Bring on the Joy!

with Cindy Lopez, Liza Bennigson and Mike Navarrete

Bring on the Joy!

Episode 12, Season 1 | December 17, 2020

Show Notes

From creating snow creatures out of marshmallows and (melting them in a cup of cocoa) to hosting a “quarantine potluck,” CHC clinicians compiled a list of ways to safely find and share cheer this holiday season. In today’s episode, CHC’s Director of Community Connections and podcast host, Cindy Lopez talks with Marketing Associate, Mike Navarrete and Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Liza Bennigson about their favorite ideas as well as the holiday memories they evoke. Guaranteed to help make your days merry and bright!

Guests: Cindy Lopez, Director of Community Connections, CHC; Mike Navarrete, Marketing Associate, CHC and Liza Bennigson, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, CHC

Guest Info
Cindy Lopez headshot

Cindy has worked in K-12 education for about 30 years — as a teacher, an administrator, in public and private schools — most recently focused on kids who learn differently. Cindy believes that each one of us is different and different is good. She has had the opportunity to have thousands of conversations with parents, kids, teachers, community members and more. She is honored to host CHC’s new Voices of Compassion podcast and hopes that it will be just what you need these days.

Liza Bennigson headshot

Liza Bennigson is the mother of 2 elementary school children and the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications at CHC. In her personal and professional roles alike, Liza is an avid reader, writer and researcher on all-things parenting, self-care and mental health. Her “mom blogs” have been picked up by publications such as Huffpost, POPSUGAR and, of course, the CHC Resource Library. In her spare time, Liza is on a perpetual quest for work-life balance, and enjoys the great outdoors, discount shopping and spontaneous dance parties with her kids.

Mike Naverrete headshot

Mike is a graduate from Loyola University Chicago, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in business, marketing. He worked as a Communications and Media Facilitator, educating adults with developmental and learning differences for one of the leading nonprofits in Silicon Valley, Hope Services. At Hope, he worked with a local community college to cultivate personal development, autonomy, interdependence, and emotional well-being, while incorporating technology. At Loyola, he was a Marketing Assistant for both Student Government and for a community of family-owned businesses at Loyola’s Family Business Center. In his spare time, he worked as a freelance writer curating a Wikipedia page for a breast cancer survivor and advocates for the cause who ignited a national campaign called “Paint the Town Pink.” As a writer, educator, advocate, and marketing intern, he has established an educational framework, bridging communities together while offering digital, social, and written content as a resource. Mike is elated to be joining the CHC team, to attentively address the national movement of 1 in 5, affecting those with learning and mental health needs. Work aside, Mike loves running and just finished his first half marathon in San Jose. He enjoys cinematic photography, cuddles with his Scottish Terrier, adventuring near and far and discovering new coffee shops.


Holiday Infographic:

CHC. OUR FAVORITE WAYS TO FIND (AND SHARE) JOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. "Nothing can dim the light that shines from within." - Maya Angelou. Set out on an evening drive, with cocoa, cookies & carols, to check out local light displays. Host a quarantine potluck, exchanging favorite comfort foods with no-contact delivery. Leave a holiday treat on a neighbor's stoop with a note encouraging them to pay it forward. Donate money you would have spent on holiday travel to a local charity or food bank. Create new, meaningful family traditions like making holiday cards for hospitalized children. Deliver festive flowers, wreaths or plants to a nursing home to cheer up residents and staff. Snuggle up and read a heartwarming holiday story as a family, just a bit each night. Offer to pick up donations from friends to deliver to a local food, toy or clothing drive. Along with their "wish list," encourage kids to make a list of things they're grateful for. Initiate a holiday baking or craft challenge and text photos of the results. Make spa kits for your child's teacher or favorite frontline workers. Launch a holiday home decorating contest in your neighborhood. Create snow creatures out of marshmallows and toothpicks. Wave and smile (beneath that mask) to everyone you see. Let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store. Call a friend or relative who might be lonely this year. Make popcorn and watch your favorite holiday movie. Host a virtual game night, festive attire encouraged. Decorate your home office or Zoom background. Courage. Connection. Compassion.

Reading Recommendations

One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp