My Good List: Birthday Edition

Today’s my birthday. I often write heartfelt posts about what I’ve learned over the past year, but for whatever reason, I’m not feeling much like it this year. Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten kinda deep lately about my sabbatical and I need to jump in the kiddie pool for a bit? Maybe.

Regardless, to celebrate today’s acknowledgment of me having circumnavigated the sun 42 times on earth, I thought I’d simply share a current Good List — it’s been a few months! Then at the end, I’ve got a little birthday request for you.

1. A Thing

Erienne, the creator of natural beauty product line Some Call Me Crunchy, was a Literary London attendee this summer, and she gifted us with some of her favorite items. I am in love with this eye serum of hers — who knew this was even a thing I needed?

My teen daughter and I both use it, and at both our ages, this chamomile and black tea roll-on reduces undereye puffiness and our dark circles. I apply it as part of my nightly bedtime routine, after cleaning my face with oil and before moisturizing. It’s a lovely treat that actually works.

(p.s. We both also use this clay mask every couple weeks, and even though we have different skin types, it works wonders for both of us — though it does leave our faces pink for several hours, which is why we use it just before bed.)

2. A Habit

A few months ago I talked about my current eating routine, and how it involves an informal form of intermittent fasting — basically, I eat two meals a day, around 11 am and around 5-6 pm. I’ve known for years my body feels best when I eat like this, so the take-off in IF popularity has basically given me permission to call it an official thing.

I’ve sipped my coffee black for almost two decades now, so it’s my complete normal to put nothing in it — which is why it’s bizarre to me how much I love drinking butter coffee several times a week as part of my IF routine. It’s sometimes called bulletproof coffee or keto coffee, but whatever the name, it’s been a great way for me to add needed healthy fat and other goodness in my body before my first true meal of the day.

These days, my butter coffee includes about 1-2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, along with a scoop of collagen peptides, a scoop of MCT oil powder, and a few drops of fulvic acid, blended with about 20 ounces of coffee. Believe it or not, it tastes delicious.

I sip this throughout my morning until my first meal, and this little routine has become a habit for about a year now. I still drink plain black coffee about 3-4 times a week, because I can’t give that fully up… but it’s been a lovely treat to add butter coffee to my morning rhythm (more on its health benefits here).

3. A Work of Art

There are so many good things in this category I could choose right now, but I’m gonna go with Good Omens, the Amazon six-part series that released earlier this summer. It’s not for everyone, so know that if you give it a whirl: it’s irreverent, it’s not remotely meant to be theologically correct, and it’s oh-so British — that last bit, combined with the glory that is David Tennant, is why I loved this more than I thought possible.

But the show is masterfully shot, fantastically written, and a fun, bizarre treat after a long day’s work (great soundtrack, too). I never read the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, but I’m working (and laughing) my way through it now.

4. A Philosophy

Currently, I’m burning a favorite candle on my desk as I write this, and I’ve got a shelf-full of more waiting to be used, mostly given as gifts. A decade ago, I would have saved them for “something special,” as though good candles, or hand lotion, or perfume, or chocolate should be reserved for our guests and not ourselves. But I’ve been embracing the idea of using the good stuff now more than ever these days.

When life is especially full, I find a simple solace in treating myself to the things I’d give someone else I love as a gift. Why not give them to myself occasionally? I’m not talking about springing for the Jaguar because I “deserve” more than my kid-littered, five-year-old Toyota, I mean the little things in life that make it sweeter: polish on my toes, a sugar scrub for my skin, and a candle flickering on a Tuesday just because.

I’m embracing this philosophy today, as a small way to say happy birthday to myself: I’ll walk the few steps out my door to my neighborhood coffee shop for an iced lavender latte, I’ll wear a dress just because, and hey, maybe I’ll finally use that gift certificate for a massage (from Mother’s Day three years ago) — because why not?

Okay, here’s your gift to me: Say hi in the comments! I’d love to hear where you’re from, and one little thing you’re enjoying these days. Thanks, as always, for reading our words over here! I’m grateful for you.

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92 Comments

  1. Rachel

    Happy Birthday, Tsh! One of my favorite things is listening to your podcast each week. I always find your words and insights so refreshing. Thanks for all you do!

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Thanks so much, Rachel!

