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Workshop in Mexico with Andrea Scher + Laurie Wagner!

Dear Superheroes,

If you’ve been following me for a while, you already know that San Miguel de Allende, Mexico is one of my favorite places in the entire world! It’s full of beauty and art, warm and friendly people and incredible architecture. It’s my favorite place in the world to collect color!

The city attracts artists and lovers of art because the light there is magic. It’s that painterly sort of light that exists in a handful of places in the world and it always fills me with awe. It’s a place where you want to drink in the terracotta walls, walk for hours on the cobblestone streets and peek into hidden artist studios. It’s a place where you want to create.


 

My dear friend + Wild Writing teacher Laurie Wagner and I are going to take a small group of creative folks to San Miguel this March 2018. We will be exploring, writing, storytelling, taking lots of photos and having one of the most creative and delicious adventures we’ve ever had! 

Our days will be a perfect blend of Wild Writing, creative photography exercises, storytelling and exploring this magical city together. We’ll visit a house made entirely of mosaics, we’ll wake up early to capture the light, and we’ll follow our noses to the town square where celebration fills the streets at night.

Bring your walking shoes, your favorite camera and a notebook and we’ll take care of the rest! Spaces are limited to 15 – we want this to be an intimate gathering. Our group will be occupying an entire bed and breakfast right in the heart of downtown San Miguel. We’ll have walking access to galleries, restaurants, shops and historic sites. Breakfast and lunch will be included each day in addition to a variety of room options.

Here are the details all in one place:

Dates:
March 11th-16th, 2018 

Your investment: (Includes breakfast + lunch each day)
$1,500 for a shared room
$1,750 for a private room (limited number of private rooms available) 

NOTE: Looks like we have sold out of private rooms! If you would still like a private room, let us know when you register and we are looking into an option where you can pay a bit more to get that.

Deposit:
$500 (non-refundable deposit to secure your spot!)

Space limited to 15 lovely peeps. (Update: Sold out)
Nab your spot soon. This will sell out!

You will come away with:

A Wild Writing practice: Something that has sustained me and my creative life for more than 15 years now. It’s how I create every blog post + learned to tell the truth in my writing. It’s one part creative practice, one part healing practice. If you know it, you already love it. If you don’t know it, you’re in for a treat. (Led by Laurie)

A camera (or phone!) full of glorious colors + amazing images: And skills that will take your photography to the next level. (Photography led by Andrea)

15 new friends for adventure + support + connection: We will create a gorgeous little tribe for the week. We trust that just the right constellation of people will show up for a really magical time.

A fun + easy creative adventure where you get to learn + grow + play + explore. We can’t wait to be with you!

 

Click the button above to pay your $500 non-refundable deposit + secure your spot!

P.S. We sold out! If you’d like to be on the waiting list, just shoot me an email here: superherosf@gmail.com

Part one: Journeying toward self-love.

The term self-love used to make me cringe.

In the same way that “inner child” did or any other term that made me feel vulnerable, exposed, embarrassed, seen for my wounded self. And so it caught me by surprise when I realized that I’ve been on a deep journey around self-love for the last several years. Who knew?

It feels odd to say this, but I can trace it back to the Zoloft being the first (and possibly the most profound) breakthrough. I resisted taking anxiety medication for decades, muscling through with kale and yoga and supplements, simultaneously being afraid of the drugs and thinking I was above them – stronger than that.

And so I suffered a long time this way.

Until my symptoms got out of hand. Panic attacks came regularly – first as a result of public speaking and then out of the blue with no warning. Once, while changing Nico’s diaper, I merely had the thought of going to the city for a friend’s book party and I collapsed to the floor in a full blown panic. My life became small. I was afraid to do things like drive, or go to parties, or even run into someone I hadn’t seen for a while at the grocery store (too stimulating for my sensitive body). The worst part? My boys energy was too much for me. I kept them at arms length. They were too loud, to tactile, too chaotic for my nervous system to handle. I couldn’t hold their energy.

