Posted: by Jo Wednesday, 26 May 2021 @ 12:24
June is just around the corner, and we are all looking forward to more freedoms. For me, May was a wonderful month of doing things that I previously took for granted –
dining outside at a fabulous pub in the Lake District; meeting my friend, Emma,
for lunch at our local Warwickshire brasserie, sitting out in the sunshine;
shopping for homewares – in actual shops. It has reminded me why these seemingly little
things add so much enjoyment to life.
also in May, I had a stark reminder of how much still isn’t normal, when I went
to my cousin’s funeral. Diagnosed recently with late-stage cancer of the
oesophagus, he had very little time in the end, and passed away quickly. A
hugely popular retired teacher and lay preacher, with a multitude of friends –
mourners at his funeral could have filled a cathedral, if permitted. But
instead, just 30 of us allowed in the church.
hugely sad occasion was a reminder of how many people this past year have had
to mourn a loved one with few of the normal comforts of companionship and
sharing of memories. But the service itself was beautiful, and brought home to
me the power of words to bring comfort and perspective.
I have spent a lot of time walking and reading this past month, not wanting to
go back to a life crammed full of activity – just because the world is opening
up again. I think it’s really important that we take the time to think about how
we want our lives to feel, now that more and more is open to us – and I know,
for sure, that I want to hold onto the feeling of space and freedom in my life.
choose more mindfully how we spend our time, and whom we spend it with. Let’s
say no more often, to things we don’t really want to do, but often end up
agreeing to. Let’s prioritise time without distractions and busy-ness, so we
can retain our ability to focus on enjoying one thing at a time.
mentioned our new ‘Wave’ necklace last month, which launches in June, with its
mantra, ‘In the waves of change, I find my new direction’. For many of us,
Covid has changed so many things about work and home life, so let’s take this
as an opportunity for a new approach to life, even if not a complete change of
direction. What can we tweak about our lives, that will hang onto the best of
other new designs which launch next month focus on the relationships and human
connections that make life truly worth living. They include our lovely new
Sunflower Necklace, which brings to life the mantra, ‘Life is better with you
in it’; and our dainty Hand and Heart design – a hand, palm facing forwards,
decorated with a cut-out heart – which represents the
mantra, ‘You give a hand to hold, and a heart to care’.
The Hand and Heart
is intended as a message of deep appreciation for someone who has been there
for you, or for a loved one, through life’s challenges. Someone who cares
deeply, and gives support, encouragement and help when you need it most. It
might be a family member or a loyal friend; or it could easily be a good
Samaritan or professional carer, who has crossed your path in an important and
meaningful way at a time of need.
We brought to life
this powerful mantra of appreciation with a design originally inspired by the Ahimsa
symbol – usually, a hand with a spiral. ‘Ahimsa’ means 'not to injure’, and is
a philosophy of non-violence, compassion and love. It is embraced by Buddhist,
Hindu and Jainist traditions, as well as being adopted as a contemporary symbol
for an ethical way of life. We replaced the spiral with a heart, to combine the
two things we need most when life is tough – a helping hand, and the power of
of our new designs launch mid-month, and we are excited about each and every
were also excited this month to see one of our team recognised by the jewellery
industry. Anna has worked with me for almost 12 years now, starting in our
Fabulous store in Solihull, and then expanding her role over time to encompass
many aspects of Mantra. She has been recognised as being part of the industry
Power List by ‘Professional Jeweller’ magazine - a celebration of
individuals who are blazing a trail in the market, recognising those who are
playing a role in promoting innovation, championing customer service and
Product Manager, Anna’s role includes deciding what to order, and ensuring we
have the right quantities of each piece, as well as being fully involved in the
production process of all new designs; and the management of all packaging,
point-of-sale and display materials. In her Event role, she is fully involved
in managing our attendance at festivals and shows, and she also has a very
active role in our Fabulous business, managing our Leamington Spa store and all
the team, stock and process management that goes with that.
lockdown, some aspects of her role were suddenly removed, as shops closed and
events were cancelled – so she had to turn her hand swiftly to becoming an ecommerce
expert, as our levels of online ordering rapidly increased. This award
recognises her ability to adapt, as well as her hard work and commitment to the
Charity of the Month this month is NHS Charities Together, who represent,
support and champion the work of over 230 NHS charities across the UK. NHS
charities give £1 million a day to the NHS, so that people can stay well for
longer and get better faster.
enjoyed interviewing Sian, their Fundraising Manager, and finding out more
about her personal background and motivations. In this most difficult of
years, it has been good to understand what her key challenges have been, and
still will be, as we get past the pandemic.
hope you each have a wonderful June, and that we are each able to embrace the
feeling of our new Starburst Necklace – ‘I do more than live life. I celebrate
it’. Choose the things that you love to do, and celebrate the people who make
your life better by being in it.
hope you all have a wonderful month!