Happy Hoopiversary to me :)

•October 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Ahhhhh its been one whole year as a circle girl πŸ™‚ and i couldnt be a happier (hoopier) camper! It seems like just yesterday i was standing off to the side of a party timidly trying to learn how to float up and down. The weird looks i used to get were more along the lines of “is this girl having a seizure” or “i dont trust you doing that around my things” now anybody who sees me is probably thinking “wow this girl should get a real hobby” and with one years time i’ve learned that no matter what others are thinking, it makes ME feel good. Instead of getting angry and shoving a hoop in your face (sorry nick) im more inclined to think that i feel bad for those who are so close minded they cant see the beauty in it. MY GOD how this silly toy has changed my life. one year ago today my self-estem was in shambles and i would not of considered myself good at anything. Now i can honestly say that ive found my niche and its the most beautiful gift that fate (and heather) have ever taught me. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! And i can’t even begin to understand how i’ve gotten so lucky to have met so many beautiful souls that i instantly have connections with it just because they understand the art of flow. thank you to all who have reached out and rejuvenated my soul this year I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!

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finally settling

•August 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s been awhile since i’ve been on here, just like any blog i’ve ever started to write, i am a bit of a failure. But the truth was i was also out of the hoop for awhile there too. luckily, after i’ve finally settled into my new place and got unpacked and organized, i jumped right back in…with doubles πŸ™‚ i cant accredit it all to my clean house though. I went to ALL GOOD music festival over a month ago and saw one of the most amazing hoopers i’d seen rocking doubles. After talking with her and realizing she had only been at it for 2 years iΒ  was inspired. I actually didn’t do that much hooping at that festival, THAT HILL WAS KILLER…seriously. but there were tons of hoopers there and i vicariously lived through there loop πŸ™‚ upon returning home i picked my minis back up and now i dont go a day without picking them up (YAY IM FINALLY BACK)

This summer has been filled with amazing people and beautiful opportunities! First i would like to thank the surreal people i have met through Fire Fling. And as this year comes to a close, they stop meeting after burning man, I find myself a little lost wondering if ill find myself within the fire nearly as much as id like.Β  Hopefully we will get a post BM burn troupe together, its been real people πŸ™‚ I’ve also met and connected with more hoopers and even inspired a few i had met at All Good πŸ™‚ i love feeling like i have something to offer, for the first time in my life. and also to the lovely androids and theyre awesome satellite company, She Fire. I had the opportunity to work a party with these ladies a few weeks ago and it was amazing!

That’s about it for now. Ill keep this more updated from now on, promise πŸ™‚ maybe πŸ˜‰

Hoop Convergence recap

•June 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

One speeding ticket, and 8 hours later, we arrived in Carrboro ready to get our jam on! sheepishly we walk up, sign in, and get assigned our cabin. After getting our things situated we head up to the main jam and sit, staring, in awe of all the talent that will be whirling around us for the next few days.Β  I don’t know if was tired, or overwhelmed, or feeling like a complete newb, but i couldn’t even bring myself to hoop during the first jam. every 30 seconds or so steven or I would gawk “DID YOU JUST SEE THAT?” It was exhilarating, and also slightly freighting all at the same time. During opening circle we were told to say our name, and one word describing how we felt. “Elaine,” i said “Humbled”. and boy was that an understatment!

Night one, hoop jam by the lake. oh goodness what a taste of what there was to come, again i did more watching then participating, but i was okay with this. i was just trying to absorb any and everything i could. I had never been surrounded by so much talent, or so many LED hoops. it was bliss. They had the coolest gadgets and tools, like an LED hoop taller then me! I checked in pretty early anticipating the long day of workshops ahead. and by early i mean like 1am. some of these people stayed out till like 5 every night, and were at breakfast the next day by 8. Those people I refer to as “hoop warriors”.

Day one of classed were freaking amazing. Rich’s workshop blew my mind wide open, learning about his mathematical theory to the hoop only furthered my belief that he was in fact a hoop god. With his end performance nearly moving me to tears, it was the perfect end to the perfect day.

Days 2 and 3 were a blur. Hoop, eat, hoop, bliss, eat, sleep. Standing out in my mind was the fire night. Tons of people lighting up for the first time, the energy was out of this world! i love seeing people do there virgin burns, the looks on there faces were priceless.

