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25 Random Things about Me.

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For our first prompt for the Brave Blogging course (you can still join in!) I asked my students to play with the meme that went around on Facebook for years – 25 Random Things about Me. It’s a great way to get loose and free with your writing. Here we go!

1. When I was 9 years old I dreamed of being a dancer on a cruise ship.
2. My favorite sound is when a big dog is eating crunchy food.
3. I have always been the girl to arrive at the party first and leave by 10pm.
4. I proudly stole weed from my parents when I was in high school and was mortified when my friends said, “This is shit weed! We can’t smoke this!”
5. I was the homecoming queen.
6. In my early 20’s I was obsessed with vintage photo booths and photographed myself in wacky costumes.
7. I often (mistakenly) see people with limbs missing when I walk down the street. I know, weird!
8. I’m afraid to drive at night.
9. I’m afraid to drive in cities where I don’t know where I’m going.
10. GPS changed my life.
11. When I was born, the doctors told my mother I might have Down Syndrome because of the unique lines on my palms.
12. I realized I was a grownup when Ben had his first seizure and there was no one around but me.
13. I still live with my husband even though we have been separated for more than a year.
14. This has been a gift in many ways to our healing process as a family.
15. I used to believe I was broken.
16. Zoloft kinda saved my life.
17. I met Gary Coleman in an elevator at the Beverly Wilshire hotel when I was 8 years old. We were the same height.
18. I believe in ghosts.
19. Once, a ghost spooned me while I napped at a friend’s house. When I woke up it wouldn’t let go. It was weird and scary.
20. I fantasize about being a great runner who runs in the rain.
21. I can still do the splits.
22. I cuss like a sailor in the right company.
23. I like talking to strangers.
24. I have synesthesia and see numbers as colors.
25. I often take walks during the magic hour so I can commune with the dogs of the neighborhood. It’s always the highlight of my day.

 

The moment I decided to be brave with my writing.

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It was back in 2004 and I was having a miscarriage. It didn’t occur to me to blog about it until a friend asked. “Are you going to share about it on your site?” Then he backpedalled. “Not that I think you should! It would be incredibly generous. I was just curious.”

It must have been the word generous that got me, because I started writing that very night. It was one of those times when my desire to serve, my desire to offer my story as a gift far outweighed any fear of being vulnerable.

I was amazed at the response.

Women from all over the world sent me notes of comfort, of empathy, of love. I had never felt so connected to my community… People who had never commented before came out of the woodwork. I got to see who they were for the first time – wise, powerful and compassionate. I also realized something important about the creative work we do –

We offer the medicine we most need.

I thought I was offering my story so that someone out there would feel less alone. But you know what? I was the one who wanted to feel less alone! Don’t you love how it works so beautifully this way?

Here is the original post.

Sending all of you love. And courage to be brave with your heart and your voice.
XO Andrea

P.S. This is of course also a warm invitation to join me in the Brave Blogging course. It’s going to be amazing!

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Join me for Brave Blogging!

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Blogging is still the best way to grow your audience + find your tribe!

I have been blogging since 2003… which kinda blows my mind. That’s 13 years! And fiercely believe that blogging is still the best way to grow your audience and find your tribe. I also love the way it nourishes me personally – it helps me feel connected to my voice, my community and my spirit.

Writing for me is like exercise – the more I do it, the more I WANT to do it.
And the more I crave it? The better I get at it + the more I find myself in flow.

And again, just like my exercise practice, I have a hard time doing it at home. I like the support of a teacher, a guide, someone telling me what to do. I like the feeling of the room, of being in a community of others that are all practicing together.

It feels better.
I show up more fully.
It’s more fun.

So it is in the spirit of community, of not having to go it alone, of being able to share our work with a group of open-hearted souls that this course was born.

Here’s what you will discover inside:

  • Fresh writing prompts + photo prompts
  • Lessons in being brave with our voice
  • Lessons on creating graphics + finding great images
  • Interviews with other inspiring bloggers
  • Community cheerleading + accountability
  • A place to share your work – both inside the classroom and with a weekly roundup on the Superhero Blog.

This course is designed for you:

If you want to jump start your blog back into aliveness!
If you have always wanted to start a blog but don’t know where to begin.
If you need some inspiration + a friendly guide to get you going.
If you want to be more BRAVE with your voice and share the real deal of your heart.
If you don’t fancy yourself a writer, but you have things you want to share!

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Take the leap and join us on Leap Day! Monday, February 29th, 2016

Life on Purpose Podcast + other good things.

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I’m so honored to be interviewed for one of my favorite podcasts today – Life on Purpose​ with Gregory Berg! I also love that (serendipitously!) I am featured just after my mentor and friend SARK and Dr. John Waddell. They just came out with the most incredible book about love + relationship called Succulent Wild Love. This book is full of deep wisdom and already my favorite SARK book so far.

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I’m also delighted to have contributed an essay in the section about love going separate ways. It feels so good to share a bit of my ever-unfolding story there.

