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Co-founder & Senior Editor
As I continue along my path to live authentically, Sanctuary affords the opportunity to travel within a sisterhood of like-minded women who yearn for heart connection to their world, freedom to pursue their passions, and courage to speak their truth. I’m so grateful to be sharing this powerful and radiant journey with this incredible group of women. Our connection and friendship is a gift, and their vision and dedication to this project is an inspiration.
#WheresYourSanctuary: Music is my sanctuary because it gives me the freedom to express whatever emotions I’m sitting with at the moment and color them in a way that best serves me. I can speak truth while feeding my soul and celebrating my passion. Music fills in my blanks. (See Nancy's post on February 11, 2017 for more).
Myrna Beth Haskell
Co-founder & Managing Editor
Working with others on a publication where your team members’ sense of vision, direction and purpose are completely in tune with yours is extremely rare. The working relationship and positive environment at Sanctuary is definitely something special, and I couldn’t be more proud of the result. Sanctuary is a place where women can seek good news and inspiration, but they can also become part of an online community where their voice and stories are heard. I look forward to a fabulous future with the magazine.
#WheresYourSanctuary: Dance does it for me. Dance feeds my entire being - body, mind and soul. For me, dance is an escape. It's wild abandon and stress relief. (See Myrna's post on February 11, 2017 for more.)
Sales & Marketing
As the world becomes smaller and all the media platforms bombard you with news and information 24/7, I was intrigued with the concept of a place to escape all of this and discover what matters to me and my personal growth. Sanctuary offers women a community where they can learn and be inspired by the lives of others who have found their peace and passion. It is not static - but dynamic - as it encourages open discussion and the exchange of ideas and stories to stimulate exploration and lifelong learning.
#WheresYourSanctuary: For me, sanctuary is an escape from the day to day, a place to surround yourself with "white noise" away from the stress of the day: pups, paddle, sports, connecting with family and friends, adventure, old movies, books.
Digital Ad Sales Rep
I am excited about Sanctuary because it helps me to find the balance between mind, body and soul. Sanctuary offers beauty in art and poetry, inspiration in music, and guidance in articles about how to live healthfully, happily and meaningfully. This is the kind of balance that I have been craving, and - let’s face it - isn’t this something we are all looking for? The rapidly growing community of Sanctuary women is a tide I have happily been swept up in, and I am excited to see how far we will all go together!
#WheresYourSanctuary: My Sanctuary is exercise - hands down - and strength training is my go to. There's something about exertion and movement that forces me to be in the moment; and that makes such a difference, even if it's only for an hour. I find that when I miss a few days I tend to be a little...scattered. More recently, I have gotten into climbing, and I must say that it may be my new sanctuary soon because I absolutely love it.
Sometimes I think Sanctuary just sort of willed itself into being. Myrna, Nancy and I met on another project and something just clicked. We started talking “what if.” What if there was a place where women could find inspiration and insight? What if it had meaning, substance and beauty? What if we actually did this?! I still marvel at how Sanctuary came into being, and I am so thankful to have found Myrna and Nancy, who never cease to amaze me.
#WheresYourSanctuary: Joy, peace, strength and fulfillment? That's a tall order. They are often elusive, rarely seen together, and sometimes impossible to find. But the best chance I have of basking in their glow is while I'm walking down a tree-lined path. It can be anywhere: my favorite spot in Ojai, a city street, a newly discovered forest trail. The only constant is trees. Misty, gray weather is a plus. My dog, Dara, as my companion goes without saying. Time slows. The world gets quiet. My heart calms. My mind lifts. Any burden is lightened. I can trust in the beauty of the world again.
Youth Content & Outreach Intern
I love the creativity throughout Sanctuary as well as the artist features – reading about the artists and the music professionals. I also appreciate the feeling of women’s empowerment throughout the publication and the healthy mind and well-being aspect. I am excited to help expand Sanctuary’s youth audience. Women my age need more magazines that offer a focus on empowerment. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge in the publications industry and to working with Sanctuary staff on youth content and outreach.
Our advisory board consists of dedicated professionals in various industries – women we have great respect and admiration for. These accomplished individuals suggest creative content, search for talent and contacts in their fields and assist us with promotion.
Poet & Educator
I believe in the concept behind this new magazine. I love reading writings that make me think - in any genre – and, of course, I am attracted to the visual component. I also admire the enthusiasm for this project. I’ve submitted a photograph with my granddaughter because I hope she will be all things SANCTUARY represents now, and when she is old enough, I hope she will submit her own work.
#WheresYourSanctuary: Ironically, I find my peace and fire in the same place: writing. Every morning I get up early and either revise or start a new poem. I am writing Ekphrastic poetry right now - poems inspired by art - and love this because I am a visual thinker.
Maureen Hogan Lutz
Author & Founder of Necessities Bag™
I am excited to be part of SANCTUARY’s mission to empower women to live fulfilling and mindful lives. It offers a wonderful forum to share stories, thoughts and ideas. I believe that, through the process of drawing on memories and experiences, we build strength and find serenity. I look forward to the adventure!