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Archived in 2019, Simple hosted conversations about living well and ignoring the rest. Look for author Tsh Oxenreider's new show, The Good List, wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts & at thegoodlistshow.com.

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Archived in 2019, Simple hosted conversations about living well and ignoring the rest. Look for author Tsh Oxenreider's new show, The Good List, wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts & at thegoodlistshow.com.

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Good Show!

By Pod Lover91 - Dec 21 2019
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I really like listening to Tsh! Always a refreshing show.

TGIF!!

By KristinSchell - Sep 24 2019
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Love Fridays because that’s when Tsh is back in my earbuds. A weekly favorite podcast.

iTunes Ratings

860 Ratings
Average Ratings
712
66
39
21
22

Good Show!

By Pod Lover91 - Dec 21 2019
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I really like listening to Tsh! Always a refreshing show.

TGIF!!

By KristinSchell - Sep 24 2019
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Love Fridays because that’s when Tsh is back in my earbuds. A weekly favorite podcast.
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Simple

Latest release on Feb 18, 2020

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Archived in 2019, Simple hosted conversations about living well and ignoring the rest. Look for author Tsh Oxenreider's new show, The Good List, wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts & at thegoodlistshow.com.

Rank #1: Life Seasons + Do-Able Goals | 177

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Crystal shares why she loved logging a play-by-play day-in-the-life of what’s otherwise a mundane day for her (except that right now, everything is different from her normal). Tsh also shares what she thinks works SO much better than big-huge annual goals, and how you can create a framework that works for you, too.

Plus, Tsh chats with a woman who turned her quirky talent into a full-on company!

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Jan 11 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #2: Kitchen Basics (1/3) | 149

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We thought we’d welcome the fall with getting back to the basics — in this case, in the kitchen.

Kendra knows her way around a kitchen and loves being there. But she also loves helping us keep things really simple, so we don’t lose our minds when it comes to just feeding ourselves and our family. She’s got a knack for cooking basics, kitchen set-up, and planning our menus so we eat what we want, without last-minute panic runs to the store or hail-mary it to the drive-thru.

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Sep 13 2018

40mins

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Rank #3: Decluttering + Travel | 186

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Crystal's recently learned stuff about herself via something she’s never done before as an adult: decluttering her own closet. She and Tsh talk about discovering personal realizations when you do something as surprisingly vulnerable as weeding out your wardrobe. And to pair Tsh's own recently published Travel Philosophy, she shares what she's learned about herself from the act of travel — things she never realized were true, and little ways she's surprised herself on the road — if you’ve ever traveled (even on small trips), you’ll identify.

In the third segment, Tsh talks with listener Caroline Brookfield, a veterinarian: she shares what it’s like when the majority of your patients are dogs and cats.

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Mar 15 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #4: Marriage | 221

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Crystal and Tsh are in different stages of their respective marriages, so in this chat, Crystal talks about things she didn’t know about marriage when she was younger — the things MANY of us don’t realize until we live through it in our marriages. And since Tsh and her husband recently celebrated their 17th anniversary, she shares some of the practicals of what’s working for them right now, specifically in regards to communication and having more fun.

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Nov 15 2019

39mins

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Rank #5: What's Saving My Life | 155

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A simple house habit we can all do today, good flowers on the cheap, a great new book, and wisdom beyond their years from young friends? My friend Myquillyn Smith says these little things are making everything better in her life right now.

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Oct 04 2018

33mins

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Rank #6: My Good List Summer Series (1/5) | 202

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We’re starting our summer series called My Good List, where Tsh has asked a few people to share four things in their life that are making everything sweeter: a thing, a habit, a work of art, and a philosophy.

In this episode, Tsh chats with Anjuli Pascall, who runs the Instagram account The Moms We Love Club, which is dedicated to raising funds and praying for mothers enduring long-term hardships. She says she started this account because she wishes she could bring dinner or drive these women to appointments, but since she can’t, this account is the next best thing to being in the same town.

