Do you ever find yourself getting overwhelmed, or rushing from one task and activity to the next? Me too. By nature I’m an action-taker; I am driven to do and experience and build and create, and if I’m not careful I burn myself out. My guess is you can relate.
We’ve talked about my tongue-in-cheek titled approach to mothering in “Slacker Parenting” about how as moms especially, we have a tendency to do too much for our kids and not enough for ourselves. And, of course, we tackled “Why I won’t be getting you a Christmas present this year,” which was about just saying “no” to the stress of holidays by removing obligations.
Learning to be comfortable establishing boundaries, getting off the proverbial hamster wheel, and saying “no” is one of the toughest things we can do as parents, friends, or colleagues. It allows us to define what we want our lives to look like, what we believe and how we want to live life.
One of my closest friends, Tsh Oxenreider, just published a book this week called, Notes from a Blue Bike. In it she shares stories from her life from Turkey to Austin to Oregon, and how her experiences helped her see our fast-paced culture with new eyes. The lessons she shares in the book are many of the same ones she has shared with me through the years. Learning from her experiences has helped me to be mindful of my need to slow down, enjoy life right where I am and not get caught up in living according to other people’s expectations. As Tsh says in the book, “Living according to my passions means extending grace to others when I live differently.”
Notes from a Blue Bike is a powerful, yet quiet, call to ask yourself, “What if I didn’t have to live this way? What if the fast-paced, hyper-productive life we think of as normal is actually making us miserable? What if slowing down was the most productive and smartest use of our time?”
Here’s more from Tsh herself:
If you decide to check out Notes From a Blue Bike I’m sure you will love it as much as I do. We can get inspired to live life intentionally, say “no,” and just a little more and be happier, all on our own individual terms.