Leah - Stories, conversations, musings, and wonderings that are thoughtful in every way, from inception to creation to the edited product. Nearly everything that goes into every issue of In Kind is born of something we’ve been curious about or struggled with.
Hannah - Echoing Leah, I think ‘conscious content’ is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. There’s so much that can be consumed during an ambient TV show or scrolling through our phones during the workday. This is very much the opposite; it’s the stuff that requires your full attention—the questions that have kept us up at night or pondered at dinners with girlfriends.
Leah - It’s so hard to pick one! From the beginning, I’ve admired Hannah’s kindhearted nature. It’s so authentic and inherent to who she is—there’s nothing superficial about the way she lives her life, conducts her business, or treats people.
Hannah - There are so many things about Leah that I’ve admired since our early days working together in digital media, she’s someone who operates from such a genuine place—always—there’s no pretence with her. She’s someone whose innate curiosity and desire to connect drives her ideation and her interviews, and you can feel that in every story she tells. It keeps me motivated and holds me accountable.
Leah - We’ve been so lucky to collaborate with some incredible female artists who understand what we’re doing and see the vision. Issue no. 3 featured an image of a beautiful textile the wonderful Sophie Williamson created—interviewing her for the accompanying feature and hearing how she’d pivoted from a very driven sales career to creating this creative design studio was so inspiring and exciting. No. 4 is a landscape painting by Maine-based artist Sarah Madeira Day that spoke to mine and Hannah’s love of nature and fit with the organic feel of everything In Kind. No. 5 should be gorgeous with a custom print an amazing designer is working on for us right now—we can’t wait for people to see it! In general, I’d say we love showcasing female artists who fit easily into the In Kind world.
Leah - We’re writing and editing no. 5 now, and I’m feeling especially excited about a sort of follow-up piece to something in the current issue that explores doubt. If you’ve decided to sell house and move or quit your job for a new opportunity, how do you handle the doubt that invariably creeps in? How do we greet that worry and let it pass?
Hannah - For me, it’s become obvious that so many of us are navigating the strangeness of the world and feeling an underlying or growing sense of anxiety taking hold. Conversations with friends I’ve had lately have all pointed to this feeling of “white knuckling” through what seems like one bad news cycle after the next. I can’t claim to have all the answers, but it felt like this was something we had to talk about.—For real!
Leah - I’m all about giving compliments (and receiving them gracefully—I think we all are doing ourselves a disservice if we try to brush nice words off or say, “No, no!”). Whether it’s big or small, giving a compliment is the easiest way to let someone know they’re appreciated and seen, and I think that always feels good to people.