Tammy and her husband, Matt Brown, founded Sandals Church with the vision of helping people to be real with themselves, God, and others. Out of that vision came her personal burden to inspire and challenge women to cultivate kindness toward one another.
Tammy’s heart is to come alongside women SO THAT they can grow spiritually wise, relationally kind, emotionally healthy and connected in community. Join her for a weekly podcast as she invites you into real conversations about what God’s word has to say and what it looks like for us—REAL women—to cultivate it into our everyday lives.
Cultivate on the Go: Finding REAL Freedom
A 9-week series to help you cultivate your best life!
Beginning Friday, June 4
Summertime lends itself to a more relaxed pace and vacation vibes. Just because you’re on the go doesn’t mean you can’t grow. Wherever you find yourself this summer, take The Cultivate Podcast with you! In the car, on the beach or connecting with friends, our conversations will help you start your own as you cultivate your best life spiritually, relationally and emotionally. This summer, we’re making it simple, but meaningful to learn, grow and find REAL freedom.
How to Cultivate REAL Freedom with us:
- Listen to new episodes of The Cultivate Podcast releasing every Friday, June 4 – July 29.
- Use our conversations to start your own with a friend or your community group. Tell them what you’re learning and how you want to cultivate that into your life.
- Visit @cultivatewomen on Instagram and Facebook to grab our Weekly Episode Badges, repost them and share what you’re learning on social media. Be sure to tag @cultivatewomen so we can cheer you on!
- Print our Series Map to track your progress to REAL Freedom.
For past episodes, kindly visit our archive library.
Episode 21 | Getting REAL about letting go? What do you need to leave in the past? As women, we carry things – sometimes longer than we should, sometimes because we think no one else can. The new year lends itself to fresh starts, resolve and looking forward, but what about letting go? Tammy and Melody are challenging us to get REAL and ask ourselves what we’re carrying that needs to be laid down as we head into a new year. Maybe it’s a relational offense, personal loss or past hurt. It could be a choice that requires change, a discipline we need to cultivate or a boundary it’s time to set. If you find yourself hanging on, chasing after or living in the past, it’s time to get REAL about letting go SO THAT you can grow wiser and stronger moving ahead.
March 2021 | Gatekeeping Series:
Episode 22 | No More Spiritual Snacks! Gatekeeping Your Spiritual Growth:The Cultivate Podcast is going weekly! We’re kicking off a month long conversation by learning what it means to be a gatekeeper, both cultivating and protecting our spiritual growth. If we want to grow in our relationship with God it’s vital that we learn the difference between a good thing and a God thing. Tune in as Tammy and Melody are joined by Diane Huntsman, the Cultivate Ministry Lead, for a REAL conversation on discipline, sacrifice and the consequences of compromising our spiritual health and growth.
Episode 23 | Setting Boundaries or Building Walls: Gatekeeping your Relational Health: We continue our series on gatekeeping by taking a closer look at our relationships. Whether you’re already setting wise boundaries or you’re too busy building walls, if you long for healthy and whole relationships, this is a REAL conversation for you. Tammy is joined by Melody Workman to talk friendship, feedback and following through on what is most healthy for you.
Episode 24 | Protecting your Peace: Gatekeeping Your Emotional Health: Being a gatekeeper of our lives takes practice and discipline, especially when it comes to our emotional health. Healthy boundaries begin with us learning how to process our feelings through our faith, then cultivating the truth of God’s word into our lives. No one else can order our priorities and protect our peace. Are you the “fixer” of everyone who is left weary and worn? Is your social media scroll stressing you out? Does your body pay the price for your runaway thought life? Join Tammy, Melody and special guest, Vivi Diaz, for a REAL conversation on the blessing of boundaries and how God can use them to protect us mind, body and soul.
Episode 25 | How To Gatekeep Your Life with Gratitude NOT Guilt:We’re concluding our series on gatekeeping by tackling the g-word…guilt. As with any discipline, gatekeeping takes practice. It’s about progress, not perfection. Too often, we’re plagued by guilt for choosing what’s healthy for us over what makes everyone else happy. Our life matters and Jesus gave up His own SO THAT we can live with fullness and abundance, with gratitude not guilt. Join Tammy Brown, Melody Workman and Tiffany Parry, our Cultivate Ministry Supervisor, for a REAL conversation on how to steward our boundaries and support others in the pursuit of theirs.
