Unstuffed

Renee Benes

I feel burned out. My house is a mess. I wake up feeling anxious. Why do I keep buying stuff I don't need? How do I declutter all this stuff? I get it. Life gets busy and overwhelming and sometimes we get caught up in the clutter of it all. That's why the Unstuffed podcast is here to help you sort through all of life's clutter. How to start a minimalist journey. How to declutter your house. Simple ways for organizing and cleaning your home. But most importantly, how can living a more minimalist lifestyle help to align you with your bigger purpose for living? Throughout the episodes of the Unstuffed podcast, I will share pieces of my minimalist journey with you, how we downsized our house with kids, paid off debt, started earning passive income, and how healed my shopping addiction in the process! I'll share insightful and uplifting conversations with people who have dramatically changed their lives, followed their calling and are changing the world on their terms. Applying minimalism to every area has allowed me to completely transform my life, and finances and has created a freedom and flexibility I never before thought possible. More than anything my hope is that Unstuffed will encourage you to accelerate in the direction you want your life to go without a bunch of dead weight and clutter holding you back!

  • 52 minutes 45 seconds
    Ep. 131: I Started Olympic Weight Lifting at Age 60 with Kim Rahir

    Could you imagine going from active, high-achieving woman to bed ridden and physically struggling with an MS diagnosis? That’s the story Kim Rahir shares with us today on the podcast. She was able to take a scary physical diagnosis and use it as a reason to build strength beyond her wildest dreams. What started as weigh lifting to avoid fatigue quickly turned into Olympic style training, and teaching other middle aged women how to take back their power, even into their golden years. Today’s message is perfect for anyone who feels the wear and tear of age on their bodies, or have struggled with physical limitations. In today’s episode Kim takes the time to remind us that age is just a number, strength is more than muscle, and that it’s never too late to enjoy the little things in life.

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    15 July 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 49 minutes
    Ep. 130: Finding Yourself. Loving Each Other. Saving the Planet with Donal MacCoon

    What does it really take to change the world? Most of us have some desire to leave a lasting impact, but often aren’t sure where to start. Today’s guest, Donal MacCool is a clinical psychologist and founder of One Planet Thriving. During our chat today we do a deep dive into human connection, embracing our own authenticity, and finding the right words to spark lasting change.

    If you have ever felt hopeless when it comes to the state of the world, or misunderstood when it comes to sharing your true self, today’s episode will speak directly to your heart. Pinky promise.

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    9 July 2024, 6:11 pm
  • 53 minutes 36 seconds
    Ep. 129: What Does It Mean to Live a Simply Extraordinary Life with NoorJehan Tourte

    If you have ever been conflicted about how you want to live your life, what you want to do, or the job you want to have, you are not alone. Tune into today’s episode with guest, NoorJehan Tourte who boldly rejects the idea that we can only be one thing. From Sports Illustrated swimsuit competitions, to climbing the corporate ladder, NoorJehan has done it all and doesn’t plan on stopping now. Listen in to get inspiration for simply extraordinary living and a reminder that being multi passionated is perfectly normal.

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    24 June 2024, 5:26 pm
  • 53 minutes 46 seconds
    Ep. 128: Packing Light and Getting Outdoors with Glen Van Peski

    Our family has found so much joy in reconnecting to the outdoors in the last few years and today's guest made me start itching for adventure and fresh air a little bit more. Glen Van Peski is the author of the new book, Take Less, Do More, where he shares life lessons from his outdoor adventures on how to lighten your load in life and in your backpack. Together we discussed the beauty of nature, the lessons in letting go when it comes to parenthood, and choosing a life where our possessions don't take top priority.

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    17 June 2024, 3:04 pm
  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    Ep. 127: I Quit My High Profile Fashion Career to Do My Own Thing with Nicole Russo

    Today’s guest had me hooked when she told me she sat at a table with Victoria Beckham. My Spice Girl’s loving heart skipped a beat, and I was all ears as she told me she walked away from her successful fashion career in order to create her own styling business. Nicole Russo’s belief about fashion is that you don’t need a lot to have a good wardrobe, and that if you dress yourself right, you can totally change your life.

