LIFE + ME’S MINI INTERVIEW WITH JO STROUD, FOUNDER OF MANTRA JEWELLERY…
Jo Stroud created Mantra Jewellery in 2015 to bring together her love of words and understanding of their power; with the unique properties of jewellery.
Mantra is now an award-winning jewellery brand, inspiring thousands of people every day. We caught up with Jo to find out how she nourishes and fuels her mind:
WHAT’S YOUR MISSION?
My mission is to help people change their mood and their mindset, through the power of words combined with the beauty of jewellery. I personally believe that the power of words to inspire us is undeniable. A memorable phrase, giving us advice or encouragement – brought to mind on a busy day or during tough times – is enough to change our attitude, our outlook, and even, our behaviour – in that moment.
And jewellery is one of the best ways of carrying those words with you, as a tangible reminder through the day. Jewellery is personal, portable, precious, and lasting, in a way that so many other items aren’t.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Words are a big part of my inspiration. I read widely; I write; I studied English Literature at university; and I have always collected inspiring quotes, since I was at school. And art. I visit exhibitions whenever I can, as I can lose myself completely in a painting, and come away feeling completely refreshed and inspired.
HOW DO YOU LOOK AFTER YOUR OWN EMOTIONAL WELLBEING?
For me, it is taking time out to do things which restore my spirit and give me mental headspace, away from challenges at work or home. Running, yoga, walking in the Cotswolds, weekends away with my husband, going to exhibitions, reading, a relaxing bath – these are all engaging activities which I know are essential to my mental and emotional wellbeing.
WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER ONE SELF-CARE TIP?
To treat the things which restore your spirit as being essential in your life, not optional.
WHAT’S IN YOUR SELF-CARE TOOLKIT?
My Mantra necklaces, for sure. I choose each morning how I want to feel, or what mood I want to create, and choose accordingly.
Our ‘myMantra’ collection enables you to have your own personal mantra engraved, and our ‘ready to wear’ collection comes with a mantra already. I have over a dozen pieces, and find myself holding onto the necklace and bringing its mantra to mind, several times a day.
WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL MANTRA?
I actually have 7 mantras that I live by, as I feel you need a different mantra for different parts of your life and in different situations. Two particularly important ones for me are:
‘Change my thoughts and I change my world’ – taken from a Norman Vincent Peale quote to encourage me to think more positively in life.
‘Live the life I have imagined’ – reminding me that only I know my dreams, and only I can create the life I want.
ABOUT MANTRA JEWELLERY
Mantra is meaningful jewellery, designed to inspire and uplift. Each piece symbolises a specific mantra, intended to make a positive impact on the way that you feel. Hold onto your piece of jewellery for a few moments throughout the day, and bring its mantra to mind.
Buy it for yourself, and it prompts you to be your best self, every day. Buy it for someone else, to give them daily inspiration.
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