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Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World Hardcover – February 11, 2014
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About the Author
Tsh Oxenreider is the author of Notes from a Blue Bike and Organized Simplicity, and is the founder of the community blog The Art of Simple. She’s the top-ranked podcaster of The Simple Show, and her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, CNN, Real Simple magazine, and more. A graduate of the University of Texas, where she studied English and anthropology, Tsh currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her family and eats tacos several times a week.
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (February 11, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1400205573
- ISBN-13 : 978-1400205578
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.22 x 8.5 inches
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This author apparently supports her whole family by blogging. I didn’t know that was possible. I’m not sure what she blogs about. I’m not really interested after reading this book.
Written like a diary, or like a conversation between two friends, Tsh Oxenreider hashed out her family's life as expats who are doing what God has called their family to do: buying less and enjoying more, changing how they eat (ever heard of Slow Food?), work, and travel, creating solutions to their problems that don't always work the greatest (who hasn't done that?!?) and their 80/20 principle (80% of their food is seasonal and locally grown, 20% is the extras and grace that comes with life.) This book was a great reminder that even though life can be chaotic, we can choose to live it differently.
So when I saw this book available I knew I wanted to read it.
It was just what I needed.
My husband and I (and now two kids in tow) have lived with a set of parents for our entire marriage of nearly 8 years. In a short 30 days, we will be walking, keys in hand, in to our first home. Although excited, I am now overcome with emotion and foggy brain as to what and how our new home will be run. We haven't had the opportunity to be our own unit. Ever. So this book came at the absolute perfect moment for me to help gain a sense of clarity as to what we can implement and how to really live the simple and uncluttered life we crave. My husband will be reading it too. Really, read this. It's like an escape to a fun life full of adventure. Love it love it love it.
It had just enough mental exercises but a lot of personal experience to really be an example of a real-life family living this way. Excellent to read following Organized Simplicity. Get both!!
As a recently returned expat, I can identify perfectly with her story and her longing for the simpler and more inspiring life abroad, as well as the difficulties of living out our family's purpose and goals back in American life. Her words hit deep at the root of our culture's weakness and offer viable solutions to enact change in our own lives.