FLASH Photography Sale!

Hey friends,

Flash photo sale! (Pun intended! get it? 🙂

For the next 3 days, you can get three of my best photo classes for one super reduced price of 99 dollars! Each of the courses are self-guided, so feel free to take each one at your own pace. You will have access to the courses indefinitely!

The photography bundle includes:

  1. Superhero Photo (my signature photo course)
  2. Capture Spring (iPhone course)
  3. Elevate the Ordinary (starts where Superhero Photo leaves off)

Note: You are welcome to substitute out another self-guided course if you have already taken one of the above!

Also, a Mother’s Day Special on portraits! Take $100 off.

Take $100 off my usual rate for family portraits or headshots. Just enter the code MAMA18 to get a session for 450- (sessions are normally 550)

Big love to each and every one of you!

May spring bring you lots of color, joy + photo-worthy moments,
Andrea

 

What’s Jazzercise got to do with it?

I went to Jazzercise with a friend last week. When she asked me, I thought about the last time I did it – circa 1982 – and the fond memories of doing the grapevine across the floor of a grange hall in Santa Cruz. But all these years later, I was nervous. It was a relief to notice that almost everyone in the room was much older than me (phew!) but of course, that did not stop them. They were whooping and moving so fast, I could hardly keep up! I felt awkward and out of place. I didn’t know the steps, I was sweating way too much. I forgot to bring water. My out-of-shape body wouldn’t comply. I just wanted to hide, or quit.

But here’s what happened next.

I noticed a trans woman in the middle of the room. She was wearing a full on Jane Fonda style Jazzercise outfit – complete with a leotard, headband, leg warmers and jazz shoes. She looked ah-mazing! And I thought, Dang! If she can be that brave, I think I can handle fumbling around a little bit in this church…

This has everything to do with whatever brave adventure you are on. Maybe you are trying to find love. Maybe you are getting your creative voice out there. Maybe you are a new parent or searching for a job that aligns better with your spirit.

It’s scary to put ourselves out there.
It’s frustrating to look around when it seems everyone else has figured it out and we haven’t.
It’s hard to fumble about and not know the moves.

It takes courage to do new things.

As I usher a group of amazing women through my Conscious Dating course, I can feel the edges and resistance – theirs and my own.

This note is a little love letter to that scared part of you. The one that feels like the whole world is watching. That is afraid to be visible. That is afraid you don’t belong. That you’re somehow doing it wrong and everyone else is in perfect step…

And when we practice courage in one area of our life, we can use those stronger muscles in areas that matter even more to us. We increase our capacity to be uncomfortable, to be a beginner, to look a little silly and off key.

Where in your life can you practice courage? It will be in service to something even greater. I promise.

CSP #30: Love styles and radical authenticity with Shanda Catrice

Shanda Catrice is a fiercely compassionate truth-teller and visionary who uses raw authenticity to guide women through inner transformation. She is a Certified Reiki Energy Healing Practitioner, Spiritual Intuitive, Gifted Empath and Shadow Guide. She has over 10 years of experience supporting women in their Soul Work and has facilitated workshops, healing circles, guided meditations, and coaching retreats that have helped women create deeper connection to themselves, to their purpose and to love.

 

CSP #29: A spiritual look at dating with love coach Macy Matarazzo

From heartbreak after heartbreak to becoming a first-time bride after 40, Macy Matarazzo has discovered the sweet spot of attracting LOVE. She leverages a combination of her leadership corporate change management expertise, creative exploration, Intuitive/Energy Healing, Kundalini yoga/meditation and other radical proven technologies for transformation. She shares a powerful and FUN path to help women experience positive change in their lives and has been working with these tools for over 10 years.

Show notes:

The Conscious Girl’s Dating Circle with Andrea Scher starts Monday, April 9th!

Pebbles in the river of motherhood.

As Ben lay his head down on the pillow, he said with unbridled excitement, “I can’t wait to get my white belt tomorrow!” I paused, “Ben, I don’t think they give out white belts the first day of class. Don’t get your hopes up, kay?” His face immediately crumbled and squished into a cry and tears pooled in his eyes. “I’m not talking to you!” he shouted. “You just ruined all my happiness!”

I didn’t mean to make him cry, I wanted to protect him. But when he said it, I knew it was true. I was ruining all of his happiness. His desire was pure and full of delight and I squashed it with the hammer of practicality, of don’t-get-your-hopes-up-kid.

“He is the enlightened one,” the psychic said. “He is the teacher. He’s going to say things that piss you off, but they will be true.”

Like that time when he was 3 and was going on about something 3-year-olds go on about, and I was nodding, “Mmm, hmmm….right honey… ” And maybe my voice was a little too sing-songy, a little too preschool marm, because he looked me square in the eyes and said, “Mom, when you talk to me like that it makes me feel like you’re not listening to me and like I’m a baby.”

At eleven, his truths are more advanced.

I stomped around the apartment the other day, angry, slamming cupboards, throwing dirty socks a little too violently into the hampers, muttering under my breath about how I always have to clean up everything on my own and how the boys need to step it up…

And there he was on his bed, shaking his head, tears streaming – “You’re just angry mom. And you need someone to blame. So you’re blaming us.”

Oy vey. The truth-speaker strikes again!

I am like a pebble in this river of motherhood and I am getting knocked and tumbled and polished – made softer and more beautiful (I hope) save for all of the pain and bruises of the tumble.

My own mother used to shout a lot – at salespersons at Nordstrom’s, cab drivers, servers at restaurants. My sister and I would hide in the clothing racks in the Brass Plum section, mortified. “Is there anyone here who can take my money??!!!!” she’d yell at the empty cash register. And when I had to face the salespeople later, I would smile at them apologetically, trying to gain their favor, attempting to disassociate myself from my mother and the “incident.”

I couldn’t imagine saying to my mother that she was angry, that she just needed someone to blame, but I’m sure I felt it. I preferred to stay buried inside those circular racks of blouses, invisible.