Category Archives: Good things

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

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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.

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“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.

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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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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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