"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Monday, February 3, 2014

Notes from a Blue Bike


Recently I had the privilege of reading Tsh’s newest book, Notes from a Blue Bike and I am joining in the book’s blog tour. Go HERE to check out what others had to say about the book and feel free to join us.

In this book Tsh takes you on a journey with her and her family and shows you through life experience how slowing down and living intentionally can look. She looks back at her life in foreign countries and their uncomplicated ways and then works on bringing that simplicity here to the United States where things tend to be more rushed and hurried.

Blue Bike Quote

Each chapter brought its head nodding moments. I highlighted so much.

“A more intentional life purposely slows down enough to enjoy the very process of living more intentionally.” Tsh- Notes from a Blue Bike 

You truly feel as if you are riding the bike along with Tsh as she makes her journey back and forth from place to place throughout the book. She so openly lets us into her life and shares what living well looks like. She touches on food, homeschooling, travel and much more. Is her life perfect? No. Who’s is? She understands that everyone’s life looks different but that we can make choices to live more intentionally and simply.

“It is all well and good to want to live more intentionally, but  nothing will happen unless there’s a plan. This is the first of these truths, no matter who you are or where you live: living with intention requires a blueprint.” Tsh-Notes from a Blue Bike

In short I believe people will come away with different things from this book. After all we are all different people with different likes and dislikes so it’s only natural to think differently too. I believe that if you do decide to read it, you will benefit from it in some way no matter who you are or where you are in life.

Take a look at the trailer.

After reading Tsh’s book I really felt the need to make a plan to live more intentionally. So here’s what we are doing to make that happen.

  • We (hubby and I) are sitting down with our calendars and planning our days better. You are more apt to do something if you plan ahead.
  • Having a plan B. Sometimes plan A doesn’t work out. Weather, sickness and other things can throw a wrench in any plan so it’s good to have a back up if need be.
  • Involve the kids. Kids have ideas too. See what they want and try and fit it into the plans.

Admit it, you get stuck in a rut sometimes and each day looks the same, day in and day out. Making a plan can help get you out of that rut. So grab your family and your calendars and start being intentional about your days.

I hope you enjoyed this review and consider checking out the book.

 Notes From a Blue Bike is written by Tsh Oxenreider, founder and main voice of The Art of Simple. 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. Grab your copy here.

Have a lovely day my friends.




  1. It's a matter or priorities! Are we going to control our lives or are we going to allow our lives to control us? One of the key words I heard in the video was "savor." So many people today don't take the time to savor the moments, by themselves or with their loved ones. If everyone just made a commitment to watch a sunset or sunrise each day, I think they would be changed for the better, LOL. Thank you for the recommendation on the book. I'll see if our library has a copy or not.

  2. Sounds great! I do think I savor the moments and take life slower than many of my friends, but at the same time our family needs to do a better job planning so we actually go do more of the fun things together!

    Big if-I-don't-have-a-bike-can-I-just-walk size hugs to you! LOL. Love you, friend! Nice review - really does sound like a great book!


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