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Joel Zaslofsky
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Frosty dogs + frosty lake + sunshine = A fantastic stroll through the dog park.
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+Donnie Maclurcan, do you think think we should ask +Kristian Bush to do this again on Free Money Day? Yes, I'm already making plans for September 15, 2015.

(Hat tip +Jeff Sandquist, DC and +Melissa Cave for the find).
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Absolutely! This is what happened for Free Money Day 2013 in Moerewa, New Zealand, where buskers Emma and Derek handed out money to people listening to their music :-)
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What if I can’t? What if I’m not ready for “this?”  These two questions paralyzed me for years. I desperately wanted to be like the amazing people who had empowering morning rituals – habits like meditation, exercise, visualization, affirmations – but …

What if I can’t? What if I’m not ready for “this?”

I finally (finally!) just broke through my self-imposed limits of creating a set of morning rituals and the results are profound.
I haven’t given up hours of sleep or sacrificed my relationships to do it. Instead, I’ve gained a ton like:

1) Beginning the day the way I always want to … with silence, darkness, and intention.
2) Turning meditation into a habit and receiving all the fantastic benefits that comes with it.
3) Learning how to consistently keep promises to myself (big ones and small ones).
4) Honoring the actions I’ve previously skipped when the world wanted too much from me, which lets me give so much more to the world.

I’m no wise man, but this Smart and Simple Matters episode is all about sharing my and others’ insight about morning rituals.

Meaningful morning rituals make the difference between feeling like the day is almost instantly out of control and slowing it down to match your preferred rhythm. They are the cornerstone of knowing what’s going on inside you before the outside world of email, Facebook, and the news comes knocking.

Morning rituals give us our daily strength, center us, and prepare us for whatever comes our way (expected or not). So before the kids, the Internet, and work show up to disrupt and reprioritize your day, get yourself ready.

Our thoughts, or their deliberate absence, drive everything we do and will be. Let's sculpt them like a fine artist.

Our brains and bodies have evolved to be pessimists. Let's show them why they don’t have to be fearful anymore.

Your kids are looking to push buttons. Give them levers that generate kindness instead.
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Wanna know my secret to feeling fully alive? It's called -30 windchill, walking on a frozen lake at the dog park, and being immersed in the natural world. Seriously.
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Feeling alive looks cold
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I absolutely loved +Brooke McAlary's "The A-Z of Simple Living" series. My personal favorites were "H is for Home, Not House," "M is for Meal Planning," and "W is for Wonderment." I highly suggest you get your free, pretty, and fantastic copy of this blog post series turned book. Then let me know what your favorites are.
Grab your free copy of The A-Z of Simple Living book today.
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This is what my Samsung Galaxy S4 screen looks like today. It's non-responsive and I'm tempted to do a factory reset (along with the hours of setting everything back up again). Do you have any advice before I consider paying to replace the screen or have someone assess my issue?
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Misha and Michael just started their website, but I can tell they know what they're doing from a design, content, and storytelling standpoint. I'm only part of their primary avatar (the minimalist part), but this Paleo dude is going to be paying attention to them for sure.
When did things get so complicated? More internet, more cars, more clothes, more drugs, more dinners, more alchohol, more television, more news, more negativity, more social media. More, more, more, more, more. This is what we’re up against as a society. More of everything. Let’s call it “The More Virus”. What impact does The More …
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Read this +George Monbiot opinion piece if you want to see just how easy it is to mock the democratic process and, as a bonus, destroy our planet. Here are some of the choice snippets:

"Among its outrageous and scarcely-debated provisions, slipped in by the government some time after parliamentary debates began, is a measure that undermines every claim it has made about preventing dangerous climate change. It is a legal obligation on current and future governments to help trash the world’s atmosphere."

"Researching Don’t Even Think About It, which I see as the most important book published on climate change in the past few years, George Marshall discovered that there has not been a single proposal, debate or even position paper on limiting fossil fuel production put forward during international climate negotiations."

"Were the world’s governments to regulate the wellhead rather than just the tailpipe, logistically the task would be a thousand times easier. Instead of trying to change the behaviour of 7bn people, they would need to control just a few thousand corporations."
George Monbiot: As a new report is published on the need to limit fossil fuel production to stop dangerous global warming, the UK is poised to pass an act committing governments to extracting as much oil out of the ground as possible
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I'm darn proud of the major updates to the new version of Experience Curating. And I'm humbled by the response to the $0.99 digital copy promo I'm running on Amazon right now.

That, and I'm grateful to all the fantastic folks who helped make this book worth writing. Yep ... I'm looking at you +Erin Kurup, +Robin Good, +Roderick Russell, +Betsy Talbot, +Joshua Becker, +Shanna Mann, +Julie van de Zande, +Amit Amin, +Maria Popova, +Digital Curation Centre (DCC), +Arianna Huffington, +Keith Ferrazzi and +Scott Dinsmore.
Experience Curating celebrates it's anniversary with a major new edition, time-sensitive $0.99 Amazon price (an 81% discount), and helping you gain focus, increase influence, and simplify your life. Download your copy right now.
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If you think that money makes the world go 'round, then study physics a bit (and listen to this episode). But money is a great tool and my guest for this episode, +Sophia Bera, helps people use it in unconventional ways. Maybe you'll pick up a thing or three?
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I just realized the (roughly annual) wonky WordPress thing that prevents my new podcast episode from getting sent downstream to iTunes happened. I didn't miss my every other week episode, folks! I have proof.

P.S. I referred to my "Wonky Website Technical Issues" document for the solution since I couldn't remember. The moral of the story? Standard operating procedures and instruction manuals are groovy.
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Despite all these wonderful product and services – advertised as making our lives “easier” and “happier” – the long-term trend is to a less healthy, more busy, and more sleep-deprived society than ever.

What if there was a simple solution that gave us back a sense of freedom? Something important beyond the freedom to choose which Greek yogurt brand to buy?

What if there was a way of life that allowed us to eat mindfully, connect meaningfully, and intentionally slow down … even in the world’s fastest cities?

Bill Powers, my guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode, is highly qualified to address these questions.
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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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Gender
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