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Podcast 077 | Seattle

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on ensuring our families have access to our digital archives when we pass away: “If you’re preparing for a future that’s inevitable—we’re all going to die—then let’s take care of that now so we’re not scared to death of death.”
  • Ryan on ensuring our families have access to our digital archives when we pass away: “Minimalism is about living deliberately, and preparing for death is one of the most deliberate things we can do.”
  • Joshua on overcoming obstacles to minimizing: “There are two reasons we don’t let go: fear and greed.”
  • Ryan on overcoming obstacles to minimizing: “It doesn’t matter why we hold on to things—there’s never a good enough reason to hoard. Letting go will always feel better than hoarding.”
  • Joshua on participating in hobbies that require numerous accoutrements: “Limitations breed creativity.”
  • Ryan on participating in hobbies that require numerous accoutrements: “It takes big balls to admit to yourself that buying another tool isn’t going to make you a better mechanic.”
  • Joshua on maintaining minimalist practices with several dependents: “It’s harder to be a minimalist with kids, but it’s so much more important.”
  • Ryan on maintaining minimalist practices with several dependents: “It doesn’t matter how many kids or pets you have—it just makes your minimalism look a little different from others.”
  • Joshua on the relationship of minimalism with geography: “It’s important to graduate from a place before you find that you want to divorce it.”
  • Ryan on the relationship of minimalism with geography: “There isn’t one damn good reason to not live a deliberate life.”

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This episode was produced by Shawn Harding. Our theme music was written and performed by Peter Doran. Our podcast is completely free, so if you find value in these episodes, please consider donating a dollar. Your donations help keep this podcast advertisement-free (because advertisements suck).

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