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    • Susannah

      Happy Birthday Tsh 🎉
      I’m loving our new puppy, Rosie, who is absolutely adorable and so much fun. Also an alligator and fast as lightening to boot.
      Your post prompted me to get up and light a new grapefruit candle because it is smelling a little doggy around here with two canines.
      Your lavender latte sounds incredible 😀

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    • Kay

      Happy Birthday! I’m enjoying trying new recipes ( grilled corn & tomato salad, zucchini bread, and grilled chicken and pineapple kabobs). I loved your thoughts on using the good stuff. I’ve gotten in the habit of saving ” good stuff” for another time, a special day or occasion. This article really made me reevaluate what I’m doing! Why am I ” saving” my candles, good China, grandma’s quilt etc. I’m special too and today can be a special day if I choose to make it one!! Thank you for the reminder.

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    • Leah

      Hi! And happy birthday Tsh! I’m really glad you were born- I love learning from+with you on the interwebs.

      I’m Leah from Denver (via NM+AR), and I’m enjoying saying kind affirmations to myself while I wash my face 💛

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  2. Lori

    Happy Birthday 🙂
    I’m from Brisbane, Australia.
    I’m also one to burn the Glasshouse candle (triple scented- best candle throw ever) on a Tuesday but I’m also enjoying a Spotify list of 1930s music – deep, moody and very calming.
    Have a wonderful day.

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Ooh, that Spotify list sounds amazing, Lori!

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  3. Lori

    Happy Birthday! I’m from McKinney, Texas. These days, I’m enjoying grocery pick up, good books, and morning coffee.

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    • Kate Jaco

      Happy birthday from Charleston, SC. I’m enjoying my new cinnamon swirl nutpods coffee creamer and this random streak of cooler temps we are having.

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      • Tina

        Happy birthday Tsh! I’m a longtime fan of your blog and your podcast and I would love to join you on one of your future literary London (or Europe?) tours. I live in Burghausen Germany, the city with the world‘s longest castle and a walkable bridge to Austria. Currently I’m living the cartoon version of “Reinventing Organizations” – so good!

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        • Robin Dance

          Tina! I have NEVER heard anyone else mention Burghausen, but we lived there in 2012 and LOVED it! I biked to the castle almost daily, and we’re planning to live there again in a few years!! Are you there temporarily? How long have you lived there? I actually wrote about it on AoS a few years ago, and I’d love to hear your thoughts: https://theartofsimple.net/burghausen/

          And, Tsh…HAPPY BELATED! I’m catching up after being off the grid last week, and I’m so glad to have 5 Quick Things in my inbox to point me here. Love to YOU!

          xo

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Grocery pick-up is one of our great modern marvels!

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  4. Aubrey Aldave

    Happy Birthday from Houston, TX! I am 5 months pregnant with my first, so a treat for me lately has been going through my closet and wearing those favorite pre-pregnancy outfits one last time before I pack them away until after baby is here. Interestingly, it has made me reflect on how thankful I am for what I have.

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      What a good perspective, Aubrey! Love that.

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  5. Sarah M

    Happy Birthday from Ft. Langley, British Columbia!
    I’m currently really enjoying the YA Indigenous dystopian (how’s that for a genre! LOL) novel “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline.

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Ooh, never heard of that one!

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      • Stacy

        Happiest birthday, happiest new year to you! My name is Stacy, I am from Missouri and one of new favorites is fitting in things that I love like writing or watercolor in a15 minute time slot, because I used to think I needed hours. It’s surprising how refreshing it feels to add what I love

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  6. Margaret

    Happy Birthday! What a good list that you have created. Since I have never read anything by Neil Gaiman (who I had never heard of until yesterday) and now have had a recommendation 2 days in a row, I shall check that book out first.
    I have discovered that fiction audible books are my new friend for work and outside chores.

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    • Margaret

      Oh, I live in Huntsville, AL

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      He’s great! And definitely a little… unique. 🙂 I shared a good, short novel of his in my recent What I Read series; it’s called The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Trippy, in a good way!

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  7. Kelcey

    Happy Birthday! Today is also my sister’s birthday : ) Love using the good stuff now! I’m enjoying the last week of summer break (and miraculously cooler temps in NYC), my daughter finally being home after being away all summer, and slowly getting ready for her Senior Year!

