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Minimalism

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Lately I have really found the concept of minimalism intriguing. By lately I mean throughout the last year or so. So throughout the last year my wife and I have made a real focus toward reducing our material things, only purchasing things that will really hold value to us, getting rid of clutter round the house and keeping only possessions that we will use to help make our lives better. We are becoming minimalists!

Minimalism is term used to describe someone who has an interest or likes to keep things simple. This holds a lot of value for us to keep things simple, easy and stress free. We found having less stuff helped enormously with that!

Early last year, on the recommendation of one of my friends, I listened to a great podcast series and then watched a documentary by the same fellows-two best friends, Ryan Nicademas and Joshua Fields Milburn called Minimalism: A Documentary About Important Things. These two mates where high flying corporate types working hard for the man and getting paid a 6 figure salary. They lived large, buying things they didn’t need, getting further and further into debt. At one point Joshua thought, there got to be a better way, a bit like I did with my diet and Primal Living. So he started to “declutter”. He started to remove the things in his life that held no value. He said he felt lighter. He started to reduce his debt and cleared all the things in his life that no longer made his life more stressful. People started to notice he was happier, friendlier and looked healthier. He told his best mate Ryan about it, he liked the idea and eventually they packed in their corporate jobs to follow their passions. Such a good concept. I know not everyone can throw in their job and become a writer, in fact some people (like myself) love their jobs. But for them the job held no value, it was making their life worse.

For the Minimalists the definition or “elevator pitch” as they call it for minimalism… is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.

Minimalism is the tool that helped us simplify our life and strip away the excess so we could focus on what is truely important.”

How good is that quote! Simplifying your life to focus on what is really important. We don’t need the latest iPhone or the best or trendiest clothes, in fact the fashion and retail industry is completely wasteful forcing the changing of trends almost weekly to continue to sell product. Focusing on what really matters and keeping things that hold value in your life. I want to focus on that quote in further blog posts, ones linking the primal way of life and minimalism.

Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves“.

Another beautiful quote from The Minimalists. We are putting too much emphasis on things and stuff that doesn’t really matter! Focusing on our health, our family, things we love to do and contributing to society are all things that should be our focus not owning material possessions.

Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.

Minimalism has helped us…

  • Eliminate our discontent
  • Reclaim our time
  • Live in the moment
  • Pursue our passions
  • Discover our missions
  • Experience real freedom
  • Create more, consume less
  • Focus on our health
  • Grow as individuals
  • Contribute beyond ourselves
  • Rid ourselves of excess stuff
  • Discover purpose in our lives

Consumption is not the problem, we all need things, but its the getting value from the things we have. Thats the real trick, all the things we own should have a purpose and enrich your life. As a minimalist, everything you own serves a purpose or brings joy—everything else is out of the way, which allows you to focus on what’s truly important: health, relationships, passions, growth, and contribution.

If you too are interested in living a minimalist life, feel free to flick me an email. I would be more than happy to chat to you about it as well as anything health or fitness related. I beleive that if we have a clutter free mind we are able to focus on the important things like fitness and health and removing the junk for the house helps to declutter the house and the mind!

Also check out the Minimalist 21 Day journey to becoming minimalist, its very similar to my theory of 21 days to break a habit and the 21 day transition to Primal Living.

Next week I’ll be talking about health and minimalism…

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My Top 5 Podcasts

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There are some amazingly brilliant people out there in the health and fitness realm. A lot of people are putting out some great content that can help and enhance your fitness and health. And it is all for free. All you need to do is download, listen and soak up the information!

These are my top 5 podcasts and the reasons why I love them:

  1. Ben Greenfield Fitness– Ben Greenfield is an absolute nutrition, fitness and health genius. He was voted America’s top personal trainer and one of the globes most influential people in health and fitness! A very smart man who lives and breathes exercise. He considers himself a biohacker- someone who self experiments on his own body in the pursuit of better health and increased performance. His podcasts report on his own self experimentation, prominent people in the fitness industry, authors and other biohackers. He also teams up with the world number 1 ranked obstacle course racer, Hunter McIntyre, on another brilliant podcast on obstacle course racing- Obstacle Dominator Podcast.
  2. Mind Pump Media– Sometimes raw, sometimes shocking but always informative and entertaining. This podcast is a no BS approach to dispelling the myths of bro science around gyms. Hosted by three extremely intelligent fellows, all bringing a specific area of expertise to the table, this is a very entertaining podcast.
  3. The Minimalists– Not a podcast specifically about health and fitness, although the hosts discuss keeping active and their exercise routines, the Minimalist podcast is about living a more valuable life. They are proponents of only having things that add value to your life. This one speaks to me as a primal advocate as it promotes not needing things like technology, cars, big houses, lots of money, the high paid job etc to live a meaningful life. We have created an artificial world of lights, computers, phones, emails and updates that rule our days and nights it is good to hear two people try and buck the trend of over consumption. Live a more meaningful life- to quote the Minimalists- love people and use things because the other way doesn’t work!
  4. Bulletproof Radio– Dave Asprey is an absolute god in the self experiment and biohacker realm, the creator of the world famous Bulletproof Coffee and the Bulletproof diet! Dave interviews leaders in the field of health, nutrition, fitness and biohacking. A very informative podcast who definitely got me interested and excited about intermittent fasting.
  5. The Forward Podcast– Hosted by 7 time Tour De France Winner Lance Armstrong, this is a candid podcast that often acts a a bit of catharsis for Armstrong to get his side of the story across and shed light on the cycling game. Not always about health and fitness but often has leaders of the sport and the fitness industry on the show. Love him or hate him, Lance Armstrong is forthright and a talented interviewer who isn’t shying away from his past, in fact he is faces head on often dscussing it with his guests- sports people, authors, friends, musicians and actors. I enjoy this podcast for its honesty, style and the guests (as well as the host).