My birthday gift to you: Pay what you want!


Hey friends!

It’s my 44th birthday next week. And do you know what I want more than anything? for you to join me for an experiment! We are going to explore Cultivating Wonder for 21 days.


Yep. Whatever you want.

If you’ve been hungry for more magic, this is your class.

(More details if you click on the video below)

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Big love + gratitude!


P.S. As I’ve been writing this course over the last few days, 2 incredibly WONDROUS things have happened:

1. This cotton candy sky appear out of nowhere!


2. I saw my first shooting star last night. I think I squealed with joy. :)


Creative Radiance Toolkit – 72 hours only!


Holy moly you guys, this might be the best little bundle of goodies ever!

The Creative Radiance Toolkit is a curated bundle of potent support created by 30 of the brightest minds and biggest hearts working at the intersection of creativity and spirituality – including me! It includes 54 e-books, e-courses, audios, music, videos, intimate conversations, poetry, essays, and most of all, support and tell-it-like-it-is insights to help you create with more ease and grace, and share your work with more courage.

80% the content is exclusive to the Toolkit and will only be available during the 72-hour sale.

PLUS when you purchase the kit, you’ll support Migrant Offshore Aid Station, a very creative effort to save the lives of refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean. 

Here’s what the Toolkit includes: (Price is $108)

  • Unstoppable by Alexandra Franzen
    A course for people struggling with “writer’s block” and all kinds of unhelpful, icky attitudes about writing.
  • Morning Mantras by Andrea Scher
    30 days of intimate voice messages designed to awaken your courage, compassion, and joy.
  • Move/Love/Create by Anna Guest-Jelley (Exclusive to the Toolkit!)
    A desk yoga practice, a loving-kindness meditation, and a love letter to read before creating.
  • Creative Anarchy by Brian Andreas & Wendy Saver (Exclusive!)
    Brian’s original hand-drawn stories combine with Wendy’s writing to challenge you towards a more seamless integration of life, love, and art making.
  • On Presence And The Body by Chris Zydel (Exclusive!)
    Prepare to paint, write, or dance from a place of being connected to the deepest parts of YOU!
  • The Beauty in Every Moment by Christine Mason Miller (Exclusive to the Toolkit!)
    “At any given moment, you have the power to say: this is not how the story is going to end.”
  • Spiritual Practices to Nourish Creative Radiance by Christine Valters Paintner (Exclusive!)
    Three guided ancient contemplative practices which help you open to a deepened creative connection.
  • The True Writer by Danielle LaPorte and Linda Sivertsen with Dani Shapiro (Exclusive!)
    An in-depth look at a true writer’s practices with Danielle, Linda, and Dani, plus a frank(and exclusive) conversation about Danielle’s best practices for getting her amazing writing done.
  • Before You Quit Writing, Read This! by Dave Ursillo
    Encourage and support your writing journey with 23+ authentic stories, lessons, and motivations.
  • Ride the MantraWave by Eric Klein
    Two beautiful mantra recordings to solve and dissolve creative block, plus an exclusiveconversation with Eric on how to use obstacles and fears to turn toward creative radiance.
  • Brave Intuitive Painting by Flora Bowley (Exclusive!)
    Witness the creation of two large paintings while Flora adds her insights and reflections on her process along the way.
  • The Making of a Poem by Hiro Boga (Exclusive!)
    How does the creative process work? The Making of a Poem explores this path by walking you through one poet’s experience of writing a long-form, narrative poem. e-Book.
  • Mind Rooms Guide by Jeffrey Davis
    The simple life-changing method for shaping time to enhance creative work flow, plus anexclusive in-depth conversation with Jeffrey about his morning and evening rituals and how they undergird his incredible productivity.
  • The 10 Letters Project LIVE by Jen Lee and Tim Manley (Exclusive!)
    A conversation that captures playwright Tim Manley and filmmaker Jen Lee in a rare moment of both completing and beginning new work, de-briefing from the shoot of Tim’s successful play in New York.
  • Shaping Creative Radiant Containers by Jennifer Louden (Exclusive!)
    Best practices for focusing in the midst of ordinary life to get sustained creative work done.
  • Creative Radiance Invocation by Jennifer Louden (Exclusive!)
    Audio invocation to get into the flow of your work with ease.
  • Writing Raw by Julie Daley
    A creative practice that guides you across a threshold to take you within, into the vast inner realm.
  • From Dreaming to Doing by Kass Hall (Exclusive!)
    Practical tips, anecdotes, and encouragement to stop thinking and comparing to others, and start doing what you were meant to do.
  • The Creativity Bundle by Kelli Russell Agodon (Exclusive!)
    Two essays, a printable “Successes” sheet, three downloadable reminders of why art is important, and the highly acclaimed, Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women Poets.
  • Now. Here. This by Kira Elliott (Exclusive!)
    Ten self-care practices to bring you back to the present moment.
  • Fierce Monkey Heartline Kit by Laraine Herring (Exclusive!)
    Rise up and meet your writing where it lives! Includes a transcript with additional writing exercises.
  • Let’s Get Ink on the Page by Laurie Wagner (Exclusive!)
    Get started writing, how to figure out what to write about and how to tell the truth on the page.
  • Oneness Meditation by Lissa Rankin
    Move past the fear of being alone and into a state of Oneness.
  • I Have an Idea! by Melody Ross (Exclusive!)
    A step-by-step course to make a designer masterpiece of wall art to inspire your future work.
  • Looking and Seeing by Miriam Hall
    An introductory guide to the practice of contemplative photography called Miksang.
  • How To Write With Insight by Sarah Selecky (Exclusive!)
    A short collection of essays about creative writing, plus an (exclusive) rollicking conversation with Sarah and Jen in which Sarah shares how she stays in contact with her creativity in the midst of business and life demands.
  • Create Your Own Home Retreat by Susan Piver (Exclusive!)
    Susan’s brand-new step-by-step guide for creating retreats at home, plus a sweet and sassy(exclusive) talk in which Susan dispels myths about meditation and creativity.

