About Sandy

I am Sandy Miller,

a Co-Active Life Coach,

based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Mission Statement

My mission is to be a catalyst, a channel guiding you towards your pursuit of a life of intention, passion and purpose.
As your guide, I am committed to your transformation. I will journey with you through the refining process; exposing yourself, illuminating your strength, liberating the spirit within you.

 

Purpose Statement

My purpose is to empower you to live wholeheartedly.

I embody these Core Values:

I am spiritual
•passionate •creative •intuitive
•inspiring •motivating •encouraging
•honest •committed •challenging

 

 

With a background in organizational leadership, I am an experienced manager, trainer, team builder, and mentor.  I am a communicator who responds to new challenges with confidence, determination and focus. Dynamic and creative, I approach people with passion and compassion.

 

As a motivated senior leader with over 25 years of experience, I spearheaded successful ventures throughout the city. I coordinated large numbers of volunteers in a variety of programs within several non-profit organizations.
In my professional experience, I have mastered organizational skills in planning and goal implementation. I am a self-starter with a strong work ethic, and I highly value and support teamwork.

 

Within the last decade my focus has shifted and expanded from large organizations, to small groups and now to embracing the individual.  My own personal broken open experience aroused in me a deeper inner passion – the cry of the human heart for purpose and fulfillment.

 

This has lead me to study spiritual direction and train as a life coach, acquiring specific skills to assist people to move forward on their personal journey of transformation. I am drawn to people who are curious about themselves, who reflect and examine who they are and who they are becoming. I am deeply moved by people’s strength and courage to push through obstacles and overcome difficulties. I am committed to coming alongside an individual on this sacred journey!

 

As a life coach I offer you a trusting relationship, a safe place to be yourself, a listening ear, a truthful perspective.
I will challenge you to move forward towards the magnitude and greatness you possess, to live out your purpose, boldly and courageously.

 

Personal Information

I love nature and feel at peace when outdoors. My passions are gardening and home décor. I  love the challenge of a good read that feeds my hunger for learning and personal growth. I also enjoy the company of a diverse group of people. Hosting dinner parties in my home with good food, wine, engaging conversation, along with a good dose of laughter enriches my life.
I live in Edmonton, Alberta, my hometown and am a mom who loves the dynamics of raising three teenagers.
I have a Master’s Degree in Administration, with a major in Organizational Leadership.
I am professionally certified in the co-acttive model of Coaching through the  Coaches  Training Institute in San Rafael, California.
I hold a designation of Associate Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation.

 

A gem

My Story Group Sample Night…

You  are invited to

“My Story Group” Sample Night

Wednesday, September 19th @ 7pm

at my home in S. E. Edmonton

Come taste and see …

Book your complimentary spot TODAY

by calling Sandy at 780-468-5564

What can I expect?

•An opportunity to experience a “My Story Group” evening in action

• A brief teaching on the purpose of Story given by Sandy

•Former story group member reading a short story as previously shared in group

•An opportunity to ask questions of former group members
•a relaxed atmosphere with refreshments

Testimonial:

“I think breaking the silence of past trauma’s, being heard by compassionate, caring people and then being affirmed and acknowledged put these stories into a more realistic perspective. Much of the negative energy was seeped out with the sharing of guilt, shame, failure and fear. I felt a satisfying completeness after my Show and Tell. It was like I could leave the past behind and be more present in my now and future. I felt like I didn’t need to drag the sack with me any longer. The insights of the threads that carried thru my journey are also good indicators for my present. When I start repeating an old pattern or old ticker tape, I stop and say, “I don’t want to go there’, or “That is a lie”. The group also helped me connect to my authentic self and because of the deep sharing, the persona I put on or the persona someone put on me, was exposed and the real me was revealed. This was an awesome experience of vulnerability, acceptance, love, caring and healing. I think if a person is willing and ready to look inside, they will definitely benefit from this experience

•Shirley Beyer-Walsh, Massage Therapist.

The next "My Story Group"  begins in October!!!

