Simple

Tsh Oxenreider

Archived in 2019, Simple hosted conversations about living well and ignoring the rest.

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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 2020

26 min 16 sec

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

Jan 2020

3 min 35 sec

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. Links From This Episode: NEW: The Good List, Tsh's new podcast Katherine on Twitter Katherine’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Ep. 196: Changing your Mind + Investing in Help Ep. 40: Knowing When to Quit Even Nobodies Have Fans Now Ep. 212: Art Well + Work Well Ep. 209: Tech + Family + Creativity Ep. 178: Loving our 40s Ep. 173: My Good List with Jacqui Skemp The Liturgical Calendar Series Ep. 139: Food Swap Love Making the Most of 2 Weeks Off Series Ep. 100: Love Where You Live Ep. 58: The World's Most/Best Cities Ep. 25: Raising Kids on Harry Potter Ep. 26: Everyday Spiritual Practices Ep. 16: Hot Mess with Hummus Ep. 11: It's Okay to Like Your Fork Joshua Becker's YouTube Channel + Course Courtney Carver's website + Project 333 The Slow Home Podcast w/ Brooke McAlary + here’s a recent episode when I was on her show Hurry Slowly with Jocelyn Glei John Comer Ep. 224: Our Holiday Good Lists Tsh's books The AoS 2019 Gift Guide Shadow + Light – enjoy the book’s first week a whole year early Join Tsh’s insider community called Books & Crannies Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Dec 2019

45 min 2 sec

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. Related Posts: Make Both To-Do and To-Don't Holiday Lists by Tsh A Glimpse Into a Slow & Sacred Christmas Day by Christine Links From This Episode: Christine on Instagram Christine’s blog Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Padraig Cottage slippers "Chili's Menu, by Cormac McCarthy", by Justin Tapp Unearthing Wonder Adorning the Dark, by Andrew Peterson The Gap video of Ira Glass’ interview Andrew Peterson on That Sounds Fun podcast The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, by John Mark Comer Bridgetown Church podcast “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” 3 Mile an Hour God, by Kosuke Koyama Astounding Multi-Flavor Joe-Joe’s Trader Joe's Stocking Stuffers You Should Secretly Buy For Yourself Fraser Fir candle Rick Steves' Christmas in Europe The Great British Baking Show Holidays The AoS 2019 Gift Guide NEW: The Good List Podcast Shadow + Light – enjoy the book’s first week a whole year early Join Tsh’s insider community called Books & Crannies Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Dec 2019

54 min 31 sec

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.  Links From This Episode: Shawn's website Shawn on Instagram & Twitter Tsh on Instagram & Twitter Light From the Distant Stars, by Shawn Smucker Once We Were Strangers, by Shawn Smucker The Day the Angels Fell, by Shawn Smucker The Edge of Over There, by Shawn Smucker The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, by Rembrandt "Rembrandt is in the Wind" by Russ Ramsey Shawn's Spotify Ep. 219: YA Books for Adults + Adult Books for YA The Stories Between Us Podcast The AoS 2019 Gift Guide Bonus: An Announcement! NEW: The Good List Podcast Shadow + Light: enjoy the book’s first week a whole year early! Join Tsh’s insider community called Books & Crannies Sign up for 5 Quick Things, Tsh's weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Dec 2019

55 min 11 sec

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. Links From This Episode: Tsh on Twitter & Instagram NEW: The Good List Podcast Head here for details on how to leave a recorded voicemail about what’s on YOUR good list Shadow + Light – enjoy the first week of Tsh’s new Advent book a whole year early! If you're an insider, you already knew this bit of news almost two weeks ago — so join them in Tsh’s insider community called Books & Crannies. Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our sponsors, click here Download the transcript for this episode

Nov 2019

6 min 46 sec

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!).  Related Posts: On Advent by Tsh An Introvert's Guide to Loving the Holiday Season by Andrea Links From This Episode: Andrea on Instagram Andrea's website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Quiet, by Susan Cain "Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself" The Bible Project Advent Series Digital Minimalism, by Cal Newport Calm app Mr. dinkens and His Carol, by Samantha Silva Shadow + Light – Enjoy the book's first week a whole year early! DIY Beeswax Candles Shadow & Light's Advent Playlist Daily Office Lectionary Join Tsh's insider community called Books & Crannies! Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the free weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, click here Download the transcript for this episode

