12 Responses to “Simplicity in Action: Joshua Millburn”


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  1. I’m sorry that you had to go through that rough patch to get where you are today. Happily you found that having less is more. We also traveled down the rabbit hole towards minimalism. We ended up selling our house and renting a smaller place closer to work. In addition to getting rid of stuff, we have also freed up time and money. I bet your journey has done the same for you. Thanks for sharing your story.

  2. Joshua,

    I am sorry this all happened to you, but if it didn’t, I would never have bought your book, read your essays, or followed your blog. I would not have begun to write my own story either (after all, I fell on my face just about as much as you). Thank you for all you do for all of us.

  3. A great story and inspiring words. Reading this makes me even more passionate about writing and the freedom that minimalism can bring. Thank you Joshua.

  4. It can be such an opportunity when things fall apart to find what’s really true and meaningful in life. Thanks for this perfect illustration.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your story, Joshua. I think that by sharing stories others can see the possibilities in their own life.

    This line really resonated wtih me: if you’re not growing, you don’t have much of yourself to give to others

    I was there once – about five years back. Working, couching, working, couching. Since my husband and I decided to take back our lives, we are experiencing happiness and growth we never could have imagined. Growth has been the key.

  6. Thanks for sharing a story that I find is becoming way too common in our world. Too many people fortunately are discovering that they are not living the life that they want and are correcting their path. The good thing is that we have so many resources online that we can refer to, when we feel that we are the only ones trying to live a different life. Sometimes living the different path can be lonely and unforgiving.

  7. It often is the darker times that lead to the greatest changes, isn’t it? Thank you for sharing your story.

  8. Thanks for sharing Joshua. I can certainly relate to your story, and, unfortunately, the desire to feel better by living in the consumer culture (and doing so with some drunken spending). Stories like yours are very motivation and part of the reason that I am starting to move in the direction of a simpler and happier life. Thanks.

  9. Joshua, at least you were able to figure out what was really important to you while still young in life. So many people do not realize that they were misguided until it is too late. Minimalism and simplicity create freedom.

    MarieG LifeSimplyBalanced.com

  10. Thanks for the kind words. Y’all’re awesome.


  11. It seems to always be in the falling apart that we find ourselves. Knowing that, I’m sometimes preemptively sad for my little brother, who hasn’t quite fallen apart yet.

  12. Inspirational writing, once again, by The Minimalists!

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