Living Life {Notes from a Blue Bike}

original(11)This post is part of the Blue Bike Blog Tour, which I’m thrilled to be part of. To learn more and join us, head here.

Why is it so hard to slow down in our fast-paced culture? I think this is a super hard question to answer, especially if you are in the stage of life where you are parenting young ones. Their needs seem never-ending added to the Pinterest-perfect expectations that we think should be attained. There are activities to attend, parties to prepare for, sports teams to join, books to read, baseboards to clean (for real, I haven’t clean mine in years!), and the list goes on.

Enter Tsh’s book Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World!

Having traveled to other parts of the world, Tsh has seen the cultural differences in how people live in a slower pace, a pace at which they are able to enjoy life more. I want that. I want to enjoy life more.
Tsh 2As I have been trying to work on My One Word this year, I have been seeing more and more how doing less actually helps me to do more. It’s kinda crazy in some ways, but it’s true. Try it!

I am savoring this book, and in the name of slowing down, I am taking in Tsh’s words, her story, a little at a time, and really focusing on doing life as God has called me to.

Our family is more and more enjoying the moments together on our own bike rides:
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I also love what Tsh has to say about education. I’m all kinds of bookworm nerdy, so I love love love learning, and am a life-long learner. I had a great experience in school, and I did learn a lot, but discovering the world through books, through people, through travel, and everything in-between has also been a great teacher for me.

Here’s more from Tsh on: Food | Work | Travel | Entertainment

Get your own copy of Notes from a Blue Bike today!! Lots of fun goodies if you buy multiple copies for your very own book club! #notesfromabluebike

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. Also available on Kindle.

My One Word

So, I had a totally different post written out, but it was all scattered and everywhere…kinda like my mind right now.

Instead of a long, drawn-out explanation of why I chose My One Word, I just wanted to quickly share about it. Quickly, because if I take any longer, I wouldn’t be working on My One Word. You’ll see why once I tell you what it is.

Step 1: Determine the kind of person you want to become
I want to be someone who is focused. Focused on God. Focused on my family. Focused on my goals. I want to be someone who completes the tasks that I start. I want to be someone who starts my day with the Lord so that I am more attuned to Him.

Step 2: Identify the characteristics of that person
Focused | Loving | Attentive | Gentle | Disciplined | Purposeful | Intentional

Step 3: Pick a word
disciplineI’m also adding My One Verse:
candleAnd My One Song:
Found in You by Beth Croft

And if I need to be more disciplined and step up my fitness game, there’s even a remix of this song for my workouts!

What’s your one word? What are some of your goals this year? Who do you want to be?

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