While we are all enjoy gathering here in our “online world” – I wanted to keep one arm out stretched to the birth place of inspiration…. BOOKS.
While I have a kind of hiccuping consumption of novels, I am a regular collector of photographic digests, encyclopedic guides and most definitely memoirs and contemplative publications that I can pinch some “get up and go” from.
The Leap Stories would be one of the latter!
I’m happy to introduce you to this book, not only for its terrific, locally sourced interviews but also for the fact that the author AND publisher can both deeply relate to the bravery needed to push toward those creative goals. The Leap Stories examines the path taken by 13 very different people in pursuit of their professional dreams. There are terrific take away snippets of advice and the chance to learn from the mistakes and curly road to success of others.
Kylie Lewis left the corporate world behind to channel her experience in communications into Of Kin, a coaching and consulting business specifically aimed at getting behind creative enterprise. She also regularly updates her website with further “Leap Stories” so I would highly recommend you jump on!
Tess McCabe might be the publisher for this great project, but she adds this to her own list of leaps including the founding of the Melbourne based Creative Womens Circle and The New Normal Podcast with Emma Clark.
Charged with interviewing each other in celebration of the basis of The Leap Stories – you can read their terrific conversation below.
KYLIE: You, yourself are a serial leaper – from freelance graphic designer, to community organiser, to publisher, to podcaster, to part-time digital comms. What’s the through line on in all these roles?
TESS: The common denominator is probably getting useful information to people in an authentic and (hopefully) aesthetically pleasing way. From brand identities to website design, non-fiction books to conversational audio, and even via Instagram captions and EDMs – if I’m having an authentic, helpful conversation with someone (not always using words), then I’m happy. It feels to me pretty close to my favourite thing to do in the world: sit down and eat nice food with people and talk.
KYLIE: What are three of your core beliefs?
Create, don’t imitate
Do what you say you’re going to do
Compared to most, I’m damn lucky in so many ways
KYLIE: You’re one of the most productive, collaborative, with-it and calm people I know – how do you do it? Practically and emotionally?
TESS: A lot of it is genetic I think – I grew up in a tight-knit family and we’re all quite level-headed, productive, team-oriented introverts. My husband and closest friends are of a similar ilk. From a practical and emotional standpoint, it probably comes down to being organised and pragmatic. That combination underpins a lot of what I do – and when the world feels like too much, a good blubbery cry is a nice way to clear out the cobwebs and start again 😉
TESS: Your own leap from employee to business owner started with an impromptu trip across an ocean. Tell us about that!
KYLIE: I took a big, messy, frayed around the edges heart and ran away to NYC for 10 days. I volunteered at the 99u.com conference, danced til the wee hours at MOMA, walked the high line, did yoga in SOHO and ate the most incredible food at Smorgesberg in Brooklyn.
TESS: What do you personally take away from hearing so many people’s leap stories?
KYLIE: We all feel afraid of taking a leap. We all are figuring it out as we go along. You have more choices, resources, capability, connections and courage than you realise. It takes a village to help you through a leap. There are good times and hard times but no one regrets doing it. One leap leads to another, the another, to another. Honouring what you’re curiously about, honouring your ‘what if’s?’.
TESS: What are 5 words that describe The Leap Stories book?
KYLIE: Choose courage over comfort, always.