We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Suh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
For the longest time, I was unsure and indecisive about everything; what I wanted to do in my life, if the decisions I made were the “right” ones. I constantly second guessed myself and compared myself to others until I created what is now The Mantra Co. What started as a simple inspirational Instagram account, that I worked on simultaneously with my unfulfilling 9-5 job, quickly grew into a worldwide community of over a MILLION people who are going through similar mindset blocks and personal struggles. I found a way to deeply connect with strangers online to not only end up helping them feel better, but also myself whether that be by posting an inspirational quote, writing empowering horoscope readings, to having 1 on 1 private DMs just talking about real life problems we’re going through. As soon as I shifted my perspective from selfishly thinking what do I WANT to do with my life? to a selfless mindset of what can I do for others while I’m here on this Earth, I’ve opened myself up to receiving all things that are meant for me and opportunities have been coming my way. What’s beautiful about my business is that I started with a community first and then built my business entirely around them. I am able to create products and services that directly serve their wants and needs in an authentic way that continues to show exponential growth.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My name is Julia Suh and I am the founder of The Mantra Co., a one-stop shop for emotional wellness, transformation, and self-discovery. I’ve built a community of over a million people worldwide who all have one thing in common: they are looking for guidance to live an empowered and positive life. The Mantra Co. is a very young company and the growth has been exponential. My Instagram page went viral in October 2019 growing from 700 followers to 800,000 followers in less than a week due to a series of zodiac posts. Since then, I’ve been able to turn it into a business that offers monthly horoscope readings, self-development workshops, and merchandise to support each person’s unique journey to healing and transformation. Starting a business is never “easy.” It can be really lonely, especially in the beginning. There’s a lot of long nights and moments where you’re stuck and you’re the only person to turn to. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself and still to this day battle with a lot of uncertainty and self-doubt. I think to myself, “Is what I’m creating actually important? Should I go in that direction because it’s popular or this direction that’s more authentic to me?” As a founder, you have to look to yourself for validation and wear all the hats in the business until you have the means to build your team. At the end of the day you’re the only one who has the vision and can see the potential so it’s really important to be self-motivated and always know your “why” to keep you going. More often than not, people start to show support when they see you winning, so it is a lonely road at first, but eventually it’ll come together. It has been such a wild ride, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am constantly inspired every day by the people in my community and blessed to have been given the opportunity to serve and now lead others.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
The thing that I love about LA is that there is so much to do and every area or neighborhood has its own vibe to it depending on what you’re there for. I’d take my friend to the arts district to be inspired, downtown for the rooftop views and trendy bars, K-Town for food, Echo Park to chill, and Hollywood to go out.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The Mantra Co. wouldn’t exist without its community of people around the world, so I would like to dedicate my shoutout to everyone who is a part of this community who have been impacted by my content in one way or another.