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Joel Zaslofsky
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I've been told people would want to know that #SimpleREV 2015 tickets are now only $199 ($100.00 less than before). Do with that what you will (including nothing and saying, "Oh, heck yes!").

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When: October 2-3
Where: The McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis
Who: An intimate community of groovy simple living enthusiasts
Why: Because people need the magic of in-person connecting and community-building
How: Workshops, peer conference sessions, teaching each other, sharing meals, and more
Get your SimpleREV 2015 tickets here or get on the email list to be notified when SimpleREV 2016 tickets are available.
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I had an exciting SimpleREV 2015 event planning chat last night with my co-host, +Anthony Ongaro, and we can now invite you more heartily than ever to join us on October 2-3 in Minneapolis for our second-ever SimpleREV event.

P.S. If you want to come but don't think you can, is there something we might do to make saying "Yes!" easier?
Get your SimpleREV 2015 tickets here or get on the email list to be notified when SimpleREV 2016 tickets are available.
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I'm thrilled that +Courtney Carver is going to hang out with me on Thursday for a webinar (http://simplerev.com/courtney-carver-august-2015-webinar/) and with SimpleREVers on October 2-3 at SimpleREV 2015.

But did you know she wants to hang out with you, too? Read her blog post about how she'll waive her speaking fee for the first 5 requests and the context.
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If you've been itching to get into Live Your Legend Local, there's a short, one-week window to express your interest in becoming the host in your town (or teaming up with hosts already doing their thing near you).

I've been hosting LYL Local action in Minneapolis/St. Paul for two years and it's one of the best things I've ever done. The transformations I've seen ... the deep friendships I've made ... the awesome collaborations that have come together ... it's super worth it.

Besides, +Scott Dinsmore is behind it, so you know it's gotta rock.
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What I want to do today: listen to podcast episodes, curate, go through my RSS feed backlog (a.k.a. consume a ton). What I will do today: make food for friends who just had a baby, meditate, prep for my webinar with +Courtney Carver, edit and write show notes for my Monday podcast episode, and chat on Skype with two cool people – the super +Shanna Mann being one of them (a.k.a. create and connect).

How are you going to be a creative force today?
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I've been guilty of this so many times. But it happens less and less the more mindful I become and the more simple my relationships get.
 
We seek out the sympathy of others because it's easier being a victim than taking responsibility for decisions we - and only we - have made. ‪#‎thoughts
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+Pamela Slim + Minneapolis on September 17 + Awesome Community-Building People = I'm in. If you're in MSP, consider joining me from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for this gang-buster super workshop.
Indispensable Community Tour. Build your network, build your business, build your confidence. Every November, I watch tens of thousands of people participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and see them encourage each other to write 50000 words in 30 days.
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I learned at World Domination Summit last month how much easier intimacy can be with strangers. But it's authenticity and vulnerability with friends and family that's most important.

And that's why I just published my most raw, brutal, and hopefully inspiring podcast episode yet. I'm simultaneously hoping you do and don't listen (if that's possible).

Big-time thanks to +Joshua Becker and his blog post, "The Freedom of Authenticity and 7 of My Biggest Flaws" (http://www.becomingminimalist.com/i-am-flawed/) – among other people and resources (e.g., +Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking) – for giving me the giant kick in the pants I needed to finally say some of these things publicly.

Other hat tips go to +Mike Hrostoski, +Leo Babauta, and +Brene Brown for modeling the courage and clarity to reveal what they were withholding, too.
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On climate change: "If you want to discourage a harmful trade, you must address it at both ends: production and consumption. Of the two, production is the most important."

When will this +George Monbiot perspective become conventional wisdom? For all our sakes, I hope it's soon ...
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Who's this article for? You. Me. Everyone.

The nuance and science behind this post is amazing. The linked research is solid, the history lessons are eye-opening, and the visuals are compelling. They even dispel the biggest objections right away in the preface to the long article by saying, "Keep in mind that we're floating a hypothesis here, not claiming causality. And we think it's solid, as it appears to work in every single obesity / disease 'paradox' worldwide we can think of."
This is the promised greatly expanded post that we touched on here: How Food Enrichment Made Us Fat, Diabetic, and Chronically …
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We now have a date, time, platform, theme, and name for our webinar with +Courtney Carver. Will you join us live, watch the replay, share the grooviness on social media, or sit this one out?

P.S. It's August 13 at 10:30 a.m. Central on G+ Hangouts (which you don't need to know to watch or engage) and you can register for free here: http://simplerev.com/courtney-carver-august-2015-webinar/
Join Courtney Carver of Be More with Less and SimpleREV's Joel Zaslofsky for a webinar that explores how feeling busy makes us act busy, how to end the endless game of catching up, why we feel compelled to show how busy we are (and why it's so dangerous), and much more.
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Edit 07/29/2015: The RSS feed issue was due to a caching problem with my WordPress plugin. Angelo to the rescue once again!

Can you help me with an RSS feed issue? I'm starting to think I have a fundamental misunderstanding of how podcast RSS feeds should work and do work. +Shawn Thorpe and +Angelo Mandato helped recently with a permanent redirect from Feedburner to http://valueofsimple.com/feed/podcast/, which I did two weeks ago and just verified is working properly.

However, I'm still not getting new episode notifications in Feedly, iTunes, or anywhere else – most recently with my new episode on Monday.

The frustrating thing is that I can see Monday's new episode in the RSS feed (http://valueofsimple.com/feed/podcast/) when I bring it up in a web browser. It's just not getting pushed downstream properly or there's some technical issue on the receiving end in Feedly/iTunes that doesn't register the new episode.

Do you know what the core issue is based on my info in this thread? There's more context in a G+ Community thread from last month here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JoelZaslofsky/posts/JT64M1rsMUS

Thanks in advance for the help, fellow podcasting pals!
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No problem!

Just checked your iTunes listing, it's now up to date: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/smart-simple-matters-podcast/id545208089?mt=2 
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Small Business Owner
Skills
I have a few. Among them are curating, simplifying, organizing, making wicked spreadsheets, rockin' at personal finance and enjoying the unsexy skills of life.
Employment
  • Value of Simple
    Owner, present
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Male
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Married
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I'm just trying to live an intentional life and add more fuel to my personal renaissance. I'm also a father, husband, minimalist, Experience Curator, simplicity lover, atheist, self-awareness seeker, philosopher, experimenter, obsessive spreadsheet creator, supportive friend, and consumed with helping others.
Introduction
My goal is to provide help for a simplified, organized, and money wise life. Fun, quirkiness, curating, spreadsheets, connecting, and more are all part of the plan. You can learn more in the Start Here page at Value of Simple: http://valueofsimple.com/start-here/.

To discover more about me in 10 minutes than it would otherwise takes years to uncover, check out my Personal User Guide: http://valueofsimple.com/Joels-Personal-User-Guide.

I've also co-founded an event/movement called SimpleREV. Join our community if you're looking for an amazing group of simple living enthusiasts: http://simplerev.com/.
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Communications, 1997 - 2001