How to Unblock Your Creativity!

 

Recently I had the great privilege of being a guest lecturer in a philosophy class at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  My good friend Dr. Jean Dimock, the professor who teaches this class, asked if I would be a guest lecturer and speak about how art plays a roll in the world as it is perceived philosophically.  It has been a while since I taught or did any public speaking and I was happy to use my chops again.

In one way or another I have been in the creative and performing arts my whole life.  One thing rings true to me no matter what type of art is being practiced, there are common threads to them all.  The process of creative thinking is actually a deeper sense of intuition and knowing.  The practice of any art form, from painting to theater to music, culinary arts and so on, actually is already within us by just being human.

Some people may feel this is actually not true, that they do not have a creative bone in their body, but I heartily disagree. We all develop those parts of ourselves that are necesary at the time we begin to develop them and we train our brains to be either pragmatic or imaginative.  I know this sounds too limited a scope, but trust me, every job or lifestyle fits into one or the other category.

Pragmatists are actually people who see the world in a very black and white format.  They love data, facts, proven records, the “it is what it is” mentality. The reality is that any one person can be both pragmatic and imaginative, just not at the same time.

But I digress, as I often do.  What is the bottom line of how to unlock the key to your creative flow?  It’s really simple to diagnose,  but the problem is that getting rid of the blockage that stops the creative flow takes acknowledgement that the problem is in your head. It takes practice to get it out of your head, and a leap of faith to start the process rolling. The simple truth is, the one reason that is responsible for this blockage is fear. That’s right, you got it.  Fear you won’t be as good as someone else, fear you started too late, fear you won’t be able to.  Where does this fear come from?  Well, as much as a bad teacher or unsupportive parent, a sarcastic sibling or some other nemesis may have planted a seed that grew roots that invaded your mind may be responsible, here is the kicker, that was in the past, or may be your present that you need to override.  But you live in the now, so you need to tap into your current desire to create something and dive right into that notion.

Stop blaming someone else, it’s all on you!  Do you want to get unblocked?  Then face your fears, go after your goals and just get started.  Get that inertia going in the right direction!

Below is a 15 minute painting.  I asked the students to come up and start painting even if they never had before.  I asked them to face the fear of what others might think and although it took a few seconds to get a brave first student to come up and make her mark, eventually most, if not all of them were in line taking a stab at it.

I talked them through the thoughts I knew could be rolling through their heads.  You’re afraid to mess up someone elses mark? I encouraged them to be bold.  Some were slow others fast, others came back a few times. Things were really speeding up until the time was up and I had the feeling many of them wanted to keep going.

That was my goal, to get them to start something creative, joining with others and dealing with their heads and it was super fun.  The canvas was 2′ x 4′. Enjoy the work of their hands!!!

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Just a little fun! Nothing like mixing work with play!! Check out my recent video.

My partner and I just produced this video  through Video Marketing Strategies, for one of our clients, the proud owners of Proof The Speakeasy, located in Narragansett and set to have it’s Grand Opening next Friday night.  Hope you like it!

Lessons from this Sunrise!

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Another day has risen and it falls to me to wake up to greet this morning.  I don’t know about you, but finding ways to stay optimistic and upbeat in a world so torn by politics, war, and mayhem, is quite a challenge.  For me, I take my breaks from the news, but am drawn back into it so that I have a handle on our country’s pulse.  It is one of the saddest things for me to see the way we are torn apart as a nation, and how the terrorists who hate Americans, and other freedom loving countries, are constantly pursuing their goals of taking us out.  My heart grows heavy as I see bad incidents and angry people dominating the spotlight and feeding us talking points on TV and radio, in print and in conversation. I take it all in and remain true to my heart.  I reach for a higher perspective and am thankful for the true beauty that exists in so many people and it is nature that soothes my soul and helps me cope with all these things.

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Many nights I can’t sleep from the stress of life, whether it be what I mentioned already or finances, people I love who are sick, or hurting, or trying to figure out the problems that constantly arise.  So it is for these very reasons that I make many attempts at soothing myself.  It may be taking in a sunrise or a sunset, and when it is I am always fueled for my day.  It may be removing myself from people for a while and simply creating some form of art, and it may be visiting my children and grandchildren.

