Category Archives: Good things

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!

The magic medicine of the camera.

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Sometimes they overstimulate me completely.

The noise, the rowdiness, the fighting, the constant fingers in everyone’s butts. My HSP little heart starts to lose it. After being very shouty (which didn’t work) I pulled out my camera and let them go nuts on the bed while I took photos.

And the camera provided just enough distance. Just enough of a buffer that I could take them in. I could see these little faces with kinder eyes.

It made me remember (again) the magic medicine of the camera.

How it has saved me over and over again- allowing me to be more present, more connected, and able to weather whatever heartache I am experiencing with more ease.

It’s my greatest tool for healing.
It puts me in touch with wonder.
It reminds me of the beauty everywhere.
It shows me that underneath the mess, everything is miraculous.

Will you join me for Elevate the Ordinary this summer?
It starts Monday, June 29th.

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Just enter the coupon code: SUMMERJOY to get $20 off

 

 

 

 

 

Registration is open for Superhero Photo Spring!

Wanna take better shots of your little superheroes?

For those of you who are ready to begin capturing your world with fresh eyes, join me for the next session of Superhero Photo! With everything abloom, spring is the perfect time to capture light, unexpected beauty and make magic. As always, all skill levels and types of cameras are welcome!

In this course we will explore:

  • Different themes each week – Portraits, Treasures, Composition, Self-portraiture, Color, etc.
  • Technical lessons– In aperture, lighting, composition, post-processing and more!
  • Treasure hunts– A downloadable PDF of creative photo prompts to inspire and delight
  • Inspiring interviews with super talented photographers– Tracey Clark, Vivienne McMaster, Anna Kuperberg, Andrea (Hula) Jenkins, and Tara Whitney
  • Plus, a warm and encouraging community space on Flickr to share our work!

You can find out more here!

Class begins April 27th

P.S. Enter the coupon code “SPRINGJOY20″ by Sunday, April 19th and get $20 off!

Wish tree in Portland

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Was delighted to find the sister tree to my wish tree in Portland, Oregon. Nicole Morantz created it after she saw mine… it thrilled me to come across hers!

Put this on repeat. Get ready for the full body chills. (Kinder by Copper Wimmin)

Push play when you need a dose of self-compassion.

Proof that kindness matters.

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When Jen Lemen and I spoke four years ago at WDS conference in Portland, Oregon we did something a little crazy. We hand wrote 500 blessings on index cards that we then taped underneath each seat in the theater. We took this job seriously, lounging on the couches at the Ace Hotel with Sharpies in hand, channeling each note with every cell of our being – What does this person need to hear? And we’d see what would come.

Turns out it takes a long time to write this many notes and throughout the weekend you could find us cosied up on our hotel room beds, on park benches across from the museum and at bars drinking cocktails late at night writing, writing… Do we really have to do all of these? I would ask Jen when I was losing steam. YES. She would say emphatically. We even enlisted some help from a couple of dear friends – Kelly Rae Roberts and Rachael Maddox – and they wrote their hearts out too.

On Sunday, at the end of our talk, we asked everyone to look under their chair for a special note written just for them. There were shouts of joy and surprise and more than a few tears… then they all rose to their feet and cheered. I think we got a standing ovation. It was an extraordinary moment.

And then. Four years later this happened.

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Through a serendipitous connection, Jackie shared the above story with me and I melted. So touched by this thread of connection between us. And then she started a thread on Facebook and other people shared their stories. My heart has been so filled up by this exchange.

It’s reminding me how much kindness matters.
How much the love we put into the world matters.
It makes me want to write love notes all day long.

More from the Facebook thread:

Nina Grenningloh Reyes: “My word was “freedom” and my note said this. Both of which I’m still working on daily. A rebel never gives up!”

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Jill Seeger Salahub: “This is a picture of it, Andrea, on my writing shrine, where I start every morning. And I don’t know if you remember, but my hand shot up at the end of your session, and I said “THIS ONE is MINE.” It absolutely was a message from the Universe. I was feeling a little out of place at WDS — it was great to meet IRL all the people I’d followed online, but I had no sense yet of exactly what I had to offer, and what I could imagine seemed so far away, almost impossible. Then I got this note, and it was absolutely the “how” I was missing — “make some space.” So I went home and did just that.”

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Sophia Habl Mitchell: “I keep mine pinned up right next to my desk. This was the final “message” I needed to leave corporate and start my own consulting biz. Four years later, my business is more successful than I thought possible.”

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Steve Errey:I still have mine taped to the back of my WDS journal, and I *love* it.”

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Angie BryantMy word was juicy. Ripe. Ready”

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Ellen Berg: “I taped mine in my journal. I realize now that the past few years have been bringing this seed to bloom. My hubby has his taped up in his office.”

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Gregory Berg:Mine is like a little beacon when I need the reminder! What a gift you gave to all of us, Andrea and Jen!”

