Thank you and goodbye 2017! My face is turned to you 2018, lets go everyone!

Thank you & Goodbye 2017

I started this blog last February by some compelling force inside of me saying it’s time. It’s time to speak, it’s time to communicate, it’s time to take the next step. It was not easy as in reality I am a very private person. But my skill set has always been in public arenas whether singing in bands, writing and directing theater, running a non-profit, public speaking and sitting on Boards. And as much as I wanted to go through life without controversy and in peace which I hoped to achieve by staying out of public view, my soul could not rest in what was for me complacency.

So after facing the hardest 2 years of my life in 2015-2016, I was determined to make a shift in 2017 which I promptly did on January 1st. I woke up and painted a giant painting for 8 hours straight, and I felt the fire burning in my belly for creativity to flow once again. But I was out on my own with no set plan. I went deep into introspection and challenged myself in areas never before challenged, I faced one fear after another until I learned the lessons that they could teach me. I changed my thinking so much that freedom was blossoming all around me and drawing me into it.

Introspection is a time period in your life that comes at pivotal moments when you have come to an impasse and don’t know which way to go. It’s at these times you must challenge what you believe and seek a higher knowledge. It is a time when you let go of the things that have been holding you back. You know them through pain. They are the thoughts that keep you up all night sweating, They are the mistakes you mourn then let go of through self forgiveness. They are the judgements you question that you’ve held onto for so long. They are the fears you face that once crippled you, you face them head on and you won’t take loss as an option.

This is what I dd all through 2017. Simultaneously, I embarked on a new career following my passion and intuition not knowing where it would lead,  But these are the things that help you learn to trust your gut and teach you about how others really think and operate. You learn who to align with and who to move on from. It’s your life, you must be the one who decides the path you will take.

And what a ride, what a fun, challenging exciting ride it has been,  And all it took was a decision.  I cognitively made the choices to bring me where I am.  I am blessed to have a strong support system and that makes all the difference.

And so for all this, I am empowered to move on to the next step.  I believe we should always be climbing upwards, gaining a higher perceptive.  So I say this messy life as a human, which none of us are exempt from; is beautiful, not perfect,

So as 2018 arrives at midnight my souls cry is that we all grasp the truth that the best can always be next and should be.  This is the one life we have to give and change the world around us for the better.  My aim for 2018 is to embrace even more challenges and grow even faster than I did in 2017.  I will  learn new skills, perfect others, inspire people along the way and reach for the heart and soul of humanity hoping that the best is yet to come for us all, for all those who choose to do the hard work it takes to break free from the things that are holding them back.

Folks if we all believed in our individual talents and skills enough to want to make them the best they can be, then we all must make a pact to challenge ourselves without excuses to get to the next level.  The people in your lives are counting on you to become all you can be and so am I!!!

Please feel free to share with me your dreams, hopes and aspirations for 2018.  It’s always good to find community that supports you in this way.  And I would love your feedback and questions about things that challenge you, perhaps I may have a word or two for you!

So Happy New Year all around the world to my viewers!  Thank you for staying with me and I hope to inspire you even more in the new year and to be inspired by you!!!!!!!

Looking forward to 2018

Hello to 2018

The Sarah Hale Folger Project seeks to inspire greatness in humanity by sharing inspiring stories with the world. Please contact me through my website at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

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Sometimes I do vocal session work- here’s an example.

I came across a very old song I sang background vocals on after 911 took place. At the time I was singing in a band and also I did recordings for others on their CD’s. I loved the challenge of singing in different genres. John Crafton, from Soft Wind Productions invited me to sing on this song. John is a folk musician and has owned and operated recording studios across the nation and is currently located in Tennessee after moving back from California.

I started off as a rock singer in the early 80’s and then over the years sang gospel, rock, jazz, and we just created our own sound. I still love doing session work on other peoples projects and someday I’ll jump in with another cool band I hope! In the meantime, here is John’s song, and my version of folk singing. I come in about half way through the song. I hope you enjoy!

The Sarah Hale Folger Project seeks to inspire greatness in humanity by sharing inspiring stories with the world. Please contact me through my website at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

Sarah Hale Folger is a Conversational Marketing Expert, Interviewer, Blogger & Video Marketer. PLEASE make sure to subscribe to my blog today so you never miss the next thing happening in the world the way I see it! Please feel free to comment, share and subscribe to my blog!!! Thanks!!

