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Creating eco-minimalist, non-toxic homes (without the extra work).



Although minimalism has experienced a rebirth in recent years, the "less is more" movement has been around for centuries. Yet today's minimalist influencers have resurrected minimalism with a decidedly consumerist spin, as modern minimalism is nearly synonymous with decluttering. While there's a lot of chatter about tidying, it's radio silence and crickets when it comes to sustainability. 



The result? Aspiring minimalists find themselves on an endless hamster wheel of buying, decluttering, buying more, and purging again. Overemphasizing decluttering and underemphasizing the reasons why we overbuy in the first place is thoroughly inconsistent with slow living as a movement; consumption without intention is terrible for the planet, too. 



Your host, Stephanie Seferian, is a stay-at-home/podcast-from-home mom and author who believes that minimalism, eco-friendliness, and non-toxic living are intrinsically intertwined. She's here to explore the topics of conscious consumerism, sustainability, and environmentally-friendly parenting practices with like-minded women; she's here, too, to show you how to curate eco-friendly, decluttered homes (without the extra work). 

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Creating eco-minimalist, non-toxic homes (without the extra work).



Although minimalism has experienced a rebirth in recent years, the "less is more" movement has been around for centuries. Yet today's minimalist influencers have resurrected minimalism with a decidedly consumerist spin, as modern minimalism is nearly synonymous with decluttering. While there's a lot of chatter about tidying, it's radio silence and crickets when it comes to sustainability. 



The result? Aspiring minimalists find themselves on an endless hamster wheel of buying, decluttering, buying more, and purging again. Overemphasizing decluttering and underemphasizing the reasons why we overbuy in the first place is thoroughly inconsistent with slow living as a movement; consumption without intention is terrible for the planet, too. 



Your host, Stephanie Seferian, is a stay-at-home/podcast-from-home mom and author who believes that minimalism, eco-friendliness, and non-toxic living are intrinsically intertwined. She's here to explore the topics of conscious consumerism, sustainability, and environmentally-friendly parenting practices with like-minded women; she's here, too, to show you how to curate eco-friendly, decluttered homes (without the extra work). 

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    The Great Outdoors

    The Great Outdoors

    Americans spend about 21 hours per day inside. On the whole, we are also more depressed and anxious than ever before.

    Many of us have been trained to seek out commodified services to unwind (I'm looking at you, #selfcare!). But what if a potential solution cost zero dollars and offered zero risk?

    On today's show: An invitation to welcome nature back into your life, with 5.5 novel suggestions that are backed by science.



    Here's a preview:

    [9:00] Walk barefoot! (Around your yard, at least)

    [14:00] Don't knock it 'til you've tried it, camping edition

    [20:00] We don't have to optimize every second. Here's how to wander like a boss in a wild space

    [26:00] Get your hands dirty

    [34:00] 2 hours per week outdoors offers a laundry list of benefits, so move your favorite activities outside

    Resources mentioned:

    Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit (by Lyanda Lynn Haupt)
    Why Gardening Is So Good for You (via The New York Times)
    Episode #465: Optimizing Your Walks (with Annabel Abbs)
    Cornell Lab bird app


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    Introducing The Kevin Rose Show

    Introducing The Kevin Rose Show

    I hope you'll enjoy The Kevin Rose Show. We have become devoted listeners and we hope you check it out to see why!

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    Hyper-Capitalism

    Hyper-Capitalism

    Hyper-capitalism — also called late-stage capitalism — is what happens when material resources, lifestyle activities, and everything in between becomes both commodified and consumable. In hyper-capitalist economies, products get invented that no one needs or wants. Celebrities are revered like gods. Inequity is everywhere, and citizens internalize the idea that their worth is measured by some mysterious combination of career success and amassed material goods.

    Many argue that the United States has entered its hyper-capitalistic era, as Americans report that the relentless demands of trying to keep up results in working longer hours, increasing loneliness, and lowered life satisfaction.

