Minimalism is Contageous

May 27, 2010 by

One of my good friends Dave threatened to punch me in the nose the other day and I loved it.  This threat came in the form of a comment from him because I had gotten him addicted to looking up/researching/reading some minimalism blogs.   I know exactly how he feels, and he’s not going to like this post because I’m going to share with you a lot of great resources that inspire me.

I’m not a minimalist.  Not yet.  I don’t ever plan on reducing my possessions to less than 100 things, but that story is for another post.  I’m all about living a simple life (hence TrulySimple.com).  I’m big on reducing waste, eliminating clutter, and filing our lives up with those things that truly matter.  I love this stuff.  I love getting rid of crap I don’t need.  I love fixing or restoring something old and making it new and fresh again.  I love finding the simple way to do something and sharing that with others.  And its working.

People catch on to this stuff.  My friend Dave is hooked now.  I can tell.  My next door neighbor saw my garden and is now building his own.

People are tired of being busy.  They are tired of buying things they don’t need.  I believe people are searching for this simple life and its starting to catch on.

I’ve been on this path for a long time, but only recently have the flood gates opened up and I’ve been introduced to so many great people, blogs and resources that I was inspired to create TrulySimple.com.

I want to thank those people and introduce you to their great work:

Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

Ree is amazing.   Martha Stewart has nothing on her.  She lives in the middle of nowhere on a working cattle ranch, chasing her children around, taking amazing pictures and cooking some of the most amazing things you’ll ever see.  Her along with Jamie Oliver have inspired me to do the cooking part of TrulySimple.

All of her recipes look like the most amazing thing you’ll ever eat.  Be careful visiting her blog will cause you to spend hours there drooling.  Here is one her latest recipes I haven’t made yet, but it looks amazing and I will.

Tim Ferris, The Four Hour Work Week

I met Tim right when he first was launching his book several years ago at SXSW and loved what he had to say.  The simplicity of his ideas, such as putting off your dreams now due to what might happen someday.  I especially like how he details out how inexpensive living your dreams really are. I recommend reading 4 Hour Work Week as well.

Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity

World traveler, and entrepreneur, Chris shows and inspires many as to what can be done when you think outside the system.  He has a great writing style and some great ideas on how to achieve success doing what you love.  One thing I’ve really gotten out of his site is how to do a personal annual review of yourself. Also recommend reading his manifesto.

Tammy StrobelRowdy Kittens

Tammy writes about living a simple life and creating social change through simple living.  She is car-free and has some great posts on her site. One thing I love to do that she recently wrote about is exploring your own backyard.  Check it out.

Everett Bogue, Far Beyond The Stars

Everett shows how easy it is to live with a minimal amount of “things” and how to get the most out of that lifestyle.  His blog inspires others to look at the minimalist lifestyle.  One of my favorite posts of his explores Leo Babauta’s post on society re imagined.

Ashley AmbirgeThe Middle Finger Project

Ashley does what I love and questions everything.  The status quo, the American dream, its all up in the air and up for debate with The Middle Finger Project.  One of the posts I really liked on her blog was about proving that you are not a robot.  Well worth the read.

Leo Babauta, ZenHabitsMnmlist

Leo is truly amazing.  His Zen Habits blog has some amazing posts, but its his Mnmlist site that truly inspires me. His recent posts on society re-imagined struck a deep chord with me on ideas I’ve been thinking about for way too long and have not yet put into action.   I will have some of these ideas put into writing soon and hopefully into action as well.  Part 2 of his society re-imagined is a good follow up.  Please please please read those two posts and think about them.

Leo also provides a good list of links to check out.

I hope you will take a minute out of your busy day, take a deep breath, and read something good from one of those authors.

I hope they inspire you as they have inspired me.  Sorry Dave…

Ben…

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  • http://twitter.com/wherespaul Paul Caridad Sanchez

    Love the list of bloggers you put together. I remember I discovered Tim Ferris through you when you had him speak at divx. Tammy Strobel looks like a great find! Just saw a few of her posts and I can say I'm hooked :)