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Sarah Forrest

Visual Storyteller 📉 Strategist // @ubuntudesigngroup 📷: Canon 5D Mark IV 📍MI 🔜 Spain 🇪🇸 Let’s talk about living a life of purpose.

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Isn’t it beautiful when you realize that you are exactly where you asked to be at one time or another in your life. . . It may not look exactly as you pictured it. It may not fit within the fictional timeline you created for yourself and it may not be as profitable as you once imagined it. But this is it. . . I believe IT, is simply a culmination of all the pivotal moments in our lives that have broken us, built us and renewed our energy in ways we could have only dreamed. . . . You are in fact, working on every thing you dreamed of working on. Spending your time in ways you could have only imagined before. . . . To all my visionaries and world changers, giving it your all. Take time to realize that this is life, this is real, even when it feels like it isn’t. . . Happy World Productivity Day. // I am in your corner. . #worldproductivityday . . #visualstoryteller #dailypoetry #dreamers #writers #globalladies #writersofinstagram #writers #storyteller #everydaypeople #peoplescreative #visualscollective #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #livelocal #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement at Chiapas, Mexico

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Does anyone else struggle to see how everything works together for good, until the good is staring you in the face? . . The class you failed here and the job you quit there and the relationship you left way back there and the time your car broke down here, that every single one of those instances led you to where you are right now. . . . I used to believe that everything was simply that thing and nothing else. I never really believed that every one thing is connected to something else or to someone else or to a different time and place. . . . It is hard to trust that the universe has a plan when it seems like you’re being sent down one path only to be abruptly uprooted and sent down another. . . . Sometimes we just have to leave room for the unexpected to happen. The journey the universe leads us on. Even when it seems to have very little rhyme or reason. . . . You will, at multiple points in life, look back and laugh at just how connected each and every moment of life is. . . . . . . . #earthfocus #moodygrams #agameoftones #watchthisinstagood #stayandwander #thelensbible #collectivelycreate #livefolk #visualscollective #film #camping #roamtheplanet #lookslikefilm #optoutside #folk #vscocam #watchthisinstagood #exploretocreate #vscogrid #wildernessculture #igmasters #vsco #beautifuldestinations #rei1440project #artofvisuals at Clifford's Coffee Canal

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Try to live your life in such a way that you will not regret, years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity. So, take up the battle, its yours this is your life. - Maya Angelou ____ Steps to get where you’re going // Part 2 ____ - Invest in the present : Being a forward thinker sometimes makes it difficult to live for today but whether we realize it or not, the everyday makes up the whole and so I am learning to invest in the NOW. ____ - Spend time with family: For a year, I put off spending long weekends with my family and taking time off to gather around the dinner table once a month just to reconnect. Which left me feeling less productive than I ever imagined. ( Call your mother when you think of her, Take a weekend to drive home, it is often more important than we anticipate. ) ____ - Stop filling up holes with fear: Bad habits and old patterns are secondary reactions and more often than not when I dig deep ( which I do a lot ) I find it is the fear of how I will feel without those things that brings me back to them. _____ - Invest in people around you: Invest in your neighbor, your mailman the guy who bags your groceries at the market, the person shopping in the same aisle as you. Invest in the moment, in the opportunity, see what it brings. _____ - Tell someone that their ideas are worth pursuing: “The function of freedom is to free someone else” When they ask you about the light you carry, tell them. Tell them about your dreaming and the hardships and how worth it is in the end. . . . . . . . #visualstoryteller #dailypoetry #dreamers #writers #globalladies #writersofinstagram #writers #storyteller #everydaypeople #peoplescreative #visualscollective #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #livelocal #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement

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Freedom is learning to say, I just don’t want to put my energy there anymore, and then you don’t. // - Opening your world up to new opportunities and viewing the world through a larger and wider scope. - There have been so many shifts happening my way, taking me further away from most of my comfort zones and default safety nets and so much growth happening simultaneously. - For the first time in a long time I feel I am being led by a higher power somewhere, towards something and all I can do is ride the waves of change.- I spend my days, working away at projects that fulfill me from the inside out and sitting a little more still than usual ( well, until Spain in two weeks ) but I am forcing myself to ask the uncomfortable questions and make uncomfortable changes. - If you aren’t asking yourself, how did I fail today? How did I grow today, are we really living??? . . . . . . . . #visualstoryteller #dailypoetry #dreamers #writers #globalladies #writersofinstagram #writers #storyteller #everydaypeople #peoplescreative #visualscollective #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #livelocal #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement at Saint Joseph, Michigan

