Thursday, June 30, 2011

I'm Here to School You....

on Contact Juggling....





Yes, I've been od'ing on contact juggling and contactjuggling.org

I love everyone so much....

I was on the HoopCity chat and this is what I got myself into**.

Beep beep beep beep beep. You have no clue how happy I am. ^________^  Not saying I'm doing this for fame but sometimes I sit and think, "does anyone care that I haven't had a super awesome blog post lately?"  And then I tell myself the people on facebook who are sick of my hoop stories care.  So I push on. <3

**I edited anyone else that wasn't me out because I wasn't sure if they wanted their hoopcity name out in the public.  I didn't edit the icons out cause hell, they are small as shitake mushrooms. 

Online again!

Well, it's not like we were ever offline.  Just a bit screwy.  Let me tell you about the new stuff!

This blog has a new address.  Yes, I have my own freaking domain name. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  You can now find me at www.hooplove.org and you can just call my blog, Hoop Love or Whole Lot of Hoop Love.  I know Whole Lot of Hoop Love is a mouthful.  The name came from a conversation with three different people but it was Shekinah that really helped me choose hooplove.whatever.  Since I was paid today and had some extra cash, I got the domain name.  I worked hard for this money (hello overtime) and I should have did this a while ago.  The old addresses still work though, which is great.   I have 200 business cards for my blog and hopefully Flow Camp will allow me to pass more of them out.

Now, pages are in tabs.  My facebook LIKE is on the side.  The troo hoop banner is below with my hoopcity ID, followers and a search function.  I've also renamed a lot of these things.

My new pages are Hooping (basically, hooping for idiots/beginners), Who am I? (basically recounting my hoop journey in detail), and Contact info (I have a fancy email for it now!).

As always, I will label most of my posts on twitter as hashtag #hooplove.

Oh and new background.  Does this make me legit now?  If you don't see your blog on my list, tell me.  I lost a lot once I switched over from blogspot to hooplove.org

To celebrate, I will post my crappy and only video of my flow wand from my photobucket.  I haven't really practiced it since then.  This reminds me to never use PB for posting videos on my blog again.




If you guys have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them here, on facebook, email, whatever.  I'm here for you. <3

Blog Revamp

For the next day or two, I will be revamping this blog.  I just wanted to give you guys a warning.  I figure I need to up my game since I'm a semi-internet celebrity (no, I'm not being facetious; someone actually told me that the other day).  What I've thrown together so far on this blog isn't my best work. So, I've taken some of the pages down and I'm fiddling with design thingies.  Hopefully everything will be better or not suck as much.  If there is anything you wish to see on this blog or things to improve, tell me in the lovely comments.  Whatever posts I have scheduled will go through as planned. 

I have some very exciting things planned!  Never fear!  A Whole Lot of Hoop Love will be awesome-er!  I love you all!



And keep hooping!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Contact and other props

This girl and the guy is pretty amazing. <3 props.

I want to hoop but..

I don't once it's time to hoop.  Maybe it's the weather but I've felt so blah.  Also, I just haven't been hooping much at all unless it's at hoop jams or otherwise.  I don't want to go outside and meet my neighbors nor do I want to house hoop.  I did have fun hooping at the motel at Kings Island.  I even had a mini audience of children when I was doing that. <3  I loved that.  They didn't talk to me and I'm pretty sure their parents told them to stop staring out at the window to watch me.


I get so excited to hoop until I have the time and place.  Then, I'm like blah.  I think I'm just waiting for my day where I can have a hoop space of my own.  It maybe by August if I'm lucky. <3

Maybe one day.

Yes, hooping is exercise.

Yes, I realize I am plus size but that doesn't always mean I'm dying to lose weight.

I was asked last night, "how much weight have you lost with this hooping thing?"
  I answered truthfully, "no." 
They replied, "I thought hooping was the perfect exercise."


Yeah, I'm sure it is when you don't eat like a pig.  I will admit that I am eating out way too much.  Right now I do not even want to think about losing weight.  I preempted the conversation by saying, "I know how to lose weight and I don't want to right now."  I guess that makes me awful?  I have too much on my plate right now.  I don't want to lose weight.  I want to be happy.  I want to focus on my flow toys.

I'd rather spend some time being fat and really learning my body as is. In this day and age, you have to be doing something silly like hula hooping for exercise.  I've mentioned it a few times to people and they only assume it's exercise.  Sometimes I'll mumbled, "yeah, exercise."  Other times, I try to explain that it's more than that.  The problem is that I don't know exactly why I hula hoop.  Why did this latch on?  I'm past that "gotta prove this to myself" time, aren't I?

I'm not doing it for exercise.  I'm doing it for me.  For my mind.  For my back.  For my happiness.  I'm going out and meeting new people.  I'm so thankful for this hobby and passion.  It's introducing me to so many great people and things.  I'm utterly thankful.  The hooping community is where I belong.  I feel home here.

I'm happy with myself at this time.  After we transition with the move, John and I will be eating more healthy.  No eating out after that.  I'll be able to have a garden one day.  I'll be able to hoop any time I want and exercise.  I plan on putting some yoga and barre work to help my hooping. 

