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Our team

Meet the team of makers behind Slow North

Michelle Simmons

Founder

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

You may not be able to tell from the looks our our lawn, but I love yard work! It's a little luxury for me to have time in the afternoons to go in the back with our son and pull weeds, prune something or water plants. I've started scheduling it on my calendar to remind myself to make the time because while it sounds small, connecting with the earth in this way has a big impact on my mood. Thank you nature, yet again!

What is your most recent read?

I just finished reading a book called “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown, and it’s life-changing. I already want to re-read it again. We are continually growing and refining who we are, and I love how this book helped me remember I have a finite amount of time and energy. I have the tendency to say "yes" to everything then figure out how it will all fit in later - cue self-induced stress, resentment and anxiety. His words helped me realize and identify the most important areas in my life and give myself permission to focus on them. It's going to be a process but one I wholeheartedly find worth it.

What is your favorite drink?

Iced tea. Unsweetened. All day. Every day. There's not even a close second. In fact, it was one of our son's first words...and he says it with the most adorable southern-drawl!

 

 


Jon Simmons

Founder

What is one of your favorite quotes?

One Thanksgiving my then 95-year-old grandmother Olive stood up at a dinner table of about 20 and announced she wanted to give a toast. Thanksgiving was put on mainly by my mom's family, which is huge. Olive was on my dad's side and usually didn't say too much at big family gatherings, that I remember. Here she was, standing over everyone, glass raised. "Who's like us?" she asked. I felt the air go out of the room. Olive was a character and could be unpredictable, and everyone seemed a little confused. "Damn few." Laugher all around the table. That moment really stuck with me. It was a powerful statement and I loved the drama and payoff.

What is your most recent read?

I'm making my way through Essentialism, which I love. The book that has stuck with me most the past year, however, is a book called Dark Matter. It's part science fiction and part a mediation on one man's total devotion to his family. It's full of both action and heartbreak and it's utterly thrilling to the very last page.

Why is Slow North a good fit for you?

I love the challenge of being the principle designer for all of our labels, for our website and for our brand. Michelle has created elegant and straightforward products and I love working with her to find that expression in a visual language both in print and on the web.

 

 



Bekah Hohl

Content Creator + Studio Lead

Why is Slow North a good fit for you?

I'm kind of a busybody and working at Slow North has given me so much time to get lost (in a good way) in the details of creating. When I'm at work, I have a lot of time to myself and can focus on things that I enjoy doing, and in turn it almost forces me to slow down because of the nature of the company. We pay close attention to every step of the candle-making process, and it brings me joy to know that others will enjoy the things I've been privileged enough to put work into.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

My favorite quote is a saying that I got from my Grandfather, "Nothing less than my highest and best." I never got the chance to meet him since he passed away before I was born, but thankfully my dad passed on the stories and this saying to me and my sister over the years as we've grown up. All I've heard about my Grandfather are great, great things, so I always think of him when I'm faced with a tough task and this quote comes to mind.

Who should we be following on IG?

Okay, so I recently stumbled upon @finelittleday aka Elisabeth Dunker. It's an adorable account in a lot of ways. She's a Swedish artist and has a great eye for design in her own home and in her business where she designs and crafts her own prints, textiles, kitchen utensils, you name it. Plus, she has the. most. precious. cats. She catches them with the funniest expressions on their faces, and that's a work of art in itself.

What's your favorite drink?

I'm not sure if this means alcoholic drinks or not, but YOLO. Margaritas are my favorite drink, always and forever. This is a cliche Texas girl answer, but I can't help it... If you grew up here then you know.

How are you taking steps to "create space" in your own life?

Gosh, I'm not going to sit here and pretend I'm even close to mastering the art of slowing down and resting (which is what I interpret "creating space" to be), but I sure do try! Going running is a very restful thing for me because I can spend time by myself outdoors away from all the pressing things that cloud my mind/space/house/car/everything on a daily basis. It's very freeing to have my space and get a quick getaway when I go for a run and getting an endorphin rush is also a nice perk