We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Mosley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
The most important thing I’ve done as a parent is to work myself out of the job being a parent and shift to an adult to adult relationship with my child. I found that most parents make decisions based off of other parents in their circle, instead of seeking the guidance needed to bring their child into adulthood. This behavior can create a co-dependent relationship between child and parent. I desired and allowed my an interdependent relationship to flourish. I allowed my child to learn to trust themselves as they lived through the life experiences necessary for them to grow into the adult they needed to become. They can make decisions knowing they have the skills needed to cope with the outcome. Our conversations have shifted to sharing how our lives are growing independently, how we can help each other progress further and how we respect and love one another.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a secret keeper. It says so in my astrology chart. For a time, I did not know why people felt compelled to tell me their deepest darkest secrets. I was often accosted in the women’s restroom, while sitting in church, at rest stops during road trips. In those moments many thoughts ran through my head. The ones I remember wondering “why are they telling me this stuff” and “what am I a supposed to do,” Those moments were fleeting in time. I often felt helpless walking away from the strangers that picked me to bare their soul. After hearing one more story, which left me frustrated, I asked God “what do you want me to do?” A commercial for a weekend Master’s in Psychology program at OLLU came on the radio. I inquired about the Marriage and Family therapy program and was accepted. I graduated with honors and the strange impromptu stories stopped. Now I know anytime I come to what I perceive to be a pain point, I shift my thinking and prepare for the new experience I’ve called forth that is in alignment with my journey. As a licensed psychotherapist in Texas my degree has allowed many career iterations. I am able to work in Corporate America, see private therapy clients and coach others to manifest their hearts desires. No matter the role I am assuming at the time my brand is to remind others that we are Beautiful Souls. We can have our hearts desires. Life gives us all challenges to overcome in order to remember who we are. It is through our failures we often see our greatest triumphs. Failure is opportunity to gather data to make the next move. In some cases, failure is seen as full stop, keeping us stuck in one place. We are never stuck. We are perceiving we are stuck. There are always options available to help us move forward if we choose to see we are in movement. Energy is always in motion. Our emotions are our energy in motion. Therefore we are choosing the world we see before our eyes. At any time at any moment we can decide to create a different reality.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I enjoy a good meal. I’ve eaten at Hillstone’s (formerly Houston’s) the manager samples the menu daily to ensure the food maintains a certain standard. I am fan of the club salad, but lately I’ve tired the barbeque ribs and Thai salad. Both were delicious. The fish sandwich is notable as well. If possible, I prefer to sit at the bar. The bartenders are friendly, balancing chatting you up and leaving you alone. Flower Child is a great option for healthy lunch fare. The food is fresh and made from scratch. Nice patio to hang out with a group of friends. I’ve had the Teriyaki Shrimp & Avocado bowl. It was delicious and filling. Le Colonial is an upscale Vietnamese and French restaurant. If you want to experience a melting pot of flavor in your mouth, give this place a try. I had the spice chicken stir-fry (ga xao xa ot), the crispy red snapper (ca chien saigon) and garlic green beans. The portions are enough to share among friends. Don’t forget to head upstairs and check out the lounge with patio views. If the weather is nice head outside. Houston has a lot of cool outdoor spaces. Levy park has a dog park, children’s tree top with a coffee shop, restaurant and food truck on sight. Lots of options for everyone. The water feature at McGovern Centennial Park is one of my favorites. I enjoy ambling through the various green features from vegetable gardens to rose bushes. Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center has a hidden beach. Nice place capture a cool selfie. TopGolf is a fun place to practice your golf swing while throwing back a few drink and noshing on apps. Houston’s museum district is as diverse as our culture. The Museum of Fine Arts is a staple in the community. It is a high class art institution consisting of 3 buildings. Wear comfortable shoes and take your time. The gift shop has unique offerings. Great place to find unique gifts. Make sure to visit the sculpture garden outside. The Museum of Natural Science will bring out the kid inside. Wearing something colorful to attract random butterfly landings when you visit the Cockrell Butterfly center. Color Factory is a cool a vibrant space. Wear something colorful and take lots of social media worthy pictures. The Miller Outdoor Theatre is an outdoor theatre. The shows are free. Pack a picnic. Bring a blanket or chair and sit on the hill to watch the show. There is a covered seating option, but hanging to people watch is a bonus. .
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like dedicate my shoutout to my mother, Shirley Alexander. She raised my brother and I to think for ourselves and allowed us to challenge authority, respectfully. Allowing me to think freely without judgement opened up possibilities. I did not have to see the world for my mother’s point of view or anyone’s for that matter. I learned early on how to step outside of a situation and look at it from a higher vantage point. From this vantage point I was able to see multiple possibilities, holding various viewpoints. This shifted how I related to others and moved about in the world. It also enhanced my intuitive knowing. I am able to size up a situation quickly and decide if or how I want to proceed, allowing me to move about from a place of active power.
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