first day of spring…

icelandic poppy bud, Canon Digital Rebel

I was just reminded that this is the first day of spring! I’ve been amazed watching these guys open.


“And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
it took
to blossom.”
– Anais Nin

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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. kelly

    1st day of spring and indiana is in for a snow storm! gosh i dig living in the midwest!
    such soothing images….thanks for bringing a bit of sunshine my way!

  2. Jenn

    Wonderful pics Andrea.
    Happy Spring.

  3. Donavan

    These are without a doubt, the most stunning photographs you’ve ever taken.
    I feel a bit like I’m splitting open lately, painful and scary and wondrous and awful and awe-full.
    These pictures are like anti-depressants in the form of pixels.
    The world is a better place with your vision.

  4. Feisty

    Ooooo I just love these!!

  5. Jill

    Wow! Beautiful.

  6. C~

    These pictures…well…I always love your pictures, but these ones, gosh, I’m speechless. All I can say is THANK YOU.

  7. liz elayne

    after i finished reading/looking at the post, i took a deep breath. this was literally a breath of fresh air for me.
    thank you.

  8. christine

    powerful images. this gives me more evidence for my faith. thanks.

  9. bohemiangirl

    such gorgeous photos!
    so symbolic too…

  10. Alison

    wow! this is so beautiful! thanks for sharing!

  11. Sundries Sublime

    I love the Anais Nin quote! I actually just did a post with it a few days back!!! 😀

  12. nadine

    Simply wonderous.
    Thank you, thank you for sharing.

  13. Jen

    Breathtaking! They look like paintings…just beautiful.
    Quick question: What kind of lens are you using to accomplish that? Does it have a MACRO on it?
    I have a Canon Digital Rebel too and am looking for a good lens…mine is the just 28-80 and it really won’t do much exciting. Thanks!

  14. Sarah Jane

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! It’s first thing in the morning here and what a great way to start the day – gorgeous pics and encouraging words.

  15. Jennifer

    I am loving the quotes and the photos Andrea. I especially love the fact that I have been thinking about them when I’m not in front of my computer…like in the car this morning on a grey Michigan morning. Even if I don’t have much color outside, this is color for my head 🙂

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  17. la vie en rose

    thank you for sharing your amazement…and pairing it with one of my favorite quotes.

  18. muck

    beautiful photos!! i too have a canon rebel xt – what kind of lens did you use?

  19. muck

    beautiful photos!! i too have a canon rebel xt – what kind of lens did you use?

  20. degan

    just gorgeous.

  21. Ulla

    Lovely, you are a painter with the camera!

  22. Morgan

    Andrea…As always, your photos are the equivalent of creme brulee~ delicious! I see a few others have asked you the same, but I would also love to know what kind of lens you use. I absolutely love the filtery-glow of these photos. I hope you are happy and healthy!

  23. Shelley Noble

    Absolutely gorgeous, Andrea.

  24. kristine

    Wow! I have been thinking about the idea of taking risks lately. This quote really resonates with me!

  25. Pomme

    This post is so dreamy I closed my eyes to savor it. BeautyFull!

  26. angela

    beautiful andrea. and i so had to smile, as just the other day, working on more of the “quote” project…
    and this was one of them in my hands, on my mind, in my heart. that i had to write it down on paper, just to brand it into my mind again.
    and then the joy of rediscovering the words here again.
    yes, definitely words to be written on our hearts.
    and then your beautiful poppies… your photography. you captured this with such delicacy, honesty, sensitivity…

  27. steph

    absolutely wonderful images.

  28. Mia

    Your photos get better and better. These are just lovely. Just as the weather becomes lovely for you it has turned chilly overnight and winter comes to the Great Southland.
    Keep taking beautiful photos.

  29. miles

    Beautiful, I hope it’s a good one.

  30. Leslie

    Aren’t poppies just so magical??

  31. april

    that is my most favorite quote ever. i always thing back to it when i’m stuck and unhappy with a part of my life, and i am reminded that its more painful to be in that particular situation than it would be to make that big giant leap to change. and you know what? i’ve never been disappointed with any of the leaps i’ve taken!!!
    thank you for sharing!!!!!

  32. french toast girl

    I am so in love with that top photo! 🙂

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  34. Moe Moe

    You take great pictures!!

  35. JiggaDigga

    Great reading, keep up the great posts.
    Peace, JiggaDigga

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