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Podcast 089 | Reconcile

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan visit Cleveland, and they answer the following questions:

  • What advice do you have for minimalists who have loved ones that prefer to receive physical gifts?
  • What is the best way to explain to a potential partner that you’re a minimalist?
  • What advice do you have for those that want to adopt minimalism into their lives, but fear the changes?
  • How do you manage the negative feedback that inevitably comes with failure?
  • What is your advice to minimalists struggling to reconcile their personal values and beliefs that conflict with their professional values and beliefs?
  • As minimalists, what are you saving your money for now?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on things to do in Dayton, Ohio: “Press Coffee Bar. Dayton Art Institute. Dayton Visual Arts Center. Downtown Dayton.”
  • Ryan on things to do in Dayton, Ohio: “United States Air Force Museum. Thai 9. University of Dayton.”
  • Joshua on curation versus hoarding: “Curators are the people who can take what would otherwise be a hoard and curate it into something meaningful, intentional, and necessary for current and future generations.”
  • Ryan on curation versus hoarding: “Unless you’re a professional curator, you’re probably just hoarding.”
  • Joshua on saving money: “There’s nothing inherently wrong with money. The question is—when we have access to more of it, what are we going to do with it?”
  • Ryan on saving money: “My secret to being financially secure is I always spend less money than I make.”

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