Hello, I’m Amanda.
I’m a wife, a mom, and a creative. I am also a reformed perfectionist who is finding the joy in the chaos on a daily basis.
I am a stay-at-mom who left a career behind, only to lose myself in motherhood. Unfortunately, the idea of losing one’s self in motherhood is a common tale these days. My transition from “working mom” to “stay-at-home mom” was such a challenging experience – one that I was totally unprepared for. I struggled with my identity, if I had made the right choices, and the guilt of not “doing it right” weighed me down every day. I felt alone.
Thankfully, I found a way out of the darkness. I began to discover my own creative potential, and the power it held within me. I incorporated art, drawing, doodling, and painting into my daily living, and slowly developed a personal painting practice. I fell in love with my creative expression, and this act continues to support me to this day.
Looking back now, I feel grateful that with the crumbling of my former identity, a new, more authentic self emerged. I use art to cope with life, to heal, and to help others. I embrace the messiness that is life and love to share what I have learned with others.
In my paintings, and my work, I help women empower themselves with unapologetic authenticity, to reclaim their right to themselves and their own self-preservation. My offerings are designed to reconnect women to their truest selves, to enable them to fulfill their deepest wants and needs.
I want women to feel supported, validated, and seen. I hold space for women to access self-love, to experience transformation, and to do things they never believed, but secretly wished, they could do.
I am a certified Intentional Creativity® teacher, and enjoy working with people on the transformational aspects of creativity. I hold in-person and online workshops, for both groups and one-on one clients.
When I am not painting or teaching, you will find me homeschooling my kids, cooking paleo meals, baking sweet treats, watching Grey's Anatomy, or spending time outside with her family.
Amanda Abreu holds a Master of Education from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies and Sociology from Simmons University. She is an Intentional Creativity® Teacher, Guild Member, and a graduate of the Color of Woman School. Amanda is also a trained Cosmic Smash Booking Guide, and a Certified Creatively Fit Coach.
What is Intentional Creativity®?
Intentional Creativity (IC) is the act of creating with intention. It can take many shapes and forms (painting, cooking, sewing, dancing, etc.), but the underlying concept is the mindfulness, energy, and meaning used during the practice of creation. IC is process-oriented and purposeful. It involves inquiry. There is a desire to seek information. Answers are sought and meaning is found. Thoughts, emotions, and feelings are incorporated, and become integrated into the work. So, instead of just producing an end product, or creating for the sake of creating, there is a story, life force and way into existence that is unique to both the item and its maker.
The lineage of Intentional Creativity begins with Lenore Thomas Straus during the Roosevelt Administration in the United States. She worked to bring sculptures, art, and beauty to the masses under various New Deal programs, which also began to empower women to earn a viable living wage using their artistic and creative talents. Lenore passed her knowledge down to her mentee, Sue Hoya Sellers, a master painter, teacher, and activist, who believed in the power of art to heal. Sue asked the question of, "Who Lives in Here?" as a mode of inquiry for the soul. She then passed on her teachings and legacy to her protege, Shiloh Sophia McCloud, and they co-founded the Intentional Creativity Movement that we know today. Shiloh Sophia continues to carry on the work of Lenore and Sue, as she teaches and reaches thousands of women every year, online and in-person, showing them the power of creating with intention.