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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 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.
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.