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Tsh Oxenreider—entrepreneur and author, lover of guacamole and hater of socks—loves to talk shop with some of her favorite people. She's a big fan of simple living, but it's not just about getting rid of your stuff—it’s about living holistically with your life’s purpose. On the show, Tsh talks with other people about what that looks like for them. Whatever their passion, that's what's on tap: food, travel, writing, books, parenting, work, fashion, and everything in between. It’s fun!

Tsh Oxenreider—entrepreneur and author, lover of guacamole and hater of socks—loves to talk shop with some of her favorite people. She's a big fan of simple living, but it's not just about getting rid of your stuff—it’s about living holistically with your life’s purpose. On the show, Tsh talks with other people about what that looks like for them. Whatever their passion, that's what's on tap: food, travel, writing, books, parenting, work, fashion, and everything in between. It’s fun!
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Tsh Oxenreider—entrepreneur and author, lover of guacamole and hater of socks—loves to talk shop with some of her favorite people. She's a big fan of simple living, but it's not just about getting rid of your stuff—it’s about living holistically with your life’s purpose. On the show, Tsh talks with other people about what that looks like for them. Whatever their passion, that's what's on tap: food, travel, writing, books, parenting, work, fashion, and everything in between. It’s fun!

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@tsh

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English


Episodes

Art Well + Work Well | 212

9/13/2019
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Crystal talks about why it’s so important to make time for whatever it is you love — without the added burden of doing it so that you’re a better mom, or wife, or neighbor, or human, or even because the final result is something you can use. Do something just because you love it. Tsh then shares how she uses the ideas of deep work and shallow work, time-blocking her calendar, and tapping into her peak energy levels to get more done in less time — so I can make time for play, as Crystal...

Duration:00:50:11

Rhythms + Community | 211

9/6/2019
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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...

Duration:00:49:54

Life Lessons + Learning | 210

8/30/2019
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It’s back to school season, but what about those of us who are no longer students? Katherine shares 3 things to help us keep learning more about history, ecology, and contemporary poetry. And Tsh turned 42 this week, so she shares 5 things she's learned about life lately, little shifts in thinking that have made her life better. Related Posts: My Good List: Birthday EditionA Fall Reading List for the Lifelong Learner Links From This Episode: TwitterwebsiteTwitterInstagram1619 Project1619...

Duration:00:47:13

Tech + Family + Creativity | 209

8/23/2019
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Springboarding off her deep-dive this week into the 11 books Tsh read on her month-long sabbatical, in this episode she chats with Andrea about how to keep technology in its proper place at home, and the different steps her family is taking to keep away screen addiction and prioritize healthy relationships. This idea comes from one of her favorite reads, The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch. Andrea talks about something similar — she’s recently realized that her smartphone used to be a...

Duration:00:53:49

Sabbaticals + Work | 208

8/16/2019
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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...

Duration:00:56:39

At Home in China | 207

8/9/2019
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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. At Home...

Duration:00:41:48

My Good List Summer Series (5/5) | 206

8/2/2019
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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. Links From This...

Duration:00:34:24

My Good List Summer Series (4/5) | 205

7/26/2019
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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: InstagramTwitterwebsitepodcastParenting...

Duration:00:35:55

My Good List Summer Series (3/5) | 204

7/19/2019
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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: InstagramTwitterwebsiteGlorious WeaknessTwitterInstagramMoodpath...

Duration:00:30:33

My Good List Summer Series (2/5) | 203

7/12/2019
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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 InstagramThe Jar Method Visual...

Duration:00:44:27

My Good List Summer Series (1/5) | 202

7/5/2019
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We’re starting our summer series called My Good List, where Tsh has asked a few people to share four things in their life that are making everything sweeter: a thing, a habit, a work of art, and a philosophy. In this episode, Tsh chats with Anjuli Pascall, who runs the Instagram account The Moms We Love Club, which is dedicated to raising funds and praying for mothers enduring long-term hardships. She says she started this account because she wishes she could bring dinner or drive these...

Duration:00:30:42

Travel Q & A | 201

6/28/2019
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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: InstagramWonderling Family websiteYouTube...

Duration:00:51:47

All Things British | 200

6/21/2019
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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 LondonMy Good List Links From This Episode: InstagramwebsiteTwitterInstagram#literarylondon#travelswithtshAcorn subscriptionWhy the...

Duration:01:02:47

Roadtrips with Littles + Girlfriend Getaways | 199

6/14/2019
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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...

Duration:01:00:16

Body Image + Sabbaticals | 198

6/7/2019
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Just in time for summer, Tsh and Christine talk about simple (but not always easy) ways to overcome negative body image issues. Then, Tsh shares why and how she’s going on sabbatical for a month in July. In our productivity-obsessed world that’s a petri dish for all sorts of limiting beliefs about why sabbaticals are unnecessary or impossible, they talk about how Tsh has learned to overcome some of that thinking. Related Posts: Why I'm Taking a SabbaticalThe Liberation of Lake Life (A...

Duration:00:55:35

A Multicultural Family & My Good List | 197

5/31/2019
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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 KidsOn Raising a Multicultural Family Links From This...

Duration:00:37:13

Changing Your Mind + Investing In Help | 196

5/24/2019
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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...

Duration:01:18:21

Friendships + Habits | 195

5/17/2019
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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...

Duration:00:53:46

Nature + Teaching | 194

5/10/2019
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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....

Duration:01:01:30

Social Media in Work + Life | 193

5/3/2019
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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,...

Duration:00:50:56