The Art of Simple

My Good List

4:00 am PST, January 24, 2020

On occasion, we share what’s making our lives a little sweeter lately. It’s a series called My Good List. Here’s a brief glimpse into my list for this current season of life.

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Dear Me in 2010 (vol. 1)

8:24 am PST, January 21, 2020

The conversations are also so much richer now. Yes, they’re fraught with more uncertainty than ever (the answers to most questions are far more gray than black-and-white), but they’re meaningful. They’re about things. They’re a peek into the heart and soul of your kids, of what matters to them. They feel weightier, like they matter. In the best way.

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10 Inspiring Artists to Follow (and Support)

8:57 am PST, January 17, 2020

Instagram is still a great place to discover new-to-you artists. In its early days, the platform even helped launch some artists' careers. Today I'm sharing ten inspiring visual artists who I first discovered on Instagram. I'd recommend not only following them on social media, but supporting their work by buying and sharing their art. (If we value art and want more of it in the world, I believe we need to support the people who are creating it.) Many of the following artists sell originals, prints, books, and other products.

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The Good List: The Podcast!

6:33 am PST, January 10, 2020

When we pay attention to the small things in life, we’re more apt to be astonished at how beautiful they are, at how much we have to be grateful for, even when life is hard. And when we talk about these small things, we remind each other the many good things we have within our reach.

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20+ Questions For a New Year

10:01 pm PST, December 29, 2019

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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Book Recommendations For The Person Who…

4:00 am PST, December 18, 2019

I love books. I love reading. I love authors. Books are my go-to gift all year round. I think books make a great gift because they don’t take up much space, they create an experience, they can stimulate connection and conversation between giver and recipient, and when you receive one you can try it out and then re-gift it if it’s not a good fit and nothing is wasted in a landfill.

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Gifts You Still Have Time to Get

6:56 am PST, December 16, 2019

Yes, I recommend first shopping locally and with small businesses — always. But, I’m also a realist, and I completely get the convenience of shopping online, especially if you’ve got small children (going to stores with them during the holidays: my nightmare), a heavy workload, or a busy holiday schedule.

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A Glimpse Into a Slow and Sacred Christmas Day

4:00 am PST, December 11, 2019

For us, Christmas Day is intended to unravel slowly. It’s uncomplicated, rustic, both restful and joyful, and broken into two parts: sacred time with just our family, and sacred time welcoming others in. It’s a theme we’ve seen develop over the years, first out of necessity, and then out of choice. Now, I can’t imagine Christmas without it.

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