Twist Collective asked our contributors to tell us the story of the best surprise of their lives. Click on their pictures below for their answers, and for the links to their individual websites.


Kristi Schueler

There have been many good surprises in my life as my mom always made our birthdays a big event and often had some surprise or another up her sleeve. For my 10th birthday she put together an elaborate treasure hunt that led myself and a friend all over our family farm in west central Minnesota finding books, candy, and smaller gifts for both of us along the way. The culmination of the hunt uncovered my first 10-speed bicycle hidden up in the hayloft of the dairy barn. It was certainly a birthday to remember!