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Conversations about living well and ignoring the rest — with author and host Tsh Oxenreider.

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Conversations about living well and ignoring the rest — with author and host Tsh Oxenreider.

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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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Wonderful people discussing practical and useful topics.

iTunes Ratings

843 Ratings
Average Ratings
699
65
37
20
22

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.

Love it!

By Remember It! - Sep 06 2019
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Wonderful people discussing practical and useful topics.
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Simple

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Conversations about living well and ignoring the rest — with author and host Tsh Oxenreider.

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: The Liturgical Calendar (1/3) | 163

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If there’s one topic I’ve been asked more about this year, it’s for us to do a big ol’ 101 on what the heck is the liturgical calendar, and how Haley and I recognize it in our lives.

Some of you know that a few years ago I was confirmed in the Anglican church after more than 3 decades in a purely evangelical, non-denominational framework, and Haley has been a Catholic for not quite a decade. So, neither of us grew up in a liturgical setting, but we're both now are immersed in that world (albeit in different ones from each other).

But both these expressions of Christianity follow what’s called the "liturgical calendar," so in this 3-part series, we’re gonna get into it — and how you can participate as big or as small as you want, no matter your faith tradition.

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Nov 01 2018

49mins

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Rank #3: 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 #4: Re-Learning Stuff (1/4) | 126

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We're starting a new series! In this one, Erin and I talk about re-learning things as an adult.

We all learn things growing up, many of them subconsciously. And then we often deconstruct, then re-learn new ideas, truths, and nuances about life as we get older. It's a decent way to gain some wisdom.

In part one, we're talking about relationships. What are the ingredients for good, healthy ones? How do we set healthy boundaries? What does it mean to be yourself?

It's a good one!

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May 08 2018

29mins

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Rank #5: Work: A Calligrapher | 172

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Maghon Taylor has a knack for hand-lettering and wanted to create a way to use her talents entrepreneurially. So, she started a company that features her unique handwriting on everything, from mailboxes and hats, journals to wine glasses.

She also teaches online classes on how to turn your own handwriting into a unique hand-lettering style. Maghon loves what she does, and her enthusiasm is infectious.

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Dec 11 2018

28mins

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Rank #6: 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 #7: What's Saving My Life (1/4) | 135

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Because we're taking some time off from work this summer, we thought it'd be fun to give you a low-key, easy series for July: What's Saving My Life.

This is always a fan favorite, where I talk with each of my co-hosts about the little things that are making our lives just a bit happier and brighter right now.

First up? Stephanie, who's currently out and about, exploring Eastern Europe with her fam. Enjoy!

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Jul 10 2018

24mins

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Rank #8: My Good List | 169

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Remember our “What’s Saving My Life” series? We’re still doing them — but now we’re calling them “My Good List.” (Same concept, clearer name.)

In this episode, I’m chatting with Christine Bailey — remember her? She’s the farmer I spoke with in episode 140, where she shared her story about transitioning from city life to life on acreage raising vegetables and kids. I loved chatting with her so much, I asked her back to share with me four things, big or small, making everything better in her life.

I think you’ll like this one.

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Nov 29 2018

38mins

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Rank #9: 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

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Rank #10: Social Self-Care (4/4) | 124

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We're wrapping up our series on social self-care with the idea of legacy — but not in a writing-your-will, do-something-amazing way. Haley and I are talking about having a view on life that’s beyond your own short time on earth.

This is about leaving things for the next generation, whether or not you're parents. And this is good to think about whether you've got babies at home, are empty nesters, or somewhere in between. There's so many small, daily things we can do to leave a legacy!

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Apr 24 2018

41mins

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Rank #11: The Liturgical Calendar (3/3) | 167

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In Part 1, we kicked off the series with a broad brushstroke intro to the liturgical calendar, along with a quick back-story of our faith and where we are now. In Part 2, we got into Lent, Eastertide, Ordinary Time, and a few other things.

For this final part, we’re covering Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Candlemas, and a few Saints days (like St. Nicholas Day), all just in time for us starting a new liturgical year in just a few weeks. Because as you remember, the ‘new year’ on a liturgical calendar is the first day of Advent... This year, that's Sunday, December 2!

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Nov 15 2018

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Rank #12: 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

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Rank #13: What's Saving My Life | 145

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A few weeks ago, I talked with Bethany Rydmark; she’s the one who started the PDX Food Swap in Portland. After we chatted, I also asked her about what’s saving her life right now.

This is a thing we do here on the pod every now and then; this idea is taken from Barbara Brown Taylor, a writer who, in her book, An Altar in the World, she talks about how easy it is to focus on the things that are making everything harder, and that instead, we need to remember to look around and notice: what are the little things that are making everything a bit better?

Bethany shares a few things she's loving right now.

I hope you enjoy this short chat, because down the road, we’ll be doing more of these — I might ask a favorite guest from our work episodes to come back on, or another friend or co-host you love hearing from — or even some of you lovely patrons!

After my chat with Bethany, I’m sharing a little something I’ve got available for you right now that’s only open right now, so hang on to the end for that. I think you’ll really like it.

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Aug 30 2018

28mins

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Rank #14: 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

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Rank #15: Kitchen Basics (2/3) | 151

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Continuing our deep-dive with co-host Kendra, right now we’re talking about kitchen basics. In part 1 (episode 149), we talked about mindset. In this one, we’re talking all about... the basics. Specifically, the classic go-to skills or recipes that we find useful.

As I've mentioned, Kendra knows her way around a kitchen and loves being there. But she’s also not here to boss you around and tell you to do things exactly how she does them. She’s not sharing the essential basic recipes you “should” know, she’s telling us to find OUR go-to, fail-proof recipes and to know them well.

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Sep 20 2018

38mins

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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: 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 #18: 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

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Rank #19: 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 #20: 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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