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Joel Zaslofsky
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Would you ever turn your smartphone into a dumb one? +aly d. chase has and it's a great experiment to do at any age. Here's a snippet:

"I’m breaking up with apps. No more walking around zombie-style for this girl ... At the end of 40 days I will start to add apps back in, one at a time, only as I need/want them. This process will challenge me to evaluate what adds to my life and what’s just cluttering and distracting."
My phone contract is up this month. Oh, the possibilities! I was all set to trade in my aging iPhone for a brand new, shiny, dinosaur of a flip phone. An fPhone.
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Clever, insightful, funny, less than two minutes and ... +Mike Burns, folks. What's not to like?
 
"The more significant efforts have been those smaller daily decisions to value people over things." – +Mike Burns

Our SimpleREV pal, Mike, recently sent us a great What Simple Living Means to Me video. And in typical Mike style, he br-break br-breaks it down in a supplemental post on The Other Side of Complexity.

Have two minutes today? Watch Mike explain what simple living means to him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3gICpsezkE&index=11&list=PLC1GfcOpCl0J9rdAj7HdyVhdABuFrWRpP
“Simple Living” means different things to different peo…
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The Experience Curator is for folks who don't want to sort and filter through my spreadsheets for the groovy stuff I see, hear, taste, and touch. It will be a regular thing on Value of Simple if you tell me you dig it. And if you don't, well ... there's always spreadsheets. :)

Hat tip to +Mark Sisson, +Tony Robbins, +Joshua Becker, +Richard Millington, +Aaron Kennard, +Daphne Clarke-Hudson, and +Colin Wright for creating awesome stuff for me to highlight.
The Experience Curator – first edition – features the crucial difference between common and normal, an inspiring origin story from rural Jamaica, Tony Robbins high-fiving Al Gore, and a hilarious story about something you probably thought went extinct: the butt-dial.
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I'm encouraged and pleased when I hear that younger folks are intentionally deciding not to have kids. +Saul OfHearts has some intriguing reasons why he doesn't expect to have children and I'm on-board with his reasoning.

There's a lot to think about and discuss in his post for the rational and emotional sides of our brains. The math, temporary or permanent limitations, and responsibility just don't add up sometimes ... and that's a good thing in my book.
    I change my mind about things pretty frequently. One day I’m excited about being location independent, the next I’m thinking how great it would be to settle down in Portland for good. Over the holidays, I went down to the dog shelter and almost adopted a dog. I’m glad I didn’t — I can barely keep track of my own comings and goings, never mind another living being.     Recently, it’s beginning to dawn on me that, as inevitable as it...
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My goodness, it's amazing to know that a group like +Me Simple is out there. They are a bit more nature-focused than SimpleREV, but I could find 99 similarities for every 1 difference. If the intersection of community-building and simple living is your kind of dealio, look into these folks. And look deep.

Thanks +Colin Wright for making me aware of MeSimple.
MeSimple showcases people who have become extraordinary examples of fulfilled lives through simplification and a deep connection with nature.
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+Andrea Imsdahl, +Sarah Wehkamp, and I are super stoked to have +Farnoosh Brock joining us for SimpleREV 2015. And I have the same question that she has: will you join us? 
 
I'm going to speak at SimpleREV 2015. Will you be there? Thank you +Joshua Becker and +Joel Zaslofsky  for putting this together. 
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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Woo-hoo!
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Hey folks! I'm looking for an individual or small business that can help me with "the works" for my podcast. In other words, I want to record my episodes, put the raw .wav files in Dropbox, and have a draft of the show notes ready to review in WordPress a few days later.

Do you know a person or small team that offers post-production services for preferably all these things (or at least most of them)? I'd like editing, copy writing, and WordPress know-how all rolled up into one.

1) All of the post-production after recording. That includes editing in a standard intro and outro music file, piecing together segments of the core podcast content itself, and editing in a variable intro and outro verbal file (i.e. me talking for a few minutes before the core content and then wrapping up the show at the end).

2) Normalizing the volume, exporting the raw .wav file as an MP3 with specific iTunes export settings, and tagging the MP3.

