ITA #29 – The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World – An Interview with Tsh Oxenreider

By January 20, 2014Podcast

Life is whirlwind and it is SO easy to get caught up in the myriad of things we “should” do. So, how do we live intentionally in a chaotic world? Today, Tsh Oxenreider and I chat about that in this episode of the Inspired To Action podcast.


Take a Break from Social Media

Tsh talks about the screen sabbath that her family takes each week. They dedicate a day each week to living real life and staying offline.

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“Intentional living looks like a lot of little daily choices.” – Tsh Oxenreider -> Like it? Tweet it!

“When you don’t know what to do, do the thing in front of you.” – Elisabeth Eliot -> Like it? Tweet it!

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris -> Like it? Tweet it!

How to Live Intentionally in a Chaotic Family

tsh-oxenreider-notes-from-a-blue-bikeWhat if you’re the only one in your family who wants to slow down or live intentionally? How do you do that? Tsh and I talk about that in this episode as well.

A few key points she makes are that intentional living needs to live inside the context of relationships. Our marriages are more important that the number of activities we participate (or don’t participate) in. Our relationships are more important than the stuff we keep (or don’t keep) in our home. So, as you look to live more intentionally, focus on incorporating it into your own personal life, first.

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Quick Links

1. Get Tsh’s new bookNotes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World

2. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

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What can you do this week to live more intentionally? Here are a few ideas:

  • Consider a “Screen Sabbath” on Sunday (or another day this week).
  • Write a family mission statement.
  • Plan a date with your husband.

Inspire Others

Do you want to live more intentionally? What is one action you can take this week to live with intention? Share it by clicking here and telling us in the comments!

How to Listen to This Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click through to the site and click the little play button at the beginning of this post.
2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, but I like one called Downcast. It allows me to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio.
3. Subscribe to the Podcast – just click here to access the podcast in iTunes. You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

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  • Tanya says:

    I love the idea of taking a day every week and staying offline. Its a little chalenging when that is what you do for a living but I think just cutting back in general is a good idea.

    • Kat says:

      Very true. I think even just taking a day to be more intentional about our time online would be helpful, even if we aren’t able to stay off 100%.

  • Louise says:

    I loved the podcast where you interviewed Tsh. Many great ideas were shared by you both. Thanks for the all the podcasts they are very inspiring .

  • Christy says:

    Hi, Is there any chance/thought of having your podcst transcribed? Looks interesting!!!

    • Kat says:

      Great question. I’ve looked into it quite a bit, but unfortunately it’s just not something that is financially feasible at this point.

      I do want to do my best to serve everyone well, though, so I’m looking into ways to make that happen in the future.

  • Cheryl says:

    Thanks so much for your ministry to moms, Kat and Tsh! I want to live intentionally in spite of the chaos of mothering 5 children from teenager to baby. I try to do it by stopping frequently and refocusing my mind on God and asking the Holy Spirit to guide me. I’m finding it so hard to live intentionally as my kids get older. It was by no means easy when they were all little, but I could do it some days. Now with older kids and a baby I feel really stretched (literally and figuratively!) and less in control of my day. Chaos wins too often. I’ll keep praying.

  • grace from London says:

    Kat, yours must be the only podcast with an intentional 30sec silence. And you know what, your heart to use your podcast to minister to moms all around the is so tangible in those 30sec. THANK YOU. I often come to your podcasts when I need a prep talk.

  • grace from London says:

    Tsh, I am not sure if you get to see this. I read your post on interruption on Monday (and tried to post a comment but it didn’t get posted on.) and by dinner time my kitchen cupboard had came off the wall! Your post totally prepared me not to freak out. So on behave of myself and my children, THANK YOU!

    • Kat says:

      Since she’s in the midst of all her book launch stuff, I’m not sure she’ll get over here to see this, so I’ll be sure to send your comment on to her.

  • I am so exciting to have found your blog! I read your post over at and loved your thoughts on Margin. Then, I came over here and was inspired once again through this interview and a challenge to take a Sabbath from screens. Excited to keep reading your thoughts and listening to podcasts! 🙂

  • Such a good reminder about relationships vs things! I can get so caught up in my ideas of what’s best that they can seem a lot more important than they actually are–at least in comparison to relationships!