Sarah Veyland
Sarah Veyland
What is life without a little whimsy?
 

established in 1988

photograph by Kafel the.visionist.ny@gmail.com 

My name is Sarah Veyland. I was born and raised in New Jersey and have recently returned to New Jersey after spending seven years abroad, wandering.

My experiences have led me to sit at an interesting cross-section - the child of struggling immigrants, the student at a school of white privilege, the traveling stranger, the well-known and friendly local, the religious minority, the white majority, the female pressed against the glass ceiling, the business elite, the yogi, the meditator, the linguist. I am familiar to all and none. 

I spent seven years on a desperate search looking for what does not exist. I was certain if I just made it to a certain country, a certain place, I would be happy. Where that place was, I had no idea. Thirty-eight countries later, I have come to understand that no such place exists. There is no country on Earth, no city, no place where by virtue of being there you automatically become happy. If you want to be happy, you have to do the work to make yourself happy. No amount of running away will get you there. No other way exists.

I have had a lifelong and enduring love affair with words. I truly and sincerely believe in the power and magic of words. I believe words can change the world. Words can inspire and provoke. They can soothe or inflame. They can change everything.

I believe in putting 100% of my heart into everything I do. I believe in acting from a place of connect and passion. I believe anything worth doing is worth doing with heart. I believe that nothing good will come of acting in anger.

I believe in the power of the breath. By breathing in and breathing out we can control our reactions, our pain, and keep from being swept away by forces greater than ourselves.

I think we've forgotten all the things we have in common and are looking for things to wedge ourselves apart. I think we've become focused on everyday survival and lost the long term picture. I think we pursue meaningless goals to feel secure, to feel driven, and have lost sight of what truly matters.

It's time to wake up now. The world is waiting for us.

I wish you Love. I wish you Light. I wish you Peace.

               Sarah

scholastic achievements

  • Gotham Writers Workshop, Essay Writing Level I, New York City, New York

  • Writers Studio Workshop, Four Semesters Completed, Amsterdam, NL

  • Msc in International Business Development, University of Neuchatel, Neuchatel, Switzerland

  • B.S. in Business Management, Babson College, Babson Park, MA, USA

  • Short Term International Study Experiences: Saint Petersberg State University, Bocconi University, and London School of Economics

  • High School & International Baccalaureate Diplomas, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ, USA

languages

  • English: Mother Tongue
  • Russian: Mother Tongue
  • French: Business Level
  • Spanish: Business Level
  • Dutch: basics
  • German: very basic, took some lessons
  • Italian: took some lessons, would like to learn more
  • Hebrew: took some lessons, would like to learn more

skills

  • Writing

  • Photography

  • Event Planning

  • Communication

  • Troubleshooting

  • Flexibility

  • Collaboration

  • Creative Problem Solving

  • Literary Critique

  • Literary Editing

  • Creative Expression

  • Goal Setting

  • Meditation

  • Living in the Moment

  • Has survived more than 24 hrs without a cellphone

  • Can tell any story over again precisely word for word

  • Capable of Believing Six Impossible Things Before Her Morning Coffee

Books

  • Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities

  • Lois Lowry's The Giver

  • Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince

  • Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth

  • Robert Munsch's Love You Forever

  • Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now

  • Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe

  • Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop

  • Ursula K. Le Guin's Changing Planes

  • Italo Calvino's If on a Winter Night a Traveler

  • Helene Hanff's 84 Charing Cross Road

*I can never choose just ten books.