changes? How do you manage the negative feedback that inevitably comes with failure? What is your advice to minimalists struggling to reconcile their personal values and beliefs that conflict with their professional values and beliefs? As minimalists, what are you saving your money for now? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Aug 01, 2017
088 | Respond
01:15:18

Joshua & Ryan visit Columbus, and they answer the following questions: How do you respond to people who resign themselves to situations by saying, “That’s just the way it is”? How do you manage to continue to grow and to cultivate open minds and soft hearts? What advice do you have for saying ‘no’ to people and to activities you like to avoid becoming overly committed and stressed? What struggles and expectations have you had to address since becoming ‘The Minimalists’? What do you recommend to a minimalist who is living among a group of people who have no interest in minimalism? What are you really excited about right now? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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Jul 25, 2017
087 | Balance
01:10:14

Joshua & Ryan visit Cincinnati, and they answer the following questions: What questions have your audience members posed that have made you reevaluate your values and beliefs? What questions did you ask yourself when you were younger to help you determine that happiness was more important to you than material success? What advice do you have for people who seem to take minimalism to an extreme, or for those who offend others with their obsession with minimalism? What suggestions do you have for those who want to quit their corporate jobs but need to maintain their level of corporate benefits for the welfare of their family members? How do you maintain balance between your five core values? Is there a question you wish audience members would ask that they have not yet asked? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.


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Jul 18, 2017
086 | Rich
01:18:21

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

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Jul 11, 2017
085 | Shopping
01:37:24

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

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Jul 04, 2017
084 | Nonline
01:46:47

Joshua & Ryan speak with Patrick Rhone, author of Enough, in Minneapolis, and they answer the following questions: Is America’s consumerism more nefarious than that of other countries that therefore makes practicing minimalism even more crucial in the United States? Is it better to use up what you have, or is it better to sell it, donate it, or give it away? Should I hang onto the things I purchased for the person I want to become? Are there similarities between the principles of living discussed in Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning and the principles of minimalism? Where should I draw the line with memorabilia? Is it possible for me to live a minimalist lifestyle while making a living selling other people things they don’t need? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.


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Jun 27, 2017
083 | Rob
01:35:13

Joshua & Ryan speak with Rob Bell in Los Angeles, and they answer the following questions: What is the best way to tell people you’re a minimalist that is easiest for most people to understand and accept? Is it possible to have a better life with ‘more,’ and, if so, what would that ‘more’ be? How do you find a deep-rooted, lasting happiness in everything? How do you find the flow that makes your work effortless? Why does minimalism seem to be more popular with females than males? Can minimalism help you improve your financial situation? Do you ever secretly buy things and hide them from one another? How do you handle a toxic relationship with a parent? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 20, 2017
082 | Hoarding
02:01:18

Joshua & Ryan discussing hoarding and collecting, and they answer the following questions: What are your thoughts on emergency preparedness? How can a minimalist coexist with their hoarder partner? How can I help an older family member adopt minimalist practices? How do you broach the subject of minimalism with a family member that is a dedicated hoarder? Do most hoarders actually find the things they were saving for one day, or do they simply purchase replacements? As a hoarder, where do you start when you’re completely overwhelmed by stuff? Once you’ve decluttered, how do you ensure the cycle doesn’t start again? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 13, 2017
081 | Bloodchocolate
01:10:43

Joshua injures himself at a rest stop & Ryan eats chocolate in front of a crowd, and they answer the following questions: What tips and tricks do you have regarding moving? How can you grow side hustles without increasing mental clutter and losing focus? How much chocolate is too much chocolate for a minimalist? What do you do when you’re a minimalist, but your partner has no interest in minimalism? How do you become successful without becoming obsessed with goal achievement? How does minimalism apply to kids? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 10, 2017
080 | Family
01:31:27

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

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Jun 06, 2017
079 | Collisions
01:07:08

Joshua & Ryan visit Chicago, and they answer the following questions: How do you deal with the collisions with the values and beliefs of the non-minimalists in your life? How do I donate items to different charities when I don’t have a car to haul the items to those charities? What questions did you ask yourself to determine your passions, and what actions did you take to pursue those passions? What have you learned about yourself that you weren’t able to recognize before adopting minimalism? How can I meet my daily personal and professional obligations without a smartphone? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 30, 2017
078 | Q&A
21:19