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Jul 05 2019

29mins

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Rank #7: Loving + Skin Care in our 40s | 178

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Growing older is a privilege denied to many people; it means we should celebrate the gift it is! In this episode, we’re talking about ways to celebrate birthday milestones in your life — Christine recently wrote a gorgeous essay about what it meant for her to turn 40 not too long ago.

Then Tsh shares thoughts on her current beauty and self-care routine, specifically focused on hair and skin. Because after turning 40, it's a gift to prioritize this sort of stuff.

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Jan 18 2019

55mins

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Rank #8: What's Saving My Life (2/4) | 136

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Continuing our summer series, What’s Saving My Life, this time it's Haley's turn! Girlfriend is due with baby #4 in about two weeks, and is also dealing the delightful 100+ degree days of central Texas. Grace and peace to her.

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Jul 17 2018

23mins

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Rank #9: YA Books for Adults + Adult Books for YA | 219

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Nicole has a fantastic bookstagram account, and she particularly loves reading the Young Adult genre. So in this chat, she and Tsh talk about why so many adults like them love to read YA, along with lots of recommendations for dipping your toes into the YA waters as an adult reader. Tsh then shares a list of adult book recommendations for teens who love to read — books written for adults, but are appropriate enough, and potentially interesting enough, for teen readers.

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Nov 01 2019

41mins

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Rank #10: Literary London | 141

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A few weeks ago I tried a new thing in my work: I led a group of 6 other women to London, exploring a tiny scratch of the literary soil there — the footsteps of Jane Austen, CS Lewis, Dickens, Shakespeare, Chesterton, and more.

It was the most gratifying and fulfilling thing I’ve done in my career in a long while. And I tried this whole beta-test of an experience with a dear friends, Emily P. Freeman, who co-led the group with me.

I led the travel logistics, spearheaded the vision of where we went and explored, and why — and Emily led the group dynamics, the conversations we had, helped us think through our next right thing in our work and life. I led the outer work of our time, and Emily led the inner work.

In this episode, Emily and I talk about what it was like for the two of us to lead Literary London for the first time.

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Aug 16 2018

37mins

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Rank #11: Gathering IRL | 218

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Katherine created a mom’s group in her small town, where everyone’s welcome, they provide fabulous childcare, and it’s all about building relationships, not a program. In this chat, she shares the nuts and bolts of how to start something similar wherever you live. And Tsh shares what she’s learned from gathering people for events — for things like week-long adventures in London, and in weekend retreats in her small town, like she’s doing for the first time ever the weekend this episode drops. In all this, there’s a thread: IRL relationships > pixels.

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Oct 25 2019

46mins

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Rank #12: Slow Living | 147

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A few weeks ago, Brooke McAlary asked me to share the mic with her at Book People, a local bookstore here in Austin. She was in town for a book tour for her book, Slow, and she asked if I’d join her on stage to talk about slow living: what it might mean; what it does and doesn’t look like.

So, here’s our live chat from just a few weeks ago, when Brooke and I talked with each other (and audience members) about our take on the topic. It was a lot of fun to see her in person again; it’d been years — she’s from Sydney, Australia. (If you’ve read my book, At Home in the World, it was her house we stayed at over Christmas, so it was from her parents where I learned the concept of the Westbrook Effect.)

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Sep 11 2018

57mins

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Rank #13: Partial Solutions + Her Good List | 181

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Crystal and Tsh get into Marie Kondo, a new book they're both excited to read, and something Crystal's been doing weekly with her husband (and then Kyle & Tsh started doing this right after this conversation). And then springboarding off her somewhat-vulnerable post she shared this week, Tsh talks about the beauty of good ol’ partial solutions.

To round things out in the third segment, Stephanie and Tsh once more tackle another one of your travel questions.

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Feb 08 2019

50mins

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Rank #14: What's Saving My Life (3/4) | 137

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We're keeping on with our summer series, What's Saving My Life. Up this time: it's Erin!

