5 Ways to Share Simplicity and Minimalism

Once you begin to experience the benefits of simplicity and minimalism, it’s natural to want to share what you are learning and hope to help other people in your life.

The only problem with that is people generally don’t enjoy being convinced or converted. We do like to be inspired and educated, but the life choices we make are better when we make them for ourselves. This goes for friends and extended family as well as the people who live with you.

 

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1. Live by example.
When people ask me how to get their family “on board” with simplicity, I advise them to stay focused on their journey and their stuff. In a Q & A webinar I hosted for the Dress with Less course, my response to “How do you help people see the joy in less?” was simply, “The best way to help people see the joy in less is to be joyful with less.”

When you see a friend that’s lost a lot of weight, you ask them how they did it. When you notice that a co-worker has more confidence and appears happier at work, you want to know why. Be a living demonstration of the things that mean most to you and people will invite you to share your experience.

 

2. Use your social networks.
Use your social networks to connect and inspire.

  • Facebook: Join the Be More with Less Facebook page and other pages that inspire simple living. Facebook only shares the information they think you want to see based on your activity. Show Facebook that you care about updates from pages you choose to like, by engaging. Comment, like and share posts from the pages you like the most. If there are pages you don’t care about, unlike them and make space for the good stuff.
  • Twitter: This is the best social media platform for direct communication and answers to your questions from simplicity authors and others. Follow me, @bemorewithless, and start a conversation. If Twitter seems confusing, don’t worry about knowing it all. Simply start your question with the name of the person you want to chat with and ask anything. For example:

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When I see that, I’ll respond with what worked best for me and just like that, we’ve made a connection.

  • Instagram. This is where I share my Project 333 looks, and will be sharing travel images from a big trip I’m taking in March. Instagram is a great place to share photography and the daily beauty of a simple life.

I’m not suggesting that you have to be everywhere, but choose the social media channels that you already visit and use them in a meaningful way.

 

3. Give books.
Read and share, or gift a book about simplicity to your loved ones and let them explore on their own. They can experiement with Mini-Missions for Simplicity, Learn that You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap) and finally be Clutterfree.

 

4. Join the tour.
Bring a friend or family member to meet Ryan and Joshua from The Minimalists. They are on a 100 City tour in 2014 and tickets are free. I’ll be joining them in Boise and Salt Lake City and would love to meet you.

 

5. Start a blog.
If you want to share a message to help others, start a blog. I’m working on something new to help beginning bloggers. Please answer this 3 question survey if you just started or want to start a blog.

 

If you are ready to share, it can be as simple as forwarding a blog post via email, retweeting something that inspires simplicity, or a gentle dinner conversation. If you are just getting started on your simplicity journey and aren’t ready to share, stay focused on absorbing information and implementing what you learn. Connect with like-minded people and enjoy the ride.

When your friends and family are ready, be there for them.

And, as always, let me know whenever I can be helpful.

 

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Living by example is so powerful, isn’t it! I’m not perfect, but I’ve moved toward greater simplicity and I think it speaks volumes when someone does this.

    • Courtney Carver says

      It’s been the most powerful step in almost any change for me Sandra. (and never about perfection)

  2. says

    Wonderful post Courtney :)

    I try and talk up simplicity as much as possible when I am amongst those I know and even those I don’t. And I do indeed live by example.

    I will be seeing Ryan and Joshua in Montreal sometime in July and looking forward to hearing them speak and hopefully shaking a hand or two :)

    I also started a blog on simplicity back in late May and have tried to spread the word through that avenue as well. It’s only been six months but it keeps on growing!!

    As for social media. I plan on starting a facebook page and twitter to add to my blog. We’ll see how those work.

    Thanks for all your efforts as well and for getting the word out to so many folk who are interested in learning about creating a more simple way of living.

    Take care and all the best.

    Lyle

    • Courtney Carver says

      Thanks Lyle, You’ll really enjoy meeting Ryan and Joshua and the other people that come out to the event. Congrats on your blog. I highly recommend starting with one social media channel at a time. It gives you a chance to connect with people and generate momentum without being overwhelmed. Good luck and thanks for sharing the simplicity message!

  3. says

    Dear Courtney,
    thank you for the inspiration and the effort to share the experience. Living with less has changed the way I feel, live and love. It has taken almost every fear out of my life and for the first time I feel free. Living without being programmed for consumerism is like finally making your own decisions.

    I am spreading the word and I hope I can inspire others too…just like you xoxo
    Anna

  4. says

    Hi Courtney. I have a questions about leading by example. Sometimes when I make positive changes in my life, I notice a wee bit of resentment from others who are close to me. Instead of being inspired, I sometimes see people engaging in opposite behavior, possibly to make a point. For example: If I wake up early and work on my morning routine, somebody else may sleep in and then complain that I make them feel inadequate. Is this a temporary resentment, do you think?

  5. says

    Hi Courtney! Great post, thank you. I’ve been pursuing a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle for the past twelve months and have found it to be a wonderful way to live. I’m also currently completing my Masters in Sustainability and am learning so much that I have recently started up a blog to share what I am learning with others. It’s only in the initial stages, but I hope it will ultimately grow and encourage others to adopt similar practices!

    When it comes to leading by example, one of the challenges that I have come across is that I simply don’t talk about the positive gains in our life for fear of making others feel bad. For example, we now have no debt, are able to freely give to charities that we care about, our house is incredibly easy to clean and we have stacks of spare time, but it’s difficult to share these things without coming across as boastful. I don’t want to judge others, but I do want to show them how much joy can be gained through less! Any tips on tackling this?