Cherish Your Dreams!

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There comes a certain age when it is easy to let go of your dreams and to just accept what your life has become by force- the force of nature, force of time and circumstances. When did it all get washed away?  When did you change your mind?  Was there a burial after the death of your ambition?  No, most likely it was much less dramatic than that, quietly, toxically, time ticked away, and for many a practical reason you let go of every tethered cord that held on to hope.  After all, isn’t it just childhood fantasy to think you could live in such a way that inspires yourself to grasp ahold and fight for the dream?

One day will come, perhaps for you it is today, and that day will open a door.  It is a day when you stop for an extra moment to break the rhythm, the cycle you have become accustomed to.  It is a day when you access yourself.  You will walk to a window, or step outside and look up and stare at the sky above and you will breathe an extra moment between obligations and commitments to ask yourself one question. It will not be a question that has words but rather feelings. And when you do, only you can answer the question your soul asks.  Is this me?  This life I live, is it authentically me? Am I happy?  Have I gotten lost along the way and is there a way to weave my hearts desire into this matrix I have become a part of? Have I changed and evolved, is it okay where I have landed? And if that answer is no, I have become someone I do not know, I am not happy and I am lost, if this is you, then I ask that you be willing to do one thing for the sake of all your hold dear.

Fix in your mind the essence of what you cherish.  Is it a goal, a place, a lifestyle?  Instead of running from the pain of not having achieved it, just let an image develop in your minds eye.  Cherish the essence of what you were born to be.  It may take on another form at this point than it did as a child, but if you cherish the thought of it as you would the company of a dear friend, then you will never be lonely.  Your cherished desire will be fed and you have no idea the potential of what form it will take as you feed it.  They say if you want to kill something starve it, and if you want to grow something, then feed it.

Feed your head positive imaginations of music, dance, art, literature, relationships, moments, inventions, homes, travel, sights, sounds, feelings of joy, peace, love and kindness, powerful thoughts, rescuing others, finding home, whatever it is, feed your head only the good stuff.  When you lay down to sleep cherish these thoughts and put away the thoughts of regret, sadness, anxiety, pain, suffering, hatred, jealously, addiction, powerlessness, frustration, fear, anger, betrayal, and so forth.  You are what you eat, this goes especially for your thoughts.  Don’t worry about how others try to define you with their thoughts of you, what do they know?  To be busy about nurturing your own cherished hopes is the path to freedom.  And once you willfully take the first step keep going, pick up the pace, get endurance and run, don’t look back just run to the beauty that lies before your beautiful soul.  Choose to cherish your souls desire and wake up the whole world along the way!!!

Go for it and don’t look back!!!

Sarah Hale Folger. Never too late

The Sarah Hale Folger Project seeks to inspire greatness in humanity by sharing inspiring stories with the world. Please contact me through my website at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

Sarah Hale Folger is a Conversational Marketing Expert, Interviewer, Blogger & Video Marketer. PLEASE make sure to subscribe to my blog today so you never miss the next thing happening in the world the way I see it! Please feel free to comment, share and subscribe to my blog!!! Thanks!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Grateful Heart!

It is with a grateful heart that I write this blog.  Last year at this time I was just finishing up 30 rounds of radiation for skin cancer and I was weak and weary.  For two years I was undergoing transformation after transformation and it was a lot of pain.  Leaving a job I had loved, getting a divorce and quite frankly the shifts in my thinking and lifestyle were so rapid I was reeling emotionally. But step by step I followed my instincts and faced many fears and I came out stronger and happier on the other side.

At this time last year, I knew that a new life was coming. I knew I would have to conquer a whole new learning curve in order to bring myself to the next level in my life and I was both excited and scared.  I started this blog last February, and have never looked back.  I also started a marketing business and joined a partner in another marketing business and it has been a fabulous time learning, meeting new people and taking a leap of faith.  It is paying off, I have many wonderful clients and many new collaborators in business who I am thrilled to be aligned with.

This coming year brings with it the hope of even more goals being accomplished.  I have an exciting line up working with a few new companies starting in January and also being able to continue with the ones I already have.  I am super thankful for Vic Pichette, my partner in Video Marketing Strategies, for all the work we do together each and every day!  VMS Website.

