Mini moon

Big Sur, Nikon Coolpix 4500

We spent a glorious little mini-moon in Big Sur at the Ripplewood cabins.

We fondly called it the sensory deprivation tank because after all of the excitement of the previous days, we relished the stillness of no phone, no tv, no family, no friends, etc. Only the ocean, each other and our memories of the amazing days before.

Another highlight of our trip was discovering a photography show at the Post Ranch Inn restaurant. We were thinking about eating there, decided it was a bit too fancy for us, but were blown away by what we saw on the walls.

The artist was Gil Mares and his photos of ship hulls are exquisite abstract expressions of color and light. They look like oil paintings in their rich, lush tones. Matt and I dream of having one hang on our walls.

And finally, we delighted in one serendipitous occurence while on the beach at Andrew Molera State Park. A boy, about 9 years old or so, walked up to us and said, “Do you have a free foot?” When we nodded yes, he proceeded to tie a long rope of kelp around Matt’s foot. The kelp had somehow grown into a big rock, creating a ball and chain effect. He returned and tied one around mine.

It took us a few minutes to realize that only a day after our wedding, we had already been awarded our balls and chains!

Follow on Facebook Follow on Instagram Follow on Twitter Follow on Pinterest

Hi, I’m Andrea

On this blog you’ll be learning with me how to use our voices, share our creative superpowers and live life in full color.

As an artist, photographer, life coach + mentor, I’m redefining what it means to be a SUPERHERO — ‘cause in my world, it’s got nothing to do with capes, spandex or sidekicks and everything to do with tenderness, intuition & baby steps of bravery.



  1. jen

    the cabin getaway looks fabulous and wonderfully romantic… so glad your days have been happy.
    share more, and be sure to keep those photographs coming!

  2. anissa

    …where heaven fell down to earth 🙂

  3. paige

    Congratulations on your wedding and mini-moon.
    I cannot think of a lovelier place on earth. Big Sur is it.
    And I love the Ripplewood cabins too!
    I think it may be time for me to repay this place a little visit. Hey, are there still wild turkeys roaming the grounds?

  4. dayment

    Good fortune to you both :o)
    The night of our wedding, I spent 45 minutes washing the beehive-ness out of my hair while Sean watched Beavis and Butthead.
    So, your Minimoon pictures are much better than mine 😉

  5. fern

    I am happy for you….I am new to this internet people knowing seems odd at times…but so expansive at others…praying for and wishing well to strangers..sincerely..weird, but nice….It’s not like I don’t have regular real life friends and family..people I am totally commited to..but I still am anxious and excited to hear your thoughts and those of the ‘comment people”…anyway..I checked out Gil Mare’s ship hull photos… seems I have a pile of them myself from a trip to CA in 1982?3?…love the colors and textures …it is so awesome to be next to one of those big guys while motoring around in a little bow-up life rafty boat

Ready for your next creative adventure?

Download the Mondo Beyondo dream generator!

Latest from the blog

Ready to add color to your life?

Camp Wonder-Seeker

30 days of ease, joy and cultivating wonder

Creative prompts, stories and secret missions that will bring you help you wake up your creativity, invite you to see the world in an entirely different way + celebrate ordinary beauty and magic.

Capture the Magic

Rock your camera-phone - and discover that beauty and joy are everywhere.

The very best camera is the one that’s with you! I’ll show you how to get on your own path of joy and delight while learning photography skills along the way.

Brave Blogging

30-days of breathing life & inspiration into your blog

Blogging is still the best way to grow your audience and find your tribe, while connecting to your voice and your spirit!