My Conversation with Entrepreneur, Giovanni Feroce.

This blog is a prelude to the upcoming video interview with Giovanni Feroce for the Sarah Hale Folger Project. Please subscribe to MY BLOG & Visit my website for updates at www.SarahHaleFolger.com

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I had an incredibly insightful conversation on a beautiful afternoon as I sat down for a one on one with Giovanni Feroce for The Sarah Hale Folger Project.  Like many people, I have read about his accomplishments and successes, especially in my home state of Rhode Island, where as the CEO of Alex & Ani, his leadership helped grow the company from $2.3 million in annual revenue to $230 million in 3 years.  I don’t know about you, but I wanted to get into the complex mind of Mr. Giovanni Feroce.

Feroce’s new venture as CEO of Benrus Corporation, which is a lifestyle brand with wristwatches as the core element, has drawn a lot of attention.  Where others saw only the decline of a once-dominant American manufacturing legend, Giovanni saw an opportunity. He purchased the BENRUS name and has transformed the company into a military-inspired lifestyle brand. However, Mr. Feroce has received some unfavorable press. Knowing that one way seems right until you hear the other side, I wanted to tap into that subject.  I wondered: how does someone like Giovanni Feroce navigate this media crisis, or any other crisis? Soon you will find out in his own words.

But there was so much more I wanted to know. How does someone become wildly successful? How does he mesh his military, political, and business skills together to achieve success?  I wanted the scoop on that!  So my first question was, Who is Giovanni Feroce?

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In my video interview coming out soon, you will hear personal stories from Giovanni about how he views the world from a business, political, military, and personal perspective. I believed this was a very honest and real glimpse into his life.

Personally, I am impressed by those who have the tenacity to go after their dreams and visions regardless of risk and whatever people might think.  Rhode Island has its share of movers and shakers, and Mr. Feroce certainly stands amongst them. Being somewhat of a strategic thinker myself, and having read many books on how military tactics translate into business practices, I found myself sitting with someone who has done this in real life, not just in theory.  I was eager to find out how having been in the military, as well as politics and business, formed Giovanni’s thinking. And you will find out in the upcoming video.

I am a big believer in the power of our thoughts and how they affect our own success or failure. What we believe we can or cannot do, determines if we will or will not succeed.  The ones who fearlessly press through life’s obstacles to achieve major success, therefore, are rare. In fact, it seems to me the majority of people will never risk leaving their comfort zone to try to reach for their dreams.  Something always seems to trip people up and they give up before they reach their goals.  I know, because I have done this to myself at times in my life. This is why I am so intrigued by someone who does not stop himself from moving forward towards success. What can we learn from this man’s life to inspire us to reach our own full potential?   It can be hard to relate to someone who does achieve his goals. Some may think it’s luck when someone meets with accomplishment. Nothing sums this up better than a quote from a book written by James Allen entitled As a Man Thinketh:

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“The thoughtless, the ignorant, and indolent, seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves, talk of law, of fortune, and chance. Seeing a man grow rich, they say, ‘How lucky he is!’ Observing another become intellectual they exclaim, ‘How highly favored he is!’ And noting the saintly character and wide influence of another, they remark, ‘How chance aids him at every turn!’ They don’t see the trials and failures and the struggles which these men have voluntarily encountered in order to gain their experience; have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made, of the undaunted efforts they have put forth, of the faith they have exercised, that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable, and realize the vision of their heart. They do not know the darkness and the heart aches; they only see the light and the Joy, and they call it ‘luck’; do not see the longing arduous journey, but only behold the pleasant goal, and call it ‘good fortune’; do not understand the process, but only perceive the result, and call it ‘chance’.”

I think this quote, however harshly worded at first, speaks to the great sacrifices and hardships one must go through to be highly successful.  I suppose the good ones can make it look easy.

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What I perceive to be the key ingredient to Giovanni’s success is his 100% RISK tolerance. Where most will assess and walk away, he accepts the challenge and has the strength to believe in himself to get the job done even if the stakes are high. Paraphrasing his words, “If I ever ended up with just a bottle of water and $7.00, I would be okay, I  would just move on and start over again.”

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Another thing I learned about Giovanni is that he mentors others in their personal quests.  I got the feeling from my own encounter with Giovanni, that I was just as important in my quests as he is with his own.  To me, that is respect and honor.

