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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, BBC, CBC, and NPR.

Podcast 100 | Gone

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan visit Vancouver for their 100th episode, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do you address feelings of loss when a prized possession you use daily is stolen?
  • What is your process for curating the most important things in your life?
  • How did you start living simple, intentional lives, and what advice would you give others seeking to do the same?
  • How do I resolve my feelings of guilt regarding things I’ve purged from my life?
  • What resource—book, podcast, film, etc.—has inspired you the most in your minimalism journey?
  • How can I help my children adopt minimalism while respecting their attachment to their things?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on addressing guilt after purging: “Often when we think we’re feeling anxious or guilty or whatever, there’s a positive emotion on the other side of it.”
  • Ryan on addressing guilt after purging: “Ruminating on guilt associated with the past is one of the worst wastes of your time.”
  • Joshua on helping children declutter: “It’s important to continuously challenge our children because it simultaneously challenges us.”
  • Ryan on helping children declutter: “It’s important for parents to set boundaries for children while still respecting their feelings.”

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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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