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One more day! You in? Some video inspiration for you.

Hey sweet friends,

I am beyond delighted by all the folks who have signed up for Mondo Beyondo! Thank you!

You will receive an invitation to the classroom tonight!

Want to know a bit more about the class? Watch this intro below!

Just click above to watch the video!

Big love + hugs to all of you. Thank you for being my co-conspirators in making magic.

xo Andrea

How I finally found my sweetheart. (+ last chance for Mondo Beyondo discounted rate!)

When I had an astrological reading with Virginia Bell last fall, I couldn’t wait for this 2019 year to start. This is your year! She told me. This is the time when the pieces come together. You’re going to finally make real all of the things you have been working so hard to create. Well halle-freaking-lujah! I thought. I was especially hopeful when it came to finding my sweetheart. 

After online dating for more than four years, I was getting, shall we say, fatigued with the process. At first all of the new people and adventures was exciting. It was fun to be out in the world again and be in this alternate universe outside of my mama duties. I would text girlfriends who were tracking me on first dates (I’m on a boat! I’m on a dairy farm! I’m at a watsu party where everyone is naked!) Even the terrible dates were great story material and helped me understand (by contrast) what I wanted and didn’t want in a partner.

I likened it to the process I went through in finding the right home after my divorce. It required that I go in and see a lot of houses to understand what my non-negotiables were. Did I want hardwood floors or carpet? Was a bathtub a must? Sometimes I would walk into a house and just know – I can’t write here. And so I wouldn’t apply.

After a while though, I found myself applying for super crappy apartments (ones that would have been much to small for me and my boys) out of sheer desperation and fear that I couldn’t actually have what I truly wanted. When I wouldn’t get the crappy apartment I would feel disappointed (even though I was clearly being protected by some greater force) Ultimately, I had to remind myself that I knew what a full yes felt like in my body. And I knew that when I felt that full yes for a home, it would be the right fit.

Finding home in another person turned out to be a similar pursuit. I pursued a lot of crappy apartments in the land of online dating too! 😉 And watched myself on that rollercoaster of hopefulness and excitement and then the inevitable plummet… The questions were also similar – Was I worthy of having just what I wanted? Was I supposed to not be so “picky” and just settle for something good? Could I be with the pain of not being chosen? Could I learn to set boundaries and assert my needs and desires?

Last December, I had my yearly reading with the psychic medium I have been consulting for years. For the very first time in four years she said, “You have a long term agreement coming in!” (This is her term for a long term relationship) My heart leapt. “I really like him Andrea. Super high vibration, an incredible communicator, really evolved, been doing his work for a long time.”

Then she started to describe him physically. He’s got dark wavy hair, he’s wearing it short right now, although he’s worn it long in the past, a prominent M in his name… “Let’s wake up this connection!” she exclaimed.

Five days later was Christmas eve. This is a notoriously hard week for me. The boys are with Matt and his family and I always forget the sting that Christmas morning brings. I imagine them bounding down the stairs to open gifts and I am far away… So I texted my friend Laurie. “Lonely Jew! Nowhere to go on Xmas eve!” She immediately texted back, “Oh my gosh, join me and Mark and the girls!”

Jesse wasn’t supposed to be there. But when Mark heard that I was coming, he and Laurie got to thinking. What would happen if we put Andrea and Jesse in a room together?

Well friends. You know where this story is going.

We chatted. We flirted a bit. I was immediately attracted to him.

At some point Mark sat next to me and said, What do you think of my friend Jesse? He’s an amazing communicator, super self-reflective… same words the psychic used to describe him. I looked over at Jesse, at his wavy dark hair and got chills. 

This photo is my favorite of us, mostly because it shows my utter delight for this man. The relationship has had its complexities like any other, but we’ve had an unhesitating yes for each other from the beginning. For a long time we joked that we were high on resonance and low on content, because the feelings we had for each other were so deep and yet (with our complex parenting schedules) we had barely gone on many dates.

I could tell you many things about Jesse. I could tell you what an amazing dad he is and how much I learn from him as a parent. I could tell you about his playfulness and his wildness. I could tell you about the magic he makes in the kitchen and what a fierce advocate he is for those he loves and causes he believes in. I could tell you about the other night, when I was having an allergic reaction and my face was burning, how he carved up chilled watermelon rinds and placed them carefully on my face. 😉 I could tell you that it feels safe to tell him any truth, no matter how hard.

That full yes I was waiting for in a home? It happened when I walked into my dreamy little treehouse in the woods. I gasped when I walked in and said to the woman showing me the place, “Do I get to have this?” “Yes! She exclaimed. “What else do you want?”

