By: Sandy Churchill This year’s Thanksgiving has turned the page, Christmas songs are on the radio, and stores are bedecked in their finest of crimson, silver, and gold. Many of us are in the throes of Christmas shopping and searching for gifts for loved ones near and far, be it online shopping or frenzied treks … More The One Gift Everyone Should Give This Christmas
By: Sandy Churchill There is always a project at our house—usually some sort of craft, be it painting, sewing, crocheting, or gluing and glittering a present of some kind. Sure, we have games and puzzles here and there, but I wasn’t as aware of the constant crafting on the dining room table until my now-son-in-law … More Glitter Anyone?
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?
By: Sandy Churchill Conflict is everywhere. Turn on the news—people can’t seem to have a conversation if they hold different views. Road rage is steadily on the rise. We hurt people without meaning to—and why? Because we are flawed people living in a dysfunctional world. We sometimes say things we don’t mean, step on each … More Flip It: Tell Yourself a Different Story
By: Sandy Churchill The phrase “time, talent and treasure” is not something I grew up with—but I hear it as a mom all the time. In church, scouting, schools, and myriad community circles, it is a great way to capture the types of “pitching in” to make our communities work. Treasure is the easy … More Helping Others Helps You!