When the video comes out you will hear, in Mr. Feroce’s own words, his advice for entrepreneurs, learn of some of his personal insights into life, and you will hear how he navigates his own troubled waters dealing with the issues and concerns associated with his business life. It’s a true mark of an individual how he or she deals with the bumps in the road. Does he react or respond? You be the judge. For my part, I listened and learned.

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I feel as though there are few people in the world who actually get to be in a position to affect the world on a large scale.  I love it when those people take the time to share their knowledge with the rest of us.  It’s a true mark of good character to be a giver of time, and this was certainly the case with Mr. Feroce. I get the feeling that his love of his family, his love of his country, his ambition in business, and his undying passion to do whatever it takes no matter in good times or bad, has truly inspired me and will certainly be enlightening to you as well.  Be on the lookout for the up-coming video.

I’ll end this blog with words I have heard him share from an old professor of his:  Three questions you must ask yourself to get to the next level in achieving your life purpose:

  1. Who are you?
  2. What do you want to do with your life?
  3. Who do you want to do it with?

And he added another nugget, which you will have to wait to hear in the video!

This video is being created for my Sarah Hale Folger Project.  I will be having conversations with many interesting, inspiring people along the way and creating them into videos for my soon coming YouTube show.  The Sarah Hale Folger Project will seek to inspire greatness in humanity by sharing inspiring stories with the world. If you have a story that could inspire others if only it were told, please contact me through my website at www.SarahHaleFolger.com so that it may be considered.  If your story is chosen, I will feature you on my blog and YouTube channel as well as my website.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Please feel free to comment and share and please subscribe as well. Please also visit my YouTube page, Sarah Hale Folger

Sarah Hale Folger is a lifestyle blogger, 50+ model, entrepreneur, photographer, artist, singer, interviewer, marketer, seeker of epic moments, determined to continue checking things off her Bucket list and she can be a spokesperson for your business as well. If you would like your clothing, jewelry or businesses branded by a woman who knows how to brand and market, please contact Sarah at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

 

 

 

More photos from John Pitocco’s ‘Providence through the lens’, Modeling shoot!

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If you live in RI and are seeking a photographer I highly recommend John (http://www.johnpitocco.com/Welcome.html).  I have known him for 7 years and have had the pleasure of working with him on a number of projects.

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The key to any successful shoot is first and foremost being comfortable in your own skin.  It’s important to have your head in the game and to enjoy the process.

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It’s always great when you can work with someone who you feel comfortable with.  It’s not always possible especially if you are hired for a job and have never even met the photographer.  So once again, I find it is up to me to be in a happy place no matter who the photographer is.

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Everyone sees the world differently.  It is up to me as a model to help bring about the vision of the shoot.  Every shoot should tell a story, every picture should have interesting value to it.

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There is something special about Providence.  The history is rich, the culture is varied, and the hope of it’s future is in the hearts and minds of those who would take interest in preserving and enhancing it’s greatest features.

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Fine art photographers have an eye for the beauty in the broken parts of a city.  Leave it to the artists to make something beautiful out of something that has fallen into rubble.

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I am a woman who values my part in this state, in this community.  For my part I have almost entirely dedicated my life to my family and to the creative and performing arts.

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I can remember when the city looked nothing like this. It’s up to those who love her to make her shine in the eyes of the world.  Rhode Island has many points of destination for visitors. South County and the beaches are spectacular and many come to spend time there.  But equally as important is the city of Providence, rich with it’s universities and museums, it’s restaurants and it’s night life.  Can anyone remember Providence without Waterfire?  It’s part of who we are now.

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My hope is that many more of us will make our creative mark in this state.  It’s a very expensive state to live in for a variety of reasons, more so than almost any other state. This is the hard part on all of us, I am sure.  Lots to think about as I look through the photos and think of this place.

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I am originally from Cincinnati and have lived in Colorado and Massachusetts and even a moment in Texas.  I have lived here now for more than 30 years, so I am officially a Rhode Islander. I love traveling but I love coming home as well.  And I enjoy the people I get to work with.  I think a lot of people I know have a vision for this state. I ponder all these things I do, and my many life experiences and I remain hopeful for the future.

