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 7 to 13) 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 outside 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.
I learn as I go, exploring and tinkering with new ideas. I’m always a work in progress, just like you. Hallelujah.
“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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Along with founding The Art of Simple  and the top-ranked podcast Simple with Tsh Oxenreider, she’s the author of the books At Home in the WorldNotes from a Blue Bike, and Organized Simplicity.
Simple 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.

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