Posted: by Jo Wednesday, 26 February 2020 @ 11:00
do you do when you meet one of your heroes? You gift her a Mantra necklace, of
Marie Forleo at The Sunday Times Life Lessons Festival gave me the chance to do
just that. We pre-engraved one of our Dreamcatcher myMantra necklaces with
Marie’s mantra for life – ‘Everything is figureoutable’ – and I had it with me
in case I had chance to meet her at the event.
first in the queue for her book signing enabled me to have a quick chat, gift
her the necklace, and let her know that I had signed up to her digital learning
Life Lessons Festival was a great event, with inspirational and
thought-provoking talks from genuinely interesting and exciting speakers. We
were thrilled to meet so many of you there – many of you already familiar with
Mantra from seeing us in Psychologies
and In the Moment magazines.
you haven’t yet seen us at an event – then do check out our events page
to see where we’ll be next. With ‘Live Well’ in Manchester later in the year,
as well as London; and Fearne Cotton running a ‘Happy Place Festival’ in
Warwick and Knutsford as well as Chiswick, we’re bringing Mantra to more areas
than ever this year!
events have come into their own at this moment in time. I really believe that
we are still all seeking connection and communication in person, rather than just digitally, and events are such a
brilliant way of meeting your tribe while doing something you love.
chatted to so many fascinating people at ‘Life Lessons’, and definitely made
some new friends. We had in common an interest in hearing new, different and
thought-provoking ideas, and chatting about them to like-minded people. The
event cut across age range and gender, and brought people of all ages together,
who have a curious mind.
you don’t typically go to events like this, then I would urge you to
reconsider. It may be you are still thinking of shopping events like ‘Clothes
Show Live’ from many moons ago, with crowds of people packed into a gloomy
venue – but the new generation of events are highly curated, often in beautiful
spaces, and with interesting talks and up-and-coming brands on display.
next event with Mantra is ‘Live Well London’, another inspiring event with
great content and interesting speakers. We are launching our latest
collaboration with Dr Gemma Newman
at this event, as she is on the wellness panel on Sunday 1st March.
husband’s birthday fell when I was working in London all weekend at the Life
Lessons event, so he travelled down to London so we could meet for dinner. We
had a pre-dinner drink at the beautiful Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel – a true
oasis of tranquillity and glamour – before going on for a lovely dinner. There
is something wonderful about being able to combine work and pleasure in the
same weekend. For many of you who run your own businesses or have busy jobs,
you’ll know what I mean: there often is no such thing as a work-life balance,
it is a work-life blend. I, for one, prefer it like that, as it makes life all
the more interesting for it.
been filming more customer stories this month too, including with the lovely Alex, whom I have known for several
years. Alex runs her own financial services business, as well as being a busy
mum to two teenage girls, so she certainly lives the work-life blend. It was
touching to hear that it was her girls who chose the mantra, ‘Do more of what
makes you happy’, to be engraved on their mum’s myMantra necklace - to
encourage her to remember to do more things for herself, not just for her
get in touch if you’d like to feature in a video later in the year.
month, I have also been listening to some truly inspiring books on Audible,
including Susan Jeffers’ ‘Embracing
Uncertainty’, which I think is brilliant. I read her classic, ‘Feel the
Fear and Do It Anyway’, back when I was a student in the ‘80’s, and love her
thinking, her approach and her ideas. Now, listening to this later book, I warm to her even more, and was very sad to know that she
passed away in 2012, which I hadn’t realised. It makes me value her
inspirational and life-affirming advice even more.
is a great resource for inspiration, education and motivation. I always have
two or three books on the go, and car journeys become so much more enjoyable
with a book playing as you drive. One of my friends gave me an excellent tip
recently: those of you that know me, know that I talk very fast, and I read
very fast. So I sometimes find Audible just too darn slow for me! I had never
realised that you can listen at 1.25 or 1.5 speeds, which is what I do now. It
suits me so much better, as well as meaning I get through books at a faster
new month starts with two events in quick succession – ‘Live Well London’ in
Old Billingsgate, London, followed by ‘The Mindful Living Show’ in Islington.
If you can’t make it to either of those to see us, then ‘Balance’ is
fast-approaching in April, and then the series of Fearne Cotton’s ‘Happy Place’ Festivals take us through the Summer. We’d love to see you in person at one of
the meantime – Spring is on its way!