Finding the sweet spot between ease and effort

Hey friends! 

A couple of months ago, after a minor break up (there are so many tiny heartbreaks in this dating thing!) a friend invited me to her yoga class. If I had known how hard it would be, I surely wouldn’t have gone. It’s been years since I had a proper practice and generally I like my exercise to be leisurely… and not too sweaty.

But this class kicked my ass and I couldn’t very well leave – the class was packed, the doors were closed, and it would’ve looked like too much of a statement! But what happened next surprised me. I got into a flow I had forgotten was possible. The class required so much focus, I had to draw on parts of me that had fallen by the wayside. 

And get this, I’m stronger than I realized! So I decided to come back. And then I came back nearly every day. Some days I’m exhausted and can barely get through class, other times I’m astounded by what my body can do. I couldn’t do even one push-up when I started. Now, I can do them (okay, some of them!) with relative ease.

But here’s what I want you to know. 

My penchant for ease was born out of decades of anxiety. And undiagnosed anxiety and panic disorder lent itself to optimizing for ease at every turn. I needed to protect my energy.

  • I learned how to say no to anything that would jack my nervous system. 
  • I learned how not to overfunction, overdo, or overwork. 
  • I learned how to set boundaries. 

This was mostly in an effort to stay sane (and mostly!) in my skin. 😉 Now I would consider this my superpower. And I love to help other women find the easeful path too.

AND… it turns out I have more capacity now than I realized!

So I’m musing on the sweet spot between ease and effort. That place where we are showing up fully for our lives. Where we are not operating out of fear, but from the joy and aliveness of showing up.

The other thing that surprised me about my new yoga therapy is that where I used to avoid crowds, I’m thriving on these crowded classes. We are all on our own mat, focused on our own practice, and yet, I am drawing on the energy of everyone in the room. I show up more fully to my practice, because they are showing up fully to theirs.

All this to say, we need others to show up in our fullness in our integrity.

And this is where I come in! If you’re inspired to get some one on one coaching support, I have a summer special going on right now that ends this week! Details below!

Have you ever wanted to work one on one with me? This is your moment! 🙂 I’m offering a summer special for private coaching + mentoring with me! 

Here are some ways I would LOVE to support you:
✨Personal coaching that will create a meaningful shift in your vibration/state of being.
✨Jamming on your creative business + get you to the next level.
✨Branding + copy support for your new website/project.
✨Getting your e-course mapped out + out in the world!

My current rates for coaching are $997- for a 5-session package.  
However, right now you can purchase a 5-session package of sessions (which you can use whenever you wish!) for $875-

Follow on Facebook Follow on Instagram Follow on Twitter Follow on Pinterest

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.



Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Ready for your next creative adventure?

Download the Mondo Beyondo dream generator!

Latest from the blog

CSP #82: We Should Get Together with Kat Vellos

CSP #82: We Should Get Together with Kat Vellos

Listen in to this great conversation about adult friendship with expert Kat Vellos! Kat Vellos is a trusted expert on the power of cultivating meaningful friendships. She’s a speaker and author of the book, We Should Get Together: The Secret to Cultivating Better...

read more

self guided e-courses

Choosing Ease

30 days of ease, joy and cultivating wonder

I believe that when I’m creating from a place of ease and buoyancy I am actually in flow – in alignment with myself and the Universe.

Capture the Magic

Rock your camera-phone - and discover that beauty and joy are everywhere.

The very best camera is the one that’s with you! I’ll show you how to get on your own path of joy and delight while learning photography skills along the way.

mondo beyondo

What does your heart truly want in 2020? 

What if you could name your dreams and desires for 2020 and create a plan to make them reality?


Get your FREE guide to experiencing more wonder + joy!

Hop on my mailing list to get weekly-ish inspiration, updates and your free downloadable PDF: 9 ways to experience more wonder right now. I'm so glad you're here!

You have Successfully Subscribed!