Please check out my revised website here: SHF Website I am going to be adding more of my clients work on the site in the new year. If you are in need of your businesses story or your story being told, please contact me and let’s start the conversation!

My hope for you is that you never, ever give up!  If you are in a dark time and things are really hard, and you can’t see a way out, keep moving forward, one step at a time.  Find people who believe in you, and most of all believe in the power of YOU as a personal creator of your own future.  Imagine, dream, work hard. play hard and laugh often.  Stay positive, even when you’re hurting, and soon you will be on the other side of things. Life’s all about cycles, seasons and times.

May this season bring you hope! All The best to you! Sarah

The Sarah Hale Folger Project seeks to inspire greatness in humanity by sharing inspiring stories with the world. Please contact me through my website at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

Sarah Hale Folger is a Conversational Marketing Expert, Interviewer, Blogger & Video Marketer. PLEASE make sure to subscribe to my blog today so you never miss the next thing happening in the world the way I see it! Please feel free to comment, share and subscribe to my blog!!! Thanks!!

 

 

Please Give Blood! — The Death Project

I follow this blog from time to time and want to encourage anyone who is capable to give blood to do so.  We often take so much for granted. For all those in need or crisis, I truly hope you find peace and hope and what you need to make it through each day!  blood drop - Please Give Blood! — The Death Project

Last year I received several blood transfusions and put out a call for friends and family to donate blood, especially as I no longer can. (Also to please sign their organ donor cards! I have a friend waiting for a healthy kidney.) Our blood supply in Quebec is all from unpaid donors, which is impressive […]

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My Guest writer, Katrina my daughter, on turning 30!

 

 

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I just want to preface this guest blog written by Katrina who is my middle daughter, by saying a few words about her. She is a super amazing human being.  This picture of her taken by John Pitocco Photography is from several years ago in her wedding gown.  I couldn’t resist putting it in here since I love it so much!

Katrina has done so many things in her life that blow me away, but none are more blow away than just being who she is, compassionate, beautiful inside and out, brave, an overcomer, super intelligent and loving to name a few.

She is a daughter, sister, wife, mother of two, NICU nurse at Women’s and Infants working with those precious premie babies.  She is an amazing dancer who still squeezes in teaching Zumba when she can and I cannot be more proud of the woman she has become.  Below, in her own words, she expresses her thoughts on turning 30 which I loved so much I asked her if I could share them. Enjoy!

 

What does 30 mean to me…

I am so happy and grateful for my life over the past 30 years. I have achieved some goals and set others. I have failed and I have succeeded. I have appreciated time spent with friends and family and given my all to my own family. I have built new friendships and preserved old ones. I have tried my best to live in the moment and fully enjoy it. I find I am completely satisfied in the “little” things like waking up to two smiling children or driving the extra mile for a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. I am and always will be passionate about exercise and will strive to push myself to new limits. I still believe the best version of me is yet to come and so I will work on it daily- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I have made many mistakes but I have learned so much in doing so. I will always try my best to be honest, sincere, loving, and kind to others.

In 30 years I have realized how incredibly grateful I am to my parents who gave me everything they could and fostered a beautiful bond between me and my sisters. Having those two incredible women in my life keeps me grounded and keeps me feeling that I can touch the sky all at the same time. I have a soft place to land- whether I’m losing or winning. Now that I am a parent, I realize it is no easy task to raise children. Thank you Mom and Dad for your patience, guidance, teaching, and above all unconditional love.

 

And then I met my best friend, my teammate, my partner in crime, my soul mate. Our friendship laid the solid foundation for what became the love of my life. That love formed two beautiful children that gave me the gift a motherhood. I have experienced two miracles giving birth to my beautiful daughter and son. Having children with my husband has been my greatest accomplishment.

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I will continue to strive to live a balanced life. I will always keep my family first and will show love to my neighbor. I will treat my body as a temple so that I am able to give to others. I will do my best to stay positive through hardships and times of sadness. I will try to teach with patience and to never stop learning. I will be thankful for each day I am given as it is a gift.

Thank you to everyone who has made this day special and has been a part of my life. I’m ready for this new decade of life!- Katrina

 Thank you Katrina for letting me share you with the world!  Love you to the moon and back, and back handsprings down the street!!!! Mom
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To see like a child….

