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Podcast 075 | Maine

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?
  • What has added value to your life in Portland, Maine?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on practicing minimalism with a family versus as a single person: “Minimalism is more challenging as a family, but that’s why it’s more important.”
  • Ryan on practicing minimalism with a family versus as a single person: “Pass.”
  • Joshua on the favorite part of his minimalist journey: “As my life changes, that which adds value changes as well.”
  • Ryan on the favorite part of his minimalist journey: “Nothing makes me happier than living a well-curated life.”
  • Joshua on kinship with religious and spiritual practitioners: “Minimalism is not about deprivation; minimalism is about aligning your short-term actions with your long-term values.”
  • Ryan on kinship with religious and spiritual practitioners: “It doesn’t matter what organized religion you belong to, or what god you worship: they all want you to live a simple life.”
  • Joshua on books he’s currently reading: “Discourses. The Average American Male.”
  • Ryan on books he’s currently reading: “Sex at Dawn.”
  • Joshua on choosing the best career path: “If there is a right path and a wrong path, take the right path. If there is a right path and a left path, then pick a path and go.”
  • Ryan on choosing the best career path: “The best recipe for discontent is being stuck in a career that doesn’t align with your long-term values and beliefs.”
  • Joshua on what has added value to his life in Portland, Maine: “Portland, Maine, has a shit-ton of culture per capita.”
  • Ryan on what has added value to his life in Portland, Maine: “Portland, Maine, has the best lobster rolls I have ever had.”

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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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