I Dreamed a Dream…

Like many of you I took the opportunity to go see the movie, “I Dreamed A Dream – From The Musical “Les Miserables”.

 

It was over three decades ago that I first saw the musical live in California.   So this second time around, I knew what to expect.  I thought I was ready to be swept away by the greatest musical of all times.  The 2 hours 37 minutes of entertainment were riveting and captivating.  My eyes were glued to the screen and not at all diverted by the audience, chatty friends, popcorn or munchies.  Soon deep emotion swept over my entire body and began with my eyes giving way to tears.  My throat choked up and started to restrict.  I resisted the urge to wipe my cheek, now dripping with salty tears that I could taste.

 

As the credits rolled, I sat their motionless slumped in my seat.  I felt I had witnessed the death of a friend, a colleague, a loved one, of me?

 

As I slowly rose from my seat I was both inspired and relieved.

 

For there was a time that I too could sing this tune…

 

“I had a dream my life would be

So different from this hell I’m living

So different now from what it seemed

Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.”

 

 

I have begun dreaming again?  And YOU?

 

“I Dreamed a Dream”

 

There was a time when men were kind

When their voices were soft

And their words inviting

There was a time when love was blind

And the world was a song

And the song was exciting

There was a time and it all went wrong

 

I dreamed a dream in days gone by

When hope was high and life worth living

I dreamed that love would never die

I dreamed that god would be forgiving

 

Then I was young and unafraid

And dreams were made and used and wasted

There was no ransom to be paid

No song unsung no wine untasted

 

But the tigers come at night

With their voices soft as thunder

As they tear your hope apart

As they turn your dream to shame

 

He slept a summer by my side

He filled my days with endless wonder

He took my childhood in his stride

But he was gone when autumn came

 

And still I dreamed he’d come to me

That we would live the years together

But there are dreams that cannot be

And there are storms we cannot weather

 

I had a dream my life would be

So different from this hell I’m living

So different now from what it seemed

Now life has killed the dream I dreamed

The dream, the dream I dreamed

 

 

 

 

‘My Story Group’ Sample Session

 

You are invited to attend

My Story Group

sample session

Come, taste and see…

 

Wednesday, September 26th at 7pm.

  • What to expect:

  • a story read by former group member

  • a time of Questions and answers

  • opportunity to meet potential group members

  • snack time

RSVP today and I will save you a space!

The group begins Wednesday, October 3rd,

meeting bi-weekly for 8 months…there is still a space for YOU!

User fees apply!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

 

Come, come, whoever you are…

“Come, come, whoever you are.

Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving.

It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair.

Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.

Come, yet again, come, come.”

- Rumi


Curious?  What does ‘lover of leaving’ mean to you?

 

My Story Group

  • How do the stories of your life impact who you are?
  • What can you learn from your stories of tragedy and loss?
  • What is the larger story that your life is telling?

Come join this 16-week small group, where we explore how to write and tell stories from our lives with honesty and curiosity in order to live with more freedom and joy. You write stories from your life and get feedback from the other group members. The group uses the books To Be Told by Dan Allender and To Be Told Workbook by Dan Allender and Lisa Fann to guide us as we create community by writing and sharing our stories with each other.

 

Please check under  SERVICES  for more information

The group runs every other Wednesday from 7:00 – 9:30pm

starts October 2nd

There is still room for you to join…

“You can survive on your own. And, You can even prevail on your own. But you cannot become human on your own.” Frederick Buechner

 

 

 

Heart of WAR or Heart of Peace?

Last summer I found myself reading out loud every morning to my girlfriend, at the poolside of our Radium resort, while our teenage children slept in.  The book that caught our attention and called us to this early morning ritual was, “The Anatomy of Peace,” by the Arbinger Institute.

I was reminded of the book yesterday, and its underlying message.  There I was in the office of a professional being belittled by this giant of a man with BIG booming voice. I felt life slowly seep out of my body as his presence filled the entire room.  I felt my spirit leaving me as he towered over me stating, ‘I told you…”   I called forth every ounce of courage I had not to feel small, but to be acknowledged as a person with a voice and with dignity.

