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Life is chaotic. But we can choose to live it differently. 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. The popular blogger and founder of the internationally recognized Simple Mom online community tells the story of her family’s ongoing quest to live more simply, fully, and intentionally.

Part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you from a hillside in Kosovo to a Turkish high-rise to the congested city of Austin to a small town in Oregon. It chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertime dilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, automobile, and blue cruiser bike.

Entertaining and compelling - but never shrill or dogmatic - Notes from a Blue Bike invites you to climb on your own bike, pay attention to who you are and what your family needs, and make some important choices. It’s a risky ride, but it’s worth it - living your life according to who you really are simply takes a little intention. It’s never too late.

©2014 Thomas Nelson (P)2014 Thomas Nelson

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Great read!

Really inspiring book. Enjoyed the authenticity and approachable nature of this book. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys good stories, intentional living, and authentic view of life.

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  • 05-26-17

Terrible, and drier than a textbook.

This is painful to listen to. Tsh is reciting the most basic if facts about things such as organic produce. And has these silly vague ideas about living simply. They are not silly in and of themselves but the way that she presents them and the shallow depth to which she talks about them are boring pointless and silly. And that is what makes this book literally painful to listen to and be a part of. After I finish writing this review I'm going to look and see if Audible does refunds because I cannot and will not finish this. I used to read Tsh's blog and subscribe to her emails so I'm familiar with her work and thought this book would be much better than it actually is.

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Entitled White Woman Writes Boring Garbage

Indescribably bad. This judgemental woman, who cannot stick to her guns, racistly and pretentiously sifts through her lack luster life with the conversional guilt trip tactics of a Catholic grandmother. It lacks skill, perspective, or commitment. And her similarly annoying husband's name is Kyle. This should cement the picture of a woman who tries, so hard, to be "unique," and in trying to impress her majesty and intelligence on her audience, is becomes all too obvious that she is bland, ordinary, insipid, intolerant, selfish, and without reproach. I found nothing is this book worth recommendation.

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Inspiration to last a lifetime

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. I think this book is an excellent guide into living simply and helping those understand that it is possible to live in a way that is not deemed normal in society, but saves you money, gives you joy, and leads to great adventures.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I think the very end of this, where she talks about the debt and such that sh once had should have been nearer to the beginning instead to help build a picture of what life was like for them in dealing with that before being where they were in a more current state.

Have you listened to any of Tsh Oxenreider’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not before, no. I like her.

Do you think Notes from a Blue Bike needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

If she feels she has more to say, sure! This is fine as is, in my opinion.

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Articulate, visual, and insightful read

Tsh is unique with quirky and imaginative ideas for intentional and simple living in society

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Thought provoking ideas for family

This book has encouraged me to think about how I can make changes in my family to be more intentional about our priorities and values. Tsh's perspecutve is a breath of fresh air and it counter to mainstream, which I love. Her narration is very good and I appreciate hearing her story in her voice. I like how the book is later out: by topic and not chronologically. This is a must read for any parent, especially if you want to travel with your family.

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Great book with great nuggets of wisdom!

I thoroughly enjoyed it! it was informational and encouraged you to think out of the box and be intentional with your family, time, and money but it was not condemning or preachy. instead I found this book to be both eye opening and inspirational.

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good story - terrible audio editing

If you could sum up Notes from a Blue Bike in three words, what would they be?

careful, methodical, narrow.

What didn’t you like about Tsh Oxenreider’s performance?

the editing between sections was terrible. it wasn't her - she was good - and authentic, but whoever clipped the sections together didn't give any space between sections. this annoyed me to no end.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

not the lifestyle for me, but a good book about perspective. the audio editing is what killed it though, unfortunately.

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Loved this book

What made the experience of listening to Notes from a Blue Bike the most enjoyable?

Loved her voice and message. Resonates well with my tribe. Hoping for another title by Tsh.

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very encouraging

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

yes, it was very encouraging to hear a mom who has traveled over seas and rolled with the punches for coming stateside again.

Would you recommend Notes from a Blue Bike to your friends? Why or why not?

I would--- parts of it--- some of it is very pointed at a particular age group.. like school age parents, or travelers.. but over all it's an interesting read.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Tsh Oxenreider?

only if she wrote it.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

nope

Any additional comments?

although i liked this book and enjoyed listening to it.. it felt like i was getting "taught" instead of just hearing about how one family makes it all work. If i would have picked this up ten years ago I think most of her suggestions would have been better heard on my part. In conclusion, I like travelogue books and wish it would have been based more on that then living simply.

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