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Meeting The Minimalists

Last week, I attended the Holiday Happiness Tour in Toronto to meet with Joshua and Ryan (The Minimalists). I’d like to state upfront that I may be a little biased when I say that I had a FANTASTIC time :)

When I go anywhere, I always have a kid or four in tow, so going out (especially, past bedtime) AND being in the sole company of grown-ups is enough to make me positively giddy.

All the same, I’m pretty confident that being out on my own wasn’t the only reason I had a fabulous time!

Up until now, my experience with simple living and minimalism has been limited to what I have been reading on the internet. This and the fact that I’ve just recently begun my journey in simple living sometimes leaves me with the feeling that the whole idea is just that – an idea. I think I feel this way primarily because I haven’t actually met anyone else (in person) who shares my enthusiasm for a simpler life.

I’ve been following The Minimalists via their blog for some time now and if I’m honest with you I’ve had them up on a pedestal. When I met Joshua and Ryan, I was forced to accept that they are actually just 2 ordinary guys (sorry guys!) who possessed the guts to quit their material lifestyles for more meaningful (and happier) lives.

When I reserved my spot for the Holiday Tour, I was expecting a fairly small turnout. I was wrong. The audience was large enough to warrant a move to a bigger room, and even then, there was only standing room available!

I couldn’t help the amazement I felt at being in a room where SO many people were genuinely interested in simple living and it was liberating to realize that this particular (small) crowd exists, and better yet, it exists on my side of town.

I know now that simple living is the real deal. In my mind it’s no longer an idea limited to people who write and read blogs.

The Minimalists author an incredible blog, and I am glad that they included Toronto as part of their Holiday Happiness Tour. It gave me an opportunity to be in a room full of like minded people.

The timing couldn’t have been better. It was exactly the push I needed to fully commit to this journey.

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  • Pedro December 25, 2012, 8:02 am

    Your review describes my experience as well. It was great to put real living breathing humans to my feelings about minimalism. It’s real, not just a passing fad in my mind.

    Given the turnout, we should assemble a Toronto chapter of The Minimalists. A sort of support group where like minded people can help each other reach their potential with minimalism.

    • saida December 25, 2012, 8:09 am

      You couldn’t have said it better. I do sometimes feel like it’s a passing fad and I have to remind myself that no, I really do want to do this! I love your idea of a support group. It’s a great way to help us stay accountable to our goals. Maybe we could organize something in the New Year…

      • george January 16, 2013, 11:02 pm

        Saida: I’m a bit late to this, but my wife and I enjoyed seeing Joshua and Ryan in the flesh too. Just found your blog when I was looking for a Toronto minimalist group to join. Sadly, nothing on meetup.com but I was tempted to start one. (but I’m a lazy introverted instigator ;-)

        • saida January 17, 2013, 8:29 am

          Glad you found my site, George! Welcome. Pedro was also interested in joining a group. I’m unable to commit to regular meetings at the moment but I’d love to join/start a group at some point down the road. From the number of people that showed up to see the minimalists, I would imagine we could put together a descent sized group. Something to think about…

          • george January 18, 2013, 9:43 am

            Yep, my wife and I have somewhat unpredictable schedules too, so we’d make bad planners for a meetup, and we likely wouldn’t be able to attend every scheduled meetup. But I agree: If that many people showed up to see those two guys, I would think somebody would start a group eventually.

  • Joshua Fields Millburn December 24, 2012, 3:50 pm

    Thanks for your kind words. Great meeting you.


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