We have chosen to adopt a minimalist philosophy and are working to radically reduce our belongings, but not everyone comes to minimalism voluntarily.  Sometimes a natural disaster, theft, or financial crisis can take care of the reducing process all at once.  This is known as forced minimalism.  If it happens to you, you have a choice: replace all your belongings or choose to adopt a simplified life.

Our dear friend Sean, aka Mr. Bubblewrap, was forced into minimalism after a business failure.  As a result he learned that he didn’t actually need so much stuff in his life and could thrive with just a few possessions.  He sat down with Johnnie and talked about how he lost his stuff and came to embrace minimalism.

Watch the conversation in this video:


Sean carried all his possession in a trailer when he cycled from Austin to Phoenix early in 2016. That journey is being turned into a separate video that should be released later this month. Stay tuned for an announcement when it is released.

Have you had an experience with forced minimalism? Share your story with us in the comments or on social media using #RadicallyReducing.