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I am fortunate enough to have someone in my life whom I love and he loves me. He helps me see the world through a more manageable lens.  However, it’s important in life to learn to sooth yourself, you never know when you may lose the one you lean on for support. There are no guarantees how long we have one another, and that is why I value those few in my life who stay close to my heart.  I honor them by taking care of my own heart and mind, and for me, it is through the arts, through building my business, and by constantly learning and growing as a creative person.

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Imagine how awesome it felt for me to walk out my door and round the corner to see such a magnificent sight as this!  I longed for this sort of beauty my whole life, and am now wise enough to not waste any time finding moments like these!

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I stood in the wet frosted grass and slowly turned in all directions and no matter the view it was intoxicating.

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When do you stop taking pictures?  When it is this beautiful, you are compelled to grasp it, to interpret it, to drink it in, to copy it- it’s insatiable the appetite it creates in my soul!

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As I walked away from this view a few yards, I was keenly aware that this was an original work of art that I was trying to capture. It would never be exactly like this again, never.  If you were to put your foot in a flowing stream and lift it up and place it back down again, it is a different stream of water that rushes over your feet. This is how I think about things, maybe a little too deep for some, but for me I have an intense fascination with how the world works. The lessons of nature for me translate into how I cope with the rest of my life.

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This small boat so tranquil and serene called to me! I simply had to capture this moment even though I was running late on starting my day!

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Yes I stole a few more moments to make sure I had the fuel for my day.

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The sun was cresting, I could see it behind the trees and I knew soon the colors would vanish and soon I would be trotting back to my apartment and rushing to get the day started.

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One last moment, I couldn’t quite tear my eyes away from this gift.  It left me grateful and full of magic in my heart, the kind of magic that nature brings to all of us.  We simply just have to show up! You may not be near the water, you may live in a city or in the middle of the country land locked as I once was.  But the sky will always paint for you just as it does for me.  May you find yourself inspired wherever nature calls to you!

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How To Wake Up Your Soul!

The sun will rise each and every day to remind you that each day is brand new and full of infinite potential. As humans I feel we get so caught up on surviving, or just the hustle and bustle of family life, business life, friendships, work, drama etc., that we oftentimes miss the most obvious and powerful fact of living, that is it a magnificent privilege to be alive. When the sun rises, it absolutely is calling us to rise with it!

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Notice the fisherman squeezing some time in before the sun even rose to strive for the catch.  What motivates someone to get out of bed and fish before dawn?  Perhaps the heart of a fisherman knows more than most just how much nature holds the key to contentment.

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Standing in the presence of darkness being swallowed up in the light I can say, wow, every part of your soul can be awakened in that glorious light!  It’s all about just showing up.  A wise woman once told me that 90% of life is just showing up.  So glad I showed up for this glorious sunrise!

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On another morning in East Greenwich RI, I “showed up” for a sunrise on the water but the fog blocked out the sun.  It didn’t matter, the stillness of the morning was mesmerizing.  I love the stillness in the morning before the cars start to flow and the noise becomes static that time when the only sound you hear is the flowing of the water to the current, and the seabirds chiming in with their songs.

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This photo below was from this morning.  It was completely foggy and it was hard to see any distance in front of you.  It was almost eerie and slightly seductive to the overactive imagination. It would have been a great morning to write a chapter in a haunting novel.

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The sky is forever calling if we would only step aside to answer that call we would be filled with inspiration to fuel our lives.

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As the evening was drawing to a close last night I was in Warwick and this was the sky there.

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But before the night had finished I found myself at Beavertail in Jamestown.  The great thing about RI is that it is so small and surrounded on so many sides by ocean, that you can enjoy in the same day, a variety of different ocean views.

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I just knew I wanted to end this beautiful day at Beavertail. The air was perfect, very little wind, perfect temperature.  I just took it all in with a seriously grateful heart and mind to be living so close to such beauty!

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The sun rises and it sets, giving two opportunities each day to reflect on the bigger picture of life.  To me, I am reminded that you just never know what a day will bring, but you always have the next sunrise to start it all over again. Striving for beauty and inspiration to weave into the tapestry that is life.

