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Founded in early 2008 by Tsh Oxenreider, The Art of Simple is a lifestyle blog + podcast
for people who want to delight + engage in the little things that matter.

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, books, and beyond.

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.

I love the work I get to do, and it’s thanks to you, the loyal ride-or-die readers and listeners here. I raise a glass to you!

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Managing Editor

Caroline TeSelle

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

Contributing Writers

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Alysa Bajenaru

Alysa is a freelance writer and dietitian who lives in Arlington, TX with her husband and two kids – unless, of course, it’s baseball season; then, they could be anywhere. / posts / blog / twitter / instagram

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Amber Black

Amber is endlessly fascinated by life, humanity, and what holds the world together deep down inside. She runs Serious Creatures, an art & stationery company with her illustrator husband, Brady, and lives life with the kids at Home of Hope near Beirut, Lebanon. / posts / blog / facebook

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Crystal Ellefsen

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

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Brooke McAlary

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

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Nina Nelson

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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Nicole Bennett

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

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Robin Dance

Southern as sugar-shocked tea, Robin is married to her college sweetheart and mom to three. She’s a bright-side seer and out loud laugher, and you can find her writing here, there and always at robindance.me. / posts / blog / twitter / instagram

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Kara Fleck

Kara is mother of four, a caregiver, and a small town girl. She keeps a lifestyle blog at K. Elizabeth Fleck and a YouTube channel. / posts / blog / twitter / instagram

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Osheta Moore

Osheta 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. / posts / blog / twitter / instagram

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Katherine Willis Pershey

Katherine is a minister, author, and mother. You really don’t want to know what she’d be like without the benefits of yoga, running, and dark roast coffee. / posts / blog / twitter