3) Writing a draft of the show notes – including a few potential headlines for the episode title – uploading the show notes to WordPress (formatted either before or after upload) based on a provided template, configuring back-end WordPress options (e.g., WordPress SEO fields and doing a Google Adwords search for the best keyword to target), setting up a PrettyLink in WordPress for the episode, emailing my guest with details about the episode once it’s live, doing whatever Patreon requires when you publish new content, and a couple of other potentially small tasks.

I know. That's the whole kit-and-caboodle. And it's asking a lot for a single person to rock all those tasks or have a team within a single business do them.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations you have on my big needs.
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+Stop Riding the Pine, thanks for referring me to Carey. I'm curious though: do you have details about that "product" you mentioned launching next month to handle my kind of needs? I can't see how you could create a product out of all the services I need, but maybe I'm missing something.

+The Human Experience Podcast, I'm going to line someone up in the next month. Feel free to check-in with me in early June to see how things are going.

+Carey Green, I sent you a note and I'm sure we'll connect soon.

+Golden Spiral Media, yep, I'm still looking for help. And after checking out your website, you definitely offer what I need. Unfortunately, your pricing structure doesn't work for the amount and type of work I need. I'll keep a note of your team and let other folks I run into know that you're out there.  
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Have you ever felt the potentially dream-crushing pressure to pick a job and stick with it until you either retire or die? I have, and that conventional path totally doesn’t work for multipotentialites.

Wait … multi-potential-whats? Read an article by Puttylike’s +Emilie Wapnick and you too can learn how to “smoosh” your interests, passions, and skills into the grooviest creative work you’ll ever do.

P.S. This resource is just one of many in the latest edition of #TheExperienceCurator at http://valueofsimple.com/the-experience-curator-second-edition/.
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This gets a "Woot!" +Warren Talbot and +Betsy Talbot have just opened registration for their Declutter Clinic again. I've seen it, used it, and totally know the results it gets.

Context: Declutter Clinic is a self-paced, multi-media course designed to help you get rid of the junk and get on with your life. The two awesome folks behind it have a goal to help you realize your life dreams, not label and neatly box your life.

I'm a proud affiliate for their course and you can discover the details through my link if you like – http://valueofsimple.com/dclinic – or directly through their website. How you get it doesn't matter to me if you truly need it.
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There's nobody I trust more to help with a personal or business #multipotentialite brand than +Emilie Wapnick. And she's teamed up with the sassy, classy, and insightful +Michelle Nickolaisen to bring you a Multi-Passionate Branding course. It's even 30% off until 11:59 p.m. PDT on April 1.

Fellow multipods: I recommend you check this out.
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I haven't read fiction since I was required to in college courses. But after finishing Ender's Game – a Sci-Fi book that I give a 11 out of 10 to – my library hold list is now flush with fiction.

First up: Speaker for the Dead, the follow-up to Ender's Game. I want to experience the feeling of being possessed by a book again and it might come soon.

How 'bout you, eh? When's the last time you felt possessed by a book?
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Ender's Game is one of my favorites! SftD and the next two books are as good or better, IMO. Also, Ender's Shadow. The series does trail off a bit after that though.
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What would it feel like to get a cold water shower that changes everything … just four months into a marriage? Does it have to take years and years to become debt-free, work from anywhere, and travel as freely as the wind?

These are the questions that my guests, +ticoandtina, faced as a family and are helping others answer now.

Join us for this Smart and Simple Matters episode to learn about:

1) How to make life happen for you instead of happen to you.
2) The mysterious link between productivity and a slow, minimalist lifestyle.
3) How to love yourself (and others) by embracing your inner tensions.
4) The meaning of “streamlining” and how it supports a simple life.
5) Why there’s more to life than meeting your obligations.
6) How to (figuratively) make room for flowers to bloom and remove your weeds.
7) Why simplicity still needs a whole lot of simplifying.
8) Some small slices of simple advice that can work for anyone.
9) The intriguing link between agility and simplicity.
10) How to become a pro at car dance parties.

And a quote from the episode: "Simplicity is about being able to change direction quickly and, when the opportunity presents itself, being able to hit ‘it’ with everything you have." – David
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Small Business Owner
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I have a few. Among them are curating, simplifying, organizing, making wicked spreadsheets, rockin' at personal finance and enjoying the unsexy skills of life.
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  • Value of Simple
    Owner, present
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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