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Tis true, we come into this world naked and screaming, the shock of leaving a warm and rhythmic womb and suddenly being squeezed through a porthole into this world we call our reality, must have been shocking to say the very least.  What secrets had we beheld prior to entering this life, we simply cannot remember.

The first several years of our life we absorb the world around us in such a way that our memories are rare and those we have may be twisted.  You see, as I am sure you know, we simply live as though we are in a hypnotic trance and we are as the saying goes, like wet cement. Babies are totally dependent on the care of those around them and also are being imprinted by the same.  This is why it is so vital that as parents we show unconditional love and yet we teach boundaries and respect, but most of all love and affirmation.

Children are on a constant learning curve, hardly ever taking a break from brain development.  Think about it, every new sound, taste, smell and experience is a first and in the course of any given day there could be multitudes of these newly stimulating experiences. Blessed is the child whose caretakers have intuition and wisdom and an abundance of love.

The one thing I feel we all miss as we grow older is the beauty of seeing the world through the innocent eyes of a child.  The uncynical, unpolluted beauty, the sense of wonder and of awe.  It’s as if we spend our whole life trying to get back to that place of freedom of thought, and total faith in believing in the impossible.

So as this Christmas approaches, and with it the illusions of Santa, reindeers and the North Pole, I hope we can take this time to see through the innocent eyes of the children around us.  Even though in reality we are lying to our children and grandchildren, something I could never do, I now understand the value of a healthy fantasy.  When you think about it, the total excitement in the minds of kids who believe in Santa, leads them to be nice and not naughty, and to be good and hope for rewards. The feverish excitement they carry in them actually translates to us as a positive motivator to keep the sweet dream alive so we can remember, just get a glimpse into the utter sheer joy of totally believing in a jolly fellow who grants wishes.

I know there are plenty of unhappy stories, the sadness that occurs when the child learns Santa is not real, and unhappy homes where the joy is missing for those who’ve lost the ability to have any faith at all to pass down to their children.  There are plenty who do not celebrate the commercial side of Christmas, are not Christian and therefore also do not celebrate the birth of the Christ who is the basis of Christianity.  But I am not addressing any of those scenarios but simply want to focus on the positive ones, those who receive extra joy this time of year because the fantasy, the story, and the spirit of Christmas is built up and celebrated.  You see I had lost all that joy for a long time and I know what it is to be more sad than usual this time of year.

This is why I am focused on one thing in this blog today.  I am focused on the hope and expectation of the great and beautiful possibilities of fantasies coming true, of believing like a child, and feeling the rush of that kind of joy and happiness.  We can do it, even amidst loss and even if we lost our hope and trust before.  It’s a new day, its another opportunity to chose to see the world through innocent eyes.  Has your vision been blurred or have you been blinded by pain and circumstances?   If so, I sincerely hope that you give yourself the greatest gift of all as the holidays approach and shift your focus from your losses to the possibilities of a new type of future, one full of hope and wonder.  It’s more than possible to retrain your brain to stop the old thought patterns of cynicism and negativity and fear.  As much as the past may have hurt you, the future is yet unwritten and YOU are the author!

If you need inspiration, talk to children and hear how they believe anything is possible. Let them inspire you, they may be on to something you’ve long forgotten.  When you want to be happy, give happiness to others.  When you want to dream and achieve, support others who dream and are working hard to achieve their goal. If you’ve drunk from the bitter cup, detox yourself with forgiveness. When toxic people rob your minds, leave them behind and let go.  If you hate your job, get a new one,  Whatever steps you have to take to become as innocent as a child, which is the path to hope and joy, well take the first step today.  Each step you take will challenge your old thinking and it will put up a fight.  But you know better now I hope, life was never intended to be dark and gloomy.

My hope is that this is the year for you.  It’s your life, don’t waste another minute waiting for someone else to stop being who they are and change so you can be happy.  You change, you find your dreams and go after them, there are plenty of positive people to encourage you to GO FOR IT!

The Sarah Hale Folger Project seeks to inspire greatness in humanity by sharing inspiring stories with the world. Please contact me through my website at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

Sarah Hale Folger is a Conversational Marketing Expert, Interviewer, Blogger & Video Marketer. PLEASE make sure to subscribe to my blog today so you never miss the next thing happening in the world the way I see it! Please feel free to comment and share as well! Thanks!!

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