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OUR STORIES GIVE US GROUNDING.

They transform experience to roots. They harvest fruits from where there once was only mud. They contain the seeds of what’s to come.

If you're ready to tend to your most sacred narratives, and to start living them out loud (or putting them on paper), you're in the right place.

HI, I'M LEAH.

My pronouns are she/her/hers, and I'm the face behind The Core Stories.

I’m a writer, photographer, and illustrator who moonlights as a farmer. I help other writers and creatives craft their own stories via one-on-one coaching, and I also provide astrological coaching and counseling. My job is to be a space holder and steward for the most tender human truths — yours, mine, ours — that need to be told. My work centers on…

- connecting common threads to make sense of the mess
- uprooting the weeds of internalized oppression
- finding grounding by giving the body its voice back
- and advocating for healing and renewal — on personal, collective, and systemic scales.

HERE'S MY FULL STORY...

SERVICES

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ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELING

...to name and normalize the key players, settings, conflicts, and themes in your plot line (in the context of structural isms and cultural dynamics) so you can realign with your truthiest truths.

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02

COACHING FOR WRITERS/CREATIVES

...to provide editing support, collaborative brainstorming, and compassionate accountability so you can structure and sustain a creative practice, and get your stories told.

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03

CREATIVE SERVICES FOR BRANDS

…to help shape and share the stories that you and your business (or beloved personal project) want to tell via words and imagery, in service of equitable abundance and collective joy.

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SMALL STORIES FROM HAPPY CLIENTS

“I cannot express how delightful this has been and how happy I am. I can’t wait to give [the custom illustrated book] to [my mom]. And I will definitely make sure people know that you did this and how talented you are!!!”

- SARI S.

The Core Stories
2020-09-13T22:10:45-04:00
“I cannot express how delightful this has been and how happy I am. I can’t wait to give [the custom illustrated book] to [my mom]. And I will definitely make sure people know that you did this and how talented you are!!!” - SARI S.
“Bitten is so grateful to Leah for the amazing portraits she shot of us and our speakers. Not only is she a gifted photographer, but she made our speakers feel comfortable while capturing the essence of their work and passion in unique environments.”

- NAZ RIAHI // CEO OF BITTEN
The Core Stories
2020-09-13T22:11:14-04:00
“Bitten is so grateful to Leah for the amazing portraits she shot of us and our speakers. Not only is she a gifted photographer, but she made our speakers feel comfortable while capturing the essence of their work and passion in unique environments.” - NAZ RIAHI // CEO OF BITTEN
"I have been SAVORING your birth chart reading since you sent it. I want to listen over and over again. It's the best astrology reading I've ever had, truly. It is inspiring me in totally new ways."

- HEATHER S.
The Core Stories
2020-09-13T22:13:42-04:00
"I have been SAVORING your birth chart reading since you sent it. I want to listen over and over again. It's the best astrology reading I've ever had, truly. It is inspiring me in totally new ways." - HEATHER S.
“Thank you for your cool, calm professionalism during our photo shoot.  You made it effortless and fun, and your ability to capture the precise angle at the perfect moment was spot on.”

- NICOLAS COLEMAN // CO-FOUNDER OF GROVE AND VINE
The Core Stories
2020-09-13T22:05:50-04:00
“Thank you for your cool, calm professionalism during our photo shoot.  You made it effortless and fun, and your ability to capture the precise angle at the perfect moment was spot on.” - NICOLAS COLEMAN // CO-FOUNDER OF GROVE AND VINE
“Leah has a way of making what seems confusing and complicated feel more empowering and focused. Her insight and advice comes from the heart, which inspires me to move forward with grace and clarity.”

- SASHA // FOUNDER OF SASHA YOGA + WELLNESS
The Core Stories
2020-09-13T22:06:25-04:00
“Leah has a way of making what seems confusing and complicated feel more empowering and focused. Her insight and advice comes from the heart, which inspires me to move forward with grace and clarity.” - SASHA // FOUNDER OF SASHA YOGA + WELLNESS
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