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Sarah Neill
Photographer, designer, writer, runner, activist. I believe that Black lives matter, I support LGBTQ+ rights, and I work to fight the stigma of mental illness.

Never utter the words “it fell through the cracks” again.

For most of us, 2020 was a year like no other. My focus shifted dramatically, and I was able to take a bit of a step back from corporate life. I’m not entirely sure yet what 2021 holds, but I will tell you this: my drive to get shit done is never going away. While my projects in 2020 were mostly creative endeavors, in contrast to my client-facing projects in software development, marketing, and big data, I continue to look for ways to make myself more efficient.

Over the past…

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When I was in grade school, I grabbed my mom’s beat-up old copy of Walden by Henry David Thoreau off a bookshelf in the living room. I propped myself up against a tree in the backyard and started to pour over the well-read pages. I was instantly impressed by this man who would eschew all of his belongings and the cultural standards of the time to demonstrate that a self-sufficient, simple life can be as satisfying as one filled with people, things, and obligations. I was particularly impressed by his plea for simplicity in our lives:

“Our life is frittered…

The Greek term “sympatheia” roughly translates to several things: “sympathy”, “fellow-feeling”, or “the state of being together”. Put another way, sympatheia is the idea that everything in the Universe is connected, and is a central theme in ancient Stoic philosophy. As the great Roman leader and Stoic philosopher, Marcus Aurelius says,

“Meditate often on the interconnectedness and mutual interdependence of all things in the universe. For in a sense, all things are mutually woven together and therefore have an affinity for each other — for one thing follows after another according to their tension of movement, their sympathetic stirrings, and…

People often ask those of us who have been together for many years a question along the lines of, “how do you make it work?” Typically, the responses are things like “never go to bed angry” and “schedule weekly date nights.” Worse than these generic adages are the role-enforcing versions like “happy wife, happy life” and “remember who wears the pants.” I have always felt that these are useless pieces of advice, and I challenge the idea that just hanging on and making sure you’re not in trouble for several decades constitutes a relationship that “works.”

These trite answers are…

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I’ve been a photographer for most of my life, and I’ve run a fairly successful business for several years. I am re-launching my business to include design work and branding, and I am excited to finally publish some of my writings, something that I have let fear stop me from doing for far too long.

Just as I started taking photographs early in life, I also started writing at an early age. I don’t recall ever writing fiction, although I assume I must have in a class or two through the years. The first thing I remember writing was when…

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