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Mar 31, 2019

Victoria Vargas with Rowdy Kittens shares 10 simple strategies for kicking out the blues. This is part 2 of 2.

Episode 1206: [Part 2] 10 Simple Strategies for Kicking Out the Blues by Victoria Vargas with Rowdy Kittens on Resiliency

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/2010/11/blues

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Mar 30, 2019

Victoria Vargas with Rowdy Kittens shares 10 simple strategies for kicking out the blues. This is part 1 of 2.

Episode 1205: [Part 1] 10 Simple Strategies for Kicking Out the Blues by Victoria Vargas with Rowdy Kittens on Happiness

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/2010/11/blues

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Mar 29, 2019

T.K. Coleman shares why you shouldn't let questions kill your curiosity.

Episode 1204: Don't Let Questions Kill Your Curiosity by TK Coleman on Building Relationships & Improving Communication Skills

T.K. Coleman is the Co-Founder & Education Director of Praxis. He is a prolific writer and speaker with a singular mission: to awaken people to their own creative power. Sounds cheesy, but TK listens to Christmas music year-round, so he's used to being called cheesy and it doesn't bother him in the least. Learn more about him at TKColeman.com.

The original post is located here: http://tkcoleman.com/2017/03/23/dont-let-questions-kill-your-curiosity/

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Mar 28, 2019

Leon Logothetis shares the way of the traveler.

Episode 1203: Live. Love. Explore: The Way of the Traveler by Leon Logothetis on Mental Freedom & Happiness

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 post is located here: http://www.leonlogothetis.com/live-love-explore-way-traveler/

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Mar 27, 2019

2 posts from Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha on the harm of the pursuit of greatness and on forgetting yourself.

Episode 1202: When the Pursuit of Greatness Does More Harm Than Good AND Forget Yourself by Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha

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 posts are located here:
https://tinybuddha.com/blog/when-the-pursuit-of-greatness-does-more-harm-than-good/ & https://tinybuddha.com/blog/do-happy-forget-yourself/

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Mar 26, 2019

Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich shares how top performers use positive psychology even when things are bad.

Episode 1201: How Top Performers Use Positive Psychology (Even When Things Are Bad) by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich

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/positive-pyschology/

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Mar 25, 2019

Shawna Scafe of Simple On Purpose shares her thoughts on hygge vs minimalism.

Episode 1200: Hygge vs Minimalism by Shawna Scafe of Simple On Purpose on Simple Living & Intentionality

Shawna Scafe is a mom of three small kids who started blogging after her first son was born. She wanted to share her c-section story in order to help herself work through the disappointment she felt about it. She read a book on minimalism that changed how she viewed her life. She started asking questions about why we have so much, do so much, work so much and we feel so restless and overwhelmed. Shawna is trying to live life on purpose, set dreams and goals for herself as a mom, wife and woman and she is trying to share it openly with everyone.

The original post is located here: https://simpleonpurpose.ca/hygge-vs-minimalism/

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Mar 24, 2019

Tynan shares his thoughts on spur of the moment decisions.

Episode 1199: Spur of the Moment by Tynan on Quick Decision Making Skills & Enjoying Life

Tynan was named as one of the top 25 best bloggers in 2013 by Time Magazine. He believes in making deliberate decisions and breaking away from the herd mentality. He likes learning new things, building habits, exposing the world, connecting with awesome people, and creating good work. The New York Times Bestseller “The Game” featured him as one of the main characters, as he was one of the most famous pickup artists in the world. In 2008, he sold everything he owned and went on an extended world trip, becoming a fervent minimalist.
Fun facts: he’s a college dropout, was a professional poker player, Courtney Love was his roommate for 9 months, and he once built a swimming pool in his living room.

The original post is located here: http://tynan.com/spur

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Mar 23, 2019

David Cain of Raptitude shares how to keep emotions from running your life.

