July 2019

Podcast 186 | Birthday Gifts

By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?
  • What are the most tactful methods for requesting specific gifts or no gifts at all?
  • What does the ideal minimalist birthday party entail?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “A kind person is the best kind of person.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The best gift is the joy of less.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Worry less about how something looks—worry more about how it makes you feel.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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Not Utopia

By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

Minimalism will not solve all our problems.

Unfortunately, we often believe that the goal of simple living is to own as few things as possible—to declutter our homes, organize our lives, and clear our minds. Once we do this, we’ll each find our own private utopia and bask in the glory of our newfound happiness, right?

Not exactly.
Real life doesn’t work this way.

Minimalism is not the end game. Chucking material possessions does not necessarily equate to happiness. You could get rid of all your stuff and still be miserable.

Removing the excess will, however, help you discover what does in fact bring you joy—experiences, people, passions—because it’s much easier to find the path once the debris is cleared.

Simplifying may never usher you to your utopia. Even the simple life has its moments of tedium and drudgery and sadness and pain. But letting go can lead to a better life, one that’s worth more than any shiny object.

You can start small, but it’s worth getting started today.

Read this essay and 150 others in our new book, Essential.

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Podcast 182 | Simple Families

By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?
  • How do I help my children adopt minimalism in spite of the societal pressure encouraging them to acquire all of the latest and greatest things?
  • How do I help my children cultivate values focused on relationships, contribution, and experiences, rather than the acquisition of material items?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Intentionality as an action is more important than minimalism as a concept.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “We are our children’s primary role models.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Lead by example and be prepared for the many deviations.” —Denaye Barahona
  • “Fun stuff comes after less fun stuff.” —Denaye Barahona

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Philippa Wilkin: The Transformational Power of the Breath (HEx Podcast #21)

Transformational Breath is a type of conscious connected breathing. It’s a breathing awareness practice, and it’s also a breath control practice. Essentially we breathe in what I’d describe as a conscious rhythmic way where we don’t pause in-between the inhale and the exhale. So we breathe in one continuous loop. And this type of breathing […]

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Jordan Bates and Jon Brooks Discuss Spiritual Narcissism and the Shadow (HEx Podcast #22)

In May 2019, Jordan Bates and I (Jon Brooks) met up in London to attend the Rebel Wisdom summit. Having not seen each other in the flesh for 6 months, we thought we’d celebrate our reunion by recording our first ever podcast together. Jordan and I have always had incredible, dizzying, profound conversations about topics […]

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