Joshua & Ryan are joined by Minimalism director Matt D'Avella, and they answer the following questions: Was it hard to invest so much money and time into your film project without assurance it was going to succeed? How do I further minimize the essentials in my life when I feel like I’m always overbooked and I can’t catch my breath? How have your lives changed since you made the film? What can we do as a community to further promote the message of living more intentionally and simply? What was the most challenging thing about making the film? If you were to make the film again, what would you do differently? What is your next project? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 26, 2017
077 | Seattle
01:27:06

Joshua & Ryan visit Seattle, and they answer the following questions: After you found success, what changed in your lives? Can you be in a committed relationship with someone who doesn’t share the same core values as you? If I must use social media for my job, how do I regulate my usage of it effectively? How can I ensure my family has access to all of my digital archives when I pass away? What is the most significant obstacle most people encounter when they’re trying to minimize? How can I be a minimalist and still enjoy a hobby that requires a significant amount of accoutrements? How can I be a minimalist with multiple dogs without getting rid of the dogs? Is the ease or difficulty of adopting and maintaining minimalism tied to geography? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 23, 2017
076 | LiveWire
23:03

Joshua & Ryan stop by Live Wire Radio in Portland, Oregon, to record a live radio show in which they must convince the audience to keep or let go of certain possessions. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 19, 2017
075 | Maine
01:16:38

Joshua & Ryan visit the great state of Maine, and they answer the following questions: How do I help my children minimize their stuff without doing it for them? How do you deal with gift-giving from others around birthdays and Christmas? How do you discover your identity and your passions? As an artist, how do I minimize many of the tools that are requisite for my art? How do you stay focused on maintaining minimalist practices despite the temptations of the surrounding consumerist world? Is minimalism more difficult to practice with a family than as a single person? What has been your favorite part of your minimalist journey? Do you feel kinship with religious and spiritual practitioners? What books are you reading right now? How do you determine the career path that will work best with your life? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 16, 2017
074 | Boston
01:24:58

Joshua & Ryan bring their Less Is Now Tour to Boston, and they answer the following questions: Once your needs are met for the month, what do you do with your remaining money? How can minimalism help with significant transitions in your life? As an artist who creates physical artifacts, how do I reconcile that with being a minimalist? Have there been moments when you’ve struggled when considering purchasing an item or letting go of an item? How do explain your recent adoption of minimalism to your maximalist friends and family members, especially when it pertains to gifts? How do you find the willpower to let go of sentimental items and family heirlooms? How did you overcome the adversity of being disadvantaged in your youth to achieve the success you enjoy today? Can you quantify the ideal minimalist wardrobe for a child? How do you assess the value of relationships? Once you’ve downsized, minimized, and eliminated everything, where do you go from there? How do I get my family members to adopt minimalism? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 09, 2017
073 | Vermont
01:26:05

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

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May 02, 2017
072 | Pittsburgh
01:24:10

Joshua & Ryan kick off their Less Is Now Tour in Pittsburgh, and they answer the following questions: How do I keep a minimal wardrobe when I have a career that depends on appearance? Who influenced you to adopt minimalism? What are your passions? How do you stay focused on your minimalism practices and resist falling off the wagon? How do I appropriately minimize a sentimental item that was made specifically for me? How do I find my mission in life? When I’m moving, how do I best determine what to keep? How does minimalism help the grieving and coping process? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 25, 2017
071 | Media
01:42:46

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

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Apr 18, 2017
070 | Clutter
01:25:59

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

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Apr 11, 2017
069 | Values
56:09

Joshua & Ryan discuss their values, principles, and beliefs, and they answer the following questions: What does the phrase “add value” mean? When you quit a job you’ve held for a long time, how do you find your new identity separate from the identity you created through your job? When you experience major life events, do you find your values change, and, if so, what do you do about it? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 04, 2017
068 | Overwhelm
01:34:33

Joshua & Ryan discuss how they deal with being overwhelmed, and they answer the following questions: How do I encourage and support someone who wants to adopt the best practices of minimalism, but can’t seem to find and keep the motivation to do so? How do I declutter, de-stress, and live a more meaningful life as a 12 year-old, especially at school? How do I deal with setbacks and failure when I’m challenged by a mental illness? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 28, 2017
067 | Happiness
02:00:33

Joshua & Ryan discuss happiness, meaning, discontent, and despair, and they answer the following questions: How do I make friends that share the same values and beliefs as me? What are some best practices to stay motivated while minimizing? How do you deal with things that you love that you believe might be holding you back? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Mar 21, 2017
067 | Happiness

Joshua & Ryan discuss happiness, meaning, discontent, and despair, and they answer the following questions: How do I make friends that share the same values and beliefs as me? What are some best practices to stay motivated while minimizing? How do you deal with things that you love that you believe might be holding you back? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 21, 2017
066 | Things
01:56:55

