Ruby Warrington is a British journalist and author based in New York, and the founder of The Numinous, the high-style online magazine about spirituality for modern women. She also runs a "sober curious" event series Club SÖDA NYC and develops an online mentoring program Moon Club with Alexandra Roxo, for personal development and spiritual activism. Today, she launches her first book Material Girl, Mystical World, a guide to the "Now Age" for a high-vibe life. Inspired by her personal experience, from her dream job as an influential fashion journalist to creating The Numinous, it is an initiation to personal enlightenment for mind and body.
Inside/Out: How would you describe your genesis story?
Ryby Warrington: Having followed a very materialistic career in fashion journalism, in 2011 found myself in my "dream job" but feeling utterly unfulfilled. Having always been fascinated with the subject, I decided to study astrology to bridge the passion gap - and unknowingly at the time, stepped onto the path of what I now consider to be my dharma...
I/O: What are you working on right now or planning for the future?
R: It’s all about the book right now, and I’m dreaming of it reaching the hearts and minds of millions and inspiring them to live their most high vibe life! Having said that, I am simultaneously developing my Club SÖDA NYC event series, and my online mentoring program Moon Club. Both offer ways to connect with the teachings of my book in real time.
I/O: What are your thoughts on feminism/female empowerment?
R: I believe we’re in a time of feminine empowerment - meaning that traditionally "feminine", or "yin", principles, of empathy, compassion, collaboration, listening, healing, and emotional resonance, are being activated in many people in response to current world events (political, social, technological). I am an idealist, but my hope is that, eventually, this will lead to a more balanced and peaceful co-existence between the world’s populations.
I/O: How do you achieve harmony in your life?
R: I have very strong boundaries. Meaning, I only say yes to professional opportunities that work for me; I only make time for relationships that bolster my emotional self-esteem; I meditate daily, and avoid substances that stimulate the adrenals/nervous system (coffee, alcohol, sugar); I do some kind of daily movement practice, and am an absolute nazi about my sleep regime.
I/O: What experts do you admire? Who are your teachers? Any other resources?
R: I have the utmost admiration for my main collaborators, Alexandra Roxo (Moon Club) and Biet Simkin (Club SÖDA NYC), as well as all the modern mystics who I have chosen to contribute to The Numinous. Bob Roth, my meditation coach and the CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met, and I am also consistently blown away by the talent and wisdom of writers like Donna Tartt, Zadie Smith, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Lena Dunham.
I/O: What does your community look like?
R: Vibrant, in every sense of the word.
I/O: Who or what helped you get where you are today?
R: Gabrielle Bernstein was one of the first people to befriend me when I moved to NYC in 2012, and encouraged me start work on The Numinous when it was still just a spark of an idea. She was also the first person to tell me I must write a book! She’s an incredible entrepreneur and super supportive of other women, which I love.
I/O: Tell us about your challenges, past or current.
R: If anything, boredom is the most consistent challenge I seek to overcome… Meaning I tend to take on too much, overstretch myself, and then the pendulum swings the other way! Currently, as my various ventures are leveling up, I am being challenged by how to be a "boss", but still operate from an empathetic, heart-centered place.
I/O: Do you have a mantra?
R: "What would Oprah do?"
I/O: Tell us about your community and your role as a leader.
R: As an Aries, I’ve always been aware of my "natural leadership qualities". I got called "bossy" as a child, and have been accused of being "pushy" by some of my more honest friends! In my career I always shied away from this, preferring to operate from behind the scenes and uncomfortable "giving orders". But I’ve also never been much of a team player. Increasingly, I’m seeing that my lone wolf tendencies have been a way of playing small and not owning my inner #girlboss for fear of coming across as ... bossy and/or pushy. These days, there is less and less time in my life for worrying about that!
As an Aries, I’ve always been aware of my "natural leadership qualities".
I got called "bossy" as a child, and have been accused of being "pushy" by some of my more honest friends! (...)
Increasingly, I’m seeing that my lone wolf tendencies have been a way of playing small and not owning my inner #girlboss...
I/O: We know that through your various projects you are a sort of caregiver to so many people. So tell us, who takes care of you?
R: My pisces (plural, who my book is also dedicated to) - my husband Simon, my mother, and my Moon Club partner Alexandra.
I/O: Three words.
R: Peace, Integrity, Positivity.
I/O: Tell us about your rituals for self care? Are they daily? Seasonal? Lunar?
R: I am a creature of habit, and have countless daily rituals that keep me grounded - everything from my morning meditation + hot water and lemon, to my weekend soup-making marathons (for lunches throughout the week). And of course, I gather with the Moon Club community on the New and Full Moons, to set intentions, and share our manifestations.
I/O: Do you ever "fall off the wellness wagon"? If so, what does this mean to you? If not, how do you avoid temptation?
R: Oh hell yes! I had an amazing time drinking beer and raving until 9am at an outdoor rave in Poland last summer, and vegan ice cream from Van Leeuwens in Brooklyn got me through trauma of the last US election. As for avoiding temptation? It’s part of my self-care practice not to beat myself up for being human and having cravings. Generally, if I feel like doing something, I do it. I just try to focus on doing things that genuinely make me feel good.
I/O: What websites, books, podcasts or other tools would you recommend to our community?
R: All my own projects!
I/O: What would you recommend for people without the means or geographical access to prestigious materials, products, consultations?
R: Moon Club creates global access to ritual and spiritual mentorship, and we have members all over the world who tune in weekly for our live ritual and coaching online events. We also regularly feature interviews with thought leaders in the "now age" space—for example, on 5/5 we’re welcoming incredible author and speaker Danielle LaPorte.
I/O: What role does travel play in your life? Where do you plan to go in 2017?
R: I love to travel for work, and go to London and LA pretty regularly for meetings and events. I also had the realization last year that it is likely gonna be a while before I truly get a "vacation", having chosen the entrepreneurial path, and I’m trying to come to terms with that! This year I will attempt to take a time out at a friend’s wedding in Puglia. I’m planning to stay on for a week afterwards, with my brother and his family.
I/O: What role does music play in your life? Do you have a playlist to share? Or a "power" song?
R: Music is my favorite mood altering substance these days! I love my brother Jay Shepheard’s deep house production, and mellow mixes from Berlin’s Michelberger Hotel on Soundcloud.
I/O: What makes you happy?
R: Seeing my ideas become reality.
I/O: What do you do when something makes you unhappy?
R: Jump around like a five-year-old!
I/O: What inspires you more than anything else?
R: My spirit.
I/O: A desire, a wish, an intention or manifestation for 2017?
R: To get comfortable with public speaking, and using my voice to spread my message as well as the written word.
I/O: Do you have content you would be willing to share with us?
R: This video: How to be a divine feminist. A discussion about finding feminism through the "Now Age": meditation, tarot, and astrology.