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Waking Up the Wheelhouse: A workshop about finding your creative gold

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Dear Super-friends,

I’m so delighted to announce a brand new in-person workshop with my friend + writing teacher Laurie Wagner! We have teamed up for workshops several times over the years and it’s always a gorgeous celebration of sisterhood, creativity, and finding our authentic voice. This year, we chose a theme that has a lot of juice for us both – Waking up the Wheelhouse.

In baseball terms, the definition of being in one’s wheelhouse is: within the zone that is most advantageous for a batter to hit a home run.

In our creative wheelhouse, it’s the zone where our strengths live, where our light lives, where our magic lives. It’s our gold. And the more that we can align with that energy and be playing and creating from that zone- just like in baseball- we’re more likely to hit a home run.

This workshop is about waking up what’s in your wheelhouse.

It’s identifying what you do so naturally, so gracefully and organically that it feels like breathing to you. You may not even value it as important or as something really powerful because it does come so naturally! But that’s the zone of genius and the zone of flow that we are going to be identifying together in this weekend workshop. We are going to be coming back to those sweet spots inside of us and creating from that place because making and creating and living is so much easier when we’re in our wheelhouse. It’s like speaking your native language and living from that native place.

We will be writing.
We will be dancing.
We will be making art.
We’ll be sharing.
We’ll be telling stories.

All in service to really shining a light on what makes us, us.

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Our last group workshop participants.

Here are the details:

When: October 7th 2016 – 7:30pm – 9:30pm (tea + treats + opening circle)

October 8th,  9:30am – 9:30 pm (Workshop all day + dinner together)

October 9th, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (Workshop all day + closing circle)

Where: Laurie Wagner’s gorgeous home in Alameda, CA (close to SF + Oakland) See photo at bottom of page. Doesn’t it make you want to pull up a chair and a make a friend?

What: A gathering of kindred spirits for sharing stories, gorgeous food, and creative exercises.  We’ll write, we’ll pull out cameras and pens, we’ll put words on paper, play with color and take a field trip to a magical place, all in the service of awakening our intuition and our joy.

Fun + easy: No previous experience or expertise required. We are not here to create brilliant art. This workshop is designed to shine a light on your own unique gifts and magic. It’s an invitation to hear the sound of our own music, find our authentic words and ultimately be free to live with more creativity, intuition and joy. You just need to bring an open heart + a willingness to share.

Your guides: Andrea Scher + Laurie Wagner

Who: Only 20 lucky peeps! Register now!

Cost: $495 This includes Friday evening + all day Saturday (plus a special Saturday evening dinner and fire pit gathering) and all day Sunday. Catered lunch is provided + all the coffee, tea + snacks your heart desires. Plus, 20 of the most lovely humans you just met!

Why: Because we’re so much more alive when we’re turned to the channel of our own intuitive magic. To connect with other women in a fun, cozy and creative environment.

Refund Policy: The bottom line is we want to play with YOU! If it turns out your plans change, please know that your ticket is non-refundable, but you can always transfer it to a friend.

Where to stay? Any hotel in SF, Oakland or Alameda will be great. There are also some nice Airbnb’s in Alameda. We’re happy to send over some suggestions.

We promise: Deep connection, creative play + lots of laughter. We hope to have you!

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Stinky flower.

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I love how these particular flowers age… they get more beautiful to me as they wither.

And did you know that they smell like feet? My kids can attest. 😉
It makes me laugh because it’s so unlikely! that something so pretty can smell like feet. I love it.

 

 

 

I feel safe because…

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Dear Super-Friends,

It’s been an intense season around here -separation, mediation, grief over a beloved friend -there’s a lot stirring in this tender little heart.

I had a coaching session yesterday that helped me understand my world a bit better. I came to the session feeling profoundly triggered – aware of my separateness, fear/grief that I’m in this life thing alone and watching myself cling to external things for safety.

She asked me to repeat these words: I feel safe because… and fill in the blank.
And then again: I feel safe because… over and over.
I started: “I feel safe because I am in a healthy body. I feel safe because I am sitting on a squishy couch. I feel safe because I have wonderful friends. I feel safe because I am loved.”

And then the tears started to come and my body began to shake with sobs: I feel safe because I am eternal…

I stopped. I felt dizzy. My heart ached.

“That one made me cry…” my voice cracked.

“That’s because you just landed on the thing that’s the most true of all,” she said. “You are safe because you are eternal.”

And we sat there and let that land.
And more tears poured down my face.
And then I started laughing.
And then she started laughing.

“So what now?” she asked.

And my heart suddenly felt light. Lighter than it’s been in a long time.
And I said, “I’m safe because I’m eternal! If that’s true, then let’s have some fun!”

And it doesn’t take away what feels hard. Or complicated.
I still need to show up for my life and do the work.
I still need to find a new home for me and my boys. (If you have any leads on rentals in Berkeley, let me know!)
I still need to pay taxes.
I still need to move through the grief.

