Wise Women Wednesday: Sophie Suberman

Sophie Suberman

It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions.  These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.

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Q. Who are you? What is your background?  
A. I am a woman of German Jewish and Russian Jewish decent. I grew up in Chapel Hill and returned after college and stints in Eugene, OR and Seattle, WA. I think of myself as an adventurer, but I’m really a homebody, at home in a cozy nook with a great podcast and a computer or art project. I studied life coaching after a stint at law school. I’m a dreamer, finding evidence of good in the serendipities of life and finding hope in how bad things lead to collective action that our world needs.

Q. What is your work?
A. I currently manage a coffee shop.

Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I am about to truly dream into the space that my mom has owned for the last eleven years. I am ready to step into my passions in the space and commit to seeing them through -- twists and turns included!

Sophie Suberman
Sophie Suberman

Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it?  If not why not what's stopping you?
A. I want to build a new way to relate to each other in community. I feel limited by what I experience as the current realities of economics and societal buy-in to something different. It is hard to go against the grain.

Q.  What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. I think I would ask myself, “What are you losing by hoping to be accepted by everyone?” I’d be curious to know what I would’ve said.

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Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers
A. I recently listed to OnBeing, a podcast with Krista Tippett, and her guest was Scott Kelly, lead maverick at Wired Magazine. He talked about how seeking answers hems us in while asking questions opens door after door. This felt like a paradigm-shifting revelation for me. I hope to live this more and more.

Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. I struggle with this regularly. But a friend, Charlie Morris, just said today, when the world scares you, you can either hide or participate in the change; and either way, you’re participating. I’d rather be part of the change we all know is possible, and if nothing else, as an extrovert, other people generally brighten me up.

Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?  
A. Tree with my right leg raised, because of how stable I feel.

Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. Question scarcity.

Sophie Suberman