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Jul 24 2018

19mins

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Rank #15: Kitchen Basics (3/3) | 153

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I'm wrapping up my series with Kendra on kitchen basics, and in this one, we're talking about essential tools. There's tons of links for you here, so let's get right to it.

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Sep 27 2018

54mins

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Rank #16: What's Saving My Life (4/4) | 138

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We’re wrapping up our summer series with Kendra, who’s here with me in London as I type this! Before we left, we chatted about what’s saving our life right now.

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Jul 31 2018

16mins

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Rank #17: Friendships + Habits | 195

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Friendships: in this chat Tsh and Katherine talk about why we need to take the time for them even when life is busy, plus little ways we can better cultivate them. (The Internet, for all its foibles, can also be a really beautiful breeding ground for cultivating some of our best friends!)

They also park a bit on the legacy of Rachel Held Evans, and how our collective mourning of our loss of her has shown us blatantly and beautifully how we really can know each other through the Internet.

Then, they get into the tiny little habits serve as anchors in our chaotic days — which is all the more reason we should hold tight to them.

And then in the third segment, Tsh talks with her friend Stephanie Langford, who is currently still in Guatemala, as they answer one more of your travel questions.

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May 17 2019

52mins

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Rank #18: Body Image + Sabbaticals | 198

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Just in time for summer, Tsh and Christine talk about simple (but not always easy) ways to overcome negative body image issues.

Then, Tsh shares why and how she’s going on sabbatical for a month in July. In our productivity-obsessed world that’s a petri dish for all sorts of limiting beliefs about why sabbaticals are unnecessary or impossible, they talk about how Tsh has learned to overcome some of that thinking.

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Jun 07 2019

54mins

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Rank #19: Grown-Upping the Summer (3/4) | 132

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Keeping on in our series on making the most of our summer — beyond just making them fun for kids — for the next two episodes, Kendra and I each tap into our wheelhouses and help each other.

First up... I'm helping Kendra prep for her family's summer vacation. She admits they don't travel much, and well — we do quite a bit. So in this chat, you'll hear me walk her through the ins and outs of packing, roadtripping, and guesthouse life.

Most of all, we get into the most important key to successful family travel: mindset. Because if you go in thinking it'll be just like traveling with only adults, you'll be in for a surprise. But if you're willing to embrace the reality of travel with kids, you might find it's more fun than you imagined.

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Jun 19 2018

40mins

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Rank #20: Fasting, Feasting, & Intuitive Eating | 192

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Yep …Our relationships with food. Christine articulates what it means to feast, to embrace a season of coming around the table to share a meal and how that pairs really well when you also embrace more fasting in your life. This is especially great now that we’re in the season of Eastertide.

Tsh shares her own personal guidelines with eating, which sounds stoic and hardcore, but it’s not. It embraces a philosophy of feasting as well, and it’s been a mental game changer for her.

In the third segment, Tsh talks with Stephanie, who’s currently in Guatemala, as they answer another one of your travel questions.

Also: Tsh is closing up her class, The Essentials, for good! As in, it will no longer be open for enrollment ever again. So, if you’d like in, do it now — enrollment closes for the final time on Friday, May 3rd, 2019, so head here snag your spot.

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Apr 26 2019

1hr 8mins

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Bonus: You, at 5 and 85

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Surprise!

These people are the only ones that matter — and keeping this in mind will probably help you keep the right things, the right things. Plus, Tsh's friend Crystal hops on to share what idea is currently on her Good List. For show notes and a transcript of this episode, as well as to subscribe to the show, head to thegoodlistshow.com.

Feb 18 2020

26mins

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The Good List: Trailer!

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Tsh's new show launches in January 2020. Listen to the trailer and know right away when the first episode drops.

Jan 01 2020

3mins

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Thank You | 225

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Ending this chapter is bittersweet, because we have all LOVED what we’ve created here at Simple, and yet there’s so much goodness to come. This show has existed in some iteration since 2011 — a LONG time in podcast years. It’s changed a lot, as has the podcast landscape, but Tsh has loved every minute of creating it. So… thank you. Truly.

