Category Archives: Good things

Life-shifting books I am reading right now.

The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle Laporte

The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You by Karla McLaren

Boundaries & Protection by Pixie Lighthorse

Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel

 

My new favorite dress from Texture!

So yeah. I’m a little obsessed with this dress. I got it last week and pretty much haven’t taken it off! It fits perfectly, is super stretchy and comfy and I plan to live in it all summer long. (Hem it to mid-calf and throw on some flip flops for a super casual, summery look)

I don’t normally post about clothes, but I LOVE this company and want you to know about them. They are independent (out of Seattle, WA) and I have been shopping with them for years. I especially love that they have REAL WOMEN modeling their clothing and everything is ethically made, eco-friendly and sustainable.

You’re going to thank me when you order this dress! It somehow manages to be comfy, sexy and sporty all at the same time!

Use the coupon code: SUPER20 to get 20% off (Coupon good until July 4th, 2017)

 

 

P.S. From their website: 

HELPING WOMEN FEEL BEAUTIFUL IN THEIR CLOTHES & COMFORTABLE IN THEIR BODIES

A core belief at Texture Clothing is designing organic and sustainable clothing for real bodies of all shapes or sizes. You don’t have to look like the women in magazines to feel like you just stepped off the runway. We make fashion that’s flattering from head to toe, clothes to feel confident in.

iphone photo class – Early bird price ending today!

Let’s take some gorgeous photos together this summer!

Today is the last day for the early bird price of $49. (Price will go up to $97)

The best camera is the one that’s with you! That’s probably your camera-phone, right? Let’s learn how to take amazing photos with that great tool already in your hands.

 

 

 

The gorgeous superheroes I’ve been capturing.

So delighted to share some of my newest work + getting to capture YOU in the coming months.

Some of the gorgeous superheroes I’ve been capturing lately:

Clare Barry who leads curiosity “walkshops” in London,
Helen de Michiel a documentary filmmaker here in the bay area +
the stunning Jasmine Guillory who will be coming out with her first novel in the fall.

My prices just went up! But you can get $100 off by booking now.

Live in the Bay Area? Or coming to the Bay area?

I have 5 more spots available for June! Or you can book for another date in the summer. Just be sure to hit reply and say yes! so I can invoice you + get you on my calendar.

10 things making me happy.

1. I’m off to Bali tomorrow! My dear friend Juna Mustad and I are honored to be taking a group of 11 amazing women to Bali to travel, play, connect deeply and bask in beauty and ritual. Feel free to follow the adventure on Instagram and Facebook!

2. So delighted to be scheduling Manifesting sessions with so many of you! There are still some spots available if you’d like a coaching session with me. The pop-up sale price still stands – just $100 for an hour of getting you clarity and courage around your vision for the year! Just nab a spot on my calendar + I will invoice you from Paypal.

3. Matcha smoothies. I quit drinking coffee about a week ago. It was a spontaneous, intuitive hit – take coffee out of the picture and see how you feel. Drinking matcha gives me the morning ritual that I still crave and I like the earthy, bitter taste… especially when I blend it in the Vitamix with bananas, maple syrup and coconut milk. Yum!

4. My interview airs tomorrow for the Empowered Visionary Summit. Been listening to the series and it is SO good. Honored to be part of it. Click here to listen to the interviews for free.

5. My podcast. It makes me really happy. HUGE thank you to everyone who’d been listening. It feels like such a perfect fit for me, something I was born to do!

6. Seaweed snacks and avocado slices made into a little sandwich. Nothing better!

7. Taking photos of beautiful women!

8. Reading beautiful books like The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully by Frank Ostaseski.

9. Listening to the most gorgeous stories on the Modern Love podcast.

10. Being connected with you. Thank you for being on this list, for being in my creative world and for being such a kind, wise and amazing tribe!

Sending you all so much love!
Andrea

 

 

 

 

$20 off superhero necklaces for Mother’s Day!

My dear ones wearing superhero necklaces: Karen Walrond (wearing tropical) and Nicole Socia (wearing earth)

In the last few weeks I have had this incredible hunger to use my hands. To play with color. To listen to my favorite radio stories, move my hands and make something.

I taught myself to make beaded jewelry when I was in elementary school and had my own little cottage business by ten years old, selling earrings made from little toy animals to clothing boutiques. If I wasn’t making jewelry, I was sewing, drawing, painting or choreographing dance routines to the Flashdance soundtrack. Creativity has always been part of my life. I love that I still get to do these things! And bring them to you.

Excited to pull out the beads and cook up some color for you for Mother’s Day! Maybe you have a sister or a friend that needs to remember they are a superhero. Maybe it’s YOU that needs to remember!

Get $20 off by pre-ordering now!

This is a long way of announcing that I will be making a limited edition batch of Superhero necklaces for Mother’s Day! But here’s the deal: You gotta go ahead and pre-order them now in my Etsy store.  I will be leaving for Bali the first week of May so I will be sending them out soon. I will make as many as I can, but go ahead and order ASAP if you are interested.

Be sure to use the coupon code: MAGICMAMA to get the discount! (You can use this code for the pendants also to get 10 dollars off those)

P.S. Thank you + a question.

Make Your Own Magic just wrapped up and it was possibly the best class I have ever taught! Hundreds of you showed up and made magic with me. Thank you!

Question: What topics interest you for a new e-course with me?
Photography, blogging, courage, magic-making, dating, something else entirely?
Hit reply and tell me how we can play together best!

