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Let’s geek out on podcasts together.

Many years ago, at a retreat for creative women on the Oregon coast, it was my turn to have my “Radiate session.” In this session, we received mentoring from the group – laser focused on us for that particular 30 minutes. It was powerful. But what I remember most from my session is that someone said, “Andrea, you need your own radio show!” and the rest of the women squealed in agreement. I was like, what the what?

It only occurred to me years later – Podcasts! I could create a podcast! That’s how I could have my own radio show. They were so right and clearly saw it before I could see it for myself.

In the last year that I have had The Creative Superheroes Podcast, I have interviewed some seriously amazing people! SARK, Kelly Rae Roberts, Dr. Rick Hanson, Frank Ostaseski, Danielle LaPorte… just to name a few. With each episode, I felt like I was finding my voice, finding my power and practicing courage. It’s become one of my favorite parts of my business.

But why am I sharing all of this? Because you can have your very own podcast! And I’m going to teach you how.

Over the course of 4 weeks, I will help you through every step of the process to creating your very own podcast! Learn everything from how to choose the name of your show to how to get it up on itunes! I promise to make it fun + easy so you are sure to make this dream real.

In this course, we will explore:

Week #1: Let’s make it real.
This week we will get clear on what our podcast is about, what our vision and deeper purpose is for our show, choosing a name and creating a description for itunes. We will also create a graphic for our podcast! And some fancy music for the intro + outro.

Week #2: The technical pieces you need to know.
Equipment, how to name your files, what software you might need. Don’t worry. I promise to make this all very fun + easy. We will hold hands when it feels overwhelming!

Week #3: We’re geeking out now.
Writing and recording your intro + outro. Show notes. Creating graphics for each episode. How to infuse storytelling into your work.

Week #4: Recording, editing and publishing
Launching your show! And getting the word out. We will be bringing it all together in this last week and making sure you have everything ready for your podcast launch. Then we will celebrate because holy moly, we deserve it!

 

P.S. I am deliberately calling this the Mighty Little Podcast Course because I want you to know that your show doesn’t have to be huge. You don’t need to have big advertisers (or advertisers at all!) You get to make a show that is for you + your people. You get to create something that is purely for your delight + to delight others. It’s a beautiful way to grow a community.

When I’m feeling lost, I call in the healers.

Actually, even when I’m not feeling lost, I call in the healers! Intuitive coaching has been a huge part of my support system since my early 20’s. Something about the big picture perspective that astrology and other spiritual modalities offer, gives me a whole lot of faith when I’m not sure of where I’m going.

Sometimes I just need the affirmation that everything is unfolding as it should (that I’m not doing something terribly wrong, ha!)  that the choices I’m making are aligned with my heart + spirit. Enter some of the most incredible people to light your way! (They are all able to work with you by phone)

Virginia Bell, Astrology
I have a session scheduled for October with Virginia and I am so excited. I’ve been hearing about her for years through our mutual friend SARK and I just interviewed Virginia for my podcast. Virginia is the real deal. Wise, loving, intuitive. If you’ve been meaning to get your chart done, I highly recommend her.

Nancy de Heer, Intuitive Business Readings
The way these readings work is that Nancy records her voice as she looks at you + your business. Then she sends you the hour-long recording to listen to. Wow. Just wow. Her insights were a huge gift. A lot of it was very humbling… it was like she could see the private shadow stuff I go through each day and was able to name how these things were getting in the way of my joy + prosperity. All of it was filled with lots of love and compassion. I felt a huge energy shift in my work after this reading.
(p.s. Nancy is offering Superhero readers 10% off)

Juna Mustad, Intuitive coach + clairvoyant
Juna is beyond gifted. She is a brilliant coach + also has amazing intuitive gifts. Her wisdom has been life-changing for me. She is especially good at getting to those deeper layers… She always manages to take me to the most core places with so much grace. I’ve had massive healing experiences in her hands.

Laurel Bleadon-Maffei, Angel readings
Laurel channels a tribe of angels on your behalf + works with your guides. The whole experience is love-filled and oozing with wisdom. I get angel readings from Laurel every couple of months + they have guided my heart + spirit in miraculous ways. (Discounted sessions available by mentioning this post! Just $100 for a session)

Lynn Austin, Psychic medium
Lynn pretty much blows my mind every time. I’ve had many sessions with her over the years + she is ALWAYS right. It’s freaky. She channels loved ones that have passed (often knows their names) and delivers powerful messages that bring me to tears. Her readings are magical.