Also, I was depressed. But I don’t think I registered that. I always thought depression looked one particular way – listless, blue, can’t get out of bed. Instead, I was jumpy, had a hard time sitting still, couldn’t sleep well, startled easily. I didn’t recognize this as depression or illness, just as my own personal failing – neurotic, wound up, anxious, too worried, abrasive, annoying… What I didn’t know is that I came by all of it honestly- my nervous system was all jacked up.

There were other factors too. I had a baby that woke up every two hours for the first year of his life. I only slept a few hours a night and still had a full time job. He started having seizures at 12 months. I was in a constant state of hypervigilance for years. It felt like an electric current was inside me, a live wire that could be activated by the slightest cough in his crib or a weird spacey look in his eyes. It was an impossible time.

What was I telling you? About self-love? Oh man, that was a lot farther out in the distance- unfathomable really. I was in deep shame most of the time. My self-talk sounded like this: Why are you such a bad mother? Why don’t you love this motherhood thing like everyone else? Why am I filled with so much rage? Why am I not motherly like everyone else? What’s wrong with me? Why does it look so easy for everyone else?

Once, very pregnant with Nico, I asked Heather Armstrong of Dooce (who I knew went through intense postpartum depression) “How do you know if you have postpartum depression? What do you look out for?”  She responded, “When you start thinking they’re better off without you, you’re in trouble.” Oh shit, I realized. I think that all the time.

Taking the Zoloft might have been the first self-loving act.

It doesn’t work for everybody (and I am not here endorsing the stuff) but for me, even trying western meds was saying yes to the possibility of getting help or of life being a different way. It was me throwing my hands in the air and saying, “I give up! I’m out of kale and I’m out of ideas.” It was a new kind of surrender. And I was lucky it worked so well for me.

It started slow. At first it was just the panic attacks that subsided and the general anxiety remained. This seemed like progress. But eventually, after about 11 weeks, something else lifted too. I felt gooooooood. Maybe for the first time in my life?

I felt like I inhabited my body again. I used to feel like I was floating upward, slightly above things, buzzing like a hummingbird. Now I was back in my skin. I could go to a crowded grocery store without freaking out. I could go to Costco or Ikea! (I had been known to abandon full carts at Ikea as I got close to the checkout stand and realized I couldn’t bear it for one more second) I could receive my boys without pushing them away. I felt heartier, like there was more of me to absorb life with. I felt grounded and calm. I wanted to shout, “Look how calm I am everybody! I can totally have a conversation with you!”

Part 2 coming soon… Let me know if this story resonates for you! I’m guessing many of us are in this together. Sending love, Andrea

Ready to rock your camera-phone? Class starts today!

Dear beauty-seekers,

Just a little note to remind you that class begins today! (Monday, June 19th) There is still room in class if you’d like to join the fun. You can register here! (Just $97 dollars)

If the above selfie makes your insides smile, I will show you how to do it! Join the party!

With love,
Andrea
P.S. If you’ve already registered, you should have received an invitation to the classroom! If you didn’t, hit reply and let me know so I can send another invitation. 

Ready to rock your camera-phone? Special price for my new course this week!

The very best camera is the one that’s with you!

In Capture Summer, you will learn to rock your camera-phone — and discover that beauty and joy are everywhere.

Here’s what you’ll discover, inside:

  • Fresh themes, every week.
    Portraits, selfies, hidden treasures, composition, color, and more!
  • No-sweat technical lessons.
    Capture Summer is focused on play & self-expression, but you’ll learn the fundamentals of composition, lighting, post-processing, printing and more.
  • Creative photo prompts.
    Each day there will be creative photo prompts to inspire you to stretch beyond the ordinary.
  • Community cheerleading.
    A warm & encouraging community space to share & admire our work.

P.S. Price will go up to $97 but you can get the EARLY BIRD price of $49 by registering now.

