Hi, I’m Leah, and I’m a multimedia storyteller who loves to get her hands dirty, too.
By seat, I’m a writer, illustrator, and astrologer.
By feet, I’m a photographer, farmer, and plant-based cook.
Whether studying stars or soil, and whether hunkered down at my computer or heavy lifting in the mud, I’m interested in getting to the heart of the matter at hand and digging to the roots of what’s true. I look to Mother Nature (nickname: Mama Nay) as a mentor, offering abundant lessons on growth, grounding, and the crucial role of connection in any thriving ecosystem.
I work with heart-centered brands, entrepreneurs, and organizations to craft verbal and visual strategy that’s equally smart and sincere. In addition to copywriting for freelance clients like Hot Bread Kitchen and Treiber Farms, I’ve written and edited articles and newsletters for a range of online outlets like The Fold Magazine (previously Clementine Daily), mindbodygreen, Birchbox, My Modern Met, Electrify Magazine, Design*Sponge, and Elephant Journal. I do custom commissioned illustrations, and my photography clients range from sweetgreen to Bitten to Girls Write Now. I’ve also styled photo shoots and events with Zio & Sons.
What I’m saying is, if it’s a form of storytelling, chances are that it’s in my wheelhouse, and it’s all based in my initial background in public relations, marketing, and corporate communications. I got my professional start as a public relations coordinator for a New York-based firm whose blog, newsletter, and full spectrum of social media pages I conceptualized and created. I also launched the viral #dailydoseofwhimsy Instagram campaign at Pink Olive and wrote the monthly “love letters” (like this one) for the store’s sister company called OliveBox, in addition to spearheading blogging, public relations, social media strategy, graphic design, and events.
I built The Core Stories when I was still living in the Big Apple and craving a place to share some true stories of my own. You’ll find those personal tales on the Core Stories blog and on Instagram, where my aim is to expose the timelessness in timely trends, the quiet solace in the hustle, and the magnificence in all of life’s mess. I also design and sell greeting cards and prints based on the Core Stories themes.
When I’m not at my desk, surrounded by swirls of paper and pencils and shiny screens, I might be off on a long run or whirling around the kitchen, whipping up a mean plant-based feast. But I’m probably out in the dirt. Driven almost sheerly by curiosity, I left New York in September 2016 to spend a year traveling all over North America as an apprentice on more than 10 different organic farms, studying both the practical, procedural aspects of small-scale farming and its associated psychological and cultural implications. I fell in love with soft soil, tomato picking, and playing a direct role in honest and sustainable food systems, which led me towards my work with Masienda, the critically-acclaimed sourcers and purveyors of heirloom Mexican corn for chefs around the world. As their social media and communications consultant in the summer of 2017, I helped launch their three-ingredient, non-GMO, nixtamalized corn tortilla company called Masienda Bodega, and I developed a fanatic fascination for heirloom crops and Mexican farming practices in the process. That’s how I wound up moving to Oaxaca, Mexico — a key cradle of plant domestication and the native homeland of corn, squash and other staple ingredients — where I spent six months between 2017 and 2018 collaborating with those in the agricultural and culinary realms to foster communication, integrity, and sacred heritage preservation within food systems on both sides of the border.
Back in the U.S. now, I continue to engage in the cultivation and preparation of food as a means of collaborative healing and connection — within communities, between disparate cultures, and with the land that sustains us all. I work with clients in the ethical food, farming, and healing arts arenas on content creation and storytelling strategy, and I’m expanding my one-on-one astrology practice, which I see as another tool to reconnect people to their own “core stories” that ground their lives. (For the latter, I’ll be adding booking info to my website soon, but you’re welcome to reach out directly in the meantime.) I’m also chipping away at a memoir about my year of nomadic farming.
Portrait by Emma Saccone.