Minimalism can be defined many ways. We’ll talk to Joel Zaslofsky about how to become a minimalist. He has embraced the lifestyle to learn why and how it has improved his life.
What is a minimalist? Joel defines it as embracing what is important to you and stripping away the excess. He began down the path of minimalism five years ago when he and his wife were expecting their first child. Prior to that, he was following the prescribed American path, college, wife, house, dog, kid.
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Having a child was the kick in the ass he needed. Joel wanted to be a good father and knew some of the extraneous things in his life needed to go in order to do that. It’s not just stuff that needs to go. Toxic relationships need to be jettisoned too. Or just those that have become perfunctory.
Joel started hard core and video games were the first thing to go. I’m not sure if I recommend this. I’ve seen you pasty video game players walk into the sunlight and it’s scary for you and us too. Tread carefully.
Sugar was second and I do endorse this. Life improves 100% after this change based on the highly scientific study I just conducted. If you like that stat, look into Paleo which Matt and I both hardily endorse. Simplifies things to an incredible degree. He also recommends meditation and yoga. I’ve failed on both those fronts, I’m too wriggly.
If you embrace minimalism even in just a few areas of your life, you will see an improvement in your finances. Less stuff equals more money.
Joel’s advice is to not focus on what you’re giving up but what you will gain. Time, money, peace. All of which are more important and more fulfilling than stuff.
Ommegang BPA: A Belgian style pale ale.
Flying Fish Hop Fish: A hoppy red ale.
All My Money: The LMM rap video.
Value of Simple: Liberate your time, money and talent.
Smart and Simple Matters Podcast: Find freedom from stuff and live intentionally.
SimpleRev: Workshops on simple living.
Becoming Minimalist: Celebrating simplicity.
Betterment: Stash the money you’re saving here.