April 2021 | Kindness Series:
Episode 26 | Kindness: It’s More than Being Nice: We live in a world that’s pressuring us to mold our image to fit its ideas. Sure, it’s great to be nice, but what does it mean to pursue kindness as a demonstration of our convictions and character? Kindness is more than a trending hashtag, it’s a calling from Jesus and the story our lives tell. We’re kicking off a month long series on all matters of kindness by busting kindness myths. Join Tammy Brown and Melody Workman for a REAL conversation on what kindness is, what it is NOT and how we can choose to live it out for ourselves, God and others.
Episode 27 | Why Kindness? Because it Matters to God: Kindness is more than something we do. Rather, it’s the way we live. When we choose kindness, and when we don’t, we send a message about who God is to us and how He’s at work in our lives. We can talk to people about Jesus, but they’ll actually listen when they see Him in the way we speak, act and live. If kindness matters to God, it should matter to us. Join Tammy and special guest, Christina Crowley, for a REAL conversation on cultivating kindness into our lives as a spiritual discipline and response to what God has done for us.
Episode 28 | Surviving Unkindness: Even though we wish it wasn’t so, unkindness happens. We can’t control what others do BUT we can choose how we respond. Will unkindness define us or refine us? Will it make us bitter or better? No one understands unkindness more than Jesus and so, there’s no one who can help us handle the hurt like Him. Join Tammy and Melody for a REAL conversation on how we can not only pursue truth, but seek growth and healing when we invite God into the process of surviving unkindness.
Episode 29 | What Men Wish Women Knew About Kindness: This is a conversation you CANNOT miss! We’re all about kind women, but what do guys make of this pursuit of kindness? Tammy invites Pastor Alfredo Ramos, our Sandals Church Palm Avenue Campus Pastor, to the mic for a REAL conversation on what men see in kind women and yup, what they make of unkindness among us. Tune in for some mic drop moments and a perspective on kindness that will have you thinking twice about choosing anything but.
Episode 30 | Your Kindness Questions: We’re wrapping up our kindness series by taking a few of your questions. What does it look like to live out your faith with kindness when the people around you aren’t on the same page? And…one of our most asked questions – how do you choose kind and set healthy boundaries in family relationships. Tune in as Tammy tackles your questions and offers some wisdom on the road to kindness.
May 2021 | Forgiveness Series:
Episode 31 | The REAL Story on Forgiveness: Our Spring 2021 Cultivate Book Study has Sandals Church Women learning what the Bible says about being forgiven and forgiving others. Our teaching team is joining us on the podcast for REAL conversations on the personal side of their forgiveness journey – how they’ve practiced it, what they’ve learned and things they wish they knew sooner. We’re kicking off this month-long series as Tammy Brown, Lori Albee and Melody Workman talk about being brave, believing the best and becoming women who willingly say “I’m sorry.”
Episode 32 | It’s Hard to Say I’m Sorry: Loyalty, justice and truth are vital pursuits in our Christian life, but mingle in pride and they become obstacles to cultivating forgiveness into our lives. But God…He gives grace and He calls us to as well. So what does it look like to choose His way even when our feelings haven’t caught up? Tammy is joined by Donna Martin to discuss what they’ve learned in their own life and relationships about the practice and discipline of forgiveness, even when it feels really hard to do.
Episode 33 | How to Forgive REAL Pain: We are broken people living in a broken world, so it goes without saying that pain is a REAL thing. God not only wants to meet us in our hurt and grief, but He offers to redeem them with mercy, grace and forgiveness. So how do we hold our hurt and still find the joy and peace that Jesus wants us to know in this life? Tammy sits down with Becca Boganwright and Melody Workman for a REAL conversation on what it looks like to embrace sorrow while aligning our heart with God’s SO THAT we can be women who both receive His forgiveness and give it away.
Episode 34 | Letting Go and Leaving Room for Forgiveness: God calls us to be quick to forgive, but too often that looks like a quick sorry without really letting go. They say “don’t sweat the small stuff,” so how much energy do we burn hanging on to every little offense? While there is a difference between small annoyances and big hurt, God’s call to forgiveness is still a command. Tammy invites Christina Crowley to the mic to close out our May forgiveness series as they talk about why REAL forgiveness means keeping short accounts and doing the hard work of letting go.
