Minimalist Movement

“After recently telling someone about what I am doing they said, ‘But, John, I gotta tell you. It really sounds like you’re just running from life.’ To which I replied, ‘No, you don’t understand, I’m running TO life.'”
-John Reese

A few months ago, John Reese, though it wasn’t his intention, started a trend in the world of internet marketing, by selling and giving away most of his belongings. He broke the lease on the gorgeous home he was renting on the ocean in La Jolla, CA and with only his laptop and a backpack of select items, set out to travel the world.

You can read his public letter here.

Kris Mainieri recently made a similar decision, gaving away many of his possessions, and just this week took off on a trip around the world with his girlfriend. Check out Kris’ letter on the Warrior Forum.

Now, I didn’t have a luxury car to sell, or a $7k/month home that I was renting, but I have certainly experienced a shift since moving from California to Maine two months ago. Perhaps it’s the more simple, laid back lifestyle here that I’ve slipped back into on the east coast.

This was supposed to be a temporary move, but I’ve decided to stay, given the great opportunity that has developed here. I need to book a flight, sort through the things I left behind, sell my car, and frankly – it’s the most stressed I’ve felt in a long time.

I realized that I’ve been getting along just fine with the few things I brought with me across the country, and have nearly forgotten about all of the shoes and dresses I left behind. It almost makes me sick thinking about how much money I’ve spent on those items that are so insignificant to my life that I can’t even remember what they are!

One of the easiest ways to keep all this stuff to a minimum is certainly picking up and moving, causing you to sort through the things you really do want or need – I just realized I’ve moved 9 times in the past 3 years! I’m looking forward to once again having my inventory downsized, selling some of my belongings, and giving things away to friends and Goodwill.

The closet in my apartment that is brimming with stuff, and the car I left behind are weighing me down and while I’m dreading the process, I know it will feel great to take care of this and start fresh.

10 Comment

  1. Wow, I think this is what I needed to read just 3 weeks before moving to Thailand for 3-6 months. Thanks Joanna. Im going to post this on my blog.

    Love you muchly beautiful.


  2. Weird this didn’t show up in my inbox that I got a new comment! Your blog post was great and I’m SO excited for your trip! Thailand is one of my top 3 countries I’d like to visit and I’d LOVE to take advantage of the opportunity to visit you and Sheree there! Would love to see lots of videos once you get there – I heard the food is insanely cheap – could be a fun blog!

    I’m flying back to SD on Wednesday and am prepared to cut my losses on many of my belongings, rather than paying to ship them back or sell them. Anything that doesn’t sell on Craigslist in the week that I’m there will be donated or given away πŸ™‚ oh except my car! I guess if I need to I’ll take it to a dealership.

    Good luck with your move – can’t wait to hear more!

  3. Hi Bill!

    That’s so exciting that you have the opportunity to move there – seems like SD and Austin are the places to be for marketing! I’m actually from Maine originally, but never thought I’d be moving here! Where are your places in NH? I went to UNH and love Portsmouth!

    I’ll be just outside of Portland, and will be able to share more information about what I’m working on very soon! πŸ™‚ Let me know how your trip to SD goes and if we’ll be there at the same time maybe we can grab coffee, though I’m sure these will be busy trips for us both!

  4. Congratulations to you! Maine really is a neat place. I imagine you are going to be living in Portland? That is a wonderful city that we go to all the time. I mentioned to you on FB that just this week I got a call from two big Internet Marketers. They want me to move to La Jolla!!! Next week I am flying out to spend a few days with them and map everything out. I’m very excited!

    We are keeping our two NH homes, and summer cottage in Weld, ME – and will spend 4 months back here.

    What brought you to ME? I am intrigued with hearing about the opportunity you are working. Feel free to write me directly on FB or email

    Here’s to doing great things!!!


  5. Donna Fox says:

    Hey sweetie,

    I’m about to do the same when I return to Vegas. I left there with three suitcases and haven’t really missed the stuff in the 10 months I’ve been gone. I’m headed back next month to gather up only the most beloved possessions– like my photos.

    Do I sometimes think about a book, or pair of shoes, or exercise equipment, or xbox, and wish I had them? SURE.. but that what kindles and shoe store and gyms and friends are for πŸ™‚

    I’ll be sure to call you for moral support when I’m back in Vegas trying to stuff my nice cookware or wonder woman comic book collection into that box of things i “really need”

  6. haha yes please do call me when you go back! When are you heading there? I’ll be there for the big party next month! Nice cookware you should definitely keep! I sold a lot of stuff on Amazon and Craigslist which was really nice πŸ™‚ Good luck and let me know if I can help!! XO

  7. Justin King says:

    this is a good idea. I’m deleting my Facebook for the 4th time. πŸ™‚

    p.s. i really like the designs on your two blogs. classy. c-ya

  8. haha I could never delete my Facebook account! Thank you so much for the compliments on my blogs – I was thinking about overhauling this one – any theme suggestions?

  9. Justin King says:

    Samurai Pizza Cats intro theme

  10. hahaha you LOVE pizza! too funny πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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