Inspiration for Minimalism: YouTube, Podcast and More

Have you ever found yourself struggling to follow through with the minimalist lifestyle? Have you ever found it hard to let go of attachment to things or to people even though you know they don’t add any value to your life? Or have you ever got discouraged by other people? (This is especially true if you live with your partner or your family members who don’t follow this lifestyle). For me, I think it’s very important to engage with the community and share insights about simple living and decluttering with others. The minimalist community will be a source of inspiration to keep you motivated whenever you get lost or stuck in living a minimalist life.

Here is a list of minimalist resources that have somehow inspired me to pursue a simple life. I hope you’ll find them helpful as well.

My favorite minimalism blogs

My favorite Minimalist YouTube Channels

Mat D’Avella

Matt D’Avella is a filmmaker, YouTuber & Podcaster that is journeying toward a simple and meaningful life. I’m quite impressed by the YouTube content that he has created so far. Matt’s videos mainly focus on minimal living, productivity and film making. His videos are all well produced and informative. And I’m sure his dry sense of humor will more or less entertain you.

Matt is also known for his awarding winning Netflix documentary, Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things. The documentary follows two guys who left the rat race to discover happiness through the medium of minimalism.

This documentary is totally worth a watch. It will challenge you to think more deeply about our consumptive culture.

My favorite videos from Matt’s channel

Matt D’Avella

Pick Up Limes

Pick Up Limes is probably one of my all time favorite YouTube Channels. I fell in love with the channel right after watching the first video. Run by Sadia Badiei, a wonderful, warm, and genuine soul, Pick Up Limes touches on all things relating to lifestyle, including minimalism, vegan food, wellness and productivity. What I love most about Pick Up Limes is its elegantly made videos with really engaging content. I’m sure a lot of you already watch her work, but in case you’ve somehow missed out on it, do check her out! Believe me, you’ll definitely fall in love with Sadia’s soothing and calm voice after watching her videos for the first time.

Here are some of my favorite videos on the Pick Up Limes Channel

Pick Up Limes

Heal Your Living

My most recent discovery, Heal Your Living, is a channel that focuses on minimalism, sustainability, wellness and natural living. Youheum, a Digital nomad, Minimalist Life Coach, and the creator of Heal Your Living, is a lovely human being who is living in a furniture-free space with her sister and her cat. Her simple and genuine videos are helpful resources to inspire me to live a minimalist lifestyle. Even though Youheum chooses to become an extreme minimalist, which is not what I choose to pursue, her philosophy of life resonates with me in a special way. And that’s why her channel is among my most favorite ones.

You may find these videos helpful

Heal Your Living

Break the twitch

Break the Twitch is another YouTube Channel that I find interesting to follow. Break the Twitch mainly talks about intentional living and doing more of what matters through minimalism, habits and creativity. Anthony Ongaro, the guy behind Break the Twitch, along with his lovely wife, have been practicing minimalism for a long while and decided to share his journey with the world through YouTube videos and blog posts. You can visit his blog here to learn more about him. His informative and relaxing videos are great resources for those who are practicing a simple lifestyle.

You may find these videos helpful

Break The Twitch

Madeleine Olivia

Maddie’s channel is also among my favorite YouTubers. Maddie is a British vegan who is on a simple, green living journey. Her channel focuses on minimalism as a lifestyle to seek inner peace and wellness. This is a great channel especially for those who are just starting out as you will get a lot of valuable advice as well as inspiration from her to down-size your belongings.
Maddie also makes tons of vegan food and sustainability videos that you may find helpful in one way or another.

So far these videos have been my favorites

My favorite Podcast Channels

You might not know I’m a Podcast fan. I choose to listen to podcasts everyday as a way to boost my productivity and motivation. I’m so thankful for the people behind every podcast channel because I’ve learned a lot from their stories and experiences. Here are several minimalist podcast channels that I love.

