by Kate Searle
You could say that gemstones have woven a fascinating tale through the story of my life.
As a child I would jump on my bike and ride to the local gemstone shop to buy rose quartz and marvel at the incredible mineral specimens on display.
I followed my passion and became a geologist, exploring for nickel and gold across the windswept salt lakes and hot sandy deserts of Australia and majestic mountains of Canada.
My husband is also a geologist! And we tied the knot on the magnificent volcanic island of Kauai. Later in my career, I achieved my Juris Doctor law degree and provided consultancy services to mining companies.
So, it was no surprise, when I became a Mum, to discover that my children also loved gemstones and crystals! They return from school with pocketsful of quartz rocks and adore listening to bedtime stories from my adventures as a geologist – tales of escaping wolves and bears and holding handfuls of raw turquoise!
During the covid lockdowns, like millions worldwide, my husband and I faced the strain of juggling corporate jobs while caring for our young children at home. Witnessing the global uncertainty and anxiety, I became deeply concerned about its impact on children.
We have always been committed to our personal development and spirituality, having explored the teachings of many wise leaders over the years including John Demartini, Bob Proctor, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, A Course in Miracles and Michael Newton.
I leaned into my spirituality to help me cope with the stress of the covid years, began meditating regularly and took an incredible course with Belinda Womack. This transformative experience rekindled my creativity. I took the courageous decision to step away from my corporate role and focus my time and energy on our young children.
I listened to the call of my heart and soul and opted to spend precious time with our kids, having fun being a playful and creative Mum! I followed their lead and enjoyed making arts and crafts, playing imaginary games and dress-ups, cooking together, drawing and painting. I discovered that one of the best ways to help children cope with stress and anxiety is to connect with them – through creativity, play and laughter!
Through this transformative experience, I discovered a new purpose:
a heartfelt mission to empower children worldwide to discover their true potential by finding their inner strengths – their soul treasure!
In my books My Soul Treasure and Find Your Treasure I use the metaphor of a treasure chest of gemstones and jewels to symbolise the inner strengths we have within our soul. For example, opals are our creativity soul gems, amethysts are our imagination soul gems, and sapphires are our courage soul gems. This is a simple and fun way that children can visualise their inner strengths and feel empowered to choose which soul gem, or inner strength, they need that day to help them overcome anxiety, heal from trauma or boost their sense of wellbeing.
As they turn the pages of My Soul Treasure and Find Your Treasure, my hope is that children recognise the sparkles of their own soul treasure and feel equipped with a sense of self-confidence. By understanding that they possess a wealth of inner strengths within the treasure chest of their soul, children will discover that they are not defined solely by their thoughts, feelings, or appearances, but are powerful souls on their human journey.
Here’s the buzz about My Soul Treasure:
My Soul Treasure is a beautifully illustrated picture book for children aged 3 and up that empowers children to connect with their inner selves and cultivate self-awareness and self-love. It follows the heartwarming story of a young girl who goes on a journey of discovery beyond her mind, body, and heart to find her inner treasures. Readers are transported into a world of enchantment, through its mesmerizing double-page spreads of magical illustrations, each representing a soul treasure in the vibrant rainbow and chakra colours.
“Oh my, where to start!?! This book is stunning, both the words and the illustrations.”
– The Momma Spot
"Get a glimpse of this one-of-a-kind book…what makes this book exceptionally valuable is that it not only motivates youngsters to cherish and cultivate their inner beauty but also suggests ways in which positive thinking skills can be activated to cope with fear, stress, adversity and many other challenges that life may present…this is a book worth treasuring and savouring.”
– Icefairy’s Treasure Chest
“We smiled from ear to ear as we turned the pages…A must-read for every child in your life.” – One More Exclamation
Go on a journey of discovery with Find Your Treasure:
Find Your Treasure is a middle grade novel for children aged 7 and up. This magical adventure story will empower children to develop a deeper sense of self-awareness, boost their self-esteem and help them to cultivate resilience:
Katy just cannot get to sleep: there are too many worries keeping her awake. But one night Zippy, a magical dragonfly, appears in her room and tells her she has inner treasure that will help her sleep soundly. But where could the treasure be? Is it in her body, mind or heart? Or does she have another part to discover?
Join Katy and her little brother Mike as they jump on the dragonfly's back and zoom off into the night sky searching for their treasure. Help them solve clues and meet wise and magical creatures as they fly around the world on their quest. Will Katy ever find her treasure? And what about you...?
Read what others are saying about Find Your Treasure:
“I love this beautiful story, it is not only for children but also for grown-ups to remind everyone of their magic and the power of love. The illustrations are just perfect for the story, I hope there will be a version of the book colored as a graphic novel!!
– Mayte. A”
Kate Searle is a Mum, wife, geologist and author. She loves gemstones and followed her passion into a career as a geologist, working for almost two decades in Western Australia and Canada. She returned to university to study law and completed her Juris Doctor in 2019. After becoming a Mum to her two beautiful children, Kate discovered the joy of storytelling.
Kate has woven her love of truth and geology into her children's books My Soul Treasure (picture book) and Find Your Treasure (junior fiction chapter book). Kate wants all children to know about the incredible powers of their own souls and hopes her books inspire kids all around the world to find their own soul treasure.