Posted: by Jo Wednesday, 12 December 2018 @ 15:42
This year, in our quest to step up and be our
best selves, we wanted to learn from truly remarkable women, to use them as
role models to inspire us and to learn if they have a mantra that they live their life by.
We are absolutely thrilled to talk to environmental
campaigner, Leah Wood, for our
series of talks with truly inspiring women. Leah is the daughter of Rolling Stone, Ronnie
Wood, and his former wife, Jo Wood. She is a committed environmentalist,
working as a Cool Earth ambassador, and supporting ocean charity, Project Zero.
As a mum to two young children, Leah Wood
sees the absolute importance of taking personal responsibility for looking
after the planet for future generations.
I asked Leah a little about her background.
I was born in Los Angeles,
California on the 22 September 1978. We lived in L.A for 4 years, before moving
to the Big Apple, where we lived for a further 5 years and I went to school.
In 1983, my little brother
was born and we moved to London and have lived here ever since. Having grown up
and having been schooled here, I feel like London is now my home!
In my late teens and yearly
20’s, I was modelling for designers like Sass & Bide, Vivienne Westwood and
others; then I went on the road with my father, when I finished school. This is
where I learnt to sing, and I put my own band together, playing festivals and
touring, supporting the likes of David Bowie and the Corrs.
When my band went off in
separate directions and left me to go solo, I didn’t really enjoy it, so I
broke away from music, deciding enough was enough.
Later, I met my future
husband. We married and moved to Sydney, Australia where we lived for a further
3 years and brought up our daughter. When we moved back to London, we had a
second child; and I fell back in love with painting, something I had always
done but never shouted about. Here I am now, involved in environmental
charities, and keen to make a difference in the world.
So – I
was very keen to find out from Leah about a mantra that she lives her life by; and what motivates and inspires her.
Do you have a mantra you live your life by?
LOVE: Our Earth, Our Future, Our Children
you think gave you the drive and determination to succeed?
I’m always looking for
challenges in life and things that are new, things that will make me feel alive!!
So I guess the quests that I put upon myself are those of expression and
I think you have to make
your own adventures in life because they ain’t going to come to you, if you sit
around all day doing nothing about it!
My children, too, help me
with the drive to be a better person.
important have role models been to you?
Role models have been
important to me, as I look up to them and they teach you how you can make it. When
I was singing, I had a few great people I could ring up and ask for advice. Others
weren’t that easy to just ring up, as they were sooo far out of my reach – so I
just had to look up to them and wish to be like them!
you were young, who were your role models or people you truly admired?
When I was young, my role
models were people like Prince, Kylie Minogue (I had tons of posters of her on
my walls in my bedroom) Lisa Fischer, my Mum, my Dad, my Gran - just to name a few
really influential ones!
your life has progressed - who inspires you now?
Now with life being where it
is now, my role models are friends who have really worked hard to get where
they are today (people that I went to college with), who have really put their
heads down and worked super hard to be really successful.
Big respect to those men and
Women (friends) who have had
children on their own and have come out the other end, whether they are still
with their men or not, and have really gone through the tough times and
hardships. I love those women!! Truly..... well done!!
who, now, would you say is an inspiring figure on the world stage?
Inspiring figure, I’d say
Vivienne Westwood. She’s the most inspiring woman I think I know (not to
mention my Mum too, she’s a pretty inspirational force). Also I’d like to
mention Sir David Attenborough, he is sooo inspirational and what he does with
his shows. I think I’m not the only one
that finds him truly amazing and a wonderful human being.
has collaborated with us at Mantra on her own ‘myMantra’ necklace, engraved
with her mantra for life.