Nov 2019

52 min 43 sec

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. Related Posts: We Need More Fun, by Tsh Marriage Advice I’d Give My Younger Self, by Crystal Links From This Episode: Crystal on Instagram Crystal’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, by John Gottman, PhD Saving Your Second Marriage Before it Starts, by Les Parrott How & Why to Hold a Weekly Marriage Meeting Join Tsh's inner circle & you'll help support her work Sign up for 5 Quick Things, Tsh's free weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Nov 2019

39 min 55 sec

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. Related Posts: Nouns AND Verbs Matter by Tsh 6 Things I've Learned From Hosting Kindred Dinners by Christine Links From This Episode: Christine on Instagram Christine’s blog Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Kindred Dinners  Athena’s Harvest Farm Taylor Family Farm Simpson Farms Noble Springs Dairy Brother’s Health Foods B’s Salty & Sweet Bakery Harding House Brewing Co. Nashville Craft Beverage Co. OneHope Wines October 2019 fall dinner in greenhouse Oct 2018 fall dinner photo outside May 2019 spring greenhouse dinner photo 7 Questions I Ask As A Minimalist Business Owner by Amy Lynn Andrews New: Tsh’s community is moving from Patreon to Substack! Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode 

Nov 2019

44 min 30 sec

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. Related Posts: What I Read in October by Tsh On Taking My Reading To The Next Level by Nicole Links From This Episode: Nicole's website Nicole on Instagram & Twitter Tsh on Twitter & Instagram To All the Boys I've Loved Before Trilogy, by Jenny Han Dumplin, by Julie Murphy The Sun is Also A Star, by Nicola Yoon The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas Looking for Alaska, by John Green The Grisha Trilogy Book Series, by Leigh Bardugo Rainbow Rowell Julie Buxbaum Veronica Roth Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch Red Rising, by Pierce Brown The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer The Illuminae Files, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff The Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins Scythe, by Neil Shusterman Charlotte Holmes series, by Brittany Cavallaro Olivia Twist, by Lorie Langdon My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank A Separate Peace, by John Knowles A Tree Grow in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorainne Hansberry The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald Night, by Elie Wiesel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin The Help, by Kathryn Stockett Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley The Thursday Next series, by Jasper Fforde The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros Non-YA books to read with teens via Twitter 12 YA Book Series by Tsh Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Nov 2019

41 min 10 sec

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. Related Posts: IRL Friends by Tsh Creating Community From Scratch by Katherine Links From This Episode: Katherine on Twitter Katherine’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Work of the People Literary London The Art of Gathering, by Priya Parker Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode  

Oct 2019

46 min 8 sec

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. Related Posts: My Good List by Tsh Links From This Episode: Caroline's website Caroline on Twitter & Instagram A Race Around the World, by Caroline Starr Rose Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Snapchat Atomic Habits, by James Clear The Four Tendencies, by Gretchen Rubin Daily Goal Tracker In the Woods, by Tana French (audiobook) I See You, by Clare Mackintosh I Let You Go, by Clare Mackintosh The Value of Fairness: The Story of Nellie Bly, by Ann Donegan Johnson Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, Tsh's weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Oct 2019

38 min 49 sec

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. Links From This Episode: Erin’s blog, Design for Mankind OtherGoose.com Erin on Instagram and  Twitter Tsh on Instagram and Twitter Ep. 211: Knowing the News (2/3) Ep. 212: Knowing the News (3/3) Why the News Makes Us Dumb NPR Journalism Ethics and Standards on Wikipedia Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Oct 2019

38 min 11 sec

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. Related Posts: What I Read in September by Tsh How To Nourish Your Body and Soul This Fall by Christine Links From This Episode: Christine on Instagram Christine’s blog Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Forbes article on busyness Evernote app Todoist app Finish 2020 Calendar Family Plan Calendar 10 tips for hosting overnight guests Make a gratitude list Ep. 188: Analog Living + Reading Classics The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Crucible, by Arthur Miller Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte Louise Penny Inspector Gamache series Father Brown mysteries by G. K. Chesterton Agatha Christie books 11/22/63, by Stephen King Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins Educated, by Tara Westover Everything Happens For a Reason, by Man’s Search for Meaning, by Victor E. Frankl The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn America: The Last Best Hope, by William Bennett The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah Atomic Habits, by James Clear Profit First, by Mike Michalowicz Burnout, by Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoski Company of One, by Paul Jarvis Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Oct 2019