Optimal Living Daily

I’ve been subscribing to this beautiful channel for a few years now and feel happy that I chose it as a source of inspiration in the first place. This podcast channel is an audio version of blog posts that are run by Justin Malik. The channel covers various topics including personal growth, minimalism and productivity. This one is a perfect choice for those who are too busy to spend hours reading helpful blog posts. With these podcasts, you can easily learn new things while doing your daily tasks such as cooking, gardening, cycling, and so on.

Optimal Living Daily

The Slow Home Podcast

The Slow Home Podcast is hosted by Brooke McAlary, a writer living in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney, Australia. Her podcast focuses on simple and slow living. Listening to her podcast, I hope you’ll get inspired to let go of things that don’t serve you and opening yourself up to more of what does.

The Slow Home Podcast

The Minimalists

I mentioned The Minimalists once or twice in my previous blog posts (You can read more here – My favorite minimalism blogs). Founded by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, The Minimalists is probably one of the most well-known websites about minimalism. Millburn and Nicodemus started The Minimalists website in 2010 after finding the material things that were supposed to make them happy really didn’t. Since then, they’ve written three books to inspire others to live with a little less. The Podcast tends to focus more on “why” you should declutter rather than “how”. The documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things that I mentioned above is directed by Mat D’avella and a collaboration between The Minimalists and some other minimalists.

The Minimalists

Instagram accounts that I follow

I mainly use social media as a way to get some more inspiration to live a meaningful life.
If you’re on Instagram, you may want to check out these minimalist Instagrammers as they are great resources to motivate you to keep going on your minimalist journey.

So I’ve just shared with you my list of minimalism YouTube and Podcast Channels that inspire me to live a simple life. What are yours? Please feel free to share with me in the comments. Thanks for reading!

Just be,

Movies that inspired me to be a wanderer

You may never imagine how many travel movies I have watched so far. Every time I need some motivation to step out of my comfort zone and explore the world around me, I always look for travel movies or books. They are somehow like my painkillers. I know it sounds silly but it’s true. They have been a source of inspiration for me in one way or another. You know the feeling when you watch a great travel movie and all you want to do after that is to leave everything behind and head to unknown lands, don’t you? If you are, like me, in need of an inspiring movie to push you into adventures, then this post is definitely for you. Here in this post, I’ve listed out 6 travel movies that inspired my wanderlust.

Into The Wild (2007)

Inspiring travel movies

“Into The Wild” is by far my most favorite travel movie. It follows the true story of a young, talented man named Christopher Mccandless who decided to leave the ordinary life with a bright future ahead and seek out freedom. Shortly after graduating from college, Chris set out on a road trip through America before ending up in the wilderness of Alaska, living his dream life. Some may say he was reckless, some other may suppose he was ignorant, but what is wrong with chasing our dream and living the way we want to live? Chris just followed his heart, looking for real happiness in life. Honestly, Chris’s story has inspired me a lot for my own journey. He made me realize that travel is not about what we carry with us but about what we carry inside. If you prefer reading to watching, then the book is also a great alternative.

Here are several inspiring quotes from the movie that I love:

“It’s not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.”

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”

“Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.”

“My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.”

“When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.”

Wild (2014)

Inspiring travel movies

Another true story about a person who wants to venture into the wilderness to discover themselves. Wild is based on the novel of the same name, following Cheryl Strayed as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail – an 1100 mile solo hike on the West Coast of America in order to recover from her personal tragedy and to rediscover herself. This heart-touching story has taught me quite a lot of lessons in life, and on top of that, it has indeed motivated me to do things that I’m always scared of doing.

Honestly, I loved the book more than the movie (books are always better) but I have to say that the movie didn’t fail to convey the emotional impact of the book. Whether you read it or watch it, Wild is always a sincere and emotional story that will surely inspire a journey into the wild like no other.

