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Running in the rain.


“Do you run?” my life coach asked me recently. (She’s the one helping me step into the new Power-Fairy persona)

“I don’t really like getting my heart rate up,” I replied. Which is true. For some reason it scares me – one of the many things that make me anxious. I also don’t like to work very hard. 😉

“Hmm…” she paused. “Because I’m getting an intuition that running would help you feel more powerful and more grounded. You need to remember how strong you are.”

The truth is, some part of my heart leaped when she said that. I had been secretly eyeing the runners in my neighborhood – wishing I could be like them but knowing that I’m not really cut out for it. I’m 44 years old and practically never run a day in my life. But when I see runners in the rain, I feel a special kind of longing – to be that girl all aglow with the rain on her face. Alive.

This was my chance.

“Okay.” I agreed. “I’ll try it.”

I downloaded an app called Couch to 5K which has been a nice, gentle way to begin. You listen to music and it tells you what to do- run or walk, alternating every 60-90 seconds.

I’m sore. I don’t always like it. But I do feel stronger each time.

And today? It rained. I was at the track at the junior high school when it really started coming down and a big smile came over me. Alright, I’m that girl! Let’s see how this feels…

As I walked home, soaked to the bone, I felt giddy.

How have I gone my entire life without running in the rain?


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We will rock this blogging thing together!


Teahouse Art Sale with Mati Rose + Andrea Scher


Hey friends in the bay area,

We are moving out of our painting studio!

And would love to invite you to celebrate with us. Mati Rose McDonough and I will be having an art sale (priced to move!) and some snacks + drinks for you.

Here are the deets:

When: Saturday, February 13th, 2016 4pm-8pm
Where: Teahouse Studios: 1250 Addison St. #208 Berkeley, CA
What: Art sale + fun with friends!

With a full heart,


Manifesting Your Succulent Wild Life


Many of you know that the author and artist SARK is my longtime mentor and friend. We met back in 1997 when I started working alongside her – helping her create her books and designing her gift collection. It was my dream job! And I love that I am still so deeply inspired by her light in the world.

I think of her as a fairy godmother of creativity and healing for so many of us.

After writing 17 bestselling books and selling her art around the world, SARK and her beloved fiance Dr. John Waddell have a deeper understanding of how to manifest abundance than just about any one I know. They are incredible teachers + wise souls. You are in good hands with them!

Sign up for the Amazing FREE Manifestation Accelerator Course

SARK is gifting folks with her amazing new Manifestation Accelerator Course absolutely free. Thousands of people have already signed up for the course and they are LOVING it! It’s a mini-course that will help you manifest love, money, health – the keys are the same no matter what you are after. She’s giving this to you as her gift with the intention of starting a global conversation and bringing more SUCCULENT WILD life into the world!


The Manifestation Accelerator will support you to:

-Identify the obstacles that are getting in the way of you creating the life you really want (there are five that are dream killers).
-Learn the five manifestation movements that set you up for success.
-Discover six manifestation habits that can help you create more money, love and better health in your life. These habits have supported SARK in creating 17 bestselling books and selling her art all over the world.

You can register for the free course here.

When you don’t feel brave.

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I’ve had some experience with this lately – not feeling brave. In fact, I’ve been feeling positively terrified lately, the kind that wakes you up in the middle of the night like a surge of electricity – Single motherhood? WTF? How am I going to pull this off?

For someone like myself who is usually positive, this feels extra scary.

We come by it honestly.
There is nothing wrong with us if we feel afraid.
If you are feeling afraid about what comes next, you’re not alone.

There’s a lot of talk about being fearless out there… but honestly, I’ve never felt fearless. 

I’ve only felt afraid, and then called on the support of friends to help me ride the waves.
I have tools to help me keep going.
I have my courage practices that keep me in the game, even when it doesn’t feel easy.

I always find it ironic that when I have a new session of Cultivating Courage starting, I don’t feel the LEAST BIT BRAVE. Today is no exception. I have had several friends on speed dial this weekend. They answer and I don’t even say it’s me… I just start crying… I’m so grateful to have friends who can hold space for me in this way.

Whatever season you are in with regard to courage, you are welcome in the course beginning today. (Just $49)

I’m attaching a Courage Interview worksheet as a gift. It’s a good way to see where you are with your courage muscles and what might be possible for you this year. And if it inspires you to join us in the course, we’ve got your back!

