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Sarah Forrest

Visual Storyteller 📍Based in MI 📷: Canon 5D Mark IV Let’s talk about living a life of purpose.

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My head is in every book these days // my hand down in every piece of writing. ____ And I am sure this will not be satisfying for long but for now I can admit to being in a place of learning and I like it here just fine. _____ Ted Talk Details: TedX - UCLA // April 7 2018 ( Prepping for a TED Talk is terrifying + humbling) . . . . . . #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 at Gage Hotel

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In Partnership with @subaru_usa // #iworkwithsubaru _____ No one had asked me to write about anything I only half believed in, no one has asked me to appeal to the majority - nobody was limiting my voice but me. // Powerful realization. #loveisoutthere #meetanowner . . . . . . . #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement #empowerment #giveback #helpinghand #community #buildeachotherup #earthfocus #stayandwander #thelensbible #camping #optoutside #folk #exploretocreate #artofvisuals

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Often times when people ask me about my first leap, my first leap of faith, which was quitting my job and stepping into my space as a writer and visual storyteller they want to know how I did it, why I did it , what led me to do it, and for a long time I didn’t know what to say, I just said, “ I don’t know I didn’t like what I was doing, I was unhappy and so I just quit, I just did it. I realized that was not easy for everybody , just doing it, starting, beginning, taking action is not easy for everybody and so then I began to rework what I would say to people. ______ I broke it down into steps I tell them the first thing I started to notice was the dissonance, the space. Where I was and where I wanted to be, who I was and who I felt I was being called to be were two different people. I was in two different places at the same time, and I don’t know about you but sitting with dissonance is really uncomfortable and I’m all about discomfort, it helps us grow but this was a different type of discomfort, this is one of those things that wakes you up in the middle of the night and you know something is calling you but you feel stuck - and that is the type of discomfort you can do something about. ____ Step 1: Notice the dissonance - the space // The difference between day and night. . . . . . . . #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement #empowerment #giveback #helpinghand #community #buildeachotherup #earthfocus #stayandwander #thelensbible #camping #optoutside #folk #exploretocreate #artofvisuals #stayandwander #imaginarymagnitude at Marfa, Texas

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In Partnership with @subaru_usa // #iworkwithsubaru _____ Even now, when people ask me what it takes to be an artist. I have no simple answer. There is no one style of art, no aha moment that amounts to your peak as a writer, photographer, storyteller - whatever you are. _____ Often times when I speak to other artists we find ourselves getting lost in the direction of “ I have so many ideas.” I believe that one of the defining traits of an artist is ideas and our ability to try and fail as many times as it takes. _____ Boundless imagination mixed with fierce ambition and uncompromising dedication. In no particular order, I would say that’s what it takes. . . . . #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement #empowerment #giveback #helpinghand #community #buildeachotherup #earthfocus #stayandwander #thelensbible #camping #optoutside #folk #exploretocreate #artofvisuals at Alpine, Texas

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#iworkwithsubaru // In Partnership with @subaru_usa ____ I have always struggled to believe in my work - to own my words as a testament of character. ___ I spent the last 5 days learning to believe in my words- as I physically spoke my work into existence over and over - explaining to then strangers / now friends, partners, and supporters, what my work meant to me. ____ Falling silent at times - in awe of the love and encouragement that was held in a single space - shared between almost strangers. - each individual carried with them a very unique contribution and each of us walked away carrying a bit of that light and a bit of their burden for them. - that is powerful. ____ @sarahvirginiauhl wrapped up our time together as she offered to paint an interpretation of our takeaway from the time spent in Marfa - I chose patience - to remind me that time is a tool and not an adversary and to be patient with my work - patient with my words - and to never forget how incredible it felt to believe in the power of the love that is truly out there. #meetanowner #loveisoutthere . . —— Be sure to check out these incredible ladies —— . . . . . #change #socialchange #socialentrepreneurship #visualstoryteller #storyteller #everydaypeople #peoplescreative #visualscollective #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #livelocal #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath at Marfa, Texas