Summer Series | June – July 2021 | Finding REAL Freedom:
Episode 35 | Finding REAL Freedom – You Are Free to be REAL: Summertime lends itself to a more relaxed pace and vacation vibes, but just because you’re on the go, doesn’t mean you can’t grow. Wherever you are this summer, join The Cultivate Podcast for a special 9-week series on finding REAL freedom thru cultivating your best life spiritually, relationally and emotionally. The Bible says that “if the Son sets you free, you are truly free” (John 8:36) and there is no greater authority on living that out with self, God and others than our Founding Pastor, Matt Brown. Join the first couple of Sandals Church for an incredible one-on-one conversation about the REAL freedom we find when we cultivate authenticity into our lives, as well as the consequences if we choose not to.
Episode 36 | Finding REAL Freedom – You are Free from Other People’s Opinions: It’s Week 2 of our summer series and if you live tangled up in what other people think, it’s time to find REAL freedom. Tammy Brown is joined by Diane Huntsman, our Cultivate Ministry Lead, for a conversation on growing in truth and self-awareness while releasing the need to manage everyone’s opinions, ideas and expectations. They’re also getting REAL about the flipside just in case you’re the one sharing your opinions like they’re the gospel truth. We’re learning what it looks like to live free by cultivating accountability to God, rather than everyone else!
Episode 37 | Finding REAL Freedom – You are Free to be Still: As our journey to REAL Freedom continues, we consider one of the greatest, but often most difficult pursuits in our Christian life: stillness. We live in a culture of instant gratification and constant busyness, so much so that if we’re not careful, our identity becomes rooted in what we do rather than who we belong to – Jesus. Tammy welcomes Pastor Alfredo Ramos back to the podcast for an honest conversation on what it looks like to cultivate peace and stillness into our lives. They’re talking about the art of listening, accepting interruptions and giving ourselves the freedom to disconnect so that we can reconnect with God.
Episode 38 | Finding REAL Freedom – You are Free to be Brave: For some, cultivating courage looks like going after what you want and for others it means asking for what you need. REAL freedom is found when we have the courage to be vulnerable with ourselves, God and others. Tammy Brown is joined by Morgan Teruel, Sandals Church Online Campus Supervisor, for a conversation on being brave enough to ask for help and authentically invite others into our lives, as well as the consequences of choosing self-sufficiency over vulnerability.
Episode 39 | Finding REAL Freedom – You are Free to be You: With everyone’s life on scroll it can be downright hard to resist the temptation to compare our lives to the latest and greatest version of the next gal’s. But comparison is a slippery slope that leads to confusion, competition and ultimately chaos in us and around us. REAL freedom is found in focusing on what God has called us to do as well as celebrating the good things He’s doing in others. Melody Workman joins Tammy Brown as they share their wisdom and insight on battling insecurity, overcoming jealousy and becoming women who choose not to compare.
Episode 40 | Finding REAL Freedom – You are Free to Have Fun: The journey to REAL freedom would be nothing without some fun. God has called us to both grow to know Him and to enjoy the life He’s called us to live. That’s good, right and fun! But there’s a difference between chasing happiness and cultivating joy into our lives. Tammy and Kelli Ayotte, our Sandals Church Kids Creative genius, chat about the freedom that is found in pursuing Jesus, making room for joy and finding fun even in the unexpected.
Episode 41 | Finding REAL Freedom – You Can Find Freedom from Fear: If you’re someone who struggles with all the what-ifs and worst case scenarios in this life you may also find yourself paralyzed by fear. God’s word tells us not to fear, not because there’s nothing to be afraid of, but because He is with us and He goes before us in all things. Join Tammy Brown and Tiffany Parry, our Cultivate Ministry Supervisor, for an honest conversation on facing our fears and finding freedom by trusting God, cultivating His truth into our lives and, rather than watching for the worst, believing in the best He can do.
Episode 42 | Finding REAL Freedom – You are Free to Dream: God’s word is full of instruction and direction for this life, but He very much wants us to bring Him our deepest desires, our biggest dreams and our greatest hopes. Because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross, hope is God’s promise to us. But how do we create space for hope in a world that does not always feel hopeful? Tammy is joined by Bek Deal, from our Sandals Church Worship Team, for a beautiful and honest conversation on pursuing our dreams, harnessing hope from God’s word and inviting Jesus into the things we’re dreaming of now and in the future.