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Joshua Becker

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Name:
Becoming Minimalist
Category:
Minimalism
Tags:
Money, Family
Start Year:
2008

Blogger Bio

Location:
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Age:
40s
Race:
White
Gender:
Male
Life stage:
SIK (Single Income, Kids)
Profession:
Writer

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Latest Blog Posts

18 months ago, with help from the Becoming Minimalist community, we created and launched a nonprofit organization called The Hope Effect. The Hope Effect seeks to improve orphan care in developing nations by focusing on solutions that better mimic the family-unit. Rather than constructing large, institutional-style orphanages with high child to adult ratios, we build smaller homes in a campus setting that feature two parents and six children, thereby providing kids ...
Posted: Jul 18 2017 @ 4:53 PM
Editor’s Note: My friend Jessie is a mom of two in Seattle. When we were neighbors, she once raved to me about how Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project, had impacted her. So recently, I asked Jessie to share how, four years after reading it, the ideas in Gretchen’s book continue to influence her life. After hearing her response, I asked her to write something up that I could share here. This ...
Posted: Jul 14 2017 @ 1:18 PM
Picture for a moment, a cluttered apartment. Over, under, around, inside, above, and below—everywhere you look, stuff would be there. You might not be able to walk in the room or see the floor at times. Spare parts, sealed boxes, unused clothes, plastic grocery bags could be thrown everywhere. The physical clutter is unavoidably present. Your senses, attacked. Whoever owns this place or any guest that visits would be faced with the ...
Posted: Jul 10 2017 @ 3:53 AM
There are plenty of small, inconsequential realizations in life. Like the fact that the FedEx logo contains a subtle arrow in-between the orange “E” and “x.” It’s small and unimportant. But the first time someone mentions it, you wonder why you never noticed it before. In contrast with the inconsequential, there are some realizations that come along and change our life forever. They are not minor, they are significant. They don’t just change ...
Posted: Jul 05 2017 @ 4:07 AM
A home improvement show blared over the 50-inch TV in the car mechanic’s lobby as I waited for the oil to be changed in my Honda Accord. While I rarely watch television shows at home, my one-hour wait prompted me to look. A woman was getting a home makeover, and seemed quite happy. Tears streamed down her face. She was excited to restart life in her new home. Then came a commercial. ...
Posted: Jun 26 2017 @ 4:05 AM
It is common to talk about “distractions” these days. I think it was Leo Babauta who first introduced me to the idea. And ever since, I have tried to further the conversation: Finding Significance in an Age of Distraction Nine Ever-Present Distractions That Keep Us From Fully Living Ten Unconventional Habits to Live Distraction-Less Distractions in life are not unique to our generation—but they are certainly more prevalent today than they’ve ever been. The Internet, ...
Posted: Jun 21 2017 @ 2:42 PM
It is common to talk about “distractions” these days. I think it was Leo Babauta who first introduced me to the idea. And ever since, I have tried to further the conversation: Finding Significance in an Age of Distraction Nine Ever-Present Distractions That Keep Us From Fully Living Ten Unconventional Habits to Live Distraction-Less Distractions in life are not unique to our generation—but they are certainly more prevalent today than they’ve ever been. The Internet, ...
Posted: Jun 21 2017 @ 2:42 PM
Break one cookie into two pieces for a 3-year old, and you’ll be surprised how they react. It’s magical for them, as they see one treat transform into two. More is always more for them—their pleasure has been doubled! Children around this age are unable to understand conservation. As kids get older, they begin to develop the capacity to understand that taller glasses of water don’t necessarily mean more volume than wider ...
Posted: Jun 15 2017 @ 2:45 AM
Please note: This is a guest post from Jeff Goins of Goins Writer. “I had a million dollars and I spent it all.” A few years ago, I made a million dollars. I’m not saying that to brag, I’m just stating it as fact. I never imagined making a million dollars in my life, but I did. And honestly, I expected this accomplishment to make me feel… something. Significant perhaps? Instead, I was left ...
Posted: Jun 12 2017 @ 2:29 AM
Recently, I was with a friend who was complaining to me she couldn’t afford to replace her cell phone. We were in her newly purchased Toyota Highlander at the time. On a separate occasion, an acquaintance of mine was lamenting that he didn’t know where he was going to find the money to buy new soccer cleats for his son this summer. We were enjoying dinner at a nice restaurant. Similarly, another friend recently ...
Posted: Jun 06 2017 @ 7:30 PM

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