Joshua & Ryan discuss the things people hold on to, the things people let go of, and the things that may or may not add value to our lives, and they answer the following questions: If my family and I are moving into a fully furnished house for the next year, should we sell everything or should we place it in storage? As a divorce lawyer, how can I help clients realign their values so they don’t fight over the division of their things? How do I minimize the paper clutter that results from all the documentation that my job requires? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 14, 2017
065 | Tour
01:05:36

Joshua & Ryan discuss lessons from touring, on-the-road routines, and their favorite cities. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 09, 2017
064 | Unpleasant
01:08:25

Joshua & Ryan talk about dealing with unpleasant experiences, and they answer the following questions: Is there anything you removed from your life that you now regret that you removed? What do you do when you’ve gotten rid of something that was of value to a family member? Does becoming a minimalist help you better cope with unpleasant situations that arise in your life? How can I get over the regret of bad decisions I’ve made that have led to bad experiences? How do you answer the critics that claim minimalism is just for rich white people? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Mar 07, 2017
063 | Jobs
01:06:07

Joshua & Ryan discuss jobs, careers, missions, passions, side hustles, and earning income, and they answer the following questions: How can I keep the job I love, yet still alleviate the financial stress of being underemployed? Do I need to keep my diplomas? How can I tell if an employment opportunity is actually a pyramid scheme instead? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Feb 28, 2017
062 | Friends
02:04:27

Joshua & Ryan discuss friends, family, acquaintances, and coworkers, and they answer the following questions: How do you reconcile your relationships with friends that have values and beliefs that starkly contrast with your own? How do you minimize the chaos caused by certain people in your life? How do you use breakups as catalysts for positive change? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Feb 21, 2017
061 | InstaLive
32:38

Joshua jumped on Instagram Live to answer a bunch of questions about minimalism, including: How can I live with a non-minimalist who likes to keep everything? What has been the most valuable thing you have learned on your minimalist journey? Was your partner a minimalist before you met? How do you manage stress when you feel mentally tired or overwhelmed? In regards to people, how do you go about saying “no”? Should I move to improve my life? Do you do laundry every day? Do you see a link between minimalism and spirituality? Do you have some tips for dealing with people in your life who don’t get minimalism? If I have debt, should I invest first or pay off the debt first? What do you think of Dave Ramsey? Your film is not available on Netflix in my country—is there another option to watch your film worldwide? When is your next tour date? What are our thoughts on nutrition? What is your favorite recipe on the Minimal Wellness website? How do you retrain a young child’s materialistic mindset when your family is becoming more minimalist? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Feb 17, 2017
060 | Finances
02:05:57

Joshua & Ryan talk about finances, debt, economics, and they answer the following questions: Should I invest my earnings when I have school loan debt and credit card debt, or should I focus on paying down the debt? My family’s medical debt seems the most pernicious of any of our debt—how do I best address it? What financial advice do you have for recent college graduates? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Feb 14, 2017
059 | Everything
01:11:52

Joshua & Ryan present three audiobook chapters from their most popular book, Everything That Remains. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Feb 10, 2017
058 | Home
01:43:36

Joshua & Ryan talk about different types of minimalist dwellings and simple-living situations, and they answer the following questions: I’d like to move to a much smaller home, but how do I get my partner and my children on board? I have a lot of extra room in my home—how do I ensure I don’t fill it all with new stuff? What are your views on microhomes? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Feb 07, 2017
057 | Question
33:58

Joshua & Ryan answer a bunch of questions about minimalism, including: When will The Minimalists have a tour stop in my city? Can I gradually adopt minimalist practices, or do I have to adopt them all at once? How do I get my family members to become practicing minimalists like me? What are the best options for financially sound end-of-life planning? How did you let go of items that you spent a lot of money on? If everyone adopted minimalism and stopped buying stuff, wouldn’t that cause an economic crisis? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Feb 03, 2017
056 | Clothing
01:47:51

Joshua & Ryan talk about clothing brands, simple wardrobes, and minimalist accessories, and they answer the following questions: How do I balance being a minimalist with my desire to own a lot of nice clothing? What are the most responsible clothing manufacturers that produce the highest quality clothing? I have purged most of my clothes, and I need to acquire well-made replacements that will last—where do I start? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Jan 31, 2017
055 | Critics
26:34

Joshua & Ryan read mean tweets from their critics, and they talk about the best ways to respond to criticism. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Jan 27, 2017
054 | Stan
15:25