Meet Sandra Boyd

Not everyone can live in a vintage church, but Sandra and her husband are doing just that. “We had just renovated our home of 25 years and were considering moving closer to the city,” Sandra explains. “We were thinking about a townhouse, but when we saw the church, we knew it was meant to be.” Sandra and her husband are now contemplating a complete reno once they get used to the layout and flow of new home. “It’s like a living, breathing thing,” says Sandra, “but with a crazy number of stairs.”  

Art, music and a glass of wine… 

Decorating their home should be exciting, particularly with the right art. Sandra doesn’t profess to be an art expert, but she knows what she likes. “We don’t have all our painting hung in our home yet, but we’d like to make the walls a canvas for our art.” 

“I love art and have always been curious about it,” she declares. “I grew up in environment where there were a lot of artists and I’ve gotten to know a lot of people over the years who enjoy the same interest.” And what goes with nice art? To Sandra, there’s nothing better than “a glass of wine, some great music, and admiring art.” Ah, the good life.   

Writing and recharging 

Writing is often how Sandra begins her day. “I’ll wake up at 5:00 a.m. and just start to write—it’s a habit I’ve maintained for much of my life.” She says she doesn’t write profound things but finds writing a great way to capture and summarize her thoughts and discussions with others.  

Sandra also advocates meditation as a regular practice. She recalls doing meditation over the past 20 years but built it into her daily routine only about fours years ago. “It has benefits for creativity,” she notes, “but it’s also a great way to clear your mind when you have 50 things going on.”  

Suspense, Sopranos and such 

“We didn’t stream movies much until the pandemic hit”, Sandra recalls, “but I feel like we’ve made up for a lifetime of watching since then.” She gravitates to mystery and suspense. “I’ve been a fan of Sherlock Holmes since I was a kid, and I can often figure them out early on,” she claims.   

More recently, she got hooked on the Sopranos series. “At first, I wasn’t sure I wanted to watch it, but soon it became bingeworthy for my husband and me. There’s an intensity about it, but there is also a certain vulnerability in the main character that says something about humanity in general.”  

Cultures and countries 

Sandra talks about “fulfilling the dream of experiencing different cultures and countries.” She’s done her share of travel already but has especially fond memories of South America and visiting the jungle of Iguazu, near the border between Argentina and Paraguay. “There were incredible sounds, and the waterfalls were amazing. I’ve never felt so relaxed in my life than when staying in the jungle.” Sandra and her husband are looking forward to more adventures getting back into travelling now that the world is opening again. 

At home in the B. Riley Farber culture 

Although Sandra has only been with been B. Riley Farber for a short time, she feels right at home. “The organization is everything that was represented to me when I joined,” she admits. “B. Riley Farber has a unique culture. There’s a collective passion and kindness here—everyone is authentic and respectful.” Much like her home, she’s taking some time to learn the intricacies of her new work environment—and so far, she loves what she’s seeing.  

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