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#iworkwithsubaru // In Partnership with @subaru_usa ____ Robyn Davidson, Maya Angelou, and my grandmother - women that inspire me. ____ As a child I used to read and re-read the story of Robyn Davidson, the girl that hiked the Australian desert with a dog and three camels. Her free spirit, strong willed, determined attitude appealed to me at an early age ( too early if you ask my grandmother ) but how many women are courageous enough, empowered enough to leave familiarity and comfort behind to search for deeper meaning. ___ If someone would have told me three years ago, that I would be where I am at this moment. No, not sitting in a breakfast cafe in Marathon Texas on a road trip with a wildly encouraging and courageous lady and an impressive group of brave women thanks to @she_explores And @subaru_usa, but where I am as an individual, I wouldn’t have believed them. ____ If I could teach my younger a lesson - I would teach myself to exercise courage - exercise faith and patience but most importantly believe that you are worthy of every bit of your dreaming. #loveisouthere #meetanowner . . . . . . #change #socialchange #socialentrepreneurship #visualstoryteller #storyteller #everydaypeople #peoplescreative #visualscollective #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #livelocal #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath at Alpine, Texas

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#iworkwithsubaru // In partnership with @subaru_usa ___ I was 19 when I purchased my first Subaru, my first car. My first sense of freedom and independence. I still remember the way the sun beat down on the windows the day I packed up everything I owned ( not much at the time ) and drove across the country, I drove home. Home to my family, home to myself in a way. ___ I pack up my car every time life reminds me that this is yours, this is your life. You must own your choices you are responsible for your happiness. “You must live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue “ When I am inspired, when I am moved I pack up everything I own and test out the world, because without courage we can not be consistent in anything. ____ Trading in the keys to my 1999 Outback for the week to experience the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek as I set out to discover the power in changing and chasing after your dreams. @subaru_usa x @she_explores have put together an incredible storytelling experience to inspire others to find that which deeply moves them and have the courage to bring their dreams to life. Be sure to follow along over the next week + more!!! #LoveIsOutThere #MeetAnOwner @subaru_usa . . . . . . #change #socialchange #socialentrepreneurship #visualstoryteller #storyteller #everydaypeople #peoplescreative #visualscollective #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #livelocal #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath

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If ever I learned a lesson, it was that everyday is an opportunity to call your highest self forward. ___ Choice is powerful. I am convinced. ___ It is the decider of fate, of outcome and joy. When you walk past a stranger and you choose to acknowledge their presence, or not. You have added or subtracted a part of yourself. ___ Choice is powerful, it is a physical thing. ___ I was once faced with a decision to forgive my parents for the lack of, well, everything. I was angry. I told myself, choice is a powerful thing, the one thing I will always own and if I give it up now, I will set a precedence for everything that enters my life. ___ Choice is the one thing we desire to control fully, yet when given the opportunity to do so, we choose the easy way out. ___ Choosing right is not always easy and it is hardly ever profitable, but it will bring you joy, peace like a river just like scripture says. We have to do our best to bring our highest self forward. . . . . . . . #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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I met my blackness at the age of 22 when I was so kindly reminded that “ my efforts were negligible because “ the way the world works, your voice will be overshadowed by years of white work “ For the first time in my life I felt the weight of the color of my skin. ____ I met my womanhood when I was 24, I had a man look me in the face and tell me, “ it doesnt matter who you are, when men see a woman in power, all they think about is the fact that she had her husbands penis inside of her the night before “ ____ See, the way the world works, slavery was widely accepted for years, women were seen as no more than child baring, home making, submissive beings. We were grounded, bound to our landlines, railways and failed to question traditional value and norms. ____ We have accomplished the impossible, we flew to the moon, we can travel the world in less than 80 days. ____ There is no doubt the world is changing, so I will attend every rally, stand with every woman, no matter their race, religious belief, sexual orientation because I believe in a world where people empower people and change is within our reach. #womenforwomen #istandwithher #womensmarch2018 . . . . . . #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement #empowerment #giveback #helpinghand #community #buildeachotherup #earthfocus #stayandwander #thelensbible #camping #optoutside #folk #exploretocreate #artofvisuals at Michigan State Capitol

