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Feb 28, 2017

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.

Episode 445: 5 Ways to be Gloriously Present in the Moments of Your Precious Life by Gail Brenner with Good Life Zen (Meditation Oasis).

The original post is located here: http://goodlifezen.com/5-ways-gloriously-present-moments-precious-life

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Feb 27, 2017

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Episode 444: Everything I Own: My 288 Things by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists (Counting Your Possessions & Stuff Helps).

The original post is located here: http://www.theminimalists.com/288

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Feb 26, 2017

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.

Episode 443: Confessions of an Aspiring Minimalist by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (How to Get Started with Minimalism).

The original post is located here: http://bemorewithless.com/confessions-of-an-aspiring-minimalist

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Feb 25, 2017

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.

Episode 442: The Face Everything Technique: Why Avoiding Difficulties Doesn't Work by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Procrastination).

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/face-everything

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Feb 24, 2017

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.
In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age as a professor, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work.
His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy, and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive.

Episode 441: On Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport of the Study Hacks Blog (Being a Minimalist - Decluttering Your Computer & Phone).

The original post is located here: http://calnewport.com/blog/2016/12/18/on-digital-minimalism

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Feb 23, 2017

James Clear is an author and photographer. He writes about behavioral psychology, habit formation, and performance improvement. His work has been covered by dozens of major media outlets including CBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, TIME Magazine, and more.
He studies successful people across a wide range of disciplines--entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and more--to uncover the habits and routines that make these people the best at what they do. Then, he shares what he learns in his popular email newsletter.

Episode 440: Make Your Life Better by Saying Thank You in These 7 Situations by James Clear (Similar to Unshakeable by Tony Robbins).

The original post is located here: http://jamesclear.com/say-thank-you

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Feb 22, 2017

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.

Episode 439: Add the Best; Drop the Worst by Steve Pavlina (Your Free Ultimate Guide for Habit Formation & Conditioning to Be Happier).

The original post is located here: https://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2013/06/add-the-best-drop-the-worst

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Feb 21, 2017

Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com was laid off in 2013. She took on some freelancing gigs to earn extra cash while she searched for a new, full-time job and over time, her freelancing gigs increased. She started writing for sites that she loved reading and produced videos for new clients. Her side gigs began to bring in more income than any potential full-time jobs. She launched a blog all about frugal living and created The Wild Wong to share more about her career, her finances, and all the adventures in between.

Episode 438: Why We Get Stuck in Ruts (and How to Break Out of Them) - Part 2 by Kristin Wong (Hot Mess - Get Your Life Together).

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/getting-out-of-a-rut

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Feb 20, 2017

Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com was laid off in 2013. She took on some freelancing gigs to earn extra cash while she searched for a new, full-time job and over time, her freelancing gigs increased. She started writing for sites that she loved reading and produced videos for new clients. Her side gigs began to bring in more income than any potential full-time jobs. She launched a blog all about frugal living and created The Wild Wong to share more about her career, her finances, and all the adventures in between.

Episode 437: Why We Get Stuck in Ruts (and How to Break Out of Them) - Part 1 by Kristin Wong (Similar to the Psych Central Show).

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/getting-out-of-a-rut

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Feb 19, 2017

Marc and Angel Chernoff are professional coaches, full-time students of life, admirers of the human spirit, and have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.” Through their blog, book, course and coaching, they’ve spent the past decade writing about and teaching proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love and peace.
The site has attracted over 100 million page views and 100 thousand subscribers since its inception in 2006.
Their first book, “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently“ is a focused collection of short, concise tips and reflections on the little things that make a huge difference in our daily lives. It’s available online at: marcandangel.com/book and on Amazon.

Episode 436: How to Feel Better About Not Being as Good as You Should Be by Marc Chernoff of MarcAndAngel (Like Malcolm Gladwell).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2016/10/02/how-to-feel-better-about-not-being-as-good-as-you-should-be

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Feb 18, 2017

PTMoney.com is about helping you make extra money, save more money, and spend your money wisely--all in an effort to help you fix your finances so you can build the life you want. It was started by Philip Taylor, a CPA, entrepreneur, and blogger who started the site in 2007. He also created FinCon, the popular conference for financial nerds.

Episode 435: Why Window Shopping Will Actually Make You Happier by Emily Guy Birken with PT Money (Similar to Jordan Harbinger).

The original post is located here: https://ptmoney.com/window-shopping

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Feb 17, 2017

Joshua Becker and his family decided to live with fewer possessions after a conversation with his neighbor in 2008. As a result, they found a better way to live, centered on more important pursuits.
Their story has been seen on the CBS Evening News, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and countless media interviews around the world. Their books have sold in the tens of thousands.
BecomingMinimalist.com is about their journey towards a rational approach to minimalism. It is about the joys and the struggles. It is about the lessons they have learned. It has inspired millions around the world. It is written to inspire you to intentionally live with less, and find more life because of it.

Episode 434: A Guide to Recognizing More Moments That Matter by Erica Layne with Becoming Minimalist (Meditation & Mindfulness).

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/moments

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Feb 16, 2017

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 pictured next to Warren Buffett Forbes Magazine, and have 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.

