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Podcast 102 | Purge

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan visit Edmonton and record one of their favorite episodes, and they answer the following questions:

  • Where should I start regarding adopting a ketogenic diet?
  • How do I address my parents regarding my distaste for accepting family heirlooms?
  • Was there anything you purged that surprised you?
  • How do I minimize without offending those who gave me the things I’m purging?
  • How do I navigate holidays with loved ones who aren’t aspiring minimalists like me?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on minimizing items from loved ones: “Letting go is a muscle, so flex it.”
  • Ryan on minimizing items from loved ones: “It doesn’t matter if your parents live with you—if it’s your house, you get to make the rules of the house.”
  • Joshua on enjoying holidays with non-minimalists: “Presence is the best present.”
  • Ryan on enjoying holidays with non-minimalists: “When it comes to gifts, set the expectation early, and then give an amazing gift.”

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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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