Sending love to you in all the tender places today,

Manifesting 2016: Join me for a pay-what-you-want mini-course!


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 2016? 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 mini-course you will find:

Completing your year worksheet
Consciously creating 2016
Mondo Beyondo list-making
Choose your word of the year

Pay what you want. My New Year’s gift to you!

With love,



Grateful for you!


Dear Superheroes,

So grateful for each + every one of you!

My heart has been full to bursting as the Cultivating Wonder class unfolds… and my eyes
are even more open to wonder than usual. You guys are amazing.



$100 off the E-course Bootcamp that begins January 11th, 2016!

$30 off of the Cultivating Courage course beginning January 18th, 2016!

Let’s be brave together!

P.S. Still considering coming to Bali with me in April? Please come! Just a few spots available.






Creative Radiance Toolkit – 72 hours only!


Holy moly you guys, this might be the best little bundle of goodies ever!

The Creative Radiance Toolkit is a curated bundle of potent support created by 30 of the brightest minds and biggest hearts working at the intersection of creativity and spirituality – including me! It includes 54 e-books, e-courses, audios, music, videos, intimate conversations, poetry, essays, and most of all, support and tell-it-like-it-is insights to help you create with more ease and grace, and share your work with more courage.

80% the content is exclusive to the Toolkit and will only be available during the 72-hour sale.

PLUS when you purchase the kit, you’ll support Migrant Offshore Aid Station, a very creative effort to save the lives of refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean. 

Here’s what the Toolkit includes: (Price is $108)

  • Unstoppable by Alexandra Franzen
    A course for people struggling with “writer’s block” and all kinds of unhelpful, icky attitudes about writing.
  • Morning Mantras by Andrea Scher
    30 days of intimate voice messages designed to awaken your courage, compassion, and joy.
  • Move/Love/Create by Anna Guest-Jelley (Exclusive to the Toolkit!)
    A desk yoga practice, a loving-kindness meditation, and a love letter to read before creating.
  • Creative Anarchy by Brian Andreas & Wendy Saver (Exclusive!)
    Brian’s original hand-drawn stories combine with Wendy’s writing to challenge you towards a more seamless integration of life, love, and art making.
  • On Presence And The Body by Chris Zydel (Exclusive!)
    Prepare to paint, write, or dance from a place of being connected to the deepest parts of YOU!
  • The Beauty in Every Moment by Christine Mason Miller (Exclusive to the Toolkit!)
    “At any given moment, you have the power to say: this is not how the story is going to end.”
  • Spiritual Practices to Nourish Creative Radiance by Christine Valters Paintner (Exclusive!)
    Three guided ancient contemplative practices which help you open to a deepened creative connection.
  • The True Writer by Danielle LaPorte and Linda Sivertsen with Dani Shapiro (Exclusive!)
    An in-depth look at a true writer’s practices with Danielle, Linda, and Dani, plus a frank(and exclusive) conversation about Danielle’s best practices for getting her amazing writing done.
  • Before You Quit Writing, Read This! by Dave Ursillo
    Encourage and support your writing journey with 23+ authentic stories, lessons, and motivations.
  • Ride the MantraWave by Eric Klein
    Two beautiful mantra recordings to solve and dissolve creative block, plus an exclusiveconversation with Eric on how to use obstacles and fears to turn toward creative radiance.
  • Brave Intuitive Painting by Flora Bowley (Exclusive!)
    Witness the creation of two large paintings while Flora adds her insights and reflections on her process along the way.
  • The Making of a Poem by Hiro Boga (Exclusive!)
    How does the creative process work? The Making of a Poem explores this path by walking you through one poet’s experience of writing a long-form, narrative poem. e-Book.
  • Mind Rooms Guide by Jeffrey Davis
    The simple life-changing method for shaping time to enhance creative work flow, plus anexclusive in-depth conversation with Jeffrey about his morning and evening rituals and how they undergird his incredible productivity.
  • The 10 Letters Project LIVE by Jen Lee and Tim Manley (Exclusive!)
    A conversation that captures playwright Tim Manley and filmmaker Jen Lee in a rare moment of both completing and beginning new work, de-briefing from the shoot of Tim’s successful play in New York.
  • Shaping Creative Radiant Containers by Jennifer Louden (Exclusive!)
    Best practices for focusing in the midst of ordinary life to get sustained creative work done.
  • Creative Radiance Invocation by Jennifer Louden (Exclusive!)
    Audio invocation to get into the flow of your work with ease.
  • Writing Raw by Julie Daley
    A creative practice that guides you across a threshold to take you within, into the vast inner realm.
  • From Dreaming to Doing by Kass Hall (Exclusive!)
    Practical tips, anecdotes, and encouragement to stop thinking and comparing to others, and start doing what you were meant to do.
  • The Creativity Bundle by Kelli Russell Agodon (Exclusive!)
    Two essays, a printable “Successes” sheet, three downloadable reminders of why art is important, and the highly acclaimed, Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women Poets.
  • Now. Here. This by Kira Elliott (Exclusive!)
    Ten self-care practices to bring you back to the present moment.
  • Fierce Monkey Heartline Kit by Laraine Herring (Exclusive!)
    Rise up and meet your writing where it lives! Includes a transcript with additional writing exercises.
  • Let’s Get Ink on the Page by Laurie Wagner (Exclusive!)
    Get started writing, how to figure out what to write about and how to tell the truth on the page.
  • Oneness Meditation by Lissa Rankin
    Move past the fear of being alone and into a state of Oneness.
  • I Have an Idea! by Melody Ross (Exclusive!)
    A step-by-step course to make a designer masterpiece of wall art to inspire your future work.
  • Looking and Seeing by Miriam Hall
    An introductory guide to the practice of contemplative photography called Miksang.
  • How To Write With Insight by Sarah Selecky (Exclusive!)
    A short collection of essays about creative writing, plus an (exclusive) rollicking conversation with Sarah and Jen in which Sarah shares how she stays in contact with her creativity in the midst of business and life demands.
  • Create Your Own Home Retreat by Susan Piver (Exclusive!)
    Susan’s brand-new step-by-step guide for creating retreats at home, plus a sweet and sassy(exclusive) talk in which Susan dispels myths about meditation and creativity.