52 min 32 sec

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. Related Posts: 5 Reasons I Love Living in a Small House by Tsh I Love This Place: Kent, Ohio by Katherine Links From This Episode: Katherine on Twitter Katherine’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Ep. 64: A Year Off the Internet To Double Down on Being Human by Tsh Life in the "During" Phase of a Fixer-Upper by Tsh Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Sep 2019

29 min 28 sec

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. Links From This Episode: The rest of the series: episodes 122, 123, & 124 Haley's blog, Carrots for Michaelmas Haley on Instagram and Twitter Tsh on Instagram and Twitter Home Fires My thoughts on making friends & partial solutions Can We Be Friends? by Rebecca Frech Fountains of Carrots, episode 79 with Rebecca Frech The Dunbar number Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Sep 2019

35 min 57 sec

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. Related Posts: My Top 20 Work Tools by Tsh In Praise of Making Things No One Will Ever See by Crystal Links From This Episode: Crystal on Instagram Crystal’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram 3 Ways to Calculate Your Peak Energy Time of Day A Beginner's Guide to Parkinson's Law Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule Easily Distracted? Try this: the pomodoro method Deep Work, by Cal Newport When, by Daniel Pink Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Sep 2019

49 min 19 sec

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. Related Posts: My Daily Bookends by Tsh Finding Community In An Unexpected Place by Christine Links From This Episode: Christine on Instagram Christine’s blog Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Ep. 209: Tech + Family + Creativity Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist Ep. 78: Summer Hospitality & Entertaining Summer evenings playlist How I Use My Bullet Journal by Tsh Bullet Journal Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Sep 2019

48 min

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. Related Posts: My Good List: Birthday Edition by Tsh A Fall Reading List for the Lifelong Learner by Katherine Links From This Episode: Katherine on Twitter Katherine’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram 1619 Project 1619 Project printable 1619 Project curriculum Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer Good Bones by Maggie Smith "Good Bones" poem by Maggie Smith Sorry For Your Troubles by Pádraig Ó Tauma On Being with Krista Tippett: Belonging Creates and Undoes Us Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Aug 2019

45 min 18 sec

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.   Related Posts: What I Read in July (On My Sabbatical) by Tsh The Question That's Saving My Creativity by Andrea Links From This Episode: Andrea on Instagram Andrea’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram The Tech Wise Family by Andy Crouch unGlue Google WiFi system 5 Benefits to to My Month-Long Screen Break by Tsh "Reboot or Die Trying" by David Roberts Ep. 94: Attention Spans "Here's Why Instagram Is Going To Hide Your Likes" "The Perils of 'Sharenting'" Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Aug 2019

52 min 56 sec

This summer I took a whole month off my work and stepped away from all screens. (Spoiler: it was fantastic!) In this chat with Crystal, I get into both the professional and personal lessons I learned. Crystal is also self-employed (but in a different way), so she talks about the value of knowing yourself really well so you can focus on the right type of work for you. She’s learned a ton over the years what’s important to her, and thinks we can all benefit from thinking through this stuff. Related Posts: To Double Down on Being Human by Tsh Want to Work For Yourself? First You Need to Know Yourself by Crystal Links From This Episode: Crystal on Instagram Crystal’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Tsh's thoughts about taking a screen break Caroline talks about let-down effect in her summer good list Most developed countries require employers to give around a month of vacation time Every Leader Needs a Sabbatical Seth Godin says don't steal metrics Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Aug 2019

54 min 44 sec

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. See more of At Home in the World Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Aug 2019

39 min 41 sec

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. Links From This Episode: Summer on Instagram & Twitter Summer's website & YouTube Summer's books: How to Make a Plant Love You, SugarDetoxMe, and Style, Naturally Tsh on Twitter & Instagram 150-ft expandable hose Mason jar garden Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Aug 2019

32 min 17 sec

We’re continuing 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 Cindy Wang Brandt, based on Taiwan, who runs the popular Facebook group Raising Children Unfundamentalist, and has a book and podcast both called Parenting Forward. Links From This Episode: Cindy on Instagram & Twitter Cindy's website & podcast Parenting Forward, by Cindy Brandt Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Raising Children Unfundamentalist Dyson hair dryer A’Driane Nieves & her painting Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Jul 2019

