Meet Lindsay Quinlan
Lindsay is the founder of KindSide, a mental wellness company that creates artistic tools that support mental well-being. After experiencing the challenges her family faced in the throes of addiction for over a decade, recovering from an eating disorder in her twenties, giving birth to her son in a pandemic, and losing her daughter, Lindsay understands the collective struggle - and opportunities - in mental health.@the.kindside
What does joy mean to you?
The freeing feeling of being present and in the flow.
What are some of the small things you celebrate?
Getting my son Cash to brush his teeth. Finding time to prioritize my mental health. Cheering on the women in my life and seeing them succeed, no matter how small the victory. Making my matcha latte in the morning.
Tell us about a really special time in your life, and why you treasure it.
I gave birth at the height of the Pandemic in April of 2020. My husband Bryan and I made the tough decision to leave NYC when I was 36 weeks pregnant. Absolutely nothing went according to plan, but we just sort of rode the waves and figured it out together. We spent Cash’s first year entirely on the road, he slept in a pack and play exclusively during that time, and it was a magical time of togetherness for us despite all the uncertainty happening in the world. It was during that year that I left a career in the functional beverage industry and pursued my side hustle and built KindSide. It was ironically a very creative time for me.
We all have trying moments. What is something positive you did or chose to focus on to keep you moving forward?
Recently I lost my daughter, Caileigh. Giving birth to her was one of the most joyous and most difficult things I’ll ever do in my life. After the loss, I went through a period where I focused on what I didn’t have, my baby girl. As time progressed, I started turning my energy to my son Cash by being super present with him and feeling immensely grateful for him and all that I have. That energetic shift and focus on the abundance around me has helped me begin my healing journey. It allowed me to start having fun again and it’s made me a better mother and woman in every way imaginable. I say this particular affirmation from our tool Hope Cards, when I find myself slipping into a place where I’m focusing on what I want or don’t have: “I recognize all that I have.” Losing Caileigh opened my eyes to truly understanding that life is a gift. My mission is to help others on their mental wellness journey as they overcome life's challenges and live life to the fullest in her honor.
Tell us about someone who's been a positive influence
in your life.
My husband Bryan is just so darn magnetic and positive. He’s kind, intellectually curious and always sees the bright side and opportunity in any given situation. Bryan encouraged me to launch KindSide and he’s been one of our biggest supporters since day one.
And we have to ask: what is your go-to Terez print?
Currently obsessed with Wildflowers - springy and playful!Shop Wildflowers
Last but not least: what's your favorite cake flavor?
This is easy. I’m a chocolate girl. Chocolate everything.Read More Joy Stories