Great quotes from Wild:

“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave”

“It was my life – like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be,”

Queen (2013, Bollywood)

Inspiring travel moviesOkay, this is one of the very few Bollywood movies that I Iove to watch. Starring Kangana Ranwat, the movie is about a typical “Asian” girl whose dreams are to get married with the love of her life. But things never happen like the way we plan. Rani’s marriage was cancelled just a day before the wedding. In order to overcome the grief, Rani decided to go on her honeymoon alone to Europe. And this very trip has changed her life forever. As an Asian girl, I can relate to her in many different aspects. The story of Rani has inspired me to break free from the typical traditional Asian mindset and live my dream.

The Before Trilogy (1995 – 2004 – 2013)

inspiring travel movies

You may have heard of The beautiful Before Trilogy with seemingly endless conversations – Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight. They are all truly worth watching but remember to watch Before Sunrise first because it’s the beginning of the whole story and I love it the most. The movie tells the story of an American young man and a French girl who meet on a train in Europe. After a great conversation on the train, they decide to get off and spend one night together in Vienna. They talk, share stories, tell jokes and laugh. And things happen – Affection, love, distance, separations.

Some of the most beautiful quotes from the Trilogy:

“I was having this awful nightmare that I was 32. And then I woke up and I was 23. So relieved. And then I woke up for real, and I was 32.”

“If there’s any kind of magic in this world… it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. I know it’s almost impossible to succeed… but who cares, really? The answer must be in the attempt.”

“You can never replace anyone because everyone is made up of such beautiful specific details.”

“I think I’m always so much more happy with books and movies and stuff. I think I get more excited about well-done representations of life than life itself.”

“Isn’t everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?”

The Bucket List (2007)

The Bucket List is an inspiring story of two ill old men who decide to go on a trip to fulfill all of their dreams before they kick the bucket.

The story is quite simple, but deep at the same time. The core message that you can take from the movie is that “Life is short. Live each day to the fullest”. There are many dreams we want to achieve but are not courageous enough to chase. There are many things that we want to cross off in our bucket list but we procrastinate just because we don’t have time (and money). But we never know what the future holds, so just live each day as if it was our last. If you need something to kick you and give you an urge to pursue your passion, then watch the Bucket List!

inspiring travel movies

Best quotes from the movie:

“You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’”

“Somewhere, some lucky guy’s having a heart attack.”

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

inspiring travel movies

I watched the movie a long while ago and still remember every piece of it. It’s a simple story about a normal guy named Walter Mitty who hates his nine-to-five job and dreams of an adventurous life.

If you are a corporate slave working in a dull office and always daydream about adventures, then I’m sure you will relate to Mitty at some level. The movie is definitely an inspiration for those who are dying (and also dare) to break out of the monotonous life and fulfill their dreams. Other than that, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty also shows some of the most stunning landscapes in the beautiful countries of Iceland, Greenland, and Afghanistan. After watching it, these places might become your must-see destinations. Who knows?

These lines might inspire you somehow…

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”

“Life is about courage and going into the unknown.”

“Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.”

“Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.”

“I just live by the ABC’s — Adventurous. Brave. Creative.”

Above are 6 movies that have inspired me to live my dreams – to be a wanderer. And this is of course not a complete list yet. I’ll soon share with you many more other travel related movies in another post. What is your favorite travel movie? Share with me in the comment below. Thanks for reading!

How has your life changed since a year ago?

How has your life changed since a year ago?


“One year ago, I was just a fresh graduate who asked my parents for money every now and then.

One year ago, I sat there by the window, staring blankly off into space, having no clue of what I should do and where I should start.

One year ago, I ate a lot of meat, never thinking that one day I’d be a vegetarian. The thought alone was so daunting.

One year ago, the idea of giving up every luxurious and convenient thing in big cities to spend the rest of my life living and nurturing my future children in the countryside sounds crazy (or even idealistic) to me. I might admire those who have made the idea a reality, even though I knew for sure I wouldn’t dare to live that way (because I was ambitious, and living in a big city gives me so many opportunities).

