Weekend Reads


There are many wonderful people pursuing and promoting simplicity. Fortunately, some of them are gifted in communication and choose to encourage and inspire us with their words. I enjoy reading their perspective. I’m sure you will too.

Delete it. | Jon Acuff’s Blog by Jon Acuff. What if we macheted our calendars until only the most important things remained? It’s possible. And more than that, it’s powerful.

Saying No is Really Saying Yes | Guy Named Dave by Sarah Chia. Sarah reminds us why priorities matter. And why saying no to one thing is the same as saying yes to another.

Do You Find Yourself Falling for These 12 Familiar Myths about Clutter? | The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. A helpful list for someone who needs extra motivation to journey towards simplicity. Also, a helpful list for anyone who needs extra encouragement to continue along it.

Those People | Seth Godin by Seth Godin. Every human being holds potential to become generous, original, and inspiring. And the more often we remind ourselves this truth about others, the more often we begin to believe it about ourselves.

A special thanks to each of you in the Becoming Minimalist community. This past week, the Becoming Minimalist Facebook Page passed 25,000 members and Twitter followers exceeded 10,000. Both are quite impressive milestones. May the opportunity to inspire others to discover minimalism continue to expand.

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Joshua Becker

About Joshua Becker

Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
Bestselling author of Simplify & Clutterfree with Kids.

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  1. says

    I really should read this one: Saying No is Really Saying Yes | Guy Named Dave by Sarah Chia.
    I’ve just wrote a post about it, because for me that’s really hard to do. We think we can do everything so there’s the tendency to say yes, even if later (as snow ball effect) some important things may get behind. It’s a very good and powerful lesson indeed.
    Thanks for the recommended readings

  2. lynne says

    Great great reads. I do not want to toot my own horn, but I have created a blog about my process to becoming minimalist. I have just started; I am in what I call “the purging and donation phase”. It is helpful for me to watch my progress. I have a ways to go but I am enjoying it.

    Joshua, I been reading your writings lately, since you have insight on doing this with children. I have a 14 year old, and she is going into this kicking and screaming. But she is very quickly got use to not having cable. So I am making adjustment with her, so her process will be slower than mine.

    • joshua becker says

      Thanks Lynne. Where can we find your blog?

      Be sure to show plenty of grace and patience with your daughter. As I try to remind myself, “I didn’t fully understand the beauty of minimalism until I was 33, it’s a bit unfair for me to expect my kids to understand it right away.”

  3. The Newest Member says

    Hey Josh! I just wanted to thank you for this blog. I am an almost sixteen year old writer who has just began my journey into to minimalism. Your blog has really helped me. So far I have gotten rid of tons of junk and only watch about 2 hours of TV a week, cut down my closet to 49 articles of clothing, have gone pretty much all natural with my food, and stopped spending so much money (I opened a savings account). I feel really good about this and would like to take the next step but I am unsure about what that is, seeing as I still live with my parents, and share a room with my four-year-old sister. This is definitley more then just a phase for me. Any advice?

  4. Mark JD says

    Thank you for this website, the message resonates clearly in my life. For 17 years I have given everything in pursuit of the “American Dream” of a big house with a two-car garage and white picket fence, and now my life is falling apart. I gave my wife everything she said she wanted and each year I felt we were getting further from what we really needed – life, meaning, wisdom. It is time for me to explore new paths.

  5. says

    These are all great blogs by incredible writers. As a writer and writer coach, I have grown to appreciate the clarity exhibited by these kinds of posts. Some people say a lot in a few words. Others say little in thousands of words. Our writing should reflect the minimalism that our lifestyles celebrate. Thanks for sharing these.

  6. says

    Hey, Joshua,
    Thanks for generosity in sharing these links. Much appreciated.
    I’ve been intentionally living simply since reading an article in Co-Evolution Quarterly in the summer of ’77. Wrote a book about integrating Simplicity and Success. But over the years, it’s easy to get set in one’s ways. And reading your stuff refreshes me, stretches me and gets me thinking about new ways to share the “own less, live more” approach. Plus, getting references to others with different takes on this challenge is a bonus.
    I do appreciate your generosity.

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