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Here’s the Wild Idea

Courtney’s Wild Idea: To battle her autoimmune diagnosis by embracing minimalism, being less busy, having more JOMO, and sharing her journey and tips with the world.

If you have social media or are connected to our current tech-savvy world, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced some FOMO (fear of missing out). Or maybe you’ve experienced a sense of feeling overwhelmed, being too busy, or had this deep desire to simplify your life and be happy with where you are and what you have right now?

If those questions spark something inside you, you will love today’s guest. After years in a fast-paced career as an ad executive, Courtney Carver was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that forced her to rethink her whole life. Stress caused major flare ups for her, so she went about eliminating as many sources of stress as she could. This led to a passion for minimalism, the creation of Project 333, and her book Soulful Simplicity, which has become a huge hit and really touched me when I read it.

I don’t talk about it much, but in the last few years I’ve struggled with an autoimmune condition Vitiligo that only affects me aesthetically. It seems to also be exacerbated by stress, and I’ve tried a lot of remedies to combat it. You can hear me talk a bit more about it in this episode, and you’ll also hear about how Courtney’s book and her message of living with less can give you so much more. I loved talking to her about how to minimize your life, how to be less busy, her love of hiking, and how to embrace JOMO (the joy of missing out) instead of suffering from FOMO.

Presented by REI

Listen to this Episode if

  • You’ve ever suffered from FOMO and you want more JOMO.
  • You want to minimize your life.
  • You dislike the busy-ness epidemic.
  • You have an autoimmune disease.
  • You feel stressed out by technology and social media.

Key Takeaways

  • 4:10 – Courtney’s life before being diagnosed with MS and what MS is.
  • 7:25 – How Courtney decided to move toward minimalism.
  • 9:10 – What project 333 is.
  • 13:05 – How Courtney decides what to keep and what to get rid of.
  • 15:55 – How you can start getting rid of stuff.
  • 18:30 – Why we need to get rid of our addiction to busy-ness.
  • 20:15 – How to stop being busy and start setting boundaries.
  • 23:45 – What is JOMO.
  • 25:20 – How Courtney says no, especially now that she’s a successful writer.
  • 27:10 – Why Courtney loves hiking and tries to get out on the trails often.
  • 29:30 – What else Courtney loves spending her time doing.
  • 30:50 – What being on a book tour is like.
  • 32:00 – The stories Courtney has heard about the effect her book has had on people.
  • 33:30 – Courtney’s advice for anyone with an autoimmune disease.
  • 34:45 – Learn to say no (and try a yes fast).
  • 35:35 – What books Courtney is reading now.
  • 36:30 – Look for the Tiny Wardrobe tour 2.0.
  • 38:20 – Tiny steps matter.

Episodes to listen to

Rob Greenfield
Shanti Hodges


Soulful Simplicity

Awesome book Courtney recommends gifting

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Getting Back to Happy by Marc and Angel Chernoff


Project 333
National Public Lands Day

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