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Feb 15, 2019

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares 10 simple ways to help you say no.

Episode 1162: 10 Simple Ways to Help You Say No by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less on Self-Care

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/no/

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Feb 14, 2019

Henri Junttila with Tiny Buddha shares why we feel stuck in life and the secret to dealing with it.

Episode 1161: Why We Feel Stuck in Life and the Secret to Dealing with It by Henri Junttila with Tiny Buddha on Growth Mindset

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/feel-stuck-life-secret-dealing/

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Feb 13, 2019

Tynan shares his thoughts on getting better all the time.

Episode 1160: Getting Better All the Time by Tynan on Personal Development & Strength Building

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/gettingbetter

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Feb 12, 2019

Ali Cornish of Everthrive shares her thoughts on taking the slow way.

Episode 1159: Take the Slow Way by Ali Cornish of Everthrive on Better Living with Simplicity

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/2017/3/31/take-the-slow-way

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Feb 11, 2019

James Altucher shares what he learned too late in life.

Episode 1158: What Did I Learn Too Late In Life by James Altucher on Minimalism & Simplicity

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/2018/01/learn-late-life/

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Feb 10, 2019

Lisa Avellan with No Sidebar asks what's keeping you from the life you want?

Episode 1157: What's Keeping You from the Life You Want? by Lisa Avellan with No Sidebar on Getting Started with Minimalism

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/life-you-want/

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Feb 9, 2019

Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life shares how to walk on water.

Episode 1156: How To Walk On Water by Marc Chernoff of Marc And Angel on Planning for Success

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/2009/01/31/how-to-walk-on-water/

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Feb 8, 2019

Jay and Heather Harrington share their thoughts on training the mind.

Episode 1155: Training the Mind: The Most Important Workout You'll do in 2019 by Jay & Heather Harrington of Life & Whim

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/2019/training-the-mind-the-most-important-workout-youll-do-in-2019

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Feb 7, 2019

Cylon George of Spiritual Living for Busy People shares why you may be wasting your life if you are ignoring your death.

Episode 1154: Ignoring Your Death? You May Be Wasting Your Life by Cylon George of Spiritual Living for Busy People on Legacy

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.

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https://www.spirituallivingforbusypeople.com/death

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Feb 6, 2019

Brendan Kane with Nir And Far shares 3 ways he uses technology to find happiness.

Episode 1153: 3 Ways I Use Technology to Find Happiness by Brendan Kane on Being Happy

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”
Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.
In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today.
Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn).
Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.

The original post is located here: https://www.nirandfar.com/2013/10/5-ways-to-use-your-tech-habits-for-good.html

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Feb 5, 2019

Allison Carmen shares her thoughts on living life to the fullest.

Episode 1152: Living Life To The Fullest by Allison Carmen of The Gift of Maybe on Optimism & Happiness

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/2016/02/25/living-life-to-the-fullest/

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Feb 4, 2019

Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch shares practical minimalism tips for beginners.

Episode 1151: Practical Minimalism Tips For Beginners by Anthony Ongaro of Break The Twitch on Minimalist Life

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/minimalism-tips-for-beginners/

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Feb 3, 2019

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares the most important skill to master. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 1150: [Part 2] The Most Important Skill to Master by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Developing Empathy

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/one-skill

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Feb 2, 2019

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares the most important skill to master. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 1149: [Part 1] The Most Important Skill to Master by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Showing Compassion

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.

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Feb 1, 2019

Cara Harvey of A Purpose Driven Mom shares her thoughts on using habit stacking to make routines that stick.

Episode 1148: Habit Stacking to Make Routines that Stick by Cara Harvey of A Purpose Driven Mom on Self Discipline

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/habit-stacking-routines/

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Jan 31, 2019

Steve Pavlina shares his thoughts on self-discipline and persistence.

Episode 1147: Self-Discipline: Persistence by Steve Pavlina on Reaching Goals & Achieving Success

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/2005/06/self-discipline-persistence/

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Jan 30, 2019

Kathy Seaton with UCI Division of Continuing Education shares how to get power from uncomfortable situations.

Episode 1146: Get Power from Uncomfortable Situations by Kathy Seaton with UCI Division of Continuing Education

Since 1962, University of California, Division of Continuing Education has been offering continuing education for adult learners in Orange County for over half a century. Today they maintain over 30,000 enrollments from students worldwide each year and offer hundreds of exciting courses and programs to local, regional and global constituencies.

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Jan 29, 2019

Isaac Morehouse shares why it's much easier than you think to live the life you want.

Episode 1145: It's Much Easier Than You Think to Live the Life You Want by Isaac Morehouse on Simple Living & Emotional Freedom

Isaac Morehouse is the founder and CEO of Praxis, an awesome startup apprenticeship program making degrees irrelevant for careers. He is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He's written some books, done some podcasting, and is always experimenting with self-directed living and learning. When he's not with his wife and kids or building his company, he can be found smoking cigars, playing guitars, singing, reading, writing, getting angry watching sports teams from his home state of Michigan, or enjoying the beach.

The original post is located here: https://isaacmorehouse.com/2016/03/12/its-much-easier-than-you-think-to-live-the-life-you-want/

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Jan 28, 2019

Lee Hughes with The Minimalists shares his thoughts on minimalism and happiness through scientific eyes.

Episode 1144: Minimalism & Happiness Through Scientific Eyes by Lee Hughes with The Minimalists on Simple Living

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/scientific/

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Jan 27, 2019

Chris Guillebeau shares his thoughts on the decision to be remarkable.

Episode 1143: The Decision to Be Remarkable by Chris Guillebeau on Pursuing Greatness

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/the-decision-to-be-remarkable/

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Jan 26, 2019

Greg Audino asks if you are positive about positive thinking?

Episode 1142: Are You Positive About Positive Thinking? by Greg Audino on Optimism & Compassion

Greg Audino of gregaudino.com is both a certified life coach and an actor. He combines his passions to create short and digestible videos which shine new light on the turbulent areas of life that many of us already have our minds made up about. Constantly seeking to share new insight, Audino uses humor and a variety of PG-13 examples to offer a refreshing and more relatable approach to self-development. TV fanatics can find him with principle roles on shows like Westworld, SWAT, Modern Family, and Jane the Virgin to name a few. Honest, free videos for an honest, free life can be found at gregaudino.com/videos/.

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Jan 25, 2019

T.K. Coleman shares why you should be free even when people disagree.

Episode 1141: Be Free (Even When People Disagree) by TK Coleman on How to be Confident & Authentic

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/2017/04/27/be-free-even-when-people-disagree/

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Jan 24, 2019

Mark Manson shares why you should find what you love and let it kill you.

Episode 1140: Find What You Love and Let It Kill You by Mark Manson on Finding Passion and Purpose in Life

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/find-what-you-love

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Jan 23, 2019

Helene Massicotte of Free To Pursue shares why respecting boundaries is a win/win/win.

Episode 1139: Why Respecting Boundaries Is A Win/Win/Win by Helene Massicotte of Free To Pursue on Healthy Relationship

Helene Massicotte blogs about living life on your terms and experiencing true personal freedom. She describes herself as a person in search of all that life has to offer and who has built a life that enables her to do just that. No more, no less. She chose to retire from corporate life in her mid-thirties because it wasn't in line with what she wanted anymore.

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Jan 22, 2019

Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist shares the freedom of authenticity and 7 of his biggest flaws.

Episode 1138: The Freedom of Authenticity (and 7 of My Biggest Flaws) by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist on Self Awareness

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.

The original post is located here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/i-am-flawed/

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