How I got motivated to start again!

Sarah Hale Folger Art

Free At Last

You can only go so long in life before your procrastination pisses you off so much you can’t stand it for another moment. Last night I learned something about myself I never knew. It confirmed everything I did know about myself, but gave me permission to accept, then reject the notion. You see, I know I am a high achiever and have done some really great things in my life. I also know that if something isn’t me I won’t do it. But what happens when it IS you, the thing you desire to do, and so you go ahead and neglect it so much you starve it to near death? Do you know what I am talking about?

Well we all make excuses like we don’t have the time to do what we long to do. In all fairness, we are all busy trying to make ends meet and keeping up with relationships and all the other responsibilities in life, that it makes sense we reject the things we really long to do, because it is a luxury to do what we love. WELL BAHHHH! What are we doing to ourselves?

I know that many years ago I was diagnosed with ADHD and PTSD. Yep, there you have it. Life was hard for a very long time, and so I got used to just pushing myself onward and basically fought hard to not be a victim, but a warrior. It made my personality bend in a tough way, warriors fight their way out of dark times. I was really hurting, and yet did all I could to make life better for other people, which made me feel better. The more I helped people, the better I felt inside, and so I kept pouring myself out. The problem was, even though I managed to do many things I loved, such as sing in bands, create my own handmade jewelry business, run a community theater group, work two great jobs in the art world, one for 7 years part time, and the other almost 6 years, I still hadn’t even come close to using even half my hearts passion for my own life.

Then yesterday a friend and neighbor and I had a brief conversation in which he told me about an old lover in his life. He told me how beautiful and talented she was, but that every time she got close to making it she would drop what she was doing and run. She could never take the final step that would teeter her over into real success. As soon as he shared her story with me, and told me why she did it, I knew it was just like me. You see, he got professional advise about her, and he was told that what she was doing was a well known trait of people with ADD, to run right on the verge of success.

In that moment my eyes were wide open, my heart wider still, and I realized that now that I could put my finger on it, I would never allow it to define me again. I know what doctors can say about a person. We only go to them when we are sick and at our wits end, they see us there, and diagnose us. Sometimes that diagnosis become s a life sentence. Well I’m a big believer in healing, and healing means you are over being sick, and with hard work you can get there. I’ve done the hard work to heal. Now it’s just about dropping the bad habits. Should the shadow of my past ever pass over me again, which I am sure it will, I will know it is just passing over and not here to stay.

So you know what? I am going to make the time to draw and paint, write music, sing again, even if just in my apartment. I’m going to let it flow. I am so fortunate that my boyfriend Vic has been telling me this all along. He has been so patient with me as I have run and been afraid to get back out there with my personal art. But, as much as I love telling other peoples stories, and I always will, I am going to start expressing my own spirit in the arts, without fear. It won’t inspire everyone, how can it. But it will be me, being me.

It’s so funny, yesterday I put this picture out on Facebook that I did in 1982, and I got 2 job offers for commission work from it. Then later I had that conversation with my neighbor.

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And don’t forget, Vic and I are here to help you tell your story, to market for you! Just visit Vic’s site at Video Marketing Strategies Website. When you work with us, you also get the coaching you need to help you see your brand from the outside in!!

Here’s a couple of more old works of art.

This one I never finished, but it poured out of me around 5 or 6 years ago on an artists retreat in Florida. I was really worried about one of my daughters, and my heart was broken. I imaged her as a little baby in my arms, me shielding her from all the pain and hurt in the world. She was all grown up and out of my hands. While I was furiously painting I saw an angel in the paint and tried to bring it out. This process moved so fast and yet keep changing and took hours of over painting until all my anxiety wore me out and I just stopped. I intended to finish the painting so you could actually see what was in my minds eye, but never did. It hangs on my wall to remind me of how precious our children are and how powerful that process was for me. I remember I wanted to burst into tears when I got to this point and put my brush down and went for a long walk. On my way back to the studio I saw another building open on the campus with a piano in it and no one was in there, so I went in and played it for at least an hour with my George Winston type music I make up. I went back to finish the painting, but it was gone from my soul and I moved onto another painting.

"The one who watches over the one watching over" Sarah Hale Folger Art

“The one who watches over the one watching over”

 

This one was done right after the album came out I guess in 1982. It seems for a while, after losing all my art in a fire, I did try to re-group, although the pain of losing everything I had in that fire made it painful to do art. I still went to college for it and then music took over, life took over, and I started my family very young.

