Episode 39 | Courtney Carver on the many benefits of living simply

The topics of minimalism, decluttering or living simply are really on trend. They aren't new topics although there appears to be a resurgence of people writing about  the merits of living with less.  For example, Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has sold over 1.5 million copies and is in its 55th printing. You probably own it! The Minimalist's documentary was the most popular documentary in the US last year and is now available on Netflix.  It seems clear, we are all feeling a need to reframe the stuff in our lives!

We are excited to have one of the most influential people on this topic as a guest on our podcast this week.  

Courtney Carver is an author and speaker who inspires people to find their way back to love by slowing down and simplifying life and work. She created the minimalist fashion challenge Project 333 which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and Real Simple Magazine. Courtney was featured in the movie Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (now available on Netflix).  

Courtney's health crisis prompted her to look at her life and make some radical choices about how she was living. The results were astonishing. She tells the whole story on our podcast.

She has challenged us and we have both decided to take up the challenge. For the next 3 months Jo-Anne and I have decided to pare down our wardrobes (maybe not to 33 items but as close as we can). We have also decided not to purchase any new items of clothings for 3 months and Sandy isn't going to buy any new books!

We encourage you to listen to this podcast and let us know on Facebook if you are going to join us on this challenge. One of our favourite lines from our interview is: What if you defined success as less?  

We love that idea and we want to reframe success not by what we have and own but as who we are. We agree with Courtney, what makes a person interesting isn't what they are wearing, it's who they are. 

For more about Courtney, click on her picture above. You can also find her on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.  Or search #project333 to see people taking up her challenge.