Episode 433: What's on Your Bucket List by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich (How to Accomplish the Things You Dream of Doing).

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/whats-on-your-bucket-list

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Feb 15, 2017

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.

Episode 432: Want to Improve Your Relationships? Listen Up by Gail Brenner with Good Life Zen (Some Fresh Air Like TEDTalks Audio).

The original post is located here: http://goodlifezen.com/want-to-improve-your-relationships-listen-up

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Check out the Creating Wealth Podcast with Jason Hartman

Feb 14, 2017

Kalen Bruce is the founder of MoneyMiniBlog. His story is simple… he and his wife were $24,000 in debt and became a student of finances to get out. They are now debt-free and building wealth. Kalen shares everything he has learned on his blog, writing informative, entertaining, mini blogs to help you with your finances. Finances can be intimidating, so he keeps his posts short, sweet, and simple.

Episode 431: 11 Habits That Will Give You a Complete and Successful Life by Pete Zafra with Money Mini Blog (Free Motivation Every Day).

The original post is located here: http://moneyminiblog.com/creating-habits/habits-complete-successful-life

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Feb 13, 2017

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.

Episode 430: How to Let Go of Your Books by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (How to be a Minimalist With Your Book Collection).

The original post is located here: http://bemorewithless.com/books

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Feb 12, 2017

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.

Episode 429: Top 20 Motivation Tips - Part 2 by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Something You Should Know That Mom Never Told You).

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/top-20-motivation-hacks-overview

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Feb 11, 2017

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.

Episode 428: Top 20 Motivation Tips - Part 1 by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Talk Healthy Today with Free Motivational Content Every Day).

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/top-20-motivation-hacks-overview

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Feb 10, 2017

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.

Episode 427: Skepticism May Be Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed by Steve Pavlina (Personal Development & Self-Help for Waking Up).

The original post is located here: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/11/skepticism-may-be-harmful-or-fatal-if-swallowed

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Feb 9, 2017

Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com was laid off in 2013. She took on some freelancing gigs to earn extra cash while she searched for a new, full-time job and over time, her freelancing gigs increased. She started writing for sites that she loved reading and produced videos for new clients. Her side gigs began to bring in more income than any potential full-time jobs. She launched a blog all about frugal living and created The Wild Wong to share more about her career, her finances, and all the adventures in between.

Episode 426: Luck is Not the Opposite of Hard Work by Kristin Wong of The Wild Wong (Similar to Tony Robbins, Joel Osteen & Zig Ziglar).

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/luck-vs-hard-work

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Feb 8, 2017

Briana and Dr. Peter Borten have made it their mission to create a more peaceful world by helping individuals reestablish a sense of inner peace and balance. The Dragontree has been named one of the best spas in the United States, and their apothecary and lifestyle products are carried by leading practitioners, spas, and major retailers around the country. The couple resides in Boulder, Colorado with their two daughters, Sabina and Sailor, two cats, and one dog.

Episode 425: The Well Life: How to Use Structure, Sweetness & Space to Create Balance, Happiness & Peace by Briana & Dr. Peter Borten.

For more information about the book and authors here: http://www.thewelllifebook.com

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Feb 7, 2017

Jen Mazer Is the Queen of Manifestation. She’s always been able to dream up outrageous adventures and actually live them out – from rubbing elbows at a small private cocktail party hosted by Martin Scorsese, to living rent-free in the East Village of Manhattan for 10 years, to traveling the world (including 6 trips to Africa and an extended stay in India at an ashram), to having her artwork published in the New York Times, New York Magazine, and numerous national publications, and to paying off over $38,000 of debt in less than a year. Jen manifested the man of her dreams (a successful rock star) and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at home. Now Jen teaches women how to manifest their biggest dreams so that they can change the world with their great work.

Episode 424: Manifesting Made Easy by Jen Mazer (The Queen of Manifestation's Naturally Savvy Way to Talk Healthy & Be Happy Today).

For more information about the book and author here: http://www.queenofmanifestation.com

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Feb 6, 2017

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Episode 423: Inbox Minimalism by Ethan Waldman with The Minimalists (Tiny Leaps & Big Changes to Declutter Email & Reach Inbox Zero).

The original post is located here: http://www.theminimalists.com/inbox

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Feb 5, 2017

Colin Wright, a professional author and international speaker, 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.

Episode 422: Ellipses by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle and The Minimalists' Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.

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

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Feb 4, 2017

Marc and Angel Chernoff are professional coaches, full-time students of life, admirers of the human spirit, and have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.” Through their blog, book, course and coaching, they’ve spent the past decade writing about and teaching proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love and peace.
The site has attracted over 100 million page views and 100 thousand subscribers since its inception in 2006.
Their first book, “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently“ is a focused collection of short, concise tips and reflections on the little things that make a huge difference in our daily lives. It’s available online at: marcandangel.com/book and on Amazon.

Episode 421: 5 Things to Remember When Someone You Love Loses Someone They Love - Part 2 by Marc Chernoff of Marc & Angel (Pain).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2016/04/24/5-things-to-remember-when-someone-you-love-loses-someone-they-love

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