Yes, hooping is exercise, but it's more than that.  It's life-changing

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Flow Camp 2011- p.2

I am getting more and more excited about Flow Camp.    There are so many classes that I want to take and I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to take them all.  My primary focus would be hooping but there are so many great opportunities that I can't pass up.

Right now the focus are these things:
  • Hooping
  • Contact Juggling
  • Flow wanding
  • Bellydance
What I am tempted to take is the lyra, poi, fan, and didgeridoo class because I got one years ago in Australia.  The problem is I don't know where it is.  It's in my mother's storage area.  That is like impossible to get into. :(

I want to take hooping to increase my knowledge of hooping and help integrate more dance in my hooping.    I'm really excited about Discovering Your Hoop Dance by Bonnie MacDougall.  I can't wait for that class.  I'm not sure which other classes I should take hoop wise because I want it to be a challenge and not a rehash of what I know.

There isn't a flow wand class on the roster yet but I've asked via the facebook page and they say there will be one.  I don't know about you, but there aren't a lot of flow wand youtube tutorials out there.  I just don't know what to do with it.  I feel like I'm not doing anything amazing with it. That is why I really want this class.


I've wanted to contact juggling since I had the big pneumonia.  I think that's when I went on a youtube hunt for fushigi and found daydreamyjuggler's youtube channel.  She's amazing and hilarious.  But I wanted to get a good ball, the Sil-X.  I finally ordered my ball last night from Neon Husky.  I couldn't find much US based juggling companies that had Sil-X.  Renegade Juggling emailed me back and are going to order them sometime (hate that phrase).  But...I want it now.  And I am not going to buy a fushigi ball.  My nephew has one and I argued with him that it was subpar at best.  If he is still contact juggling, I'll get him a stage ball for Christmas.


Bellydance used to be my secret passion years ago.  I wanted to do it so bad. I have every exercise video on bellydance plus a Racheal Brice bellydance video and a few others.  But I knew classes are the way to go.  I was never brave enough.  That is why I really want to take Tribal Fusion Belly Dance by Daniella. Now I'm ready but I'd rather see if I like before driving to Mecca for the class.

I cannot wait.  Although I really wish one of my friends would/could come with me. :(  I have a 3-4 person tent and I'll be alone.  Allllllllllllllllll alone.


Shannon

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Discover Yourself

 “Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity: Be intensely yourself. Don’t try to be outstanding; don’t try to be a success; don’t try to do pictures for others to look at – just please yourself.” 
~Ralph Steiner

Monday, June 20, 2011

Music Monday



I don't find this song religious but other people may.  I love this song so much.  One day I will hoop to it (as soon as I buy the CD).

Sunday, June 19, 2011

We Need Some Glitter in the Dark

Stumbled on this
This isn't the usual picture I love that's bright or colorful.  I can only imagine a colorful hula hooper on the deck making this world brighter.  A light in the dark.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Stay Creative!






































30. Hula hoop.

In my hooping practice, I try to be: 25, 28, 22, 21, 20, 16, 14, 15, and 4.  Well, most of the list totes work!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Every Moment Counts

I don't really know where I'm going with this but I'm going to let it flow.  Every moment is a hoopable moment as I thought the other week.  I bring my hoop with me every where and I'm the weird one hooping in the parking lot.

What about those times you cannot hoop?  Lately, I've started to do more air hooping than I usually do but really I've been air hoopdancing.  I learned the vortex by air hooping months ago.  Last week at my other job, we were having a "dance party."  So I was air hooping in the dance party.  I looked in the back row and there is a girl mimicking my movements. 

Other than air hooping, I think about hooping all the time.  I think that is another reason why I've been able to master certain tricks that I struggled with.  I think about hooping before I sleep, especially on tricks I'm working on.  It works for me.

This whole post reminds me of a few of the things I said in this video:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Contest!

I just wanted to do a contest because I appreciate all my readers.  I just feel nice!

What can you win?
Something custom made by me.  The things I'm offering are the things that I know I do a fantastic job on plus are shipping friendly.  I guess if you want something else, I could make you that.  I just say no to knitting because that takes too long.  If you want a subpar cloth pad (I'm no where near most cloth makers) or cup baggie, I'm game. 

Something like:
Purse, wallet, or flowers
Bracelet or choker
Fascinator

How do you enter and get multiple entries:
1) Comment this entry
2) LIKE my page on facebook.  Try to make sure I know who you are on FB.  If you already follow me, I'll give you a entry anyways cause I love you like that!
3) Introduce someone to my blog (make sure they comment, "MizReblers (whatever your name is) sent me here!)
4) Follow me using that linky-do on the bottom of the page.
5) Follow my twitter: @HoopingLove

On June 27th, I'll randomly draw the winner. And no pressures to enter.  No biggie here.

Again, thank you so much to everyone who has read my blog.  Big, big thanks to Shekinah-Spin and KymSpins!  They've been there since day 1 (or maybe day 10...whatever) of my blog.  I'm not sure if I'd still be here if it wasn't for their lovely support!  If you ever never taken a gander at their blogs, check them out.

