HOW TO

MANIFEST MOTIVATION IN 2021

Laura Thrum is the owner creator Meraki Mats - cork yoga mats and accessories made from 100% natural cork oak harvested sustainably. They look good while you feel good, and that’s what we’re all about here at MAURIE + EVE! An avid lover of yoga and reformer Pilates, we chat with Laura about how to manifest that motivation as 2021 hits full swing.

M+E: Meraki means ‘doing something with soul, creativity and love’ – tell us why this is so important to you and how it translates in your business and everyday living?

LT: We are a brand of beautifully designed yoga mats and cork accessories that are a luxe extension to your athleisure wardrobe; designed to motivate you to move … but why?

To do something with soul, creativity, or love — the essence of yourself put into your work’ is not only the definition of Meraki but it also defines the impact we strive to have on every individual who is a part of the Meraki Movement. We want to inspire you to show up for yourself; ultimately committing to becoming more loving, grounded and inspired because at the end of the day there is no point living a life that is not authentic to who you truly are.

M+E: In your opinion, why is it important to make time for self-love – why is it the most important love we can partake in?

LT: Unfortunately, our nearest and dearest cop the worst of us at times, the stresses and demands of life absorb all of our energy, leaving very little for our loved ones. For me, this is the biggest motivating factor, to ensure I create time daily for the things that keep me grounded, fulfilled and energised – committing to evolving and becoming a more authentic version of myself every day.

M+E: How do you show yourself love?

LT: Oh, probably in too many ways! From yoga to reformer Pilates, meditation to cooking my man and I a soul nourishing meal, these little things bring me so much joy, daily. Although my ultimate self-love ‘treat’ is a massage – it honestly transforms my energetic state and releases any built-up tension (if I haven’t been prioritising the smaller daily self-love tasks). And of course my muscles thank me after!

“Be precise on what you want to manifest; explore every detail of what you want, how you'll achieve it and how it will make you feel. Meditation creates mental clarity; allowing you to be more efficient and precise with your intentions, eliminating all the ‘fluff’ we fill our head with.”

M+E: For those people struggling to get into the swing of the New Year (and shake off the festive season), what’s some advice you can offer to manifest motivation and set ourselves up for success

LT: Whether it be a work task or a workout –  break it down. If your goal is to meditate 20 minutes a day – start with 2 minutes daily and work up from there. Create the simple habit of 2 minutes of breathwork, work up to 5, then 10 and before you know it 20 minutes has become a non-negotiable part of your daily routine.

Be precise on what you want to manifest; explore every detail of what you want, how you’ll achieve it and how it will make you feel. Meditation creates mental clarity; allowing you to be more efficient and precise with your intentions, eliminating all the ‘fluff’ we fill our head with.

M+E: And for those who have previously found it difficult to get into a regular fitness regime (and are planning on a new start in 2021), what’s your advice to get into a fitness flow and stick to it?

LT: Don’t expect yourself to be naturally motivated every single day. Find your why. Find a reason why you would prefer to go to a 6am yoga class over staying in bed for that extra hour. For me, I know if I don’t prioritise time for myself first thing every morning, whether it be yoga, Pilates, a coffee and beach walk or even a 10 minute meditation, my day does not have the same flow or efficiency.

M+E: One personal and professional goal you have set yourself for 2021?

LT: Fluidity and blank space.

Fluidity to life – to adapt effortlessly and not let the unexpected stop me in my tracks. And blank space in my calendar – to allow more opportunity for spontaneous creativity. This is where my mind grows and expands.

M+E: The artist/album you play to elevate mood and manifest motivation?

LT: Music completely transforms my mood. I use it daily to help alter my mental state. Whether it be Ludovico Einaudi to put me into the vortex of concentration or Tash Sultana, Pretty Lady, mid workday (to remind myself to slow down, dance a little and help shake off any anxious energy … or excess caffeine! haha).

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