Our Journal

At the moment it happened, time slowed and became like looking at old-fashioned film, one subtly different image at a time. Boogie reared, his front hooves leaving the ground in an upward arc. For a long moment, he balanced at the apex of the movement. And then, slowly and inevitably, he fell. — That day, […]

“Yeah, I checked Asana for your message. I mean, Slack, I checked Slack,” said one of the Kinship team at our biweekly Monday meeting. A few minutes later, another teammate chimed in: “Hey, can you check the TeamUp Calendar for tasks? No, I mean check Asana for tasks.” And a little later: “Can you send […]

The other day, I stood up from my office chair, walked outside, and kept walking. My brain felt like it was underwater, with everything muffled and blurred. I had projects to do, but nothing with a looming deadline, and I found my inspiration and motivation had deserted me completely. So I walked. As my mind […]

When I first started the Kinship, it felt like I was doing something no one had ever done before. I didn’t know other people who were doing the work I wanted to do: building up other small businesses and helping them tell their stories. Every direction I moved, and every decision I made, relied on […]

When you visit Angie Wendricks’s Instagram feed, @countyroadliving, you’ll notice a few things right away. First, it’s full of clean lines, soft whites, handmade touches, and vintage finds. Second, it’s shot almost entirely within the bounds of Angie’s under-800-square-foot house. And third, even given those two constraints—somehow, despite them—it’s not repetitive. Instead, it’s a testament […]

We took some time to sit down and give some words to the start of the Kinship and our why. Article by our own, Carmen Montopoli. In 2012, one day after her son’s first birthday, Jen Wakeland founded Salt City Emporium. Over the next six years, her business evolved, one step at a time, until […]

Raise your hand if you’ve dreaded hiring and building a team, (everyone raises their hands), me too. For me, I’ve decided to buck the system since it wasn’t working for our team. I don’t necessarily care what your credentials are, where you volunteered, and what you think your five year goal is, what I care […]

It’s 5:15 am and already my Slack channels are full of new messages. Clients are wondering how we’re planning to promote an event; our liaison has questions about scheduling upcoming workshops; our photographer has uploaded a batch of photos from the latest shoot; our copywriter has social media she needs me to approve. Although I […]

How many times in our lives do we stand at a fork in the road, undecided? It’s an experience universal enough that one of the best-known poems in the English language describes it. You’ve heard the ending of “The Road Not Taken,” in which Robert Frost writes: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— […]

In the end, we moved because of a pumpkin cupcake. We’d looked for the right place all over the country, from the low mountains in the east to the flatlands of the midwest to the big-tree northwest. We knew only that we wanted land: an expanse where we could stretch our legs and slow our […]