In this final episode, Tsh chats with her dear friend Katherine Willis Pershey about change, when to know it’s time to say goodbye to a good thing, and what to do to still enjoy that thing you know you’re gonna miss.

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Dec 20 2019

45mins

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Our Holiday Good Lists | 224

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Why not do what we’ve long loved here on this show? Tsh and Christine each share their current Good Lists, holiday-edition: a thing, a habit, a work of art, and an idea that’s both making their lives (and holidays) better right now.

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Dec 13 2019

54mins

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My Good List | 223

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If you don’t yet know Shawn Smucker or his work, GET READY, because you should. He is one of my favorite modern writers, both as a human and as a creator of good work — our whole family loves his books. And like we do on this show every now and then, Shawn is sharing with us his Good List: a thing, a habit, a work of art, and a philosophy that’s making his life just a little bit better. 

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Dec 06 2019

55mins

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Bonus: An Announcement!

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Tsh has a rather big announcement to make. And well, she’d be honored if you took a few minutes to hit play and hear what’s up.

For more elaborate details, including a logo-rific walk down memory lane, head to the show notes here.

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Nov 29 2019

6mins

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Your Advent + Holiday Mindset | 222

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It’s time once again for the holidays, so in this chat, Andrea shares some practical tips for staying sane during the holidays as an introvert — these ideas are great for both introverts and extraverts. And because Advent is coming soon, Tsh shares how her family celebrates it really, really simply (along with a fun announcement!). 

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Nov 22 2019

52mins

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Marriage | 221

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Crystal and Tsh are in different stages of their respective marriages, so in this chat, Crystal talks about things she didn’t know about marriage when she was younger — the things MANY of us don’t realize until we live through it in our marriages. And since Tsh and her husband recently celebrated their 17th anniversary, she shares some of the practicals of what’s working for them right now, specifically in regards to communication and having more fun.

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Nov 15 2019

39mins

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Hosting a Farm-to-Table Dinner + Nouns & Verbs |220

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Christine and her family host Kindred Dinners on their farm, where over a hundred people gather for a true farm-to-table feast with live music, locally-made beer, and beyond. She talks about what it’s like to put on an event like this in your own space. Then Tsh shares two seemingly opposite ideas: ignoring the noun and focusing on the verb, and embracing the noun in order to accomplish the verb. It has nothing to do with grammar.

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Nov 08 2019

44mins

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YA Books for Adults + Adult Books for YA | 219

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Nicole has a fantastic bookstagram account, and she particularly loves reading the Young Adult genre. So in this chat, she and Tsh talk about why so many adults like them love to read YA, along with lots of recommendations for dipping your toes into the YA waters as an adult reader. Tsh then shares a list of adult book recommendations for teens who love to read — books written for adults, but are appropriate enough, and potentially interesting enough, for teen readers.

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Nov 01 2019

41mins

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Gathering IRL | 218

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Katherine created a mom’s group in her small town, where everyone’s welcome, they provide fabulous childcare, and it’s all about building relationships, not a program. In this chat, she shares the nuts and bolts of how to start something similar wherever you live. And Tsh shares what she’s learned from gathering people for events — for things like week-long adventures in London, and in weekend retreats in her small town, like she’s doing for the first time ever the weekend this episode drops. In all this, there’s a thread: IRL relationships > pixels.

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Oct 25 2019

46mins

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My Good List | 217

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Caroline Starr Rose has written six children's books, and her most recent one just came out. Like we do on the show every now and then, she shares with Tsh her Good List: a thing, a habit, a work of art, and a philosophy that’s making her life just a little bit sweeter. They also talk about her new book, which is completely up 4th grade Tsh’s alley — she was a big fan of the historic figure Caroline writes about.

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Oct 18 2019

38mins

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Know the News (& Don't Lose Your Mind) | 216

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Sometimes topics are timeless. We're re-sharing an episode from a little over a year ago, when Tsh and her friend Erin Loechner did a four-part deep-dive about knowing the news — this feels pretty relevant right now since so many of us are bombarded with so much constantly-changing news. Since this series focused on the broad idea of how to stay engaged without losing your mind or your soul, this collection of ideas feels oh-so timely right now.

