Connect
To Top

Community Highlights: Meet Sofia Ava of Meaningful Mantras

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sofia Ava.

Hi Sofia, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Meaningful Mantras began in front of my bathroom mirror when I was 18 years old after a very unsuccessful modeling casting. It was summer of 2017, and all the models were running around LA trying to book winter catalog shoots in 100 degree weather. On this particular day, I was told I was too little and too big at the same time. I drove 2 hours home back to Orange County panicking that I would get fired from my agency since I hadn’t booked a job in a couple of months. When I finally got home, I received a call from my agent giving me the feedback from the casting directors, hinting I needed surgery if I wanted a career – or I would get “released” (a model’s term for ‘fired’) from the agency.

I broke down on my front porch, and when I finally got inside my bedroom, I laid down wondering if this would be how I would spend the rest of my life: exhausted, insecure, and hungry. After being in this industry since I was 14, it had taken its toll on me. I couldn’t bare to look at myself in the mirror without seeing all the rejection and criticism of my looks following me. I didn’t feel beautiful, strong, worthy, or loved. On this particular day, I decided I needed to at least try to love myself. I got a notebook out and starting writing down my version of mantras. On pieces of paper I wrote, “you are beautiful, you are strong, you are worthy, you are enough” and taped them all around my mirror and walls of my bedroom. I wanted my space to have these mantras on them almost speaking to me, affirming who I really am. After seeing these every time I opened my eyes and looked into the mirror, after a couple of weeks I started to believe it. One day, my mom came into my room and saw what I was doing. I was so embarrassed at the time, but I looked at her and said, “Mom, do you think these could help others too? Can I somehow make stickers for other girls’ mirrors?” Being the incredible and nurturing mother she is, she said, “absolutely.” Her encouragement in my moment of shame and vulnerability is what gave me the courage to pursue what later became Meaningful Mantras Mirror Mantras, our Believe in Your Beauty Wall & Mirror Decal set that has inspired thousands of women, men, and kids to look at themselves with kind and loving eyes. I had launched this particular decal set on Amazon, and after one year it started to take off. I received messages from parents saying it had helped their child or friends giving it to their friends and it led to an incredible bonding experience. This became fuel to me because all I had ever wanted to do since I was 13 was to inspire others and show them that their dreams really are possible.

From mirror mantras came aromatherapy and self-care, a long passion of mine and natural evolution of the company. Our aromatherapy epsom salts and candles are handcrafted fresh daily with expertise and great care. My mom, who has dedicated her life to aromatherapy and ingredient research, has been my guide every step of the way from developing our blends to sourcing quality ingredients. We launched our first line of aromatherapy Epsom salts in 2020 – and in just one year, it grabbed great attention and demand while keeping our passion and mantra aspect in tact. I only hope that every encounter and experience with our products adds just a bit more love and healing into our customer’s lives. I am so grateful for everyone that has been a part of our journey.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing worthwhile comes easily. I would not be who or where I am today if my life had been a walk in the park. My life has been a life of great pain, but many blessings, and a practice of healing over and over again. Hardships are your greatest teachers. Every mantra we have comes with a deeper meaning and story to it, which I believe holds a special energy. With that, I am no stranger to challenges. When I first decided I would try to develop a sticker set of mantras for your mirror at 18 years old, many people laughed at me from peers and teachers, including one potential manufacturer (he didn’t end up getting the job). Moments like that can steer you off your path or give you the strength and momentum to keep moving forward. Meaningful Mantras is deeply personal. Every mantra is a message to my younger self, what I wish I could tell her, hoping to make her proud. That younger girl didn’t have anyone to stand up for her, and I strive to embody that as a young adult today and every day and hopefully inspire others along the way. When you know your why, you become unstoppable, and from there, you become unshakeable.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Meaningful Mantras?
Meaningful Mantras began in front of my bathroom mirror when I was 18 years old. Our mission then. As it remains today: to create products that empower people to find love, peace, and acceptance within themselves. From what started as affirmation stickers for your mirror naturally evolved to aromatherapy wellness products with the same mantra element to bring aromatherapy and mindfulness wherever you go. As our company has grown, so has our commitment to quality, health and well-being. The first step was to create extraordinary plant-derived aromas, not only for their smell but also for their remarkable biological factors since they are from essential oils. Our aromatherapy line of epsom salts are handcrafted with expertise and great care. The essential oils we select are harvested at their peak to ensure quality, freshness, and environmental sanctity. Master blending is done in small, personally attended batches to protect the integrity of each aroma. Our formulas are free of synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, artificial dyes and irritants. All of our products are vegan. Every plant-derived ingredient that was chosen for each of our products was individually analyzed. When an ingredient “made it” into the formula, it was because it had been thoroughly researched, questioned, and concluded to be safe.

Aromatherapy is something I was raised with as mom is a certified aromatherapist and has been one for over 3o years. I believe, if even for an instant, essential oils can change how you feel. And combining that with mantras, I feel is a powerful way to add a touch of positivity to your environment. One specific intention with Meaningful Mantras is to make gifting meaningful through shopping by mantra. We believe that when we love ourselves, we become kinder people. And the world needs kindness and love. My wish is that everyone could believe that they are worthy, loved, and more than enough – and that is the goal and mission with this company.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I work closely with my mom, Tina Rocca, on developing our exceptional aromas and sourcing quality ingredients. My mom is my best friend, and it is such a gift and blessing to work alongside her and watch her unique calling blossom.

Pricing:

  • Epsom salts $25
  • Aromatherapy Candles $20
  • Mirror Mantras $9.99
  • Diffusing Oils $18

Contact Info:


Image Credits
In the photo of the man pouring candles, that is our expert candlemaker Luis Gonsalez.

Suggest a Story: VoyageLA is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in local stories