Thanks for checking out the RELATE podcast, where we explore how to do life better by building better relationships. Join host Casey Sundstedt and friends for a conversation about all things relationship—friendships, co-workers, marriage, family, and more. You’ll be challenged and encouraged by fresh concepts that make your relational world richer and more rewarding.
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October 20th, 2020 | Season 6 | 34 mins 57 secs
In this last episode of season 7 we discover one more helpful tool in understanding how to navigate conversations when emotions are running high. We talk brain science and actual words that we can all use in conversation.
October 13th, 2020 | Season 6 | 37 mins 25 secs
We all know how things can go south quickly when emotions are running high with our kids, with ourselves, and even with our adult relationships. In this episode, we introduce the “Window of Tolerance” and we discover ways this concept can help us all (even at a young age) understand what is happening and get to the other side of it.
October 6th, 2020 | Season 6 | 40 mins 18 secs
In our current climate of converging crises we often find ourselves interacting with friends, family and kids who are flooded with emotional responses. In this season, we consider helpful ways to respond in these interactions and how to help our kids--and others--make sense of what they are feeling and how to receive care.
July 7th, 2020 | Season 6 | 35 mins 9 secs
As we discover and name our grief we may begin to consider how to meet God in that space. Is He even there? In this episode we discover that not only is grief okay, but that it actually leads us to experience God in real and deep ways.
June 30th, 2020 | Season 6 | 31 mins 35 secs
June 23rd, 2020 | Season 6 | 32 mins 42 secs
When life is moving along at a fast pace and all of a sudden we are hit with a change--planned or unplanned-- that leaves us with feelings of sadness and loss, how do we respond to those feelings instead of ignoring them and simply adjusting to our “new normal?” Maybe it's a new job, a kid going off to college, or a dear friend moving away, these changes seem like ones we can muster up the strength to weather, but they too deserve our curiosity and care. We discuss how the feelings of loss that pile up from life’s “little losses” really do need our attention so that we can heal and grow.
What are some moments from your life that come to mind when we talk about life interruptions or transitions that have left you with some sadness?
How did you first feel when we invited you to consider that sadness grief? Is naming it as grief a challenge for you or does it come easily? Why do you think that is?
What fears might you have about spending time naming and grieving your losses?
What do you hope to gain by naming your losses and grieving them? What do you hope comes from this practice?
Resources for further learning
Podcast: Unlocking Us, Brene Brown and David Kessler
June 16th, 2020 | Season 5 | 34 mins 37 secs
Join host Casey Sundstedt as she chats with three Willow Creek dads - Dave Dummitt, Tracy Stingley, and Steyn.
May 5th, 2020 | Season 5 | 21 mins 22 secs
Even on normal years Mother’s Day can be a complicated holiday, ripe with expectations and multiple obligations to balance. In this episode we get curious about our own expectations going into this holiday and we get clearer about what this unique Mother’s Day could look like for all of us.
April 7th, 2020 | Season 5 | 35 mins 25 secs
March 31st, 2020 | Season 5 | 38 mins 3 secs
We know there is so much talk out there right now about our current Stay-at-Home reality. It’s on the news, on our social media feeds, and as we talk with friends around the country it is our topic of conversation. It is not our desire to add to the volume of this reality, but rather to share our experiences of it and help us all feel a bit less alone and to discover ways to pay attention to our relational and emotional health in this season.
February 4th, 2020 | Season 4 | 30 mins 54 secs
January 28th, 2020 | Season 4 | 29 mins 40 secs
Episode 18: New Year, New You: Ready to grow? Discover how to pursue change in a healthy, kind and lasting way
January 21st, 2020 | Season 4 | 29 mins 50 secs
January 14th, 2020 | Season 4 | 31 mins 31 secs
January 7th, 2020 | Season 4 | 26 mins 40 secs
December 17th, 2019 | Season 3 | 33 mins 26 secs