Thursday, August 31, 2017

Recap: 9/1/17 - Rick Week and Beyond

I always get really inspired during "Rick Week"!

So a really significant event occurred last week.  No, I'm not talking about the solar eclipse.  I'm talking about the 68th Birthday of my favorite songwriter, performer and muse, Mr. Rick Springfield.

I was inspired to create a few things to celebrate this occassion, mainly a new chalkboard mural, which you can see and read about on my I Believe In Art Blog by clicking here.

I also did a little musical tribute by making this video of me performing my rendition of "Jessie's Girl":




Of course, eventually what I call "Rick Week" came to an end and I had to get back to my not exactly normal life.  This started on Monday when I published a new "I Believe In Artists" interview with a talented artist named Adam Baranello.  Click here to see his art and read his answers to my questions on The I Believe In Art Blog.

I did accomplish a few other things this week but before I could do that I found that I needed to figure out what I wasn't going to get done.  I did this by updating what I call my "Let Go" list.  You can read more about that on The Cabbage blog by clicking here

I will tell you here that at the top of the list of the tasks I'm letting go right now is gardening.  However, I did wander out to The Cabbage Gardens to take a few photos this week.  As you can see, they are getting along just fine without my help.


Some photos I took of The Cabbage Gardens this week

Okay, this is the part where I share my list of social media sites again, just in case you want to see what else I've been up to:

My Personal Instagram
I Believe In Art on Instagram
The Cabbage Blog On Facebook
I Believe In Art On Facebook
My YouTube Channel

I'm not always good about telling people about these blog posts so be sure to check back for another update in two weeks or, better yet, click here to subscribe by e-mail.

Thanks so much for reading and feel free to leave questions, suggestions or just say hello in the comments below.

Till next time, I wish you peace, love and creativity,

Victoria



http://www.ibelieveinartshop.com

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Recap 8/18/2017 - Procrastination and Progress

Hello my name is Victoria Lynn Hall and I am an expert procrastinator! :)

Years ago I read an article about procrastinating that basically said to make yourself a long to do list so that, while you're procrastinating one task, you will be getting lots of other tasks done.  I thought this was a brilliant way to use my tendency to procrastinate to my advantage rather than see it as a curse and it has since become a way of life for me.

So when I decided a couple weeks ago that it was absolutely urgent that I clean my bathroom, I knew I was going to get a lot of other stuff done.

I began procrastinating on that right away by working on making a video art tutorial that I'd been putting off all week.  You can see that and read the story behind it on my I Believe In Art Blog by clicking here.

I also cleaned off my nightstand in my master bedroom and learned a new Fleetwood Mac song ("Dreams") on my guitar.  Here's a clip of me performing a bit of that:



Sometime after that I decided that my bathroom needed more than just cleaning.  It needed to be better organized!  So of course I had to go shopping.  I went to some of my favorite antique malls and flea markets looking for some cool vintage containers to store some of my beauty products in and eventually came home with a sarape, a chandelier and the lovely little table in the photo below:


A new old table for The Cabbage Master Bedroom Sanctuary

I also did a little gardening and flower arranging.

Then I got to work on another post for the I Believe In Art blog, a new "I Believe In Artists" interview with a fantastic artist named Rebecca Maloney.  Click here to read it.

While all this was going on I did end up ordering some cosmetic organizers and eventually reorganized my bathroom closet.  I was so happy with how this turned out that it inspired me to finally clean the rest of the bathroom (well, most of it).  And it also inspired me to write a post for The Cabbage Blog where you can see photos of the closet and learn about five of my favorite beauty products.  Click here to do that.

So you see that a lot of progress can be made while you procrastinate.  Especially when you are as good at it as I am. :)

So here comes that list of my social media feeds again, just in case you want to see what else I've been up to:

My Personal Instagram
I Believe In Art on Instagram
The Cabbage Blog On Facebook
I Believe In Art On Facebook
My YouTube Channel

To make sure you see my next update on this blog two weeks from now, click here to subscribe by e-mail.

Thanks so much for reading and feel free to leave questions, suggestions or just say hello in the comments below.

Till next time, I wish you peace, love and creativity,

Victoria



http://www.ibelieveinartshop.com




Friday, August 4, 2017

Week Of 8/4/17 - Slowpoke

I've recently been working on learning to play one of my favorite Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young songs, called "Slowpoke" (written by Neil Young and Craig Evans).  Here's a clip of me singing the chorus:




I love that line, "when I was faster, I was always behind".

Anyway, I can relate to this song because I can be kind of slow sometimes.

One of the first times I realized this was in the fifth grade. I had been called to the administrative office along with a few other kids. Apparently we had all been out sick the day they gave one of those standardized tests and this was the day for the make up test.

I had no idea this would be happening and felt very anxious as I sat there with my no. 2 pencil, reading the instructions on the first page of the test booklet. I had to read them a couple times before the meaning of the words registered as my mind kept trying to drift away. I had to read some of the questions more than once too.

We were told that when we were finished with the test we should just put down our pencil and then go back to class. I was barely halfway finished when the first one of my classmates did this. Every few minutes after that another one would leave until I was the only one left. I looked up at the Vice Principal who was supervising this test from a desk beneath a loudly ticking clock on the wall.

“You still have plenty of time.” He said in a kind and patient tone.

This calmed me and became my mantra as I willed myself to focus and complete the test. When I got back to class I imagined the other students who had taken the test that day were thinking I must be really dumb to have taken so much longer than them but no one said anything.

Some time later, after I had all but forgotten about this incident, I got called to the Vice Principal's office. He'd wanted to tell me in person that I got a high score on the test. He said I should be proud of myself for taking my time and not rushing through the test like the other students did that day. He told me I should always remember that doing something well is better than doing it fast.

Of course I don't always remember that.  There have been a lot of times since then that I have forgotten the value of patience and become frustrated with myself for taking so freaking long to get things done sometimes.

Then something like a song will remind me that this is just my process.  That I'm slow because I'm taking the time to really figure things out or I'm trying something I've never done before or I'm just not willing to settle for a result that is less than what I envisioned.

This might be why it has taking me more than eleven years to get my living room the way I wanted it (click here to see and read about it on The Cabbage Blog).  And it is definitely why I've decided that my recent plan to blog three times per week was a tad unrealistic for me.

So my new plan is to alternate weeks between The Cabbage Blog and the I Believe In Art Blog and to recap on this blog every two weeks.

And wow, did I take a long time to tell you that.

If you want to know what I'm up to in the meantime, here's that rundown of my social media feeds again:

My Personal Instagram
I Believe In Art on Instagram
The Cabbage Blog On Facebook
I Believe In Art On Facebook
My YouTube Channel

If you just want to make sure you see my next update on this blog two weeks from now, click here to subscribe by e-mail.

Thanks so much for reading and feel free to leave questions, suggestions or just say hello in the comments below.

Till next time, I wish you peace, love and creativity,

Victoria



http://www.ibelieveinartshop.com