35 min 3 sec

We’re continuing 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 Alia Hagenbach, who writes about mental illness. She’s written a fabulous book that came out this year, and it’s one of Tsh’s favorites of the year so far. Links From This Episode: Alia on Instagram & Twitter Alia's website Glorious Weakness, by Alia Joy Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Moodpath app Always Be My Maybe Shawn Smucker Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Jul 2019

29 min 40 sec

We’re continuing 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 Roe Cummings, who runs the beautiful Instagram account Brown Kids. She also teaches a class called The Jar Method, about how to store your veggies and produce so that it lasts weeks longer. Links From This Episode Roe on Instagram The Jar Method Visual Workshop Mochi Things planner Anatomy of the French Four-Course Meal Everything is Workable, by Diane Musho Hamilton Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Jul 2019

43 min 35 sec

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. Links From This Episode: Anjuli on Instagram The Moms We Love Club on Instagram Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Frother PG Tips tea Tidying Up with Marie Kondo Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Jul 2019

29 min 50 sec

In this summer-worthy episode, we’ve got for you a best-of travel Q&A, where you ask Stephanie and Tsh your burning travel questions, and they do our best to answer them: everything from long-term planning strategies to ideas for nearby weekend getaways. So, whether you’ve got some traveling on the horizon, or just want to be an armchair traveler from home right now, they’ve got you covered.  Links From This Episode: Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family website, YouTube channel Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Airbnb Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Jun 2019

51 min 1 sec

Episode number 200! Andrea just returned from an epic trip to Scotland, and as you're listening to this, Tsh is currently in London about to lead her second Literary London. So in this episode, she and Andrea nerd out on all things British. They're both unapologetic Anglophiles, so they get into why they love you guys across the pond.  Related Posts: Loving London by Tsh My Good List by Andrea Links From This Episode: Andrea on Instagram Andrea’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram #literarylondon, #travelswithtsh Acorn subscription Why the British Tell Better Stories article Poldark Bodleian Library Hay on Wye The Great British Bake Off Endeavor The Crown Victoria The Paradise Downton Abbey Father Brown Home Fires Luther About Time The King's Speech An Inspector Calls My Love Affair with England, by Susan Allen Toth I Capture the Castle Ep. 55: Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries + Everyone Brave is Forgiven Emma Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus Book Series Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman White Teeth, by Zadie Smith The Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers Notes From a Small Island, by Bill Bryson 84, Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and A Great War, by Joseph Loconte Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Jun 2019

1 hr 2 min

There's value in roadtripping with little kids — even when it doesn't feel like it. Crystal talks about why she prioritizes it, how they camp and go to national parks, and when she knows to press the pause button and wait. Tsh shares about her recent girlfriend getaway, why it's good to get together with other adult friends (beyond a night out), and the practicals of putting together an overnighter with friends when the ultimate goal is to reconnect. Related Posts: 10 Quick Thoughts About Girlfriend Getaways by Tsh Practical Tips for a Family Road Trip by Crystal Links From This Episode: Crystal on Instagram Crystal’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram 7 Ways to Make Camping With Kids More Fun Travel tray for kids in car Crowd Money app Airbnb Whatever Craft House Ep. 195: Friendships & Habits Haley’s blog, Carrots for Michaelmas Haley on Instagram and Twitter The Catholic Traveler St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

Jun 2019

59 min 30 sec

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. Related Posts: Why I'm Taking a Sabbatical by Tsh The Liberation of Lake Life (A Body Image Manifesto) by Christine Links From This Episode: Christine on Instagram Christine’s blog Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Teens, Social Media & Body Image Third Love Harper Wilde Roolee Piper and Scoot Madewell Jessica Rey Why Every Leader Needs a Sabbatical Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY.’

