Living a slow-paced life in a fast-paced society

Nationally recognized top mommy blogger Tsh Oxenreider, reflects on her and her family's experience readjusting to American lifestyle after moving back to the United States from Turkey.
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Living a slow-paced life in a fast-paced society

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A few years ago when my family and I moved from Turkey back to the United States, we felt like we were driving a slow car in the fast lane, and we could not keep up, because we became accustomed to living in a relationship-based culture, and we were thrust into a productivity-obsessed culture. And what we've found is that we can live slower, but it takes a lot of swimming upstream. Choosing to be okay with being different, and having to think through our daily, everyday choices, because we learned that those really do add up to a completely different family culture, and choices, and values. So, we broke down things like work, entertainment, food, education, and travel, and thought through all the little things that we do in those areas of life, and we explored how we could slow those down here in America. So, my book "Notes From a Blue Bike", explores our experience of returning to the US and asking ourselves whether we can live slowly here the way we did in Turkey. The thing is you can live slower in a fast-paced world, but it takes a lot of effort. It takes a lot of swimming upstream, and it requires passion and commitment from the entire family to do it.

Nationally recognized top mommy blogger Tsh Oxenreider, reflects on her and her family's experience readjusting to American lifestyle after moving back to the United States from Turkey.

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Tsh Oxenreider

Author & Blogger, SimpleMom.net

Tsh Oxenreider is the full-time blogger behind Simple Mom and the founder and creative director of Simple Living Media, a blog network dedicated to helping people live intentionally (while throwing perfection out the window). She thinks a library card, a Netflix subscription, and a passport are some of the greatest parenting tools in the universe. She’s a wife to Kyle, mama to Tate, Reed, and Finn, and is the author of Organized Simplicity and One Bite at a Time: 52 Bites for Making Life Simpler. She is currently working on her next book. Tsh and her nomadic family currently live in Bend, Oregon, but several dots around the globe have also been called home (her 7-year-old has been on 60 airplanes and counting). Together, they love to travel, read books, go camping, and make homemade pizza for Friday Family Movie Night.

Tsh writes about living simply and intentionally at Simple Mom, which was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2012. She was also number 2 in the top 50 Twitter Moms of 2011, was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2011, her blog was nominated for Best New Blog of 2008, and has been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, CNBC, CNN, NPR, Parents Magazine, and more. She speaks frequently about blogging, writing, living intentionally, and motherhood in between changing diapers and hitting the 'publish' button. She is also an advocate for Compassion International, serving as one of their bloggers, and is a regular contributor at (in)courage. Tsh also records a podcast with Homefries called The Simple Mom Podcast, which during one week ranked second under NPR’s This American Life in most listened-to podcasts.

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