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Jul 21, 2018

Guest author Kali Hawlk with Cait Flanders shares how she found the courage to live mindfully. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 953: [Part 1] Finding the Courage to Live Mindfully by Kali Hawlk with CaitFlanders.com (Pursuing Your Life Passions).

Cait Flanders started Blonde on a Budget to document her debt repayment journey. After paying it off, she adopted a minimalist lifestyle, tossed 75% of her stuff, and is currently doing a two-year shopping ban. She shares stories and lessons learned every week.

The original post is located here: https://caitflanders.com/2015/09/07/finding-the-courage-to-live-mindfully

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Jul 20, 2018

2 shorter posts from Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle, on good people, games, and more.

Episode 952: Aware And Good People by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle (Being Mindful - Finding & Developing Great Relationships).

Colin Wright is a professional author and international speaker who co-founded a publishing company and travels full-time, moving to a new country every four months or so--that country determined by the votes of his readers! He also blogs.
Colin's a minimalist in that he owns very few things and is careful in how he consumes. He tends to buy less, but invest in quality when he does, and trends toward the same in relationships, business endeavors, and just about everything else.
He's left-handed, blue-eyed, scary good at Tetris, and can’t cook.

The original posts are located here:
http://exilelifestyle.com/aware
http://exilelifestyle.com/good-people

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Jul 19, 2018

Claire De Boer with No Sidebar shares how busyness crushes our soul.

Episode 951: How Busyness Crushes Our Soul by Claire De Boer with No Sidebar (Finding Freedom and Time for Recovery & Rest).

No Sidebar was created by Brian Gardner and is all about designing a simpler life. He and the contributing authors want to help you figure out what's getting in your way, at home and at work. They want to help you let go of distractions, online and off--to turn down the noise that disrupts the quiet of your heart and soul.

The original post is located here: https://nosidebar.com/busyness

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Jul 18, 2018

2 shorter posts from Neghar Fonooni on being strong and expecting nothing.

Episode 950: You Don't Have to be So Strong And Expect Nothing by Neghar Fonooni (Emotional Mental Freedom & Gratitude Practice).

Neghar Fonooni is a coach, speaker, and writer, giving women all over the world tools to create a lifestyle that thrills them, free of shame and unworthiness. She helps them give themselves permission to be vulnerable, authentic, and fully alive. She has worked as a personal trainer and fitness coach for over 15 years, served as an Arabic linguist in the United States Air Force, has been writing since she was eight years old, and birthed a witty and hilarious baby boy ten years ago. Her central focus is to help empower women through strength and bring wild and warm energy wherever she goes.

The original posts are located here:
http://www.negharfonooni.com/you-dont-have-to-be-so-strong
http://www.negharfonooni.com/expect-nothing

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Jul 17, 2018

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares how to live with chaos.

Episode 949: Living with Chaos by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Freedom Lifestyle & Resilience - Dealing with Change).

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/chaos

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Jul 16, 2018

Steve Pavlina shares 8 changes he experienced after giving up TV.

Episode 948: 8 Changes I Experienced After Giving Up TV by Steve Pavlina (Minimalism & How to Start a Minimalist Lifestyle).

Steve Pavlina is widely recognized as one of the most successful personal development bloggers on the Internet, with his work attracting more than 100 million visits to his website, StevePavlina.com. He has written more than 1300 articles and recorded many audio programs on a broad range of self-help topics, including productivity, relationships, and spirituality. Steve has been quoted as an expert by the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, the Los Angeles Daily News, Self Magazine, The Guardian, and countless other publications. He's also a frequent guest on popular podcasts and radio shows.

The original post is located here: https://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/08/8-changes-i-experienced-after-giving-up-tv

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Jul 15, 2018

2 posts from Leon Logothetis on living your life to its fullest.

Episode 947: Are You Living Your Life And I Dare You by Leon Logothetis (Lesson from The Ganges in India - Choose to be Happy).

Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn't always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries. His journey is chronicled in the Netflix documentary series The Kindness Diaries. In December 2016, he released his book: Live, Love, Explore.

