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Emmy-nominated Netflix stars, podcasters, and New York Times–bestselling authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus help millions of people live meaningfully with less. The Minimalists have been featured in TIME, GQ, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, NPR, and they have spoken at Harvard, Apple, Google.

What Happens when a Minimalist Moves in with His Girlfriend?

I am going to piggyback on Joshua’s 30 Days, 30 Photos project this month, September 2014. My approach will be a bit different, though.

I just moved into a new apartment with my girlfriend, Mariah. She is not a minimalist. But, because I love her, and she loves me, we have learned to move past basic tolerance of each other’s differences. Rather than tolerate how I live, she accepts and appreciates my lifestyle, and I understand and respect hers. And now we’re under one roof, here in Missoula.

See, tolerance is a weak virtue. Acceptance, understanding, respect, appreciation: these are strong virtues on which sturdy relationships are built.

So instead of sharing great quotes, I’m going to share a photo and a lesson from our new cohabiting experience each day on Instagram for the next 30 days. Together, we will see what happens, and what insights are gleaned, when a minimalist moves in with his non-minimalist girlfriend.

Feel free to follow along, ask questions, and join the conversation. Post your own photos using the #30days30photos hashtag. Even if you don’t have Instagram, you can follow the action as it unfolds via your web browser.

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