E-course Bootcamp is now on demand!

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Some exciting news!

I am now offering E-course Bootcamp in a totally self-guided, instant access format!

This means you can go through my simple, elegant (and even fun!) process of creating your e-course totally at your own pace. Take it week by week, or go through all of the material in one weekend! Whatever works best for you.

And the best part? Right now it’s only $299- for this version!

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Some resources:

1. To learn more about E-course Bootcamp, click here. 

2. Ruzuku (the platform I use to run my classes) has two great resources for you right now:
The 30-day Course Creation Challenge and
Roadmap to Your First 5k in Revenue. Both are free!

3. Listen to the Be a Media Darling podcast as we chat about course creation, marketing, and more.

 

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And one more exciting thing:

I’m offering a limited number of spots in my one on one E-course mentoring practice!

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

Here are some details:

-5 one-hour sessions with me in person or on the phone.

-Email support from me between sessions.

-Instant 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!

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

 

 

 

 

We all want to be seen.

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As you might know, Juna and I took 10 ladies to Bali this year. We ate beautiful food, went to magical places, did powerful rituals, and connected in deep and unexpected ways. But one of my favorite parts of our week, was the closing circle.

Here’s how we did it:

We sat in a circle around a flower mandala that was made for us each day by the staff at the retreat center. It always felt like stepping into sacred space each morning when we would see it.

After going around and generally sharing what we learned and what we were coming away with from our experience, I invited the women in the circle to go around and do something wonderfully intimate. We would begin with one person in the circle and we would all focus on her – just beaming pure love at her in quiet meditation.

Next, we would think about what we appreciated about that person and who they were at their essence. (We had built so much intimacy and connection throughout the week that this felt effortless. The love cultivated between these women who didn’t know each other before Bali is what I am most proud of + excited about when I think of this trip. But I digress!)

After a minute or so of that, we would go around the circle one by one and offer a word (or sometimes two) of acknowledgement:

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Bright light
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Lovable
Joyous expression
Open heart
Deep knowing
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It was an intuitive and beautiful process. Whatever words came, we spoke them and the person simply received the words, said thank you and let them seep into their bones.

After we all offered our words I would pause, turn toward the next person in the circle, and say their name aloud. It surprised me how potent this particular moment was each time. I could feel their name vibrating in the room as I said it- Meredith, Jamie, Carol, Alicia, Cynthia… It was as if their name was infused with all the love in the room and I could see something shift in them as I spoke – Mayra, Clare, Jenny, Susan, Juna…

And then I felt it when my own name was spoken aloud. It had a vibration all its own as well. It reminded me of Romper Room… remember that show? and the way the announcer would look straight into the camera (right at you!) and say, “I see Tony and Elizabeth and Paula and George…” and you would wait at home expectantly for your name to be called. You wanted them to SEE YOU! You wanted to be seen!

I think that’s what made the exercise so powerful. It was confirmation that we saw each other. It was a celebration and honoring of this beautiful truth.

I just had a conversation with a friend this morning who is planning on changing her name. This inspires me and I am in awe of the courage it takes- you mean you can just do that? Change your name? Holy smokes. You mean we get to choose the name that suits us if the one we have doesn’t fit?

The paralegal just emailed me this week asking if I wanted to go back to my maiden name. I said yes, but even as I typed the words I knew they weren’t 100% true. What’s more true is that I want to go back to my original name but give myself a new middle name- one that perhaps no one will ever know about except the DMV! Almost like a secret line of code infused in my name- an intention, a blessing for the future, and honoring of who I am at my essence.

Have any of you ever changed your name?

Tell me about it if you have! XO Andrea

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P.S. Juna and I will be going back to Bali in May 2017. We would love to have you in our sacred circle of sisterhood!

 

Because what we think we deserve is not enough.

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I wrote a piece for Postpartum Progress years ago about getting more help than you think you deserve. I wrote it as a love note to new moms, but I’m realizing that this mantra might apply to lots of other times in our life as well. (Like for me, now!)

Because what we think we deserve is not enough.
Because what we think we deserve is just the tiniest slice of what we actually need.

Because needing help, support, company doesn’t make you needy, it makes you human.

I’ve been practicing this lately and it’s vulnerable stuff. But honestly, I was in such a place of despair last week I really didn’t care. In addition to calling for support from my virtual community (oh my goodness. thank you) I also sent an email out to some local friends. It went something like this:

Hey sweet friends,

I’m not doing particularly well.

And I have the kids all weekend by myself.

I’m thinking having company would make a world of difference! If you have any pockets of time this weekend, or if your kids want to play, let me know.

XO

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And then a wash of shame came over me. And some thoughts: What’s your problem? Why are you so needy? Are you ever going to have your shit together? And I remembered that mantra again – Get more help than you think you deserve.

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And then there’s the other side… and I remember how honored I feel when a friend comes to me with the real deal of her life. How it feels like a blessing to be included and to be able to offer my support.

It’s intimacy.
It’s connection.
And that’s soul food for me. I’m guessing it’s soul food for you too.

So can we just make a little deal here?

Can we just declare right now that it’s okay to not have our shit together?
That it’s okay to feel lost.
Or lonely.
Or in need.

Let’s decide that it’s actually a gift to include others in our (sometimes messy) process. That by showing our own vulnerability, we make space for others to do the same. Let’s create that kind of world for ourselves, shall we?

Some years ago a friend of mine was telling me about an icky procedure she was going to have to do the next day at the hospital. “Do you want me to go with you?” I asked. Tears welled up in her eyes. “That would be so nice,” she said. “I didn’t know I could ask for that.”

And I LOVED being there for her. I felt so happy to be the person that got to give that gift. It was good. It was her medicine and it was also mine.

Yes. Yes. Yes to this.

