Leo Babauta: Transforming Your Struggles into Joy and Gratitude

07 Jun Leo Babauta: Transforming Your Struggles into Joy and Gratitude

Episode 24: Leo Babauta

This week, I had the privilege of speaking with Leo Babauta. Leo is a former journalist and creator of one of the most popular blogs in the world, Zen Habits. He is also the author of numerous books and courses on habits, simplicity and mindfulness.

In 2005, Leo was living on Guam and was a smoker, overweight, sedentary, addicted to junk food, deeply in debt with lots of clutter, a procrastinator, overworked with no time for his wife and kids. In November 2005, he started to turn his life around: he finally quit smoking, then started running, changed his diet, started getting out of debt, decluttering, simplifying and more.

A year later, he had lost 30 lbs. and ran his first marathon, was a vegetarian and on his way to becoming debt-free and a minimalist.

Zen Habits
He started Zen Habits in January 2007 to share what he was learning about changing his life, and has been writing the blog ever since.

The blog grew to 26,000 readers by the end of 2007 (and now has over a million readers) and was named one of TIME Magazine’s Top 10 blogs for a few years. It’s one of the largest single-author blogs in the world.

These days, Leo is a vegan, lives a fairly healthy life in California, and focuses on helping people who are struggling.

  • Nathan Seaward

    Hey, what did you think of the episode?

  • Nathan Seaward

    Let me know your thoughts on this episode guys!

    • Penny

      I wanted to thank you for this podcast. It came to me today, at just the right time. I have been overwhelmed, to the point of tears, and ready to give up. I feel that this podcast must have been recorded just for me.
      I was a relief to hear that others, much farther along in their spiritual practice than I am, also struggle, and struggle hard with some of the same things that I am struggling with. ( the dark side ) It made it, okay, to feel the way I am feeling, and realize that I am not alone in my struggles and it helped me lift out of the darkness, if even just for a while.
      Thank you and thank you to Leo for being so honest and open, it came just when I needed it most.

    • Timins Ingle

      Bro, could tell the Kiwi accent straight away! Love Leo, enjoying the interview while I work.