Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you will say “Hi” and introduce yourself to me on your favorite social media sites.  I would love to get to know you better also.  So now that you’re here, you’re probably wondering “who is this blogger and what does her blog name mean?”

My name is Michelle Durand.  I live in the hill country of Austin, TX.  I love living away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.  I have my own personal retreat daily surrounded by nature and things that I love.  This is why I chose to create my work office at home!  Most days when I am writing, blogging, videoing, I am outside or sitting inside with all of my windows open.  I have my favorite cup of joe and listen to the birds chirping outside as they eat at their buffet of feeders and chase each other around joyfully.  I enjoy and appreciate nature.  I cherish every season of nature and life.  I have learned that LIFE truly is a TREASURE!  Hence, the blog name! 😉

Granted, it is does not always feel that way.  And sometimes we have to search for the hidden treasure in the midst of our storms.  I have been through some difficult years in my 50 years of life already.  I will be sharing a few of these trials in my blog posts.  The reason that I choose to share openly and publicly is to offer HOPE, help and healing to those who are in the midst of trials and/or who feel stuck.  Many times during my healing process, I have found myself stuck in a rut and can’t seem to move forward without some assistance.  I hope that I can offer everyone some encouragement and inspiration in your daily life.  I love to laugh and I will be sharing funny and fun posts also.  My heart passion is children!!! I absolutely adore babies and children.  My two are now grown and I am so proud of them.  Austin is almost 25 and lives in Los Angeles, CA and Courtney is 23 and she lives in Portland, OR.  They are both living lives that they have created for themselves doing what they love to do.  I am very proud of them and their accomplishments.  Of course, I will be sharing lots about parenting.  As all parents, I have “do-over” desires and lessons learned.  I use those times to help others prevent doing what I wish I hadn’t.  As well as sharing the positive, great experiences and lessons learned along the way in the journey of being “mom!!” One of the best role that I have enjoyed in my life.

I am a very transparent and honest person. I will always speak the truth. One of my favorite quotes is “you need to deal to heal”.  I don’t know where it originated from but it is really true.  I would love to be doing a fun blog with only sugar coated magical life experiences.  But that is not always reality.  I appreciate honest, raw, real life experiences that I can also relate to in order to help better myself and I hope that you do as well.  If so, you are definitely in the right place at the right time.  Enough about myself, please share about you, your family and your blog below and let’s get to know each other.  I love community and people.  I am so excited to start and share this journey of Life is a Treasure with YOU!!