Hey there! I'm Sarah and I'm the creator and Editor in Chief of The Kindred Voice (formerly Holl & Lane Magazine). I have no experience in the publishing industry so why in the world did I create a magazine?
Simply put: I thought it was needed.
While I was pregnant with my first son, I had a pretty hard time. I was in and out of the hospital, sick all nine months, and generally miserable. I started writing on my personal blog about my experience (basically how I wasn't glowing like the media lead me to believe I would be) and received so many encouraging comments and emails from readers telling me how glad they were that I was being honest. That they had the same experience and didn't feel like they could talk about it.
That got me to thinking - why ISN'T there a magazine that's dedicated to these things we feel like we can't talk about? Why do we feel like we have to hide these less-than-pretty parts of our lives? Isn't that what life is all about? The good and the bad? That's what shapes us into who we are.
So I decided to do something about it and put my lifelong dream of working for a magazine to work. In April 2015 I started working on what would soon become Holl & Lane.
I wanted a magazine that would allow women to share their honest truths, what they'd actually been through, and find a way to connect us all in the things we'd been through. Having no experience in this industry didn't matter to me, I had passion, and that's all you need, right?
Well, passion, and some money.... magazines are expensive!
But even so, the first issue of Holl & Lane launched in June 2015 (and was a LOT different than what you see today) and here we are, several years later going strong in our mission. In 2019 we rebranded to The Kindred Voice to more encompass our mission and the community that has been built around it.
since launching, we have shared the stories of over 1,000 women.
We're getting better and stronger with each essay and I'm so excited to continue publishing a magazine and website that I'm proud of.
+ Everyone has a story to share
+ Our stories are so important to talk about
+ Having honest conversations helps to connect women from around the world
+ All women’s voices are important and needed in this world