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A simple life is one with less stress, less stuff, and more purpose. We publish essays on a weekly basis direct to your inbox, where we write about minimalism as a tool to help you be more focused and feel more fulfilled, specialising in topics such as clutter, creativity, curation, travel, quiet living, and productivity, among others.

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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.

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

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.

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.