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October 2011

Gems Uncovered by Alison King



Thank you Alison for sharing the following "Hidden Gems" in your life! 

·         Photos – I have taken quite a lot lately, but haven’t put them into books or put recent ones up around the house.  I just bought a Groupon for a photobook that expires at the end of this month, which is helpfully giving me a deadline.

·         Pantry – quite a while ago we bought materials to create a pantry in the basement, and have the space.  I just need to put the shelves up to have a good storage space for extra food.

·         Cooking – I have a bunch of cookbooks, but tend to have similar meals most nights.  I’ve declared this “new food month” for myself and just this week have started to try new recipes.  So far, it has been mixed as far as how well the new recipes are turning out, but the successes count more than the failures since they will expand my rotation.  Tonight I try butternut squash soup.   **By the way, I still have your Joy of Cooking – I need to give it to you the next time we get together.  I really have enjoyed it.

·         Painting – There is a space in my bedroom that is screaming out for a painting, and I have all of the materials.  I just need to actually do something about it and paint.  That would make me happy to wake up to and I would enjoy the process.

·         Guitar – I haven’t been playing too much lately, but Elizabeth loves it when I play to her.  I am working on mastering “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.  Hopefully I will get that one down this month.

Hidden Gems Contest

Do you notice when unseemingly related things, or synchronicities, keep showing up in your life? It's as if you're supposed to learn a lesson. The definition of a synchronicity is an apparently meaningful coincidence in time of two or more similar or identical events that are casuallly unrelated. I'd like to share with you my synchronistic story with the hope of providing INSPIRATION.   


The other night I had dinner with the girls from an old Bible study group. Megan, one of the girls, was telling us about how she and her husband raked 2 years worth of leaves from their backyard which equated to 81 bags of leaves. Unbeknownst to them, their backyard was like a diamond in the rough. Beneath the thick stacks of layered dead leaves, they uncovered the most amazing backyard. Hidden in all the muck of packed rotted leaves lay 3 stone walkways, a cascading waterfall, and a creek all laiden with beautiful stones. That evening, Megan and Gene had dinner outside in their backyard and delighted in a wonder they didn't know they had, all along in their backyard. This begs the question, what is the gem in your life, right under your nose that, if uncovered, would give you great joy?


This morning I completed a Bible study on contentment. What a message for me! I admittedly am hardly ever content with things. Part of me really likes that about myself as it drives me and makes me want to work towards continuous improvement. I love to make things better. The flip side is that I find myself almost never satisfied as I am always longing for better with what I currently don't have.


The synchronistic message I've been getting is to rest in the contentment that God has already provided. The gems have been placed all around you and me. Contentment is not over there. It is not a destination. It's in the here and now. It's about appreciating what is already right in front of us that we may have been overlooking.


As Sheryl Crow says in her song, Soak Up the Sun, "it's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got."


What do you have that you didn't know you had? Open your eyes. A famous French novelist, Marcel Proust, once said, "the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes." The treasures are all around you and so obvious that they're easy to overlook. If you're having a hard time seeing them, ask a friend.


If you've ever watched little kids at an Easter Egg Hunt, it's very much like that. From the outside, we see that they're walking right past the Easter eggs and we wish we could point it out. The treasure is closer than you think.   What's the treasure in front of you? 


I Challenge You....


to give credit to 3 things, like the backyard, that seem like a nuisance right now but if unearthed, would give you great delight. And for the overachievers, for maximum joy and delight, I challenge you to find 10.


"Hidden Gems" CONTEST 


For the next 5 weeks, I'm having a "Hidden Gems" contest for the person who sends me the most inspirational example of a "great treasure" they have overlooked in their current life. This can be in the form of a story, a video, or any other medium you chose. I'll narrow it down to the top 3 and we'll take a vote and have a winner on November 18th. Results will be posted on my blog the week of Thanksgiving.




1.  Email your story, picture, and/or video to with the subject line "Hidden Gems Contest" by November 11th. 


2.  Submit as many "Hidden Gems" as you want. 




The winner will receive 3 free career/life planning sessions.  




To encourage you to find your hidden treasures as well as inspire and encourage others to find theirs. To provide more ideas, inspiration, and encouragement to others, I will post on my website any stories that you are willing to share. No story is too great or too small.   Creativity, innovation, and a permission to fail are required.  Won't you join me in re-engaging with life?  Find the extraordinary in the ordinary. 


Happy Hunting :-)


Kim Grabovsky 

One of a Kind

I don't watch much tv but tonight as I was packing, I turned on X Factor.  I found the backdrop of the singing to be stunning and the music quite impressive and uplifting.  Anyway, I caught the tail end of Drew Ryniewicz only to catch Simon's reaction.   From what I could tell, she took his breath away.  Curious, I decided to look her up on youtube and found her audition video which I share below.

What I like about this is that she took Justin Bieber's song and made her own.  It just goes to show you how we are each uniquely made and beautiful just the way we are.  Whatever you do in life, make it your own.  No one else can do it better.  You're on the right track baby, you were born this way.



Who Are You?


I attended a Christian marriage retreat a few months ago in which we identified our "hot" buttons.   In case your mind is in the gutter, let me clarify what I mean by "hot" buttons.  These are things that we are responsible for that can set us off into an emotional tailspin in my relationships if we don't properly manage them.  One of my buttons is when I feel my self-worth is being tested.  If I'm criticized for something or feel like I failed at something, I have a tendency to say to myself, "see, yet another example of you not being good enough."  What a lie!  It's as if I tied my self-worth to how well I execute or perform on things.  In reality, I am good enough because I am a child of God and Christ died on the cross for me.  My worth is based not on what I do or not do, but rather, who God is and the grace he has already given me.  Anyway, one of the ways they suggested at the retreat to combat the negative voices that pop into our heads, aka Satan's lies, is to memorize some of the following bible verses that counter them.  Give it a try! 

Psalm 139:13-14 ESV

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Song of Solomon 4:7 ESV

You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Luke 12:7 ESV

Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.