As I’ve come to understand it simply by living and breathing in this body through love and pain, the heart beats in different places. Three to be precise. And each for very different reasons.

There’s the heartbeat in your chest. The one we point to when we’re so deeply broken…


My grandma just sent me a picture of her nails… they’re all glittery and festive, just in time for the holiday season.

Grandma’s nails. Holidays, 2020.

Ever since I can remember her, my grandma has always had wild nails. Patterned. Glittery. Colourful. Long and rounded. I can hear the click click of them as…


Our culture preaches mindset as a path to success. But do we really understand what that means and what it’s doing to us?

That question led me on a journey through cults, suicides, and Tony Robbins….

[1]

Near the end of the 19th century, a quasi-religious phenomenon mashing Christian and…


One.

The senior woman sitting at the library’s chunky desktop computer beside me, meandering from one Instagram profile to another, following comments and replies like a Russian doll eternally collapsing unto itself.

Two.

The man at house number 2615 just around the block from ours, slamming the front door on…


Is it cliched to say that life is a lot like a puzzle?

Perhaps. But then again, I wouldn’t have really understood the intricacies of that analogy until I got addicted to trying to piece one back together.

This is that story. Those intricacies.

It’s a particularly addictive lure, the…


Disclaimer: I’m a female. And I love women, but as clients, I’m done. Here’s why…

Pictured, the author. Image credit: Troy Baird.

Years ago, trying to make ends meet as a struggling filmmaker I would take odd gigs shooting headshots for actors. I had a healthy mix of clients, from all backgrounds, and worked equally with both men and women. Unfortunately, while the work was overall rewarding, it was mostly overshadowed by…


Grow your business with this one, simple story.

From an Instagram story, Snapchat update, Youtube binge, to Facebook feed — believe it or not, we’re in the age of the most sophisticated form of storytelling, combining 24-frames per second to connect with the world around us. And we should only…


*A memo to clients

On location in Abu Dhabi for a genius Etihad Airways campaign.

Everyone who runs a company — whether as a solopreneur or part of a big corp — wants video ads. Everyone. We could get into a lofty debate about the higher art form of film (which I sort of do, here), but the truth really just…


(… but take zero responsibility if you drown)

“You learn to swim by swimming,” theologian Mary Daly says.

It’s exactly the kind of doxastic logic you’d expect of a theologian; Truth deduced by very belief in the act itself — the act here of course referring to swimming, a.k.a.: …

Sarah Howell

Filmmaker and Founder of Dream Bravely. I do visual storytelling.

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