Notes From A Blue Bike – Review & Giveaway

Notes From A Blue Bike

Notes From A Blue Bike – Book Review

There are times in each of our lives when we question the things that we are doing – the way that we are living – the choices that we are making.

Often, these times of yearning are accompanied by a deep desire to live with more meaning – more intentionality – more passion.

We want to identify what is important to us and lead lives that reflect our values.

If you are feeling those stirrings within your heart, may I recommend Notes From A Blue Bike – The Art Of Living Intentionally In A Chaotic World by Tsh Oxendreider to you?

Notes From A Blue Bike takes us on Tsh’s personal journey to slow down and to adjust to a new rhythm of life – a new way of living – once she and her family unexpectedly returned from a 3-year stint in Turkey to life back in the United States.

Her personal reflections center around her efforts to simplify in 5 key areas of life:

  • Food
  • Work
  • Travel
  • Education
  • Entertainment

Discussion Questions – which can also be used for personal journaling – are provided in the back of the book.

Tsh describes Notes From A Blue Bike as follows:

This book is about the liturgical, perfunctory parts of each of our lives and questioning whether our everyday little decisions – the ones that, a drop at a time, fill up our buckets equal to the sum of our short lives here on Earth – best reflect the stirrings of our hearts.

Do the choices I make line up with how I really want to live?

And then, this book is about giving ourselves permission to creatively change the little things in our lives so that our path is better aligned with our values and passions, and so the majority of our days are spent living contentedly.

Yes, this is how I am made to uniquely live.

This book is about us living life instead of about life living us – one small choice after another, day after day, month after month, year after glorious year. It’s about living with intention.

If you enjoy reading memoirs, reflective essays and pithy quotes, you will enjoy Notes From A Blue Bike!

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Video – Tsh Oxenreider Speaks About Work

About Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh Oxenreider is the founder of TheArtOfSimple.Net (previously Simple Mom), a community blog dedicated to the art and science of simple living.

She’s also the author of Organized Simplicity and One Bite at a Time, a regular contributor to (in)courage, an advocate for Compassion International, and a top-ranked podcaster.

A graduate of the University of Texas, Tsh currently lives in Bend, Oregon, with her family.


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Notes From A Blue Bike – Book Giveaway

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23 Responses to “Notes From A Blue Bike – Review & Giveaway”

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  1. Melanie Backus says:

    I have to say that my life is really simple and I love it. I spend with my grands , visit friends, and enjoy life.

    I am a US citizen.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  2. Bev Baird says:

    Sounds like an amazing book. The question posed: “Do the choices I make line up with how I really want to live?” really resonated with me. Great post – loved the video.

  3. Bindu says:

    I am going to read the book Organized simplicity. Heading over to Tsh’s website to read blogs.

  4. Dawn Paoletta (@breathoffaith)
    Twitter: breathoffaith

    I know I would like this book. Plus I want a blue bike. Just sayin’. lol

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I had a blue bike growing up with a horn and a basket. Wondering if I could still ride?!
      Best of luck in the giveaway, Dawn – this book is right up your alley!

  5. LuAnn Braley
    Twitter: KentuckyGal

    Actually, I came to your blog from Booknificent Thursdays today! And the post for Friendship Friday would have been my next email opened! :O)

    I don’t just want to read this book; I need to read this book. My life is so unorganized and complicated. Ick.

  6. Nancy says:

    I’d like to simplify my housekeeping chores.

    I live in the U.S.

  7. Marcia says:

    Sounds like the perfect companion for my new empty nest, where most days I sit wondering what on earth to do with my time besides continuing to create and trust God.
    Adding to my read list.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Best of luck to you in this giveaway Marcia – I think you’d truly enjoy this book!
      By the way, you might also want to check out my review of Home To Chicory Lane – it’s a story about another empty nester that you might appreciate! 🙂

  8. Gail Williams says:

    I did not have a bike growing up. Our family had too many children and not enough of the necessities. I was oldest and grew up not needing much to make me content. We grew up happy because of family priorities. I’d love this book.

  9. Barb says:

    To live simpler and quieter and slower is something that sounds so….hard to achieve, yet so worth pursuing. I loved Tsh’s Italy pictures too….makes me want to move there. Thanks for running this contest Ramona. I hope you have a slow and memorable week.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful wish Barb – if there is one thing I could wish for myself right now, I think that would be it! 🙂

      Best of luck to you in the giveaway. I think this book will resonate with a lot of people!

  10. heidi says:

    I want to simplify my job. Sometimes my work schedule is crazy. I would love to have a little more set schedule.

  11. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    Looks like a really interesting read! Thanks for much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday at! Hope to see you again soon!

  12. Annie Kate says:

    Thanks for the review. This sounds like a book I should like, but I’ve had it out from the library twice now and both times had to return it with only a few pages read.

    So sad, but right now living intentionally means that I’ve been reading books for my kids’ homeschool and other books that the mailman has brought.

    I also reviewed a great book this week and linked it over at Booknificent Thursdays: The Good News about Marriage. It’s a happy book.

  13. Laura Pol says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! People have been saying a lot of good stuff about this novel! I think one area I would love to simply is possessions! I find I have too much stuff that I don’t need! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday so I could enter! 🙂

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