Welcome to this first episode of Season Seven of the Mother’s Quest Podcast!
Today’s episode was sparked by an experience I had on my most recent big milestone birthday. The morning of December 1st, I turned 50 and the podcast, which was a 45th birthday present to myself, turned 5.
As I often do, I began my morning practice reading a book on my bedside table; the one I grabbed this time was a new one I had purchased called Wonder Seeker. Inspired by an idea within the gorgeously photographed pages, I hopped out of bed, wandered over to my bookshelf, pulled books from the shelves that were speaking to me on this occasion, and before I knew it had organized them into a pile which that became my “Manifesto for Becoming 50.”
There was such spontaneity, joy, and ease in this creative endeavor…qualities that emanate from the book Wonder Seeker and qualities I had long admired in Wonder Seeker’s author Andrea Scher.
So, when it came time to launch the new season and invite a guest to anchor our month-long Mother’s Quest May invitation to reclaim our E.P.I.C. lives in the Mother’s Quest Community, I knew just who to ask. What a delight it was when Andrea Scher said yes!
Andrea is an author, artist, and life coach whose work is driven by her belief in the transformative power of creativity for joy and wellbeing. For nearly two decades, through her award-winning blog Superhero Journal, her Creative Superheroes podcast, and her bestselling e-courses, Andrea has thrilled others with their own power to find the magic all around them.
Her new book, Wonder Seeker: 52 Ways to Wake up Your Creativity and Find Your Joy straddles the world of creativity and mindfulness – playfully inspiring readers to live more vibrant lives full of presence, joy, and connection.
Like the book, I felt like this whole conversation straddled the world of creativity and mindfulness. Andrea shares with us where she developed her unique lens of looking at things through “wonder goggles” as she calls them, about the big dreams she calls Mondo Beyondo, how she loved herself and her children through her divorce, and where she’s finding joy today. Talking with Andrea reminded me that our creative endeavors have ripple effects we may not even know and that we don’t need permission to pursue the things that we love.
I hope you love this conversation as much as I did and open yourself to seeking more wonder in your life. I also invite you to join me and Andrea in saying “yes” to our own Mondo Beyondo dreams, to our own creativity, and to creating our own Manifestos, by signing up for the Manifesto Challenge, linked in the show notes, tapping into some of the creative ideas for expression from Wonder Seeker, like the book spine poetry I drew inspiration from, and then joining Andrea and me on May 24th to celebrate what we’re creating and manifesting together.
Andrea Scher is an author, artist, and life coach whose work is driven by her belief in the transformative power of creativity for joy and wellbeing. For nearly two decades, through her award-winning blog Superhero Journal, her Creative Superheroes podcast, and her bestselling e-courses, Andrea has thrilled others with their own power to find the magic all around them.
Her new book, Wonder Seeker: 52 Ways to Wake up Your Creativity and Find Your Joy (HarperCollins) straddles the world of creativity and mindfulness – playfully inspiring readers to live more vibrant lives full of presence, joy, and connection.
You can learn more about Andrea on her website or follow her on Instagram!
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Topics Discussed in this Episode:
- What Andrea means by “Mondo Beyondo” and some of our Mondo Beyondo moments.
- How Andrea mindfully engaged with her children through the experience of her divorce.
- The simple somatic practice Andrea uses when she sees something she wants more of in her life.
- What women were taught growing up about pursuing what we desire and what Andrea thinks we need to shift.
- Manifesting and creating blueprints for our life goals.
- How you can see things from a new perspective and from different angles.
- Andrea’s magical journey to bringing her book Wonder Seeker to publication, something both 25 years in the making and that came to fruition in mere months.
- Andrea’s most recent “Wonder Date” experience with bioluminescent algae on Tomales Bay.
- Our joint challenge to you is to create a Mondo Beyondo Manifesto of your own.
Resources and Topics Mentioned
This Episode’s Challenge:
This Mother’s Quest May, say “yes” to the annual 7-day Manifesto Challenge, which you can access in the Mother’s Quest MemberVault. Then create your own Manifesto, utilizing the creative ideas, like the book spine poetry that inspired my “Becoming 50 Manifesto,” from Andrea’s Wonder Seekers book. Finally, you can join me and Andrea for a celebration of our creativity, Mondo Beyondo dreams, and our Manifestos (or Manifestos still in the making!) on May 24th at noon PST. Register here.
This Episode is dedicated by Jamie Greenwood
Jamie Greenwood is a self-care and leadership coach and the founder of Homecoming, a 6-month group coaching program that teaches big-dreaming, high-achieving women how to take exquisite care of themselves, without an ounce of guilt. With over 15 years of experience, Jamie specializes in helping women get really clear on who they are, how they want to live, and then actually doing it on their own terms.
Jamie is also the host of The Path Home, a podcast that explores the many facets of the home, how we find a home in ourselves, and how we create a sense of home in our work, our relationships, our communities, and in the future we want to see.
When Jamie’s not coaching, speaking, or podcasting, you can find her running after her 5-year-old and 3-year-old daughters and wondering what’s for dinner.
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Mother’s Quest May Gift Guide
Need a little inspiration to invest in yourself? Check out our Mother’s Quest Mother’s Day Gift Guide! Choose yourself and say yes to taking time off! Buy something meaningful to you, sign up for the Manifesto Challenge, or contribute to a cause you care about– there’s something for all mothers here!
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