Book Review – Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

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Perhaps it’s the lure of spring, but I find myself on a minimalist cleaning spree. I’ve discovered the formula for a clean home: less stuff = less stress (I love it). Though I think I freaked out my husband when I suggested we sell our DVDs, most of my books, photography stuff, etc. Then I explained to him why I was spazzing out and he knowingly smiled (no worries, we still have the DVDs). Back to my point, so naturally what does any nerd do when on a new kick?! Read about it! I discovered this book while looking up blogs on minimalism.

The blog is theminimalists.com. Two 31 year old guys just like me (well 31, not the guy part), discovered deeper value in life than amassing stuff (aka stress bearing consumer crud). It’s a short read that follows their six figure salary, workaholic, empty lives to an eventual crossroads. They decided to follow the road less traveled (particularly by young folks) to find meaning in life beyond the tireless pursuit of wealth, possessions, and approval. I have to say this book got a little deep! I was especially surprised by the chapter on relationships. This book isn’t just about stuff but the pursuit of a quality life. This includes relationships and devoting energy to quality relationships rather than being lured by the black hole of negative and/or periphery relationships. Ever notice how a co-worker or acquaintance can have more impact on your happiness (or lack there of) than a spouse or loved one? No bueno! The book also described anchors, the things that weigh us down and prevent us from being free. Anchors can be debt, negative relationships, stuff, passionless careers, poor health (due to bad decisions), etc. The book is blunt and sincere and I’m glad I read it. You can check it out here.

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