Welcome to The Expanse: our theme for Darling Issue 22.

But this isn’t the kind of space you may be expecting. For this issue and beyond, we’re thinking about the space we occupy. The personal, internal space that’s ours alone and how that intersects with the shared space of others around us.

Here’s a snippet of Sarah’s Letter From the Editor to explain:

The truth is that we aren’t just taking up space on this earth. Rather, our very existence is balanced between sea, sky and land; all that we do is intertwined, impacting one another for better or for worse. When we manage the space in our lives with love, openness, compassion and peace, our culture greatly reflects the bright night sky—the beautiful complexity and wonder of it all.

You may notice in this issue that we gave Darling a new look. Moving to a revised size and a more flexible quality was both an aesthetic decision and a move toward the magazine being able to travel with you more easily.

Inside this issue, you’ll find dreamy, other-worldly images and artwork alongside articles and essays about our space on this planet as women. You’ll also read interviews with women from the astrophysical engineering field to the entertainment and music arenas.

Our hope is that this issue inspires you to wonder, to step up where you are needed and to own your personal realm of impact. Here’s to ending 2017 well and starting 2018 even better.

Inside The Dreamer |  A feature with Sydney Sierota

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We chat with the lead singer (and sister) to the band Echosmith about touring with family, songwriting and their new EP release.

Inside The Achiever | Women Conquering Space (Literally)


Did you know that some of the most common household appliances were invented due to space programs…and some of those discoveries were made by women? This feature interview with two women leading the charge into space exploration is more than a revelation in fun facts: it’s an inspiration.

Inside The Hostess | “Dear Companions” By Courtney Dasher


Our longtime Darling family member and mum to @tunameltsmyheart speaks to us about making space for a beloved pet, whether it’s a goldfish or an adopted puppy.

Inside The Intellectual | “Tell Me Something Good” by Branden Harvey


The founder of the Goodnewspaper talks why media accountability is a necessity and what we can do to turn the tide of awareness more towards the good that is happening around us.

Inside The Stylist | “That ‘60s Flair” written by Dolly Pratt

Fashion is continuing to remind us that layering can be fun and free, just like the movement that brought us the 60s style and this shoot proves it.

Inside The Confidant | A feature with Anjelah Johnson

The woman who has moved us to tears (with laughter) spends time with us telling the story of how she moved from actor to comedian and what makes a story really funny.

Inside The Beautician | “Where Do You Go” by Rebekah Shannon

Our Photo Editor Rebekah Shannon shares a vital perspective in how we can use almost anything around us, including food or fashion, to escape from pain and how she learned to own and walk through pain without unhealthy dependencies.

Inside The Explorer | “Every Night: A Short Story” by Amelia Bethel

This sweet and quiet moment of a short story investigates the real struggle to create change in the world around us and how it’s in the smallest moments that we can.

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Cover Image by Sami Drasin for Darling Issue No. 22



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