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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Phoenix, ArizonaAlysa is a freelance writer and dietitian who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and two kids – unless, of course, it’s baseball season; then, they could be anywhere.
Southern CaliforniaNicole lives near the beach in Southern California with her husband and three young kiddos. She writes a lifestyle blog called Gidget Goes Home, and is currently working on her first ebook, a simple guide to learning the basics of sewing.
MontanaStorycatcher and award winning journal crafter Katie Clemons helps tens of thousands of folks document and celebrate their stories with her beloved mother child journals, personal diaries, and complimentary journal tutorials at Gadanke. The mother and entrepreneur has appeared on HGTV, given a TEDxTalk, and washed sticky finger prints off every appliance.
the SouthMarried over half her life to her college sweetheart, Robin’s guilty pleasure is Reddi Wip from the can. Mom to three, she’s as Southern as sugar-shocked tea.
Southern CaliforniaCrystal Ellefsen lives in San Diego with her husband and son, where she writes, works, explores, thinks, drinks coffee, writes, makes videos, paints, doodles, sings, and writes some more. Until recently, she published here and elsewhere as Crystal Hadidian, the ‘single parenting contributor’ around these parts.
IndianaKara is the editor of Simple Kids . She lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children.
Central TexasKat Lee is a writer, speaker, and the reigning CandyLand champion in her home. She blogs at Inspired to Action, where she helps overwhelmed moms become focused and purposeful. She has traveled with and is an advocate for Compassion International. Kat and her husband live in Texas with their three children. She loves running, God, and Tex-Mex food, not necessarily in that order.
New South Wales, AustraliaBrooke is a writer, gardener, inappropriate laugher, and big-time siesta advocate. She lives with her husband and two kids in the Blue Mountains of Australia and is on a mission to help you slow. right. down…… even just for a minute. Sound good?
Central OregonNina is a wellness coach, student midwife, and writer at Shalom Mama, where she helps families simplify natural living. She and her husband live in central Oregon with their four kids on a school bus turned RV.
Katherine Willis Pershey
IllinoisKatherine Willis Pershey is a minister in Western Springs, Illinois. In addition to writing a personal blog, she is a contributor to the Christian Century, a storyteller for A Deeper Family, and the author of Any Day a Beautiful Change. She and her husband, Benjamin, have two daughters.
WyomingSome call it simplicity; they call it life. Former interior designer Carmella Rayone pens an assorted narrative on living with less in their 665 square foot home in the foothills of Wyoming’s mountains at Assortment.
Oklahoma City, OklahomaMegan Tietz wants you to join her on the front porch for some long talks and iced tea. She lives in the heart of Oklahoma City with her husband, two daughters, and twin sons. Catch up with her at Sorta Crunchy and join the conversation in her Facebook community.