Notes From a Blue Bike

Sunday, February 2, 2014

I've got a blue bike.
And I'm taking notes.

Notes From a Blue Bike is written by Tsh Oxenreider, founder and main voice of The Art of Simple. Since I entered the blogging world, she has been my favorite resource for slower, more intentional living. Her latest book is her best yet. 

You can grab a copy here
". . . I realized that unless our family made more intentional, proactive choices, instead of just constantly talking about wishing things weren't so busy, we would go on forever wanting a different life." Chapter  5
I've heard it a million times, but I feel like I'm finally getting it: The daily choices are the engine of our lives, not the big ones. I've spent plenty of time and energy on the big ones - where we live, my spouse, my career. I planned, analyzed, prayed and executed on those. But as far as our quality of life goes, the daily decisions are the ones on which I need to focus. 

Will I serve on that committee? 
Say yes to "one more" after school activity? 
Get us all around the table? 
Play when they ask? 
Share every photo? 

Will I think about these daily decisions, or continue to make them on auto-pilot and then wonder, How did we get so busy?

Notes From a Blue Bike is organized around five major categories of a family's daily decisions: Food, Work, Education, Travel, Entertainment. It's a fascinating read, and though I can't (and don't want to) make my decisions exactly like Tsh and her family, I've learned a lot by reading about her experiences. She continues to make me look at my life more closely, and she inspires me to be a nerd and go against the grain when I need to.

I appreciate that. 

And I'm curious - Do you think about the daily decisions, or sometimes make them without thinking? Do you do what everyone else does, and then wonder how life got so hectic? How have you learned to be more intentional, more focused, with the little things that make up our lives? 

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2 Responses to “Notes From a Blue Bike”

  1. I loved what Tsh said about the little daily choices adding up. I think that is so true. For a while I got too focused on the 'destination', my dream, but this just left me feeling disheartened in my attempts to live more simply. By focusing on the journey and the choices I can do now to live with more intention, I am so much more content with my lifestyle and delight in each small step I take to live more simply.

  2. I am so excited to read the book! I like to think I am intentional but then it just takes one thing (like sick little ones or snow days!) to send everything crashing down. Then I wonder why I over-schedule myself? Something I am constantly trying to overcome!!! I hope to be more intentional by planning my kid-free hours better (Mondays for groceries, Tuesdays for writing, Wednesdays for working out, etc.). Hope to put that into practice soon!