To keep listening to the rest of the series after you’re done here, head to the links below.

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Oct 11 2019

38mins

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Fall Fullness > Frenzy + New-to-You Book Genres | 215

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There's benefits to reading different genres of books, even (especially?) when you don't naturally gravitate to one. In this chat, Tsh talks to Christine about what we can learn from genres like sci-fi, historical non-fiction, mysteries, and more. And since Christine is a farmer, it's the busy season for her right now — she shares with Tsh how she's learning to flip the script on busyness this fall, embracing the season's fullness without succumbing to the pressures of fall frenzy.

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Oct 04 2019

52mins

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Fixer-Upper DIY + Hometown Nostalgia | 214

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There are places in our lives that end up staying with us long after we leave them. In this chat, Katherine talks with Tsh about nostalgia — why we have it about certain places, how to embrace it instead of shake it off, and how to use it so we're more at home in the present.

Tsh then talks with Katherine about why she loves that her family has been renovating their fixer-upper entirely themselves, even with all its challenges. It’s easy to forget the benefits when she's staring at all the work they still need to do, but when she remembers their why, it makes all the difference.

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Sep 27 2019

29mins

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Friendships as Self-Care | 213

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A little over a year ago, Tsh and Haley Stewart had a four-part deep-dive conversation on the idea of social self-care for the greater good; the simple idea that being healthy means we’re better citizens, members of our community, neighbors, and family members. In this episode, we’re re-sharing the first part of their conversation, one of the most downloaded episodes of this show.

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Sep 20 2019

35mins

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Art Well + Work Well | 212

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Crystal talks about why it’s so important to make time for whatever it is you love — without the added burden of doing it so that you’re a better mom, or wife, or neighbor, or human, or even because the final result is something you can use. Do something just because you love it.

Tsh then shares how she uses the ideas of deep work and shallow work, time-blocking her calendar, and tapping into her peak energy levels to get more done in less time — so I can make time for play, as Crystal says.

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Sep 13 2019

49mins

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Rhythms + Community | 211

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It seems like it’d be easier to connect with neighbors living in her previous urban neighborhood over the farm where Christine now lives and works, but she’s found the opposite is true. In this chat, she shares little ways their family has made their farm open to neighbors and friends, and how we can do the same in our homes, whether we’re in the suburbs, a small town, or a major metropolis. 

Then Tsh shares three daily rituals that have been a life raft for her the past few weeks — they’re simple but significant — because life has been nuts and unexpected. These three things have helped her feel like she’s getting a passing grade at Adulting 101, even when lives throws curveballs.

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Sep 06 2019

48mins

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Life Lessons + Learning | 210

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It’s back to school season, but what about those of us who are no longer students? Katherine shares 3 things to help us keep learning more about history, ecology, and contemporary poetry. And Tsh turned 42 this week, so she shares 5 things she's learned about life lately, little shifts in thinking that have made her life better.

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Aug 30 2019

45mins

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Tech + Family + Creativity | 209

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Springboarding off her deep-dive this week into the 11 books Tsh read on her month-long sabbatical, in this episode she chats with Andrea about how to keep technology in its proper place at home, and the different steps her family is taking to keep away screen addiction and prioritize healthy relationships. This idea comes from one of her favorite reads, The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch. 

Andrea talks about something similar — she’s recently realized that her smartphone used to be a portal for her creativity, but now it’s become a block. She chats with Tsh about why she thinks that is, what she plans to do about it, and the article written five years ago that changed her perspective on screens.  

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Aug 23 2019

52mins

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iTunes Ratings

860 Ratings
Average Ratings
712
66
39
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Good Show!

By Pod Lover91 - Dec 21 2019
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I really like listening to Tsh! Always a refreshing show.

TGIF!!

By KristinSchell - Sep 24 2019
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Love Fridays because that’s when Tsh is back in my earbuds. A weekly favorite podcast.