The Art of Simple

What My 40s Are Teaching Me

11:00 pm PST, January 15, 2019

I don’t believe 40 is a magic number that divides everything into before and after. But I do believe it can be the start of a second journey instead of the beginning of a downward slope “over the hill.” Entering our 40s can be met with negativity, or it can be met with tenacity and courage—and we get to decide. I’m only one year in, but I thought I’d share some things my 40s are already teaching me.

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3 Style Truths I’ve Embraced

10:01 pm PST, January 13, 2019

Yes, don’t be reckless with your budget, or needlessly buy fast fashion or unhealthy beauty products. But in all this — it’s just fashion. It’s just beauty. It’s meant to be experimented with, played around with. I care more about feeling good in my body than impressing people that are wondering simultaneously if I’m impressed with them.

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A Day in the Life

10:01 pm PST, January 8, 2019

When Tsh suggested I write a post for the blog's “A Day in the Life” series it seemed like a daunting task because I’m still in the newborn stage and every day is so different. It’s a challenging season to maintain routines and it requires a lot of flexibility. Nevertheless, I actually had a lot of fun thinking about what my average day was like in this season, and then documenting the details.

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2019 Letter From the Editor

10:01 pm PST, January 1, 2019

Less, but better — that’s the theme of AoS this year. As our podcast episodes and blog posts intersect with each other, we’ll focus on fewer topics but with a deeper richness. And, we’re treating this space like the beauty it is, giving it the attention it deserves. I’ve loved my twelve years of hitting publish here, and I don’t plan on stopping soon.

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20+ Questions For a New Year

10:01 pm PST, December 28, 2018

It's time for our annual 20 Questions! I re-release it here every New Year's Eve, and I love hearing how you all use it. After tweaking and adjusting this list for several years, I've finally settled on a good master list of solid questions to help you reflect on the previous twelve months.

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Happy Holidays!

10:01 pm PST, December 23, 2018

Thank you so much for being loyal readers and listeners here; you guys are the best community on the internet! I’m so grateful for you. To give you some good stuff to chew on this week, should you need it, here are my favorite posts and podcasts from the year, one from each month.

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Low-Stress, Last-Minute Gift Ideas

2:48 pm PST, December 18, 2018

Yes, shop local first — 100 percent, every time (a small business? Even better) ...but sometimes it’s not always possible. Gifts don’t mean everything, but it’s also lovely to get something that doesn’t feel like a phone-in. Here's a few last-minute ideas — you still have time.

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A Family Sailing Adventure

10:01 pm PST, December 16, 2018

Recently my husband and I caught up with dear college friends, who are currently living a lifestyle very different from ours. After years of enjoying their suburban California life—with three kids and a pup in a darling house, tending chickens and a garden, and attending soccer practices and back-to-school nights—the Scotts embarked on a totally new adventure. Since the fall of 2016, Chris, Annie, their three boys (ages 9-13), and dog Opal all live on their sailboat, S.V. Secret Water, almost full-time.

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