Isn’t that a powerfully good once-in-a-lifetime collection of insight, support, and how-to-create amazement? YES, it is!

Thanks for being with me in this exploration of the creative life!



P.S. Did I mention it’s on sale for only 72 hours? Get all these goodies for just $108-
Go check it out right here.




Have you been dreaming of Bali?


Andrea Scher and Juna Mustad are co-leading a retreat April 21st-27th, 2016 called Wake up in Bali.
Each day will be focused on a particular kind of waking up -waking up to beauty, waking up to our gifts, waking up to our intuition, waking up to Spirit.

Let’s wake up together

Our vision is pretty simple: Gather a group of amazing women for a joy-filled experience in one of the most magical places on earth. We will capture the gorgeous colors of Bali with our cameras, eat beautiful food, visit sacred sites and connect deeply with each other (and ourselves) in a workshop setting. It will be a combination of the inner work of going deep together (journalling, storytelling, yoga, sharing) and the outer adventures of experiencing Bali and the lush beauty everywhere.

Are you ready to wake up to your gifts?
Your intuition? Your joy?

It will be healing.
It will be transformative.
It will be full of joy + connection.


When: April 21st-27th, 2016
Where: Ubud, Bali
What: Waking up to your joy, your gifts, your inner voice.
Who: An intimate group of 15 luminous women
Price: $1600 (Includes lodging at Naya Ubud Resort + 3 glorious meals a day. Plus field trips to sacred sites, beaches + other surprises each day). Deposit is $500 to secure your spot.

For more details or to Sign Up, Click HERE!



Some very good things you should know about.

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1. I have been creating abstract paintings! I’m obsessed. Painting has always been my first love… and I just rediscovered it. It’s possibly the only thing in the world that puts me in a deep, mystical kind of flow. I don’t need anything when I’m painting – the phone to ring, food.  I don’t need to be anywhere but exactly where I am. It’s such a gift.

To deepen my practice, I’m going to be taking Mati Rose McDonough’s Daring Adventure’s in Abstract Painting course. I’m a big fan of Mati + super excited to learn from her. We also happen to share a studio! So I can get some one on one help as well. 😉

There are a limited number of spots at the $129 price. So grab your spot now! and I’ll see you in there.

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2. There is a space opening up in my studio here in Berkeley. If you would love to paint, create, design, write, do what you do in the company of rad women (of course you do!) hit reply and shoot me a message. I’ll give you the details. The space is the one next to mine, in the corner.

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3. I got my nose pierced! What?! I finally realized I am a grown up and I can do things like this.


4. I knew this banana reminded me of someone. Then I figured it out.






Good enough mom.


Photo by Andrea Scher

He texted, “What question do you not want me to ask you? What question would you find disconcerting?”

I didn’t write it. I didn’t dare. But what came to mind was this: Are you a good mother?

Because all I can see sometimes is how I fail them.
How I’m not good enough.
How I don’t read to them long enough, and I shout, and I don’t volunteer in the classroom.

I hear about homemade muffins + family dinners and I think about our meals –  haphazard, no one staying in their chair, at least 3 different meals at play, not enough vegetables.

I think about the cavity on Nico’s tooth, the one right in the front – how on earth did he get a cavity there? and I can see how I delay getting him to the dentist. I imagine him with a gold tooth right there in the front and I feel mortified. I’d rather they just pulled that sucker out. He doesn’t need it, right? It’s just a baby tooth.

And I can see of course that this is all about me,
and that hidden part of me,
those two words inscribed somewhere inside my wounded heart: not enough.

And of course I will take him to the dentist, but I can already see myself rehearsing my lines – “I told him he needed to brush ALL of his teeth, someone (not me) has clearly been giving him gummy worms…”

However you slice it, there it is – bad mother.

Do all mothers feel this way?

I suppose if I really thought I was a terrible mother I wouldn’t be writing this – the shame would keep me hiding. But how do you get to good enough mother? and what is that anyway? There’s no way to tell.

Imperfect mother. Maybe I’ll make a t-shirt that says that. Or maybe we need a hashtag #imperfectmom

I don’t know why I’m telling you all of this. Maybe so I don’t feel so alone. Maybe so you don’t. Maybe we’ll all start wearing t-shirts that say funny things. Maybe it would help in those moments when you stare at that other mom – that perfect mom – from across the playground. Maybe it would help if she had a shirt that said, “I don’t know what I’m doing either. I’m totally in over my head. Let’s be friends.”