By: Sandy Churchill We know that nature abounds with opportunities for exercise and fresh air, but what about the gifts of stress relief, peaceful connection, and pure joy? On a recent bout with an incredibly stubborn bronchial infection I have maintained my near-daily, two-mile walks, regardless of wind, rain, fog, and hail. I didn’t say … More Nature’s Gifts, Year-Round
By: Sandy Churchill Transitions are tough. I know they are as personal as our fingerprints, because we all react in our own ways, our feelings colored by experience, personality, emotion, people, and perspective. But I didn’t expect the nail salon to hit this point home. First, I’d like to say that I am not a … More The Sea of Emotions When Your Children Get Married
By: Sandy Churchill I am one of the billions of people on the planet who has faith in a higher being—to me, God is blessedly in charge and provides a caring, listening ear to everything from praise and gratitude to parenting and marriage challenges, career woes, and world crisis prayers of all kinds. There is … More When Life Has Other Plans: Embracing Change When the Answer is No
By: Sandy Churchill I have dealt with anxiety all my life and intermittent depression that has reared its ugly head off and on over the years, and never have I seen a silver lining to either condition. Truly, they can be debilitating, blocking joy, stirring insomnia, and sapping energy on so many levels. But a … More Depression Stirs Future Compassion and Connection
By: Sandy Churchill In the wee hours of morning, I found myself listening to a delightful podcast called Rise Together, hosted by Rachel and Dave Hollis. (Rachel’s books, Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing are fantastic inspiration to tackle your stuff and get going in this world.) The topic was all about tackling … More Facing a New School Year with Intention, Goals, Attitude
By: Sandy Churchill August has turned the page and students from pre-school to college are boarding yellow buses, toting backpacks, and gathering for sports practices in the shift to fall schedules. Thankfully, Labor Day weekend provided summer bliss of sunshine, time with family and friends, and excursions to sand and sea. My oldest daughter and … More Savoring Summer as Fall Begins
By: Sandy Churchill Conflict: you cannot be a living, breathing creature on this planet and escape it. Darn free will! The very choices that bless us with creativity and freedom and individuality help us thrive on this daily journey; but also, at the very core, can be the source of pure hell on earth. The … More Conflict Management: What’s the Goal?