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About

Part intrepid pilgrim and scrutinizer of cultural oddities, part whimsical homebody and charming troglodyte, my name really and truly is spelled correctly. You pronounce it as though there’s an i, like Tish, unless you’re a Starbucks barista, in which you pronounce it Lucy because you give them a fake name to avoid the hassle.

I am a thirty-something writer and accidental entrepreneur who loves traveling and staying home, guacamole and pad thai (but not together), the Internet and the persnickety pulchritude of a really good pen, my Kindle and the smell of old books. I am a walking contradiction.

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Izmir, Turkey circa 2008

My family and I moved to Turkey in early 2007, and I started this blog because everything about life felt like a do-over from my rather conventional Stateside life of a wife and mom to a toddler. I wanted a place to catalog my discoveries about what it meant to simplify everything, from clutter to parenting to finances to relationships. Readers soon found me, and yadda yadda yadda, here we are today. I love this place.

The Art of Simple has evolved in to a community of likeminded people in search of permission and inspiration to live unconventionally. To live simply. Not because we’re in the mood to be rebellious, or because we’re better than our neighbors—but because it’s the right thing to do.

Here we talk about the why behind living simply, because it’s all well and good to want to get rid of your stuff, but if you don’t have your reasons for doing it, there’s a good chance you’ll get discouraged, unmotivated, judge-y, or slightly nuts. We’re more about the heart issues here than the Five Reasons You Should Be Doing Your Laundry This Way stuff.

We define “simple living” this way: living holistically with your life’s purpose. That’s it. We’ve got a manifesto that fleshes out more details, but really there are very few black and whites when it comes to living simply. We dig that.

family in phuket

My family and I (two adults; three kids under age 10) returned to the States in 2010, and we’ve called Bend, Oregon our homebase ever since. We’re currently traveling around the world, and yes, it’s as nuts and exhilarating as it sounds. It’s confirmed my suspicion: a passport truly is a portal for the world’s greatest textbook—the actual planet and all her inhabitants.

Head here to get my Tiny Letter, a monthly email newsletter with personal updates, or keep on reading if you’d like to know the more professional stuff about me, meet the fabulous person who keeps the gears spinning on this site, and all the fantastic writers who contribute their words. In the meantime, I’m super glad you’re here. Stay for awhile.

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Slightly fancier stuff on Tsh

Tsh is the author of Notes from a Blue Bike, One Bite at a Time, and Organized Simplicity. She also records a podcast called The Art of Simple Podcast, which for 15 minutes one week ranked second under NPR’s This American Life in most listened-to podcasts.

The Art of Simple has been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, CNBC, CNN, NPR, Parents magazine, Real Simple magazine, and more. Tsh is also an advocate for Compassion International, is a contributor at (in)courage, and has spoken at various events around the world. But she’d still rather be snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef with her kids or puttering around her own backyard with a beer in hand.

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Managing Editor

Katie Fox serves as the Managing Editor of The Art of Simple, which means she makes this site function without unicorns and glitter, even when it looks like it. Katie is a writer, a teacher, a mezzo-soprano, and a lover of all things red. She has been a stay-at-home mom since 2007, and while she loves her family more than anything, she also loves to make time for pursuing the crafts of writing and choral music. Katie is a native Texas girl, happily married to her best friend, Shaun, and together they are passionate about mentoring and equipping artists of all kinds. Find her online at katiefox.net, and read all her AoS posts here.

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    • alysa

      Alysa Bajenaru

      Phoenix, Arizona

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    • nicole

      Nicole Bennett

      Southern California

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    • kt_head

      Katie Clemons

      Montana

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    • robin

      Robin Dance

      the South

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    • crystal

      Crystal Ellefsen

      Southern California

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    • kara

      Kara Fleck

      Indiana

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    • kat

      Kat Lee

      Central Texas

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    • sarahm

      Brooke McAlary

      New South Wales, Australia

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    • “nina”

      Nina Nelson

      Central Oregon

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    • “katherine”

      Katherine Willis Pershey

      Illinois

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    • megan

      Carmella Rayone

      Wyoming

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    • megan

      Megan Tietz

      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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