Honestly, I don’t think today’s guest really needs any introduction.
Joshua Becker runs one of the most widely read minimalism blogs in the world today, and I’m fairly confident almost all of you have heard of him and have benefited from his relaxed but forthright advice on how to live a simple, mindful, intentional life. I know I have.
If you’re only new to the idea of simple living or, by some miracle, have not heard of Joshua, he’s a writer, a father, and a self-described regular suburban family man – without the dog and the garage full of stuff.
As the writer behind hugely successful blog, Becoming Minimalist, he’s been one of the biggest influences in my life as I worked to slow down and simplify and I know he has impacted hundreds of thousands of other people in similarly powerful ways.
In today’s episode of The Slow Home Podcast we talk about the moment he realised that life wasn’t fulfilling in the ways he expected it would be, as well as the impact blogs, Facebook, Instagram and the like are having on our expectations of what a “successful life” looks like.
I also asked Joshua if he ever feels as though his work is actually adding to the pressure people feel – now we need to keep up with a different, less materialistic but ultimately still aspirational set of Joneses – and his thoughts on this really fascinated me.
I hope you enjoy listening in to our chat about life, family, clutter and the new Joneses as much as I enjoyed taking part in it.
Alternatively, you can listen to the show directly, simply by hitting the Play button above. Enjoy!
What You’ll Hear About in Today’s Episode:
- The moment Joshua discovered minimalism and decided to start living a simpler life
- What life was like pre-minimalism
- His advice on how to talk to a partner who isn’t on board with decluttering
- Why we need to sort ourselves out before we start thinking about criticising others
- The list of “shoulds” that we really do need to pay attention to
- Why we think minimalism as a lifestyle is growing at an ever increasing rate
Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:
- Becoming Minimalist
- Joshua on Twitter: @joshua_becker
- Becoming Minimalist on Facebook
- Joshua is the author of 4 books. Check them out here and be inspired to action.
- Why Fewer Toys Will Actually Benefit Your Kids
- 10 Reasons Minimalism is Growing
In other news, this week I very quietly opened the doors to a new venture called The Bloom.
In essence it’s designed to guide you through the work of simplifying, slowing down and creating a more contented life. At it’s heart is community, via a private forum (not a Facebook group) and live weekly coaching calls.
The Bloom also includes an expanding list of video courses, guidebooks, checklists and simplifying projects to help you create the slower, simpler life you dream of. After all, life is to be lived, not raced through, right?
For the next few days I’m offering a 50% discount for the first three months to those who join as Founding Members of The Bloom. (This means you pay only $5 a month until August.)
The reason I’m offering the discount is this:
The Bloom is brand-new. It will grow and evolve and blossom into something I can currently only dream of, and it will do that because of you. Founding Members have the opportunity to shape the community from the very first days and will have a massive say in the products, programs, resources, courses and interviews I create for The Bloom and I personally can’t wait to see what we create.
Learn more and join The Bloom here to get your first 3 months at 50% off.
PS. The Founding Member price will only be available for a limited time (this first intake of members is being kept small), so if you don’t want to miss out, sign up today.