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“ Perhaps being forced to re-imagine and re-envision your dream ultimately leads to a different, sometimes bigger purpose. What have you failed at today? - My Journal ____ Recently I was approached by a well-known company and I was presented with the opportunity to apply for my “ dream position “ I was in a particularly frustrating point in my entrepreneurial career and the offer was far too tempting to pass up. With the possibility of relocating to California and working for a company that seemed to align with my goals perfectly. ____ I felt that I gave the interview and the multi-day “ creativity “ test my everything. When I finally heard back, I learned not only had I been denied the position but I actually failed the test ( kind of miserably! ) While I found this extremely frustrating and embarrassing and a waste of time. Only later would I understand the significance of that failure. ____ You see, sometimes failing at one thing forces you to stand where you are and re-evaluate from the inside out and failing at my “ dream job “ allowed me to discard everything I held true up until that moment and start again. ____ And while it felt like a failure it was only a much needed uproot and upheaval. Reminding me to step out on faith. Reminding me to slow down, reminding me that God has a plan for me and stepping into that light has brought an immeasurable amount of joy back into my life. ____ What have you failed at today? ________ Bag @nomatic // MY ABSOLUTE LIFESAVER - Serving as my camera bag, work bag and more! . . . . . . . #earthfocus #moodygrams #agameoftones #watchthisinstagood #stayandwander #thelensbible #collectivelycreate #livefolk #visualscollective #film #camping #roamtheplanet #lookslikefilm #optoutside #folk #vscocam #watchthisinstagood #exploretocreate #vscogrid #wildernessculture #igmasters #vsco #beautifuldestinations #rei1440project #artofvisuals

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One of the most challenging parts of being a visionary is believing in your ideas. Knowing that the thing you believe in so passionately, so definitely is worth investing in and telling others about. ____ So whether your stuck in the planning phase, deciding to write that idea down on paper, deciding to share your idea with someone, or just simply struggling to believe in your work. ____ In the words of one of my wisest colleagues. ____ “ Shittier ideas are working” ____ GO AFTER THAT DREAM . . . . . . #earthfocus #moodygrams #agameoftones #watchthisinstagood #stayandwander #thelensbible #collectivelycreate #livefolk #visualscollective #film #camping #roamtheplanet #lookslikefilm #optoutside #folk #vscocam #watchthisinstagood #exploretocreate #vscogrid #wildernessculture #igmasters #vsco #beautifuldestinations #rei1440project #artofvisuals

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Spirit lead me, where my trust is without borders. . . A universal prayer that I find myself repeating so often. I have had so many pivotal epiphanies lately, many of which I do not understand yet. . . Have a little more faith in everything. Spend time with the people you love. Make absolutely absurd decisions, they will make sense of themselves and most of all, step away from the platforms and ask the universe for guidance in everything. . . “ for I know the plans I have for you “ - Jeremiah . . . . . . #visualstoryteller #dailypoetry #dreamers #writers #globalladies #writersofinstagram #writers #storyteller #everydaypeople #peoplescreative #visualscollective #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #livelocal #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement

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If you find yourself // ____ Spending time thumbing through how to’s and tip toeing around mistakes and waiting for the moment to feel just right. I’ve been there, I am there. Remember that it is okay to have many dreams but you must have a singular vision of kindness and love. ____ You see when they say “ dreaming is not for the faint of heart ( they say that, I’ve heard it ) ____ They mean, do not let your heart grow faint, do not let your light fade out but most importantly // do not cower in the light of your blessings, do not fall short of what is being asked of you, fail a few times but keep trying, keep trying. ____ /// Check my Story for my Tuesday Morning Mentors /// #ExpediaPic . . . . . #earthfocus #moodygrams #agameoftones #watchthisinstagood #stayandwander #thelensbible #collectivelycreate #livefolk #visualscollective #film #camping #roamtheplanet #lookslikefilm #optoutside #folk #vscocam #watchthisinstagood #exploretocreate #vscogrid #wildernessculture #igmasters #vsco #beautifuldestinations #rei1440project #artofvisuals at Bonneville Salt Flats