One year ago, I dreamed of living a free life. But how can I be free if I’m still worried about what others think about me? How can I live a truly/completely free life if I keep trying to please everyone, keep feeling self-conscious around new people? (I was not much self-confident). Those were the questions I asked myself over and over gain one year ago but I didn’t have the answers yet. Maybe, living a free life was just a dream, or rather an endless desire of mine, I thought.

One year ago, I used tons of non-eco friendly products (such as nilons, chemical cleansers,…), and never felt bad about that. They are inexpensive, quick, and convenient.

Now I’m working my first full-time job and making enough money to support myself and my parents.

Now I already know what I want to do in life, and how to live a meaningful life. I’m planning for each day and for my future. Everything becomes clearer.

Now I’m gradually working my way toward a vegetarian and I feel great that I made this decision in the first place.

Small towns/villages, mountains and even islands become places that I now consider to live in the future.

Now, living a green, natural and healthy lifestyle has become my first priority.

I don’t know if I’m being completely free but I’m sure I’m freer than I’ve ever been. I embrace my inner self and my appearance. I stop putting on makeup or buying gorgeous clothes. I wear whatever I feel comfortable with and don’t care what others think about me. I’m more myself than ever when I’m with others and when I’m alone.

Now I reduce the use of chemicals and plastics (reduce waste) as much as I can. Natural and organic products are way better.

(Honestly, I didn’t think my life had changed this much for just 1 year. Now looking back, I’m grateful for where I’m today.) “


My Quora answer

My bucket list

Sometimes when I feel lost, this bucket list is the only thing that guides my way.

  1. Travel alone – solo backpack trip
  2. Learn 5 languages (French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Italian)
  3. Read 1000 books
  4. Try scuba diving
  5. Learn to play guitar
  6. Learn to play ukulele
  7. Go on a road trip
  8. Quit the full-time job and live the life I want
  9. Learn to swim
  10. Write a book
  11. Visit every continent
  12. Live abroad for at least 3 months (alone)
  13. Learn to drive
  14. Ride a horse
  15. Fall asleep under the stars (alone or with S.O I love)
  16. Milk a cow (removed)
  17. Kiss in the rain
  18. Write and send a message in a bottle (removed)
  19. Go to the highest point of something and yell as loudly as I can
  20. Follow my feet, not a map and let myself get lost
  21. Watch sunrise and sunset on the same day
  22. Swim under a waterfall
  23. Public speaking
  24. Take a yoga class
  25. Take a meditation class
  26. Take part in Vipassana Meditation Course
  27. See the Northern lights
  28. Camp in a national park
  29. LOVE deeply, madly, truly
  30. Watch a meteor shower
  31. Learn to skateboard (removed)
  32. Get lost in a foreign country
  33. Start a blog/website
  34. Pet a dog
  35. Collect postcards from 60 countries (ongoing)
  36. Make a scrapbook (ongoing)
  37. Write letters to my future self
  38. Go skiing
  39. Sleep/camp on the beach (alone or with S.O)
  40. Write a song and play it
  41. Watch the sunrise in Bagan – Myanmar
  42. Carry out the dream project (ongoing)
  43. Make a short movie/documentary by myself (filmmaker)
  44. Translate a book
  45. Visit every country in Southeast Asia
  46. Take IELTS exam
  47. Live alone for a while in a new city
  48. Collect 10000 stories from strangers
  49. Inspire someone
  50. Ride a boat
  51. Run a marathon
  52. Have a tattoo
  53. Be a vegetarian
  54. Kiss a stranger
  55. Go to India
  56. Be a storyteller
  57. Be a zero waste person
  58. Run my own business
  59. Walk Camino de Santiago
  60. Visit Nepal
  61. Visit Bhutan
  62. Live off-grid for a while
  63. Live a minimalist life
  64. DIY home decor
  65. Learn to make natural shampoo bars/ soaps
  66. Learn sign language
  67. Do a random act of kindness
  68. Do Volunteer work
  69. Volunteer in Africa
  70. Take the Yoga Teacher Training Course
  71. Take a road trip in New Zealand
  72. (To be updated)…