The original posts are located here:
http://www.leonlogothetis.com/living-life
http://www.leonlogothetis.com/i-dare-you

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Jul 14, 2018

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares 10 simple ways to break free from the worry trap.

Episode 946: The Worry Trap: 10 Simple Ways to Break Free by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Overcoming Fear & Anxiety).

Courtney Carver was stopped in her tracks with a scary MS diagnosis after decades of debt, discontent, and trying to do it all. She had to slow down, prioritize her health, and figure out what was really important in her life. She discovered what mattered most by getting rid of everything that didn’t matter at all. In the end it all came down to love and health.
She went from a busy, overwhelmed advertising director to spending 2-3 hours every morning taking care of herself, loving her work, and being present and engaged with the people she loves. Her family changed, too. They moved from wanting bigger closets, nicer furniture, and more stuff to downsizing into a 750 sq. ft apartment with no storage.
Courtney has written books, courses, and hundreds of articles to help you simplify your life and work so you can focus on what really matters.

The original post is located here: https://bemorewithless.com/worry-trap

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Jul 13, 2018

Ryan Holiday shares the story of boxer Jack Johnson and the unstoppable power of greeting it all with a smile.

Episode 945: The Unstoppable Power of Greeting It All With a Smile by Ryan Holiday (Boxer Jack Johnson Story - Stoic & Resilient).

Ryan Holiday is a writer and media strategist whose creative agency, Brass Check, has advised Google, TASER, and Complex as well as bestselling authors like Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, and Neil Strauss. He is the author of six books and started his blog around 10 years ago to help his journey in self-education.

The original post is located here: https://ryanholiday.net/the-unstoppable-power-of-greeting-it-all-with-a-smile

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Jul 12, 2018

2 shorter posts from Cylon George of Spiritual Living for Busy People with 7 ways to grow your self-confidence and on the unfairness of life.

Episode 944: 7 Ways to Grow Your Self-Confidence (Even If You Feel Like Hiding) And On the Unfairness of Life by Cylon George.

Cylon George is a spiritual chaplain, musician, devoted husband, and busy dad of six. He loves listening to people’s stories and helping them gain perspective on life’s opportunities and challenges. The mission of his blog is to help busy people thrive in their spiritual lives so they can live with more joy, peace, purpose, and meaning.

The original posts are located here:
https://www.spirituallivingforbusypeople.com/self-confidence
https://www.spirituallivingforbusypeople.com/on-the-unfairness-of-life

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Jul 11, 2018

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents shares 11 ways you're wasting time, and how to change.

Episode 943: 11 Ways You're Wasting Time And How to Change by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents (Productivity).

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner created Making Sense of Cents in order to help improve her own finances. With diligence, she was able to pay off $38,000 in student debt in 7 months, kept track of progress, and helped readers along the way. She's currently touring North America and living out of an RV. You can learn more about her and see her monthly income reports at MakingSenseOfCents.com.

The original post is located here: https://www.makingsenseofcents.com/2016/04/ways-youre-wasting-time.html

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Jul 10, 2018

James Altucher shares a few principles he practices that produce his freedom.

Episode 942: 10 Habits to be Happier and More Productive by James Altucher (Creating More Time in Life & Financial Freedom).

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies and says he failed at 17 of them. He has published 11 books, and is a regular contributor to The Financial Times, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post. USA Today named his book Choose Yourself one of the 12 Best Business Books of All Time.

The original post is located here: https://jamesaltucher.com/2015/10/10-habits-to-be-happier-and-more-productive

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Jul 9, 2018

Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens shares 5 tips to focus on your priorities.

Episode 941: Turn the Internet Off: 5 Tips to Focus on Your Priorities by Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens (Mindfulness Training).

Tammy Strobel is a photographer, writer, teacher, and founder of RowdyKittens.com. She loves morning views, tiny homes, reading, and everyday adventures. She started Rowdy Kittens to share her story and help you go small, think big, and be happy. Every week, she shares new photos, writing, and a roundup of happy links on the blog.

The original post is located here: https://www.rowdykittens.com/blog/2010/03/turn-the-internet-off

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Jul 8, 2018

Erin Blaskie shares takeaways from The War of Art by Steven Pressfield along with an example from her own life.

