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Since so many new folks are coming to the site this week, I thought I’d post a list of some of my favorite entries over the last year or so. Hope you enjoy them!

Lost and Found
Hawaii in Seven Colors
You’re Beautiful

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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. nina

    Thanks for posting some of your favorite posts. I’m fairly new and had only seen a couple of them before. Reading over some of your faves has reminded me why I keep coming back here — you nurture my spirit. Many blessings to you…

  2. maria

    Andrea … as a relatively new reader, I really appreciated you sharing your favorite posts. They are all exquisite, really. There is such a grace in your words and photos, even in the face of grief, anger, and confusion. There is also incredible courage.
    I must say my personal favorite is Dreams, because it is a topic that’s very close to my heart these days (I wrote yesterday in my blog about my conditioning around the concept of ‘art’ and how edgy it feels to even THINK about calling myself an ‘artist’ as I expand beyond what I’ve traditionally done).
    I keep an ‘Inspiration’ binder where I collect articles and other tidbits that inspire and uplift me when I need a little reminder. I already have your ‘Superhero Guide to Designing a Creative Business’ in there, and I’ve just printed out ‘Dreams’ for the binder as well … knowing there will be days when those thoughts will be just what I need.

  3. Lu

    I had not read your “dreams” post and i was really moved by the statement your friend made about taking your talent for granted. I had not thought that I, too have been going about things like I need to earn the right to say I am creative. I have always said I was an artist, adopted designer and finally accepting that I am creative, damn it and I don’t have to wait for validation of that.

  4. Beastmomma

    Those were good ones. I like them all, but it was good to go back to those places in your journey.

  5. Kate

    Okay. Here are the things I am thinking right now (random but connected some how):
    You have become one of those guiding voices for me. I am taken into your stories and when I read the last word, I am speechless and breathless and welling with tears of realization. I need to let go.
    I am writing a to-do list – lose weight, find a new job – because somehow I think people will like me more or things will go my way if I “fix” myself (because I feel like I am at a dead-end). I am scrapping this list. Number one on my list is “accept yourself, dammit!” I need to let go. This has to become my mantra.
    My mother had 3 miscarriages between my siblings and I. I wish I could have been old enough (I was respectively 7, 11, and 12) to help her through the grief and pain. I did help her name them. (The first – Claire – I miss her the most. She would be a freshman in college now.)
    I am sending good thoughts your way. You will make a wonderful and beautiful mother.
    Anyway, thank you for sharing yourself. I’m glad you’re here.

  6. jenn

    First let me say how much I love coming to your site. I started visiting the first month you started it and I have enjoyed it every single post since then.
    I wanted to tell you how much your posts really do stick with us readers. Today while re-visiting some of your favorites {some of which were mine too} I was reminded of another post of yours and the lesson in it hit me.
    You had a post once about taking a computer class. I think it was quicken. I remember commenting on your site that day that I wish there was some sort of class I could take to learn to be creative. I said that I am very good at the bookkeeping, and the organizing but not well at being creative.
    Today while reading your previous posts I realized I was just judging myself. I was comparing myself to everyone else and the way they do things. Last weekend Connie set a blog up for me and I haven?t written on it in a week. I was afraid of not being a good writer, or not posting great photographs. I realize that is just crazy. I shouldn?t want to be just like everyone else. How boring would that be? I know that what is most important is that I am not afraid to show the real me to whomever wants to see it. You posted the computer class post a long time ago and still today I am thinking and learning. Thank you.
    Today I am overwhelmed with love and gratitude for people like you who always remind me to stay true to myself and to not be afraid to grow and trust. As I wear my ?faith? necklace today I send you lots of warm thought of gratefulness and love.

  7. Jody

    What a coincidence; these are all my favorites too. I just love them to bits.

  8. Michelle Ensminger

    You are beautiful and it’s okay to say “I know”
    And by the way, I purchased a superhero necklace last month and I absolutly love it!!!
    It really does have magical powers. It is currently my very favorite accessory.

  9. Milly

    “Lost and Found” was my favorite! Thanks for sharing it again.

  10. Leonie

    Scrumptious! You should do a “Best of the Last Year’s Posts” every year! Like reading a book with a new editor, it puts things into perspective.
    Thank you 🙂
    and thank you for sharing yourself so splendidly.
    Love and laughter,

  11. Emily

    I LOVE the “you’re beautiful” post. It made me tear up.

  12. aCey

    hi! this is a very cool blog! =) great photos! ‘luv it in here… i’m a supergirl-wannabe too…

  13. Lisa

    i am a new (but already dedicated) visitor to your site. i love the beautiful mix of your words and photographs. and i completely agree with your statement in “lost and found”–it is only at the point of letting go that you might be able to regain something. in a spiritual sense, it was when i “let go” of my husband (before he was my husband) that we were finally able to be brought together so magically.
    i love your site and your interesting, deep thoughts (i even referenced on on my own blog).
    i know i will be back again 🙂

  14. Tina

    What a treat to explore these snippets of your life. Your writing is breathtaking. Enjoyed the best of your best. Love your site.

  15. Howard

    Found your blog by accident, but very happy to have stumbled across it. As a counterpoint to “You’re beautiful,” I had a man tell me that at a party over the weekend and when I said “Thank you,” his response was, “No, you’re meant to say I’m beautiful too, not ‘Thank you!'”
    Funny how the same words mean different things to different people.
    Anyway, thankyou – I’ll keep coming back.

  16. Witzy

    This is my first time here and thanks for the recap of those posts. You write amazingly well. I spent a good two hours just now reading through so many of your posts. And the pictures are just too good to pass up. I know I will be here more often. Thank you 🙂

  17. Meg

    Wonderful to get a retrospective. I do like Lost and Found, alot alot. I also have to submit one of my personal favorites- “broken things” from Aug 2004. It’s a wonderful quote and a wonderful picture- and it came at such a important time in my life- it provided such a support, and I always remember that.
    Thanks, It’s been quite a ride!! Your journal reminds me to be creative on days I forget.

  18. denise brown

    RE: “You’re beautiful”
    just as your journey through the airport that day provided you with a divine appointment—mine today while googling the word, “sweetness”—provided me with the same by leading me to your site.
    thank you.

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