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.
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
How many of our daily decisions do we make on automatic pilot—and then struggle to live with the expensive, annoying, or ridiculous results? Plenty! Luckily, here's a book to help us notice what we're doing so we can, as they say about kids torn between kale and Quaaludes, ‘make better choices.’Lenore Skenazy, founder of the book and blog Free-Range Kids
As soon as I finished Notes from a Blue Bike, I jumped on my own (burgundy) bicycle and pedaled through the neighborhood wondering if the farmer down the road still sells eggs. Like Tsh Oxenreider, our family has made slow-down decisions over the years to live a simpler, more frugal life. As our kids grow, however, life evolves, and before long, we've drifted. Tsh's determination to incorporate into her American life the simple pleasures experienced overseas inspires me to realign our family to our own values in big and small ways every single day. Notes from a Blue Bike may inspire a reader to travel the world, home educate, and start a home-based business. Or it might simply send someone off on her bike to buy a dozen eggs from the farmer down the road.Ann Kroeker, editor for The High Calling and Tweetspeak Poetry and author of Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families
In a style that's both personal and practical, Tsh Oxenreider shares how we can truly live intentionally. She reveals it's not where we live that matters most. Instead it's about how we live wherever we are. This book will help you and your family thrive in new ways right where you are today.Holley Gerth, best-selling author of You're Already Amazing
Tsh is an avid student of life, the kind that sits in the front row, asks questions, takes notes, evaluates, and then shares what she learns with the rest of us saving us all that hassle. In Notes from a Blue Bike Tsh simply tells great stories but after you read them you realize she snuck in applicable life lessons on being intentional in the same way a smart mom sneaks in vegetables—you don’t even realize you are learning and it’s delicious! A truly delightful read.Myquillyn Smith, author of The Nesting Place
Tsh is an amazing storyteller, and has a knack for drawing her readers in and keeping us wanting more.Brian Gardner, CPO, Copyblogger Media
Never has evaluating how we work, eat, parent, educate, or consume been as fascinating as when viewed through the lens of Tsh's extraordinary adventures in travel. She invites us into the story with her and offers new ways to imagine the routines we're so used to, with generous helpings of practical suggestions for how to slow down in a fast-paced culture and practice intentional living no matter what your zip code or time zone. This book is one part travelogue, one part practical tips for slower living, and one great part storytelling. An irresistible combination.Lisa-Jo Baker, author of Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom (April 2014)
For those of us who find simple living both appealing and intimidating, Tsh is like a wise older sister, coming alongside to help us navigate the transition to intentional living in this chaotic here-we-are-now-entertain-us world. It goes so far beyond the typical ‘tips’ and lists of most simple living books because she tells her own story, her own struggles and victories, and invites us along for her own journey while opening wide the doors for us to set out on our own paths. Approachable, practical, relatable, and wise, her book inspired real introspection and change in me.Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist (Howard Books)
Travel, especially to other cultures, teaches us as much about ourselves as it does the culture we go to experience. As part of a global nomadic family myself, I endorse and applaud how energizing and challenging—but always real—stepping out of our comfort zones can be. In Notes from a Blue Bike, Tsh Oxenreider brings home some powerful, poignant, and humorous stories and lessons that can help move all of us into more intentional, vibrant lives. Even if you aren't able to move your family to Turkey this year, this book is the next best thing.Keith Wright, president of Food for the Hungry
I read Blue Bike while traveling in Tsh's own steps from Turkey across Europe, Austin to Oregon. Like a much-needed cup of coffee with an old friend, Blue Bike is at once familiar and challenging. I was either crying or celebrating every step along the way as Tsh gently stripped the complexities of my life and called me to the surprising depths of having less in order to truly have more of what matters most.Jeremy Courtney, author of Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time; founder of Preemptive Love Coalition
Whenever I need to reevaluate what my family values most, I turn to the work of Tsh Oxenreider. After reading Notes from a Blue Bike, I feel like I've gone on a trip with Tsh as my guide—not to a foreign land, but a trip into the land of possibility for all the important areas of my life. I deeply appreciate her kind and honest perspective on living with intention, especially her thoughts on money, schooling, and love.Emily P. Freeman, author of A Million Little Ways
Tsh Oxenreider manages to combine the heart and humor of a memoir with advice and care in such a way that simplifying your life will never have seemed easier or more desirable. I find myself returning to chapters over and over again as I reconsider what I value and how I spend my time in pursuit of a more intentionally lived life.Annie Downs, author of Speak Love and Perfectly Unique
Tsh Oxenreider’s book speaks deeply to what so many of us feel—a desire to live more simply, alongside confusion about how. As Charlie Chaplin said, ‘simplicity is not a simple thing.’ Her book feels like a blueprint of sorts: a place to wrestle with our own convictions regarding our families, work, and life while reading about hers. Tsh’s memoir invites us to shed the clothes of consumerism and distracted living that are so ubiquitous in our culture, and instead to find a new wardrobe. One that manages to combine conviction, intentionality, and simplicity.Nathan George, founder of Trade as One
Notes from a Blue Bike is a powerful, yet quiet, call to ask yourself, ‘What if I didn't have to live this way? What if the fast-paced, hyper-productive life we think of as normal is actually making us miserable? What if instead of constantly striving for more, we could learn to be intentional with our lives and find happiness? What if slowing down was the most productive and smartest use of our time?’ As a recovering workaholic myself, my friend Tsh has helped me learn to slow down and enjoy life, and she will do the same for you!Alli Worthington, strategist, speaker, author, AlliWorthington.com
Notes from a Blue Bike shows us how life was meant to be lived. We find it in the everyday, the simple, and relentless pursuit of being present in the lives of those around us. If there is a way through our chaotic and demanding lives, Tsh shows us how to breathe again. Living a life of meaning and presence is no longer a lost art. Notes from a Blue Bike resurrects our hope and shows us how to reclaim ourselves and our families once again.Mike Rusch, chief operating officer of Pure Charity
In a world of rushing, stress, and constant busyness, Tsh's words are a breath of fresh air challenging us to take time to stop and savor life. Through her stories, life journeys, and honesty about her struggles, you'll be inspired to step back and really examine how you're living life and whether it aligns with your core values. Thank you, Tsh, for motivating us through Notes from a Blue Bike to stop letting life happen to us and instead encouraging us to go happen to life!Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com and author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
Through beautifully crafted descriptions and reflections, Notes from a Blue Bike offers a glimpse of a life lived with intention that draws readers in with its creative simplicity and humble doability. This book does a superb job at weaving elements of faith, information about justice issues, and the poignant richness of everyday life in ways readers are sure to find inspiring.Julie Clawson, author Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices and The Hunger Games and the Gospel
Notes from a Blue Bike is my favorite kind of book—one part story, one part inspiration, one part practical life application. Tsh Oxenreider’s easy writing style left me turning pages late into the night, yearning for more of her wisdom. A must-read for anyone craving an intentional life.Jessica Turner, founder of The Mom Creative
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.
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