Jun 2019

54 min 49 sec

The U.S. is a melting pot, so what does it look like to incorporate your ancestral heritage into your day-to-day family life? Tsh chats with Jacqui Skemp, who shares small, simple ways she weaves her culture — as a first-generation Mexican American — at home with her husband and small children. She also gives us a short-and-sweet good list update: four things currently making her life sweeter. Related Posts: Summer Reading Guide for Kids by Tsh On Raising a Multicultural Family by Jacqui Links From This Episode: Jacqui’s blog, Mexican Domestic Goddess Jacqui on Instagram Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Goodnight Moon / Buenas Noches, Luna, by Margaret Wise Brown Lil’ Libros Instacart Simple Ep. 192: Fasting, Feasting & Intuitive Eating Coming Home, by Leon Bridges Simple Ep. 78: Summer Hospitality & Entertaining Sign up for my Travels With Tsh Guides! Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode’s transcript You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY.’

May 2019

37 min 13 sec

In what ways have you changed since high school? If you're normal, you've changed in so many ways you've lost count. Tsh shares how (and about what) she's changed her mind regarding her values, worldview, and perspective in the 20+ years since she graduated. (Spoiler: It's good to change our minds. It means we're growing and willing to learn.) Crystal then chats about the vital role of people like therapists, coaches of all sorts, counselors and other helping professionals, and the unmistakable importance of investing in their wisdom. Both she and Tsh have benefited from smart, trained, thoughtful humans, and believe every penny budgeted for ongoing help is vital in their maturity and growth. Related Posts:  6 Things I'd Tell My Graduating Self by Tsh  How to Find a Counselor, Therapist, or Coach by Crystal Links From This Episode: Crystal on Instagram Crystal’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Boundaries, by Henry Cloud & John Townsend Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family website, YouTube channel Rough Guides books Lonely Planet books Travel purse Travel wallet Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

May 2019

1 hr 18 min

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. Related Posts: My Good List by Tsh Reclaiming True Friendship in the Age of “Friending” by Katherine Links From This Episode: Katherine on Twitter Katherine’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram #becauseofRHE Sarah & Jeff’s remembrance Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans Hoopla app Simple Ep. 194: Teaching + Nature Compost bin The One Thing That Made It Easy to Stay Healthy by Katherine Morning stretch on YouTube Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family website, YouTube channel Sign up for my Travels With Tsh Guides! Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode’s transcript

May 2019

52 min 52 sec

What’s important about learning the names of things like flowers, trees, frogs — the stuff we usually drive by and don’t think about? Andrea’s loved nature since she was a kid, but she’s re-embraced this side of her as a city-dwelling adult. She gets into why paying attention to nature is important, and also shares practical tips for getting into this wherever we live. And with a few weeks of the school year, I’m talking about what I’ve learned after a year of teaching high school English. I am still very much a beginner here and will continue to learn as I keep going. For the third segment. I am joined by Hayley Stewart, where we get into the liturgical calendar and what’s in store for us in May. Related Posts: 5 Things Teaching is Teaching Me About Myself by Tsh You Belong Among the Wildflowers by Andrea Links From This Episode: Andrea on Instagram Andrea’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram “Nature is everywhere—we just need to learn to see it.” TED Talk by Emma Marris The Nature Fix, by Florence Williams PlantSnap app TreeBook app The Audubon Bird Guide app iNaturalist app Our Planet Round Planet Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv Roadside Geology Haley’s blog, Carrots for Michaelmas Haley on Instagram and Twitter Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

May 2019

1 hr

We’ve gotten into this episode’s topic off and on here, but Crystal’s a bit unique: while she doesn’t use social media for her own personal work, a huge part of her job is helping others use social media for their work. She knows what it’s like to use it both for connecting her real life with the Internet, and for helping business owners find their people online. The Internet can become a downward spiral when it comes to things like mental health, relationships, societal structures, politics, and beyond. And yet it can also be a thing of beauty, helping us connect like never before in human history. It all has to do with mindset, motive, and purpose. Related Posts: What I Read in April by Tsh The Social Media Guidelines That Help Me Still Enjoy Social Media by Crystal Links From This Episode: Crystal on Instagram Crystal’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram The Essentials class–enroll by tonight! Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

May 2019

49 min 38 sec

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. Related Posts: How I Menu Plan by Tsh Intermittent Fasting, Feasting, and the Perfect Pesto by Christine Links From This Episode: Christine on Instagram Christine’s blog Tsh on Twitter & Instagram The Essentials class–enroll by next Friday, May 3! Steven’s pesto recipe Christine’s bread recipe Siete Foods What Gathering Around The Table Has Taught Me, by Christine The Four Tendencies Quiz, by Gretchen Rubin Losing 100 Pounds Podcast The Complete Guide to Fasting, by Jason Fung, MD 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating Keto Diet for Beginners What is Mindful Eating Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family website, YouTube channel Kyrgyzstan World Nomad Games Sign up for my Travels With Tsh Guides! Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Apr 2019

