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Five Fantastic Finds For Families 11/2023

November Edition 2023

Williams Educational Consultants shares five educational topics that offer wisdom, guidance, and fun for the entire family.

I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving with family and friends. My family is blessed to share these special moments with our parents, siblings, nephews, and friends.. Williams Educational Consultants (WEC) is a small business whose doors have been open since 2005. As Owner and Founder of WEC, I have been in education since 1997 and am grateful for all the continued referrals from physicians, psychologists, school counselors, admissions offices, and past clients. Thank you!

December is a multifaceted month with various significances for different people across the globe. This month hosts several religious and cultural holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more. These festivities often involve family gatherings, gift-giving, special meals, and religious observances. As you spend time with family and friends, please remember to share our name so that we can continue helping all families who seek expert advice and guidance in education. From Kindergarten to adults, our consultants can decrease anxiety and increase knowledge.

Thank you again for helping us succeed throughout the years, and we hope that your December is filled with celebrations, fun festivities, and lots of family time.

5 Wise Words From Wendy:

1. Prepare. December is filled with midterms for high school students and activities for the entire family. Prepare for the month by designing a calendar that encapsulates all events, including tutoring, studying, dinners, and friendly gatherings. A realistic study schedule that allocates specific time slots for each subject or topic will help students balance their time between subjects to avoid burnout, and seeing a schedule that includes joyful activities helps to increase meaning and purpose.

2. Plan. December is a fantastic month for festivities! Plan something fun to celebrate with family, friends, and neighbors. For instance, host a holiday movie night, decorate a Christmas tree, build gingerbread houses, plan a picnic in a park or backyard bonfire, host a potluck dinner, wrap gifts for a toy drive with your friends, and volunteer in the community.

3. Relax. At the bottom of this newsletter, you will find Mindfulness Moment#17: "Celebrate" by Angela Cominos Koehler.

4. Support. Self-care during December is essential due to the busyness and often hectic nature of the holiday season. Here are some self-care tips tailored for this month:

  • Practice mindfulness

  • Set boundaries.

  • Schedule "me time".

  • Participate in digital detox.

  • Express your gratitude.

  • Seek help if you need it.

Please let Williams Educational know if we can assist you or help you find support that is right for you. (even if that means creating a digital detox plan!) We are here to help you! Incorporating these tips into your routine during December can help you navigate the holiday season more calmly and joyfully.

5. Love. December 21st is a very special day for me and all those who love Winter, but in case you are not a fan of colder weather, sweater season, and tall boots, try to embrace the warmth by creating winter rituals like winter-themed dinners, fire-pit singing nights with smores or create a reading nook with blankets and great books. Loving winter is easy, you just have to shift your perspective and delight in reflection, connection and colder weather. Before you know it spring will be upon us!

4 Current Conversations:

Here are topics that can create great conversations:

1. Applying to college helps students with planning, time management and more.

2. Why do you receive so much information about colleges?

3. Class of 2024 and prior will work with NEW FAFSA.

4. Common Application and Student Direct Admissions.

3 School Snippets:

Colleges often give great information on their sites:

1. Ever thought about where to study on a college campus? Ask, and you will find out! Belmont lists areas for students!

2. Winter Break tips for high school seniors.

3. Boulder gives resources for students seeking scholarships.

2 metro-Atlanta opportunities:

A section to focus on news in metro-Atlanta:

  1. National Blue Ribbon Schools

  2. Check out the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra

1 Recipe Randomness: No Bake Peppermint Pie



24 chocolate cookies

5 tablespoons unsalted butter molten

Filling 2 cups milk cold

6.6 oz instant white chocolate pudding mix 2 boxes

½ teaspoon peppermint extract

2 cups whipping cream or 8 oz whipped topping, thawed

red food coloring optional


Candy canes

Instructions Making the Crust

  • Add cookies to a food processor and grind into fine crumbs.

  • In a large bowl, combine melted butter and cookie crumbs until well combined. Press into the pie plate firmly.

  • Chill covered in refrigerator at least 30 minutes, longer is fine.

Making the Filling

  • In a large whisk together milk and pudding mix until smooth and creamy. Stir in peppermint extract. Add food coloring, if using.

  • Fold in about ½ of your whipped topping or whipped cream.

  • Spoon into crust and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

  • Add remaining whipped topping, or whipping cream, to the top.

  • Crack candy cane sticks and crumble on the pie. Decorate as desired. Serve immediately or place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Mindfulness Moment #17: Celebrate

“Learning to celebrate joy is one of the great practices of the spiritual life.”

-Joan D. Chittister

When you celebrate, you feel joy. It is pure light coming from within you shining through. It is not dependent on circumstances, but is rooted in you emanating from your core. December is a time to celebrate the simple, the grand, the successes, and the failures. Life is a celebration. Each day is a gift. Find that place of joy and peace within you.

How do you celebrate?


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