Last night I couldn’t sleep. Tossing and turning, I just couldn’t seem to release the stress of the day. This morning I realized why – my work life and home life have no definable boundaries.
Admittedly, yesterday was a catch-up day after being out of town, but it pointed out an underlying tension.
As much as I am trying to simplify, as much as I am getting better at saying “no” to things, my mind still races and anxiety gets the better of me.
Lightening my workload doesn’t do a darn thing if I’m still not spending my time wisely. A slower, more intentional life doesn’t happen unless I am intentional about making it happen.
A pile of good intentions gets me nowhere as I quickly multitask myself to death.
I was thinking about all of these things when I picked up Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic Worldby Tsh Oxenreider.
I’ve been getting to know Tsh over the past year as I started contributing to her blog The Art of Simple (formerly SimpleMom). I am continually inspired by the way her actions match up with her intentions when it comes to living simply with purpose.
As I began to
read devour this book, I felt like Tsh was speaking directly to me.
But the downside is that my work is always, forever, only a click away, and it’s never done. As soon as I post a Facebook status update, my stream asks for one more comment, one more click, one more “Like.” There is no “The End” to the Internet. Never before in history have we been given the keys to be able to work and earn money doing what we love. And yet never before have we been so eagerly invited to work 24/7, without ever a chance to feel done. It’s hard to slow down when the race has no finish line.
Ugh. Yes. Ever feel that way?
Whether you are a blogger or not, today’s distractions are noisier than ever, wouldn’t you agree?
After years of trying to figure out how to live beyond the chaos, I realized I could use a guide, someone to help me put things in place. Enter Notes from a Blue Bike.
From Turkey to Texas, Oregon, and beyond, Tsh takes us on a journey towards living intentionally, setting boundaries, putting first things first, and swimming against the stream of popular culture. I got so much out of this book because it holistically touches on all areas of life: Food, Work, Education, Travel, Entertainment, and Self-Care.
Because if you are going to live an intentional life, you can’t go halfway. You have to be all in.
And this time I feel ready. Ready to go all in. Ready to stop thinking about how I wish things could be. Ready to actually sit down and plan it out so I can live it out.
Ready to hit the pillow at night not with a racing brain and anxious heart, but with a sigh of peace and contentment, knowing I am living the life I was created for.
Are you ready to live a more intentional life? I’m giving away 5 copies of Notes from a Blue Bike! Enter to win through Rafflecopter below and I will choose 5 winners on February 8th. You can also pick up a copy on Amazon (releases on February 4th).