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      “Miraculously cooler temps” sounds like a dream phrase that I never get to say if I’m in Texas on my birthday… Enjoy!

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  8. Rita Zimermann

    Embrace 42. Treasure the days. Hug your children. Kiss your husband. Drink your coffee. Have that massage.
    Days are fleeting. Life is short. Find your Birthday JOY.

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Thank you, Rita!

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  9. Michelle Jacobi

    Hello and happy birthday from Leander, TX! I live just down the road from you and have always loved your work even more knowing that we are “neighbors”. Lately, I’m loving grilling again. We recently had a new outdoor kitchen built and I was without a grill for a few weeks. I never realized how much I depend on it! Now I’m grilling all the things!

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Nice! And hello, neighbor! 👋

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  10. Katie Di Filippo

    Happy birthday! I’ve been reading, listening, and loving your work for years. It’s one of the few things I’ve not stopped consuming on the internet. Thank you! I am currently living in Los Angeles. Something that is currently making me happy is telecommuting. I’m not super happy with where I am at work, but I am so happy that I get to spend two extra days at home with my son without having to give it up entirely. I definitely think we need to make this a more realistic option for the workforce.

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      That would definitely make me happy, Katie, especially in LA! And thanks for reading all these years; it means SO much to me. xoxo

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    • Gina

      Katie – same thing here with my husband and me. However, we are starting to question the value of it. Our jobs are starting to make us miserable so is the extra time at home worth it?? I know you say you don’t love your job, do you experience what we are feeling too?

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  11. Jennifer

    Happiest of Birthdays!! I’m in Eugene, Oregon and still hope to run into you in Bend sometime. Silly, I know. And I’m super curious if you’re related to the Oxenriders at my church. I haven’t had the guts to ask them. 😉 But I have asked around. One thing I’m enjoying lately is the Popcast podcast, which I have you to thank for! It was through your posts From the first Literary London trio that I was introduced to Jamie and I’ve been hooked since. I needed more levity in my life, and that supplies it in full!

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      I’m so glad! And yep, those Oxenreiders in Eugene are probably my in-laws… you should ask them next time! 😉

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  12. Kate Laymon

    Happy birthday, Tsh! Fellow Enneagram 4 here from Seattle area. Somehow I missed your conversation about IF but sounds intriguing since I’ve always tended to prefer to skip breakfast or have a late one.

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      It’s right here. And thanks!

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  13. Linda Scoggins

    Thanks for being so inspiring. Love reading your words. Hope you have an amazing birthday.

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Thanks, Linda!

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  14. Kimberly Knowle-Zeller

    Happy Birthday, Tsh! Celebrating with you from Cole Camp, Missouri. I celebrated my birthday on Sunday driving home from a family vacation. So right now I’m savoring being home with a cup of coffee and hearing my children play with their trains.

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Happy birthday, Kimberly!

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    • Linda

      Happy happy birthday greetings from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, enjoying a beautiful hot summer turning slowly into autumn!
      I loved reading your books and now I have you on IG.
      I’m grateful for every day 🙂
      -Linda

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  15. Jenny

    Happy birthday, Tsh! I am embracing the new rhythms of fall! I was really dreading the end of summer and starting up all the things. Now that it’s actually here, I am feeling hopeful and excited about the changes ahead.

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      I’m with you, Jenny — bring on the fall! 🍂

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  16. Kathleen

    Happy birthday from Flagstaff, AZ. I’m loving a homemade matcha latte with coconut milk in the afternoons – perks me up a bit but in a gentler way than coffee. I’m also loving that all my kids are at one school for the first time (it’s a K-12 charter school) – I have a good extra hour in my day now and have been taking more walks, going to an occasional yoga class, along with being able to work from home again in a quiet house (the last few weeks of summer were a bit…frazzling).

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      That sounds lovely, Kathleen!

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  17. Erienne

    Happiest of birthdays to you! So glad you love the eye serum and thank you for sharing it with your readers! ❤️

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Thank you right back atcha, my friend!

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  18. Tara McMinn

    Hello!!!! Happy 42 birthday!! I am from Missouri. Lately I am both my youngest children afternoon’s naps being in sync so I can read a book!! 😉

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Perfect! Those little things are magic in the early parenting years.

