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By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

SECOND SHOW ADDED! The early show (3 PM) sold out in a few hours, so we added a second talk at 7 PM.

As a follow-up to our Netflix documentary, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, we are filming a new documentary—The Minimalists: Less Is Now.

After presenting our “Less Is Now Tour” talk in front of dozens of audiences throughout 2017, we are going to capture it on film in a beautiful warehouse space in Los Angeles (pictured above). And you are invited to attend.

This new film is going to combine our in-depth minimalism talk with documentary-style footage of our personal lives, journeys, and backstories. Where Minimalism scratched the surface, this new film will dig deep into the events that led us toward simplifying our lives.

Want to be a part of the live audience? Join us on Saturday, February 10, 2018, for a special live filming of our talk at Electric Pony Studios in Los Angeles. This all-ages event will last approximately 90 minutes. Seats at each talk are limited to the first 300 people:

Feb 10 — Los Angeles / 3 PM SOLD OUT
Feb 10 — Los Angeles / 7 PM (ticketsNEW

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By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan are back in-studio with Dan Harris, author of Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, and they answer the following questions:

  • I know what I must do to achieve happiness in the long-term, but how do I address my unhappiness in the short-term?
  • How do I let go of all of the nagging feelings of regret when I make mistakes?
  • How do I squeeze meditation into an already full agenda?
  • How do I maintain happiness without becoming complacent?
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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Happiness is more of the good and less of the bad.”
  • “Prime the pump—start each day with a small victory.”
  • “Better to have spent a minute meditating than tweeting.”
  • “When it comes to meditation, one minute counts.”
  • “Complacency is not the birthplace of contentment.”
  • “Once you reach the horizon, there’s always another horizon.”
  • “Happiness is ephemeral, but living a meaningful life brings lasting rewards.”
  • “The price of security is insecurity.”
  • “The only bad meditator is someone who doesn’t meditate.”
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By Joshua Fields Millburn ·

Freedom. Regardless of how you define it, everyone values freedom. The word alone conjures images of doing whatever we want, whenever we want.

Whatever.
Whenever.

Dig deeper, however, and we quickly realize that’s not freedom—it’s self-inflicted tyranny.

Left to her own devices, my four-year-old will happily do “whatever she wants”: throw her toys across the room, binge-watch Peppa Pig, gorge on chocolate cake, refuse to brush her teeth, play in traffic.

These decisions feel good in the moment, but as our poor decisions compound, we reap the rotting fruits of our indiscretions. In time, bad decisions pave the road to bad habits, and those habits trap us. Eventually, the cage we’ve built keeps us closed off from the very thing we sought—freedom.

Of course, a four-year-old lacks the fully developed prefrontal cortex to be blamed for her impulsive decisions. But what’s our excuse?

The antidote to impulse, then, isn’t more freedom—it’s self-restraint. When implemented regularly, this restraint seeds a better life formed by good habits, and a refined freedom blossoms with bounty.

This essay was also published in our side project, Minimalism Life.

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By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

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...
By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

We’re back, baby!

Last month, before our mysterious disappearance, we asked a simple question on social media: “Which type of podcast episode do you enjoy most: The Minimalists In-Studio or The Minimalists Live?”

It turns out that, while most people enjoy both, 84% prefer our in-studio banter over our recorded live events.

Whoa!

Well, you’ll be happy to hear we’re publishing two new in-studio episodes in January 2018: in addition to our “Newyear” episode we released last week, we’ll release a conversation with Nightline’s Dan Harris later this month. To hear those, you can subscribe to The Minimalists Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or YouTube.

And, since we have a few dozen live recordings in the bank, we’re going to share our three favorites in January 2018: Atlanta with satirist JP Sears, Nashville with musician Griffin House, and Milwaukee with minimalist-traveler Colin Wright. You’re going to love those conversations! Then, it’s back to regular in-studio episodes in February. (Note: We’ll share the remaining unreleased live events on The Minimalists Private Podcast on Patreon.)