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You have to believe in the power of believing in yourself, because when the excitement has worn off, people begin to loose faith, you’re out - funded, out smarted, out numbered. You have to believe in the power of will and believe in you’re dreaming. There is no easy way around it . Believe me, I’ve tried. . . . . . . #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement #empowerment #giveback #helpinghand #community #buildeachotherup #earthfocus #stayandwander #thelensbible #camping #optoutside #folk #exploretocreate #artofvisuals

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One of my favorite poets said “ love is not sweet, but always nutritious “ - Yrsa Daley Ward ____ We have learned to make each other small promises. No matter what, we talk about it. No matter how we feel, we come home to each other. No matter the issue, showing up empty handed is okay, as long as we show up for one another. _____ One of my favorite professors once said, “ love is - being able to come home to each other and say, I’ve got nothing for you today, and you carry on in love, regardless.” . ______ As an artist, love is as fluid as every creative idea that arrives on the scene. It is hard to draw lines and set boundaries, because love is infectious, consuming. You learn small lessons each day that speak to the volume of love you posses and it some how teaches you the importance of loving one another. ____ Everyone is deserving of love like this. . . . . . #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement #empowerment #giveback #helpinghand #community #buildeachotherup #earthfocus #stayandwander #thelensbible #camping #optoutside #folk #exploretocreate #artofvisuals

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I have always been a writer - even when I forgot I was, and I used to forget a lot. - YDW ____ I used to memorize poetry in my bedroom - reciting them to my grandmother, who always stood amazed at my 8 year old abilities. In school however, I was out of focus - loud and creative, headstrong and bold. Bold is a terrible thing to be in a small place, such as an educational institution. ____ I was inquisitive and never afraid to question what I was told to be true. Education has a way of forcing us to accept ideas and standards whether we truly view them as valuable or not. ___ As an adult, I struggle with following directions and sticking to set schedules, meeting deadlines, sticking to one project, staying in one place too long. Yet, I feel accomplished. Pioneer of nothing. Student of anything that teaches lessons on life. ____ Write about being where you are. Write about being who you were. Write about dreams and anything that makes you speak fast, breathe harder, smile longer. I was always a writer, even when I forgot I was. . . . . . . #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement #empowerment #giveback #helpinghand #community #buildeachotherup #earthfocus #stayandwander #thelensbible #camping #optoutside #folk #exploretocreate #artofvisuals

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When I speak to other women. I have always wanted to tell you that you are so beautiful. I have always wanted to reach out and pull all of your pieces together. Your beginning, your middle, your end. ___ When I speak to men. I have always wanted to say. You are somebody’s son. I have always wanted to untie your boot straps and set you free. I have always wanted to let you know, it is okay to feel. ___ If I could speak to a younger me. I would say, you just have to find it. I would untie your bootstraps, undo your hair, remind you of the only beauty that matters. I would pull all of your pieces together and prepare you for defeat and loss. ____ You see, my entire life, people have been inviting me to my own stage. They have reminded me of the glow that surrounds me, the ability I have to impact others, my character and my strength. Up until now, I always felt like I was living below the radar, below people expectations, I was trapped there. ___ When I took a step onto my stage, I felt it all come to me. In pieces, in shapes, in noises, in sounds. And when I speak to myself. I use words like, powerful, strong, compelling, on purpose. ___ Stepping onto your stage. . . . . . . . #change #socialchange #socialentrepreneurship #visualstoryteller #storyteller #everydaypeople #peoplescreative #visualscollective #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #livelocal #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath at Boston, Massachusetts

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I would sit at my grandmothers knees as she combed through my wild hair, sometimes reading aloud, sometimes discussing our day, but mostly I remember laughing, laughing until we almost cried. Sometimes I would overhear her talking to family members about her financial struggles, about raising me all on her own, about her hopes and dreams for me and her concern of not being able to provide it for me. ____ I remember a conversation we had late one night lying in bed together, she held my hand and told me, “ Sarah, I know there are so many things you don’t understand, when your mother comes and goes and takes your two other siblings with her, but not you. When you watch other children in classes, we can’t afford, the reason you live with me and not your parents. I just want you to know, your circumstances may be different than anyone around you, but YOU are extraordinary, you have a determined heart, a precious soul and a light that no one can take from you. I just wanted you to know” ____ To this day, I carry those words with me. Many people who know me today, know very little of my story, while I have embraced it, I let it go, I have focused all of my energy on my light. ___ No one can take away your light. . . . . . . #change #socialchange #socialentrepreneurship #visualstoryteller #storyteller #everydaypeople #peoplescreative #visualscollective #finditliveit #wanderlust #campvibes #huffpostgram #livelocal #adventureinspired #fwisfeed #thisismycommunity #forgeyourownpath