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And finally, Mike Hrostoski’s pictured at the top of this post:
I have two since there wasn’t someone sitting next to me. They are both on my altar at home. For some reason, those two cards are some of the most valued possessions I have. Probably because that first WDS was the springboard to my current life.

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Ready to put on your cape? Superhero School is here.

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I am creating a brand new life this year.

And this is the class that I most need.
This is the medicine that will get me through.
Your energy + mine weaving together. Sharing our stories and our wisdom and our discoveries.

Superhero School is kind of like Hogwarts for superheroes.

We will discover our unique superpowers + cultivate what I like to call the Universal Superpowers (courage, intuition, creativity, compassion, etc.)
We will discover our Kryptonite – what stops us from expressing who we are + being our most powerful selves.
We will grow our courage muscles + our ability to listen deeply to our intuition.

All of this of course is in service to something bigger – manifesting our desires, feeling more aliveness and joy, expressing who we truly are in the world.

I have spent that last 22 years studying with coaches, healers + spiritual teachers.
I’ve been mentored by SARK, trained at CTI, and have awakened my joy.
I’ve worked with thousands of women in my e-courses.

This program is different. It’s the deeper dive I’ve been wanting to take with my community for a long time.
This is me giving you everything I know. This is me sharing my full heart with you.
This is you + me + a beautiful community of women cultivating our superpowers together and creating lives we love.
This is each of us putting something at stake for 2015 (something that would feel like a miracle to receive) and creating it.

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Each month will be filled with:
-Audio lessons
-Discovery sheets
-Superhero missions
-Lessons from experts
Bi-weekly live calls with me!

You will discover:

  • More confidence, aliveness + inner glow
  • Your unique superpowers + how to cultivate what I call the “Universal Superpowers”
  • The power to manifest + create your life in alignment with your spirit and your desires.
  • How your intuition speaks to you and how to grow your capacity to listen and find clarity.
  • Serendipity (you will be magnetizing the people and situations that align with your deepest desires)
  • What you want, where you are headed, what you are creating.
  • Feeling connected – to yourself, to others, to your community, to your creativity
  • Your Kryptonite – what stops you from growing into the most alive expression of who you are
  • How you uniquely serve the world.

 

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$597 for this 3-month program.
The journey begins January 19th,2015

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A million invisible threads.

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The view from my godparent’s house, SF

For the first time in over a decade, I was not with my family on Thanksgiving day. Instead, I was walking in San Francisco for hours in the crisp fall sunshine, up and over hills with a dear friend I have known forever. Brigette and I acted like tourists, wandering along the Embarcadero, pit-stopping to use the bathroom at fancy hotels, taking selfies at the wharf. She would be embarrassed for me to tell you that we even stopped for lunch at Pier 39, right smack in the middle of the crazy hubbub of tourist attractions. I loved every minute of it – the creamy caesar salad we shared, the buskers painted silver pretending they were statues, the families speaking every possible language around us.

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As we walked through North Beach and over Nob hill we found a secret door. It led to an even more secret staircase and we wondered aloud what it would be like to live in the tree house apartments that lined the steep metal stairs just beyond it. We imagined that the door was a portal, like a threshold to a new world. We imagined that there were two-headed dogs that we had to fight our way past + that on the other side of that door life would never be the same.

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We eventually made our way to my very first apartment in San Francisco on Taylor Street. The one I found in 1997 – the year I started working with SARK and met Brigette. I told her the story of the channeler in Santa Barbara who taught me my first lesson in manifesting. A magical time in my life. (Audio coming for that story)

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Our last stop was Grace Cathedral where there is a gorgeous labyrinth. As I looped round and round the maze, I kept noticing an apartment building across the street. It occurred to me that my godparents lived in that building for 20 years – just a half block from my very first apartment on Taylor Street. Although I would only meet them years after I had moved, it seems we were destined to know each other. They were always close by. They were always in my orbit.

As I walked to their house near Union Square for Thanksgiving dinner, I saw something so clearly – that there is an invisible web of goodness. That there is a way that the Universe is conspiring on our behalf, that there are a million invisible threads that we can’t see but are there just the same. Sometimes, only years later do we see how everything connects, how it was all going to work out, how our lives are somehow always nudging us toward healing + wholeness.

I know this all sounds a little, something. It’s hard to find the right words.

But as I walked, I gathered up a kind of faith. Even though things are falling apart right now, I know that that web of goodness is there. I know in my bones that there is an invisible net weaving its way through my life, sending me just the right people + experiences. Loving me from afar.

There are moments when I feel like I can see it. Or at least feel its there. Maybe especially in the midst of things falling apart do I feel its presence. I feel more gratitude these days than usual. And not because of the holidays, but because I am awake to the love around me.

This is new.
And it’s possible there is nothing better.