Speaking of being back in-studio, we have good news: we found an ideal space in Los Angeles for our podcast-and-film-studio buildout, which should be complete this spring. Until then, we’ll be “in studio” at Matt’s kitchen table. And...

By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

Joshua’s partner, Rebecca Shern, was recently interviewed about nutrition and minimalism by minimalist-filmmaker Matt D’Avella on his podcast, the Ground Up Show.

You can listen to their in-depth conversation on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, and you can watch the full interview on YouTube:

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By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio,” and they answer the following questions about challenges of the New Year:

  • What tips and tricks do you have regarding daily task planning and organizing?
  • How do I dial back my proclivity to be a workaholic and learn to enjoy life again?
  • How do I inspire myself to hold true to my minimalist ways year after year?
  • How do I take a leap of faith into a new creative endeavor when the direction and viability of the pursuit are not clear?
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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on inspiration for commitment: “We needn’t wait for the New Year to find a resolution.”
  • Ryan on inspiration for commitment: “Minimalism isn’t inspiring; living a meaningful life is.”
  • Joshua on new creative pursuits: “The direction is more powerful than the destination.”
  • Joshua on new creative pursuits: “You can be the kindergartner of your own destiny.”
  • Ryan on new creative pursuits: “An entrepreneur’s first step requires bravery—and a little stupidity.”
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By Joshua Fields Millburn ·

Whether walking, working, or driving the crowded streets of L.A., my life is often scored by music. I enjoy silence immensely, but when sustained quiet isn’t enough, I turn to euphony. From singer-songwriter and rock to hip-hop and pop, there’s a suitable soundscape for most moments.

This year was, in my opinion, the best year for new music in a long time, which made it difficult to pick my favorite albums from the past twelve months, but here they are in one well-considered list. Enjoy!

JFM’s Favorite Albums of 2017

Previous Years

2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011

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By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

This is an exciting week for our friend Courtney Carver: she is launching two new minimalist projects! You may know Courtney from our documentary, or as the founder of the minimalist-wardrobe challenge Project 333.

Courtney’s new book, Soulful Simplicity, takes a look at the power of simplicity to improve our health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our professional and personal lives. It’s available in audiobook, print, and ebook.

Courtney’s online course, A Simple Year (in which we’re participating), takes people through twelve months of guided simplicity throughout 2018. Each month a new expert dives deep on a new area of simple-living: decluttering, travel, food, money, relationships, gift-giving, work, and more.

Of course, The Minimalists will be the first to tell you that you don’t need a special course or a special book to simplify your life. But if you feel like you could use a little (or a lot of) help clearing the excess from your life in 2018, then we hope you find value in these two resources.

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By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan present their favorite moments from 2017, and they answer the following questions:

  • The workload at my current job consistently flows over into my personal time on my evenings and weekends, and it causes me a great deal of stress and anxiety in doing so—should I stick it out, and, if so, how do I manage the stress and anxiety?
  • What are the most responsible clothing manufacturers that produce the highest quality clothing?
  • How do I deal with setbacks and failure when I’m challenged by a mental illness?
  • When you experience major life events, do you find your values change, and, if so, what do you do about it?
  • How do you handle a toxic relationship with a parent?
  • How do you determine which sentimental items to keep, and how do you ensure that you don’t apply that sentimentality to everything else?
  • What advice do you have for creating a realistic value-based budget and adhering to it?
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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on addressing toxic relationships with family members: “Victims become victimizers.”
  • Joshua on addressing toxic relationships with family members: “You can’t change the people...
By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan give you a special episode as a Christmas gift, and they answer the following questions:

  • Why do you think you receive any criticism at all for spreading such a positive message?
  • How do I resolve my feelings of guilt regarding all the items that I purge that must wind up in a landfill?
  • How do I deal with the difficult decisions regarding what items, values, beliefs, relationships to let go?
  • Is it possible to take minimalism too far?
  • What rules should I set for myself when developing my daily schedule to ensure it focuses on my true priorities?
  • How should I address the stress and anxiety I experience when I visit my loved ones’ cluttered environments?
  • How do I help my loved ones find the leverage they need to let go of worthless items?
  • What is the best way to move past negative feedback?
  • How do I let go of friendships that are no longer adding value to my life?
  • How do I conquer the fear of change?
  • What do you believe is the greater good, and how do you believe minimalism can contribute to it?
  • How can I promote a more minimalist lifestyle to others through my profession?
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By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

SECOND SHOW ADDED! The early show (3 PM) sold out in a few hours, so we added a second talk at 7 PM.

