In this episode, I explore the definition of intentional living, my minimalism journey, and what Break the Twitch is all about.
When we moved in together three years ago, Amy and I decided not to get cable TV. We have certainly seen the benefits many times over and haven’t regretted the decision for one second. Check out these reasons why I think you should do the same.
In this vlog, I speak with Joshua Becker of becoming minimalist about his event-opening talk at SimpleREV 2015, the benefits of minimalism, and how we can find the quickest path to happiness by helping others.
Super grateful for the opportunity to sit down and chat with this guy, for all the inspiration he provides to this community, and his willingness to hang out on the vlog. Enjoy the video.
In the video we mention:
- The Hope Effect (A new nonprofit)
- Becoming Minimalist (Joshua’s blog that likely needs no introduction)
- SimpleREV (The simple living event that we talk about, happened this last weekend in Minneapolis)
- Joel Zaslofsky (The main brain behind SimpleREV, and my 2015 event co-host)
Have a great week everyone!
This week I’m heading to a bike sharing conference in Chicago and thought it would be fun to show how I pack my bag. Whenever possible, I pack using only a backpack and carry-on everything with me. I’ve found it makes my life significantly easier when flying as there is almost no risk of losing luggage this way. In this video I show what I pack for a three day (business) trip and give a quick review of my Tortuga Air backpack.
As a note, I was not compensated by Tortuga Backpacks for this. Don’t buy it unless you truly don’t have any other reasonable solution. If you have to buy something, this bag is pretty good and cheaper than many other comparable bags.
In the video I mention:
So what do you think? What might you bring that I didn’t, or vise versa?
You don’t have to force yourself into a box to see the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle. Here are my thoughts about rational minimalism, what it means to me, and how Amy and I have designed our lifestyles to reflect our ideal goals.
In the video I mention:
- Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist
- The Hope Effect, a nonprofit organization that’s going to change the world.
Do you have a particular brand of minimalism? What philosophy best reflects your ideals and lifestyle goals?
Well, after a short hiatus we’re back (and hopefully better than ever). For the week that I wasn’t writing on Break the Twitch, I was busy turning 30! Amy and I celebrated my birthday last Saturday in our backyard with a great group of friends. It really has seemed like time is flying faster than ever. I do want to sit back and take some time to reflect on everything that has happened even in the last few months, and I will soon. Right now, I want to tell you a bit more about how we’re celebrating my 30th birthday.
Break the Twitch evolved out of the frustration I felt when I wasn’t able have experiences along with people I care about. All those times that family members wanted to go somewhere for a vacation together and I wasn’t really quite able to pull it off. It always seemed like I just didn’t have enough money to make those big purchases like plane tickets or hotel stays. It turned out, that I was trading lots of small impulse purchases for those meaningful travel experiences I so desperately wanted. Brown boxes would arrive at my office almost every day. Maybe fifteen dollars spent on a cable, or a gadget, forty dollars on something else. It didn’t seem like much because they were all low-priced items. Unfortunately, it was the collective total that was preventing me from doing the things that truly mattered to me. Those experiences I desperately wanted to have were always just slightly out of reach.
In December of 2014, everything changed. Amy and I started the great purge. We started selling off everything we could and donating the rest. We played minsgame at first, and then just continued on our own. Most importantly, I stopped wasting money on things I didn’t truly need. Through embracing minimalism I quickly realized that I already have everything I need to live a happy life. Nothing that comes in a box from an online shopping website was going to make me any happier than I already chose to be. Do you know what would make me happier? Finding a way to give back.
All of this excitement came to a thrilling peak when I was presented with an incredible opportunity. In late 2014 I had learned about the beginnings of a new nonprofit called The Hope Effect, started by a friend of mine, with a mission to change the way the world cares for orphans. I said that I wanted to help, and in May that opportunity literally took flight. Due to our lifestyle changes, I was able to buy a flight to Honduras to volunteer my time taking photos, videos and learn about La Providencia – an orphanage in Siguatepeque, Honduras that is on the leading edge of orphan care. I spent three days meeting teachers, staff, house parents and the amazing children that lived there. I was absolutely blown away by the quality of education the children were given, the love that I saw in their parents eyes, and the quality of facilities there.
For my 30th birthday, I’m holding a fundraiser to help The Hope Effect build another home at La Providencia. That means more house parents and more orphans moving into this wonderful place. I made the below video to help explain why this is so important to me – it’s short, please give it a watch.
We’re already almost halfway to my goal of $3,000 now – so we don’t have far to go. The best part of this, is that every single dollar contributed will go directly towards orphan care. If you feel inspired to join me in this endeavor, I encourage you to do so. Whether it’s five dollars or five hundred, it makes a huge difference when we all come together towards a cause as important as this one. Whether it’s a donation, a share on social media, or telling a friend – it all helps.
If you’re interested, you can support my fundraiser here. As always, I appreciate your time, attention, and care.