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Apr 30, 2019

Michael Mehlberg of Modern da Vinci shares his thoughts on rediscovering your sense of wonder with a discovery journal.

Episode 1236: Rediscovering Your Sense of Wonder with a Discovery Journal by Michael Mehlberg of Modern da Vinci on Curiosity

Michael Mehlberg is an entrepreneur and certified agile project manager who specializes in productivity and organization systems. His blog, Modern da Vinci has been called "The Owners Manual to an Awesome Life" and helps high-achieving entrepreneurs master their life and business - crushing their goals, living their passion, and finding purpose, balance, and excellence in all they do.

The original post is located here:
https://www.moderndavinci.net/blog/2015/5/29/discovery-journal

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Apr 29, 2019

Brian Gardner of No Sidebar shares the power of daily minimalism.

Episode 1235: The Power of Daily Minimalism by Brian Gardner of No Sidebar on Benefits of Being A Minimalist

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/daily-minimalism/

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Apr 28, 2019

Shawna Scafe of Simple On Purpose shares three steps to show up for your life.

Episode 1234: Three Steps To Show Up for Your Life by Shawna Scafe of Simple On Purpose on Mindfulness & Courage

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/pay-attention-show-up-for-life/

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Apr 27, 2019

Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle shares his thoughts on envisioning your ideal lifestyle.

Episode 1233: Envisioned by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Envisioning & Planning Your Perfect Life

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/envisioned/

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Apr 26, 2019

Vironika Tugaleva shares how she stopped feeling inadequate and comparing herself to others.

Episode 1232: How I Stopped Feeling Inadequate and Comparing Myself to Others by Vironika Tugaleva of Vironika.org

Vironika Tugaleva was born in Donetsk, Ukraine in 1988. Her early years as a misfit began her painful struggle with mental health. As she struggled with self-acceptance, anxiety, and identity, Vironika found solace in words and music. Her first book, The Love Mindset, won the Readers' Favorite silver medal for Best Self-Help book of 2013. Driven by an urge to spread light in the world, Vironika began to do life coaching, speaking, and writing in the personal growth field. In 2014, Vironika sold her things, left Toronto, and became a digital nomad. She launched her 2nd book in 2017, The Art of Talking to Yourself. Currently, Vironika is working on a poetry book, writing and peforming spoken word, and planning arts-related events.

The original post is located here: https://www.vironika.org/stopped-feeling-inadequate-comparing-others/

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Apr 25, 2019

Tynan shares his thoughts on brain training.

Episode 1231: Brain Training by Tynan of Tynan.com on Creating Healthy Habits & Productivity

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/braining

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Apr 24, 2019

David Cain of Raptitude shares where personal breakthroughs really come from.

Episode 1230: Where Personal Breakthroughs Really Come From by David Cain of Raptitude on Self Development & Growth

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/2017/06/where-personal-breakthroughs-really-come-from/

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Apr 23, 2019

2 short posts from Steve Pavlina where he shares why you should trust yourself and not the experts and asks what's your optimism ratio.

Episode 1229: Trust Yourself, Not the Experts AND What's Your Optimism Ratio? by Steve Pavlina on Personal Development

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 posts are located here: https://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/06/trust-yourself-not-the-experts/ & https://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/02/whats-your-optimism-ratio/

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Apr 22, 2019

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares the elements of living lightly.

Episode 1228: The Elements of Living Lightly by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Mindfulness & Being Present in Life

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/light

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Apr 21, 2019

Jennifer of Simply Fiercely shares a practical guide to being present.

Episode 1227: A Practical Guide to Being Present by Jennifer of Simply Fiercely on Mindfulness & Meditation

Jennifer is a traveller, 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/a-practical-guide-to-being-present/

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Apr 20, 2019

Cylon George of Spiritual Living for Busy People shares 3 steps to beat procrastination.

Episode 1226: 3 Steps to Beat Procrastination by Cylon George of Spiritual Living For Busy People on Productivity & Time Management

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/procrastination

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Apr 19, 2019

Benjamin Hardy shares how to deal with uncomfortable emotions and reshape your identity.

Episode 1225: How To Deal With Uncomfortable Emotions And Reshape Your Identity by Benjamin Hardy on Achieving Success

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-deal-with-uncomfortable-emotions-and-reshape-your-identity-58142db8cfd4

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Apr 18, 2019

Mark Manson asks if you need therapy.

Episode 1224: Do You Need Therapy? by Mark Manson on Emotional Wellness & Mental Freedom

Mark Manson was a full-time professional dating coach for men from 2008 until 2011. Sick of the industry, he wrote his first book, Models: Attract Women Through Honesty, and changed the name and focus of his business to address broader self-development topics for men. The book took off, selling tens of thousands of copies. As he branched out into deeper issues of masculinity, self-worth, and the changing cultural landscape, the site grew.
By 2013, he had begun writing about larger cultural issues — gender relations, happiness, ambition, life purpose, and cultural perspectives he had gathered while living in various countries around the world. Despite the fact that the business was still directed at men, thousands of women began reading and asking for advice as well.
That same year, he made the leap to his own site and domain, broadening the demographics of his audience. The site exploded, garnering millions of views each month.
Check out his book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F--- on his site or Amazon.