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  19. Amy Shea

    Hi Tsh! Happy happy birthday from Huntsville, AL. I am about to light a candle and order a new one for the fall, because that sounds *lovely*. One thing I am simultaneously enjoying but also slogging through is tidying up my house this week. I am in love with how my organized spaces look and feel now but I know I have a lot left. Cheers!

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Good for you, Amy! Sounds lovely.

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  20. Jennifer

    Happy Birthday Tsh! One thing that is saving my life is slowing down and leaning to this new phase in life. I sent my youngest to school this year. It’s a whole new world. Best from Keene Tx

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  21. Elizabeth Brink

    Happy Birthday Tsh! I am from Spokane, Washington, and I am reading David Copperfield. It’s my first Dickens novel, and I am loving it!

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  22. Emily Neal

    Happy birthday! I love your list! I’m actually going to write a similar list on my blog later this week. Here are a few things I plan to include:
    Calm cream (or magnesium cream)
    Infusion skin repair balm
    Rosehip Oil
    Green tea matcha lattes and green tea lemonade with mint
    Chalkboard art
    and painting my picnic table

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  23. Teri

    I actually just “discovered” you! I love reading about traveling the world, but mainly through a personal experience like yours in your book, “At Home In The World”.
    I’ve almost finished reading/listening (with Whispersync for Audible/Kindle) to your book and I realized I needed to plan another way to listen to you and your thoughts, etc.
    I not only found this blog, but also your podcast! I’m proud of my 60 year old self for navigating all of this on my iPhone rather than my laptop 😊
    I’m loving your book and look forward to hearing and reading more from and about you and your family 😊

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  24. Lisa

    Happy birthday Tsh! I just finished listening to your narration of your book “Notes from a Blue Bike” and loved it! My other recent favorite thing is Stephen Curtis Chapman’s song “I Will Be Here.” It was my wedding song 20 years ago and still makes me cry happy tears.

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  25. Teri

    Oh, a big giant P.S.

    Happy Birthday 🎈 Tsh!!

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  26. Marie Perrigo

    Happy birthday! I’m from Nashville. One thing I’m loving is Kumbucha! I may be super late on this but Costco had some on sale recently and it’s been a refreshing treat in the heat!

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  27. Sandra

    Happy Birthday Tsh from a fellow August girl. I live in Germany and love your view on traveling and seeing the world with kids, opening your and their mind(s).
    As night has fallen here already, half an hour ago I decided to drag my mattress outside to sleep outside on the balcony – under the stars. First time in my life but this night is so warm and inviting – a chance not to be missed.
    Have a great day and an unforgettable night!

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  28. Melissa

    Happy birthday! Good Omens was so fantastic. You’ll have to try the original Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy book series for a similar style of humor. I’m from Indianapolis and right now I’m loving The Head & the Heart song “Honeybee”, the salmon salad recipe from Dinner: A Love Story, and reading the Little House on the Prairie series with my daughter. I hope this day is a sweet one for you!

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  29. Corin

    Happy Birthday Tsh! Thankyou for the amazing contributions you provide to the community – your blog, podcast and books have been instrumental in my personal development. I love the philosophy you wrote about in your blog today – enjoying the ‘good things’ candles, chocolates, perfume. Enjoying the special things in everyday life, adds the essence of holidays or Christmas into the routine and I love it. My favourite candle at the moment is tangerine scented and made from reclaimed materials one bottles!
    Thankyou for everything you do!

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  30. Chris

    Happy Birthday!! I love your list – and your blog! Wishing you a year filled with great things! God bless you and your family. 🙂

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  31. Meg

    Happy Birthday Tsh! I believe episode 19, Strength in Someone’s Story with Mary Carver, was one of the very first podcasts I listened to. I’m very thankful for all you do and share.
    I am loving spending time with my grandkids.
    Enjoy your birthday!
    Meg from Louisville KY

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  32. Amanda W

    Happy birthday front Houston! Right now I am loving the mug I bought at The British Library this summer on vacation. First because it’s just a really great mug (good size, good handle, pretty) and second because it makes me feel like the U.K. is just a cup of tea away!

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  33. Becky

    Happy birthday, from a fellow August birthday celebrator. (That’s a word. I said so.) I am enjoying your podcasts. I’ve been doing a lot of driving over the summer, and your podcast has made the drive much more enjoyable. Thanks!

