Meet the Team, Jo
Name: Jo Stroud
Favourite Mantra: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams
What’s on your myMantra? ‘Change my thoughts, and I change my world’ – inspired by something Norman Vincent Peale wrote. It reminds me that I can choose how I react to events, and make my world a better place if I choose more positive thoughts
How do you relax? Running – often simply on a treadmill, watching TED talks; and going to art galleries and exhibitions – I feel inspired and uplifted when I lose myself in paintings that I love
Dream holiday destination: No matter where else I go, the South of France pulls me back. The warm, honey-coloured buildings of St Tropez, the sweeping forests against the brilliant blue of the sea, the warmth and sunshine, the food, and the culture, the impressionist painters who were inspired by the light… I love it!
I’m at my happiest: When the sun is shining, and I’m outside
Guilty pleasure: Champagne! Just hearing the cork popping always puts me in a good mood and makes me smile.
If you could give your young self some advice…Never worry about your career when you are first setting out. You will do so many different things in your life, and it’s all great experience you will use in the future.
What does Mantra mean to you? I truly believe in the power of words to motivate and inspire. Just catching sight of an uplifting word or phrase through a busy day or in tough times reminds us to be strong and stay positive. And jewellery for me is very special – precious, personal, lasting. We created Mantra to combine the two, which I think is very powerful – jewellery which inspires you every day.