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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Fashion Designer & Child Advocate, Tina Melo holds Masquerade Ball Saturday!

 

Sarah Hale Folger/ Tina MeloIf you love kids, and you love fashion then take a closer look at Tina Melo.  I met Tina yesterday in her studio in Lincoln where she teaches fashion design to children as young as 5 years old!  These kids have designed there own clothing lines and created them for this fabulous event!

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Tina is one of the most passionate people I have ever met.  She has a vision to make a difference in the world in the lives of the kids that she teaches, and the ones she advocates for.

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These kids are learning all about the fashion industry and will be experts in it long before they are adults!!!

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Tina was contacted last year and asked if she would help advocate for children who are being abused.  The Indigo Justice Project has been a passionate pursuit of Tina’s ever since.

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Check out this short video of my brief conversation with Tina! And below you will find a link to purchase tickets for this amazing event!!

To purchase tickets please follow this link and we hope to see you Saturday night!!!!

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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

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A Sunset For the Soul

I was sitting quietly at my desk in my apartment thinking far too much about things that are beyond my control and wondering what the secret is to balancing life.   At the end of the day, you do what can be done in the course of that day.  It’s a joke really, you never finish the list and you do things that weren’t on it.  And then it happened.. Nature trumped my overthinking, analyzing brain!  THANK GOD!!!

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I saw bright colors coming through my window and realized while I was contemplating things that were tying my head in a knot, the beautiful sky was painting a beautiful sunset as if to say, Sarah, look what I can do!  Come drink in the cocktail I’m brewing!!

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Just like that I ran outside and stood under the sky in wonder!! This is to be celebrated!!! I spent 15 minutes outside and realized, nothing else mattered in that moment!

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Standing under a majestic sky, I had only one response…..THANK YOU!!!! Thank you, God, thank you Universe of majestic proportions!!! Thanks for putting things in order.  I’m so glad I am not a mole, blind and underground.  I am so glad that when my striving nature has me buried in a hole, that I can remember, I am not blind!  I can remember, and so can you! The sky is calling!

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It reminds me that the bigger picture trumps my greatest efforts by just being what it is, stellar!!  The day begins with a sunrise to remind us that each day has unending possibilities of beauty, and each one is different. It’s a fleeting moment that leads to a day of strong sun, or clouds or rain or snow or sleet or who knows what? There are so many possibilities!  We cannot control one bit of it, only what we choose to do during that time.

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Then it reminds us once more that the day closes, the world turns, we are like little vapors, little tiny particles, but important enough to be here, and cognitive enough to know we have choices on how to be alive.  I say, let’s live to the fullest!  Be joyful every moment you can, the night falls on us all and we all must be in the dark at times.  So when nature speaks to the soul, listen to the lessons it teaches.  Be content, be blown away by the beauty in it and in each other.  Let the darkness find you warmed by the memory of the sunrises and sunsets.

That’s my contemplative muse, take it or leave it and by all means leave a thought of your own!  I love to hear from you, out there under the same sky, different address to be sure.

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Interview opportunity for Creative & Performing Artists’! See how!

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Hey Folks,

I am running this special until November 15th.  If you are a creative or performing artist, or if you have an arts organization that needs video exposure, then please visit my website at SarahHaleFolger.com to sign up for your introductory offer of $99.00 for an in-house (650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown, RI) studio interview. (Don’t live in RI, but want to explore how we can create a video for you? Contact me! Special Offer

Please listen to the video to find out more information and I hope to hear from you!  Let’s schedule that conversation and lets get your video created for social media and to promote your creative or performing art!!

We have so much more to offer you as well, including animated videos, interviews in your studio or videos created live at your performance. We can create your YouTube page and back link it with the proper key words and SEO to gain maximum exposure. We can create your social media pages and the content to go on them and so much more.  So if you know that you want to take your art form to the next level, we’d be honored to be on your team! Let’s start with this practically give away offer of this first video. We will brand you in the video and help you with distribution on social media, and your website. Let’s start the conversation!

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!!

 

 

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