We know what that full yes feels like in our body. It’s expansive, it’s uplifting, it’s like oxygen. Jesse feels like that to me every time we’re together. He is my full yes. 

We get to have what we want sweet friends. 

What do you want most? 

Guess what? You get to have this. What else do you want?

Class begins, Monday, September 16th, 2019

More details here.

Wanna get in on the early bird price? TODAY IS THE LAST DAY!

Just enter the coupon code: EARLYBIRDMAGIC  at checkout to get the course for 99- instead of $129

My Mondo Beyondo dream (come true) this year.


Last year I spent time at the most amazing retreat center in the Santa Cruz Mountains – 1440 Multiversity! I was there to hang out with my friends Kelly Rae Roberts + Beth Kempton who were teaching a creative business workshop that week. As I participated in their workshop, ate the most glorious food and soaked in a giant infinity tub overlooking a sea of redwoods I started to wonder how I could spend more time in this place!

During the week I also got to zoom out on my own creative business and contemplate where I was heading, what I wanted to slash and burn, where I was headed as a creative creature… And guess what? Everyone seemed to be finding clarity but me!

Until the very last day.

I realized that I had been at this creative biz thing for a looooooong time (more than 20 years!) And although I have had lots of great success over the years, some part of me was still waiting for permission – permission to be my biggest self, permission to have a seat at the table, permission to grow into more prosperity, permission to use my voice in bigger ways.

In the closing circle, I was the only one who didn’t share. No one noticed (phew!) which relieved me because I wasn’t ready to put my aha moment into words just yet. The closest words I had was a knowing that my seat at the table was there for me to choose. There would be no formal invitation. It was up to me to share my voice and my heart and claim that space… not in a shouty way, not at the exclusion of others, but in the way that someone who knows that they are worthy claims their space.

Back at home the next day, an idea seemed to drop in out of nowhere – 1440 should have a podcast and I should be their podcast host.

The feeling was total clarity.
Grounded. Like a fact.
Not a stretch.
No ego or fear attached.
Just a full body yes.

And somehow, 24 hours later I had whipped up a proposal for them and sent it off!

Eight months later, I am now their Facebook Live host! And I have been interviewing the most incredible personal growth luminaries that come through their center to teach. It’s live video! Which made me nervous at first… I’m used to radio! But it has been so good for me to work through that edge. Another level of trusting myself + my voice.

Are you ready for one of your Mondo Beyondo dreams to come true this year? YES you are!

Class begins, Monday, September 16th, 2019

More details here.

Wanna get in on the early bird price? LAST CHANCE!

Just enter the coupon code: EARLYBIRDMAGIC  at checkout to get the course for 99- instead of $129

A remedy for when you are feeling stuck. (+ final week for Mondo Beyondo discount!)

Try this: Think of a place in your life where you feel stuck. If some part of you is asking a version of “What’s wrong with me?” like, Why can’t I get my shit together? or Why am I not a more (loving, smart, confident, focused, ambitious, insert your word of choice) person?

Try asking yourself this instead: “What do I most want? What am I longing for?” and then, “How can I create that?”

Trust me. These are much better questions.

This is how Mondo Beyondo can help right your ship. Asking ourselves what we most want and how we can create that is putting those intentions out into the Universe in a much more efficient way. Let’s not muck up the works with staying mired in what we think is wrong. Let’s orient ourselves toward where we want to go.

And guess what?

We can create magic even inside of our imperfect circumstances.
We can make dreams come true from our exquisitely imperfect selves.
We can think the wrong thoughts. We can feel jealous. We can be afraid.

And still create miracles.

Mondo Beyondo is designed to:

  • Help you identify your dreams
  • Identify your core values so that your dreams are in line with your true spirit and passions.
  • Give you tools and practices for approaching your dreams in a powerful way.
  • Show you how deepening 5 capacities in your life (courage, vulnerability, trust, intuition + flexibility) can help you create the ideal conditions for dreams to come true.
  • Give you some signs to look for to know when to quit or keep going
  • Give you practices you can do regularly to honor your dreams and make space for them

Note: Class begins, Monday, September 16th, 2019
(6 weeks, all done at your own pace with a gorgeous community of kindreds)

More details here. 

You can still enter the coupon code: EARLYBIRDMAGIC to get the course for $99! ($129)

 

Who do you want to meet? + why it pays to share your Mondo Beyondo list.