1 hr 8 min

Tsh shares a little practice she's been doing the past few months to help her weekends go much smoother. To anyone around her, it probably looks like nothing — but to her brain, it’s been a game changer. And Katherine’s not only a local pastor, but by golly this is Holy Week — so, we get into what this means when it comes to sitting in discomfort and letting ourselves feel all the things, instead of rushing from the weirdness of Palm Sunday into the colored Easter eggs of Easter. Even if you’re not a Christian, I think you'll resonate with this. They also get in to what this means in light of this week’s heavy news of Notre Dame in Paris — what a symbol for Holy Week. Related Posts: My Most Valuable, Non-Renewable Asset (& Yours Too) by Tsh Making Sense of Easter by Katherine Links From This Episode: Katherine on Twitter Katherine's website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram No Easy Choice, by Ellen Painter Dollar The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James H. Cone Sign up for my Travels With Tsh Guides! Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode's transcript

Apr 2019

40 min 57 sec

What's the difference between a scarcity and an abundant mindset? It really comes down to gratitude as the ultimate antidote, whether it's fear, overwhelm, jealousy, or good old-fashioned FOMO. What does it mean to be a hometown tourist? It’s also about mindset, discovering where you live with a spirit of curiosity. Tsh and Christine get into both these things, including a few practicals on how to incorporate both of these in your daily life. Then somewhat ironically, in the third segment Tsh chats with Stephanie Langford, answering your travel questions: this time, they’re talking about good spots in the U.S. for a weekend getaway. Related Posts: I Love This Place: Georgetown, Texas by Tsh My Good List by Christine Links From This Episode: Christine on Instagram Christine's blog Tsh on Twitter & Instagram The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard Scarcity thinking vs. abundance thinking graphic John C. Maxwell article Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family website, YouTube channel Nashville, Tennessee Austin, Texas Highway 30-A in Florida panhandle Portland, Oregon New York City San Diego, California Seattle, Washington New Orleans, Louisiana Charleston, South Carolina Washington, D.C. Moab, Utah Vancouver, British Colombia - Vancouver Island, Victoria, Sunshine Coast Okanagan Valley Sign up for my Travels With Tsh Guides! Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Apr 2019

58 min 14 sec

This is a regular series here on the show — and in this one, Tsh talks to her good friend, Emily P Freeman. She’s a fellow writer and podcaster, and she’s got a new book of the same name (it might be Tsh's favorite of hers yet). Emily’s been on this show a few times; the last time was last summer after she & Tsh co-led Literary London and they debriefed about our experience. In this chat, Emily shares with us 4 things currently making everything a little bit better in her life. In the episode's third segment, since it’s the start of a new month, as always Tsh talks with Haley Stewart about what’s in store for us in the liturgical calendar in April. Links From This Episode: Emily's latest book, The Next Right Thing Emily on Instagram Emily's website The Next Right Thing Podcast Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Ep. 141: Literary London Gregory's Coffee One Line a Day Journal The Lazy Genius Podcast Ep. 109: Let's Deep Dive A Star is Born The Next Right Thing, by Emily P. Freeman Rich Villodas tweet Choosing Rest, by Sally Breedlove Haley's blog, Carrots for Michaelmas Haley on Instagram and Twitter Ep. 165: The Liturgical Calendar (2/3) The Gospel of John Saint George & the Dragon, by Margaret Hodges Catherine of Siena, by Sigrid Unset Sign up for my Travels With Tsh Guides! Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode's transcript

Apr 2019

46 min 40 sec

Christine is a farmer: in this chat, she gets into what she’s learning about the value of slowing down, of learning to embrace our full plates (while eschewing “busyness”), and the beauty of “delightfully misplacing our phones.” And because Tsh recently wrote about what books she read in March, she gets into the why, how, and what of reading more classics — it doesn’t have to be pretentious or hard — it can actually be fun with the right mindset. Related Posts: What Tsh Read in March Christine's Day in the Life Links From This Episode: Christine on Instagram Christine's blog Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Ep. 184: Busyness + Gurus Ep. 180: Reading More + Mindfulness Laura Vanderkam TED Talk Joy Clarkson's tweet To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley Night, by Elie Wiesel Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery Winnie-the-Pooh, by AA Milne Pen & Paint Pen & Paint on Etsy & Instagram The Mindful Catholic by Dr. Gregory Bottaro Sign up for my Travels With Tsh Guides! Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Mar 2019

