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It’s More Than Just A “Joy Spark” (Episode 18)

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Season 3, Episode 18

It Isn’t Just A “Joy Spark”

What does “minimalism” really mean?


In this episode we discuss Marie Kondo’s book – and what is missing.  It’s not just about your happiness, clearing the clutter, and fixing what’s in front of you.  Join Nathan and Ashley and hear their perspective on minimalism – taking into account the ones you love, what “home” means, and how to get to the root of the issue.  Does this really bring fulfillment in any way?

Welcome to Season Three on the Mama Says Namaste Podcast.  In this series, we will focus on how to clear the clutter not just from your home, but also your head and your heart to create that space for clarity and connection.

Join me and dive in to “The Minimalist To-Do List!”

Home isn’t something you’re running from.  It’s something you’re running towards.

Minimalism is so much more than Ikea – read the full blog here:

Share what you want to hear about for this series over on the Mama Says Namaste FB page:

What is minimalism?  The minimalists have great definitions on it: 

Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”( – top question: Does this spark joy?

This article: “Does It Spark Joy?” Is The Wrong Decluttering Question is an excellent challenge to Kondo’s book.

In the article, Becker lays out three critical points:

  1. Its’ not just about what makes YOU happy – take into account others as well.  How can you spread love and joy – share that spark with others? 

Nathan used the analogy of the trolls in the movie Frozen to personify and give life to the rocks on the beach – snatching them all up and taking them away from their family.  May be fun for the girls, but it isn’t just about their joy.

The only possessions we really have in this world are our actions. 

Don’t force your kids to eliminate, but paint a picture of perspective.  We can’t take every rock with us – in the scope of life, it doesn’t really matter.  They belong there on the beach of Lake Superior. 

2. It’s not just about owning less.  It’s about wanting less and acquiring less as well.

Mama Says Namaste Mission:

3. What’s the meaning behind it all?  What’s the purpose?  What is your “why” for holding on to something, or wanting more?

So when you’re holding one of your possessions in your hands, ask yourself, Does it help me fulfill my purpose? Does it help me craft a lifestyle in which I am able to build relationships and care for others, or might I be able to use my time, money, and energy in better ways?

What does this bring in to our life?  What does this change/make better?  Can you live without it?

Can you feed into someone else’s life instead?

Check out Scott Harrison’s story – the founder of Charity:Water –

What makes a good life?  Lessons from a life-long study of happiness – Ted Talk:

I want to take a minute again to share with you a bit about the music we have on the podcast – it’s a band with kids music the whole family loves!  If you haven’t checked them out, check out Renee & Jeremy – I love their “A Little Love” album, and their cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers song was what first turned me on to them!  Check out to hear more of their goodness. 

And, on that note, it’s time for a contest!  I’d love for you to share this podcast with your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest friends!  If you share the Mama Says Namaste podcast and tag @MamaSaysNamaste, I’m going to pick one person to get a free copy of it – sent either digital or physical. 

Check out the framework for this series and a deeper definition of Minimalism here:

And remember, if you’re liking what you hear, we want to hear from you! 

*Podcast music by the awesome Renee & Jeremy who cover “Put a Little Love In Your Heart” by Jackie DeShannon.  Props to both of them for this beautiful rendition that epitomizes what I want for families!

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About the author, Ashley Logsdon


Ashley Logsdon is a Family and Personality Styles Coach and Lifelong Learner. She and her husband Nathan are RVing the States and unschooling their 3 girls. Her mission is to shift the mindsets of families from reaction to intention, and guide them in creating the family they love coming home to. Looking deeper than the surface, we assess the strengths, triggers, and simplifying your lifestyle so you truly recognize how the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us.

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