Happy Belated Valentine’s Day

Self-portrait in green glass ball, Hana, Canon Digital Rebel

When I was a kid, I remember sitting outside my parent’s bedroom listening through the door with my breath held and hand cupped to my ear. I had an instinct for those moments when they might talk about me, when they were going to smile with each other and say how amazing I was or smart or how much they loved me.

I already knew they loved me (and they often told me) but there was something like proof in this illicit act, something so comforting, knowing that in their private moments they liked me as much as I hoped.

When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of that desire to know we are loved. I hope you feel deeply loved this week, by your friends, your family, and most of all yourself.

P.S. I have been out of town and just arrived home last night. I was sad to miss the great San Francisco pillow fight yesterday! See slideshow and fall in love with my city.

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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. nadine

    Yea! You’re back 🙂 I have missed your posts the last few days. Love this story about your childhood memory, and the photo is wonderful. Makes me think you are in an underwater world looking up at all of us.

  2. Lu

    I love the portrait.

  3. gkgirl

    that is such a cute written image of you
    as a child…
    i loved that about the “knowing that in their
    private moments they liked me as much as i’d hoped”
    thats great…

  4. katherine

    gawd! that is the most beautiful, dreamy photo i’ve ever seen. it is breathtaking. i want to go there. i feel like i could just take a deep breath and dive into that shimmery, delicious place where you were. thank you.

  5. julie

    do you see the heart in the bottom right corner?

  6. kyra

    What a great photo! Did you use it specifically because of the lucky little heart in the corner?

  7. kelly

    oh my gosh…DO i feel loved!
    i am sitting here with pure
    happiness and cotton candy
    resting on my neck!

  8. kerstin

    what a fun and cool picture. happy belated vday to you too.

  9. la vie en rose

    what a great story! hope you had a swell valentines day!

  10. holly Hatam

    what a wonderful story! i also remember loving the moments when I caught my parents talking about me in secret…there is something wonderful about it.

  11. bohemiangirl

    beautiful, liquidy photo, A.
    San Francisco!!!!
    watching the pillow fights brought me back to my roots. : )

  12. Elizabeth

    This is fantastic!
    I have been catching up on your posts here and there, but this is a great one.
    Love the San Francisco stuff, I had no idea that happened. Very cool.
    And your photo, awesome. story, even better.
    thanks for sharing.

  13. Erika

    This is the greatest picture! It’s so happy!!

  14. Teece

    WOW… brilliant and lovely. Thank you for sharing. I have a huge grin right now.

  15. Felicity

    Welcome back, girl. Love, love, love the photo of you. I think I may be having a crush!

  16. Sundries Sublime

    What a beautiful post!! Happy Valentine’s to YOU!! 🙂

  17. jenn

    welcome back…. I hope your time with family was nice.
    i love this photo of you. very dreamy.
    the pillow fight slide show was amazing. thanks for sharing. looks like a great time.

  18. beeb

    Welcome back and amazing pictures!!!
    I really think I’m on the wrong coast. 🙂

  19. Justyna

    I’ve never commented on your page before…but was introduced to your site through Brandy Agerbeck.
    The world is so small sometimes. Just today I found the Laughing Squid website and through it was introduced to the SF Pillow Fight. I sat there for a moment and wondered whether or not you blogged about it..and sho’ nuff you did. Just thought it was neat.
    Love you site.

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