 

 

 

 

 

Ponies, donkeys and unicorns. In praise of not knowing what’s real.

“But ponies aren’t real…” Nico said to me yesterday as we walked away from school, his warm little palm in mine. I laughed, “Yes they are! They are baby horses!”

“Oh, right!” he replied. “It’s donkeys that aren’t real!”

And for a moment I didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t.

I recalled seeing a burro in San Miguel de Allende just a few days ago. Mati and I were walking to a rooftop restaurant to watch the sunset and have a cocktail. A man was pulling a donkey, decorated in dayglo pink flowers and wool blankets with aztec patterns on them. Playing his role perfectly, the donkey was resisting… and the man pulled harder on the rope while a gringa- one of the thousands of retirees from the states – ran behind them on the cobblestone streets trying to take a picture.

Are donkeys real? for a moment I couldn’t remember.

“And unicorns?” I asked Nico. “Are they real?” I liked not remembering. I liked not being certain of anything. I liked this space between… the doubt. It made me feel free. It was like theta space, those moments when you wake up and you are still between worlds – liminal space between waking and dreaming.

This is valuable territory for creative people. When you write, paint, draw it feels like magic to find this place of soft focus, to not be sure, to allow your imagination full reign.

The rational mind is more like a donkey – stubborn and sure.

There are pale pink blossoms springing up all over Berkeley these days… they were just beginning when I left for Mexico a couple of weeks ago and now they are like bright bouquets lining the streets.

Do you want to know something? They smell like corn tortillas. And I mean exactly like corn tortillas. If you close your eyes and stand in the sun while you inhale, it’s even better.

I’ve been thinking about an exercise Laurie and I did at our last workshop, one where we asked people to riff on this line: “I wish people would pay me to…” and then repeat it over and over again.

I found myself writing things like, “I wish people would pay me to cry on their couch. I wish people would pay me to tell them stories. I wish people would pay me to walk with them and show them what’s beautiful…”

And now I would add that I wish people would pay me to tell them things like this – that the cherry blossoms in spring smell like corn tortillas.

And that unicorns may or may not be real. I don’t remember.

 

When we choose to say yes.

orange_wall_sky_window_700

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.

Creative Revolution E-Course

 

 

 

You get to have this.

peace_lights_700

Oh my goodness friends, I’m moving. (I’ve been looking for almost a year in this crazy Bay Area housing market)

It feels like a miracle of endurance and faith and letting go.

It’s not fancy. In fact, it’s modest and the kitchen is tiny and the roof is pitched and the walls curve at funny angles. But I love it. Outside every window, all you see is trees… it has a big deck and two bedrooms with plushy carpet throughout. It’s cozy and feminine and feels like a treehouse. It has good mommy energy – like the redwoods surrounding it – feminine and powerful.

I feel safe there.

And the best part? There is another single mama who lives downstairs. Her girls are the same age as the boys. It’s the mommune I’ve always dreamed about! We have autonomy with our own apartment, but with another family living downstairs. We can share meals and play and look after one another. Plus, they have cats! Adorable cats!

When I did a walk-through with the mama from downstairs, my eyes pooled with tears, “Do I get to have this?” She beamed, “Andrea, you get to have this. What else do you want?”

And that made me think of you and us women in particular, and how our wants tend to go offline, how they get set aside in favor of other peoples’ wants. And we do this because we are kind and because we want to do right by our people and because we want everyone to like us and because we are afraid.

And after a while this becomes a habit… and we can’t even ask ourselves what we want without all the noise rushing in – what other people want, what we think we deserve, what’s practical, what we think we can get. It gets all muddled in there and you can’t tell what’s what anymore! or if you are worthy of any of it.

Is there something you want? A tiny thing? A big thing?

Close your eyes and imagine whispering it in my ear right now. “I want… (fill in the blank).”
Then imagine me looking into your eyes and saying, “You get to have that. What else do you want?”

Heart full of gratitude,
Andrea

P.S. Brave Blogging is going swimmingly! It is such a good class.
If you’ve been wanting to write more, please join us! It’s not too late.

Oh my goodness. You all blew me away this week.

Wow.

I sent a call out this week for metaphorical doulas… stories, kind words of support and encouragement to help me across this incredibly hard threshold in my life. I am so honored and blown away by your responses – your blog comments, your wisdom, your love-soaked emails. Oh my goodness. Thank you.

You burst my heart wide open.

And I cried for the rest of the day. Not out of fear or sadness, but out of the pure joy of being connected.

Thank you for you reflecting my spirit back to me.
Thank you for reminding me of all the kindness + goodness in the world.
Thank you for the understanding that we are never alone in whatever we are going through- that we are all just walking each other home.

An unexpected serendipity happened that day as well.

One of my oldest friends (who I consider part of my soul family) immediately called when he saw the post in his inbox. I burst into tears as I answered the phone (we haven’t seen each other for almost 10 years) and it happened that he was flying into SF the next morning.

We met the next day for lunch and as I sat down, he placed the following pieces of paper in front of me:

eric_notes_1_2 note_eric_3_4

There were a few more pages… and he instructed me to check all the boxes that felt right to me.

It was one of the kindest possible things.

13813660_10153596548755583_7267336115537555713_n

Big heart-full of love thank you to all of you for being a part of my community. I am wowed by you and feel so grateful for each and every one of you.

XO Andrea

P.S. You will be getting another missive from me today with a video describing my upcoming class – Into the Mystic. Excited to share that with you!