about Andrea leda
why I answered my calling
Dear Fellow seeker,
I'm that girl strangers share their life stories with. It doesn't matter if I'm in line at the grocery store or on an airplane, I often find myself as the person others tell deep and meaningful things to. I thought everyone received in this way. I thought everyone enjoyed listening and lending sometimes just a smile as if to say, "I see you and I hear you."
It would take until I was 30 to realize this simply isn't the case. I have a gift. I call this gift compassion. I call this gift empathy. And I call this gift love. This gift isn't unique to me but it is the thread of my life and the lens for my work.
It all started on January 8th, 2014...
I woke up with the dawn, walked downstairs, poured myself a cup of coffee, sat myself on the couch, and opened my journal to write like every other morning. And then something it would take almost two years to understand happened:
I had a spiritual awakening. (Uh oh.)
Let me back up…34 years. I grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, surrounded by evergreen trees and refreshing rain (and plenty of coffee). I am the youngest of three and the only daughter. My parents, married for 46 years, were amazing parents. They surrounded us with so much love, tradition, books, music, and the encouragement to “follow our bliss.”
We were also atheists. We prided ourselves on knowledge, logic, and getting to the simple truth of life.
When it felt like Source/God/Universe cracked me open on that January day, I was a lot confused. Questions began to pour out of my pen which I had never contemplated or given much thought to. Questions like, “What is consciousness? Are we infinite?”
I would spend the next two years in search of answers. What happened to me? What did I miss? Where do I come from? Why am I here? Is there a God? What is Source? How do I feel about religion? What is spirituality? What are the mystics telling us? What is my role in all of this?
I read every text I could get my hands on. I asked teachers, leaders, healers, intuitives, and mentors these questions. I wrote hundreds of pages in my journal. And slowly the answers began to flood from me. I knew what I believed…but I was terrified to say it.
So I hid.
I didn’t talk about my awakening with many.
I didn’t write about it or share it.
I didn’t work with it or invite it into my sessions.
The truth was, this wasn't new. I wasn't simply "waking up" so much as I was remembering who I was. I've always been intuitive and tapped into things I can't see but know to be true. We live in a world where these things, which at one time were celebrated culturally, are questioned and criticized for their lack of "truth" and validity.
But every day from then on I was walking around literally in awe of life and its purpose.
I’ve known since that day that I am meant to be a spiritual leader and teacher, a healer and a guide. I am meant to use my intuitive gifts to hold space for others and help them heal and live their purpose.
I am finally ready to share this…
I am here to help the world wake up from within. To remember that we are one, we are love, and we are incredible beings. To help you awaken your life from the inside out.
Over the past 13 years I've chosen to explore people. First as a social worker, then as a counselor, and for the past 8 years as a coach. However, these are just tools and a means for me to do my real work -- to help women awaken their life from the inside out. To help you see how brilliant, creative, and resourceful you already are. To help more women share their voice with the world and even with themselves.
You see, the most radical thing about me is that I love people and I have a strong belief in our capacity to do good. I love our silly nature, our dreams and our ability to create hope. I also love that we get to re-awaken with each lifetime and discover something completely new.
To feel the world isn't always easy or convenient, but it's a gift. Emotions are the texture to our life. They give our life meaning and make our stories worth recounting.
Today my work is for women with something to say, something to give, and the readiness to do both. I lead a community of women near and far who are following their bliss, changing the greater conversation, and using their gifts to help the next generation of women step forward more united. For women called to be of service - This work is no longer negotiable and our time is now.
Light and love,
Why i answered my call...
Answering our call can feel like life or death. And in truth, it's a kind of death. It's the death of who we thought we were, of the ideals that carried us this far, and of the things we used to believe to be true.
In order to experience a spiritual rebirth, you have to let go. I had to let go. And risk the leap. We are all on a journey, and in every journey there's an opportunity to let go of an old narrative and move into the unknown. It's the unknown that most people want to avoid -- but if you do, you miss the greatest opportunity to awaken your life and literally manifest your dreams.
