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.
My family and I moved to Turkey in early 2007, and I started this blog because everything about life there felt like a do-over from my rather conventional stateside life. I wanted a place to catalog my discoveries about what it meant to simplify everything, from clutter to parenting to finances to relationships.
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. 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 Why You Should Live With Only X-Number of Things banter.
We define “simple living” this way: living holistically with your life’s purpose. That’s it. Simple, right? 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 ages 5 to 11) returned to the States from Turkey in 2010, and we’ve called Central Oregon and Central Texas our homebases ever since. In 2014-15 we traveled around the world, and yes, it was as nuts and exhilarating as it sounds. It confirmed my suspicion: a passport truly is a portal for the world’s greatest textbook—the actual planet and all her inhabitants. Travel memoir due for release spring 2017 (Thomas Nelson, publisher).
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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 Simple Show, which was a New & Noteworthy podcast in iTunes for its first eight weeks.
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 former contributor at (in)courage and Storyline, 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.
Alysa BajenaruAlysa is a freelance writer and dietitian who lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband and two kids—unless, of course, it’s baseball season; then, they could be anywhere.
Nicole BennettNicole’s writing flows from her many passions; if she’s not writing, she’s probably reading, eating ice cream, watching baseball, or all of the above. She lives in a Southern California beach town with her husband and three kiddos.
Katie ClemonsKatie is a storycatcher and award-winning journal crafter who helps tens of thousands of folks document and celebrate their stories with her beloved mother-child journals, personal diaries, and complimentary journal tutorials.
Robin DanceMarried 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.
Crystal EllefsenCrystal lives in San Diego with her blended family. She writes poetry, helps authors with their internet marketing, and makes time for sunsets and reading books.
Kara FleckKara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children.
Katie FoxKatie is a native Texas girl, mom to two girls, happily married to her best friend, Shaun, and together they are passionate about mentoring and equipping artists of all kinds.
Kat LeeKat is a write and speaker, and blogs and podcasts about helping overwhelmed moms become focused and purposeful. Kat and her husband live in Texas with their three children and is the reigning Candy Land champion in her home.
Brooke McAlaryBrooke is a writer, podcaster and inappropriate laugher. She’s an advocate of naps, slow living, a good shiraz and even better comedy, and lives with her husband and two kids in the Blue Mountains of Australia with a severe case of wanderlust.
Osheta MooreOsheta believes everything is better after a nap, brunch with girlfriends is a necessity, and nothing beats a good Netflix binge. She lives with her family in California.
Nina NelsonNina is an author, intuitive designer, and essential oil educator, and she focuses on creating happier, healthier homes naturally. She lives with her husband and four kids in central Oregon.
Katherine Willis PersheyKatherine is a minister and author in Western Springs, Illinois, where she and her husband, Benjamin, raise two daughters. She is a contributor to the Christian Century and the author of Any Day a Beautiful Change.