It’s not often that I find a book whose message flows seamlessly into my life and yet still challenges me to make some real changes in my daily living. Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider does just that.
I’ve been a fan of Tsh’s since I stumbled onto her blog The Simple Mom (now renamed The Art of Simple) a few years back. I loved listening to her interview with Darren Rowse via ProBlogger podcast and I’ve admired her work as a writer as I seek to build my own blog.
So much of the yearnings Tsh expressed in her book (which is so beautifully written, by the way) are present in my own heart as well. The idea of making small choices one day at a time in an effort to create the life you really desire is a concept I both embrace and strive to bring to reality.
Her chapter on food was especially relatable since we’ve recently started trying to weed toxins and preservatives (along with GMO’s and food dyes) out of our diet. We can’t eat all organic (we tried one month and the budget nearly collapsed), but we can make small changes each week and think about our changes affect our own family and those around us. This year, we joined a CSA and made every effort to really enjoy the bounty we received each month. We also planted our own garden and ate salad from it almost every night.
I love how Tsh reveals her struggles in an honest way as she strives to balance maintaining a website, raising children, and keeping the household afloat. It is a struggle to develop a simple life. It seems like such an oxymoron, but it’s truly a fight against American norms to be available and to remove the emphasis on productivity.
I haven’t finished the book yet (I’m about 1/2 way through), but I haven’t stopped talking about it since I picked it up and I’ve loved every minute of reading it. It’s inspiring and heart-warming and has caused me to really re-evaluate the way I fill my days. I would most certainly recommend it and I can’t wait to see what else Tsh has to share.
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Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.