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  34. Alyssa

    Happy birthday Tsh! I look forward to your podcast every week! Love your outlook on life and the way you are so authentic 🙂 August is my birthday month too, celebrating in the heat 🔥🔥🔥

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  35. Paula

    Happy Birthday from Melbourne, Australia. I’m currently enjoying more solitude and less screen time thanks to Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism book 🙂

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  36. Gina

    Happy birthday Tsh! I’ve been enjoying a run (or 2) a week. It’s still weird to say that I ENJOY a run but I do. Gives me some alone time (momma of 3 under 8 here), some nature time, some meditation time (anyone else find running meditative??), and some time to work on improving myself.

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  37. Caitlin

    Happy Birthday, Tsh. 🎈 I am waiting a distance from the bus stop while my 5th grader enjoys some independence.

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  38. Crystal

    Happy Birthday Tsh!! Thankyou for being brave with your life and work by sharing it with all of us. I have found a great deal of affirmation and freedom to approach life my own way through your writing. Also, my good thing is nightly baths with my husband – often candlelit. It’s really not crazy romantic or even as sensual as one might think, but its a beautiful anchor in our day to connect and it naturally eliminates most distractions. It’s maybe 5 to at most 10 minutes, but it has has become an essential part of feeling like a Day was well spent.

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  39. Nichole Williams

    Happy Birthday Tsh!

    Enjoying your words and your work from North Mississippi. 🙂

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  40. Andrea

    Happy birthday from Washington State (via Iowa!) I’m enjoying grilled pizza and lime-flavored seltzer water these days. Wishing you a lovely year!

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  41. Rebecca

    Hi! Happy Birthday! From Denver and loving fresh Palisade peaches.

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  42. Lori

    Happy birthday, Tsh! I live in Austin and I’m enjoying my almost 5 month old daughter’s “gummy” smile ❤️

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  43. Amy

    Happy Birthday! I’m enjoying vegetable-heavy breakfasts lately. I’ve always loved a savoury breakfast but usually carbs and sweet stuff is faster and simpler. I’ve been taking the time to roast extra vegetables at dinner for under my morning eggs, or to quickly sauté some onions and spinach. It keeps me full longer and I love that I’m fitting in vegetables in the morning too!
    (Vancouver Island, BC, Canada)

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  44. amanda june

    hi and happy birthday! i live in beijing and we bought a couple of plants yesterday to spruce up our place! we are pretty bad plant parents but we’re giving it another go. as a fellow black-coffee drinker, the other thing i’m loving lately is kick-you-in-the-face strong coffee from a bialetti moka pot. i’m usually more of a pourover or aeropress kinda girl, but the moka pot has won me over lately, especially in my recent jet-lagged state.

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  45. Ronda

    Happy Birthday! I’m Ronda from Maryland and I’m enjoying all the fresh tomatoes that summer has to offer and lavender lattes any chance I have to get one.

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  46. Amanda

    Happy Birthday, Tsh! I am from Kansas City, Missouri, and one thing I am loving right now is the fact that summer is almost over and we’ve had our windows open for the past few days. I HATE the heat and love fall!

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  47. Lori

    Happy Birthday!
    I am writing to you from Winnipeg , Manitoba Canada. Right now I am enjoying the fresh mint in our garden box from our back yard. Simple but joyful. Have a great year and keep creating.

    Lori

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  48. Brooke

    Happy birthday, Tsh!!!! I am so grateful for your work. You feel like the big sister I never had (from a distance lol). Thank you for being brave and living your life and sharing your thoughts to all of us. You make the world a better place 🙂
    A thing I am loving right now? My children’s bikes. As a family we have loved going on bike rides and it has been a pleasure.
    Happy birthday!!

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    • Monica Bova

      Happy Birthday, Tsh!!! I’m from Michigan. I first found you from your book, I love it!! I have been receiving your weekly emails, the tips are awesome. Thank you so much for all you do.

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  49. Kelsey

    Happy Birthday! I’m Kelsey from Michigan. I’m glad that college football is back this weekend- it adds such a peaceful pause to our Saturdays in that we do all the things before ‘Game time’ then settle in with good foods to watch/nap. It’s a rhythm I love.