The Empowered Visionary World Summit

The Empowered Visionary World Summit

I’d like to invite you to a complimentary online interview series starting April 24, The Empowered Visionary World Summit that my friend and colleague, Kari Van Tine, created to allow 21 visionaries, including me, to share our stories and advice for stepping into your power, and make a meaningful impact in the world.

We’d love for you to join us. Reserve your spot here:

Shine Your Light, Live Your Biggest Vision.

If you’ve always known you are powerful but have pretended to be small and have hidden your gifts from the world, be sure to join us. Together, we’re going to inspire and help you start creating a powerful game plan, take action, and manifest your big vision in the world.

Step Into Your Biggest Life.

Whether you’re well into a big project, or you’re just beginning to think about how you can impact the world, you’ll find this summit inspiring and helpful. This is such a great opportunity for anyone in my community to join us, who feels concern and love for our world, and the pull to make a big difference.

A few of the other speakers are Martha Beck, Bernie Siegel, Susan Weed, and SARK. This is a truly remarkable lineup of incredible people! Reserve your “virtual seat” by going here: TheEmpoweredVisionary.com

 

Grief and gratitude: A sneak peek into Cultivating Courage!

Hello friends!

I’m writing to you from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where I will be attending the San Miguel Writer’s Conference! Super excited. I started the day off at sunrise walking through the quiet streets collecting color… this place is magic!

Sneak peek into Cultivating Courage

Here is a sample of one of the lessons in this class that begins on Monday, February 27th.

Just click below to give a listen… OR, you can read the transcript here.


 

FREE Manifesting/Visioning Session with me (Valued at $125)

The first 20 people to sign up for Cultivating Courage will be getting a free manifesting/visioning session with me on the phone! There are still spots open for this, so grab em before they’re gone!

Sending you all vibrant color + baby steps of bravery,
Andrea

P.S. Calling for courage stories.

  • Do you have a story about a time when you had to call on your courage?
  • What happened? How did you transform?
  • Was there any magic on the other side?
  • These stories can be short and sweet. (And no heroics necessary. We’re talkin ordinary, everyday courage)

Details:
400 or 500 words max.
DUE: February 19th, 2017
Email your story to me here: superherosf@gmail.com

A collection of these stories will be published in the upcoming courage class.

*Everyone who sends me a story will get a discount code for the upcoming course. Those whose stories get published, will get the course for free. Can’t wait to read your stories!

 

CSP #3: Flora Bowley on brave, intuitive painting

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Flora Bowley is an internationally celebrated painter, workshop facilitator, author, visionary, and inspirationalist. Her soulful and transformational approach to painting has inspired thousands of people across the globe to “let go, be bold, and unfold” as they move through fear and welcome joyful spontaneous expression back into the creative process. Combining twenty years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, massage therapist, and lifelong truth seeker, Flora infuses her teaching and painting style with a deep connection to body, mind, and spirit. This unique fusion offers up a truly transformational experience – one that honors intuition, self-discovery, and the perfect, ever-changing present moment.

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Show notes:

There’s still time to register for Flora’s Creative Revolution e-course!

You can find her brand new book Creative Revolution: Personal Transformation through Brave Intuitive Painting here.

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

 

Calling for courage stories.

Hello sweet friends,

It’s been an intense time in the world… and we are all doing our best to respond in the best way we know how. For me, that means listening to my inner wisdom and asking what would nourish me most- what would help me stay buoyant and vibrant. Energized by life and not depleted by it.

And this is the place I most like to create from – a genuine hunger in me that becomes medicine for us both. My best work is always offering the medicine that I myself most need.

So in the spirit of that, I would like to offer a brand new version of one of my favorite classes – Cultivating Courage. This class is a 30-day courage experiment where we do one tiny brave move each day (and share with each other in the classroom) while reading courage stories to keep us feeling uplifted, inspired and connected to one another.

Practicing courage (in small ways every day) takes me farther than any other practice I know. Not only will you feel connected and inspired, but you will start seeing real change in your life and feel more alive and lit up than before. And the world needs us to feel alive and lit up.

