February 4, 2019

I’m Tammy Strobel. I'm an author, photographer, and traveler.

I started sharing my words and photos on RowdyKittens.com in late 2007, and before that, I worked for a non-profit where blogging was part of my job. That means I've been blogging for over 13 years, which feels like a lifetime online.

For the past decade, most of my writing focused on our path toward a simpler and happier life. I wrote hundreds of blog posts about living simply, and a book about our story—You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap)—that was published in 2012. I went from owning all the things and being wildly unhappy toward a place of deep contentment and gratitude.

To be clear, I don't walk on rainbows (although that would be fun). Like most people, I’ve dealt with hard stuff over the years like grief, disabling back pain, career ups and downs, and anxiety. Downsizing didn't make my problems magically disappear, but living simply gave me the time and money to prioritize my well-being.

These days, I don’t write about living simply or minimalism very often because my interests have evolved. Also, there are thousands of books, blogs, and podcasts about simple living on the market. It's incredible to see how the simple living/minimalism niche has exploded over the past decade. I hope my books and blog posts have contributed to the space in meaningful ways.


What you’ll find on RowdyKittens.com: short and long essays (about travel, creativity, digital minimalism, and more), links I love, and photo essays. In short, my blog is a reflection of my adventures and interests.

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Other places you can find my creative work:

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If you have questions or want to say hello, send an email to tammy@rowdykittens.com.

Important note: I don’t accept guest posts, paid product reviews, etc. on my website. Read my privacy policy here.

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