Now that I am 35…

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Jonatha Brooke, Tennessee Valley, my perfect birthday gift, Canon Digital Rebel XTi

I believe in art, I believe in love, I believe in color.

I believe in wearing a daily spf 15 moisturizer.

I believe in Montreal bagels, Mt. Tam cheese and a good bubble bath that smells like lemons and black currant.

I believe in making friends and keeping them, in meeting your heroes, and in dish soap that smells like ylang ylang and grapefruit.

I believe in hikes in the woods, in the smell of rosemary and in seeing the ocean as often as possible.

I believe in sleeping 10 hours a night, in big beautiful meals and in extra virigin olive oil.

I believe in the cartoon blue sky at dusk. I believe in the fiery maple leaves on the sidewalk that look like starfish.

I believe in a tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream in your morning espresso.

I believe Oprah when she says that all kids ever want to know about their parents is this: “Does their face light up when I walk into the room?”

I believe in strong women, strong coffee and strong friendship.

I believe in celebrating the ones you love, writing thank you notes sooner than later, and telling the truth even sooner than that.

I believe in hugging people the first time you meet them.

I believe in synchronicity, in intuition and in my own magic.

I believe in friends and family to support me, in my partner who loves me, and that there are angels to help me out when I can’t help myself.

I believe that to stay young, you must stay curious and have a tiny adventure every day.

I believe in people singing together, in holding hands, and in people who are easily moved to tears.

I believe that somehow we all think we’re not good enough, and if I had one superhero power it would be to remind you to trust yourself…

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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.

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73 Comments

  1. Patti

    You just made my day with your post. Thank you for being so positive and uplifing!!!

  2. jenlemen

    you DO have this superpower, and i am so rich and blessed because of it. sweet, sweet post. lots of love (and hugs) right back at you!

  3. ceanandjen

    Happy Birthday to you…you wonderful Superhero! Here’s to a beautiful year ahead, spent making the best memories with your new little angel.

  4. Kim

    Wow. What an amazing, moving, beautiful post. It left me speechless and teary-eyed. You have such power in your words. I needed that today, Thanks for sharing!

  5. ollka

    Happy Birthday, Andrea.
    You are a great sharer. That is a precious gift for the future child, and (no doubt) for the husband. There is nothing more important to a child than sincerity. You have that. I have faith in you and your ability to be a loving, caring, sincere, and perfect mother.
    I like you very much. Let this year bring new and manifold joy.

  6. chronicler

    Happy 35th Andrea! What a wonderful post. I am one of those who is easily moved to tears and you, my dear girl, have done it to me on more than one occasion. Thank you for being so thoughtful.

  7. blackbird

    Well said, and, even better, well lived.

  8. Jess

    THANK YOU!!!

  9. Amy K

    Oh my dear. Amen thirty five! You are a beautiful writer, and my fellow big time believer and I just like you so much! To your 35th year!

  10. jenifer

    & i would be one of those ‘easily moved to tears’ b/c your post brought it on 🙂 thank you, that is lovely…

  11. Julia

    AMEN!! I loved this post!!
    Thank you Andrea for saying something that really matters and inspires me.
    I was moved to tears and couldn’t stop smilimg the whole time I was reading it.
    Blessings to you, Matt and the baby. 🙂

  12. Katy

    I love Jonatha Brooke. Hearing her name reminds me of driving around in college, trying to find solace in good music on damp, fall, Midwestern days. Happy Birthday. I’m having my first baby this spring and find comfort in your baby-related posts. Thank you for that.

  13. Liz

    amen to all the people here who say, thanks for the words… Happy Birthday (mine was yesterday, and it was 45) and thank you for all the things I forgot to remember in celebrating another year here…

  14. kaori

    Happy Birthday, Andrea! I thought of you yesterday when a friend told me that this year, the year of the Dog, is supposed to bring many new lives into the world… she was marvelling at how true that is becoming, surrounded by many friends who are pregnant, expecting, etc. I am so excited for you and your husband, and for your baby for being blessed with such cool parents.
    Thank you again for all the beauty and inspiration you bring.

  15. Becky

    I needed that.
    Thank you.

  16. Robyn

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDREA! (Oh and by the way, I believe in Montreal bagels too. They’re the only “REAL” bagels in this world, and won’t move away from Montreal because of the bagels!) HAVE A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  17. Kristy

    Yea!!!Hells Bells!!!! Happy Birthday Andrea!
    Love,
    Kristy

  18. stef

    I believe you are truly an inspiration!

