The Smart and Simple Matters Podcast

The Smart and Simple Matters Podcast

Smart and Simple Matters CoverWelcome to the Smart and Simple Matters podcast – a consistently popular show with 100,000s of downloads.

I (Joel) use SASM to explore the slower side of life, simplicity through mindfulness, and intentional living (among other things).

For example, I feature interviews about meditation with TED Talk hot-shots like Andy Puddicombe, gratitude with experts like Tsh Oxenreider, minimalism with influencers like Joshua Becker, or Primal-living with Paleo superstars like Mark Sisson.

But I'm just as passionate about chatting with normal folks like you and me or going solo on community-building and relationships.

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“I love that Joel leads with his heart. He cares about people first, which makes everything he does so meaningful in his work and for his community.”

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Archive (Newest First)

The 5 Elements of Your Full Voice and Saying Yes to Our Biggest Fears with Barbara McAfee – SASM 095

This episode features Barbara McAfee on why fear is like an outfit that looks bad on everyone, the five distinct elements of your voice and how to use them, plus how innate talents are trained out of you (and how to get them back).

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Why Deleting 90.44% of My Best Music Made Me Feel Super – SASM 094

This special solo episode features what artists influenced my youth – and that I'm now disowning, attributes of the 26 songs I kept (and the 246 I deleted), and how to reassess what experiences you invite into your life.

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Finding and Aligning Your Core Values with Jeff Sandquist – SASM 093

This episode features Jeff Sandquist on how to uncover your core values and live in alignment with them, why relying on external validation is such a dangerous trap, and how tasting life's brittleness is both a curse and a blessing.

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Slow Food, Social Obesity, and Why Nobody Wins a Parenting Race with Carl Honore – SASM 092

This episode features Carl Honore on how to prevent social obesity while gorging on meaningful connections, how to make your smartphone your servant instead of your master, and who wins the parenting race: the tortoise … or the hare?

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Why Is Our New Home for Simplicity, Community, and All Things Groovy – SASM 091

This special solo episode features my new vision of how I contribute best to your life, why my favorite currencies are hugs, smiles, and authentic chats, and why I made the big move from Value of Simple to

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How to Be Alive and Embrace Your Personal Power with Colin Beavan – SASM 090

This episode features Colin Beavan on how to help people wake the heck up to their personal power (and what happens when we do), how the “monk and the merchant” paradox applies to you, and how to participate in an eco-Sabbath – No Impact Project style.

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5 Secrets to Quick and Consistent Mindfulness with Toku McCree – SASM 089

This episode features Toku McCree on why self-awareness is the most powerful catalyst for change, what his one universal truth is, and – of course – Toku's five secrets of super-fast mindfulness.

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Why Simplicity Helps You Reach Your Life's Purpose(s) with Tsh Oxenreider – SASM 088

This episode features Tsh Oxenreider on how pretending to move overseas can help you declutter, where to find freedom when you're tethered to your town, and why simple-living can be as simple as living holistically with your life's purpose.

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How Scott Dinsmore's Connections, Passion, and Work Changed Our World (a Tribute) – SASM 087

This episode pays tribute to Live Your Legend's founder and my friend, mentor, and hero – Scott Dinsmore. Remember his legacy with me and discover how to change the world by doing work you love, where to find the most amazing people in your local community, the fastest way to do things you don't think can be done, and why life sometimes comes down to this: bring people together.

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How 241 Post It Notes, Candid Stories, and Huggr Power Changed 55 Folks (#SimpleREV 2015 Recap) – SASM086

SimpleREV 2015 brought 55 simple-living enthusiasts together and the impact was big. Discover why we loved sticking 241 Post It Notes on a wall (and what we did with them), how one small clothes donation quickly changed a family's life, why you can't get a positive answer from a negative question, and the #1 thing that our participants wanted at SimpleREV 2015.

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Hi! I'm Joel Zaslofsky.

Joel ZaslofskyI help create community, podcast about groovy things, and get you excited about spreadsheets. Learn more about me and how to live intentionally, build authentic relationships, and have tons of gratitude. No prior experience is required.


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