Inside Minimalism

Crafting a life of simplicity

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Inside Minimalism was our weekly subscription series of exclusive essays on simple living. We wrote about minimalism as a tool to help you find more purpose and feel more fulfilled, focusing on topics such as presence, clutter, curation, and quiet living.

Meet Our Writers

The Minimalists

The Minimalists are American authors, podcasters, filmmakers, and public speakers Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. The duo began pursuing the minimalist lifestyle in 2010. After experiencing significant improvements in their quality of life as a result of adopting and practicing the tenets of minimalism, the pair launched a website in December 2010 to share their experiences. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their writing, podcast, and documentary.


A Zen woman of few words, Andō says that silence is the only language she is truly fluent in.

Contemplative, poet, and writer Andō is also a lay-ordained Zen Buddhist, meditation teacher, and spiritual companion. Leading a life based on principles of the Way, she is inspired by the clear simplicity of Zen, tea, and poetry as contemplative practice. Just as poets such as Bashō, Saigyo, Issa, Rengetsu, and others before her, Andō lives in this same ancient way, subsisting on income from patrons, donations, and students.

Andō lives and works from a tiny hermitage on the Wolds Way in England.

Shawn Mihalik

Shawn Mihalik is a writer, editor, and photographer. He’s the author of five books—three novels and two novellas—as well as short stories, essays, and journalism. After a year studying journalism at Youngstown State University, he dropped out, moved to Pittsburgh, and wrote a scathingly hilarious novel about the world of American restaurant chains. In 2013, Shawn drove across the country, to Missoula, Montana, where he became The Minimalists’ first tour and operations manager and, eventually, editor-in-chief of Asymmetrical Press. For two years, he was the managing editor of Paleo Magazine. Now, as an independent author and editor, Shawn dedicates his non-writing time to practicing martial arts and helping other independent authors get their work into the world. He teaches a popular online writing class, How to Write Better, with Joshua Fields Millburn.

Shawn currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Joshua Hook

Joshua N. Hook, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of North Texas. He teaches and does research on Positive Psychology and Multicultural Counseling. He is the author of five books, including Cultural Humility: Engaging Diverse Identities in Therapy (APA Books) and Replanted: Faith-Based Support for Adoptive and Foster Families (Templeton Press). Through his blog, he helps people use psychology to solve problems and achieve goals. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his wife Jenn, cheering on the Chicago Bears, and trying not to get injured doing CrossFit.

Zoë Kim

Zoë Kim is the author of Minimalism for Families, a minimalist mom of four, and the voice behind Raising Simple. She partners with individuals to tackle the challenges of a cluttered home and life. Zoë believes in developing a minimalist lifestyle through positive perspective changes and practical solutions. With her pragmatic and thoughtful approach, she helps people find the best solution to simplify their home and life. In her recreational time, she enjoys being outside with her kids, swimming, and perusing her local farmers market. She currently lives outside Atlanta with her four children.

Tiina Ilmavirta

Tiina Ilmavirta is an art director, designer, and blogger based in Espoo, Finland. She writes the Design Wash blog about home interior, entrepreneurship, wonders of family life, and everyday chores. Her goal is to live a healthy and balanced life without hassle and haste—instead focusing on the essentials and removing all that is unnecessary. Tiina is inspired by nature, aesthetic places and objects, people, and phenomena. She loves to find workable and beautiful solutions for everyday life. Tiina lives with her husband and two young sons in a minimalist house surrounded by forest.

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