Isn’t that a powerfully good once-in-a-lifetime collection of insight, support, and how-to-create amazement? YES, it is!

Thanks for being with me in this exploration of the creative life!



P.S. Did I mention it’s on sale for only 72 hours? Get all these goodies for just $108-
Go check it out right here.




Good enough mom.


Photo by Andrea Scher

He texted, “What question do you not want me to ask you? What question would you find disconcerting?”

I didn’t write it. I didn’t dare. But what came to mind was this: Are you a good mother?

Because all I can see sometimes is how I fail them.
How I’m not good enough.
How I don’t read to them long enough, and I shout, and I don’t volunteer in the classroom.

I hear about homemade muffins + family dinners and I think about our meals –  haphazard, no one staying in their chair, at least 3 different meals at play, not enough vegetables.

I think about the cavity on Nico’s tooth, the one right in the front – how on earth did he get a cavity there? and I can see how I delay getting him to the dentist. I imagine him with a gold tooth right there in the front and I feel mortified. I’d rather they just pulled that sucker out. He doesn’t need it, right? It’s just a baby tooth.

And I can see of course that this is all about me,
and that hidden part of me,
those two words inscribed somewhere inside my wounded heart: not enough.

And of course I will take him to the dentist, but I can already see myself rehearsing my lines – “I told him he needed to brush ALL of his teeth, someone (not me) has clearly been giving him gummy worms…”

However you slice it, there it is – bad mother.

Do all mothers feel this way?

I suppose if I really thought I was a terrible mother I wouldn’t be writing this – the shame would keep me hiding. But how do you get to good enough mother? and what is that anyway? There’s no way to tell.

Imperfect mother. Maybe I’ll make a t-shirt that says that. Or maybe we need a hashtag #imperfectmom

I don’t know why I’m telling you all of this. Maybe so I don’t feel so alone. Maybe so you don’t. Maybe we’ll all start wearing t-shirts that say funny things. Maybe it would help in those moments when you stare at that other mom – that perfect mom – from across the playground. Maybe it would help if she had a shirt that said, “I don’t know what I’m doing either. I’m totally in over my head. Let’s be friends.”


What the heck is E-course Bootcamp anyway?

What the heck is E-course Bootcamp anyway? from andrea scher on Vimeo.

Wanted to share a bit about E-course Bootcamp with you in this quick + dirty little video!

Class begins September 14th!

Enter the code EARLY100 to get $100 off.