There is not one single recipe for minimalism. However, there are many recipes which lead to a simple lifestyle. You can take different ingredients from the people who inspire you and create your own idea of a simplified life.
In this blog post I introduce you to a few of my favorite minimalists who keep inspiring me every single day. They have introduced me to this lifestyle and have unknowingly guided me and still do, to a more meaningful life.
If would like to start with a previous post about the definition of minimalism check out this link.
The Minimal Mum
The person behind The Minimal Mum is Dawn Madsen. She is a mother of four and married to Tom. When her kids were very young, she felt exhausted by having to manage so much stuff and it was difficult for her to keep the house tidy. After learning about minimalism, she started to declutter everything and many years later she and her family are still passionate about living a simple life.
“A pound of experiences is much more valuable than a pound of stuff.”
As a father of six kids, he definitely is a pro in family minimalism. He is the creator of the blog Zen Habits on which he talks about finding mindfulness and simplicity in the chaos of daily life. Additionally, he created a second blog about minimalism called mnmlist. He and his family show how it is possible to lead a simple lifestyle with kids.
“Be a curator of your life. Slowly cut things out until you’re left only with what you love, with what’s necessary, with what makes you happy.”
He is an author, traveler, podcast-host and speaks to audiences worldwide. Two of his greatest passions are traveling and learning new things about the world. Since 2009 he has been traveling full-time and often, he lets the readers of his blog decide where he should travel to for the next few months. To be able to move around freely he doesn’t own a lot of things and he earns money online mainly through writing and selling books, his speaking gigs and branding.
I am a huge fan of his work and love listening to his calm voice. His book “Some thoughts about relationships” totally changed my perspective on relationships.
“Our memories are not in our things. Our memories are in us.”
She is the creator of the fashion challenge “Project 333” and the website “Be more with less”. Before simplifying her life, she often felt tired, stressed and used to think she needed more to be happy. Through downsizing she became debt and clutter free and feels good about herself. Besides a minimalist she is a writer and photographer.
“Simplicity is the way back to love.” Courtney Carver
The people behind “The Minimalists” are Ryan Nikodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn. Their turning point to minimalism was when they felt discontent even though they seemed to have everything: huge houses, big cars and six-figure careers. To inspire others on their journey towards minimalism, they started a blog and eventually left the corporate world. Over the next ten years their community grew to more than 20 million people. Besides the blog they have a podcast, have been featured throughout the media, made two Netflix documentaries, gave many talks around the world and wrote four books.
“Love people. Use things. The opposite never works.” The minimalists
He is the creator of the site “Becoming Minimalist”. His journey to minimalism began when he was cleaning out his garage in his suburban home when his neighbor got him thinking if he actually needed that much stuff. He realized that instead of adding value to his life, his possessions were doing the opposite. When he and his family started to simplify their lives, they had more freedom, time, money, energy and they had the opportunity to pursue their passions. He is an author, has been featured throughout the media and writes articles.
“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” Joshua Becker
Matt is a YouTuber, documentary-filmmaker, passionate about personal-development and an entrepreneur. He is best known for producing the two Netflix documentaries with the minimalists. Besides hosting his own podcast, he created a course-platform called “Slow growth academy”.
Do you already know some of the people I mentioned? If not, you should really check them out. I hope you find as much value in their work as I do.