The Proof – Sara Owen


Sara is the only person on the face of the planet who can make me laugh so hard that I pee my pants. She is chilled out and down to earth, and even a little bit shy at first, so if you only met her once, you’d never believe that she regularly dances around her house singing in nonsensical dialects and made up accents.
Language is truly her gift. She has never been afraid to say anything to anyone. When she was young enough to be wearing pink onesies with feet in them our dad complimented her jumpsuit. Without a trace of fear she responded, “It’s not a jumpsuit you jerk.”
Imagination, conversation and an intuitive cultural sense continue to be some of her finest traits. It is no wonder that she has become a fantastic freelance writer. She has been dedicated to developing her craft for more than a decade. Her English degree from UBC and her fluency in several languages seem only natural given her early and prolific ability to communicate with the world around her. I am truly in awe and a little jealous of my sister.
–Benjamin Tollestrup

Sara Owen Proof


The Proof

01 I love that Vancouver is only 90 minutes away from one of the most beautiful places in the world –Halfmoon Bay. I’m fortunate that my grandpa had the foresight to buy land there in the 1940’s.

02 Almost every day I have veggie juice for breakfast:
2 red beets
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
1 apple
4 kale leaves
a loonie-sized chunk of ginger

03 I’ve had nine months of pregnancy and one month of raising a newborn to realize that I’m a mom, but it’s still a bit surreal. Now toys like this knit RCMP doll are all over my house.

04 No matter how old I get, I still feel like a 4 year old when I cross the suspension bridge at Lynn Canyon. I love the massive cedar trees that line the trail to 30 Foot pool too. (Chris Owen photo)

05 Finch’s on Pender has the best sandwiches in the city. My two favourite menu items are the Pear, Brie and Prosciutto baguette and the Gypsy Salami baguette. It’s also a great place for people watching because everyone from grannies and hipsters to suits and bike couriers eat lunch there.

06 My husband Chris says the answer to every question is six. I laugh and roll my eyes when he says stuff like that, but truthfully I love even the most ridiculous things he says and does.

07 This is the most recent addition to our art collection and the best Christmas gift I’ve ever been given. Ben Tour is so talented. It’s also pretty rad that he lives and works in Gibsons not far from Halfmoon Bay.

08 The chairlift at Mt. Seymour doubles as an office and a place of refuge for me. Some days I use the time to answer emails on my phone. Other days I just stare at the snow-covered trees and breathe in the mountain air. (Chris Owen photo)

The Questions
What neighborhood do you live in?
Lynn Valley – born and raised, and I have watched it change in many ways. It blows my mind that the ugly pastel homes I grew up around are now million dollar fixer-uppers, but I love that the woods I played in as a little girl still surround the area.

What do you do and where?
I am a freelance writer and copy editor. I  also do some social media and marketing.  My workspace is wherever my laptop is whether that is my kitchen table, a cabin in the mountains or the Langdale ferry.

What are you working on?
My husband and I had a son just over a month ago, so these days most of my time is dedicated to raising Julien. With a baby in one arm and one hand free to type, I’m working on stories for the 2012-13 issues of Snowboard Magazine, Snowboard Canada Women’s Annual and whatever Lifetime Collective throws my way. For fun I’m contemplating/dismissing the idea of starting my own blog and learning to shoot various film cameras in my husband’s collection.

Where can we find your work? and the print editions of the aforementioned publications. Lifetime Collective’s zine #2 is coming out next month along with their Spring ’12 line and