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Joshua Becker

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Becoming Minimalist
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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SIK (Single Income, Kids)
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Holidays are holidays and traditions are traditions. But traditions are not the holiday. And this is an important distinction. Traditions help us celebrate and honor recurring events in our lives. Whether we are setting aside a day for gratitude or setting aside an entire season to celebrate faith, family, or both. Traditions should draw our […] ...
Posted: Nov 19 2017 @ 10:14 AM
Very few people, if you were to sit across from them over coffee, would proclaim that owning everything in the world is their greatest goal in life. Most people would answer quite differently. When you engage in heartfelt conversations and ask people what they want to accomplish in life, most speak of love, relationships, impact, […] ...
Posted: Nov 13 2017 @ 4:32 AM
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui of A Life in Progress. We are afraid to let go for different reasons. For one daughter of mine, her eclectic collection of books helps inform her identity. My husband, on the other hand, grew up in poverty and fear of lack can compel him to gather and hoard. Personally, I find myself afraid to let go because I struggle to trust that there ...
Posted: Nov 06 2017 @ 12:57 AM
The term, Baader-Meinhof, refers to the phenomenon when you are introduced to a new idea and suddenly start seeing it everywhere you look. Frequency Illusion is another phrase used to explain the cognitive bias. For example, you have no idea so many people are playing Settlers of Catan until your friend introduces you to the game. Once he does, you start noticing people talking about it everywhere you look. Or you ...
Posted: Oct 30 2017 @ 4:13 PM
Note: This is a guest post from Zoë Kim of The Minimalist Plate. Seven years ago, my husband was in the military. During one deployment to Africa, despite our careful planning, the kids and I were left alone to pack up and move everything while he was gone. “You never realize how much stuff you have until you try to put it in a box,” Allison Fallon once said. Or in my case, ...
Posted: Oct 20 2017 @ 9:18 AM
…stays in motion,” Isaac Newton explains in his first law of motion. This is true of objects. It is also true of us. Recently, I received an email from a reader with this question: Did you know what your passion was when you started downsizing? What advice would you give to people that don’t know because they’ve spent decades just accumulating things that don’t matter?” I thought I’d share my answer here. First, because ...
Posted: Oct 16 2017 @ 3:26 PM
I enjoy baseball and I like cheering for the hometown team. So my son and I decided to attend an evening of postseason baseball this week when the Arizona Diamondbacks hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers. If you follow baseball, you know the Diamondbacks lost the game… and the series… and their season ended that night. In that regard, the night was a bummer. But in every other way, the evening was ...
Posted: Oct 11 2017 @ 3:54 AM
Earlier this week, I spoke in Warsaw on the topic of minimalism. It was at a conference of 1,000 fathers from a number of European countries. But most men in attendance were from the host country, Poland. It was, as you might imagine, fascinating. On Friday evening, my wife and I attended a gala honoring some leaders of the Fatherhood Movement in Poland. There was recognition offered for individuals, industry leaders, and ...
Posted: Oct 06 2017 @ 7:45 AM
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Allison Niebes-Davis, PhD of Dr. Allison Answers. Two years ago, I sat on the beach in Hawaii with my husband. It was one of the first trips we’d taken together since getting married that didn’t involve traveling to see family, standing up in a wedding, or meeting a friend’s new baby. This vacation was the result of some serious saving, and I wanted to ...
Posted: Oct 01 2017 @ 10:54 PM
Picture your dream home. I bet it’s not filled with clutter. (tweet that) Uncluttered spaces are life-giving. They promote calm, peace, freedom. But sometimes, uncluttered spaces are difficult to realize. For any number of reasons, homes fill up with more and more things. Existing clutter attracts more clutter. And as a result, imagining decluttered spaces in our home becomes more and more difficult. Minimizing all the clutter in our house over the course ...
Posted: Sep 27 2017 @ 2:09 PM


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