Feelin Mighty*

Mighty Girl, Maggie Mason, Guerneville, CA, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

I am moving slow these days… feeling mighty in spirit but not so mighty in body. I predict that in about three weeks this puppy is coming out! So if I don’t return your emails friends, know that I am probably doing some much needed lying on the couch.

I did hope that I would make it to the Mighty Summit this year though, and I did. I wished that I had been able to drink lots of wine and stay up late telling stories (maybe next year!) but I had an amazing time just the same. Oh, and I missed the lesson in opening a champagne bottle with a sword. Lucky for me I know about 25 who know how to do this. 

Things I did learn at the Mighty Summit:

I need to wear more color! and patterns and dresses, and hair accessories! Case in point, Mena Trott (pictured below) is the perfect example. She actually makes all of her fabulous dresses. And Maggie above. Don’t you just love the color?

Mena Trott, Guerneville, CA, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

How to make smoky eyes with eye shadow. (Thanks Danielle!)

That there are so many amazing, interesting and beautiful women in the world. (Actually, I already knew this) Spend five minutes asking someone what their dreams are and an entire universe of their heart will be revealed to you.

That being wined and dined is totally marvelous. I kept feeling like I was on a game show… Look under your chair! It’s a new brand new car! Some favorite gifts were an Epiphanie bag, Tieks travel shoes, and some awesome jewelry. We also stayed at the most wonderful hotel called Boon.

Epiphanie bags are really beautiful and the most stylish gift for any photographer friend of yours. And Maile Wilson who makes them, is even more amazing.

Danielle Henderson, Guerneville, CA, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Strolling through the 300 foot redwoods in Armstrong Woods can solve pretty much any problem. It was a drizzly morning and the air felt like pure nourishment. Almost like food. Even though I was walking (I haven’t exercised much this pregnancy since exercise gives me contractions) I felt the best I’ve felt in a long time walking through those woods.)

Get 25 women around a table sharing their dreams and you will see how much women love to help make other womens’ dreams come true.

Dooce and Margaret, Guerneville, CA, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

lunch in the wine cave, Moishin Winery, Guerneville, CA, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

When our picnic in the redwoods got rained out, I was amazed to see that in an hour flat, they had coordinated a beautiful lunch in a wine cave, complete with a candlelit knight’s table. Amazing! As we ate, we were instructed to look over our life lists and choose five dreams that we were ready to tackle this year. Then we went around the table and asked for help with one of the dreams on our list. It was a moving and totally inspiring process. (At the end of the meal we were each given a necklace, with five little gold rings hanging from a chain, representing each of the dreams we are holding for this year. I have been wearing mine faithfully, feeling connected to both my list and the awesome people I met this weekend.)

Most importantly, I learned that women want to help other women achieve their dreams. They really do. No matter what we learned in high school (and later) about being competitive, jealous and believing there wasn’t enough goodness to go around, the truth is that when we can create a culture of community and empowerment around our goals and dreams, women are the first ones to jump in and want to help.

Even when we can barely get out of bed.

Nicole and me, Guerneville, CA, Canon Digital Rebel XSi



  1. Posted September 27, 2010 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    you look absolutely radiant, andrea. and thank you for this ray of storytelling sunshine. we have dreams and sisters to support us in them. yes. gracias.
    {p.s. wish i could participate in dream lab…rough financial patch…hoping to harvest something soon.}
    abrazos y besos, m

  2. Chana
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Sending wishes for a healthy & smooth birth, all in good time!

  3. Posted September 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    this post just made me happy. big, fat, content kinda happy.
    thanks andrea! good vibes being sent for a good birth!!

  4. Posted September 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    That. First. Picture. Is. Amazing.
    Sending you nice quiet relaxing mighty thoughts, along with the very best birth wishes! Eeeee!

  5. Posted September 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I love this, you sweetie! And such amazing photos. They brought back some of the weekend’s magic for me. It’s good to have you around, sister.

  6. Lilia
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Andrea….what a phenomenal experience!!! I love the colors and spirits that you’ve captured here
    Sending you waves of peace and strength as you prepare to birth your babe!

  7. Posted September 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    “How to make smoky eyes with eye shadow”…
    fun! i’d love to know what you used…

  8. Posted September 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    No one shoots like you! I can feel the goodness jumping off of the page!

  9. Posted September 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    OMG, that photo of me and Dooce is hilarious! I hope you are feeling good despite the fact that the final weeks are definitely not the easiest. At least you know pregnancy is not a chronic disease! Best of luck!

  10. Posted September 27, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Loved this post! Hope I can create something similar for myself in my “neighborhood”.

  11. Posted September 27, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Such amazing women and photographs.
    Good luck
    Much love and many blessings

  12. Posted September 28, 2010 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Oh my that picture of the redwoods is stunning!
    Lots of Love to you!

  13. Posted September 28, 2010 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Everything I’ve read about this weekend sounds amazing. So glad you were able to make it. And you look great! Hope the delivery is safe and smooth.

  14. Carole
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi Andrea! As gorgeous as those redwoods are, nothing compares to all these beautiful women pictured here! Sounds like the whole time was a breath of fresh air, and I’m so glad you were able to go!
    I’ll be thinking of you and hoping for the very best birth experience and transition for your family. It’s challenging of course, but really it’s pretty amazing having two kids – just when you think your heart couldn’t get any bigger to fit more love…then comes the second child, and your heart expands like the universe! On the other hand, I hope you are able to enjoy the nesting and the focusing on your home sphere, and we’ll look forward to hearing from you whenever/however possible. May you also be annointed with the special gift of being able to ask for help when you need it!
    Cheering for you!
    ~ Carole

  15. Yulia
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Andrea, your writing is so beautiful – you are such an amazing person. Your tender heart and beautiful spirit comes through your writing so clearly. Thank you for carrying me through many a rainy day :) Happy birthing, mama!

  16. Jenny
    Posted September 30, 2010 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    You are such a beautiful and special person I’m so grateful to have found your superhero jewelry and blog a couple of years ago. Sometime just one sentence will touch me or connect with me so strongly and it helps me feel better or change a way of thinking or have some other positive affect. So, thank you Andrea!
    Happy birthing to you, all good energy sent your way!

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