Since 2008, The Art of Simple has been a go-to bright spot for millions of readers who care about the journey of simplifying life: how to live well and ignore the rest.

This isn’t a space for dogmatic preaching about the “rules” of simple living — it’s 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 how to care for the earth from your own home, we like diving into the stuff that makes life worth living.

Meet the Founder

In early 2008, Tsh Oxenreider launched this site as a creative outlet for her life as an expat abroad, and it quickly became a popular, community-focused blog and podcast about the art (and science) of embracing a slower, simpler life than the cultural norm.

Equal parts homebody and wandering pilgrim, she now spends her days reminiscing about afternoons in Italy or dreaming up her family’s next trip to who-knows-where from their tiny Central Texas fixer-upper. She’s written several books and is always working on her next one.

These days, you can read her regularly at her newsletter Books & Crannies, listen to her podcast The Good List, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram, where she’s probably bemoaning the vices of social media.

(Stick to her newsletter and you’ll be set, because once a week she’ll send you a super-quick letter called 5 Quick Things, where she shares the things she either created or loved from the week, readable in under a minute.)

After many fantastic years sharing the ins and outs of living well, The Art of Simple published its last post in December 2020.

Tsh, and the many writers who’ve shared their words here, will continue to share their work with the world in other spaces! Make sure you’ve subscribed to Tsh’s newsletter so you won’t miss a thing.

Meet the People

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 / newsletter / instagram

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