I got to meet one of my heroes a few years ago. Okay, my HUGEST hero. There is one book that sits on my nightstand year after year as a constant fixture. While other books flow in and out, My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging by Rachel Naomi Remen remains. It’s like my blankie. I often pick it up and open it at random, reading whatever story finds me in that moment, and it’s always just the right one. I think it’s called bibliomancy and traditionally done with the Bible, but I do it with Rachel’s books. I cry every time I read the introduction to the book.

One of the reasons it pays to share your Mondo Beyondo list is that others go to work on your dreams on your behalf. They write to you and say things like, “I know the director of that program you have been wanting to apply for!” Or, “You want to learn spanish? I know this really hot Spaniard who wants to practice his English.” 😉 You know, stuff like that.

This time, it was my pal Juli who emailed me and said, “I remember that meeting Rachel Naomi Remen is on your Mondo Beyondo list. Can I gift you a pass to her workshop at Spirit Rock in May?”

Years ago, a friend told me a story about how finally, after years of wanting to meet Neil Young, he finally got the opportunity. He was given tickets to his show in Los Angeles and backstage passes. His dream was going to come true! The evening of the concert however, his back went out and he couldn’t go. He called me the next day and admitted he felt relieved. He said he even wondered if he somehow conjured up the injury so he wouldn’t have to go. There was something about meeting his hero that was terrifying to him. Neil Young might never be the same to him again.

And it’s true. You never know what you will find. Your fantasy of who that person is might be dashed. You might discover that in person they are no big deal. Just a person. You might find they are not nice or don’t look you in the eyes. You might realize that they matter to you but you don’t really matter to them (after all, they don’t even know you) You might discover they are much smaller in person where in your mind they loomed so large.

I remembered all of this as I walked toward the retreat center that morning. I saw her up on the stage and I realized that the author photo I had been staring at all these years was from ten years earlier. She had aged into a beautiful, but much older woman than I had realized. When she spoke, the first thing she said was, “I am very soft spoken, so I hope you all can hear me in the back of the room.” I expected her voice to be deeper, louder and more commanding. But she commanded the room with her quiet and her wisdom. She commanded with her presence, which was so powerful, and even in the way she moved slowly… She didn’t say a lot, but everything she said was like a precious gem.

As you can probably tell, I wasn’t disappointed. But then came the moment of truth. Should I say hello? Should I tell her that I want to have tea with her? Why didn’t I bring a book for her to sign? Is it dorky to want a photo with her?

I gathered my courage and she greeted me and held my hand while I nervously told her that her stories give me courage to share my own. I told her the thing about her book being my blankie and she laughed graciously.

When I think of Mondo Beyondo dreams, I often ask myself what the dream is that lives inside that dream. Often they are like nesting dolls, one sitting inside the other, each one waiting to be revealed. There is the dream of meeting Rachel, which is perfect as it is, and then there are other dreams that live inside– to be mentored by someone who resonates that deeply with me, to hear and share sacred stories that transform you forever and to write a book as beautiful as the one sitting on my nightstand.

Who do you want to meet?
What adventures do you want to call in?
What delicious experiences do you want to have?
What do you want to give in this one precious life?

These are some of the things you will discover in Mondo Beyondo this fall.

More details here. 

You can still enter the coupon code: EARLYBIRDMAGIC to get the course for $99! ($129)

 

[Video] How creative magic feeds my aliveness.

For summer, I wanted to create an experience of pure joy for you! Something easy…. (it’s summer after all!) and fun. Something that will get us out into the world + wake up our creative spirits.

Here’s what I came up with:

A series of delicious prompts on the themes of ease, joy and creative magic.

  • Ease: Self-compassion, cultivating a mindset of ease, letting go of struggle. 
  • Joy: Creative photo prompts that will wake you up to the beauty and color in your world.
  • Creative Magic: These prompts are my favorite of all! These will be mini-adventures and activities that are designed to delight you + also the world. They are joy-filled and all about creative play. We will do things like install fairy doors, have bubble flash mobs + create silly selfies.

Here’s what you’ll discover, inside:

  • 4 weeks of written, audio + video lessons that will help you call in ease, joy and magic.
  • Prompts for creative play that will loosen our minds and open our hearts – allowing us to see the world through a different lens.
  • Secret missions of kindness.
  • Support in choosing ease as a way of being – inside whatever circumstances we are in.
  • As we welcome in ease and magic, we will ultimately connect to our joy.

The adventure begins Monday, July 15th, 2019

Bubble flash mobs, fairy doors, color-collecting + more! Plus, lots of ways to grow your self-compassion and ease this summer.