We can ask for this.
We need to ask for this.

This is how we are going to survive the messiness of life. This is how we are going to thrive.

We stay connected. We stay real. We stop pretending. We tell the truth.

When we do this, we are shining a light in the dark places for each other. When we offer the light of our heart, our attention and our compassion we help each other move through to the other side.

And when YOU decide to be the brave one, the one that reaches out first… you give your loved ones permission to do it the next time. You create a loop of mutual support + connection that will not only feed you, but save your sanity. This is a crazy ride folks. We need each other. Let’s be brave together.

 

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P.S. Ready to do some Brave Blogging with me? The class begins on September 5th. More details here.

 

The alchemy of grief

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When I saw those words in my calendar – Grief workshop 10am-6pm – I thought “What the heck was I thinking when I signed up for that??!” And then I thought, I don’t have anything big to grieve anyway. I will feel like an imposter. 

But a few beats later, I remembered: Your marriage. You need to grieve the death of your marriage.
Oh yeah, that.

We do so much to distract ourselves from loss. We get busy. We numb. We hang out on social media, so we don’t have to feel our sorrow. Our aloneness.

As I walked into the meditation center where the workshop would be held, I felt it begin to bubble up in my chest… and the tears began to pool in my eyes. It was as if my body was already thanking me – thank you for inviting me to the party. Thank you for putting your attention on me. I never get invited to the party!

And I found myself so grateful that I had finally been invited to inhabit and express my sorrow somewhere. There was something to do with it other than suppress it or contain it.

Francis Weller writes and speaks beautifully about grief. I’ve watched this talk over and over again. (Watch the whole thing. It’s life-changing) He talks about the extent to which we can carve out space for our sorrow is the extent to which we can make space to feel joy. He talks about how we have become a flatline culture – with a narrow range of what we’re allowed to feel. He talks about coming together in community to grieve as part of our “soul hygiene.” That to “speak of sorrow works upon it.”

He spoke about how we have undigested sorrows… and that grief is a capacity we can build, a skill that we can strengthen. It requires courage and vulnerability. It requires a willingness to be with things as they are.

He says: “Grief might be the remedy that heals us. Grief is wild. It’s feral. And when we touch it, we are alive.

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There were about 70 people in the room and we began drumming and singing. I was amazed by the beauty of all the voices (just regular people singing, young and old) and how it sounded like the most exquisite church choir.

We broke out into small groups to share and did several powerful writing assignments using prompts like: I remember.. I wish someone would ask me… and my real grief is… 

Then the ritual began.

We had all brought special things to put on the altar – photographs, flowers, rocks, anything that felt sacred. And while the whole community sang a kind of mantra (putting us in a kind of meditative trance) we each went to the altar to grieve. You could do whatever felt right up there – shout, cry, be silent – while the rest of us held space for you. When you came back you were received by the community with hugs and loving attention.

The alchemy of this process was palpable. You felt transformed by it.

Francis spoke beautifully about how it was an alchemical process – “how bringing some heat to it transmutes it into medicine. We feed the fire with our attention, our compassion, our curiosity and our affection.”

It’s taken me months to write about this, but as I ride new waves of grief, I needed to remind myself again.

That by bringing our sorrow into the light we have the opportunity to heal.
That by bringing loving attention and compassion to it, it softens and changes in our hearts.
That by taking it out of the shadows and into community (even just another person) it becomes an offering of healing for all of us.

Thank you for being part of my loving community that helps witness my process – my joys and my sorrows. I believe we are all lifted up by this energy and I’m so grateful.

 

Into the Mystic: Last day to register at early bird price + video!

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Dear Super-friends!

I’m so excited to share with you about my upcoming new class with my dear friend + inspirer Laurel Bleadon-Maffei.
For the last few years we’ve contemplated creating something that blends our super powers together. We weren’t quite sure what it would be, but then a few weeks ago we received the inspiration for Into the Mystic, a 30-day adventure to help you bring even more magic, joy and enchantment into your life.
We made this video to share a bit more about it. We had some technical challenges though, so the audio isn’t synced, but we decided to send it your way anyway to give you a sense of the vibe of the class.
We’ve also extended the early registration discount through thisWednesday, August 3rd!
Into the Mystic will explore four aspects of a magical life. We believe that when you energize these four aspects, you will bring more enchantment, joy and vibrancy into your life.

The Authentic You

  • You are a Big Beautiful Soul. There is wisdom, creativity, and magic within you. It’s not something you need to learn. It is within YOU already.  We are going to help you unlock even more of your awesomeness.

Magic + Angels

  • You are a mystical magical being. You are wise beyond measure. You have a posse of angels who love and support you. We’re going to help you deepen in your soulful connection with the mystical goodness that is here for you.

Wild Creativity

  • You ARE creative. Yes you! So many of us lose touch with our creative spark as we leave childhood behind. But we believe there is a wild creative spirit within you and when you tap into it, you unleash more of your soul..

Magical Manifesting

  • You are connected with the magic of the Universe. When you infuse your creations with this metaphoric fairy dust and light, miracles are possible.
In this course, you will get:
  • A gorgeous workbook full of exercises, worksheets, printables and other goodies
  • LIVE weekly calls with Laurel + Andrea (if you can’t make the live calls, they will be recorded for you)
  • 30 days of learning + sharing in a loving community
 

Here are the details in one place:

Begins: Monday, August 8th, 2016
Dates for Live Calls: Tuesdays 8/9, 8/16, 8/30 and 9/6
(no live call on 8/23)*
Time: 10 am PT (1 pm ET, 12 pm CT)
Price: $159 $99 (Early Bird Registration available through 8/3/16)
*All calls will be recorded so if you cannot attend live, you can listen at your convenience.