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I have challenged myself to depict my art process in three forms throughout 2018. ___ 1. To photograph - what it means to be an artist - the constant, non stop , flow of ideas and confusion and noise - poured into a physical thing. ___ 2. To write - Find the words that merge the physical and sensory experience of art. ___ 3. To paint - The representation of words and moments displayed in vivid colors across the walls - the floors - my mind. ___ Art is about dismantling your ego, forgoing your previous ideas, dropping your preconceived notions and just being all that is there. . . #loveisoutthere . . #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement #empowerment #giveback #helpinghand #community #buildeachotherup #earthfocus #stayandwander #thelensbible #camping #optoutside #folk #exploretocreate #artofvisuals

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When I was a child I dreamed of living any other life besides my own. My story was far from powerful, far from influential, of little importance, or so I believed. ____ My mother lead somewhat of a nomadic life, deciding to keep my two younger siblings but not me. — My father a man who didn’t know I existed until I was 5 years old. ( not his choice ) ___ A grandmother who became my entire world. She raised me, taught me the power of faith and believing in people. She taught me to have values and to be bold in the face of adversity. A skill that would prove to be invaluable as my story continued to unfold. ____ At 16 I was sent to a boarding school across the country. Cut off from the family who raised me ( they were devastated) I was left to navigate the world on my own from the age of 16 with NO support from my parents. ____ By 18 I had accomplished more than I could have ever imagined. I ran 2.5 marathons, graduated high school 1 year early, honed my communication skills, developed my leadership skills, was taught my true value and more. I have since then been reunited with my family, gained multiple pseudo families, learned the power of forgiveness and healing. ___ See, I never want to curate the intimate, important, taboo parts of being human. We are nothing without the adversities we overcome, the growth, the pain we share with loved ones, the stories we call our own. ____ Learning to embrace my story has been challenging, embarrassing, difficult and everything in between but it is so empowering to let go of the guilt we carry the pain we endure alone. _____ There is power in your story. Share it with someone. . . . . . . #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement #empowerment #giveback #helpinghand #community #buildeachotherup #earthfocus #stayandwander #thelensbible #camping #optoutside #folk #exploretocreate #artofvisuals

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We are all story tellers, we carry with us deep and meaningful moments that come together as one. Our stories have the potential to connect us, bind us, fuse us together. ____ Our pain is our tool, our fear is a source of light, our story of triumph is our gift to others. When we step up to the mic, dust the pride off of our shoulders, stand in the light, as vulnerable as humanly possible, shed tears, shed our layers and share our stories, our truth, we create a space for others to do the same. Creating space for everyone to feel heard, to feel important. ____ I hope you find every possible way to tell your story and create space for others to do the same in this New Year. Happy 2018 . . . . . #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement #empowerment #giveback #helpinghand #community #buildeachotherup #earthfocus #stayandwander #thelensbible #camping #optoutside #folk #exploretocreate #artofvisuals

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What would you do if you were given the time and opportunity to pursue your passion? Would you be prepared? . . Often times we are staring opportunity in the face and we fail to recognize it as so because we filter our actions through fear of failure. At times we forfeit emotional richness for instant gratification and fail to seek deeper meaning. You are free to pull yourself out at anytime and reclaim all of your potential. . . . - work for @vuarnetsunglasses . . . . . #oneforone #dogood #gearforgood #changetheworld #liveauthentic #collectivelycreate #makeadifference #bekind #bethechange #encouragement #empowerment #giveback #helpinghand #community #buildeachotherup #earthfocus #stayandwander #thelensbible #camping #optoutside #folk #exploretocreate #artofvisuals

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