But there was a buoyancy that found me in that moment, a wisdom that filled me with lightness.

Then she asked, “When you imagine your best self, your most successful self, your happiest self, what do you see?”

And immediately my creative work came to mind. My artist heart. The place where I find so much joy – where it’s easy for me to find flow. When I take in the beauty + wonder of the world I feel connected again. Like I belong here.  And it always feels better when we do it together.

Would you like to step into some beauty + wonder- seeking with me?

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Superhero Photo begins May 16th, 2016: $99 Bring a friend for free!

My original photo course! It will transform the way you take photos + the way you see the world.

 

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Cultivating Wonder begins May 9th, 2016: Pay what you can!

Here’s what just a couple people have said about the course:

I am loving the class! I feel like I have been walking around with this special secret super power, and while everyone else is trudging through shopping and other madness, I am lucky enough to witness the beauty and wow of the simple everyday moments.

I feel as though having the assignments has served as a tuning fork in my life. I’ve been more present to enjoy the magic and wonder of life. My sense of creativity seems to be growing inside.

 

Superhero Necklaces

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I haven’t made them in years! But I have a tiny stash available for a few color-lovin peeps. You can find them here. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! Please order today so I can get it out to you before I leave for Bali.

Been thinking about hosting a Storybowl?

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I created a Storybowl How-To Kit! It might be the best thing you do this year…
These events are full of connection, joy and healing laughter. Your friends will love you for it.

The Great Jane Retreat

I will be teaching in Ojai May 20-22nd with a luminous crew of other mama-preneurs who want to bring more aliveness into their world. One of my she-ros Amanda Cadenet (from The Conversation) will be giving the keynote!

On the Superhero Blog

My favorite sound It might surprise you!

Francis Weller on grief + anger (Life-changing talk. I’ve watched it a dozen times)

My little dude, Nico

Follow me in Bali!

Bali has been on my Mondo Beyondo list for years. If you want a little vicarious adventure, follow me on Instagram and Facebook! It will surely be a lot of color collecting, monkey spotting + other joys. (My dream inside the dream is to swim with sea turtles. Keep your fingers crossed!)

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P.S. I love having you in my world. And the more the merrier.

For the above courses, you are invited to bring a friend for free.
Just send me their email address when you purchase!

 

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.

 

Courage interview with Rachael Maddox: Healing from sexual trauma

Hey friends,

So excited to bring you this interview today! It’s a brave + vulnerable conversation with me and Rachael Maddox. We talk about her work in helping women heal from sexual trauma and how we can all move toward our aliveness by listening to our spirit and our bodies.

This conversation is deeply personal and on a topic that has normally been taboo for me – sex. I originally recorded it for the Cultivating Courage course, but realized that there might be more women out there who need to hear it. So here it is! From our hearts to yours. Enjoy!

 

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Rachael Maddox is a life coach, a trauma specialist, a singer-songwriter and most recently the author of the book: Secret Bad Girl: A Sexual Trauma Memoir and Resolution Guide.  To see more about Rachel or work with her as a coaching client, go to her website here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sexy Grounded Power Fairy.

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“Sexy grounded power fairy! That’s it!” I practically shouted this on the phone during my coaching session with Rachael Maddox.

We had been exploring 2016 -what I’m calling in and what my spirit is moving towards. She helped me explore this through the lens of archetypes which was new to me and super powerful. Turns out this year is a lot about transitioning from one archetype to another – growing into a new version of myself, becoming the grown up expression of me, my essence in full bloom.

We started by identifying my current archetype (one I’ve identified with for a long time) which is some kind of magical fairy – innocent, playful, spontaneous, magic. She loves color and beauty and moves toward joy. She brings light… “

But as much as I love her (and her gifts have taken me so far!) I feel the rumblings of something new. My new life is calling for a grown up version, a heartier version, one who can handle being a single mother, one who can manifest big things… She isn’t afraid people won’t like her if she shines too bright.

What should we call her? Rachael asked.

“I don’t know… “ I began, “but the words coming to me are sexy, grounded and powerful… maybe we just call her sexy-grounded-power-fairy for now?”
“SEXY GROUNDED POWER FAIRY! THAT’S IT!” Maybe Rachael shouted this. I don’t remember.

I just remember I got chills.
And the name stuck.

I’ve been trying this out. What would sexy grounded power fairy do? She would take a look at her numbers right now. She would open these bills. She would ask for what she needs. She would say no and not give an excuse. She would just keep writing…

She’s still got the magic, but less of the magical thinking.
She’s got all the innocent beauty, but doesn’t disown her power, her pleasure or her joy.
She speaks her truth in a grounded, compassionate, heart-centered way.
She’s not afraid to ruffle a few feathers.

How about you?

What are you moving towards this year? Who are you becoming? What would you call her?

p.s. And if you need Rachael to take you there, you can find her here.

 

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!

Have you been dreaming of Bali?

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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.

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Good enough mom.

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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.”