If you knew that there was a $100 bill taped right under the seat where you’re sitting, wouldn’t you shoot out of that chair, flip it over and rip the bill off the bottom as fast as you could? I would. Nothing is more exciting than finding a surprise, an unexpected treasure.
Some treasures are carefully hidden from sight. Some are cleverly disguised. Some are sitting right out in plain view and so obvious that they’re completely missed because we aren’t looking for them.
The value of a treasure isn’t always apparent either. If you were to find a $100 bill under your chair, there would be no question about its value. But the worth of other treasures is only known by close examination and careful appraisal.
It’s my belief that our world is laden with treasures. An endless abundance of treasures waiting for each of us. Sometimes they are right before our eyes, plain as the nose on our face. Other times it takes great patience and skill to discover where they are hidden and to determine their value.
I’ve been on the lookout for life’s treasures for as long as I can remember. I’d love to share some of the ones I’ve collected with you. That’s why I started this blog.
Well, not exactly.
The truth is, I started this blog to share what I’ve discovered, over the years, with my daughters. I wanted a place to store the treasures and make them accessible.
The first blog post I wrote was in July of 2007. Here it is: Cicada Killers. Woo hoo! One awesome post!
It was the only post I wrote for all of 2007.
By the time 2008 was over, I had written an additional five posts. Several of those I wrote only because I was dared by my friend Karen.
In 2009, I had gotten enough encouragement from my husband and my daughters to take blogging more seriously. Knowing that I wanted to capture my stories and lessons, and believing that my posts might benefit others, I now had incentive to write more frequently. I moved my blog to a new site and by the end of 2009 I had written fifteen more posts.
Not much, I know. But progress.
I struggled in 2010 to get twelve posts published, but by 2011 I felt like I was finally finding my voice. I added eighteen new posts to my collection that year. But that was it. Everything came to a screeching halt and, by the middle of 2012, I had only managed to squeeze out one post.
But I didn’t give up. I decided to start again. Writing is hard, and life is busy—super busy. I only needed to be a little more consistent with the things that really matter. Fortunately, consistency is my greatest personal strength … I’m consistently starting over.
I’m committed to collecting life’s treasures and putting them here for you, my daughters, and my grandkids. Join me on the Treasure Hunt. Be on the lookout for the treasures that are lying in wait just for you. Some are right under your nose, some require hunting and digging.
Here are a few of my most popular posts:
- Look at Your Feet: Five Steps for Living in the Present Moment
- Wait to Worry: Procrastination at Its Best
- Five Steps for Harnessing the Power of Music
I grew up in a military family. My dad was a pilot and an engineer for the United States Air Force. He eventually became the Executive Secretary for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. My mom was a school teacher.
Before I was four years old, I lived in New Mexico, Colorado, Alabama, and Virginia. Thankfully, my dad’s job at the Pentagon enabled us to stay put for once. We stayed in Virginia for eight years.
My four older brothers and I lived a 1960s, Leave-It-to-Beaver kind of life in Virginia for all of my elementary school years.
Then Dad retired from the Air Force and went to work for the Atomic Energy Commission in its Nuclear Planning Division. We moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, near Knoxville, where I started junior high and eventually graduated from high school.
When it was time to choose a college, all I knew was that I didn’t want to go in-state or to a big university where I could get lost. I wanted a small-school feel with lots of old-fashioned spirit. Baylor University in Waco, Texas won the toss.
I squeezed my four years into five and loved every minute of them. And, it was at Baylor that I met my amazing husband, Michael Hyatt, whom I’ve now been married to for over thirty-four years.
We have five phenomenal daughters, four incredible sons-in-law, and seven absolutely adorable grandchildren. Our last two, from Uganda, arrived in October 2011, and we couldn’t be more smitten.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope to share some really helpful and entertaining nuggets with you in the months to come. Let me know what you find most valuable. I look forward to hearing about treasures you discover, too.
May God richly bless you as you join Him on your Treasure Hunt. Who knows, maybe there IS a $100 bill taped under your chair.
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