Last night in Regina, I finally got to meet two people that I have admired for a while Joshua Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus otherwise known as The Minimalists who were in town as part of their 100 city book tour for Everything That Remains. While they have a highly successful blog, I admire them for realizing their old lives sucked and wasn’t making them happy and then actually did something to change it.
In their case, the solution they came across was minimalism. So first they started getting rid of their excess stuff and they came to realize that that if you focus on what is useful and what you love you tend to actually change your life for the better. In the process they also reduced their cost of living as you can live on a lot less if you get rid of the excess that is what people have in the majority of their homes.
Then they both took it a step further and left their high paying corporate jobs to do more work on the things like cared about. That step is what I admire most about them. The jump off the cliff into a new career, which is sort of like I am planning to do, but unlike them I won’t require any money from the new line of work to support my lifestyle. So the their ideas are similar to mine, they just went about it a different fashion.
The book, Everything That Remains, if a memoir style book that tells their story of where they started out and then ended up after finding minimalism. What I liked most about the book was it was less of a ‘how to’ book but much more of a ‘why to’. Getting rid of stuff is actually fairly easy, the issue comes down to knowing why to do it. So I found learning what they thought about their situations and how they dealt with the emotions of the decisions. That is where I personally have been stuck myself for years, so I found the book inspiring and useful to ask myself some tough questions like:
- What do I deem as a successful life?
- Who is the person I want to become?
- What is truly important in my life?
These aren’t easy questions to answer and frankly I’m still working out the answers ever after I have been at it for a while. So I found the book an enjoyable read that also helped push me into doing a better self examination on my life. So I found the book helpful.
So overall it was great to meet them. They talk largely like they write and they are very nice guys. Also they were nice enough to sign my first edition of their book, so I’m kinda thrilled about that.