Equal parts homebody and wandering pilgrim, I spend many days reminiscing about afternoons in Italy or dreaming up our next family trip to who-knows-where, mostly while stirring soup in my tiny, Central Texas fixer-upper kitchen. I adore writing, reading, traveling, and music, and right now I’m probably either working on my next book, planning our next trip, or both.
In early 2008, I launched this site as a creative outlet for my life as an expat abroad, and it quickly—remarkably—became a community-driven bright spot as the internet grew louder.
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People are so much more than one idea. Here, we like to write and talk about music, style, history, and technology, as well as travel, relationships, and books. This is a lifestyle blog & podcast for people who love the simpler things in life.
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Caroline is a virtual assistant for writers, and a dream encourager for friends. She and her husband, Greg, are atypical marriage mentors and live near Chicago with their 4 kids. She is generally a rule follower but enjoys the occasional glass of bourbon. She serves as the Managing Editor of this site. / posts / blog / twitter / instagram
Crystal is a poet, problem solver, storyteller, artist, and entrepreneur. Forgiveness and grief are two topics that many of her creative projects revolve around. Originally from Austin, TX, she now lives in San Diego with her blended family and three avocado trees. / posts / blog / twitter / instagram
Brooke is on a mission to help you slow down. She is the author of two books, Destination Simple, and SLOW, and the creator and host of The Slow Home Podcast, where she dives deep in to the multitude of ways we can learn to simplify, live mindfully and find pockets of slow in a fast-paced world. She’s also a firm advocate for the best things in life – naps, travel, cuddles, a good book, and great comedy. Brooke lives with her husband and two kids in the Blue Mountains of Australia and suffers a severe case of wanderlust. / posts / blog / twitter
Nina Nelson has secretly always wanted to be the village wise woman. She is the creator of tiny apothecary, a blog dedicated to equipping the family herbalist with inspiration, encouragement and simple natural remedies. When she’s not talking about herbs or simplicity, you can find her drinking hot beverages, giggling at miniature horses or doing CrossFit. / posts / blog / twitter
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