You’re gonna make it after all.

Yesterday, my friend Laurel and I taught a daylong manifesting workshop. The space was filled with really incredible women and we ushered them through a process of letting go of their 2017 (at times with tears for how hard this year was for so many of us) and welcoming and visioning 2018.

Because I co-led with Laurel (who is an angel practitioner) we also held an angel circle. This means that Laurel embodies a tribe of angels – Josephus and the Wisdom Council – and they speak through her. As she spoke, I realized that I had never actually witnessed Laurel (or anyone else) channel. All of my sessions with her (and there have been many!) have been on the phone, so it was such a treat to see her do her work in person. With her eyes closed, she fielded questions from participants and offered wise advice and energy clearing for all of us.

Most importantly (and what I love most about circles of women) is that the personal is almost always the universal. A question from an individual is a question for the collective. There wasn’t anything that someone asked that didn’t somehow feel relatable to my own life…

This morning, still filled with all that good energy from yesterday, I went on a little hike. I was listening to music (on random shuffle) as I walked and decided to ask the angels for some guidance. “Okay angel friends! Can you have the next song that comes on be a special message from you to me?”

At first I didn’t recognize the song that came on, but I started listening to the words.

Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

It started to sound familiar, something from my childhood… Could it be? Oh my goodness, it is! It’s from the Mary Tyler Moore show! I laughed. How in god’s name did this get on my phone??? And then I listened to the words.

How will you make it on your own?
This world is awfully big, girl this time you’re all alone
This was the PRECISE anxiety I woke up with. A little electric current of fear: “Oh my goodness, I just bought a car. Will I be able to make payments and rent? Will I be able to take care of my kids? Oh my god oh my god, can I pull of this single mom thing??”
Your are most likely to succeed
You have the looks and charms
And girl you know that’s all you need
All the men around adore you
That sexy look will do wonders for you
Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have the town, why don’t you take it?
You might just make it after all
You’re gonna make it after all
So yeah, the part about the looks and charm and sexiness is a little outdated (ha!) but the sentiment was so good it made me smile. Love is all around, no need to waste it! You can have a town, why don’t you take it? You’re gonna make it after all!

I felt like cheering or doing that Mary Tyler Moore hat-in-the-air toss as she arrives at her apartment building. Whether it was in fact the angels speaking to me or not didn’t matter. I had gotten my message. The one I most needed to hear today.

Want to try it? Do a little meditation where you ask the angels/Spirit/God/your higher self/your intuition for a secret message. Then randomly play a song and listen to the words.

What is your secret message in song?

Wow! So thrilled.

So delighted to have so many of you in the Manifesting 2018 classroom!

If you missed it the first time, just wanted to remind you that I recorded all new audio and video for the Manifesting 2018 course. It’s a powerful process folks. I do it every year. It makes a difference. Made with love!  Just $20 bucks. I’ll be in there cheering you on.

More info + register here: http://www.superherolife.com/e-courses/manifesting-2018/

 

Prefer to hang out in person? Me too!

Join me + my friend Laurel Bleadon-Maffei for a gorgeous day of circling up in connection, manifesting + visioning, and even a guided angel session. (If you don’t know what that means, you are in for a treat!)

Saturday, January 6th, 2018
10am-4pm
$195/person 
Berkeley, CA 

More details on the workshop here! Or you can simply register below:

 

Private Visioning/Manifesting Session with me.

If you’d like to get more clear about your goals, dreams and intentions for 2018, book a private Manifest Session with me!

Just $100 to spend a delicious hour visioning with me.

Limited number of spots available, so go ahead and nab a time now:
https://calendly.com/superherosf/50min/

I will invoice you via Paypal once you’ve booked your time!

With love,

Andrea

 

I finally discovered my word of the year for 2017. Better late than never!

Intimacy has been a big theme for me in the last year… intimacy with myself (meditation, self-love, honing my intuition, not overriding my knowing or numbing my feelings) and intimacy with others (presence, healthy boundaries, using my voice, telling the truth) There is so much to learn! And I am only realizing now, as I write this, that this was really my theme for the year – intimacy.

