Hey! I’m Andrea. An entrepreneur, writer, poet, self-compassion advocate & creative who is driven to understand what makes people tick, myself included.
Over the past 6 years I’ve drastically altered my life. I’ve transformed from a severely depressed, anxiety-laden, addiction-driven pessimist to a more light-hearted and self-actualized human being who values what she brings to the table.
It’s taken a lot of work. There’s nothing fun or easy about facing and deconstructing the beliefs that teach us to hate ourselves.
But damn, is it freeing.
I’ve learned a lot along the way and began sharing the lessons from my self-healing journey on this blog you’re visiting in 2015 (Thank you for being here, BTW 🖤)
I am a self-compassion advocate.
My motto (one of them anyway) is that our feelings are here to tell us what we need to know. Avoiding them is the path to self-destruction, and something I know a lot about.
Another to-the-core motto of mine = Being kind to yourself is the answer to all emotional woes.
Kindness is listening to your body and getting to know what it is trying to teach you. So is setting boundaries, understanding how energy affects you, and getting used to being with yourself, in the absence of trying to change who you are or how you feel.
I love to write.
I felt drawn to writing from a very young age. I spent a lot of time creating poetry and journaling in my room as a kid.
College helped me refine my skills.
I majored in technical communications (these days it’s often referred to as information design) and minored in computer science.
After college, I spent a really long time trying to be happy about the work I was doing, and specifically, about working for other people. Having a boss was never a good fit for me, and I struggled deeply with the belief that I was somehow inherently flawed because of how trapped I felt in a 9-5 work environment.
Eventually, I learned to challenge the dysfunctional ancestral conditioning that told me there was only one way to be successful.
Today, I celebrate my desire for freedom and the fact that I was born to be a creative entrepreneur, using my analytical mind and writing abilities to connect with and help others.
I am an introvert with extrovert tendencies.
I love connecting with people and performing (I’m also an actor) but I really love doing my own thing, too.
Actually, I NEED to do my own thing whenever I spend a lot of time in the company of others. It’s all about recalibrating my energy and creating inner balance. ♎︎
I trust my instincts.
I respect and follow my inner compass, even if it leads to awkward conversations. I get strong intuitive insights about people and situations. If I deny them, I suffer.
I also trust the signs my body sends me. As a physical intuitive my body always has a lot to say.
I am vigilant about taking care of myself.
If I’m in good shape physically, mentally, and emotionally, I’m capable of showing up for and helping others. So I keep close tabs on my thoughts, eat plant-based foods, and do what lights me up whenever possible.
What’s lighting me up right now? Helping my clients, acting, doing readings, writing poetry, researching all the spiritual stuff I can get my hands on, and creating and sharing content that helps people.
I love nature and animals.
Life feels lighter when I’m breathing fresh air, walking on grass, or having conversations with my cat about the hardships of not being given unlimited access to his treats (His name is Jack and he is part cat, part parrot.)
I love to laugh.
Humour is 100% the direction I head when I’m nervous. It usually works out for me? 😂 Regardless, laughter is always high on my priority list. It contributes to the balance I crave. From heavy to light…
I essentially feel both young and old at heart. Forever a kid but with wisdom that wants to be expressed and shared. I’m tapping into it on a deeper level the more I heal myself, and learning how to share it in productive ways (like here, and here)
I am a student of life.
I believe that as long as we’re alive there are opportunities to grow and create positive change in the world. I feel innately driven to investigate the opportunities that come my way – not just for me but for the betterment of society.
I never waiver from the calling within me, telling me to keep educating and empowering myself and trying to help others. It’s why I’m here: to help.