The $12.71 lesson.

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

When my little family hits a rough patch brought on by challenging news, or unplanned expenses, or.. well, life, we always decide to make time for a quick breather, a reset, a recharge. Quite often this is simply a hike in nearby Patapsco Valley State Park. 

Be the reason someone smiles todayBeing surrounded by trees, breathing fresh air, and listening to silence will charge up your batteries fast, reframe your thoughts, and allow you to shift your focus to all things positive. If you are a believer in the law of attraction (I am!), you know that your thoughts influence your existense, and everyday life.

While on one of our hikes after learning of a few unexpected expenses, talking about budgeting, and ways to make lemonade out of those lemons, we found a $20 bill.  #truestory The next day or so, my daughter found multiple coins on her way home from school. And again the following week. 

Since my youngest was delighted by our good fortune, we decided to turn it into a game. Instead of leaving it up to chance, and considering it coincidence, we wanted to make a conscious effort to walk through life with eyes wide open and to see how much we could find in one year. Of course, it wasn't just about how much, but more about the what. 

So over the next twelve months we collected all the coins - and a few $1 bills - that we didn't just simply stumble upon but spotted with our eyes wide open, in a little bowl. A year later, right after Thanksgiving, my daughter tallied it all up, collectively we had found $12.71, plus the $20 bill that started it all. 12 dollars and seventyone cents. My daughter's saving account earned her 44 cents in interest over the same 12 months! 

One could argue that my daughter is just lucky (she certainly does seem to have been blessed with a lucky gene). But I firmly believe that this is about so much more than sheer luck. She truly believes. She truly believes in positivity, in good fortune, in kindness, and in doing the right things. She keeps an open mind, is tolerant, and surrounds herself with people who cheer her on, and stays away from people who want to dim others light. 

Our little experiment resulted in much more than $12.71 - which will be used to either support a small, locally owned business, or a good cause. It resulted in more positivity, and in a conscious effort to focus on the good. It resulted in finding ways to make others smile, in noticing a flower amidst a sea of weeds, and appreciating small moments of bliss that would have otherwise just passed us by. 

All three of us are succeeding in keeping a more positive mind and attitude, and walking through life with eyes wide open. It's quite beautiful, and I can't wait to see how much more we will find in the future. 


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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 15+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and treasure hunting, and is very much addicted to coffee. 


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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Andrea... can't say I regularly "find" money... but your message is well taken... and we should all live our lives with more positivity.

Jan 16, 2020 05:27 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - what a great story and more importantly a wonderful family lesson.  

Jan 16, 2020 05:29 AM #2
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I rarely found a coin or two prior to the start of our experiment, Nina Hollander. Now it's almost a given that we'll find something on every walk or hike we go on! Besides money, we also notice many more little things, and appreciate moments in time a lot more. 

Thank you Michael Jacobs! One thing I didn't mention was the fact how frequently my daughter finds 3 one cent pieces together. We suffered a loss of 3 family members within a 30 day window last year, so this is huge. It's truly been helping her cope and heal, believing all 3 are sending her a sign, that they are watching over her. 

Jan 16, 2020 06:18 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Andrea. I remember as a kid finding money too. Not so much anymore but your analogy is right on.

Jan 16, 2020 07:51 AM #4
Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
I help clients resolve IRS tax matters

Hi Andrea - what a wonderful story, and an even better lesson! Thank you for sharing. 

Jan 16, 2020 08:30 AM #5
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I've been amazed by how often my daughter spots coins, and other things Sheila Anderson! Sometimes I glanced in that very same direction just a split second before her, and I missed it. 

Thank you Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE! Happy Friday! 

Jan 17, 2020 06:17 AM #6
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