One of the ways I plan to continue this theme (and something I am ver excited about in the coming year) is creating more experiences of REAL CONNECTION with you. This means that I will be hosting a series of in-person workshops (the first one is January 6th! and will be all about manifesting in the New Year) and other programs that will allow us to feel more connected and supported.

Other good things

Possibly my favorite podcast conversation of many years! I really LOVED going there with Dona Bumgarner in this episode. We talk about the real stuff folks. It’s vulnerable and beautiful. May it be good medicine for you!

On the Creative Superheroes Podcast: 

Mike Robbins and I talk about the appreciation, authenticity and self-compassion.
-Sacred Storytelling with Leah Lamb 
-Fear vs. Love (on the canvas and off!) with Whitney Freya

*You can subscribe on itunes so you always have the most recent episode!

Manifesting some New Year Magic (in-person workshop in Berkeley, CA)

I will be co-leading a workshop with my dear friend Laurel Bleadon-Maffei in the New Year. Date will be Saturday, January 6th, 2018. More details here!

$20 off Superhero necklaces today!

I have a small inventory of superhero necklaces for the holidays! Order today and get $20 off!! Just click this link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/superhero?coupon=SUPERHERO20

Manifesting some New Year Magic: An in-person workshop!

Join me for some manifesting in the New Year!

Hello friends!

Let’s get off the internet + play in real life! I have been envisioning a series of in-person workshops where we come together for creativity, connection and serious MAGIC-MAKING. My vision is this: Circling up for things like Storybowl, manifesting exercises, intuitive painting, incredible food, superhero portraits of YOU taken by ME, collective secret kindness missions… and more. Does this sound as delicious to you as it does to me?

My hope is to host these every couple of months or so, each time with a guest teacher I know and love (Laurel Bleadon-MaffeiJennifer LeeJuna MustadMati Rose Studio, just to name a few… )

Mostly, I just want to come together in REAL LIFE and listen to your voice + hug you + have you meet each other + have a totally delightful time.

Guess what? The first one is all scheduled and ready to go! Description below…

Consciously Creating 2018 with Andrea Scher + Laurel Bleadon-Maffei

If you have been following me for any length of time, you’ve probably heard me mention one of my favorite healers – Laurel Bleadon-Maffei. Laurel is a spiritual teacher and angel channeler… which means that she is a medium for a tribe of angels that come into her sessions with you. It might sound a little out there if you haven’t experienced it! but Laurel is the real deal. Having a session with her feels like pure love flowing from her right into your heart + the most compassionate kind of wisdom. I’m so delighted to be leading this workshop with her.

Here’s what we’ll be doing:

We will be completing our 2017 by celebrating all that we created, all the ways that we were brave, all the places we grew… and then letting it all go. Phew! 2017 was rough for so many of us – we are excited to bring ritual and consciousness to this process of letting it go and cleaning the slate for the new year.

Then we will dive into consciously creating 2018. We will be:

  • -Doing a powerful clearing ritual to let go of 2017
  • -Group angel session with Laurel
  • -Guided meditation
  • -Getting clear on our theme/intentions for 2018
  • -Creative manifesting exercises + rituals that will gather support from your wisest self, the circle of kindred spirits at the workshop, and the Universe. Power manifesting people!

You will come away clear + energized and ready for the magic to flow this year.
(Plus! You will meet a collection of other beautiful humans who can support you in 2018 + hold your vision with you.)

Register here: $195 per person (This will be a small group + will definitely sell out! So nab your spot soon)

Details:

When: Saturday, January 6th, 2018
10am -4pm
Where:
 A gorgeous space in Berkeley, CA (more details upon registering!)
What: A day of connecting + manifesting
Bring: An open heart + a journal
Your investment: 195-

It’s my birthday week + I have a gift for you.

I’ve been craving the real lately… the in-person, the things I can touch with my hands, the things that are not mediated by a screen or a device. I can see you nodding your heads out there, right?

Once or twice a year I go back to my roots and get busy making superhero jewelry. Colorful beads that look like hard candy sit in bowls on my desk, thick sterling silver wire gets bent with pliers… and all the while, podcasts and music flow in the background. It’s my bliss -one of the places I find deep joy and nourishment.