    On today's show: A conversation with New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Powers about the ways in which Americans are experiencing the effects of hyper-capitalism in real time.



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    [5:00] A laundry list of hyper-capitalism's consequences in 2024

    [11:00] Europe doesn't consume way America does. They're not as lonely, either

    [15:00] Taking a good, hard look at our disordered American beliefs

    [19:00] Implications associated with celebrity worship

    [26:00] Pay for what you get? Not in this case! Debunking the privatized healthcare myth

    [33:00] Musings on nationwide learned helplessness



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    • 39 min
    Hyper-Capitalism (Ad-Free)

    Hyper-Capitalism (Ad-Free)

    Hyper-capitalism — also called late-stage capitalism — is what happens when material resources, lifestyle activities, and everything in between becomes both commodified and consumable. In hyper-capitalistic economies, products get invented that no one needs or wants. Celebrities are revered like gods. Inequity is everywhere, and citizens internalize the idea that their worth is measured by some mysterious combination of career success and amassed material goods.

    Many argue that the United States has entered its hyper-capitalist era, as Americans report that the relentless demands of trying to keep up results in working longer hours, increasing loneliness, and lowered life satisfaction.

    On today's show: A conversation with New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Powers about the ways in which Americans are experiencing the effects of hyper-capitalism in real time.



    Here's a preview:

    [5:00] A laundry list of hyper-capitalism's consequences in 2024

    [11:00] Europe doesn't consume way America does. They're not as lonely, either

    [15:00] Taking a good, hard look at our disordered American beliefs

    [19:00] Implications associated with American celebrity worship

    [26:00] Pay for what you get? Not in this case! Debunking the privatized healthcare myth

    [33:00] Musings on nationwide learned helplessness



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    Join our (free!) Facebook community here.
    Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube @sustainableminimalists
    Say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.

    Are You Smartphone Addicted?

    Are You Smartphone Addicted?

    There's plenty of distressing research into what smartphones are doing to adults' attention spans, focus, and memory. And on child/teen development? Emerging research is even more alarming.

    We are change makers, and change making means making difficult decisions, having difficult conversations, and going against the grain. On today's show: Why we need to (yet again!) rethink our approach to technology and delay the age at which we give our children access to smartphones.



    Here's a preview:

    [8:30] 57% of Americans report being "addicted" to their smartphones. Are you one of them?

    [11:30] Smartphone addiction isn't your fault! Here's exactly how social media keeps your attention so they make more $$

    [17:30] How to declutter your cell phone like a boss

    [26:00] What recent research says with regard to the impacts of smartphones on children's/teens' wellness

    [37:00] 5 reasons parents say they're pulled to give their child a smartphone, plus alternative solutions!

    [43:00] Individual actions impact the collective. How to make delaying the smartphone a staple in your community




    Resources mentioned:

    The Smart Phone Compulsion Test
    Wait Until 8th
    How To Break Up With Your Phone (by Catherine Price)
    The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness (by Jonathan Haidt)
    Investigation: How TikTok's Algorithm Figures Out Your Deepest Desires (via The Wall Street Journal)
    Have Smart Phones Destroyed A Generation? (via The Atlantic)


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    • 51 min
    Breath Awareness

    Breath Awareness

    Want to feel calmer and happier? You don't have to shell out hundreds of dollars for the newest wellness product or service. In fact, the solution doesn't cost a cent: simply get in touch with your breathing.

    Breath is an amazing and responsive teacher. That's because if we breathe as we live — take in and let go — we can't go wrong.

    On today's show: An invitation to meet yourself with author  Jean Hall.



    Here's a preview:

    [5:00] The breath underpins everything we do in life, and yet we rarely bring awareness to it. Why not?

    [10:00] 5 wellness benefits re: paying attention to your breathing patterns

    [25:00] Exploring the pause changes everything

    [29:00] Flowing with the breath is great practice for learning how to flow with life



    Resources mentioned:

    Breathe: Simple Breathing Techniques For A Calmer, Happier Life
    Jean on Instagram


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    • 42 min

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