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Let's talk about living with intention.Living slower and simpler.
These are things I've really been mindful of in the past year. But wait. Here's what i want to talk about.
I want to talk about what Italy has taught me in the past six months.
You know what I've learned from living in Italy?
Truth be told, I've learned a lot in the past half year. I've learned about prosecco, bigoli, and handling produce with gloves.
I've learned many new words, several hand gestures, and how to drive like a maniac.
I've learned about the bella figura, how to own a crosswalk with authority, and the zillion different ways to say hello and goodbye.
But above all? I've learned to slow the heck down.
It's been a big adjustement. I won't lie. Moving from the land of 24/7 and go, go, go! to the land of simmer down and wait has been a work in progress.
But it's also taught me a thing or two. Like the art of sitting still and enjoying the scenery, like the gift of savoring a good meal.
No mommy wars, no competition, no hurry up and go.
Just good wine, delicous (whole and fresh) food, and the art of being present.
When I got the email asking me to read Notes from a Blue Bike I immediately knew the topic was one I'd connect with. And I really truly loved reading this book. I connected with so much of it.
I connected with the idea of celebrating the art of slowing down.
Notes From a Blue Bike is written by Tsh Oxenreider, founder and main voice of The Art of Simple.
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. Grab your copy here.
"To love the world and to drink it deeply. I couldn’t imagine not raising kids to do the same."
"People are willing to be brave when they admit their smallness within the enormity of the world, and the best way to understand our smallness is to leave our comfort zones and start exploring, one foot in front of the other. When we go on an adventure, we’d better understand where we truly belong."
"Once they’ve traveled, kids have permission to question the how and why of their surroundings, because they’ve tasted and seen that other people live differently. While it may not be the most comfortable way to go through life, it’s the most honest—and this honesty opens the door to making life choices that feel right in your bones."
Yes,yes, and YES!!! I found myself nodding my head in agreement almost all the way through the book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free review copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed (as always) are totally and completely my own.