Hi TWL Community,

Exactly two years ago today we were 19 days into our month-long challenge to see what our lives would look like with some things trimmed out. What started with smaller closets, more home meals, and less driving grew into a project that went far beyond our individual lives and sparked a conversation that we’ve been thrilled to be a part of for the last two years.
 
Until now, the film has only been viewable through screenings and DVDs and we are extremely grateful for everyone that has contributed to the project in those ways! In the pursuit of keeping conversations alive on minimalism and sustainability, we want to offer our documentary free to anyone, anywhere. So here’s your chance to revisit the film or see the full Thrive With Less documentary for the first time online via this link: https://vimeo.com/thrivewithless/film
 
Please feel free to share the film with anyone you like. The project came into manifest with the sole intention of bringing these topics to light, so engage your peers and keep us posted if you take on any new challenges yourself.
 
We still have DVDs for sale on our website along with the opportunity for screenings at your community centers / schools / churches / etc. We’ve been blown away by your support and engagement with us, and we hope to keep in touch in moving forward.
 
Our best thoughts to you in striving for lasting joy. With warmth,
 
The Thrive with Less Team (Matt, Colin, Josh, Ryan, Mo, Jaclyn)

We had a great time in Huntington, IN last weekend. Not only did we get to show our film and talk about it with some great people, but we also had a chance to make some new friends and cook a meal together. It’s truly an honor and privilege for us to be able to continue to spread the word about minimal living while meeting such incredible people along the way.

Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to bring our film to your community and connect with us like the folks in Huntington did!

It’s been almost a year since we released Thrive With Less! We’ve been so encouraged by the response and support we’ve received from YOU our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and greater audience as a whole.
Would you like the chance to revisit our journey or share it with your community? Our DVDs are now on sale in a limited, hand-stamped case made from recycled materials. Visit our website to purchase: http://blog.thrivewithless.com/dvd 
Thanks again!

It’s been almost a year since we released Thrive With Less! We’ve been so encouraged by the response and support we’ve received from YOU our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and greater audience as a whole.

Would you like the chance to revisit our journey or share it with your community? Our DVDs are now on sale in a limited, hand-stamped case made from recycled materials. Visit our website to purchase: http://blog.thrivewithless.com/dvd 

Thanks again!

A huge thank you to everyone who came out and supported our film at the Capital City Film Festival! It’s always great to get to show our film to a wider audience, and we saw many new faces at the screening, who brought up some great ideas while we talked about the film.
We’ve been a busy team as of late, and we’ll have more updates coming very soon - including information about Kickstarter rewards and DVDs. Stay tuned!

A huge thank you to everyone who came out and supported our film at the Capital City Film Festival! It’s always great to get to show our film to a wider audience, and we saw many new faces at the screening, who brought up some great ideas while we talked about the film.

We’ve been a busy team as of late, and we’ll have more updates coming very soon - including information about Kickstarter rewards and DVDs. Stay tuned!

This is why we do what we do. Starting conversation and engaging in new communities; that’s the whole reason we set out to make this film.

Last week we had a seriously great time hanging out at GLCC all day. Colin and Josh had the opportunity to speak to students in the morning giving a quick glimpse into what we learned through the whole TWL process. We were then invited to dinner with students followed by tea and coffee with Ryan [our facilitator] in his home. [He also peeled some carrots for his 4 year old son, who provided much entertainment for our time there.]

After the screening of the film, we went on to have a 2 hour discussion and nearly everyone stayed for the duration of our dialogue. It was so great to hear students open up about how they’ve been thinking about or struggling with similar issues of materialism, and it’s incredibly humbling that we have been given the opportunity to inspire and engage in these students lives.

Multiple people stated they wanted to start their on TWL challenges and our new friend Kevin has decided to be off of Facebook and twitter for the month with only 4 shirts and 1 pair of pants as well. Yeah Kevin!

We’re continually blown away by the reach of our film, and how conversations such as these consistently spring up!

If you’d like to host a screening of our film at your school, house, or community, we’d love to be in touch with you! For more information check out [THIS FORM]

It’s so exciting to be getting our merch supplies in the mail! These stamps arrived today, and we’re pretty stoked to be printing our DVD cases this week. Thanks again to all of you that supported our Kickstarter a few months back! Your rewards will be coming in the next few weeks! For everyone else, DVDs will be for sale on our website soon!

It’s so exciting to be getting our merch supplies in the mail! These stamps arrived today, and we’re pretty stoked to be printing our DVD cases this week. Thanks again to all of you that supported our Kickstarter a few months back! Your rewards will be coming in the next few weeks! For everyone else, DVDs will be for sale on our website soon!

It may be the middle of winter in Michigan, but that’s not keeping the TWL crew from keeping their local commutes to bicycle. Yes, it’s quite a rush and a chill to bike through the blowing snow get hit with slush flying up as cars go by, but what better way to be present in your environment?
It helps to be prepared though, here are my winter biking essentials:
-Warm boots
-Wool socks
-Gaters to protect my pants from the spray
-rear fender [don’t want a dirty butt at work]
-safety glasses to keep out the wind and snow
-a giant scarf [for warmth and to look great]
-mittens that keep out the most tundra of winds
Get all those things together, and it really is quite enjoyable to take to the snow on two wheels!

It may be the middle of winter in Michigan, but that’s not keeping the TWL crew from keeping their local commutes to bicycle. Yes, it’s quite a rush and a chill to bike through the blowing snow get hit with slush flying up as cars go by, but what better way to be present in your environment?

It helps to be prepared though, here are my winter biking essentials:

-Warm boots

-Wool socks

-Gaters to protect my pants from the spray

-rear fender [don’t want a dirty butt at work]

-safety glasses to keep out the wind and snow

-a giant scarf [for warmth and to look great]

-mittens that keep out the most tundra of winds

Get all those things together, and it really is quite enjoyable to take to the snow on two wheels!

Screening in Blacksburg, VA

A screening of Thrive With Less was recently hosted in Blacksburg, VA and we received a lot of positive feedback from the viewing of the film. Here’s what they had to say:

How does TWL “translate” from six college students to 46 middle-aged, middle-income people in Blacksburg, VA?  We showed TWL and immediately launched into this very discussion.  We pondered how this would be seen by the poor.  We went back and forth on the differing needs of families with children.  We marveled at college-aged “kids” coming to such meaningful conclusions about what mattered in life.  More than one of us expressed that we wished we had had this much wisdom in our 20’s.  A local member in our community had built a tiny-house as part of her Master’s degree and she came to discuss that experience.  This led to a lengthy discussion about housing codes and communal living in the 21st Century.  In the two days that followed our showing of TWL, I heard from numerous people how they were still talking about what they had seen.  It is fair to say that it gave each in attendance pause. The question, “What’s holding you back?” still resonates in Blacksburg.  Thank you TWL team for this important work!

If you’re interested in hosting a screening of Thrive WIth Less, check out our [screening page] for more information.

GIGANTIC thank you to everyone who supported our efforts through Kickstarter last month! We now have the resources available to move forward with distributing this film farther and farther. Stay tuned for more exciting updates!

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