This is a Pay-What-You-Want course! So bring your friends + share away!

Suggested price will auto-fill + you can pay what you can.

My first heartbreak 💔 + Pay what you want for my new course!

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Back in college I had the big breakup. You know the one. The one that brings you to your knees, where you can’t speak for days, where the anguish is so crushing you don’t know if you’ll ever recover. It was a love-at-first-sight kind of thing — spotted each other in a coffee shop and three espressos later we were shacked up for the next two years. If there is such a thing as past lives, I’m sure we must have known each other in many. He still makes cameo appearances in my dreams all this time later.

Anyway, this is the kind of breakup I was recovering from and it was not pretty. I was crushed, crying every day, in such deep grief I didn’t know if I would survive. Right around this time I met Dan. He was funny and adorable and loved to take photos as much as I did. I agreed to go out with him because he made me laugh and forget my troubles. We played, went on photo safaris, did road trips and cracked each other up. And then, just as quickly as he had waltzed in, he left. Stood me up for a movie, had lots of good excuses, and a few days later fessed up and told me that the ex-girlfriend had come back into town and he was “really confused.”

I was just “really angry.” We broke up and I was furious that I had dared to open my heart again. Even just a little bit. I felt duped, both by him and by the Universe, and I was overwhelmed that all of my wounds that had begun to scab over were being ripped open again.

I remember flopping on the couch in total exasperation and anger, tears pouring down my face, and asking god, the room, whoever was listening, WHY DID THAT ASSHOLE HAVE TO COME INTO MY LIFE? (I think I actually asked this at full volume to the empty house) And because I sometimes played a game where I asked the dictionary a question and opened randomly to get my answer, that’s what I did in this moment. I grabbed the dictionary and asked again through my blinding tears, Why did Dan come into my life?

The word I got was nepenthe: A grief banishing drug; something that eases sorrow or pain.

My breath caught in my throat. Oh my god, I thought. Dan was my nepenthe.

He had gifted me six glorious weeks of healing laughter.
He had pulled me out of one of the darkest places I had ever gone.
He wasn’t supposed to stick around.
He was supposed to be a simple gift.

And in that moment, perhaps for the first time in my life, my heart was awash in forgiveness. All I had was total gratitude for this boy and to the universe for bringing him when I needed him most.

When we are tuned into the magic of the world, we have more access to ease and joy.
We can surrender to our lives and how they are unfolding.

This class is 30 days of prompts designed to call in ease, joy and creative magic.

  • Ease: Self-compassion, cultivating a mindset of ease, letting go of struggle. 
  • Joy: Creative photo prompts that will wake you up to the beauty and color in your world.
  • Creative Magic: These prompts are my favorite of all! These will be mini-adventures and activities that are designed to delight you + also the world. They are joy-filled and all about creative play. We will do things like install fairy doors, have bubble flash mobs + create silly selfies.

Here’s what you’ll discover, inside:

  • 4 weeks of written, audio + video lessons that will help you call in ease, joy and magic.
  • Prompts for creative play that will loosen our minds and open our hearts – allowing us to see the world through a different lens.
  • Secret missions of kindness.
  • Support in choosing ease as a way of being – inside whatever circumstances we are in.
  • As we welcome in ease and magic, we will ultimately connect to our joy.

The adventure begins Monday, July 15th, 2019 – More details here

This is a Pay-What-You-Want course! So bring your friends + share away!

NOTE: Suggested price will auto-fill + you can pay what you can.

Camp Wonder-Seeker starts soon! Pay-What-You-Want e-course!

For summer, I wanted to create an experience of pure joy for you! Something easy…. (it’s summer after all!) and fun. Something that will get us out into the world + wake up our creative spirits.

Here’s what I came up with:

A series of delicious prompts on the themes of ease, joy and creative magic.

  • Ease: Self-compassion, cultivating a mindset of ease, letting go of struggle. 
  • Joy: Creative photo prompts that will wake you up to the beauty and color in your world.
  • Creative Magic: These prompts are my favorite of all! These will be mini-adventures and activities that are designed to delight you + also the world. They are joy-filled and all about creative play. We will do things like install fairy doors, have bubble flash mobs + create silly selfies.

Here’s what you’ll discover, inside:

  • 4 weeks of written, audio + video lessons that will help you call in ease, joy and magic.
  • Prompts for creative play that will loosen our minds and open our hearts – allowing us to see the world through a different lens.
  • Secret missions of kindness.
  • Support in choosing ease as a way of being – inside whatever circumstances we are in.
  • As we welcome in ease and magic, we will ultimately connect to our joy.

