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In one crystal clear moment...

I stepped from Uncertainty to Certainty.
I saw who I really am and why I am here.

I knew what I wanted to say and who I could help.
And, most importantly, I realized that I was made for this message...
Suddenly, every character and plot twist in my story made perfect sense.

I felt soul-level relief to see my purpose, and took immediate action toward it.
I outlined the books, hired an illustrator, and told everyone my intentions.
And, magically, I found myself surrounded by the perfect allies, resources,
and guidance that moved me forward with velocity.

And then I went upside-down

Unlike the little caterpillar that inspired my book series,
the one that quickly relaxed into upside-down and built the structure required to transform,
I found myself resisting the process.

Where did my superpowers go? I’m a fraud!
Why am I acting like this? It’s so not like me!
Will I ever get this f-ng message out?

I had a solid outline for my message, but I still didn’t feel ready to put it on paper.

Who am I to write this book? I don’t have the credentials!
Why is it that whenever I work on it, the st*ry hits the fan in my life?
How could I possibly tell THAT story? Won’t that make them think less of me and my message?

What I really needed was the structure for total message and messenger transformation — I needed a Cocoon.

I needed the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical
safe spaces to hold me together while I faced my old st*ries.

I needed the allies and mentors who actively partnered with me to move my vision of my true self and my message forward.

I needed the expertise of master storytellers.

I needed to witness “the sacred” in my own story.

I needed to let my old ideas of myself dissolve, and reorganize all of my material to become more of who I really am, develop my wings, and take flight.


It wasn't enough to put the message into the world.

I needed to heal my st*ries and fully embody my message.

My investment in becoming a whole messenger paid big dividends in transformation and so much more.

I not only uncovered my Sacred Code, I followed the inspiration and took action toward it.
I learned to relax into the upside-downs and let the natural processes unfold.
I created a solid cocoon and metamorphosed my story and my life.
I developed my wing strength and did things I had no idea I could do.
I learned to trust The Wind and allowed it to carry me to places I never imagined I could go.
I shared what I was learning with others and impacted their lives, loved ones, and clients in powerful ways.

When I finally wrote that book, it was a completely different book—a far more powerful book.

Instead of the typical, educational how-to book I'd imagined [come on, I was a trained teacher!], it was the book I wished I’d had several years before when I was so scared and isolated that the only safe place for me to work through that problem was a book.

And, I wrote it inside of 3 weeks because by that time, part of my Cocoon structure was a loving community and team to help me make sure it was true to my intention on every single level.

I had stopped being just the Character in my story, and become a Co-Author. 

I’m grateful for every moment of the journey...
...and for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned with you.

True to Intention is where I use the power of story and writing to help seekers and storytellers become uncompromising agents of change in their families, communities, and industries.

Together, we write truer individual and collective stories.

I’m glad you’re here.

It’s my pure honor and delight to offer the tools, skills, and insights I’ve acquired to make your journey simpler, probably a hell-of-a-lot-shorter, and even fun with intimate retreats, virtual coaching, and plenty of dark chocolate. 🙂

If your soul is urging you to get started, click on the button below to learn about all of the quests and programs available. On those pages, you will find links to my calendar to schedule a time to answer your questions and make sure that you've found the perfect opportunity to support you on your journey.

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Education and Experience

A bachelor’s degree in social science/secondary education from Biola University, a certificate from the reading- and writing-intensive Torrey Honors Institute liberal arts program, a teaching credential from Chapman University, four years of working for a professional writing instruction company, a certification for facilitating an emotional health and life skills program, and a certification in a powerful energy balancing modality for empathic intuitives have alchemized an extremely unique skill set that allows me to support messengers at all levels and add momentum to their journey.

Four years of getting my ass—I mean, huge persuasive papers!—handed to me in the reading- and writing-intensive Torrey Honors Institute developed the expertise required to quickly grasp messengers’ intentions and then organize their content ridiculously quickly.

Then there were the four years of education classes and a teaching credential program that showed me how to structure content to move an audience beyond basic knowledge and into a deeper experience of the message.  

The online writing instruction mentor teacher gig made it second nature for me to teach messengers how to write it powerfully and hone their basic writing skills for their current writing project and beyond... fast.

Three years in a training program that taught me how to facilitate emotional health and life skills in teens sharpened my communication and facilitation skills, so that messengers know they are understood and supported throughout their messenger journey and are able to confidently own and embody every bit of the intention that unfolds on paper and beyond.

More than a decade of growing my own intention-based business through speaking and writing, and launching masterminds, retreats, coaching, production programs, virtual workshops, and big LIVE events [on my own terms], makes it simple for me to help a messenger quickly develop a revenue model that maximizes their impact on their audience, brand, and bottom line WITHOUT sacrificing their health, sanity, or soul.

Finally, becoming a certified practitioner of The Innerlight Method expanded my intuitive faculties to support messengers as we clarify, brand, organize, and develop powerful content; but more importantly, it is accelerating the story-healing and writing processes of clients who have been stuck and/or split between moving their message forward and taking care of themselves.


Official Bio

As the founder of True To Intention and co-founder of Saved By Story Publishing, Amanda Johnson partners with seekers and storytellers devoted to writing truer individual and collective stories.

After years of helping others question, recognize, and articulate powerful messages as a Teacher and Writing Coach, Amanda uncovered her own true intention and began a lifelong quest to embody it. Alchemizing lessons, skills, and tools gathered from experiments with self-image and psycho cybernetics, the classics and the Socratic method in the honors program, the child development and psychology of learning classes in her teacher training, the social-emotional literacy workshops required to become a facilitator, and the adventures of motherhood, Amanda committed her life to changing the world with more powerful messaging. Quickly, she realized that True To Intention was more about the messenger than the message, as she witnessed individuals heal their stories as they wrote and shared them.

As a Strategist, Facilitator, Storyteller, Guide, and Ally, she midwifes paradigm-changing brands, content, and more whole change agents into the world through st*ry-healing and message-manifesting quests and retreats. From inspiration to impact, she and her team help divinely-inspired souls dissolve the lies, reorganize their sacred material, and become truer to intention with every piece of content they craft, love offering they launch, and system they structure to change the world. 

In 2013, Amanda wrote Upside-Down Mommy and shared The Butterfly Approach philosophy responsible for her growth as a parent, messenger, and coach. In 2018, she published Upside-Down Messenger and made The Messenger Matrix more visible. In 2022, she published two collaborative titles: You Can’t Make This St*ry Up is a collaboration with twenty of her clients curated to help creatives and coaches recognize and lean into the magic and mess of becoming a powerful change agent, and A Religion of Story is a collaboration with her son crafted to share the experience and results of mindfully engaging Story to cultivate character and agency in children and culture.

As a momma, a wife, a messenger, an entrepreneur, and a friend, Amanda is determined to empower a generation that challenges the narratives handed to them with curiosity and love, heals the st*ries that hold us back, and co-authors a messy magically-ever-after.

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