Episode 940: Resistance, Rationalization & Emotional Suppression by Erin Blaskie (Overcoming Depression - Positive Thinking).

Erin Blaskie has helped numerous businesses come online, establish their web presence and create community. Erin’s primary expertise is in creating solid systems and processes for businesses but she also leads clients to leverage the power of the Internet to nurture community, create culture and inspire change. She is a TEDx speaker and a Google Certified Speaker and speaks all around the world.

The original post is located here: http://erinblaskie.com/resistance-rationalization

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Jul 7, 2018

Chris Reining shares his experience resetting his life with a 10 day silent meditation retreat.

Episode 939: How to Reset Your Life with 10 Days of Silent Meditation by Chris Reining (Mindfulness Training & Think Happiness).

Chris Reining is a thirty-something guy who provides resources to help manage your money and career to become financially free. His own path to financial freedom has had ups and downs, which is what he writes about on his site. He's been featured in the New York Times, on the Today Show, CNN, CBS, Business Insider, LifeHacker, and more.

The original post is located here: https://chrisreining.com/meditation

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Jul 6, 2018

Chalene Johnson of The Chalene Show shares how to change your story, with a real life example of her own.

Episode 938: How to Change Your Story by Chalene Johnson (Motivation to Create a Positive Mindset & Optimistic Viewpoint).

Chalene Johnson is a world-renowned motivational speaker with more than 30 years as a health expert. She is a New York Times best-selling author, health and lifestyle expert, and top health podcaster with over 20 million downloads of The Chalene Show. Tens of millions of people around the globe have transformed their bodies and their lives with her help, and her fitness programs have been featured in gyms and on TV for more than 12 years. She and Bret, her husband of over twenty years, are the founders of the SmartLife movement. Together, they have built and sold several multimillion-dollar lifestyle companies and helped countless people to do the same.

The original post is located here: http://www.chalenejohnson.com/goals/how-to-change-your-story

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Jul 5, 2018

Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich shares the 4 keys to finding ambition.

Episode 937: The 4 Keys to Finding Ambition by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich (Pursuing Greatness & Passion).

Ramit wants to use money to say YES. He knew there was a better way to live a rich life—if we could use psychology to focus on what actually works. Not just for personal finance, but all aspects of life: money, careers, relationships, business, fitness, and more.
Since then, he's been testing and sharing his findings with the world via I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
He's also written a New York Times bestselling book, been profiled in a 6-page Fortune article, and been pictured next to Warren Buffett in Forbes Magazine, as well as been featured by a long list of media, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, NPR, Fox Business, PBS, CNBC, and more. He also has tons of documented success stories—more than 20,000.

The original post is located here: https://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/ambition

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Jul 4, 2018

2 shorter posts from Mary Jaksch of Good Life Zen, on positive realism and feeling positive about life.

Episode 936: The Secret to Positive Realism & The Secret to Feeling Positive About Life: 3 Top Tips by Mary Jaksch - Good Life Zen.

Mary Jaksch is an authorized Zen master (Diamond Sangha lineage), psychotherapist, and author. She has two nationalities,--English and German--and lives in New Zealand. She's the mother of a grown-up son and lives happily ever after with her partner David. She's been awarded an MA in Religious Studies, holds a 4th Dan Blackbelt in karate, started professional life as a flautist and loves dancing Argentine tango in skimpy dresses.

The original posts are located here:
https://goodlifezen.com/the-secret-of-positive-realism
https://goodlifezen.com/the-secret-to-feeling-positive-about-life-three-top-tips

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Jul 3, 2018

Paula Pant of Afford Anything shares the biology behind our fear of failure and what you can do about it.

Episode 935: Why Your Lizard Brain Terrifies You (And What You Should Do About It) by Paula Pant of Afford Anything (Persevere).

Paula Pant is the founder of the award-winning website AffordAnything.com and a writer and speaker specializing in money, business, and real estate investing. She is a real estate investor, as the owner of seven rental property units in metropolitan Atlanta. She holds a real estate license in Georgia. She's also the host of the Afford Anything podcast.

