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When we choose to say yes.

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When I had my 40th birthday (5 years ago now!) I thought long and hard about how I wanted to celebrate. I felt like it was my permission slip to do something that my spirit really wanted… not because it was practical or related to work, but purely because I knew my soul needed it.

But when my friend Kelly Rae Roberts told me she was going to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for a painting workshop with Flora Bowley all of my inner wisdom went out the window. My only thought was “Why don’t I get to do things like that? I’m SO JEALOUS! I wish I could go!!”

I had been following Flora for years, oohhing and ahhing about her paintings and wishing I could get back to my own painting practice after years of letting it go. And San Miguel de Allende was my spirit place! I had spent a couple of months there when I was in my 20’s, learning Spanish and taking metalsmithing classes while living with a family. It felt like an enchanted city – incredible food, cobblestone streets, gorgeous architecture and every wall a different shade of ochre. My heart ached to go back.

This ache kept me up at night for days on end… the agitation of this desire that I was too afraid to say out loud. The critical voices kept coming in – You don’t have money for that. That’s too much to ask. That’s too much time away from the boys. 

But then a friend told me something I never forgot: “Andrea, I want you to let yourself want this. Feel the FULL breadth of this desire – don’t cut it off. Wanting it and having it are two completely different things. Have a conversation with Matt. You may or may not get to go. But it’s enough to let yourself want it.”

As you might have guessed, I did get to go. In fact, Matt and Kelly Rae secretly hatched a scheme to gift me the trip and surprised me with airline tickets! Amazing.

I painted for an entire week and learned so much from Flora… not just about the craft of painting, but how painting is really an access point for all of the things I want to cultivate in myself – how to be more brave, trust my intuition, see where I get stopped, how to reach for my unique gifts to help me through stuck places and ultimately how to express my own unique voice in the world.

I’m going back to San Miguel next month – this time for the San Miguel Writers Conference. It will be another time when I say yes to my inner wisdom, even in the face of the critical voices that tell me I have no right to go – You’re not really a writer… Can you really afford this? Who do you think you are? And by the way, you’re not a real writer.

Yeah. All that. Do you recognize those voices too?

Instead, I’m saying yes to adventure.
Yes to pleasure.
Yes to learning.
Yes to my spirit.
Yes to my intuition.

P.S. And by the way, here are some adventures you might feel called to jump into. If your heart is a big YES, note that and let yourself feel that desire.

 

Waking up in Bali: I will be co-leading a retreat in Ubud, Bali this May 8th-15th with Juna Mustad Milano. We took an incredible group of women last year and it was SO MUCH FUN, we decided to do it again. There are 3 more spots available. And guess what? Flights right now are as low as 650- roundtrip!

Here is what one of the participants shared about the retreat:

Juna and Andrea created a supportive and safe environment for women to learn more about and to share their authentic selves, to heal, and to celebrate their lives and themselves. There was a lovely mix of intuition, movement and creative exercises. The combination of activities, outings, daily circle meetings in the yoga studio, and the magic of the island itself provided to be restorative and transforming for all the participants. As a result Bali has become part of me like no other place I have visited, and the circle we created with stay with me forever. I went away feeling more open, breathing easier, and like I have fresh soil in my soul. 

One of our main themes this year? PLEASURE. How much pleasure can we take? We’ll find out. 🙂

If you are considering the trip to Bali but need to chat, just hit reply and I’m happy to help you see if it’s a fit for you.

Sending you all so much love,
Andrea

Flora Bowley’s Creative Revolution E-course starts soon! (Early bird pricing ends tomorrow, Wednesday, January 25th) This course is not just for painters, but anyone who wants to enrich their life with creative practices that nourish in big ways.

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It’s time for some Mondo Beyondo magic.

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This is the signature course I’ve been teaching for years… about dreaming big and creating better conditions for those dreams to come true. Thousands of people have taken our course and I am incredibly proud of it.

And the timing couldn’t be better! I’m guessing we could all use some support right now in creating a gorgeous 2017.

But here’s the best part.

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For this session, I’m offering Manifesting 2017 as a gift when you register. You can dive right into this course today and it will prepare your heart and mind for the New Year! It’s the perfect primer for Mondo Beyondo – a deeper dive into making our dreams real in January.

Here are the details all in one place:

Manifesting 2017: The perfect New Year’s ritual. We will come together to celebrate what we created in 2016, how we were brave, the places we grew… and also acknowledge what was hard, disappointing and painful. Then we will say goodbye to 2016! The next steps in the Manifesting 2017 process are all about consciously creating our new year, making lists of goals and dreams and choosing our word of the year.

This class is INSTANT ACCESS. You can begin today!

Mondo Beyondo: This is a deeper dive! A life-changing 6-week course that ushers you through a process of getting clear on your dreams, making sure they are in alignment with your spirit and then learning about what muscles we need to strengthen to create better conditions for those dreams to come true.

Begins Monday, January 9th, 2017

Just $99 to get BOTH COURSES.

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Let’s create something beautiful together in 2017.
Warmly,
Andrea Scher

P.S. Are you a Mondo Beyondo alumni? Hit reply and I will send you the coupon code to get half off the bundled courses. Just $49 for you!

 

 

Brave Blogging is when you’re afraid to push publish. Like today.

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I painted yesterday. As soon as I got a taste, I wanted more. I can feel it even as I type- I’m craving those colors, wanting to dip my fingers into cobalt, phthalo turquoise and yellow ochre. I want to squeeze those tubes of hot pink into my mouth.

Hiking has felt that way too. Anything that makes me feel better – sweating, creating, connecting, it all feels like the most potent medicine. I am like a starving person. None of it is lost on me.

Lost.

That’s part of this experience too. Where do I belong? Who do I belong to?

When the man I’ve been seeing for the last year broke up with me recently, I cried in my friends’ arms. My sweet friend that insisted on spending the night, who heard my voice shake and texted a few moments later: “I’m coming over right now and staying the night.”

She arrived with strawberries and whipped cream, wine, chocolate and two lottery tickets. And when the grief was overwhelming, she held me while I wept – a cry from such a deep, old place I hardly recognized it. A child’s tears… and I found myself saying: “He didn’t choose me. He didn’t choose me. I want someone to choose me…”

I want to know who I belong to.

“You belong to your boys,” the intuitive bodyworker said to me years ago. “You will always have your boys.” This is before I decided to leave, before I said those words: I can’t do this anymore… before everything unravelled.

Lost. In limbo. In between. Wobbling about.

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“That hurt we embrace becomes joy. Call it to your arms where it can change.” I read this line in a Rumi poem recently. I think he’s talking about self-compassion and the alchemy of grief. That’s the water I’m swimming in folks. I know I’m not alone.

 

 

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P.S. This is an example of Brave Blogging! Will you join me in doing more of it? Class begins on Monday!

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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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