I recently read this book, and I keep going back to it. I always know a book has been good when I can’t stop thinking about what it it stirred in me, and what I hope to do about it. I think it’s funny, because I tend to feel like the target audience for these kinds of books are people who are farther along in life- they’re married, have kids, a house. They’ve built their life up around them, while I’m not quite there yet. And I’m perfectly okay with that, I’m content with where I’m at, and know that eventually I’ll get to where I’m going. But I still think this book was for me, because it got me to think about what kind of life I want to build for myself.
I have done quite a bit of travel, and yet the last five years haven’t been able to venture as much as I would have liked. Tsh talks about how to live in the States, while keeping true to the things you love about being an ex-pat and living abroad. This is something I’m constantly working at, and I loved hearing that it’s something other people try to incorporate into their lives as well.
I wrote the following quote down, and keep it on my fridge as a friendly reminder:
“Most of life’s decisions don’t come with black-and-white answers, and that’s a beautiful, marvelous thing. We’re given freedom to choose our decisions, and that responsibility is the very definition of living with intention, after all: making daily choices so that your life lines up with your passions and values. It should all make sense in your head.” ~Tsh Oxenreider
I feel like the older I get, the more difficult decisions become, and this quote serves as a good reminder of what to consider when trying to live with intention. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and that each decision changes everything that follows. For me, it’s extremely important that I’m mindful of the opportunities I pursue, and the doors I choose to slam- because each time I do, I’m changing what is to come.
If you have any desire to be thoughtful and intentional about how you’re living your life, this book is for you. It’s relatable, and reminds us to consider the things that are truly important: memories, quality time with the people we love, and cultivating the feelings we long for in our daily lives.