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    The Blog: https://www.thefunsizedlife.com

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    10 June 2024, 11:00 am
  • 26 minutes 54 seconds
    Ep. 126: Breaking Free From Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms with Melanie Ann Layer

    It’s so easy to become overwhelmed by life’s problems. We can do deep dives into trying to uncover perfect solutions to our biggest problems, only to realize the solution is even more complicated than the problem itself. During today’s Part 2 conversations with Melanie Ann Layer, the Alpha Femme, she shares with us how learning to simplify our coping mechanisms can totally transform our lives — and save us a lot of unnecessary stress.

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    3 June 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 41 minutes 47 seconds
    Episode 125: What We Can Learn from Hitting Rock Bottom with Melanie Ann Layer

    Do you think your biggest fears are designed to show you what you are capable of overcoming? What if the hardships we face can be something that remind us of just how resilient we really are? This is today's guest, Melanie Ann Layer's (AKA Alpha Femme) perspective on life and hitting rock bottom. Not only will Melanie encourage you to look at the hard times with a softer lens, but she'll also encourage you to shift the way you look at your mindset and how it operates so that you can start escaping some of your biggest mental blocks.

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    27 May 2024, 2:28 pm
  • 27 minutes 19 seconds
    Ep. 124: Stuff Is Giving Me "The Ick"

    If you have teenagers like I do you have probably heard the term, "It's giving me The Ick." If you haven't heard this, welcome to the new slang...apparently it's a part of my vocabulary now. I'm just gonna run with it. Talking about minimalism topics like decluttering, organizing, and capsule wardrobes has been wearing on me for some time. Today I want to break down for you why talking about my minimalist lifestyle no longer feels aligned, and why I hope you might consider adapting a similar mindset in your own life. Whether we are addicted to shopping or are practicing decluttering, we can very easily give the stuff in our life way more weight and significance than it deserves and I'm so over it.

    50 Top Book Recommendations: https://www.reneebenes.com/books

    The Ebook: https://www.reneebenes.com/minimalist-lifestyle-guide

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    20 May 2024, 1:27 pm
  • 42 minutes 41 seconds
    Ep. 123: Spoken Words Can Change the World with Emily Montgomery

    Shooting a kind text is a thoughtful idea, but did you know speaking the words out loud leaves an even bigger impact? Today I sat down with founder of the HiLU app, Emily Montgomery to talk about the power of the spoken word and how we can use it to build one another up. Send a HiLU: https://www.teamhilu.com Emily's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teamhilu/ The Blog: https://www.thefunsizedlife.com My 50 Top Book Recommendations: https://www.reneebenes.com/books



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    13 May 2024, 11:00 am
  • 24 minutes
    Ep. 122: I'm Quitting Everything. Here's How You Can Too.

    The idea of walking away from minimalism and the online presence that I have built has been something that has been on my mind for a long time. Today it all came to me in one giant AHA moment...or did it? Here is how I have been taking small, bold, steps toward the calling on my heart and how it all finally caught up with me today. Decluttering and downsizing my life has helped create the space for this kind of change, but I'm realizing letting go of something else is really going to be the key to make my dreams come true... The Blog: https://www.thefunsizedlife.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/renee.benes/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@renee.benes/



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    6 May 2024, 4:00 pm
  • 59 minutes 4 seconds
    Ep. 121: I Quit My 6-Figure Job to Find My Purpose with Jean-Francois Lappas

    If you have ever dreamed of turning in your 2 week notice, and living life on your terms, then you're going to want to tune into today's episode where I sit down with Wayba founder and coach, Jean-Francoia Lappas to talk about burnout, leaving the corporate world behind, and finding purpose and passion. Remember, life is not a one size fits all. Different things work for different people and finding what works for us is the key to aligning with what we were always meant to do.


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    29 April 2024, 8:00 am
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