Hey there! I’m 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 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.

Hey there! I’m 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 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.

From 2008 through 2017, The Art of Simple’s focus was simple living, and we published posts and podcasts with this as our filter: What does it mean to live simply? Though we still care about this 100%, we’ve broadened our focus to explore other things we love. ‘Simple’ can mean more than ‘simple living’—it can also mean ‘easy to understand.’

We’re keeping everything we’ve already published, but we’re ready to also write and talk about stuff like music, style, history, and technology, as well as diving more into travel, relationships, books, and more. Instead of a blog and podcast about simple living, consider this space a lifestyle blog and podcast for people who value the simpler things in life.

Whether that’s something big, like how to navigate a crisis of faith, or something a bit smaller, like current great picks on Netflix, we want to dive into the stuff that makes life worth living.

It’s great to simplify our lives… but then, it’s good to stop and smell the roses.

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Meet Tsh

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’m a 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, reading thick novels and good old-fashioned TV binge, my Kindle and the smell of old books.

← Izmir, Turkey circa 2008

↑ Izmir, Turkey circa 2008

My family and I moved to Turkey in early 2007, and I started this online space because everything about life there felt like a do-over from the stateside life I knew. I wanted to catalog my discoveries about what it meant to simplify everything, from clutter to parenting to finances to relationships.

The site took off, and a decade later, here we are.

My family and I (two adults; three kids ages 7 to 12) returned to the States from Turkey in 2010, and we’ve called Central Oregon and Central Texas our homebases ever since.

Phuket, Thailand circa 2014 →

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.

Phuket, Thailand circa 2014 ↓

The more we’ve traveled, the more I’m convinced that the world is beautiful, hard, complicated, and worth knowing. The more we’ve moved, the more I’m convinced you can make a home in any circumstance, and that it’s worth the hard work of staying put and knowing your neighborhood. You can love to travel, love to stay home, and burrow into the layer beneath the surface of both and find the same thing: a taste of heaven on earth, kingdom-come.

I learn as I go, exploring and tinkering with new ideas. I’m always a work in progress, just like you. Hallelujah.

p.s. – You can find my books here, or find me occasionally puttering around on Twitter and Instagram.

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

Writers

alysa

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

amber

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

crystal

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

jerusalem

Jerusalem Greer

Jerusalem Jackson Greer is a writer, blogger, speaker, and farm girl newbie, and an Episcopal Family Minister. Her first book A Homemade Year was published in 2013, and her second book, a memoir of being forced to live slow, will be released spring of 2017. Jerusalem, her husband Nathan, and their two boys Wylie and Miles live in rural Arkansas where they are attempting to live a slower version of modern life. / posts / blog / twitter

brooke

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

“nina”

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

nicole

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

robin

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

kara

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

kat

Kat Lee

Kat Lee is passionate about teaching others how to jump-start each day with a grace-filled, life-giving morning routine. She is the founder of HelloMornings.org. Kat and her husband, Jimmy, live in Waco, Texas, with their three children. / posts / blog / twitter

osheta

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

“katherine”

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

Fancier stuff on Tsh

Along with spearheading the blog and podcast here, Tsh is the author of the books At Home in the WorldNotes from a Blue Bike, and Organized Simplicity.

The Simple Show was featured as a New and Noteworthy podcast on Apple for its first eight weeks and has found a home with the network Wondery. 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 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.