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/therapy

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Apr 17, 2019

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares her thoughts on the inspiration gap and how we all fall in and how to get out.

Episode 1223: The Inspiration Gap: Why We All Fall In And How To Get Out by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less on Motivation

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/inspiration-gap/

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Apr 16, 2019

Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life shares 7 positive things you should say today.

Episode 1222: 7 Positive Things You Should Say Today by Marc Chernoff of Marc And Angel on Positivity & Happiness

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/2013/04/25/7-positive-things-you-should-say-today/

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Apr 15, 2019

James Altucher shares the one habit that keeps 99% of people from getting rich.

Episode 1221: The One Habit That Keeps 99% Of People From Getting Rich by James Altucher on The Power of Saying No

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/blog/one-habit-keeps-99-percent-from-getting-rich/

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Apr 14, 2019

Cara Harvey of A Purpose Driven Mom shares how to declutter your mind and decrease stress in 3 easy steps.

Episode 1220: Declutter Your Mind + Decrease Stress in 3 Easy Steps by Cara Harvey of A Purpose Driven Mom on Simplifying Life

Cara Harvey is a wife, mom, online mentor and woman of God. She has been married to her husband, Ron, for 3 years and they live with their 11 year-old stepson, 2-year old daughter and 2-month old son. She currently works as a virtual lifestyle, mindset, and success coach and her mission is to provide women with the tools, resources and community to reach their goals, empower themselves, find their happiness and live a life by design.

The original post is located here: https://apurposedrivenmom.com/declutter-your-mind-decrease-stress-in-3-easy-steps/

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Apr 13, 2019

Allison Carmen shares her thoughts on letting go of the thoughts that make us worry.

Episode 1219: Letting Go Of The Thoughts That Make Us Worry by Allison Carmen of The Gift of Maybe on Mindfulness

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/letting-go-of-the-thoughts-that-make-us-worry/

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Apr 12, 2019

Chris Guillebeau shares his thoughts on qualifications.

Episode 1218: Qualifications by Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Non Conformity

Chris Guillebeau is a New York Times bestselling author and modern-day explorer. He is the author of 5 books and his daily podcast, Side Hustle School, is downloaded more than 2 million times a month. Every summer in Portland, Oregon, Chris hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people with thousands in attendance. Chris is also the founder of Pioneer Nation, Unconventional Guides, the Travel Hacking Cartel, and numerous other projects. During a lifetime of self-employment that included a four-year commitment as a volunteer executive in West Africa, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday.

The original post is located here: https://chrisguillebeau.com/qualifications/

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Apr 11, 2019

Jay and Heather Harrington share their thoughts on how to experience the longest summer of your life.

Episode 1217: Experience the Longest Summer of Your Life by Jay & Heather Harrington of Life And Whim on Mindfulness

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/summer-slow-down

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Apr 10, 2019

Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch shares 9 steps to help visualize your ideal day.

Episode 1216: 9 Steps To Help Visualize Your Ideal Day by Anthony Ongaro of Break The Twitch on Visualization Techniques

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/visualize-your-ideal-day/

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Apr 9, 2019

An excerpt from the book The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love - Why We Get Hooked by Judson Brewer

Episode 1215: An Excerpt from The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love - Why We Get Hooked by Judson Brewer

This book provides groundbreaking answers to the most important questions about addiction. Dr. Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has studied the science of addictions for twenty years, reveals how we can tap into the very processes that encourage addictive behaviors in order to step out of them. He describes the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, then explains how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits. Weaving together patient stories, his own experience with mindfulness practice, and current scientific findings from his own lab and others, Dr. Brewer offers a path for moving beyond our cravings, reducing stress, and ultimately living a fuller life.

Visit him online at: DrJud.com

And check out his book here: https://amzn.to/2WSrqtA

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Apr 8, 2019

Maneesh Sethi with The Minimalists shares his thoughts on living in caves and fighting distractions.

Episode 1214: On Living in Caves and Fighting Distractions by Maneesh Sethi with The Minimalists on Minimalism & Essentialism

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.

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

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Apr 7, 2019

Brianna Harry of YeMash shares her thoughts on darkness.

Episode 1213: Darkness by Briana Harry of YeMash on Positivity & Working Through Adversity

YeMash is a private publishing group; currently in its early stages. At the core of all content published, shared, and promoted by YeMash are the principles of expressing truth, exuding positive energy, and living as your honest self.

The original post is located here: http://www.yemash.com/blog/darkness

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Apr 6, 2019

Heather Myklegard with No Sidebar shares what she learned about the desire for more.

Episode 1212: The Desire for More: What I Learned by Heather Myklegard with No Sidebar on Intentional Living

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.

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