Episode 1198: How to Keep Emotions From Running Your Life by David Cain of Raptitude on Emotional Freedom & Meditation

David Cain is a writer and entrepreneur living in Winnipeg, Canada. On a particular boring day at his office job in 2009, he started Raptitude. His interest has always been human society and the internal human experience, and Raptitude became his megaphone for his thoughts about those things. It found an audience rather quickly and it’s been central to his life ever since. In 2013, he left his day job to write full time.

The original post is located here: https://www.raptitude.com/2017/02/how-to-keep-emotions-from-running-your-life/

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Mar 22, 2019

Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle shares his thoughts on planning for the fire.

Episode 1197: Planning for the Fire by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Minimalism & Simple Living

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: https://exilelifestyle.com/planning-fire/

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Mar 21, 2019

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares how to master the art of living.

Episode 1196: How to Master the Art of Living by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Mindfulness & Letting Go of Expectations

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: http://zenhabits.net/mastery

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Mar 20, 2019

Steve Pavlina shares how to triple your personal productivity.

Episode 1195: Triple Your Personal Productivity by Steve Pavlina on Time Management & Batching for Efficiency

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/2005/03/triple-your-personal-productivity/

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Mar 19, 2019

Benjamin Hardy shares how to go from successful to very successful and why most people can't do it.

Episode 1194: How To Go From Successful To Very Successful (and why most people can't do it) by Benjamin Hardy

Benjamin Hardy has been the top writer on Medium.com since late 2015. He focuses on self-improvement, motivation, and entrepreneurship. His writing is fueled by his personal experiences, self-directed education, and formal education. His research focuses on the psychological differences of "wantrepreneurs" and actual entrepreneurs. He lives in Clemson, South Carolina with his wife and they are the foster parents of 3 children.

The original post is located here: https://medium.com/@benjaminhardy/how-to-go-from-successful-to-very-successful-and-why-most-people-cant-do-it-eab95f82be53

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Mar 18, 2019

Ali Cornish of Everthrive shares her thoughts on the benefits of choosing experiences over things.

Episode 1193: Experiences, Not Things by Ali Cornish with Everthrive on Minimalism Travel & Happiness

Ali Cornish created Everthrive as a response to the increasing pace, materialism, and detachment of today's society. Through words and photos, she brings awareness to the importance of living simply, healthfully, and authentically. Life can be better lived when we disconnect from distraction, slow down, and focus on what is truly important.

In addition to managing and contributing to Everthrive, she also helps others create compelling content for websites, campaigns, and social media ventures through The Media Acorn.

The original post is located here: http://everthrive.org/blog/2017/3/1/experiences-not-things

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Mar 17, 2019

Cylon George of Spiritual Living for Busy People shares why underachieving never felt so good.

Episode 1192: Underachieving Never Felt So Good. Here's Why by Cylon George of Spiritual Living For Busy People on Happiness

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 post is located here:
https://www.spirituallivingforbusypeople.com/underachieving-never-felt-so-good

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Mar 16, 2019

Angelo Poli of MetPro shares the dirty secret behind goal setting.

Episode 1191: The Dirty Secret Behind Goal Setting by Angelo Poli of MetPro on Using Values to Set Goals

Angelo Poli is an internationally recognized expert in the field of body transformations. He is the founder of MetPro, the world's first algorithm based transformation engine. Poli and his team at MetPro specialize in working with high-profile clientele, ranging in scope from Olympic Athletes, NFL MVPs to celebrities, and business leaders. He has been featured for his specialty in Neuromuscular Re-education (Posture and Alignment) and weight loss sciences in major media outlets such as Men's Health, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular contributor for The Huffington Post. Poli has spoken at conferences such as TEDx and continues to be a Wellness Consultant for multiple universities and hospitals around the country.

The original post is located here: https://metpro.co/academy/the-dirty-secret-behind-goal-setting

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Mar 15, 2019

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares 10 essential edits to help you get your life back.

Episode 1190: 10 Essential Edits to Help You Get Your Life Back by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less on Simple Living

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/get-your-life-back/

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Mar 14, 2019

Jennifer of Simply Fiercely shares 5 steps to letting go of expectations.