I also had the honnor of buying Shatkis LED hoop off of her. IT IS BEYOND BEAUTIFUL!!! im so in love.

and our last day, the ball! we had so much fun, all of us getting dressed up in our craziest hoop gear and giving it our last hooplah! Finally feeling completely unified as a cabin, it was very sad to see the week end. I hold a special place in my heart for all the beautiful people i met at The Hoop Convergence 2010 and I’m already looking forward to next year, going back, and being apart of the magic again πŸ™‚

4 days in counting!

•May 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Oh wow how time flies, and honestly, it doesn’t matter if your having fun or not. In only 4 days i will be leaving this god-forsaken job and trading in my dress attire for yoga pants πŸ™‚ I’m so excited for the Hoop Convergence that saying you feel “like a kid on Christmas” is a understatement. I have been looking forward to this for what seems like an eternity, but more realistically it’s only been a few months. I’m nervous and anxious that I’m not going to be on the same level as some of this amazingly inspiring hoopers. I’m sure by the time we do opening circle these insecurities will just melt away πŸ™‚ I video taped myself yesterday so that when i come home i can see what kind of progress has actually occurred.

On a not-so-lighter note…. I met up with some local hoopers for that newspaper article on Friday, and i was pretty bummed out by the way some of them were treating my friends and I. Things got awkward pretty fast. I felt a huge divide between us who were newer to the group and those who had apparently been hooping together for some time. For example when i walked up and didnt know anyone of them, i introduced myselfΒ  “Hi im Elaine” i smiled from ear to ear….nothing… okay….so maybe they’re shy? so i shut my trap and pick up my hoop. One girl in particular was staring us up and down so hard i thought her eyes were going to produce lazer beams that would stop my heart cold. I continued to try and play nice saying things about how beautiful there hoops were, or how i liked the move they were doing. I have never felt so much like i didn’t belong somewhere before. Then as things were winding down and we were all getting ready to leave, one of those incredibly unfriendly girls came up to me, gave me her business card, and asked if id want to join her fire troupe….???!!!??? took me a little off guard, like what alien possessed you early to be a total bitch to me, then invite into your intimate setting? needless to say NO THANK YOU!

aside from getting the totally wrong vibe off this girl, i have a big problem with fire troupes and there stupid politics. i will burn with whoever i want, whenever i want, wherever i want. I’ll be damned if you i let someone restrict who im allowed to spin with. stupid fire mafia….

my very first hoop video

•May 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

What is all this hooplah?

•May 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

they act like they’ve never seen a hula hoop before πŸ˜› okay… you’ve probably never seen a hula hoop like >THIS< before.

“Are you practicing for something?” asks the lady I spotted circling the park during my first burn of the day. Nothing in particular, i explain. a few things here and there….oh and did i mention THE HOOP CONVERGENCE?!?!?! πŸ™‚ “What’s a hoop convergence?” Impossibly i tried to convey the magicΒ  ofΒ  such an event, in 100 words or less (surly someone who has never had a good hooping experience would never understand the magnitude of a hoop gathering) Surprisingly i haven’t scared her away yet, this is always a good sign. “Do they have anything like that around here?” she inquires. I tell her about a few local meet-ups around whetstone, and also my aspiring goal of getting a solid hoop troupe together and meeting on a weekly basis. I encourage her to look out for us and join whenever she can. It may have been the first time she realized i was trying to recruit her. “Oh no, I can’t Hoop, I’m a reporter with the Columbus Dispatch.”Β  “Anyone can hoop!” I retort >.<Β  (insert foot in mouth, this lady is obviously not here to learn to hoop) Fast forward a few minuets in conversation,Β  i learn she’d like to do something up in the paper. us.the hoop.FIRE. and city skyline. Im in hoop bliss. and just one problem, i have nothing with my information on it to give her, so the best we can do is look out for each other in the area again.

I NEED BUSINESS CARDS! In fact, I need them like yesterday. A website would be nice too. I feel like Columbus may be ready for the hoop scene, and for once i don’t feel ready for it. So this is my goal. in this order, website, cards, career in hooping. okay maybe not that last part, i realize i will always have to work a “real” job. but since i’ve spent so much on my hoops, why not let it pay me back a bit, right ? I’ve got two parties coming up in June that I’ve been hired as entertainment, and i feel if i had a website and cards it would just look so much more…well…professional. All this is so new, and i feel like my little heart could explode hoops and rainbows all over this city πŸ™‚

super hooper give away!

•May 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

In this economy, who couldnt use a little something for free πŸ™‚ heck, who doesn’t like something free anytime? Superhoooper is giving away a free hoop, go to http://walkslowlylivewildly.com/2010/05/05/superhooper-giveaway/comment-page-3/#comment-12431 to enter! heck what do you have to loose right?