Please feel free to comment and share and please subscribe as well. Please also visit my YouTube page, Sarah Hale Folger

Sarah Hale Folger is a lifestyle blogger, 50+ model, entrepreneur, photographer, artist, singer, interviewer, marketer, seeker of epic moments, determined to continue checking things off her Bucket list and she can be a spokesperson for your business as well. If you would like your clothing, jewelry or businesses branded by a woman who knows how to brand and market, please contact Sarah at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

 

A peek at my interview with RI Icon, Umberto (Bert) Crenca founder of AS220.

Who is Bert Crenca? He is an amazing man who has changed the culture in Providence for over 30 years.  Bert is an artist and also the founder of AS220, a non-profit arts organization located in Providence that has enriched the lives of many over the years.  The fascinating story of AS220 is currently being created into a documentary film and you can visit their website for more information on this ground breaking non-profit at https://as220.org/ But although we discussed Bert’s role in the creation of AS220, it was not the purpose of my interview. I wanted to hear much more, I wanted to hear the story of Bert’s life and what has made him become who he is.  I wanted to know what was coming next for him now that he has retired from AS200 leaving a legacy behind him.

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I met Bert at his studio with my crew and we spent the better part of two hours just living in the moment while Bert shared his intimate thoughts on life, the role art plays in community, stories about his incredible life, and the time just flew by.  Bert’s heart was so big, and it had room for all of us.

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I can’t wait until the video is edited and we get it up on my YouTube page (Sarah Hale Folger) As I told Bert, I am on my own new adventure and although I have several interviews lined up, I was hoping in my heart that he would be the first for my new video show “The Sarah Hale Folger Project.”  I have followed the story of AS220 for over 25 years and I have felt a kinship with Bert in so many ways as our paths were on similar tracts so often.  It only seemed right that someone whose work I have admired for so long should be my first interview for my new show.

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It became apparent that Bert’s art will play a major role in his life moving forward.  Bert has won awards and been invited to the White House to speak based on his work at AS220. Bert has also given a TED Talk.  Here is the link to the YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD-T4LIddtE

And there is another thing Bert and I share, our love for creating music. Bert has a group called Monkee Head which I hope to hear at some point soon!!

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As we bounced around from room to room we ended up at Bert’s wife’s studio (her name is Susan Clausen) and she is just as creative as Bert and the two of them continue to be a dynamic duo in both the fine arts and through their music.

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What I found most incredible about Bert was his humanity. Bert is a man trying to make a difference in the world and I believe he is succeeding.

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Bert’s quest to create peace and harmony in a world gone mad is incredibly inspiring!

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In Bert’s retirement from AS220 one of his future quests is to take the time to showcase his art in a one man show somewhere in New England. Right now he is completing a series to go in downtown Providence.  With this series, Bert hopes to inspire people to hold on to the value of the human soul.  Bert also has a political side to him as an advocate for arts and culture.  His philosophical view of the world is ever striving to find ways to create space for people to be happy and free.

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We haven’t heard the last of Bert, in fact, this is a new beginning and I am pretty sure that even Bert has no idea what’s coming in his future.  Just like when he spoke out over 30 years ago in favor of artists having space to create and grow and thrive, I am sure that he will stumble upon something unexpected that will bring inspiration to many.

Mostly, for my part, I want to see his art speak.  He is a fighter for justice and freedom.  I hope karma gives back abundantly to him as he follows his heart.

Be on the look out for the video featuring Bert coming soon on the Sarah Hale Folger Project. www.SarahHaleFolger.com

This video is being created for my Sarah Hale Folger Project.  I will be having conversations with many interesting, inspiring people along the way and creating them into videos for my soon coming YouTube show (YouTube Page).  The Sarah Hale Folger Project will seek to inspire greatness in humanity by sharing inspiring stories with the world. If you have a story that could inspire others if only it were told, please contact me through my website atwww.SarahHaleFolger.com so that it may be considered.  If your story is chosen, I will feature you on my blog and YouTube channel as well as my website.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Please feel free to comment and share and please subscribe as well. Please also visit my YouTube page, Sarah Hale Folger

Sarah Hale Folger is a lifestyle blogger, 50+ model, entrepreneur, photographer, artist, singer, interviewer, marketer, seeker of epic moments, determined to continue checking things off her Bucket list and she can be a spokesperson for your business as well. If you would like your clothing, jewelry or businesses branded by a woman who knows how to brand and market, please contact Sarah at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

 

 

Fun Model Shoot In Providence

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I always love working with the talented Mr John Pitocco.  His shoot took us to downtown Providence where the possibilities were endless for photos.

