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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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?
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.
But doctors say that comparison oversimplifies how the disease actually works.
- How do I create an exercise habit that fits my busy life?
- What are some effective exercises that don’t require a gym?
- What is the ultimate minimalist exercise?
Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.
- “Everyone has eighteen minutes a day for their health.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
- “Gym memberships don’t make you fit; consistent actions make you fit.” —Ryan Nicodemus
- “The simplest exercise is always the exercise you enjoy.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
- “Minimal exercises lead to maximal health.” —Ryan Nicodemus
Mentioned in This Episode
- Added Value: Baritone Ukulele
- Added Value: Fusion Bags
- Added Value: Tales of America
- Added Value: The Umbrella Academy
- Book: Anything You Want
- Book: Daily Rituals
- Book: Essential
- Essay: Play the 30-Day Minimalism Game
- Essay: Simple Triggers
- Explore: Blood Flow Restriction Bands
- Explore: Kaatsu
- Facebook: Ben Greenfield Fitness
- Instagram: Ben Greenfield Fitness
- Instagram: Podcast Shawn
- Instagram: Jessica Williams
- Patreon: The Minimalists
- Podcast: Ben Greenfield Fitness
- Subscribe: The Minimalists
- Twitter: Ben Greenfield
- Watch: Just Run
- Watch: Minimalist Home Tour | Joshua Fields Millburn
- Website: Ben Greenfield Fitness
- Website: Jordan Moore
- Website: Mark Sisson
- YouTube: Ben Greenfield Fitness
- YouTube: How to Play the 30-Day Minimalism Game
So that coming week we’re taking our first big family trip together. I can not think as it looks like between Tyson and I that sentence is actually true , we’re always on a plane, or traveling with one of those kids individually. We have taken road trips together of course, but I’m only now realizing we have not actually been on a plane… all together… ever. I believe it is fascinating that we don’t have any experience on this, and yet have chosen to create that inaugural flight with them haha. Is it obvious that we purchased the tickets in 1AM?
ANYWAY. Our enthusiasm for the trip is through the roof. We’re going to London and taking the kids to Peppa Pig World (yes, that is a thing) and Legoland. They don’t entirely know that we’re going yet, so we’ll surprise them the dawn of, but I am pretty confident they manifested this trip with their belief in it alone since they haven’t stopped talking about the way they are definitely, one-hundred percent, entirely, for sure going to Peppa Pig World and Legoland… for at least a year now.
And to make matters more interesting… we are just bringing two carry-ons. Oh yes.
The plan is to take one set of shoes each, to be worn out on the plane, in addition to whatever jackets/layers likewise be worn around the plane. And we’ll attract a select few flexible outfits, toiletries, a tiny detergent, and compliments everything (! ) ) zero diapers. And the kids will each have their own little backpacks for plane activities and snacks… can it be crazy to say I feel like this will be pretty easy to pull off? I can be a minimalist once I need to be.
Normally what happens up the most space in my luggage is my toiletries. Between my own hair and my skincare routine – BOY HONEY. In case you guys saw my skincare regimen in my instastories (now saved for my profile), then you already know I’m going to get to acquire real discerning. It’s no secret how big a fan I am of Biossance goods, I’ve used them for many years, and appreciate that they’re a clean beauty manufacturer that really produces real results. So. LUCKY FOR MEI only found out that a few of my favorites today arrive in the finest little travel sizes (will be packaging some free samples too!) So that I don’t actually have to give up that while trying to keep the packaging to a minimum.
Because everything we wish to do is pretty spread out throughout the united kingdom, we wanted to create the daily train traveling as light as easy as possible so that we have our hands free. I was completely inspired by various posts I read on the capacity to travel minimally as a family, and because we’ll already be attracting two strollers, a camera bag, and then all of the snacks/entertainment for our long travel days, I thought the advantage of very little luggage sounded like a whole fantasy. My husband LIVES for efficient compact packing and as soon as I told me that I, for the first time in my life, desired to give it a try, he fell to his knee and proposed. And spent the 98 hours viewing carry-on bag reviews.
So here we’re a couple of days out, shooting our extremely-reviewed luggage to get a test run, and attempting to make as minimalist as you can. At this point I think that the term”highly curated” must probably be banned from the internet, but I don’t have any choice but to use it at the moment. Because these bags are going to be curated AF. Best of the top just. I’m sure you’ll notice in the future photographs from our trip in case my strategic outfit planning will triumph or neglect (heading for WIN), however my main obstacle… the environmentally friendly friendly skincare pattern… will soon function as follows:
Last year, I got a preview of the newest Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist in Biossance HQ and completely fell in love. And here it’s in TRAVEL dimensions and I’m totally geeking out. I always, always churns that on right after doing my makeup or should I want to freshen up after a flight.
For the cleansing measure, I pretty much always use the Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizeralong with the Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil Together with One Another. They’re my FAVORITES. And I use the sample dimensions so in the event you wanna do the same or just try both for just $5 shipping, then you can! Highly recommend! It is also possible to try their own Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel at the same free sampling program. I have attempted several eye shapes, plus they’ve historically been fairly harsh but I have LOVED this substance. Because it’s somehow powerful, yet perfect for sensitive under-eyes.
I was also so stoked if they started offering their signature 100% Squalane Oil in travel size since I mostly use this on my hair to tame its naturally wavy tendencies. Once you’re in the midst of an inner debate about attracting your iron That is key.
I’m actually excited to travel like this! Despite my BFF Taylor being entirely beside herself that I would intentionally decide not to bring more style options for London, as hello, it is London. However LIKE I SAID… we are going with highly curated haha. I will let you know how it goes.