1 hr 13 min

There’s this idea that home ownership is the destination that crowns you officially a grown-up. In this chat, Andrea and Tsh agree this simply isn’t true. Andrea’s in her mid-30s and has rented an apartment with her husband for the past six years — and loves it. Tsh and her husband are two years into renovating a 1935 cottage, and she’s learned a lot, too. In this chat, they talk about lessons learned from where they live: how to shake off a temporary mindset, how to make a less-than ideal house into a home, and practical tips for adding personality to wherever you live. Related Posts: Life in the "During" Phase of a Fixer-Upper by Tsh 8 Ways to Make an Apartment Feel Like a Home, by Andrea Links From This Episode: Andrea on Instagram Andrea's website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Rugs, USA Everything you need to know about ZZ plants Todoist App Ep. 177: Seasons & Do-Able Goals Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family Sign up for my Travels With Tsh Guides! Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Mar 2019

1 hr 7 min

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. Related Posts: Tsh's Travel Philosophy 5 Things I Learned By Tidying Up, by Crystal Links From This Episode: Crystal on Instagram Crystal's website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Ep. 181: Partial Solutions + Her Good List Crystal's My Good List Stasia's Style School Ep. 74: "Capsule" wardrobes Thoughts on Capsule Wardrobes At Home in the World, by Tsh Oxenreider Sign up for my Travels With Tsh Guides! Caroline's website The Comedy Bible by Judy Carter Subterranean by James Rollins Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

Mar 2019

1 hr 8 min

We’ve got another in our series called My Good List: a thing, a habit, a work of art, and a philosophy. (Don't worry, we're not nixing our new format! We're simply still doing MGLs every now and then...) I’m talking to my friend Christie Purifoy, a former English professor turned writer and gardener. She’s got a new book out called Placemaker, and it’s all about what it means to actually lean in to your soul’s desire for beauty and the need to create, instead of stuffing or ignoring it — and why the cultivation of good and beautiful places isn’t a retreat from the “real world” - it’s a response to it. Then in the third segment, Stephanie Langford and I answer another one of your travel questions. (p.s. - Yes, there's a faint clicking sound in the background... we're aware, and we apologize.) Links From This Episode: Christie's website Christie on Instagram Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Placemaker, by Christie Purifoy Roots & Sky, by Christie Purifoy Hario V60 Olive Wood Stand Set The Inner Voice of Love, by Henri Nouwen "The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver Living Prayer, by Robert Benson Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family Willing Workers On Organic Farms Thrifty Nomads Ep. 118, where Steph & Tsh talk about saving money to travel Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode's transcript

Mar 2019

55 min 21 sec

What happens when you're hit with the truth that you're WAY busier than you thought you were? Katherine shares real-talk truth she gleaned after she wrote out a recent day-in-the-life recap — seeing her day broken down by the hour helped her realize a truth lots of us can relate to: she's busier than she wants to be. Then Tsh shares what she's learned about why she's felt overwhelmed by reading more non-fiction recently: too many gurus. She shares four ways to keep these smart-but-distant people at arm’s length. Related Posts: Katherine's Day in the Life The books Tsh read in February Links From This Episode: Katherine on Twitter Katherine's website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Maker vs. Manager schedule "How to Gain Control of Your Free Time", a TED Talk with Laura Vanderkam "The Unbusy Pastor", by Eugene Peterson On Reading Well, by Karen Swallow Prior Atomic Habits, by James Clear What I Read in January, by Tsh Dunbar's number Yes, Please, by Amy Poehler Haley's blog, Carrots for Michaelmas Haley on Instagram and Twitter The Liturgical Calendar (2/3) - Episode 165 Radio transcripts of Oscar Romero: The Scandal of Redemption Romero Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode's transcript