  19. amy

    this is gorgeous, honest and inspirational…thanks for sharing. you are fabulous!

  20. amanda

    i love this post; it will be one i will come back to again and again, i’m sure. one of your links went to your friend who discovered she and her husband are “better together” and i wanted to recommend, for the fellow jack johnson lovers in the world, brett dennen. i have special music that i want to hear in my most down and most happy moods, and both those artists are on that short list.

  21. aola

    What a beautiful post.
    Thank you.

  22. rara avis

    Happy, happy, happy, Birthday.

  23. Sam

    What a list of blessings, how rich you are in life, and how blessed we are to receive and rejoice with you! Happy birthday to a magical baby’s mama, to you, and how excited am I that you got to meet Jonatha Brooke? I mean, really! Best birthday ever!! That would like Anne Lamott plopped on my couch for some hot cocoa…

  24. Kate

    I love it! Fiesta-ware! I just registered for PEACOCK, SHAMROCK and COBALT. Color makes everything better.

  25. celisa

    and i believe in you andrea!!…an inspiration as always.

  26. Alex

    I have been so sad lately and reading this seemed to open a tiny window of relief and comfort in my deepest heart. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, btw, too and have a wonderful, healthy year!

  27. Chalaundrai

    Oh, I believe in words from the heart… I believe in the power your words have to always touch and lift my heart.
    I believe that the sun shines in you.
    I believe in small joys like organic jasmine tea that I start my day with.
    I believe that the world needs more people who fight the good fight like you and Matt to bring a healthy well loved (and oh so wanted child into this world). I believe that every child should come into the world surround by such love. I believe that it is everyone’s birthright.
    I believe in watching the sun rise whenever possible.
    I believe in stepping in mud puddles every so often.
    I believe that we are all here to save each other.
    I believe we always need to create new stories while respecting the gifts and lessons from the past.
    I believe that if you can just get up in the morning (even if you have to crawl) that you can always begin again.
    I believe that you are a superhero because you remind us to see ourselves and how to love what we see.
    Happy Belated Birthday Andrea!
    with much love,
    c

  28. scout

    Happy Birthday you! My this year be the best one EVER!

  29. sophia

    Happy Birthday Andrea! Whenever I’m surfing around and the world seems sordid or depressing, I clcik on your site and just feel better. You’re a berath of fresh air! More! More!
    hooray for you and baby!

  30. boho girly

    happy birthday my friend.
    sorry i was away in Seattle during your special day. i see you had a YUMMY bday judging by the picture here. Jonatha??? helloooo…perfect.
    you are pure magic.
    love to you.

  31. tiff

    Such a wonderful post.
    God bless your 35th year, superhero.

  32. Leah

    Boy, I really needed to hear that tonight. Happy (belated) birthday, superhero.

  33. eva

    Happy birthday to you, a big girl 🙂

  34. kellyrae

    love this! i’ve been needing new music and discovering the weepies tonite was a gift. and i still need to get to glide! i’ll do that soon…

  35. beastmomma

    Happy Birthday– may a thousand blessings find their way to you.

  36. christine

    if they could bottle up the kind of love you have, i’d buy it and share it with all my friends. thank you for such a wonderful post. have a wonderful birthday. 🙂

  37. Marloes

    Thousands of miles away someone is smiling. Thank you for your magical inspiration. Have a wonderful and happy birthday.

  38. m

    Andrea I hope that y our birthday celebrations go on for at least a week. The older I get the more I want them to last!

  39. meg

    Wow, your post made me feel like it was my birthday! What beautiful sentiments and a great reminder that the seemingly little things are the most important. Thank you, and I wish you many blessings in the coming year. Aren’t the 30s just the best?

  40. swampgrrl

    happy birthday grrrrl. i love your list of beliefs, especially about hugging people the first time you meet them and singing together….oh and good smelling bubblebaths and soaps.
    cheers!

  41. an awfully serious girl

    Thank you for this today, and thank you for making me feel a little less scared about turning thirty soon.

  42. muck

    i find magic in your blog. it brightens up my mornings, giving me more hope. thank you.

  43. kerry

    this is wonderful. and it makes me want to make my own list. i think i just might today while sitting through classes! and it makes me want to try vanilla ice cream in espresso!!! yum!

  44. Rebecca.

    Okay, everyone has said the warm fuzzies far more eloquently than I. I just want to add two things…
    1. Happy birthday again!!
    2. Say goodbye to sleeping 10 hours a night! LOL.
    Hugs.
    R/

  45. my pink sky

    this post was so yummy, i had to read it over and over again! i believe in first meeting hugs too – so wonderful 🙂 hope your day was so, so happy!

