Category Archives: Good things

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.”


On my nightstand.


Here are the books I am enjoying right now:

Wondering Who You Are: A Memoir by Sonya Lea
A beautifully written, mind-blowing kind of love story written by my friend Sonya Lea about the loss of her husband’s memory after a traumatic brain injury. It’s tender and fierce and real and wise.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Illuminating, heart-breaking, beautifully written.

Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory
Inspiration for my art practice. I love how Danny makes it fun and easy.

Wear Gratitude (Like A Sweater): Art + Words to Inspire by Susa Talan
Gorgeous little gift book full of inspiring quotes and art. My friends are so talented!

The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
This one gives you courage for whatever creative leap you are imagining.

Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow by Tara Austen Weaver
You might know Tara from her great blog, Tea and Cookies. I love how she weaves her personal story with the tangle of the garden and the shared vision she has with her family. Poignant and healing.

Full: How I Learned to Satisfy My Insatiable Hunger and Feed My Soul by Kimber Simpkins
My friend and longtime yoga teacher shares her story about healing her eating disorder through yoga and body love. Going to her classes has helped me be friendlier to my body as well. She is full of wisdom.

Books I am reading next:

Rising Strong: Been so excited to read my friend Brené Brown’s brand new book!

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Best title ever. And one of my favorite writers.

Light is the New Black: A Guide to Answering your Souls Callings and Working Your Light by Rebecca Campbell
This is one of those books that Amazon suggested I read and for some reason it lit up as a big yes. It should be arriving today.

For my kids:

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel
Been loving this book! and choosing which totem animal is ours. Beautifully illustrated.

Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson
I usually don’t love graphic novels but this one really captured me. The illustrations are so magical.

What’s on your nightstand?


Make a list of things that make you happy.

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I posted this graphic on my Facebook page and was excited to see how many people shared it. So I decided to actually make my lists + invite you to do the same!

Let’s do this.

What do you notice?
What little adjustments can you make?
How can you honor the things that matter to you most? how can you sprinkle in more things that bring you joy?

My joy list + musings on how the lists compare



You are here to risk your heart.


Pink dahlia, photo by Andrea Scher

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” ~Louise Erdrich


Super-Friends Series: Laurel Bleadon-Maffei



Laurel Bleadon-Maffei, photo by Andrea Scher

Laurel helped me through one of the darkest periods of my life. She is the one I would reach out to during the times I felt most lost, when I needed reassurance and someone to guide me forward.

Her gifts as an intuitive are love-soaked and powerful – imagine getting a coaching session filled with pure unconditional love + laser beam intuition on how your path is unfolding. She starts each session calling in angels and guides… and I get full body chills + tears every time.

It was an honor to photograph her recently. I love you Laurel Bleadon-Maffei! (And if you want to see one of her “energetic updates” you can see one here)


Laurel Bleadon-Maffei, photo by Andrea Scher


Laurel Bleadon-Maffei, photo by Andrea Scher


Laurie Wagner: On listening to the sound of our own music



Laurie Wagner, photo by Andrea Scher

I’m starting a new series celebrating my Superfriends. The first is Laurie Wagner. She has been both my writing teacher and friend for more than a decade. So grateful for the way she has held space for me over the years to share my truth – both in writing and in life.


“If we follow our desire, our instincts, what we hear, what we’re hungry for, our whole earthly vibration rises. We might actually hear ourselves humming. That’s the music inside of us getting louder. That’s us tuning into our own unique and glorious frequency. The only thing we have to do is start listening and be brave enough to act on what we hear.” -Laurie Wagner, 27 Powers


Exciting news! Brave Girls University.


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.


Click here to save yourself a spot!

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


People don’t want perfect, they want real.


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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