My joy is also in sharing them! And seeing them on friends like on my friend Monica above… who was kind enough to model the earth necklace for me last night on our hike.

BIG BIRTHDAY SALE! $40 off this week only.

Get $40 off this week only. Below is a brand new design modeled by the gorgeous Mati McDonough. She even inspired the design… gorgeous pastel sorbet colors that resemble her paintings. 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/superhero?coupon=BIRTHDAYMAGIC

 

 

On choosing ease.

In my photography courses I encourage my students to “Put it on P.” As in, put your fancy DSLR in Program mode and have a good time. This might horrify some other photography teachers out there, but I wholeheartedly believe that if we want to take better photos, it’s more about seeing than knowing all the fancy buttons. To me, it’s about being in the moment and waking up to light and beauty and color and form… and not getting so caught up in the technical aspects that you miss what’s right in front of you.

Years ago, I had a coaching client who really wanted to take photographs. It had been a creative dream of hers for a long time and she was really passionate about it. Every time we checked in however she had an excuse. “I had to read the manual… I’m taking a photography class… I’m learning photoshop…” It seemed there was always a new way to prepare. She was always waiting for the perfect circumstances to begin.

I told her to bring her camera to work, put it on P and shoot 10 photos every day on her lunch break.”I can just do that?” she asked. “I feel like I’m cheating.” But really, this was simply another way that her inner critic had very cleverly kept her from achieving her dream. Can you relate?

Here’s the question I really want you to consider: Where in your life can you just put it on P? Where can you choose ease? Where can you stop trying to do it perfectly in favor of just doing it?

I have been learning this lesson over and over for years. Just recently, I experienced a new round of this lesson. I’ve been practicing yoga for almost 20 years. Before I had kids, I went three times a week, religiously. (Oh to have that washboard tummy back again!) Things however, fell by the wayside when I became a mother. Over the years, I would go when I could, but it ended up being few and far between. Start a home practice! You might think. I could never get much more than downward dog in before I would get bored, get distracted by my dishes or the ding of my phone, and boom! off the mat and into the kitchen to make a sandwich.

When I moved into my new place last year, I stopped going to yoga classes all together. I also started having pain in my body for the first time – lower back aching as I get out of bed. Gotta get back to my yoga, I’d think.

Same went for whatever fledgling meditation practice I had started. I’d sit in the quiet for maybe a minute before I’d get antsy. And without the accountability of a teacher and other practitioners, I would give up easily. I’m such a bad meditator! I’d think. And then I’d quit.

But then I discovered the app Insight Timer recently and they have thousands of guided meditations you can listen to. You can have Eckhart Tolle, Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield right in your ear! And suddenly, it worked! I could sit through the whole meditation. I must be cheating, I thought! That was so relaxing and lovely. Then I discovered that several of my friends use the app and the guided meditations too. I thought the right way to meditate was to sit in total silence. I thought you had to sit, immobile and watch your thoughts like clouds. I thought it was supposed to be a little bit painful.

And so I started meditating! And I discovered Sarah Blondin’s meditations which totally changed my life. All because I allowed myself to not do it perfectly and just DO IT the way it actually worked for me.

Maybe I can do this for yoga too, I thought. I got a subscription to one of those online yoga channels and boom! I’m doing yoga 100% more than I was before. Is it cheating to do yoga with a video? I think not! but somehow I had to give myself permission to do what worked for me, even if it wasn’t the gold standard I held up in my mind.

Again, this is an invitation to ask yourself:
Where in my life can I put it on P?
Where can I choose ease?
Where I can choose actually doing it over doing it perfectly?

Sneak peek into the course! My first experience with everyday magic.

What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you?

If you are lucky (and I hope you are) you will have lots of answers to this question. Maybe someone brought you dinner when you were grieving a loss. Maybe someone tucked a love note into your jacket pocket and you pulled it out at exactly the right moment. Maybe someone had just the right words for you when you needed them most.

For me, it was something my high school boyfriend did for me.

