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 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.
I am a certified Intentional Creativity® teacher, and enjoy working with people on the transformational aspects of creativity. I hold in-person workshops, both groups and one-on one, on a variety of customizable topics.
When I am not painting or teaching, you will find me homeschooling my kids, practicing radical self-care, cooking, baking, watching Grey's Anatomy, or spending time with friends.
Amanda Abreu holds a Master of Education from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies and Sociology from Simmons University. Amanda is an Intentional Creativity® Teacher, and a graduate of the Color of Woman School.
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.