  46. my pink sky

    this post was so yummy, i had to read it over and over again! i believe in first meeting hugs too – so wonderful 🙂 hope your day was so, so happy!

  47. rachael

    and… I believe the world needs more kind and beautiful people like you. Happy Birthday! 🙂

  48. Krista

    I believe that when I strut through my world with my SuperHero jewelry on…life looks different thankYOU. The best birthday I ever had was my first necklace. Happy Birthday to a Supergirl!
    They will never be the same. XX-OO,

  49. wn

    Who else but a true Superhero GIVES the internet such a wonderful post on the occasion of her own birthday. The post, the goodness and the thoughtfulness of those words was a wonderful present to us, the internets, who love and admire you so much.
    Happy Birthday Andrea, it’s been one hella good year! Here’s to many more.

  50. jennifer {creatingfromscratch}

    Just came across your blog and love it – your posts give me goose bumps because of their beauty and lovely truth! Thank you for sharing with the world.

  51. Olivia

    I hope you had a wonderful birthday Andrea, full of health & happines… I have never posted a comment before but as I have been reading your wonderful words for a number of years now, I feel like I am peeking into your world and owe you atleast a birthday message as you seem to always give me just what I need.
    Much love to you xxx

  52. christine

    I believe you are one of the most inspiring people I have met, and I am lucky to know you. xo, C.

  53. nicole

    You are sweet as pie and your words are straight from the heart and real. Thanks to you for your insight, wisdom, playfulness, humor, and truth. Know that these virtues are valued deeply by the many who read your blog and look forward to future Superhero happenings… Best wishes for the year ahead–your 35th!

  54. jen b

    I believe that you are going to be the best mama ever. Just look at the joy and inspiration you bring us (and we don’t even live with you) 🙂
    Happy Birthday!

  55. kristen

    do you ever feel like you’re ahead of the game–mentally?
    like, so many people around me are negative and unhappy. and i’m finally past that. and growth like this, in your entry, is a sign of power and growth.

  56. Leonie

    ding dang
    thank you woman
    🙂
    and AMEN to your 35th year!

  57. kyra

    Beautiful post. Enough said.

  58. Marilyn

    Ahhh, Tennessee Valley…I used to LOVE going there when I lived in Marin. Great post!

  59. Lisa

    Oh, man, I’m thinking I ought to try that vanilla ice cream and espresso thing!

  60. wendy

    Happy Birthday, Mama!
    I believe….in you!
    xoxo

  61. Laura

    That was BEAUTIFUL. Absolutely beautiful.

  62. knoxy

    I hope your birthday was as magical as you are. You rock so hard, I could just pee. Love to you, funkalicious – here is to the BEST YEAR EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    XOXO,
    Knoxy

  63. lucia

    you don’t know me, but i love you. *hug* i am so grateful for the universe for bringing your words to me.

  64. Teri

    LOVE YOUR CREDO! you rock, truly. i’m touched by your firt-meeting hug philosophy and i am inspired by the idea of meeting my heros. happy, happy birthday and many blessings!

  65. Nina

    You are such an AMAZING woman. I believe in you!

  66. eriejenn

    I can not begin to tell you how much I love this post… so lovely Andrea, just like you. I send you tons of love and birthday hugs.
    XOXO
    jenn

  67. Jus

    Your posts totally ROCK, this one is especially ROCKIN!
    You are such a good vibe person, not just any good vibe, but yummy scrumptious nice and cozy like hot cocoa and multi colored marshmallows hanging on the porch watchin the sunset in a ROCKIN share – good vibe person 🙂
    Ciao Bella

  68. Katrin

    Happy birthday, Andrea… really love your birthday post (I have to admit that the thought that I am going to be 35 in February next year scared me a little – but now it is all gone… I copied the part of staying curious… :-)…Thanx)
    Katrin

  69. pippa

    oh gosh. thankyou so much for that. you do have that superhero power already!
    Good Luck with being a superhero Mamma!

  70. Bek~Aussie Chick~

    Happy Happy Birthday to you gorgeous woman!
    You are so SUPERFABULOUS !!
    Bek

  71. Claire

    happy happy!
    and, don’t believe too hard in sleeping 10 hours each night…
    with the bebe comin’ and all. 😉

  72. Pamela

    You’ve inspired me to write my own list. In looking at how simple the things are that mean the most (colors, smells, memories, sounds, etc.), I want to live those luscious words of Mary Oliver: “When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.”

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