Posted: by Jo Thursday, 29 August 2019 @ 11:35
The sun is shining for the Bank Holiday
weekend, and it’s a good time to look back and reflect, as Summer starts to
draw to a close.
in August, we took Mantra to Fearne Cotton’s ‘Happy Place’ Festival - a
wonderful and uplifting event at Chiswick House, where we met hundreds of you!
It was such a busy event for us, with many of you discovering Mantra for the
first time, and others being long-terms followers from seeing us in
Psychologies magazine, or at other events.
Fearne is hosting the same event at Tatton
Park in early September – and we can’t wait to meet more of you there.
Also in August, we launched four new mantras,
including a new Daisy pendant, and three new disc designs. I treated myself to
our new ‘Sun Rays’ disc, which represents the mantra, ‘Everything I need is
already within me’.
I love this message. It asks us to tune into
ourselves, and look deep within – because that is where we will find the belief
and the confidence to take us forwards in life. We don’t need to look
externally for validation or approval – we can find that in ourselves.
We all tend to
look externally for answers, believing we will find them in the next self-help
book we read, or the next podcast we listen to, or in advice from someone we
follow or someone we know. But what if – we already had all the answers
ourselves? It’s an interesting thought, and a great philosophy to have in life.
And it’s where meditation, quiet time on our own, journalling, or deep self-reflection
can help us to access our own wisdom.
I felt the need
to add this message to our range, because I am as tempted as everyone else to
download the next brilliant book from the latest guru, believing he or she will
have the answers to life! But holding onto my new Sun Rays necklace, and saying
to myself, ‘Everything
I need is already within me’, will for sure act as a reminder that only I know
what is right for me in my life.
We also launched our new collaboration with Chloe Brotheridge – you can read more about her and her work here.
Chloe’s mantra is a powerful affirmation of courage and self-confidence,
created from her own personal experience with anxiety and self-doubt – ‘I am
brave. I move forwards with confidence’ – a great message for a friend who
lacks confidence, or to give yourself a boost when you feel nervous or afraid.
This necklace was so popular that we actually
SOLD OUT in the pre-launch week, before we had even officially launched it. A
new batch were due two weeks’ later, so we were able to fulfil all the orders –
but we have never had such a fast-selling necklace.
And we are close to signing off two necklace
designs with the wonderful Nicky Clinch, a transformational coach who has two
powerful mantras to share with us. Her new book about finding and celebrating
the warrior within has just been announced, so we are very excited about that.
For myself, August has also had some real
I was lucky one Sunday discover an art
exhibition in my home town of Stratford-upon-Avon – serendipitously noticed when
I parked my car. It was the 60th anniversary of the local art
society, which attracts keen amateurs who love painting and drawing, and want
to improve their skills.
I was blown away by the talent on display,
and the incredible range of styles and experiences. I ended up buying a couple
of unframed works, and having a lovely time talking to other visitors and
volunteers. It was a completely unexpected two hours of sheer joy, to inspire
my mind and stir my soul.
I also had a weekend with a friend in
Bristol, making the most of the sunshine with a boat trip down the River Avon and
amazing views of Brunel’s impressive Suspension Bridge. I concluded the month
with a lovely weekend with my sister and her family on their farm, so really
made the most of being outdoors this month.
Summer feels like the perfect time to
prioritise time with family and friends, before the start of Autumn, with its
feeling of new projects and new starts. I hope you have had a wonderful Summer
will be here before we know it. And, as F Scott Fitzgerald wrote,
‘Life starts all over again when it gets
crisp in the Fall’.
Keep feeling inspired!