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Do you ever feel like you have too much stuff?  What would it be like if you kept things simple?

Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus asked themselves those questions and got answers.  They are now known as The Minimalists.

Millburn and Nicodemus were best friends in elementary school, growing up in Ohio.  They moved beyond their troubled pasts and as they grew up they climbed the corporate ladder becoming extremely successful at a young age.  With their six-figure salaries, they had everything money could buy, but they weren’t happy.   They knew they needed to make a change, and that’s when they discovered minimalism.

The concept of minimalism is more about being intentional on what you bring into your life which allows you to get rid of relationships which are unhealthy, and get rid of stuff and clutter that you don’t need in your life.

“We have to realize that we are not our stuff.  We are not our material possessions.  We are so much more than that.  Everyone needs some stuff, but most people have a lot of stuff, which just gets in the way,”  Millburn said.

“It’s about living deliberately and choosing the relationships and how you spend your time.  It’s really living in a way that has meaning and value,”  Nicodemus said.

They’ve turned their knowledge into two books:  Minimalism—Live a Meaningful Life and their new book, Everything That Remains.

“This book encompasses our journey from suit and ties to minimalists,” Nicodemus said.

Their message is simple.  They’ve discovered there are five dimensions that allow in order to live a more meaningful life.  Those dimensions are:  Health, Relationships, Passions, Growth, and Contribution.

“The best way to grow is contributing to others.”

If you focus on improving these things, they believe that you’ll see a big difference in your life.

The Minimalists are currently on a 100-city book tour which makes stops in North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

On Wednesday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m., they will be meeting fans and signing book copies at Maple Street Books at 7529 Maple Street.

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The Minimalists write essays about living a meaningful life with less stuff for their audience of 2M+ readers at, and have been featured in USA Today, FORBES, The Wall Street Journal, Globe & Mail, NPR, ABC, and more.