The adventure begins Monday, July 15th, 2019

Want to see a sample prompt? Here’s one below!

One of my favorite activities friends! Here are your instructions:

1. Go to the hardware store and gather some paint chips. The set below is from Magnolia paint and are nice and oversized. But really, I have a soft spot for the traditional ones.

2. Find words that call out to you, that feel evocative and resonant. Cut those chips out.

3. Arrange them in a variety of ways and see if they fall into some kind of poetic verse.

Together, under the stars
Texas summer.
Sour apple, cabbage rose, summer pear
Spontaneous
Dark moon, bright future.

Bubble flash mobs, fairy doors, color-collecting + more! Plus, lots of ways to grow your self-compassion and ease this summer.

This is a Pay-What-You-Want course! So bring your friends + share away!

Suggested price will auto-fill + you can pay what you can.

Opening the creative channel in San Miguel de Allende

Hey creative friends,

Great news! Laurie and I sold out our 2019 workshops in a hurry! So we decided to offer two different session dates for 2020!

The dates for this workshop will be: January 5th – 10th, 2020 and March 15th-20th, 2020

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 + friendly people and incredible architecture. It’s my favorite place in the world to collect color…. and is now my favorite place to bring a group!

The city attracts artists and lovers of art because the light there is magic. It is 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 taking a small group of creative folks back to San Miguel in January and March 2020. (January 5th-10th, 2020 and March 15th-20th, 2020) 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 learn from local artisans, take a food tour of the city (total foodie paradise), take photo walks during the magic hour, and wander 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 will be included each day in addition to a variety of room options.

Here are the details all in one place:

Dates:
January 5th-10th, 2020
March 15th-20th, 2020
(5 nights at a gorgeous bed + breakfast)

Your investment:
$2,500 (small, gorgeous private room)
$2,700 (deluxe, private room)

$2,200 (fancy shared room)
$2,400 (luxury shared suite)

(Limited availability on private rooms so be sure to nab your spot if you want one!)

The price above includes:
-Lodging for 5 nights at Casa De La Noche
-Breakfast each morning
-Wild Writing classes each day
-Magic hour photo walks + instruction
-Group art class
-Food tour of San Miguel (the most delicious way to get familiar with the city!)
-Shuttle to + from the airport (as long as you are arriving in Leon, Mexico (BJX) or Queretero)

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

Space limited to 15 lovely peeps. 
Nab your spot soon. This will sell out! (First session sold out quick!)

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 buttons above to pay your $500 non-refundable deposit + secure your spot! (We will get back to you immediately about what your lodging preferences are!)

 

 

It is solved by walking.

I was talking with friends the other day about how certain activities change your body chemistry, how you can jump in water, or simply walk along the ocean and breathe in that air and your body alters with every step. You feel different. Your head clears, your skin glows. You are quite literally a different person than when you started. Putting on the right tunes, getting in your car and screaming (as one of my friends likes to do) or going on a walk can all turn you into a different you.

On the one hand, this is all very basic and intuitive. On the other, we tend to swirl ourselves into a messy head so easily and forget that we have our bodies as our allies and collaborators in climbing out of our heady tangles.

For years I had anxiety attacks that ranged from inconvenient to totally debilitating. I wouldn’t be able to catch a full breath, and of course the harder I tried to breathe, the worse it got. I went to the doctor thinking I had asthma or some other respiratory problem. (He sent me home with no advice.) It took me years (and a xanax one day) to realize that it was anxiety.

When I moved to San Francisco I decided to try yoga and a mere two weeks into my practice the attacks went away for years. I was able to keep the anxiety at bay for a long time this way (until I became a mom, ha!) and I didn’t see it so much as exercise, but a rearranging of my cells. Like water and food and love, my body seems to need a regular dose of this too.

My friend Sasha said this beautifully, “Often we tie ourselves in knots in our minds. Though frustration comes from the head, often the best way out of it is through the body.”

I have a tendency to try and figure everything out, to try to control my life by processing it all and intellectualizing it. And sometimes that’s appropriate… but I am starting to wonder if a hot shower or a walk around the block or a hit of ocean air could help even more.

Maybe you need to playfully tackle your dog or sing loudly in your car with the windows rolled up or lay flat on your back on the floor and shout, “I surrender!”

Maybe you just need to dance it off.

Or run until your shorts are all sweaty.

Or sing into your hairbrush for a spell.

There is a quote from St. Augustine that I love: “Solvitur ambulando” which is latin for “It is solved by walking.”