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There’s a myth surrounding creative thinking that leaves individuals believing that “light bulb moments” come from individual genius. That cultural and intellectual myth needs to be debunked. Good ideas are a result of process // the organization, collaboration, external influences, intuition, and commitment from people who are dedicated to solving a problem. Solve more problems. . . . Update on my daily life: learning a 3D modeling system and learning to code // BRING YOUR IDEAS TO LIFE . . . . . . . #liveaunthentic #collectivelycreate #thenortheastcollective #greatnorthcollective #peoplescreative #aov #visualscollective #fromwhereistand #UOonMe #exklusiveshot #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #nakedplanet #earthoutdoors #livelocal #thatpnwlife #livefolk #ourcamplife #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #pnwonderland #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath #pnw #throughthepines at Bonneville Salt Flats

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In partnership with @subaru_usa // #iworkwithsubaru ____ I remember driving away from this experience repeating to myself “ you are worthy of your dreaming “ ____ When I quit my job over a year ago — I made myself two promises: 1. I will try my best: Not my half best, not just until my faith is tested and tried but my best. Until I can give no more. — 2. I will believe in myself ( and because I have found ways to believe in myself, others have believed in me even when I couldn’t see the light at the end ) _____ Just when I was loosing a little faith, just when my dreaming seemed unrealistic, unattainable, unattractive, I was reminded that “ I am worthy of my dreaming.” —— —— That “ because you ask yourself questions, because you are searching for a reason, you are sure to find it. “ . . #MeetAnOwner #Loveisoutthere . . . . #liveaunthentic #collectivelycreate #thenortheastcollective #greatnorthcollective #peoplescreative #aov #visualscollective #fromwhereistand #UOonMe #exklusiveshot #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #nakedplanet #earthoutdoors #livelocal #thatpnwlife #livefolk #ourcamplife #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #pnwonderland #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath #pnw #throughthepines

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For years I believed I struggled with anxiety - at times I was convinced it was a more serious mental condition. I would often times feel overwhelmed and backed into a corner, resulting in periods of frustration and isolation. ____ While I never struggled with depression or dark days I felt stifled, suffocated and directionless and I believe pent up potential to be just as dangerous. _____ I remember the day I decided to take action - I had just walked out of a particularly difficult relationship ( and I have come to learn that any relationship WILL be difficult if you are stifling your dreams. ) I was feeling that all too familiar feeling, failure. But I was also feeling liberated and for the first time in a long time - I was hearing my heart speak. ____ The problem with hearing your heart speak, is once you have heard its demands there is no turning back, no rest, no returning to life as it used to be. _____ I packed up my car and decided from that point on, I would listen to my heart, I would listen to the dreams that woke me up in the middle of the night, I would see chance encounters as Omens, as on purpose interventions. _____ I would own my actions, I would bring my ideas to life, I would stop diagnosing myself with illnesses when all I needed was a change in scenery. I would accept failure, start over if needed. I would live everyday with light in my heart. I would just TRY. #expediapic . . . . . . . #earthfocus #moodygrams #agameoftones #watchthisinstagood #stayandwander #thelensbible #collectivelycreate #livefolk #visualscollective #film #camping #roamtheplanet #lookslikefilm #optoutside #folk #vscocam #watchthisinstagood #exploretocreate #vscogrid #wildernessculture #igmasters #vsco #beautifuldestinations #rei1440project #artofvisuals

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And in that moment, I knew two things to be true. I was tired and I was content. ____ No longer afraid to drop everything when love called me to do so. Or go off on long-dreamed-of adventures or gazing into the eyes of strangers and defending apparently absurd ideas. And you must allow yourself days like these. ____ Realizing there is a time to abandon the fight and admit to yourself that you have reached your limit. ____ Committing more time to deep belly laughs and holding more hands and sharing someones burdens from time to time. Re-writing your narrative one page at a time and telling the truth at all costs. More time invested in the now, like children, living everything for the very first time. ____ Are your words, 1 - true, 2- kind and 3- adding value to someones life. Are your actions meaningful, are you well, are you taking care of you ? — #Shift . . #ExpediaPic . . . #liveaunthentic #collectivelycreate #thenortheastcollective #greatnorthcollective #peoplescreative #aov #visualscollective #fromwhereistand #UOonMe #exklusiveshot #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #nakedplanet #earthoutdoors #livelocal #thatpnwlife #livefolk #ourcamplife #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #pnwonderland #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath #pnw #throughthepines at Boston, Massachusetts