We all have a calling. Sometimes it comes through loud and clear. Other times it's merely a faint whisper, and you feel crazy for even thinking something is speaking to you. (You're not alone!)
I answered my calling because I ached to return to my intuitive roots and use my gift to help people heal and radically uplevel their life. I believe when we serve others we live full out, no matter our work. Since bridging my spiritual practices and my coaching I've witnessed miracles. And magic is just way more fun...
I've watched as people heal stories in a day that have been plaguing them for years, when no amount of therapy or medication could help.
I've seen people change their relationship to money in a moment and have years of stress melt away.
I've sat with leaders in major companies who now feel safe enough to have vulnerable conversations for the first time in their career.
I've seen entrepreneurs finally feel like enough after years of hustling and struggling to be successful, and watch as they let themselves be seen and then finally experience the success they were pining for.
I've supported my fellow coaches and healers embody their gifts as empaths and no longer allow the outside world convince them they're too sensitive and to stay small.
I've watched people break old habits and patterns that instantly mend relationships and allow them to let go of anger and resentment, in less than a few hours.
I've held space for groups and witnessed people pour so much love and support out for one another's success that it left me speechless.
I could keep going.
Whether through my own exploration, in learning from my teachers, or my many intuitive downloads, I've collected wisdom about the meaning of life, why we suffer, how to hear your calling, how to change your story, the real law of attraction, how to heal emotional crisis, the power of forgiveness, the beauty of money, and many more.
Although my private coaching and courses are not for everyone, I want these messages to be shared with all who want them. Whether you're just passing through or preparing to take flight I invite you to be a reader. I write insights every week for my Inner Circle. This space is my gift to you.
Wherever your wild and magical life takes you, I send you so much light & love. Know that I believe in you and you ARE enough.
Andrea Leda has been called "the Life Coach Guru" and "a force to be reckoned with who truly makes this world go round." As a sought-after master coach, teacher, and spiritual leader, she is dedicated to helping people understand that we don’t interact with our world by watching it, we create our world by how we see it.
She brings a deep understanding and practical application of powerful coaching techniques, NLP, journal therapy, and mental and emotional release work to her coaching. Andrea leads women entrepreneurs, leaders, and coaches plus organizations such as the ICF, Nike, and the Integrative Wellness Academy through experiences and methods to reach their fullest potential in life and business. She believes that by supporting people to heal from within we can heal the world.
She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Education & training
Andrea Leda is board certified through the Association for Integrative Psychology as a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (MNLP), practitioner of Mental Emotional Release® (MER), and clinical Hypnotherapist. She is accredited through the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a Certified Life Coach and Certified Master Practitioner of Integrative Wellness and Life Coaching.
She holds a B.A. in Human Services of Social Work and completed graduate studies from Saybrook University in Systems Counseling. To date, Andrea has completed over 4,800 hours in coach-client sessions.
Certified Master Practitioner of Integrative Wellness & Life Coaching, MILC – Integrative Wellness Academy
Certified ICF Life Coach, CLC – Institute for Life Coach Training, accredited by the ICF
Master Practitioner of NLP and Hypnosis -The Association for Integrative Psychology
Master Practitioner of Mental Emotional Release™, MER – The Association for Integrative Psychology
Certified Journal to the Self Instructor – Center for Journal Therapy
Graduate Work in Systems Counseling – Saybrook University
B.A. Social Work and Human Services – Western Washington University
Member, International Coaching Federation
Member, Spiritual Directors International
5 TOTALLY RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME
WHICH now you WANT TO KNOW...
1. I don't cry when I chop up onions. So guess who gets to chop all the onions while cooking?
2. My middle name, Leda, means "small winged one" and I am the third generation of women to be given this name.
3. I hate playing charades. Like, abnormally dislike everything about it.
4. Blue butterflies have been following me since my awakening. Hang out with me for a day and they'll follow you too.
5. I married my wife twice.