Albie had asked me to the prom and we had arranged to double date with my best friend and his. My girlfriend and I were putting the finishing touches on our makeup in the bathroom mirror when we heard a curious sound outside. “It sounds like a carnival,” she said, her brow furrowed. We ran to the window just in time to see an ice cream truck rolling into her driveway. Then we watched our dates jump out and call up to the window, “Your chariot awaits!”

Albie had hired the ice cream man to chauffeur us to the prom.

We would not be taking a limousine (totally not my style) but an ice cream truck! We piled in and quickly discovered that there wasn’t a whole lot of room to sit, but we didn’t care. We sat on laps and lounged over freezers full of ice cream sandwiches and popsicles. When we arrived at the dance, everyone cheered and applauded as we got out.

This story still gleams in my memory. First, because of the kindness. I’m not sure he did it just for me (it was likely for his own delight) but it didn’t matter. He knew I would love it. Albie was the first person to see the artist in me. When everyone else saw something more typical – cheerleader, studious, good girl, jock… he saw my artist self and always welcomed more of her to come out. On our first date, he drove me to the beach, handed me a sketchbook and said, “Draw what you see.” And then looked down and started drawing in his own book.

He took it for granted that I had an artist in me.

And his creativity awakened my own. His irreverence and imagination showed me another way to be in the world. His desire to do something special and unique gave me a story I’ve been telling my entire life.

Albie was making his own magic. And I was lucky enough to be around for some of it.

And that thing about maybe he was simply delighting himself? There’s wisdom there. When we are delighting ourselves, when we do things that make us feel alive, it ripples. 

I’m here to pay it forward. I’m taking the artist in you for granted too. I am offering this course and saying, “Make some magic. You’ve got this.”

This course is a collection of stories, prompts, worksheets and lessons that will get you in touch with your own ability to cultivate ordinary magic. It is an invitation to step into a world that is a little more colorful and a little more wondrous.

We will be waking up the creative spirit in us in service to bringing more kindness to the world.

We will engage in creative play to loosen our minds and open our hearts – which allows us to see the world through a different lens. We will connect to our joy. And hopefully, if we get it right, we will be offering our community stories that they will keep telling for the rest of their lives.

Join me for Cultivating Everyday Magic!

The adventure begins Monday, September 11th.
$49 for 4 weeks of creative play + secret missions of kindness.

Brand new class – Cultivating Everyday Magic!

Earlier this year, I taught a class called Make Your own Magic. It was possibly my favorite class I’ve ever taught because it combined so many things I love most – creative play, storytelling + secret missions of kindness. It is the way I remind myself of the goodness in the world + of my own joy.

And when there are hundreds of other kindred spirits doing it all together, it makes for a powerful circle of bright lights bringing more love to the world.

Folks in the class asked for a Part 2! And now it’s ready to launch. This time it’s called Cultivating Everyday Magic. My intention is that these practices will keep us buoyant and in our joy during these intense times. My hope + belief is that it offers much needed medicine for the world.

Here’s what  participants from the first class had to say:

“Thank you for a lovely course Andrea. Thank you for reminding me that magic is everywhere, every day, in little things. Thank you for sharing your kindness, creativity and love with the world.” -Guatyen

“I have loved this! Each day it nourished my soul, reminded me of daily magic, and I treasured have a community of other magic-makers. I got lots of inspiration here and am so sad this is ending. It has been fuel and fairy-dust. The daily magic reports have got me in a better vibration of gratitude and wonder. Thank you so much for creating this, Andrea!” -Aynne

“It’s been a dark winter in many ways, and I yearned for adding more joy. While I know the course wasn’t designed for kids, I couldn’t help but apply so many of the ideas to my classroom and school community. It’s been so neat to see the ripple effect of some of the things I tried, and how the kids are now generating their own ideas, and if they aren’t, they are asking for more ideas from me. Your class was just what I needed to reboot my own sense of joyfulness and replant some seeds of hope in my heart for the little people in my work life.” -Sarah

“Andrea. I cannot truly explain what this course has meant for me. I have always seen myself as an open, spiritual, and emotional soul, but I have been self-centered and self-serving for too long. You have opened my eyes to such kindness and empathy. My life has truly changed and you HAVE to make a Part 2! -Brian

Will you join me for some creative play + kindness escapades? The adventure begins on Monday, September 11th, 2017

With love,
Andrea