My favorite summer practice – Collecting color! Get $10 off.

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Dear Super-friends,

Summer might be the best time of all to grab your camera + collect color!

This is one of my favorite creative practices – tuning into color.
It’s juicy, it’s alive and it’s bursting this time of year.

Here’s more about the e-course that begins Monday, June 20th!

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30 days of photo prompts right to your inbox.

Remember how much you loved treasure hunts as a kid? We’re bringing the joy of that time back. Further your creative practice with photography, get a spark of inspiration directly in your inbox each day and share the spoils of your hunts in an encouraging Flickr community for other treasure seekers.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • A creative photo prompt each day in your inbox
  • Photo tips + creative musings to inspire your work
  • A warm, encouraging community space to share your work and support your fellow treasure seekers! (I will be in there to view your work and support your practice)

Benefits of treasure seeking:

  • Jump-start your creativity or add a new spark to your existing practice
  • Come away with a collection of creative images illustrating your life right now
  • A gratitude practice using your camera as a tool + beauty as your lens
  • A whole month of drinking in everyday beauty
  • Inspiring photos taken with your camera phone.
  • Has your blog been collecting dust? Infuse it with new colorful content!

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P.S. You get $10 off for being one my list!
Just enter the coupon code: summercolor

You + me. Cooking up your e-course. Ready to launch in the fall!

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Dear Superheroes,

Very excited to offer a limited number of spots in my one on one E-course mentoring practice!

Picture this:

5 private sessions with me this summer where we take your e-course from idea to completion. Ready to launch this fall! Boom.

Here are some details:

-5 one-hour sessions with me in person or on the phone.
-Email support from me between sessions.
-Access to the class materials in E-course Bootcamp.
-Your investment: $750 (I’m confident you will get your investment back + more after the first time you run your course)
-A list of the things we will cover!

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I have a limited number of spots so please let me know if this feels like a YES to you. Or nab your spot here.

Excited to help bring your magic into the world!

Andrea

p.s. I’m not always good at asking for help, but things always turn out so much better when I do! It’s a humbling lesson I learn over and over again.

 

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Here are a few things students from E-course Bootcamp have been sharing with me:

This has been a really excellent course. Your simple, creative and revealing exercises have been extremely helpful. Having a window into how you bring out the beauty, the essence of a course has been so lovely to experience. Your gentle way of requesting that we step into something powerful in what we are sharing/offering is wonderful. It’s actually really hard to explain you and that of course is why you are amazing to work with. You are just lovely and dynamic and creative and spacious. Thank you! -Katie

It was pivotal for me in finding a way to share my work and coach others in their process. You helped me find an a-ha! My hang up has always been about how to transfer the 1 on 1 beauty of coaching into a format that still felt safe and intimate and guided, dependent on relationship and community. You definitely provided that for us and I can see now that the possibilities are endless.– Allison

I have to tell you, this course was brilliant. I got so much out of it and you made it so doable! I feel really enthused about writing my course. The quick + dirty was so helpful, I can’t even tell you. I will take another course from you in the future. Many thanks! -Helen

It has been such a valuable and enlightening experience so far….a perfect balance of the creative and technical aspects of designing a course!-Lara

 

 

This is a story I usually only tell to close friends. And now you!

 

Through the magic of technology, I can share the recording of the story I told on stage last week! It was my first time I told a story live on a stage… and it scared the pants off me. Here’s to being brave, adventuring and feeling alive!

If you’re interested in going to this monthly storytelling event -That Really Happened?!! at the Monkey House in Berkeley, their Facebook page is here.

Portrait party! Just two spots left.

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So glad so many of you are interested in the Portrait Party!

If you missed it last time, Portrait Party is a series of mini portrait sessions (30 minutes each) where I get to capture you in a fun + easy + fast way. You will come away with 10-15 high res images for your website/dating profile etc. that you can use however you wish. We are focusing on head shots this time around!

Sunday, June 12th in Berkeley, CA (will let you know exact location when you register)
I am juggling some times around between 3pm and 6pm, so let me know your preference and we’ll get you squared away.

I found the perfect location for us in Berkeley + with a bit of sunshine the light will be magic.

Here is a link to register, or if you have questions just hit reply and ask!
https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?c=cart&ejc=2&cl=74538&i=1492457

P.S. If you can’t make it this time around, just email me at superherosf@gmail.com and I will put you on the list for the next date!

On being perfect moms before we had kids.

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“Come on Ben! You have to toughen up!”

I say this to him after urging him to do his practice math test all morning. I say this after he’s blamed his teacher, math (for being stupid and boring) and me for not feeding him properly. (For the record, I have offered him waffles, latkes and a banana – all of which he’s refused.)

I can see he’s afraid, frustrated he doesn’t understand his homework and knowing he will likely fail his test. My heart goes out to him and I soften, “I’m sorry Ben. I see how frustrated you are. I’m here to help. Just stay in the game.”

But then he lashes out again – “Well if you would just FEED ME or actually HELP ME…” and then I lose it again. “I’ve been trying to help you all morning!!” I shout.

And then he collapses on the couch and looks like an exotic bird, his lips pursed in a frown, his hair dyed bright turquoise in a Justin Bieber-like do. And that’s when I say that regrettable thing about toughening up.

Whose line is that anyway?

I remember an adult saying that same thing to me as a kid and wanting to either crumple in tears or punch them in the face. It’s not a kind thing to say. And Ben, the ultimate truth-teller, says what I wish I would have all those years ago: “What kind of mom tells her son to toughen up?”

I put my hand on my heart this morning as I drove to an appointment. It’s part of a practice my coach assigned me, a way to speak to my heart and listen to what it needs. It’s part of some grief work I am doing right now.

“You are not a perfect mother,” I tell myself. “But you are a good mother. Your heart is good.”

We got through the practice test and Ben and I were able to recover. I learned a new concept recently – repair – which apparently is even more important than trying to make everything smooth all the time. If you can practice the repair, if you can trust there will be time and space and love in that process, then it’s like a bone broken and healed. It will be even stronger for it.

Before I had kids, I would hear people say: My kids are my teachers… and I liked that idea. I imagined them showing me how to be a kid again- how to be present, how to tell the truth, how to move through emotions and not cling to them, how to play. All of which appealed to me. But motherhood has shown me that they also teach us about our shadows.

They show us where we still have healing work to do.
They show us where we need to be more compassionate. Where we judge. Where we need to grow.
They show us that we are capable of making mistakes and saying horrible things and shouting.
They show us that we are the full spectrum of being human – the dark and the light.

This is humbling.

They are our teachers and they are also our healers. Sometimes I wish that wasn’t the case! I love that thing people say about how I was the best parent before I had kids. In fact, I just found an article on this topic that cracks me up.

This is for all the imperfect moms out there. With good hearts and potty mouths. With lots of love and lots of, ahem, healing work to do. 😉