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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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Inspirational and thought-provoking

By OneCandace - Jun 03 2019
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I love this practical, compassionate, educational podcast.

Thought-provoking

By erindotsmith - May 02 2019
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It’s a pleasure learning from Tsh and her guests!

iTunes Ratings

811 Ratings
Average Ratings
676
60
36
19
20

Inspirational and thought-provoking

By OneCandace - Jun 03 2019
Read more
I love this practical, compassionate, educational podcast.

Thought-provoking

By erindotsmith - May 02 2019
Read more
It’s a pleasure learning from Tsh and her guests!
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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: Ep. 57: Hygge

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This hard-to-pronounce, hard-to-spell Danish word is everywhere these days, and just like most internet trends, there's a bit of eye-rolling tossed its way. But, we can't help it—we like this trend called hygge. Tsh and Erin talk about what this word really means, and how they hygge-fy their homes. It's not about the right blankets or right candles—it's about the right attitude. And not at all coincidentally, they also talk about simple ways they brush off the winter blues. Because February can bring 'em, right? Hygge definitely helps. For links in this episode, go to http://theartofsimple.net/podcast and look for episode 57.
Feb 01 2017
37 mins
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Rank #2: Ep. 53: Living Slow

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What does living slow really mean (as in, not just in an internet buzzword-y way)? There's never a one-for-everyone description for slow, simple living, and that's a beautiful thing—that's what Erin and Tsh talk about in this episode. They talk about both goals and non-goals, how they deal with the pressure to "be" a certain way, and why knowing how we're made is key to pretty much everything.  For links talked about in this episode, go to http://thesimpleshow.com and look for episode 53.
Jan 04 2017
33 mins
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Rank #3: 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
49 mins
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Rank #4: Ep.2: The Fringe Hours with Jessica Turner

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Jessica Turner, a blogger, content strategist, author, and wife and mom, talks with Tsh about "fringe hours." What are they, how have they benefitted her life, and why does she think every woman needs them?
Jul 10 2015
38 mins
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Rank #5: 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
38 mins
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Rank #6: Social Self-Care (1/4) | 121

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In this new series, co-host Haley Stewart and I deep-dive about self-care—but not just self-care. We're talking self-care for the greater good; the simple-but-profound idea that when we take care of ourselves, we're better members of society. We're better neighbors, friends, parents, spouses... we're just better people for the world around us. It's more than just monthly manicures: it's about being the healthiest version of ourselves.

Here in Part 1, we're unpacking friendships, and what it means to take care of ourselves in order to be a good friend. I loved this chat.


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Apr 03 2018
34 mins
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Rank #7: 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
40 mins
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Rank #8: My Good List Summer Series (5/5) | 206

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We’re wrapping up 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 Summer Rayne Oakes, a Brooklyn resident who has over 1,000 houseplants in her apartment. She’s written a recent book called How to Make a Plant Love You, and she even has a pet chicken in her apartment.

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Aug 02 2019
32 mins
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Rank #9: Bonus: The Bible Binge!

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Imagine if your Bible 101 class was taught by Us Weekly. I know, it sounds bizarre. That’s the newest project from my friends Knox and Jamie from The Popcast, so it kinda makes sense now, right? Each episode of The Bible Binge involves Knox and Jamie taking both the familiar and obscure stories found in scripture, and with equal parts humor and insight, they walk us through the odd circumstances in which these ancient figures find themselves.

Whether these are the stories you learned at VBS or it’s the first you’ve heard of some of these people, The Bible Binge has something for everyone. It's neither evangelical nor anti-Christian; it’s just a recap of an ancient story as if it was an episode of The Bachelor. If you’re saying, “This is the thing that’s been missing in my life and I didn’t even know it,” Knox & Jamie has you covered. 

What you've got here is an excerpt of the episode where they recap the story of Adam and Eve.

Subscribe to The Bible Binge wherever you listen to podcasts, and follow the show on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook at @TheBibleBinge.

Mar 09 2018
17 mins
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Rank #10: Ep. 105: What's Saving My Life (1/3)

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With the holidays in full swing and with only a few weeks left of the year, we thought we'd end 2017 with a fun, short series: What's Saving My Life! We'll share the things—big and small—that are making our lives better, happier, and well, more life-giving.

First up is Tsh with Kendra, where they talk about deep, significant issues like skin, hair, sounds, smells, books, and bread.

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Dec 04 2017
53 mins
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Rank #11: Ep.1: Wait... What?

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The Art of Simple Podcast aired for more than 4 years, but it's time for a new show. Host Tsh Oxenreider explains why, and what you can expect from this new one. (Hint: It's almost the exact same show.) Oooh, shiny!
Jul 10 2015
5 mins
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Rank #12: My Good List | 171

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We’ve got another in our series! This time, it’s with my friend Stephanie Langford, who if you’ve listened to this podcast for a bit, you know her — she’s my fellow serial traveler and a dear friend to me.

(As a reminder, in these chats I’m asking friends to break down their Good Lists in 4 areas: a thing, a habit they’ve adopted, a work of art, and a philosophy.)


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Dec 06 2018
32 mins
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Rank #13: Ep. 110: Knowing the News (1/3)

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We’re kicking off our new format with a deep-dive on a topic that affects most of us: How do we stay informed on what’s going on in the world without losing our minds or souls? No matter where we land on issues, this is a universal struggle because we all live in the modern world, and because we’re all humans.

How do we strike that balance between knowing what’s going on, and keeping up without falling into despondency? Or compassion fatigue? Or anger? Or aloofness because it’s all just. too. much?

We’re breaking up this one long conversation into three parts: What, Why, and How. In this episode: what. What is the news, really? What does it mean to “stay informed”?

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Jan 16 2018
36 mins
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Rank #14: 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
33 mins
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Rank #15: 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
27 mins
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Rank #16: At Home in China | 207

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A few years ago, Tsh and her family spent a school year traveling around the world in one direction, living out of backpacks. It was life-changing for all five of them, and what travel taught Tsh about home that year is the theme of her travel memoir, At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe.


In this episode, Tsh shares the audiobook chapter from when they were in China, just beginning their adventure and everything, inside and out, was upside-down.



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Aug 09 2019
39 mins
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Rank #17: Ep. 107: What's Saving My Life (3/3)

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Wrapping up our series on What's Saving Our Lives right now... In this episode, Stephanie and I chat fireplaces, yoga, smoothies, makeup, and more. She's sick, and she's in the midst of a snowstorm, so our connection wasn't 100%. But what's the holidays without a little flu-blizzard combo?


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Dec 18 2017
42 mins
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Rank #18: Ep. 38: Present Over Perfect

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Fake breaks (that totally aren't breaks), putting up chairs, when brave looks boring, and being the boss of ourselves: these are the conversation topics Tsh has in this episode with Shauna Niequist, author of New York Times bestseller Present Over Perfect. If you're tired of hamster-wheeling through your day in search of perfection, you'll probably like this chat. Plus, Tsh hints at some fun changes headed to the podcast! Head here for the show notes: http://theartofsimple.net/38
Aug 27 2016
38 mins
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Rank #19: 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
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #20: Ep. 30: The More of Less with Joshua Becker

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Minimalism is a word used so much these days, it’s easy to roll our eyes at it. But when it’s defined right, minimalism can actually be pretty great. That’s what Joshua Becker thinks, anyway. He's a dad of two and a writer, and his new book, The More of Less, explores the deeper benefits of living with less. Head here for the show notes! Also, head here for Tsh's recommended books on simple living.
Jun 11 2016
33 mins
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