As a follow-up to our Netflix documentary, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, we are filming a new documentary—The Minimalists: Less Is Now.

After presenting our “Less Is Now Tour” talk in front of dozens of audiences throughout 2017, we are going to capture it on film in a beautiful warehouse space in Los Angeles (pictured above). And you are invited to attend.

This new film is going to combine our in-depth minimalism talk with documentary-style footage of our personal lives, journeys, and backstories. Where Minimalism scratched the surface, this new film will dig deep into the events that led us toward simplifying our lives.

Want to be a part of the live audience? Join us on Saturday, February 10, 2018, for a special live filming of our talk at Electric Pony Studios in Los Angeles. This all-ages event will last approximately 90 minutes. Seats at each talk are limited to the first 300 people:

Feb 10 — Los Angeles / 3 PM (tickets) SOLD OUT
Feb 10 — Los Angeles / 7 PM (ticketsNEW

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By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan return to their hometown, Dayton, Ohio, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I develop and maintain a healthy relationship with an ex-partner with whom I share children?
  • How can I best help others adopt minimalist practices?
  • How do I reconcile disagreements with a loved one to ensure those disagreements don’t adversely affect our relationship?
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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on the need to be right all the time: “You can be right, or you can be in love.”
  • Ryan on the greater good: “Minimalism can help someone fill the void with contribution to their community rather than stuff.”
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This episode was produced by Shawn Harding. Our theme music was written and performed...

By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio” to speak with minimalist filmmaker Matt D’Avella of The Ground Up Show. Together they answer the following questions:

  • How do the two of you split up the responsibilities and obligations of The Minimalists?
  • To what ideal career did you aspire as you were graduating from high school?
  • Did you always know you were discontented or did your discovery of minimalism help you realize you were discontented?
  • How did you address the risks involved in deciding to leave your careers in the corporate world?
  • How did you keep from falling back into the rat-race mentality with The Minimalists?
  • What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs regarding consistently creating meaningful content?
  • How do you determine what’s working and what’s not working during the creative process?
  • What advice would you give to someone that wants to be an entrepreneur who’s starting with nothing?
  • How did you not obsess about statistics when you were first starting out?
  • How can someone make an unrealistic goal a reality?
  • How do I create and maintain a balance between my personal and professional lives?
  • What’s the simplest advice that’s the most important to follow?
  • What can a person do today to turn their life around if they’re stuck in a career that’s unfulfilling?
  • Where do you go to...
By Joshua Fields Millburn · An Apology

My sincerest apologies to the folks who attended our Washington, DC, event last month: it was the first show I’ve missed in the seven years we’ve been touring as The Minimalists.

On the day of that event, I was suffering from the effects of a nasty virus—likely contracted from my child or caught while dishing out hundreds of free hugs—and I had to get an emergency IV drip. There was no way I could’ve made it to the theater that night, let alone the main stage, but thankfully Ryan and the rest of the team held down the fort in my absence.

After being bedridden with a wicked fever for two days, I mustered what little strength I could to make it to our subsequent events in Atlanta and Tampa, albeit in a diminished capacity. Although my health has been improving slowly since those events, I’ve still been feeling ill the past three weeks, and this illness has taught me a lot about pushing past my limits.

The Need to Say No

I often find comfort in my discomfort zone—that’s the place from which we grow. But when I stretch too far, my health suffers, and the result isn’t good for anyone—my audience, my family, my friends, and I all suffer.

The last three weeks have given...

