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Joel Zaslofsky
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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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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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"The twitch isn’t just one thing. It embodies all these things we do without doing them intentionally. – +Anthony Ongaro

If you listen to this new Smart and Simple Matters episode with Anthony, you'll learn:

■ The quick tricks Anthony uses to tame his smartphone and reclaim his attention.
■ How to change your relationship with clothing … one load of laundry at a time.
■ What sort of report made his eyes pop (and changed him forever).
■ How one game helped him and his wife remove 1,000 things in one month.
■ The seemingly endless – and surprising – benefits minimalism can give you.
■ Some great ways to create an “experimentally safe” environment for kids.
■ How to use the lean startup process to over-climb overcome your fears.
■ Why Anthony needed to meditate after the first date with his wife.
■ Which Disney song he and I are planning to sing a duet to.
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One of simple living, minimalism, and the slow life's finest voices will be literally sharing her voice with us soon. I'm super stoked for +Brooke McAlary's upcoming podcast – The Bloom – and she's curious about what you want her to discuss.

Leave a comment on her post (I did) and tell Brooke what direction would be helpful for you.
When I first launched this blog (back in 2011!) it was about creating a slow home – a holistic approach to building a life of contentment, balance and focus on the important things. As part of the process of creating our slow home I began writing about my decluttering efforts and found a large group of readers …
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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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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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Want a free ticket to the #SimpleREV 2015 event in Minneapolis, MN on October 2-3? Create a proposal for a workshop or REV Talk and let's see what kind of simple you've got to help our community learn and connect.
Find all the information you need to potentially lead a SimpleREV event workshop.
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If you're in the western part of North America between May 1 and June 25, check out +Joshua Fields Millburn, +Ryan Nicodemus, +Colin Wright, +Shawn S. Mihalik's and Co.'s WordTasting tour. I'm bummed I won't be around for a stop ... but I really hope you'll join these fantastic dudes in a town near you.

Here's the description:

"Not just a book reading, not just another event—a meaningful experience. Asymmetrical Press’ team of talented authors is hitting the road in May and June for a WordTasting Tour across the western United States and Canada. From minimalism and travel to storytelling, humor, and live music, this tour provides a taste of something for everyone."
Come get a taste of something meaningful...
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I loved this because +Sash Milne is truly at the intersection of community and simple living – exactly what #SimpleREV embodies. Here are some snippets (but I encourage you to explore the whole thing):

"A year ago, I had a crazy idea. Not a new idea in the grand scheme of things, but I pretty radical idea in my own world. At the beginning of 2014, I vowed to go one whole year without buying anything new ... During the first half of this year, we shed a lot of our old things in the search for a simpler life. And then in the middle of the year we moved out of our home and started to live with no fixed address. Then, as if the year had passed at a million miles an hour, it was over. Doing the Nothing New Project brought me a lot of amazing opportunities. I became a part of a strong, tight knit, imperfect community full of passionate people.

Whilst I first started the project as a kind of personal activism against consumerism, it occurred to me quickly that this project was actually about something much bigger. It was about building community. When we have a strong, tight-knit community of people around us, our need to consume dramatically decreases without us doing much at all. We are suddenly able to borrow things we would have previously bought. We are able to exchange and, with every exchange, we have the opportunity to connect. Through those connections, we build relationships and, with those relationships, communities are born.

A community is a place where the desire to share is greater than the desire to own."

(Hat tip +Joshua Becker)
Sash Milne just survived a whole year of buying nothing. It's changed her life... for the better.
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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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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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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