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Jo's Journal - December

Posted: Friday, 21 December 2018 @ 12:39

As we come towards the end of the year, we are reflecting back on a busy year here at Mantra. 

And a year in which we would like to thank all of our wonderful customers and followers for making this such a great year for us.

We have met many of you over the year, at wellbeing events from ‘The Best You’, through to ‘Wanderlust’, and the ‘Mind, Body and Spirit Festival’; and at lifestyle events, such as ‘This Morning Live’; and had chance to hear your stories and share your experiences.

Julie Montagu and Jo Stroud wearing Recharge Necklace

Mantra Jewellery is all about inspiring and uplifting you, when you wear one of our pieces of jewellery; and giving you a strong and tangible connection to a loved one, when you gift it. And we have loved finding out from you why you chose a specific mantra, either for yourself, or for one of your friends. 

Also this year, we have worked with some truly inspiring people, from Julie Montagu, to Mel Wells and Leah Wood; and have been lucky enough to partner with some amazing charities, including Breast Cancer Haven, Trees for Cities and Modern Muse, this year alone.

We have had some wonderful reviews about our jewellery, press coverage, and some really lovely feedback from customers discovering us for the first time, or hearing about us from friends.

So – a huge thank you to all of you, for making this such a great year. On a personal note, I have had a year of ups and downs. Celebrating my 50th birthday was a real high, with time spent in Reims and Paris; and I have had some lovely family times, and good times with my husband.

But my Mum’s illness has been a constant backdrop to the year, as she lived with her diagnosis of terminal cancer, havingNick, Bez and Jo Stroud lost her eyesight and her mobility. But the way she coped has been truly inspirational to my sister and me - never once complaining, and always remaining positive throughout. When she passed away last month, we can at least look back knowing that we spent a lot of time with her this year, and we have a lasting legacy of inspiration from seeing how graciously she handled it. 

As we now move towards a new year, it is a good time to take stock, and look forward to new opportunities and new beginnings.

The two mantras I am embracing for the New Year, are, ‘May I always find light in the darkness and sunshine in the shadows’ – which I feel sums up my Mum perfectly; and ‘I trust in new beginnings’, as I look to 2019 to open up new horizons.

Enjoy the Christmas season. Take the time to relax and feel restored; and embrace the New Year with an open mind and an open heart.

Have a very Happy Christmas!

Jo xx


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