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    • Kelsey

      I’m Kelsey from Madison, Wisconsin. Our weather is cooler and I’m enjoying open windows and a nice breeze through the house.

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  50. Beth Deyo

    Happy birthday Tsh! I have been following you for a couple of years now and I love your passion for life! I originally started listening to the SimpleMom podcast and read some of your books. I am currently working thru the upstreamers course and find it so meaningful to learn things about myself I wasnt aware of. Also to start realizing that I can totally embrace who Gid has created me to be. Thanks for sharing your life with all of us!

    I am loving this cool weather lately signaling Fall is almost here in Canada. My favourite!

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  51. Tracy Davis

    Happy belated birthday! I reached this post through your “5 quick things” email newsletter, something I always enjoy. I’m your “neighbor” from Austin, and I’m also the fan girl who introduced herself to your family at the San Marcos River this summer (it was so nice to meet you irl). One thing I’ve been enjoying lately is indulging in a little dark chocolate. I tried TCHO 81% extra dark recently, and it’s my new favorite.

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  52. Sally

    Happy Birthday Tsh!! My name is Sally Lee and I am from Kirkland, Washington. I am really loving my kids getting older. This summer has been a delight and I attribute that to easy to travel with children. We took canoes out on Lake Washington 2 weeks ago and it was easy and fun!
    I appreciate all of you’re work and have been listening and reading for years. Glad you had a good break this summer!

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  53. Melissa Parks

    Happy Birthday! I just discovered Lectio Divina and am so enjoying adding this to my morning routine. After lighting a candle, I look around several different Lectio Divina podcasts and choose one to listen to for the day.

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  54. Helena

    Hi and happy (belated) birthday! I’m from Florida (grew up in SW FL, live in west central FL now) and one little thing I’m enjoying these days is loading up my Kindle with cozy mysteries from the library and binge-reading my way through a series while my kids and I are still on homeschool summer break.

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  55. Holly

    Hi Tsh, and happy belated birthday! Yours was one of my first podcasts, which has led to a very enriched life!
    One of those “others” you introduced me to shared a simple strategy that I’m loving right now – doing 1 downward dog a day. Low pressure, low expectations. I’ve been doing it a bit over a week now, and have begun adding : a few push-ups, a couple more stretches, or even a second down dog! I’m currently working through some new challenges physically, nutritionally, and relationship-wise, so this small but daily practice of showing up for myself is becoming an important element of my day.
    Blessings on this new You year!

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  56. Jessica Mundia

    Happy Birthday.
    My name is Jessica and I live in Hope, British Columbia, Canada. My current mindful pastime is being in my garden. It reminds me to slow down and appreciate the value of growing my own food and enjoying the outdoors. Thanks for your posts, I continue to try simplifying areas in my life – these are a positive reminder with great ideas.

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  57. Katy Walton

    This has made me want to buy matches and use my candles. My favourite treat is a long bath with salts and oils.

    Happy birthday Tsh!

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  58. Katie

    Happy birthday, Tsh! I always love reading your birthday posts – because for a few weeks we are the same age and I get a little pep talk before mine rolls around on the 4th! I’ve been thinking about using the good things too lately. We had a big house fire last year and when I replace things now I am trying to be purposeful in buying things that are beautiful, not only practical like I would have done in the past. Because why should something be ugly to be utilitarian? I can have pretty things too! Thanks for this little reminder to enjoy the good stuff.

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  59. Malia

    Happy {belated} birthday from Nashville(-ish)! Speaking of enjoying candles, I just purchased one that I’m really excited about from @evilqueen on IG. It’s called Spooky Sh-t and I’m going to put it in the bathroom for the Halloween season. The thought of it just makes me laugh with delight.

    Will I see you this fall, say mid-November? 😉

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  60. Irene

    Hi Tsh, I enjoyed this especially coz today is my birthday and I want to be nicer to myself this new year.
    I’ve got a candle saved for 11 years mostly I never have enough time to sit quietly before I sleep off…what??? IKR? And now am gonna get it out… it’s time for me-time this year.
    Stay blest…
    Irene, Uganda

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  61. Desvi

    Happy belated birthday. It’s just too good to find your website accidently. Always inspiring always caring (no matter for ourself or others). Greeting from Indonesia 😀

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