Mantra Builder

Words to Live By for Life on the Move

Why Mantra Builder?

Have you ever had one of those moments when you’ve thought, “What am I doing here?”

Moving a lot can do that to you. There’s always so much going on, it’s easy to get lost, to lose our sense of self, our sense of purpose, in the shuffle. It can feel painful, disorienting and anxiety provoking. Through my own personal journey as an expat and through my work as a coach, I’ve come to realize it doesn’t have to feel that way forever.

I first created Mantra Builder in 2014 as a one-on-one coaching program to help my clients find the underlying values and vision that guide their lives. This foundation – who we are and who we want to be in the world – exists in all of us. The challenge we face as expats is lots of other things happen too. Our values never really leave us, but let’s face it - sometimes we simply forget where we packed them.

This course is a creative, reflective and engaging program designed to help you turn towards what’s most important, identify the themes, values and priorities that most guide you and create a portable, practical personal mantra to use no matter where life takes you.

It’s a course for people who enjoy learning about themselves, who are insightful and reflective already and want to put those skills to work for them. Mantra Builder is phenomenal for people who’re feeling a little bit lost, but know the answers they’re seeking are in there somewhere. It’s the perfect program for people who are both curious and skeptical about coaching.


Through videos and guided journaling exercises you will:

  • Gain clarity about the most important wants and needs in your life
  • Improve your ability to make decisions based on what matters most
  • Create better life balance
  • Develop self-compassion, insight and understanding
  • Feel more at ease before, during and after transition
  • Answer the question, “What am I doing!?”
  • Create a Personal Mantra to take with you wherever you go

Course Length:

You're free to complete the course at the pace that suits you. For the best insight and growth, I recommend you allow yourself 3-4 weeks.


This program includes 5 instructional videos, 3 mantra building tasks to help you deepen your roots for success no matter where you go and 3 incredible sets of self coaching questions to support your work.

Because I know that a globally mobile life means everything in your world is a work in progress – all of the content here is yours to use at your own pace, for as long as you like, again and again. In fact, I encourage you to come back to what you learn in this course again and again whenever you need it.

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Course Curriculum

  Lesson 1: Wants and Needs
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  Lesson 2: Life Balance
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  Lesson 3: Your Words to Live By
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  Wrapping Up!
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Your Instructor

Jodi Harris
Jodi Harris

WELCOME: Hi! I'm Jodi and I'm so glad you've found your way here! As an expat coach, mindfulness teacher and Personal Leadership Senior Facilitator I have the most wonderful job in the world. Every single day, I get to support globally mobile people as they develop the skills they need to succeed at every matter what life (or lost luggage) throws at them. This work brings me profound joy, love and gratitude and I am so honored to be able to offer these self-paced, online programs in recognition of the need for flexibility when you live a life on the go.

A BIT ABOUT ME: I'm originally from Austin, Texas, and have lived in Spain, Northern Ireland, the Dominican Republic, Madagascar, Japan and Belgium. I'm a mom to three amazing third culture kids who I'm raising in loving and occasionally chaotic partnership with my husband (whose job takes us around the world). I love reading, writing, nature, running, cooking, dancing in the kitchen and dinner parties. I could spend hours talking with the people I love. Read my full bio and learn more about my professional background here.

MORE FROM WORLD TREE COACHING: I'm the author of The Expat Activity Book: 20 Personal Development Exercises for Gaining Insight and Maximizing Your Potential Wherever You Are. I'm the co-author (with Leah Evans) of Kids on the Move: 25 Activities to Help Kids Connect, Reflect and Thrive Around the World. I also host a monthly expat video series called Everyday Expats and I blog here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
When does the course start and finish?
The short answer is - the course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. You can spend as long as you want on each section and come back to the lectures in any order and at any time. However, for each course I do offer a recommended time frame. For this course, the ideal pacing is 3-4 weeks.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. One thing I love about my courses is that you can use them again and again with each move or transition or simply when you feel like you need a reboot!
How are these courses different from your one-on-one coaching programs?
These courses are different from my one-on-one coaching programs in that you’re taking on the process of reflecting and processing completely on your own. When you work with a coach, you get the sounding board of someone who’s outside your own head. That can be an amazing experience! However, I’ve come to realize that sometimes people simply want to work on their own. This can be for reasons related to life situation, finances, personality or just the feeling you'd rather do it on your own. And that’s okay! While these courses don’t replace the gifts of the one-on-one coaching experience, they can help you to gain some of the same personal development and insight skills you’d gain from coaching. If at any point you feel like you'd like to work with me directly, you can learn about my individual coaching programs on my website -
Can I take this course if I'm not an expat?
All of my program are created with the globally mobile in mind. However, anyone can benefit from developing a personal mantra. If the content sounds appealing to you - go for it! I think you'll love it even if you plan to stay in one place.

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