Free Manifest session with me!

The first 20 people who sign up (early birds rule!) will get a 50 minute Manifesting session with me on the phone. This is where we get together + consciously create your year… we look at your values, your limiting beliefs, your desires, and get you on track to be the bravest possible version of you.

 

I need your help!

  • Do you have a story about a time when you had to call on your courage?
  • What happened? How did you transform?
  • Was there any magic on the other side?

These stories can be short and sweet. (And no heroics necessary. We’re talkin ordinary, everyday courage)

Details:
400 or 500 words max.
DUE: February 19th, 2017
Email your story to me here: superherosf@gmail.com

A collection of these stories will be published in the upcoming courage class.

*Everyone who sends me a story will get a discount code for the upcoming course. Those whose stories get published, will get the course for free. Can’t wait to read your stories!

P.S. I shot this photo of Brené Brown several years ago and love it so much. She is such a great mentor for courage and vulnerability, which are really two sides of the same coin.

 

Dreams and divine timing (and Mondo Beyondo starts today!)

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Some dreams take a long time to percolate. I love the idea of trusting in the divine timing of dreams– the notion that they always arrive at exactly the right time. But who has that much faith? Usually, I wonder if I’ve missed my chance, if I’m falling behind, if I didn’t strike while the iron was hot, or if it’s just too late for me.

It always makes sense looking back. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward,” Steve Jobs famously said, “only backwards.” You can see how you weren’t ready, or this needed to happen before that, or you needed to cultivate a particular skill first or meet that one person… It always makes sense looking back. Nothing is lost. No time is wasted.

Dreams pull us toward a new version of ourselves. If our aim is to fully become who we are, then our dreams are like a moon pulling the tides. Even before we achieve a dream, we are becoming the kind of person who makes those kinds of dreams come true.

What if every single thing you did, every experience you have ever had led you to this moment? I wrote a letter recently that was incredibly hard to write, but I have never been more proud of myself than I after I put my pen down. I felt peaceful. The kind of peace you feel when you’ve told the truth, with love and gentleness. I felt like my entire life (every book I have ever read, every course I have ever taken, every painful experience, an entire lifetime of dedicating myself to personal growth) prepared me to write this one letter.

How do you know when it’s time to step into your dream?

  • When the signs are everywhere.
  • When that nagging thought won’t leave you alone.
  • When doors are opening by themselves.
  • When there is serendipity in the air.
  • When you ask yourself: If I only had five years to live, what would I want to do? and that dream is right there on the list.
  • When you have prepared enough (you really have) and you just need to be brave and take the leap.
  • When you’ve got nothing to lose.
  • When you find you are jealous of others who are achieving your long-held dream. (This means you are closer than you think.)
  • If these people are your friends, then you are dangerously close.  Celebrate them and begin.

 

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P.S. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Mondo Beyondo is a great first step to take in the dreaming process. If you feel like it’s time to get clear about what your dreams are and/or take those first brave steps, I would love to have you join me! The fun starts today!!

Manifesting 2017! Just $20

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One of my superpowers is creating spaces online where people feel safe to express their desires + fears and celebrate their joys. The New Year has always been such a rich time of reflection for me – a time to acknowledge how I grew this year, how I was brave, what was hard… and declare my year complete.

This creates a beautiful space to vision what’s to come. What does your heart truly want in 2017? Where is your spirit calling you next? What do you secretly want to happen?

I’ve been guiding this mini-manifesting workshop for years in a live setting + decided to finally bring it to you in an online format! You can gather friends for this process, take some time do it privately or join us in the classroom for an experience in community with other kindred manifesters!

In this (instant access!) mini-course you will find:

Steps to complete your year with power + compassion
Consciously creating 2017
Mondo Beyondo list-making
Choosing your word of the year

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P.S. You can take Mondo Beyondo + Manifesting 2017 as a bundle for $99.