Back in the olden days, when I was very new to blogging and was constantly combing the internet for inspiration, I stumbled upon the website of Andrea Scher. Aside from the fact that she has one of the most arresting faces I'd ever seen (see Exhibit A, above), she's a talented photographer, and she made these wonderful necklaces called "Superhero necklaces" -- "you are your very own superhero," read the card that she would enclose with every one you purchased.
I bought several.
Two years after I started blogging, I attended my very first blogging conference. And while I was standing alone, feeling rather intimidated by all the strangers milling around me, I felt a hand tap my shoulder. I turned around, and there stood Andrea.
"Excuse me, are you Karen Walrond?"
"Yes! I am!"
"I've been wanting to meet you. I'm Andrea Scher."
Can you believe? She wanted to meet me! *
I quickly learned, even as I was awed by her work, Andrea is one of the most unpretentious people I have ever met. We became friends, and while I don't get to see her or speak to her nearly as often as I would like, she has been there during every critical life change I've been through during the last 6 years. When I quit my job, she was on the phone with me for hours, and since she's also a certified life coach (seriously, there's very little this woman can't do), she would gently talk me through any issues I was struggling with, guiding me to come to my own conclusions and solutions.
And over and over again, she's proven to me that her saying -- you are your very own superhero -- is not just a pithy marketing catchphrase. She really believes this of every person she meets.
So I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to share with you her brand new site, Superhero Life. When she first shared a sneak peek of this new site with me, I literally screamed out loud, and picked up the phone to congratulate her. This site is a perfect integration of all of the awesome sides of Andrea: it's a community where she shares her gentle life-coaching skills, her kick-ass photography skills, and tips for creative inspiration -- and that's just a start. I couldn't be prouder.
Then, after you've done that, go leave a comment on Andrea's blog, and sign up to be on her mailing list -- she's giving away a DSLR camera, people. A camera. That's how awesome she is.
UPDATE: According to Random.org, the winner of the Superhero Life course is Manisha, who said, "Thanks for sharing this, Karen! I can't wait to read more over there." Congrats, Manisha! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can get all your details! :)
And thanks everyone, for all of your comments -- I've passed along your very sweet words to Andrea
* She had remembered shipping some of her necklaces to a place called "Trinidad & Tobago," and had to look it up on a map. Ha!