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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BBC, and NPR.

Podcast 168 | Baggage

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?
  • Is it selfish to share my emotional baggage with my partner?
  • How do I ensure I’m not unwittingly creating emotional baggage for others?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • “Some of the worst experiences in my life are some of the best experiences in my life.”
  • “Sharing our pain with our partner is a hallmark of love, but we mustn’t batter our loved ones with our suffering.”
  • “Baggage weighs us down only when we refuse to set it down.”
  • “Before we let go, we must first loosen our grip.”
  • “Even the best excuse is still an excuse.”
  • “It’s hard to stay a victim when we go out of our way to contribute beyond ourselves in a meaningful way.”
  • “If I’m living just for myself, then I’m not really living at all.”

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