Welcome to Open Your Treasures…Your Home for Encouragement!

Karyn Almendarez is an author, blogger, and editor. She writes about living with passion, purpose, and promise. No matter your age, life can be more meaningful when you open your treasures and mark things off your “bucket list”.

What have you always wanted to learn, practice, or share with others? Explore your gifts and talents, learn the importance of self-care, and grow your faith.

So many baby boomers are nearing retirement or have already gotten there. Talk about a life change! Whether or not you are at retirement age (or close), this website is for you! One thing about life we can count on is that IT WILL BRING CHANGES.

Open Your Treasures is a website for encouraging you through any of life’s changes, challenges, and hardships.


With any big life change, we begin to ask:
  • What am I passionate about?
  • What is my purpose going to be?
  • What promises does my future hold?

When we are emotionally, financially, physically, or spiritually challenged, we may feel threatened, sad or depressed,  insecure, and/or faithless. All of those feelings can be normal, but we don’t have to stay there letting them control our thoughts and behaviors.

Remember, It is NEVER TOO LATE to learn a new skill, mark something off of your bucket list, or gain a new perspective on how to live the rest of your life.

Do you have hobbies you want to spend more time exploring? What is something you have always been interested in or good at, but you haven’t had time to explore?

What do you want to mark off your bucket list? Do you want to travel more, garden more, cook healthier, write a book, start a blog…?

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I am passionate about writing. For the past few years, I have loved learning how to create a website, start a blog, and even write and publish a book! My website is always evolving, my blogging needs more frequent content, and my readers need more books to read! WHEW!

I WRITE to encourage you to:
  • Explore your PASSION for life and learning
  • Expand your PURPOSE through a healthier mind, body, and spirit
  • Embrace your PROMISE through trusting your faith in God and Christ



Life throws curve balls at everyone…usually when we least expect them! Our LOSSES, HEALTH, HEARTACHES, and FAILURES may paralyze us, depress us, affect our relationships, and eat away at our confidence.

Losses may include the death of loved ones, financial losses, health issues, divorce etc. (There are many more, but my mission is to encourage, so I’ll stop 🙂 )

I can

  • duck and HIDE to avoid getting hit
  •  swing and miss getting ANGRY
  •  or strike out and QUIT

Or I can    

  • keep swinging until we CONNECT with the ball
  • PRACTICE hitting until we get better
  • HELP OTHERS learn to persevere

I invite you to read these encouraging and inspirational blog posts and to sign up for my email list to receive monthly newsletters with tips for living healthier in mind, body, and spirit!

LEARN more about me on the About page.

FIND out more about my best-selling book, Tragedy’s Treasures, A Mom’s Journey Through Grief, on my Books page.