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Intentional Living; something we all find enormously important. Making those little choices every day about how we eat, how we want our kids to learn, where we are working, it is all done with intention. Or is it?
Why is it so difficult in our Western world to slow down and really savor all that life has to offer? Why are we so focused on moving so quickly through life? Constantly onto the next thing.
These are questions that I have been asking myself for a while now. What would it be like for me to slow down, to have my family slow down? Is it even possible in this world full of smart phones and instant updates on everything from what you had for breakfast, to the cute thing your child just did (that was me, by the way, posting that cute picture of my kids making a mess)?
Intentional Living; the slowing down of life, realizing that we need to actively make these choices is the first step. Then what? It seems like I am constantly fighting against the current. I want to have a presence on Facebook, because that seems to be the only way I can get updates on certain parts of life. But, if that is the only way I can get an update on something, is it really worth knowing? Should we be so tuned into the everyday of people we do not spend as much time with, or at all, in the real world? Do I need to follow the trending hashtags of the day on Twitter?
With all of this noise around me, I get in my own way. I did a series on getting back to the basics last fall, what it meant to me, attempting to be intentional. Looking back, am I better off now than I was then? Did I move ahead with the changes I wanted to make? Well, of course yes to some and no to others. I’m not entirely sure I know how to move ahead with so many changes that people view as off the beaten path.
Luckily, I do not seem to be alone in these thoughts. In fact, Tsh Oxenreider has written an entire book on the subject, one that I am currently devouring. It is amazing to hear her voice in this book; making the many choices to live intentionally. It is not just one choice, it is many choices, and it is many choices made every single day.
One of my favorite parts of this book was the section devoted to food (because it all seems to come back to food with me!). She writes about the first time she heard about the “slow food” movement, and how she and her husband thought it was a joke for a long time, never having heard of “slow food” in the US before. Food is a conscious choice I have to make every day. I have to choose to cook from scratch. I have to choose where or who I am going to buy my food from. If I want to support local farmers, I need to seek out ways to buy my food from them; either through a CSA, or Farmers’ Market, or a local buying club. If those choices are not available to me, I have to look at ways to make them available to me.
Eating local, organic, whole foods is important to me. It is one reason I don’t keep a lot of convenience foods in the house. If I had the convenience foods, it would make life a heck of a lot easier when I wanted to just fix something, but if it were there, I would have a harder time going the “slow food” route that is important to me. If I want to eat cupcakes, I have to make the cupcakes from scratch. If I want to eat a good dinner, I have to plan ahead for it otherwise we will be eating eggs and toast - again. It is all these little choices throughout the day that we have to make, and we have to make in relation to what is important to us.
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