Hey! I’m 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 a good old-fashioned TV binge, my Kindle and the smell of old books.
← Izmir, Turkey circa 2008
↑ Izmir, Turkey circa 2008
I founded a site called The Art of Simple in early 2008 when my family and I lived Turkey for three years, and it took off faster than I could have imagined. What started as a blog for me to catalog my cross-cultural life lessons became a community-driven site where other people share what they’re learning about simplifying.
My family and I (two adults; three kids now ages 9 to 14) returned back to the States in 2010, and we’ve called Central Oregon and Central Texas our homebases ever since. We currently live in the cutest little town you ever did see, just north of my hometown, Austin.
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.
“Tsh shows it’s possible to combine a love for adventure and travel with a love for family and home.” – Gretchen Rubin
“Tsh has been pivotal in how I’m intentional about my life.” – Myquillyn Smith
“Tsh is a remarkable example of how to balance the rooted stability of family with the winged adventure of wanderlust.” – Chris Guillebeau
“Whenever I need to re-evaluate what I value most, I turn to Tsh Oxenreider. …She is always a kind and trustworthy companion for any journey.” – Emily P. Freeman
“I’ve always found Tsh’s voice to be warm, practical, and inspiring.” – Shauna Niequist
“I’m so happy Tsh is in my life …and I’m grateful to have just such a person to answer my questions and walk me through quandaries, about simple living, or anything else.” – Anne Bogel

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Tsh Oxenreider is the bestselling author of three books, most notably At Home in the World (Nelson Books, an imprint of HarperCollins), her travel memoir about her family’s year traveling around the world out of backpacks. For over a decade, she’s been the editor-in-chief of The Art of Simple, home of a multi-authored blog and top-ranked podcast dedicated to the idea of living well and ignoring the rest. Her fourth non-fiction book releases in 2020, and she’s currently writing her first novel.

Tsh’s website was named one of the Top 100 Blogs of 2011 and 2012, and Tsh was also number 2 in the top 50 Twitter Moms of 2011, was nominated for Best New Blog of 2008, and has been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, CNBC, CNN, NPR, Parents magazine, Real Simple magazine, The Washington Post, and more. She’s also served as an advocate for Compassion International and an A-List Expert with Real Simple magazine, has been a guest on numerous radio shows and podcasts, and has spoken at various conferences, mostly on family travel, entrepreneurship, the craft of writing, and the marriage of faith within them all.

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