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Emily Lyles, Canon 300D

I met the adorable, amazing Emily Lyles this weekend. While having iced tea and shortbread at my favorite cafe, I was reminded of the joys of having friends of all different ages. I have made some extraordinary friends who are older than me (perhaps being a little sister this was more natural?) but was so inspired by Emily (brilliant, creative, 18 years old). I don’t think I’ve spoken to someone just out of high school since 1989 when I graduated myself! I loved hearing what she was thinking about and what life is like for her.

Today, I get the pleaure of meeting Danny Gregory for some drawing, dahlia viewing, picture taking and other shenanigans.

New friends abound..

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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. jenn

    while helping a dear friend move this weekend, i had the pleasure of spending time with her 11 year old nephew aiden.
    i was so blown away by aiden. the knowledge aiden possessed was quite mindblowing. i coudn’t help but think… do children today know more than we did as children? i just can’t remeber at age 11 being so diverse. aiden is very into politics, paino playing, guitar playing, skateboarding, drawing and of course girls.
    i was so impressed with his manors and his politeness. he was very aware of others feelings and choose his actions/words according to this.
    if only we all be as sensative as this amazing 11 year old.

  2. Emily

    OH!! You are the kindest person!! I feel so blessed! 🙂
    I MiSs YoU aLrEaDy!

  3. angela

    andrea. seeing that photograph of emily, and then seeing that photograph of you, right alongside of her, it’s almost like a reflection of sisters. like there’s a spirit that radiates between the two of you.
    one of my sweetest friends has just left. miriam. she’s fifteen, the most amazing help to me these days. sometimes i feel like she brings me back to being young. sometimes i think i’m simply lost without her.
    and just having this chance to watch her grow and have everything just before her. waiting.
    sometimes i think we forget that everything is still waiting before us too.
    that’s the beauty of friends i think. we can find them in anyone. and each one, has their special gift to give.

  4. rachael

    I think you two could pass for sisters. I’m curious to know if she was sporting that supehero necklace when you met her. Either you spotted her wearing the necklace as she waited for her change at the register or she discovered the artist responsible while sipping her tea across the cafe… it would be an interesting way to meet a new friend.
    Enjoy your shenanigans with Danny Gregory. I’m sure you’ll have a great time.

  5. Jason

    I had the exact same thoughts as Rachel…you purty girls could pass as sisters, both physically and spiritually (for lack of a better word). Did the necklace initiate conversation, or was it gifted to her?

  6. kat

    Youth today amaze me, from people like Emily to my boss’s five year old daughter. I have so much appreciation for the intelligence and insight that they have to offer.
    And yes, as others said – you two do look like sisters!

  7. Julia

    Oooooh! I love Danny Gregory!! His weblog is always a favorite destination of mine, on the net. How wonderful to be hanging out with him, drawing and taking pictures. Sounds like you have a delightful day planned. I too,agree with many of the others who said you and Emily look alot like you are related. How uncanny (& cool) is that?

  8. Rebecca

    Andrea – I cannot believe I found you! We spent so many fun times living together at UCSB. I just moved from Sausalito to SLC, Utah and would love to get in touch with you. I cannot wait to connect!

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