listen to a minimalist podcast
“Love people and use things. Because the opposite never works.”
This powerful sentence is from the Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus.
Joshua and Ryan are ex-corporate seniors who were successful in life through materialist standards: 6 figure-salaries, luxury cars, huge houses…
But they were totally unhappy in life. Always trying to make more money to find happiness, in an old and chimeric definition of the notion.
One day, Joshua discovered minimalism, the power of “Less is more”. And started his journey through happiness and meaning.
His friend Ryan, who’s always been as miserable as him wanted to know his secret.
Joshua introduced him to the concept.
Since then they’ve been drafting along the river of essentialism and have come a long way.
Their website, theminimalists.com, is followed by 4 million readers and the two partners travel the world, sharing these formidable words of wisdom: “Love people and use things. Because the opposite never works.”
This sentence resonated so strong in me that it’s become one of my mottos.
The Self-Care Journey being about taking care of myself, it is also about defining what’s meaningful.
About reminding myself of the essential things in my life.
To get more time to take care of the people I love.
In self-care act #11, I’ve tried to declutter my wardrobe because I have the impression of wasting my time choosing my clothes everyday.
The experience was a disaster. Mainly because I was poorly prepared.
Since then I’ve been educating myself on the topic to be able to resume the experiment.
I’m not ready yet but I have identified my main problem: I give sentimental value to things.
Duderina’s baby dress becomes Duderina itself. And I can’t imagine myself throwing or giving away my daughter.
His Dudeness’s turquoise hoodie becomes the symbol of our getaway in San Francisco. A symbol of the happiness I felt sharing a hot chocolate with my oldest son in Little Italy.
My quilt, from when I was a little girl, survived to so many years, that it would be a betrayal to my late mom to give it away now.
I know this is not the truth.
Inside me, I know the freedom of not getting attached to things.
I can see the light.
I’m on my way to it.
In my closet, I even know what I want. Precisely.
I want a wardrobe made of 3 or 4 uniforms for different occasions in life (trendy and Moroccan style). With accessories to reflect my mood.
Every time I expressed this idea to someone, I had this look, which said: ‘this girl is wacky’.
Maybe. But it’s my way of being me.
And since my time is scarce, sparing it for the essential things is a powerful act of self-care.
I just need a little help to get there.
That’s what listening to the minimalists’ podcasts is all about: giving me that push to dive into the pool and the guidelines I need to float.
Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to swim.
Thank you Joshua and Ryan!
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WHY IS IT SELF-CARE? I’m really interested in the minimalist movement and I want to know more about it. Listening to a podcast is a way to expand my knowledge and give myself a chance to live a more meaningful life.
Whatever you’re interested in, do the same. You’ll get closer to who you are and what you want.
MORE ABOUT THIS
My friends, if you’re not used to podcast, just note that listening to a podcast is different from listening to the radio.
You can’t listen to a podcast and do something else at the same time (at least, I can’t).
So I recommend that you listen to a podcast like you watch a movie: by giving it your full attention.
At some point, you will have the impression that the speakers are with you in the room.
That’s what happened to me with Joshua and Ryan, when I was listening to episode #56 on Clothing, which I highly recommend if you’re working on decluttering your wardrobe.