The Police/Sting/ Sarah Hale Folger Art

The Police/ Sting

This one is HUGE!!! I woke up last year on New Years Day having made it through a very difficult couple of years and was determined to change my life for the better. I woke up, took a selfie, threw charcoal on the canvas, nailed it to the wall held up my cell phone and went to town. 8 hours later I had this, not perfect, always wanted to fix the problems but decided not too. It was so much fun I thought I was on a roll to paint. I did a couple of more, included Einstein, which is in an earlier blog, but then my anxiety got the best of me. I started over- thinking and sabotaged myself. Well, today is a new day!

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“Selfie” New Years Day, 2017

I’ll leave off with one more oldie.

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Magazine model from 1982

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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 Creative Consultant, Spokesperson, Interviewer, Blogger, Video Marketer, Social Media Manager, Artist & Singer. 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 Spontaneous Road Trip to Florida!

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Spontaneous road trip

When you live in Rhode Island, and the weather is consistently falling below zero with a wind chill that takes your breath away, the snow is piling up, and your place is freezing as the exchange between your windows and the outdoors is constant, you may find yourself doing what I did almost 2 weeks ago.

I was sitting with my partner Vic in our studio editing video, and we looked at each other and said, want to get away? We looked at our schedule and since much of our work could be done on the road we decided to leave in the morning.

And that is exactly what we did. We drove all the way through Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, Virginia, then we stopped for some sleep. Then we continued through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and then crossed the border of Florida.

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All the while we watched the temperature rise. We reached St. Augustine to stop for the day and night and it was 52 degrees. It was windy and still a bit colder than we hoped for, but we had a fun time visiting a National monument, the Castillo de San Marcos, which is the oldest masonry Fort in the United States.

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We walked around the quaint town of St. Augustine and enjoyed ourselves. We had no real plan other than visiting my family eventually in Key West.

Next day we had a great brunch and moved onward passing through West Palm Beach and going on a drive by the most beautiful mansions and homes you can imagine. We discovered a beach entrance along the way and stopped to walk and sit on the beach for a while. The warmth was fabulous, it was in the low 70’s and just what the doctor ordered.

 

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We moved on until we got to Miami, with no real destination point we kept on till we hit Collins Street on South Beach. The beach was beautiful, the people were active and the city never slept, but we did!! LOL.

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We found a little friend napping. He didn’t seem to mind us taking his picture!

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From there we headed to Key West to stay with my brother and visit my parents. This was to be valuable time spent for me seeing some of my family after so long. Key West is still recovering from Hurricane Irma damage, and that includes my brothers home. My parents and brother moved down to Key West after one of my 4 brothers, Barney’s passing in 1999.

 

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Goodbye Miami! Hello Keys!

Hello Key West! Meet my parents, Trez and Jo, and my brother Jeremy!

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Walking on Duval Street we meandered into Key West Gallery and met the staff and owner and a fantastic artist named Adam Scott Rote who we later came back to interview. (Interview coming soon)

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Adam is an amazing artist to the stars and it was incredible hearing his story! More to come on him later!!

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We woke up at my brothers to find this beautiful sunrise!!

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And when the day starts with a rainbow like this, you know it will be great!

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All good things end, we had to say goodbye and start our trek back towards home. It’s always hard to say goodbye.

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We stopped in Daytona Beach and had a blast, it was 82 degrees, we had to stay another day!!

I now realize I want to be a snowbird, can anyone blame me?

On the road again… the clouds kept painting amazing skies!

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Early morning car shots through New York!

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I will miss Florida, I already miss the warmth, but I am home where I love to be.

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All I know is that this was a well needed time away from winter and that I would certainly hope to become a snowbird somewhere in the near future!!

Sometimes you just have to jump and make things happen for yourself. The alternative is waiting for the perfect time, which will never come. I love spontaneous living!!! I hope you take a leap of faith and do something for yourself too!!!

 

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 Creative Consultant, Spokesperson, Interviewer, Blogger, Video Marketer, Social Media Manager, Artist & Singer. 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!!

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

Sarah Hale Folger is a Creative Consultant, Spokesperson, Interviewer, Blogger, Video Marketer, Social Media Manager, Artist & Singer. 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!!

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 Creative Consultant, Spokesperson, Interviewer, Blogger, Video Marketer, Social Media Manager, Artist & Singer. 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!

via Daily Prompt: Cherish

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, the 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 Creative Consultant, Spokesperson, Interviewer, Blogger, Video Marketer, Social Media Manager, Artist & Singer. 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 Creative Consultant, Spokesperson, Interviewer, Blogger, Video Marketer, Social Media Manager, Artist & Singer. 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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