about the book

Life is chaotic. But we can choose to live it differently.

It doesn’t always feel like it, but we do have the freedom to creatively change the everyday little things in our lives so that our path better aligns with our values and passions.

The popular blogger and founder of the internationally recognized Simple Mom online community tells the story of her family’s ongoing quest to live more simply, fully, and intentionally.

Part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you from a hillside in Kosovo to a Turkish high-rise to the congested city of Austin to a small town in Oregon. It chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertime dilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, automobile, and blue cruiser bike.

Entertaining and compelling—but never shrill or dogmatic—Notes from a Blue Bike invites you to climb on your own bike, pay attention to who you are and what your family needs, and make some important choices.

It’s a risky ride, but it’s worth it—living your life according to who you really are simply takes a little intention. It’s never too late.

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Tsh Oxenreider has written a truly beautiful story that will inspire you to fully embrace the life you've been given and find the joy in your own journey. It's the best combination of entertaining and inspiring all rolled into one fabulous book!
Melanie Shankle, author of Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room
This book will liberate you. These pages will sweep you up in a life that focuses on the little things we often miss. It will convict you, comfort you, and ultimately set you free to lead a simpler, braver, more beautiful life. It certainly did for me.
Jeff Goins, author of The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing
Sometimes, we all need to step back and think about how we live our lives. Notes from a Blue Bike was an amazing chance to do just this. In a world of on-the-go chaos, Oxenreider's new book is a simple and eloquent reminder of slowing down and living with intention. I didn't want to put this one down.
Claire Diaz-Ortiz, author, speaker, innovator at Twitter, and blogger at ClaireDiazOrtiz.com
Oh, I just love this book. Tsh has a gift for making what's hard feel doable and what's overwhelming feel manageable, like a smart friend you meet for coffee and wisdom. I felt understood, and at the same time, inspired to live with more intention and creativity. This one's a gem.
Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine
Fun and accessible, Tsh Oxenreider's colorful vignettes are a personal look at one woman's journey toward mastering the art of intentional living in the midst of a chaotic world. Notes from a Blue Bike explores and helps readers shift from simply dreaming of a life of simplicity to actually attaining it. A refreshing challenge to the defeated notion that a chaotic life routine is to be expected and endured.
Ken Wytsma, president of Kilns College and author of Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things

about the author

Tsh Oxenreider is the founder of TheArtofSimple.net (previously Simple Mom), a community blog dedicated to the art and science of simple living. She's the author of Organized Simplicity and One Bite at a Time, a regular contributor to (in)courage, an advocate for Compassion International, and a top-ranked podcaster. A graduate of the University of Texas, Tsh currently lives in Bend, Oregon, with her family. Learn more at TshOxenreider.com.


media inquiries

For press inquiries regarding Notes From a Blue Bike, please contact Tiffany Sawyer at tsawyer@thomasnelson.com