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As minimalists, we’ve been cutting down our possessions for the last 10 years. We’ve let go of so many things…. we even sold our wedding rings! Today we discuss the material possessions that we each found more challenging to let go of, and Luca reveals that he was once a hoarder!
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Another fabulous podcast. After a bit of googling, it turns out that the actress who played Punky Brewer (Soleil Moon Frye) is an environmentalist who has release her own line of recycled, eco-friendly, organic children’s clothes. However she is still eating meat, dairy and eggs. She does say that she loves her veggies and loves oatmeal and fruit for breakfast. However she then says she treats herself to maple bacon pancakes. Its evident she cares about her fitness as she regularly works out and is in great shape however shes not fueling the tank prooerly. I bet she is only a few educational documentaries away from making the connection and you’ll have a vegan Punky Brewster.
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Very helpful podcast for me this week. Good timing guys. Im almost 22, and today I found out I got a job in Vietnam (I live in UK) and I have to sell pretty much everything including my car which has been an amazing help over the past 3 years. It’s like my baby. My first car. So I have to sell most of my clothes, shoes, books, furniture. I understand that these are just material possesions but it’s still extremely difficult. I hope to feel lighter and more free once I get rid of them. I’m learning from you guys! I’m so interested what my life will look like in Vietnam. Change is good! ✌?
Good timing indeed! Glad this podcast was helpful and we wish you all the best of luck with the selling and moving 🙂 Enjoy Vietnam!
Poor Luca, Natasha gave you a hard time, but I must admit mate it was definitely warranted ?
I started going through cupboards and throwing things away a few years ago, it felt so good to de clutter. I threw out so much stuff, lots of sentimental things. One of the things I threw away was all the cards I’d accumulated over the last 30 plus years, like Luca I use to keep them all. One of the cards was given to me by my husband on our wedding day. When I told Tom I’d thrown it out he was really surprised as I loved all my personal sentimental stuff. His words to me were, you aren’t the woman I married if you can throw that card away. ( it was said light heartedly) I must admit I do regret getting rid of the card, but when I think about it sensibly, why keep it, I never looked at it, it was stuck in a cupboard and so what’s the point. One of the things I couldn’t part with is special things my boys did at school, they both have a box full of things I kept. Both boys have said they don’t want anything I’ve kept but I still can’t throw them away.
I understand about your detachment from your rings after being educated about the Diamond industry, they are just objects. My wedding ring was stolen some years ago, actually all my jewellery was stolen. Straight away Tom replaced the ring, but I couldn’t have cared less about another ring, didn’t want another one because it didn’t have the same meaning but I felt I couldn’t say no to a new one, just because its a symbolic thing. I can imagine your parents thinking you two have lost your minds wanting to sell your rings, it does seem extreme until you hear the reason why you did it. Once again enjoyed listening to you guys. Thanks for sharing ✌
Haha, I’m glad you thought it was warranted Brenda 😉 Wow, that is a very interesting story about the card! It’s funny how we change over time… so much so that even our partners can be shocked by the transformation. I think it would be harder to let go of that card than wedding rings to be honest. It’s sweet that Tom felt the need to replace the ring 😉 Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us on this topic. Yes, it certainly did appear to our parents, and others, that we had lost our minds… but the reason behind that decision is often the missing link to understanding why. Thanks for listening as always ?
I love your stories and the way you tell them! You guys just take me right than and there. Please continue making the podcasts! Sending you much love and warmth 😀 .
Thank you so much for your kind words and support Laura, we’re glad you enjoy the podcast 🙂 x
Thank you for sharing your interesting story and thoughts. I can relate to them. As a parent of two children, I must say that keeping some things was good (children’s books, a couple of teddy bears). I also use them with other children as well. However, I agree with you on the burden that material belongings bring to life and I have been decluttering in the last months. I gave away many of my cookbooks (15 kg!) As for pictures to remember our dear ones when they pass away… pictures surely are good to remember them but they will also make us cry because of the physical loss we might feel. I do believe in reincarnation. Praying for the other person and keeping him/her in our hearts and thoughts is of course the best thing to do.
Glad to hear you could relate Sabina. Thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂
I loved this podcast. What a beautiful relationship you have together. I’ve never experienced anything like it in my relationship. Even though, I can really relate to saving things that represented past experiences or occasions. My husband and I collected all kinds of things that held so much value and last year he left me for another women and we were divorced in May. I just turned 59 and now I’m left with wedding albums, pictures and memorabilia of a past life that’s over. Recently I have been trying to rap my brain around getting rid of everything but can’t imagine actually doing it. I would like to be free from it all but I’m afraid I might regret it. Any advice?
Hi Sharon, thanks for listening and commenting. We feel for you, we really do. Perhaps at first you could pick a few things of particular value to you and let go of the rest. You may find in time that you’re able to let go of more. You may also find inspiration from the books and movies “Eat, Pray, Love” and “Under the Tuscan Sun”. We wish you all the best in the new chapter in your life 🙂
Why those 2 movies? Personally I thought they were Hollywood crap! Much better off with the Minimalism documentary or watching TED talks on minimalism.