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In Partnership with @subaru_usa // #iworkwithsubaru ____ Remember, if ( when ) the dreaming calls, you must clear off the desk, take down the painting, unmake the bed and make a little room because you’ll be up for awhile. You are always allowed to change your dreams. ____ Thank you @sarmenzies for this lovely recap of our time in Marfa . #Meetanowner #LoveIsOutThere . . . . #earthfocus #moodygrams #agameoftones #watchthisinstagood #stayandwander #thelensbible #collectivelycreate #livefolk #visualscollective #film #camping #roamtheplanet #lookslikefilm #optoutside #folk #vscocam #watchthisinstagood #exploretocreate #vscogrid #wildernessculture #igmasters #vsco #beautifuldestinations #rei1440project #artofvisuals at Marfa, Texas

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY // In partnership with @subaru_usa // #iworkwithsubaru ____ When I speak to other women. I have always wanted to tell you that you are so strong. You are valuable and powerful. I have always wanted to reach out and pull all of your pieces together. Your beginning, your middle, your end, in no particular order. ____ I have always wanted to tell you that I am with you. I stand for you, beside you. I will not compete with you. ____ I have always wanted to tell you that your story is important no matter how many times we are told it is not. Your voice is loud, no matter how many times it gets drowned out. ___ And just in case you feel lost in your endeavors and you feel that hard work, loud voices and powerful words make you less of a woman. I will tell you that you are beautiful. — tag a strong lady ✨ ____ #Meetanowner #loveisoutthere // last [email protected] @julesville_ . . . . . . . #liveaunthentic #collectivelycreate #thenortheastcollective #greatnorthcollective #peoplescreative #aov #visualscollective #fromwhereistand #UOonMe #exklusiveshot #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #nakedplanet #earthoutdoors #livelocal #thatpnwlife #livefolk #ourcamplife #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #pnwonderland #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath #pnw #throughthepines at Marfa, Texas

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Question and Answer Sunday’s // New Tradition _____ If anyone has ever told you that their dreaming has not stripped them of their confidence, brought them to their knees and scared them half to death - you ask them if they are dreaming big enough. ____ Opening up the floor to Questions! —— Commonly asked: —— 1. I want to freelance but I have no idea where to start? 2. I have so many ideas - how do I follow through?? _____ I will answer all of them in my story tomorrow morning ✨✨✨✨ . . . . . . . #change #socialchange #socialentrepreneurship #visualstoryteller #storyteller #everydaypeople #peoplescreative #visualscollective #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #livelocal #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath

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To My Subaru // In Partnership with @subaru_usa #iworkwithsubaru _____ Ever since I was a little girl , I dreamed of telling stories. Where I come from stories ground you, they keep you going even when there seems to be little to go after. _____ I was raised by a strong single grandparent who encouraged my dreaming, applauded my imagination - I had from a very young age, all the confidence I would desperately need in the years to come. _____ The first car I ever purchased was a Subaru Outback - My lifeline. It’s funny how life presents its most important gifts in the form of physical things, that only develop their meaning much later, if you let them. _____ Little did I know what that car would really be for me, a home at times, a refuge, an escape, my vote of confidence when I felt I couldn’t find it anywhere else. The place I would write most of my stories and narrate my future success story, when I had nothing but $103 and a degree to my name. I would learn my greatest and hardest life lessons in the drivers seat of that car. ____ I would pack up my car and return home every time life told me - You Can’t - 14 times to be exact. I rested in the refuge of my grandmothers home - where she would remind me that “ she was sure of me - even when I was not sure of myself. _____ Even now, every time I pack up my car I hold with me - all of the moments all of the memories and lessons that lead me here and to all of the places I will go next. #ToMySubaru #LoveisOutThere #meetanowner . . I would love to hear your ( #ToMySubaru story ) . . . . #visualstoryteller #dailypoetry #dreamers #writers #globalladies #writersofinstagram #writers #storyteller #everydaypeople #peoplescreative #visualscollective #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #livelocal #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath #oneforone #dogood

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