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Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider
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“Do the choices I make line up with how I really want to live?”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“Life on earth is far too short, and we were each created with such notable talents that it’d be a travesty to while them away on work we don’t love.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“To realize that the real hidden cost of everything you buy—is how much life it cost you to get it.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“Do whatever it takes to increase your sensitivity to the little things in life you wouldn’t otherwise notice, much less savor, if your autopilot setting is hurry. You’ve got to power down frequently enough to enjoy the effects of intentional living.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“I’m convinced that parents are the most essential key to unlocking the next generation’s curiosity, creativity, and innovation. So much can be said for providing a home full of books, art supplies, open-ended toys, and freedom to wander outdoors. Being stingy with screen time and generous with our attention to a child’s natural interests can translate the message to him or her that learning matters better than any standardized test. And for parents like myself, this may require questioning the same method by which they were educated. Not only has our modern method of education continually declined in its success since we ourselves went through the system; it has left us wanting more—more education for ourselves, and definitely more for our kids.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“People are willing to be brave when they admit their smallness within the enormity of the world, and the best way to understand our smallness is to leave our comfort zones and start exploring, one foot in front of the other.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“We weren’t living the way we wanted because we weren’t making the choices it required. Like so many in our generation of thirtysomething parents, we spoke of a slower, more intentional life, but we expected it to just happen.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“but sometimes not being caught up is okay,”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“We were made to live slower than our fast-paced Western culture deems normal. But it means paddling upstream through strong currents.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“The most important instruments we’ve included within our four walls have been around for thousands of years and are still widely available: books. People who read more are naturally better inclined to learn, and people who make reading a habit at a younger age are more likely to spend the rest of their lives reading.”
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“For all the jokes and complaints about the aches of air travel, it's pretty marvelous, if you think about it.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
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“We have also always maintained an open, age-appropriate dialogue with our children, reinforcing to them that we know more than they do, that we know more than their friends, that we’re their biggest advocate and supporter, and that we’ll tell them the truth when others won’t. They know because we’ve proven that we love them without condition, we believe in and applaud their strengths, we don’t think they’re defined by their weaknesses, and they have the potential to change the world. And we’ve remained influential because they find us to be credible, reasonable, non-overreacting parents.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“boredom is the impetus to creativity.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“Oh, that’s my boundary stone. Before I head into my office to write, I touch it to remind myself that just because I’m good at something, and just because someone asks me to do something, doesn’t mean I have to.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“Perhaps none of us were actually made to live a hurried life. Perhaps a desire to live slowly and intentionally resonated deeply in the core DNA of just about all of us.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“But our everyday rituals can also become our entertainment, if we let them. When I reduce my screen time, not only is my remaining screen time more enjoyable, but my eyes better sharpen their focus on the little things in life. My brain is deprived of the flashing lights and fast-paced action offered from television, so my physiology relaxes and can better appreciate the delightful fascination behind the slower, simpler parts of my day.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“As an adult, my struggle isn’t recognizing the value behind the little things—it’s intentionally setting aside time, energy, and focus to breathe them in, deeply. Sucking the marrow out of life requires that I sit down in the silence, un-entertained.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“The Internet is clamoring for me to admire and interact with the thoughts of my friends and readers around the world, but the payment is the three-dimensional people around me, the ones with whom I live and breathe in community. Author”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“When you’re healthy, you’re able to better make life-changing decisions that’ll affect everyone in the family. It’s not just a good idea to get in a nap or a good conversation with a friend from time to time. It’s essential for your family’s health.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“As Will Shortz, the famous crossword creator, once said, “Try to pick a profession in which you enjoy even the most mundane, tedious parts. Then you will always be happy.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“People are willing to be brave when they admit their smallness within the enormity of the world, and the best way to understand our smallness is to leave our comfort zones and start exploring, one foot in front of the other. When we go on an adventure, we’d better understand where we truly belong.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“pass on a love of lifelong learning. This isn’t always easy, but it’s certainly simple. We provide a safe haven for exploration, and through our own behavior we model what it is like to eagerly learn. We don’t have to be like a cruise ship director, with one scheduled activity after another.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“Living intentionally ultimately means staying true to yourself and how your family is made.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“What isn’t natural, in my opinion, is staying in a job just because you can’t think of anything else to do or because it’s too risky to leave it. Life on earth is far too short, and we were each created with such notable talents that it’d be a travesty to while them away on work we don’t love.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“And it is a journey, isn’t it, finding little epiphanies here and there that reveal why we’re here on Earth and how we can best till the soil? SIXTEEN Smartphone, Schmartphone Bend, Oregon, October 2012 “Mom, can I play a game on your phone?”
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“There's also something magical about a break in routine. House in the car, isolated, can be a breeding ground for meaningful, memorable conversations.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“Learn more at TshOxenreider.com.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“And if you’re willing, let the children be your models: watch them visit a new place when they’re well fed and rested; then emulate”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“their attitude. Crouch down to their level, both literally and figuratively, and see the sights through the eyes of your young. You’ll see things you would otherwise miss.”
Tsh Oxenreider, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World