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Tsh Oxenreider is the author of Notes From a Blue Bike and the founder of The Art of Simple. She's host of The Simple Show, and her passion is to inspire people that 'living simply' means making room for more of the stuff that really matters, and that the right,...

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  1. I know you may be tired of talking about yourself (like you mentioned at Simple Mom) but I’m loving “getting to know you” a little more through these posts. The pieces are coming together for me of why you do what you do and what makes you tick (these are the things I really like to know about people, more so than how they organize their toys, etc..)

    Your family’s vision for SLM is awesome and also what you are doing in Oregon sounds amazing. We have a real heart for hospitality – to strangers, friends and family alike. We are not in ministry, but well yes, I guess we are as members of Christ’s body. We have a heart to provide rest and respite for life’s weary travellers (and to be travellers and adventurers ourselves) but living that calling to the fullness has been put on hold for some time because of our lack of freedom in the US.

    But we’re moving! (as you know) and we can thus move forward in the vision God has placed on our hearts – for our family and our ministry to others.

    So reading this has been very cool and getting to know my editor-in-chief a little more has been very helpful for me as a contributor. Because of our shared faith in Jesus Christ and desire to serve the body, your vision for SLM makes me excited about contributing to its continued success.

    I’ll stop before my comment becomes a post…

  2. Tsh,
    I, too, have loved these “behind the scenes” glances. One thing I’d be interested in having you comment/post on is developing deep relationships that span time/location even when you may not spend a lifetime (or even a few years!) in one place.

    Your new ministry opportunities sounds amazing. God bless you in your new pursuits.

  3. I second Renee, it’s been really great to get to know you better. When I first started reading you blog, I assumed you’d been blogging for decades and worked as a writer or journalist out of college, or something along those lines. I’ve enjoyed the story behind the blog and the book! I want to write a book too someday, and your story is very inspiring to me. Thanks for sharing yourself with us here on InCourage!

  4. Tsh,
    Hi!
    I am new to your blogs. I joined after receiving a post from a friend who is trying to live simply as a new mom and knows my penchant for helping people de-clutter.

    On a different vein, I am now totally curious after reading this one!
    I am an Interim Innkeeper. I go to Bed and Breakfasts and keep them so that Innkeepers can take time off. I go for a few days or weeks. I would love to know more about the Guest Houses you were referring to and how someone like me might be involved.

    Thank you!

  5. “But I do believe that being very intentional about my choices in life frees me to be who God created me to be.” – this is one of the most important reasons for my recent urge for change although I have not been able to put it to words:

    I have been struggling with clutter for… my entire life, basically. Earlier this year, I found myself turning down a serving opportunity that I am very interested in because I could not keep my home in proper shape. Long story short, I started to realized that I was letting the clutter decide for me what to do instead of me deciding what to do with my time and what to do with them.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us and thank you for helping people like me to see clearer and put things into perspective.

  6. Yea Oregon!! I’m sure you’re not coming to my town, but when you take the required trip over the mountains to bask in the Central Oregon sun, I would be honored to show you around Bend. =) The organization that you are joining sounds FANTASTIC – what a gift!

  7. hi, Tsh! i would love to know the name of the organization that you recently joined in oregon. my family has the gift of hospitality and a heart for missions and the whole concept of guest houses for missionaries etc sounds really intriguing. are you allowed to share?

  8. Love, love, love your book! I am sooo happy to find a book that is practical and easy to follow. We think so much alike… I am a list maker too! My children are 3 (boy) and (Juliana) 1. Your book is something I plan to recommend to my other mom friends! You are a kindred spirit… God bless you and your family, through this journey. Enjoy every moment and thank him for blessing you so abundantly!