How to Live Intentionally (GIVEAWAY)

Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider: Book Review and Giveaway

“A whole life can be lost in minutes wasted, small moments missed.” When I first read this quote from Ann Voskamp, I was blown away.

I mean, really, how many minutes have I wasted…

Browsing Facebook or Pinterest or Twitter

Worrying about what people think about me

Fretting over book sales (or the lack of sales!)

Mindlessly sitting in front of a TV screen watching Friends reruns (nothing against Friends, because I really do love that gang!) 

Focusing on the things that are outside of my control so much that I miss the life in front of me

Cleaning the house instead of living in it

It breaks my heart to think of the minutes I have wasted when I could have been living.  REALLY LIVING!

That’s what Tsh Oxenreider’s new book is all about: learning to live intentionally even when it’s counter-cultural. I was privileged enough to receive a free copy for review, and let me tell you, it was great!

Tsh has traveled all over the world, has lived (with little kids) for three years in Turkey, and is now back in the States. From her travels abroad, she realized she didn’t want to live the typical American, rush-everywhere-you-go, eat fast food on the run, never slow down, life.

As she thought about what she wanted her life to look like, she narrowed it down to 5 categories:

  1. Food
  2. Work
  3. Education
  4. Travel
  5. Entertainment

The book helps provide a blueprint of how to live slower in each of these categories: how to eat real food (even in America where fast food is so easy), how to keep work in its proper place, how to find entertainment that isn’t going to destroy your family, and how to determine the right educational system for your kids.

Tsh admits that living slowly and intentionally is harder in America than in other cultures…but it’s not impossible. She has found ways to incorporate slow living into her  life here…and her book helps others do the same.

I’m thrilled to be giving away a copy of the book to one of my readers today!

Use the Rafflecopter form in the link below to enter to win!

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Here’s a little bit more about the book from the publisher:

In Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World, author Tsh Oxenreider teaches readers how to slow down, simplify and savor life. “Notes From a Blue Bike” is for people who crave a more meaningful life, a life that doesn’t bow down to calendars, and a life that makes margin for relationships and contemplation. Tsh is also the founder of, a community blog dedicated to the art and science of living simpler, which gets more than 800,000 visitors a month. For more, visit

Tsh OxenreiderAbout Tsh:

Tsh Oxenreider spent three years raising her young family as a non-profit worker in Turkey, and now she’s revealing that life-changing experience in her much-anticipated new book Notes From a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World. During her time overseas, Tsh realized first-hand the wisdom many cultures already understand: life should be lived slowly if you want it to have meaning.  That realization led to the creation of her community blog, (formerly, now viewed by more than 800,000 readers every month. For more, please feel free to visit

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Posted on July 28, 2014, in Giveaway and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I have read Tsh Oxenreider’s book on organizing and that completely changed mine and my husbands view on how we want our home to be. We have recommended it to so many ppl since then. I would love to have this book to read to challenge us once again!

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