Mar 2019

53 min 57 sec

Even if you’re not a writer — or even in a sort of work where you create — you’ll find wisdom and inspiration in Andrea's life lessons she's learned from writing. And because I wrote about podcasts I’m currently into, in this chat I’m talking about the beauty and necessity of silence — why we all need it more than ever in our information-overloaded culture, and how the science backs me up on this. Related Posts: Andrea's writing lessons 8 great podcasts by Tsh Links From This Episode: Andrea on Instagram Andrea's website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Episode 142: A Magazine Editor Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan Shawn Smucker Ep. 177, where we mention Seinfeld's chain method The Loft Literary Center, University of Minnesota Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo At Home in the World, by Tsh Oxenreider Laity Lodge Daily Rituals, by Mason Currey Highly Sensitive Person quiz The Nature Fix, by Florence Williams The Power of Silence for Highly Sensitive People How to Find Inspiration When You're Uninspired Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family Antigua, Guatemala - Lake Atitlan Costa Rica Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico: Merida; Valladolid San Miguel Allende London; countryside UK Iceland Thailand Cambodia (Siem Reap) Japan Munich/Bavaria Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode's transcript

Feb 2019

1 hr 6 min

Cultivating a healthy marriage sometimes looks different when kids are at different ages. Christine and her husband have kids under 8, so she shares how they find ways to date in the nooks and crannies of their life. Tsh and her husband have kids 8 and up, so she shares how they model their marriage at home, right in front of their kids. Related Posts: Tsh's letter to her (slightly younger) self And the two shall become one, separately, by Christine Links From This Episode: Christine on Instagram Christine's blog Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Episode 140, Work: A Farmer Episode 169: Christine's good list  Episode 93: Dating (in Marriage) Episode 181: Partial Solutions + Her Good List Date night & Tate nights Thistle Farms Becca Stevens Becca Stevens on Twitter Love Heals by Becca Stevens Find Your Way Home by The Women of Magdalene and Becca Stevens As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner The Odyssey by Homer Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode's transcript

Feb 2019

1 hr 19 min

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. Related Posts: Crystal's Good List Tsh's things she's reading about, learning about, and writing about lately Links From This Episode: Crystal on Instagram Crystal's website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram All of Me, by Chris Baron Outer Order, Inner Calm, by Gretchen Rubin Four Tendencies Quiz Organized Simplicity, by Tsh Oxenreider Tidying Up, Marie Kondo's show on Netflix The Balanced Life Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family Tuscany Writer's Retreat Literary London Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode's transcript

Feb 2019

50 min 10 sec

Anxiety plagues a ton of people, and Andrea has been on quite a journey the past decade-plus learning how to live with it. In this episode, she shares a practice that helps her float through it (instead of fight or flight). Tsh talks about simple ways she incorporates more reading in her life, helping her inch through her TBR dust instead of watching it collect dust. In the third segment (since it’s the start of a new month), Tsh talks with Haley as she learn from her about what’s on the liturgical calendar in February. Good stuff. Related Posts: Andrea's How I stopped fighting anxiety Tsh's What I read in January Links From This Episode: Andrea on Instagram Andrea's website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Calm app Headspace app Tsh's earbuds Libro.fm Tsh's alarm clock Sign up for an Audible trial (and get a free audiobook!) Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte One Day in December, by Josie Silver 84 Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff Your Best Year Ever, by Michael Hyatt Atomic Habits, by James Clear Inferno, by Max Hastings Christmas Eve, 1914, by Charles Olivier Haley's blog, Carrots for Michaelmas Haley on Instagram and Twitter Jamie Martin's candle tutorial Ep. 59 on Silence A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode's transcript

Feb 2019

50 min 39 sec

What's it like to be a full-time pastor of a local church, then decide to also become a certified yoga instructor? In this chat, Katherine talks about the misconceptions she had about yoga before she began a few years ago, as well as what it’s like to find fun surprises you didn’t know you needed in unexpected places.  Then Tsh expands on her Good List post she wrote this week — why she loves creating playlists (and considers it a form of art), a new-to-her veggie delivery service that’s hitting all the right buttons, and the beauty of making time for hobbies, even when you have no time. Related Posts: Katherine's Lessons from the yoga mat Tsh's My good list Links From This Episode: Katherine on Twitter Katherine's website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Enneagram Imperfect Produce Current Winter Spotify playlist 5-year diary Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode's transcript

Jan 2019

42 min 2 sec