The original post is located here: https://affordanything.com/how-to-overcome-your-fears

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Jul 2, 2018

Jacqueline Stone with Tiny Buddha shares the simplest way to create more calm in your life.

Episode 934: The Simplest Way to Create More Calm in Your Life by Jacqueline Stone with Tiny Buddha (Calming Habits & Happiness).

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest book: Tiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

The original post is located here: https://tinybuddha.com/blog/the-simplest-way-to-create-more-calm-in-your-life

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Jul 1, 2018

Allison Carmen shares why we need to release our mind from certainty, and how to do it.

Episode 933: Why Are We Always Looking For Certainty in Our Lives by Allison Carmen of AllisonCarmen.com (Being Resilient).

Allison Carmen holds a B.A. in accounting, a J.D. of Law, and a Master’s of Law in taxation. After working for a large law firm in Manhattan, Allison founded her own law firm and built a successful practice focusing on real estate, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and taxation. After 15 years of practicing law, Allison transitioned her practice into business consulting, business coaching and life coaching. Today, Allison’s clients range from owners of multi-million dollar companies to artists, actors, writers, and parents. She's also the host of the podcast: 10 Minutes to Less Suffering.

The original post is located here: http://www.allisoncarmen.com/2016/04/20/why-are-we-always-looking-for-certainty-in-our-lives

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Jun 30, 2018

JD Roth of Get Rich Slowly shares notes and takeaways from the new edition of the brilliant book "Your Money or Your Life."

Episode 932: Finding Balance Between Time & Money by JD Roth of Get Rich Slowly (Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin Notes).

J.D. Roth has been reading and writing about personal finance for a decade. Today he’s financially independent, but ten years ago, his money life was a disaster, with over $35,000 in consumer debt. He started turning everything around in 2004. By being the boss of your own life, you, too, can be the master of your own financial fate.

The original post is located here: https://www.getrichslowly.org/finding-balance-between-time-and-money

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Jun 29, 2018

Ross Enamait of Ross Training shares why discipline is more important than motivation.

Episode 931: Adding Discipline to Passion by Ross Enamait of Ross Training (Self-Discipline & Developing Habits for Success).

Founded by Ross Enamait, RossTraining.com is dedicated to excellence and innovations in high performance conditioning, strength, and athletic development. His goal with the site is to provide a content-rich resource to assist with your development. As a long time trainer and boxing coach, Ross has dedicated his life to the development and improvement of athletes. He has been in business for over 15 years and has helped numerous athletes succeed at the world class level. It is his career and obsession.

The original post is located here: http://rosstraining.com/blog/2016/01/05/adding-discipline-to-passion

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Jun 28, 2018

Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle shares how he uses personal data tracking practically.

Episode 930: Self-Reported by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle (Using Data & Self Assessment to Evaluate Your Mindset).

Colin Wright is a professional author and international speaker who co-founded a publishing company and travels full-time, moving to a new country every four months or so--that country determined by the votes of his readers! He also blogs.
Colin's a minimalist in that he owns very few things and is careful in how he consumes. He tends to buy less, but invest in quality when he does, and trends toward the same in relationships, business endeavors, and just about everything else.
He's left-handed, blue-eyed, scary good at Tetris, and can’t cook.

The original post is located here: http://exilelifestyle.com/selfreported

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Jun 27, 2018

Mr. Money Mustache shares the background of why haters hate and how he handles them.

Episode 929: Haters Gonna Hate (But Not Mate) by Mr. Money Mustache of MrMoneyMustache.com (Complaint Free Lifestyle).

Mr. Money Mustache is a thirty-something retiree who now writes about how we can all live a frugal, yet awesome, life of leisure.
He and his wife studied engineering and computer science in Canada, then worked in standard tech-industry cubicle jobs in various locations throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s.
Then they retired from real work way back in 2005 in order to start a family. This was achieved not through luck or amazing skill, but simply by living a lifestyle about 50% less expensive than most of their peers and investing the surplus in very boring conservative Vanguard index funds and a rental house or two.

The original post is located here: https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2014/01/20/haters-gonna-hate-but-not-mate

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