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Founded in 2008 by Tsh Oxenreider,
this is a blog & podcast for people who want to live well and ignore the rest.

Here, we like to write and talk about music, style, history, and technology, as well as travel, relationships, books, self-care, work and careers, parenting, and beyond. 

This isn’t a space for preaching dogmatically the benefits of simple living — it’s simply the lens through which we filter what we care about. 

Whether it’s something inward, like how to navigate a personal faith shift, or something outward, like current great picks on Netflix, we like diving into the stuff that makes life worth living.

Meet Tsh

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.

Running this website — both the blog & podcast — is my full-time job, as well as writing books (after three non-fiction books, I’m currently working on my first novel). I love this work, and it’s thanks to you, the loyal ride-or-die readers and listeners. I’m crazy-grateful for you.

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Meet the Team

Christine Bailey

• Contributing Writer & Podcast Co-Host •

Christine is an idealist, dreamer, writer, homeschool mom, and farmer cultivating life with her husband and two daughters on their organic farm in Santa Fe, TN (just south of Nashville). She can often be found planting lettuce, devouring a great book, cooking and sharing meals around the table, and chasing Tennessee waterfalls with her family. / posts / blog / instagram

Nicole Bennett

• Books Columnist •

Nicole’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. / posts / blog / twitter / instagram

Andrea Debbink

• Managing Editor, Contributing Writer, & Podcast Co-Host •

Andrea is a writer and editor who’s spent the past decade working in magazine and book publishing. After growing up in the Minneapolis suburbs, she now makes her home in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and two kayaks. When she’s not writing or doing ordinary things like cleaning the kitchen, she’s probably exploring nature or reading a novel. / posts / blog / instagram

Crystal Ellefsen

• Contributing Writer & Podcast Co-Host •

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

Katherine Willis Pershey

• Contributing Writer & Podcast Co-Host •

Katherine is a minister, author, and yoga instructor. She loves music (especially Over the Rhine), coffee (especially dark roast), and food (especially guacamole), and lives near Chicago with her husband and daughters. / posts / blog / twitter

Caroline TeSelle

• Tsh’s Miraculous Right-Hand Woman •

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 four kids. / posts / blog / twitter / instagram

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