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E-course Bootcamp starts Monday, January 11th, 2016

Have you been thinking about creating an e-course? I’d love to mentor you. Hit reply if you’d like to chat a bit before signing up! I can help you decide if it’s a good fit for you. (Just $399 right  now)

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Cultivating Courage starts Monday, January 18th, 2016

Our creative superpowers are like muscles we can strengthen. As we build our capacity to be brave, we discover our confidence and our mojo. We trust ourselves more. The world opens up to us in new ways. Let’s make 2016 our most courageous year yet!

LAST DAY to get $100 off E-course Bootcamp

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Hey friends!

Here is what some of the incredible E-course Bootcamp students are saying about this course:

“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, Big River Coaching

“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

“I have a solid outline and a lot more clarity around my course. I love that i have access to this course forever so i can refer back and apply the process to future courses. I don’t feel as nervous about getting it rolling and I’m more confident around the technical and logistical pieces. As usual, you’ve simplified, yet still offered structure!” -Denese

“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

You can still get $100 off the session that begins January 11th, 2016

I love teaching this course! and hope you will join me if you have been considering teaching an e- course yourself!

More details here. 

If you have any questions, just hit reply!
XO Andrea

 

 

My birthday gift to you: Pay what you want!

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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.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN.

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!

Andrea

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!

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

 

Exciting news! Brave Girls University.

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So honored to be part of the luminous collection of teachers over at Brave Girl University! They will be offering access to hundreds of courses (from the most incredible teachers) for a small monthly subscription fee. It’s so brilliant.

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Click here to save yourself a spot!

Here is a graphic showing you the list of teachers. Freaking amazing, right?

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People don’t want perfect, they want real.

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If there’s anything I’ve learned in my years of being a solo-preneur, blogger and online workshop leader it’s this: People don’t want perfect, they want real.

When I was designing E-course Bootcamp, it was tempting at times to abandon my own voice in favor of something that sounded more “professional.” My inner critics got really loud, telling me to make it more buttoned up than my usual fare, more linear + less playful.

But a friend of mine gave me excellent advice: She said, “Don’t forget to make it an authentic expression of your spirit! Let it be unconventional and intuitive. Let it be colorful and story-based. Let it be in your true voice. That’s why people are coming to YOU. If they wanted it a different way, they would have gone to someone else.

This course is for creative business people. Writers, coaches, artists and other creative spirits. This course is designed for people who appreciate moving intuitively and from the heart. It’s for folks who want to get sh*t done, but do it in a way that feels authentic and true.

Is that you?

If so, you can join me for the July 20th session of e-course Bootcamp! (Starting this Monday)

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This is me, happy.

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I’ve been staring at this photo all week, searching my own face for something. “I look happy,” I keep thinking to myself. “I think I’m happy.”

It’s hard to write about this publicly. I still haven’t figured out how to do it in a way that feels true and real and also honors everyone’s stories. But it feels good to share with you – even little windows into my process. I’ve appreciated hearing your stories in return. Maybe we need to all get into the same room one of these days!

For now, I just want to say this: Whatever you are going through, whatever (sh*t)storm you are wading through, there is oxygen on the other side. And the good news? It’s our natural inclination to reach for it.

Our orientation is toward healing, toward wellness, toward joy.
​It’s what our spirit wants.

Sometimes we stay in difficult places for a long time.
But when we’re ready, we make a change.
And we blossom.

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In other news, the next session of e-course bootcamp starts July 20th!
(Extended the coupon for $100 off) Just enter the code EARLY100

I got the best testimonial in my inbox this week + wanted to share it with you:

From start to finish, I was blown away with inspiration, confidence and actionable steps to move closer to putting my work in the world.  As a creative + soulful woman, it’s always been challenging for me to distill all of my ideas and put them into tangible form.  Andrea’s E-course Bootcamp changed that for me. This course is about structure and a plan to help you flesh out your concepts and get to the core of how to teach and serve the people who are waiting for you. Andrea ignites your inner gifts and walks with you step by step to birth your course into the world!  I LOVE Andrea and I loved this experience.  If you have any desire to create a course, I highly recommend everything about E-course Bootcamp. -Julie Santiago

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Thinking about it? Send me a note and I’m happy to help you decide!

Elevate the Ordinary starts Monday!

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Hey guys!

It’s summer! Time to sling that camera over your shoulder + fill your lens with the beauty of the world.

In Elevate the Ordinary, we will explore what it takes to make extraordinary images out of our ordinary days. We will fill our eyes with more beauty, explore our unique creative voices, and take our photos to the next level.

No fancy photography experience or equipment necessary!

What I Believe

  • I believe that there is an opportunity to create extraordinary images right outside your door.
  • I believe that you don’t need fancy equipment or advanced technical skills to create gorgeous work.
  • I believe that creativity is an access point to personal growth and that by exploring our creativity we become more brave, more intuitive and more alive.
  • I believe that when we do it together, it’s way more fun.

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Please join me for this juicy summer class!

We’ll begin Monday, June 29th