Why do people abuse power and use manipulative tactics?  Why do we justify our behavior under the guise of needing to be right.

If you want a profound read that will change the way you view conflict in any relationship, I challenge to read

“The Anatomy of Peace.”

Choose peace!

 

 

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The House Hunt

These past few weeks have been consumed with house shopping…thus my absence from writing

In my pursuit of finding a new place for my three teenage children, and myself I have had to ponder the big question.  What makes a house a home?

Also, what do I need to make whatever place I am looking for, a home for me and the kids?  What am I looking for?  What do we need?  What do we want?

As a family of four it is difficult to find something out there that is in my price range and suitable to serve he needs of middle aged me; who loves bright open space, a modern kitchen, and a small yard (plus a soaker tub would definitely be an asset).  Then there is my daughter, who in her dating years will need a space where she feels comfortable to bring guys home and have privacy to hang with a few girlfriends, apart from the boys.  Speaking of boys, I can’t forget my two teenage sons; who need a cave! This is a space where numerous teenage guys can rumble and tumble, hang, crash for the night, without being interrupted or bothered.  This is also the place for the TV, and gaming station.

In these last years I have with my young adult children, I want to create a safe place, a refuge.  I want each of my children to have an opportunity to experience their own oasis, their bedrooms,  a place where they can privately recharge uninterrupted.  I want several different small meeting spaces where each of us can host and entertain groups of friends.  I imagine a large functional kitchen, with a big table to gather around over great food, good conversation and lots of laughs.  Last, I’d like a small yard to enjoy the outdoors, soak in the sun and feel close to nature, maybe even a little fire pit to informally gather around on cold nights.

Curious, what makes a house, a home?

In these last years I have with my young adult children, I want to create a safe place, a refuge.  I want each of my children to have an opportunity to experience their own oasis, their bedrooms,  a place where they can privately recharge uninterrupted.  I want several different small meeting spaces where each of us can host and entertain groups of friends.  I imagine a large functional kitchen, with a big table to gather around over great food, good conversation and lots of laughs.  Last, I’d like a small yard to enjoy the outdoors, soak in the sun and feel close to nature, maybe even a little fire pit to informally gather around on cold nights.

Curious, what makes your house, your home?

 

Glorious and Free

 

http://www3.sympatico.ca/goweezer/canada/cananthem.htm

 

O Canada! Our home and native land!

True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

The True North strong and free!

From far and wide, O Canada,

We stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

 

 

The Simple Life

More recently I have been challenged to simplify my life.  I thought I was actually doing pretty well until along came the BIG TEST.  I realized I needed to move out of my home and begin to downsize.

After living in the same home for 15 years, what would I take with me?  What do I need?  What can I live without?  Soon the house was buzzing with the energy of purging! Large garbage bags were filled, drawers full of stuff, trashed.  It was almost as fun as preparing for a big party.  Funny how one day I loved my home and clung on to it like an old dear friend, and then the next I was decisively choosing what needed to go.  I’m taking only the BIG STUFF I absolutely love, the  comfy furniture that’s me.  What about my wardrobe?  It’s now purged down to a handful of hangers, a box of purses and shoes, plus 2 large suitcases.  One for spring/summer clothes the other for fall/winter.  Then there are books! I suppose it’s important to first return what I have borrowed.  Next, the give away pile…until all I have left are the few gems that I choose re-read and lend to sojourners.

However, living the simple life involves more than purging stuff.  I’ve also had to create space for quiet, for contemplation.  A No noise zone!  This means, no TV, no music, no phone chats, no emails, face book, etc.

I am beginning to appreciate a more simple life. Hopefully in time, this will allow me to free up time for what is truly important and what I value.

I’ve recently read the short list, which includes:
1.  Identify what’s most important to you
2.  Eliminate everything else…

 

Ten Rules for being Human

 

by Cherie Carter-Scott

 

1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.

2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life.”

3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”

4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.

6. “There” is no better a place than “here.” When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.”

7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

10. You will forget all this.