Interview Series for Disfunkshion Magazine: Sophie Haber

A true free-spirit with a multitude of talents, Sophie Haber exemplifies "wanderlust" and what it means to trust the new experiences travel affords. I had the honor of interviewing her and hearing the beauty and depth of her perspective on her ever-shifting "home."

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Travel From Within with Sophie Haber

by Leah "Lou" Zorn

Each of us is multi-dimensional with stunning facets that reveal our depth, interests, personality, and values. For Sophie Haber, flowing with the nomadic lifestyle allows her to be photographer, model, collaborator, artist, leader, lover, and a strong community supporter, in any setting. She reveals how her path led by wanderlust has led her to live and love abundantly.

To travel, move, and love boundlessly requires a connection with oneself and to the world around you. According to Sophie, “our world is so vast with so many creative beings. We all came onto this earth for a reason and have a story to share with one another. Nobody is perfect and when we can let our “ego” go that is when you can be in tune with the harmony within. “

Sophie’s commitment to the stories and diversity of others has led her and partner Eliot, to build One Sky One People—a group of photographers who partner with artisans around the world to support their craft and empower one another. Sophie and Eliot’s like-minded community captures these cultural moments through the lens of their camera and the sharing of stories, creative experience, and global wares. “I believe community and collaboration go hand in hand. If you are immersed in a community you are already collaborating. I believe our future is community--we need to have a better connection with each other and learn from one another. It’s an amazing feeling being able to collaborate and share your visions with another person. This is the ultimate love,” she shares.

Their lust for travel has led them around the world with goals to begin deepening their roots in Australia. “Our journey is now within and manifesting a soulful life on this beautiful land.” Sophie considers herself both “a nester and a nomad.” She explains further, “comfort for me is home. I used to be a homebody and really needed that space to be able to feel this comfort, but as I started to fly and travel, It was just a feeling. Home is within, and that is something I think I will always be seeking.”

Wandering may seem out of reach for some, but anyone can take advantage of this expansiveness in their own unique lives, without leaving their city or town. As Sophie reminds us, “you can find freedom in the most chaotic cities, it all starts in your mind. By just going outside and finding a park, that’s all you need sometimes to fulfill this craving to wander!”

We can also fulfill our connection to community, as Sophie examines, by “gathering more, creating with each other more, and celebrating with one another. It’s ok to ask for help and speak out with each other, that is what we are all here for. We are all pure love and should spread that love to all.”

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Interview Series for Disfunkshion Magazine: Maryam Montague

My next interview for Disfunkshion Magazine, required me to dialogue with an incredibly diverse woman, Maryam Montague. As soon as I was given my assignment, and learned my subject lived in Morocco,  I quickly dug into my research and the depths of Maryam. I was eager to learn more about the multiple mediums of creativity she uses for both personal expression and community support. Maryam teaches us to champion our pursuits and celebrate our intrigues, our individuality, and our vastness. Read on below to hear more on her perspective and how she is connecting her global audience to Morocco's abundant artistry. 

The Practice of Dynamism with Maryam Montague

by Leah "Lou" Zorn

A truly multi-faceted woman and an inspiration to many, Maryam Montague is a visionary and an entrepreneur who is limitless in her creative expression. Through her vast capabilities and her successful businesses, Maryam is both a force and a foundation. She is a catalyst for the creativity and empowerment of others. 

Maryam's connection to culture begins with her personal draw to new ideas, thirst for a challenge, and execution of different ways to interact with the world around her. She mentions, “When I am outside of my comfort zone and working on a challenging project, that’s when I feel the most alive and inspired, particularly when my ideas start to come together in new ways.”  Through this stimulation and a commitment to humanitarianism, Maryam has grown many projects under her self-titled brand. “I created my brand to be an aspirational lifestyle destination for the modern nomad. It is under that umbrella that I have my blog, My Marrakesh, my shop, my hotel and my charity, Project Soar.”

Each venture began as a curiosity, manifested into an idea, and was put into motion as a personal practice. “I look at the world through curious eyes and am constantly traveling, studying, learning and collecting… A decorative detail, ritual, or belief will often act as a springboard for a series of actions or products.” This momentum flows freely within her own home--a Moroccan boutique hotel appropriately named, Peacock Pavilions. It is within these walls that Maryam, her husband, her children and even her pets open their hearts to guests from around the globe.  

Nestled among olive groves in Marrakesh, Peacock Pavilions is a hot bed for inspiration, interior design, and personal connection. Built in nomadic fashion and with carefully curated wares, the hotel makes conscious living and artisan goods accessible to all. By focusing on wellness and creativity retreats Peacock Pavilions continually attracts leaders and individuals seeking what Maryam knows Marrakesh to source: “Inspiration and renewal.” Through the hotel and the education shared on its grounds, she "encourage[es] people to contemplate a nomadic-inspired lifestyle...[by providing] a safe and beautiful space for them to try it”

If you can’t cross the globe, you can access Maryam’s collaborations, reflections, and locally sourced products from her shop, blog, social media platforms and her latest book, “Marrakesh by Design.” Each endeavor supports the work of Project Soar, yet another facet of Maryam and her generous spirit. Her non-profit organization provides art, sports, and health education programming to “keep [local] girls in school, breaking the cycle of girl brides and early motherhood, while preparing girls to lead full and productive lives.” As she continues to share this work and her personal disciplines, she hopes her children learn to “view the world compassionately and make a real contribution to making the world a better place.”

Maryam is an example that each of us is capable of living a life of social influence, creativity, and connection with our community. As women, Maryam believes it is especially important that we explore the idea of our own dynamism. She mentions, “I believe that women lead far more unidimensional lives than they were created for.  Too often they limit themselves to motherhood, marriage and their one 9-5 job.  I believe that multiple worlds reside in each of us.” We can all share in the abundance of life if we are willing to use curiosity to fuel our own potential. By sharing our ideas, supporting one another and trusting in our unique abilities, we can shape our world.

For additional empowerment and to explore the world of Maryam Montague, check out the links below:

Blog | Instagram | Pinterest | Shop | Hotel | Charity 

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