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Nov 1, 2017

Living minimally - the struggle is real! When you think of "living minimally" do you think of stuff, of clutter, of material things or is it more spiritual? Why is it hard to let go of our "things", do they define us? Do they represent the story we want to tell to the world? If a fire laid waste to all of our possessions, how likely would we be to buy each one again? Host, Mike Domitrz, along with CAST members Maria Janowiak, Megan Merchant, and Berni Xiong describe their own personal experiences and failures with minimalism, the difference between purposefully downsizing and a forced circumstance, and valuable resources they use on their journey to be intentional.

The quote that inspired this conversation is “Live minimally and thus live more free.” — Timber Hawkeye from Buddhist Boot camp.

 

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Key Takeaways: 

 

[2:02] Mike reads a quote and asks the CAST what living minimally means to them. 

[8:45] Achieving minimalism by way of a vision. 

[14:28] Would you buy all of your current belongings over again? 

[25:33] Childhood memories and parenting strategies about minimalism. 

[29:42] Recommended resources about living minimally. 

 

Mentioned in This Episode: 

 

The Minimalists 

 

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things 

 

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, by Laura Vanderkam 

 

Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin 

 

Poetry books by Mary Oliver 

 

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown 

 

 

 

 

Maria Janowiak is a forester, writer, and science communicator. At work, she investigates climate change and helps forests adapt to changing conditions. At home, she writes about the health benefits of nature, volunteers with outdoor organizations, and enjoys gardening, exploring, and training for triathlons. 

Linkedin.com/in/maria-janowiak

 

 

 

Megan Merchant lives in the tall pines of Prescott, AZ  

and holds an MFA degree from UNLV. She is 

the author of two full-length poetry collections: 

Gravel Ghosts (Glass Lyre Press, 2016 Book of 

the Year), The Dark’s Humming (2015 Lyrebird Prize,  

Glass Lyre Press, 2017), four chapbooks, and a  

children’s book with Philomel Books. She 

Is also a 200 RYT and teaches Mindfulness & Meditation. 

 

MeganMerchant.wixsite.com/poet 

 

Twitter.com/MeganAMerchant 

 

Facebook.com/MeganMerchant 

 

 

Berni Xiong is The Shin Kicking Life Spark. She owns and runs Brave Bear Media, an intuitive coaching and consulting boutique helping impact-driven individuals 

speak up, stand out, and change the world. She is a contributing author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive, and contributing writer at The Huffington Post. When she's not kicking shins, she is hanging out at her Reiki studio in the Twin Cities 

 

BerniXiong.com 

 

Twitter.com/bernixiong 

 

Facebook.com/BraveBearMedia 

 

The Sponsor of This Week’s Episode: 

 

The “Can I Kiss You?" Book & Instructor’s Guide from DateSafeProject.org. 

 

 

Tweetables: 

 

“What is the story we tell that doesn’t allow us to free ourselves from material things?” @mindfulnessshow 

 

“People hold onto things because of what it says or represents about them.” @MeganAMerchant 

 

“To me, minimalism is about living in alignment with your values and ignoring the rest.”  via Maria Janowiak @mindfulnessshow 

 

“The more I choose to be intentional, the more I am content with the things I own and the things I do.” @bernixiong 

 

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