AMERICA'S LARGEST & LONGEST-RUNNING SUSTAINABILITY & GREEN LIVING EVENT
- General info
Amanda Awethu is a personal empowerment coach, motivational speaker, neuro-linguistic programming practitioner, freelance writer, and U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. In 2014, she founded Intrinsic Motivation, a positive living and personal transformation methodology with emphases in neuroscience and the law of attraction. She has a B.S. in Legal Studies with a concentration in health care policy, and is engaged in ongoing collaborations with neuroscientists, psychotherapists, and social development experts.
A powerful writer, Awethu wrote her first book at age 8, entitled The Kingdom of Peace. Her creative works were first published at the age of 10, and she held various correspondent positions for local publications in her home state of Illinois. She always dreamed of traveling the world, writing cultural pieces which demonstrate our connectedness as a human race, and leading human potential projects. At age 17, she entered the corporate world to pay for her education, and held positions in business, health care program development and implementation, and public advocacy. At age 28, after lobbying on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., she realized the life she had created was no longer inspiring her because she was tailoring her talents and passions to fit the part of a prescribed professional role.
“Living a life in which I dreaded the alarm clock each morning was no longer an option for me. I had kept myself so busy for more than a decade, measuring my achievement in job titles and salaries. I had been so concerned with society’s equation for achievement: education = career = money = happiness, that I hadn’t stopped to ask myself what my personal equation for achievement looked like. I then immersed myself in research on the power of the human mind, and used the power of thought to manifest the life I’d always dreamed of living.”
In 2013, Awethu joined the U.S. Peace Corps and served in the South Africa’s Schools and Community Resource sector. During her service, she founded Takalani Empowerment Project, a youth program focused on using the power of thought to promote community resource development. Her personal blog, which includes stories about life as a volunteer in Africa, was recognized by Peace Corps as a model for cultural understanding and exchange (www.amandaawethu.wordpress.com).
In 2014, Awethu entered an apprenticeship with two world renowned social development pioneers, including psycho neuro immunologist Neil Orr, and positive living coach, David Patient. The duo has been featured on South Africa’s TV series Play Your Part. With their endorsement, Awethu returned to the U.S. to launch Intrinsic Motivation and establish Meraki Revolution, a non-profit focused on individual empowerment, cross-cultural connections, and community development.
Awethu is currently touring the U.S. providing talks, training, and coaching. Her programs are empowering people to use the power of thought to reduce stress, break free from negative patterns, and create lives grounded in authenticity.