Episode 1189: 5 Steps to Letting Go of Expectations by Jennifer of Simply Fiercely on Changing Perspectives

Jennifer is a traveler, minimalist and dream chaser. She grew up near Baltimore, Maryland but she caught a bad case of wanderlust at an early age and it has taken her all over the world. She is a reformed shopaholic turned minimalist and believes that clearing out the clutter is a vital part of creating a life you love.

The original post is located here: https://www.simplyfiercely.com/5-steps-to-letting-go-of-expectations/

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Mar 13, 2019

Irene Elias of Self Love Junkie shares the first big step toward loving yourself.

Episode 1188: What's The First Big Step Toward Loving Yourself? by Irene Elias of Self Love Junkie on Intentional Thinking

Irene Elias is a professional certified life coach, and a co-author in the best selling series, Adventures in Manifesting, Soulful Relationships. Her mission at Self Love Junkie is to help you become happier and confident with who you are so you can experience greater love and a healthier, joyfilled relationship. Life's a lot better from that place - and the world benefits from happy love-filled people.

The original post is located here:
https://selflovejunkie.com/whats-the-first-big-step-toward-loving-yourself/

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Mar 12, 2019

Two posts from Derek Sivers on personal growth and goal setting.

Episode 1187: Moving For Good AND Goals Shape the Present, Not the Future by Derek Sivers on Personal Development

Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek Sivers created CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100M in sales for 150,000 musicians. In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22M, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education.
He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks.
Since 2011 he has published 34 books, including “Anything You Want” which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories.

The original posts are located here:
https://sivers.org/mfg & https://sivers.org/goals

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Mar 11, 2019

Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life shares 5 signs it's time to do less.

Episode 1186: 5 Signs It's Time to Do Less by Marc Chernoff of Marc And Angel on Minimalism & Slow Living

Marc and Angel Chernoff are New York Times bestselling authors, 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.
Marc and Angel's New York Times bestselling book, Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs, is a guide to spark sustainable action - and to return to whenever needed. It's available online at http://www.marcandangel.com/book/ and on Amazon.

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2016/05/18/5-signs-its-time-to-do-less/

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Mar 10, 2019

Mogie Adamchik from Dr. Chris Patti's class at Appalachian State University shares thoughts on daily reminders.

Episode 1185: Daily Reminders by Mogie Adamchik of Appalachian State University (Student Essay on Self Help Experiment)

The original post is located here: https://oldpodcast.com/daily-reminders

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Mar 9, 2019

Chris Reining shares his thoughts on the clutter epidemic.

Episode 1184: The Clutter Epidemic by Chris Reining on Getting Started with Minimalism & Decluttering

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/the-clutter-epidemic/

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Mar 8, 2019

Jay and Heather Harrington share their thoughts on life's headwinds and tailwinds.

Episode 1183: Life's Headwinds and Tailwinds by Jay & Heather Harrington of Life & Whim on Gratitude & Meditation

Jay and Heather Harrington are the husband and wife team behind Life and Whim. They started Life and Whim after moving their family to Traverse City, a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan, to break the script of their life and reimagine what's possible. They live in pursuit of a purposeful, meaningful, active, and simple life.

The original post is located here: https://www.lifeandwhim.com/first-moments-blog/lifes-headwinds-and-tailwinds

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Mar 7, 2019

Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch shares how to build habits like an entrepreneur.

Episode 1182: How To Build Habits Like An Entrepreneur by Anthony Ongaro of Break The Twitch on Creating New Habits

After years of impulse spending on Amazon and elsewhere, Anthony Ongaro realized that his one-click purchase habits were more of a physical Twitch than an intentional action. It turned out, this Twitch wasn’t just limited to online spending. It applied to social media, impulsive smartphone usage, and more.
Break the Twitch is all about minimizing distractions and doing more of what matters.
Check out Anthony's new book, Break the Twitch: http://breakthetwitch.com/book

The original post is located here: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/build-habits/

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