But before I got started I stopped at Mary Janes Salon at 1270 Mineral Spring Ave. in North Providence where the lovely ladies both the owner and beautician Tori Chipman totally spruced me up for the event!  Thank you ladies for the incredible hospitality that this salon offers it’s clients!!!

 

Behind the lens of John Pitocco of Johnpitoccophotography.com we embarked on a fun-filled adventure walking the streets of Providence and seeing the world from an artists’ point of view.

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I love this photo because it gives me a sense that an artist can still have a perspective that counts in a world where politics dictate so many outcomes. We the people, we have hearts that want to speak too, and in fact have wisdom and grace to offer.

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When a photo like this is taken a woman might start to believe the world is her oyster!

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Never neglect the eagle pose when the notion strikes to engage in it!  Balance and focus always win the day!

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I cherish good friends who make work seem like play!

What a beautiful day in Providence.  Come on summer, we are all ready for you!

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Choose today which way you will face.  Will it be towards the future?  Don’t look back! How fun it was to be in an empty parking garage, just hanging in the present.

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At every turn and adventure awaited for those with eyes to see.

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At the end of it all it was a great fun day with lots of work done.  Providence has a special charm to it.  It’s a unique city which I am happy to live near.  So much potential.  It made me wonder where this city will be in 5 or 10 years, where will I be? For now, I am just happy to be here!

I would love to have you continue with me as I explore new topics and places and people. Please subscribe to my blog and follow me as I pursue my passions.

Please feel free to comment and share and please subscribe as well. Please also visit my YouTube page, Sarah Hale Folger

Sarah Hale Folger is a lifestyle blogger, 50+ model, artist, singer, marketer, seeker of epic moments, determined to continue checking things off her Bucket list and she can be a spokesperson for your business as well. If you would like your clothing, jewelry or businesses branded by a woman who knows how to brand and market, please contact Sarah at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

 

I love Second Hand Clothes !!

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(Hot pink Dress $6 🙂

When you don’t have a large budget and you want to buy new clothes there is always an option for you!  When I was a teen my mom and I knew where all the second hand/ vintage clothing shoppes were in Cincinnati.  In fact, in many ways, I was known for my unique style and original look.  Well that’s what happens when you combine a 1920’s dress with combat boots! I remember meeting a girl once who said; “You’re that girl!! The one I see on campus!  I love the way you dress, how do you do it?”

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(Yellow shirt $3 / White jeans were $8 🙂

The truth is, I don’t think a lot about it.  I go by feel when I put clothes together.  In other words, if it gives me a positive emotional response, I just go for it.  I don’t know, nor do I care what’s trending.   I’m so in my own world that keeping up with the Jones’ never applied to me.  Hey, trust me, I love a lot of designer clothing, I just can’t always afford it. When I respond emotionally to clothes, jewelry, boots, shoes, purses or what have you, it doesn’t matter who made it or how much it costs, if I like it I buy it.

I’ve been doing some 50-Plus modeling shoots lately and wanted to have more options at my disposal, so why pay top dollar? Last week I went to two second hand stores and got some great clothes and didn’t pay more than $12 for anything, and mostly I paid around $3 an item. The hot pink dress above was only $6.00 The yellow shirt was $3 and the white jeans were $8.  Can’t beat that!

(The grey dress below was only $5 :_)

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So go have some fun and see what’s out there.  The cool thing is someone who has great things but has not fit in them in years may have just dropped them off at a second hand store.  Believe me, some secondhand stores are pricey and others that focus on charitable work are NOT.  It’s fun and you may be super surprised at how lucky you get!

Happy Shopping!!

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Why art is the cure for what ails us.

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The arts in any culture are what bind people together.  You don’t even have to like someones art to engage in looking at it and or experiencing it. The arts are so vast in expression and form that without some people even knowing it, they are actually artists themselves.

Art is painting, sculpting, photography, printmaking, music, theater, film, dance, literature and more.  Even the intentional gardener or cook, the interior designer and the crafts of pottery, woodworking and metal working are all forms of art.  How about those who produce fashion, make-up and hair design? How those things are done matter to each of us as we are drawn to beauty, style and something that gives us an emotional connection.  Need I go on and on?  The fact is, some of these practices are fine art, some are crafts, some are visual, some are performing, but they are all ART!

