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Podcast 114 | SpiritualAF

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan have a hilarious conversation with satirist JP Sears in Atlanta, and they answer the following questions:

  • Is it necessary to explain to those that contribute to your mission how the money will be used?
  • What tips do you have for those that hate public speaking but must be public speakers?
  • How did you maintain your mental health after you completely decluttered your life?
  • How do I reconcile taking advantage of nearly every deal when shopping for a large family with the tenets of minimalism?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on maintaining mental health with minimalism: “Too often we mistake pleasure for happiness.”
  • Joshua on maintaining mental health with minimalism: “Always be willing to reconsider those decisions you’ve made that have helped you grow because they may not continue to help you grow in the future.”
  • Ryan on maintaining mental health with minimalism: “The best way to eliminate mental clutter is to be as proactive as possible.”
  • JP on maintaining mental health with minimalism: “Have your beliefs, but don’t believe your beliefs.”
  • JP on maintaining mental health with minimalism: “A belief that serves us will eventually dis-serve us.”
  • Joshua on reconciling shopping needs with minimalism: “Everything is 100% off if you don’t buy it.”
  • Ryan on reconciling shopping needs with minimalism: “If you’re feeling angst because you suspect your actions are not aligning with your values and beliefs, something has to change.”
  • JP on reconciling shopping needs with minimalism: “Get vulnerable with those parts of your heart that confirm you’re valuable enough for your family rather than avoiding those parts through the medication of shopping.”

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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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