MEET ANN

Educator. Encourager. Chocolate-lover. 

A few facts:  I'm a Minneapolis-based educator who loves helping people become the heart-centered author of their own lives. I've spent the last 15 years studying intention and the power it has to transform us from the inside out. I'm the creator of The Intention Box, The Intention Box for Girls, and The Intention Program. I have walked — and continue to walk — my own journey of intention through the lens of self-discovery and growth. My ongoing practice of the the framework I teach has led to increased joy and a greater awareness of what’s possible for my life. I consider it an honor to help others on their journey.

A few beliefs: I believe cultivating positive energy in our lives takes effort - and it’s worth it. I believe chocolate is meant to be eaten immediately. And I absolutely believe if you want to rock out in the kitchen, turn up some Prince. 

A few highlights:

1963: Named Ann Drew (amusing name, Mom & Dad). Raised in small-town Iowa with my big bro's.

1963: Named Ann Drew (amusing name, Mom & Dad). Raised in small-town Iowa with my big bro's.

 
1971: Start first grade. Distinguish myself as a competitive reader.

1971: Start first grade. Distinguish myself as a competitive reader.

 
1982: Senior year. Debunk my librarian image. (Hint: I'm the one with the mic.)

1982: Senior year. Debunk my librarian image. (Hint: I'm the one with the mic.)

 
1989: Begin teaching Language Arts to teenagers for 10 wonderful, exhausting years...first in Maryland, then in Minneapolis.

1989: Begin teaching Language Arts to teenagers for 10 wonderful, exhausting years...first in Maryland, then in Minneapolis.

 
1993: Marry Raymond! Our union leads to a new amusing name. This one rhymes: Ann Drew Yu.

1993: Marry Raymond! Our union leads to a new amusing name. This one rhymes: Ann Drew Yu.

 
1995: Earn my Masters in Literature from Middlebury. Friends in England and Raymond help me celebrate.

1995: Earn my Masters in Literature from Middlebury. Friends in England and Raymond help me celebrate.

 
1997 & 1999: Our sons are born. My greatest privilege begins - being their mom.

1997 & 1999: Our sons are born. My greatest privilege begins - being their mom.

 
2002: Introduced to Feng Shui.  Love it.  Inhale a 15-month training program. (Thank you to my teachers for answering the call to teach.)

2002: Introduced to Feng Shui. Love it. Inhale a 15-month training program. (Thank you to my teachers for answering the call to teach.)

 
2004: Founded Good Intentions to help people bring more positive energy into their lives.

2004: Founded Good Intentions to help people bring more positive energy into their lives.

 
2009: Create The Intention Box after a client asks me, "What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?" For the beauty factor, collaborate with designers Nancy Hope and Amy Arias ... simply the best.

2009: Create The Intention Box after a client asks me, "What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?" For the beauty factor, collaborate with designers Nancy Hope and Amy Arias ... simply the best.

 
2011: Create The Intention Box for Girls. For the Intention Card topics, I collaborate with girls, teachers, mothers, social workers, and counselors. From the heart-warming response I receive from not only girls but boys, men, and women, I realize girls' desires are universal HUMAN desires.

2011: Create The Intention Box for Girls. For the Intention Card topics, I collaborate with girls, teachers, mothers, social workers, and counselors. From the heart-warming response I receive from not only girls but boys, men, and women, I realize girls' desires are universal HUMAN desires.

 
2011: My dad -- my rock -- in his final year.

2011: My dad -- my rock -- in his final year.

2013: Launch The Intention Program to help teens and adults learn positive thinking skills.

2013: Launch The Intention Program to help teens and adults learn positive thinking skills.

2017: My bro's and I in Iowa at our family reunion. We debut our band, D3, as an unspoken tribute to our dad. Pure joy.

2017: My bro's and I in Iowa at our family reunion. We debut our band, D3, as an unspoken tribute to our dad. Pure joy.

 
2019: Launch a version of The Intention Program that distills everything I know to be true about intention into a joyful, hands-on training program. Gently taking others through their own personalized experience fills my heart.

2019: Launch a version of The Intention Program that distills everything I know to be true about intention into a joyful, hands-on training program. Gently taking others through their own personalized experience fills my heart.

 
2004 - present: A shout-out to my office mate, Atlas (Tibetan Spaniel). He knows how to keep things chill. He also knows how to command a tummy rub. Right?

2004 - present: A shout-out to my office mate, Atlas (Tibetan Spaniel). He knows how to keep things chill. He also knows how to command a tummy rub. Right?

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