Art can be controversial stirring up the depths of people’s passion for, or against it.   It has a certain power to compel us to hope, heal, believe, stand in wonder, change the way we see the world or even the way we believe!  We all seek it out when we read a book, go to a movie or place a painting on our wall, not just any painting, the one we search for till we just know it’s the one! How about the song that gets stuck in your head or you play it when you need to shift your mood? It’s all art, and we emotionally need it.

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Wikipedia states in part, that; “Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author’s imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.[1][2] In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art.”

In the arts, disagreement is accepted and even sought after at times.  Both the one who creates and the one who views or digests the art are in collaboration with one another. Because of this, the community created by the arts becomes a great source of inspiration without which society withers on the vine and dies. Think about the poets who have read at inaugurations, the musicians who have played on the world stage, and painters whose murals cover the ceilings of historical architectural masterpieces. People of every tribe and nation, every tongue and color all seek the beauty and the story the art tells.  The impression that art leaves on our souls lasts forever and is always growing as we partake each day of new art, old art, inspiring art.

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The thing about art that makes it essential is that everyone is right. Art is emotional and feelings are neither right nor wrong, they just are.  Everyone creates what they want or consumes what they like.  There really shouldn’t ever be judgement of art because it’s a pointless pursuit.  However because by it’s sheer nature art causes passion.  When one loves a certain kind of music he may also hate another type of music.  How can this be?  There is no accounting for taste, for what soothes the soul or what inspires it or even what bores or frightens it.  Art can be as polarizing as politics or religion in the context of friendly banter, but it seldom ever separates, rather it provides a necesary outlet for human discourse.

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Practicing artists whether professionals or hobbyists are constantly seeking for the next new idea.  They tend to be rule breakers and they hate to be boxed in by the wants or needs of others. They are an essential link between what has happened and what will.  When in their creative process, they tend to forget about time, not care about the common worries that consume pragmatists and those who walk the treadmill of matrix living.  In this sense they are fearless and yet once they have created and open themselves up to the world for view, they become vulnerable to the terror of judgement, wanting their souls work to be cherished.  Round and round we go in society,  the giving and the taking, of creating and consuming, we live for this.  The truth is without an audience the artist is lonely.  And someone has to keep the order so others can color the world and make it beautiful or meaningful. We each have our times to shine.  Obviously some people are more constant in creating art while others more constant at maintaining a platform for society.

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We need each other. Wikipedia offers in part that Culture (/ˈkʌlər/) can be defined in many different ways. In the words of anthropologist E.B. Tylor, it is “that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.”[1] Alternatively, in a contemporary variant, “Culture is defined as a social domain that emphasizes the practices, discourses and material expressions, which, over time, express the continuities and discontinuities of social meaning of a life held in common.”[2]

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If you take art out of society or the world, you reduce the value of existence.  The potential of happiness and self discovery is diminished, and I would offer up, there is no life without it. If you add more art into a community, a society or nation you will effectively increase the value of life on every level.

My passion for the arts has been pulling at my heart for a while now.  I have not been involved as I once was.  My passion for singing, making music with others, painting in solitude and so many other forms have been dormant as I have tended other essential parts to living.  And the truth is, without art front and center, my happiness cannot be achieved.  I started this blog because I wanted to write.  I always wanted to write my stories from the heart to sort of document my life, so in this sense I am opening the door for myself.  I have started and stopped painting again, and now I can feel the call to go back in.  I know we have seasons in our lives.  Just like winter, fall, spring and summer, they will repeat themselves.

I look forward to the opening in my heart which is expanding my mind.  I am encouraged by the art I see all around me.  Don’t stop believing in the art in you.  We must also celebrate continually what we sometimes take for granted, and that is the art all around us.  The point of this blog is to thank those of you who never stop driving us all forward through your art, and also to bring awareness to the total value of art in our lives. It is a case for increasing the attention and validation to those who give themselves to the practice of art, for in so doing, you are saving society, one creation at a time.

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Please feel free to comment and share and please subscribe as well. Please also visit my YouTube page, Sarah Hale Folger

Sarah Hale Folger is a lifestyle blogger, 50+ model, entrepreneur, photographer, artist, singer, interviewer, marketer, seeker of epic moments, determined to continue checking things off her Bucket list and she can be a spokesperson for your business as well. If you would like your clothing, jewelry or businesses branded by a woman who knows how to brand and market, please contact Sarah at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

 

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