By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan speak with Joshua Becker, founder of Becoming Minimalist, in Phoenix, and they answer the following questions:

  • Does the minimalist life ever become stress-free?
  • How does a minimalist appropriately purge religious items?
  • What should I do with everyday use items that are in storage—such as spoons and forks, pots and pans, cups and bowls—while I’m temporarily living with a roommate?
  • What recommendations do you have for goods that are both sustainable and durable?
  • Will the economy crash if everyone practices minimalism?
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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on purging spare items: “If something is too precious for me, I try to figure out a way to let it go.”
  • Ryan on purging spare items: “One day or Day One—you decide.”
  • Joshua Becker on purging spare items: “Generosity is not only the result of minimalism in our lives, but it also becomes the lifeblood of it: our excess becomes a blessing to others.”
  • Joshua on minimalists crashing the economy: “We will still spend money, but we’ll spend money on more meaningful experiences.”
  • Ryan on minimalists crashing the economy: “Minimalism brings a balance between too much and...

By now you probably know we’re making our first physical good—the travel bag from our documentary—but you might not know how we personally use the bag.

We’ve seen all kinds of “packing hacks” videos online, so instead of showing you how we pack, we made the above unpacking video to show you everything we travel with when we’re on the road—be it for one week or one year.

By the way, if you’re interested in the bag, you can support its Indiegogo campaign. But before you do, please read our thoughts about conspicuous consumption.

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By Joshua Fields Millburn ·

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan speak with Scott Harrison, founder of Charity Water, in New York City, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I help my child adopt minimalist practices without ruining their childhood expectations of the holidays?
  • How do I address the stress from my passions so I don’t lose my love for them?
  • How do I overcome the fear of leaving a ‘safe’ job with corporate benefits for a more independent pursuit that’s better aligned with my passions?
  • How do I get my partner to accept and embrace minimalism?
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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on leaving ‘safe’ corporate jobs: “Security is a misnomer.”
  • Joshua on leaving ‘safe’ corporate jobs: “It is not the security blanket that brings one security.”
  • Ryan on leaving ‘safe’ corporate jobs: “To have a job that brings you security just so you can live a life that you hate is never worth it.”
  • Scott on leaving ‘safe’ corporate jobs: “If you’re working a job you hate just to pay the bills—get out.”
  • Joshua on coercing others into minimalism: “Forced minimalism ain’t minimalism.”
  • Ryan on coercing others into minimalism: “Don’t spend...
By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

Thanksgiving is a great reminder to be grateful for the gifts around you. Not the physical gifts, but the infinite beauty tucked into every corner of your life.

But you needn’t wait until the fourth Thursday in November (USA) or the second Monday in October (Canada) to be thankful, or giving.

What if, instead, you take 90 seconds each morning and write down three things for which you are thankful? What will your list look like? How will it shape your day?

And what if each day you focus on contributing beyond yourself in one small way: a hug, a meal, or just a few minutes of your time? How will this daily giving shape your life?

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By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

Here we are, in the midst of what is supposedly the most joyous time of year: the holiday season. And yet, for most of us, it’s also the most stressful time of year. At some point Santa Claus turned corporate, and the holiday season metamorphosed into the holiday shopping season.

Shopping. This one word, although birthed from great intentions, has fundamentally changed our outlook from blissful to grim, from jolly to anxious, from celebrating Christmas to surviving the holidays. It’s upsetting, and with consumption’s vicious inertia, it seems there’s no way for us to exit the speeding train of consumerism.

This Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. (Boxing Day is the overseas equivalent.) Retailers prepare months in advance for this dark day—preparation that’s meant to stimulate our insatiable desire to consume: Doorbuster sales. New products. Gigantic newspaper ads. TV, radio, billboards. Sale, sale, sale! Early bird specials! One day only! Get the best deal! Act now! While supplies last. See store for details.

But as shiny as its facade may be, the pernicious aspects of Black Friday are not few. The pandemonium that takes place on this day is perhaps a broader metaphor for our culture as a whole—our consumer culture. On this day we consume gluttonously without regard...