Thank you everyone!

Love,
Shannon

Expanding Hooping Skills

Drills.

Have you seen Tink in Tokyo's blog? I love it.  I also love this fantastical thing she posted.


Hooping drills!

The other day was all about drills for myself.  I did my own version of this.  I didn't do turning because I'm trying to learn these skills without turning.    And it's hard.   I still can't hip hoop but I tried 3 times without turning and moved on.  My drills were 30 personal seconds and then I'd move on.  One thing I did learn, I can one arm chest hoop easier with one arm versus my right arm up.  Though I didn't do thigh hooping but I did knee hooping.  Yes, I shimmied it down myself!  I was surprised to see that I can hoop on my ribs although my chest got in the way at times.  I will definitely do this more!  After that, I also worked on more isolation work. Yay hooping!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hobby versus Passion

I had this conversation with someone the other day:

Shannon:  I just finished hooping.
Several minutes later....
Friend: Oh, so you play?
S:  What?
F:  Basketball.
S:  Uh no. I hula hoop.
F: Ohhhh. So it's like a gym thing.
S:  No.  It's for fun and all that stuff.
F:  Oh, so it's a hobby.
S:  Nooo.  It's a passion.
Silence.

How come I got so insulted when someone compared hooping to a hobby?  I've had hobbies before.  Sewing is a hobby.  Reading about the paranormal is a hobby.  Knitting and writing is borderline hobby/passion. I posted this on my facebook page and the lovely Paige commented that it's a lifestyle.  At first, I mentally recoiled because I just couldn't think that it was a lifestyle.  Lifestyle seems so finite.  After some thought on the process, maybe it's true.  I'm telling my husband to find places that are hooping friendly.  I've even said that I did not give a flying shit about anything except if I have an outdoor/indoor hooping space. 

What is the difference between hobby and passion?  Knitting and writing are borderline.  They have taught me numerous things that stick with me on the daily basis.  How does hooping come into my life daily?  Today I caught a flying shirt at work that I do not believe that I would have done that a year ago.  It was so fast that my coworker missed my skillz. That's a fast reflex due to learning tosses with my hoop.  The other day someone threw a brief at me and I caught it behind my back.  It was pretty bad ass.  I watch my footing around my job and it feels like I'm trying to dance around at times.  I still fall on my ass at times.  Of course, I stream my life around hooping at times.  I stay up late so that I can hoop. I'm hoping with a different place that I can hoop in the evening.  I think about hooping all the time.

With all this time, physical and mental anguish, I can't help but feel extremely insulted when it's just a hobby.  I've worked harder at hooping than I've ever worked at anything.  It's like comparing someone building a super computer to just a netbook.  It's not the same thing.  Maybe it is a lifestyle.  Maybe it's a passion.  All I know it's not just a hobby and it's not a fad.

Friday, June 10, 2011

I Am Making a Difference

I take one of my hoops to work sometimes.  I used to have a crappy hoop there but it broke midspin.  Therefore, I take my troo hoop sometimes.  I had it there 2-3 days this past week.  I started hooping on one of my breaks the other day.  One of the housekeepers on my unit walked in.  She always jogs at that time in the little exercise room at work.  I was hooping.  She started smiling and told me, "I've never been able to hula hoop as a kid but I tried that the other day and it worked! I loved it!"  I started to give her the spiel on how it's larger and heavier. 

I took my hoop home because I don't trust anything there when I was off work for a night.  I forgot to bring my hoop in last night.  The housekeeper came up to me and said, "I missed the hoop last night."

Maybe my hoop love should me more down beat and just let people come to the hoop on their own.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

We Are the Pilots

Aeipathy

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(Yes, I am using a myspace banner maker. What of it?)

There is a lovely website called Save The Words.  You can adopt a word and it's your mission to utlize the word so it doesn't die.

Therefore welcome to a new photo series of mine:

Photobucket 

Yes, I had to pic a word that I could relate to hooping.  It totally makes since considering how much aeipathy I have for the hoop.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Hoopdancing part 2

Hoopdancing part 2

Maybe the problem with hoopdancing that I have "trouble with" is because I am not accepting myself as is.  I really do pretty much like myself currently.  Hooping has helped me build more confidence to look past my weight which I couldn't even do when I was 220 pounds, let alone now.  So, I think in my head, dancing needs to be graceful, sensual and beautiful.  Any form of dancing (excluding jumping up and down in one spot) I ever do is...unusual, odd and spastic.  I think what I am doing is comparing myself to others and I'm not appreciating what I am. 

My form of hoopdancing will probably be completely different than those flow queens of the hoop. And that isn't a bad thing.  I may be comfortable doing tricks all up and down this place but really expressing myself is hard.  Afraid that it will look weird and whatever else I'm thinking deep down. Dancing has been something I always dreamed of doing, but I was too old to be a ballerina when I was eight.  Even when I was 220, I still wasn't brave enough to take bellydance classes.  Let me tell you, I have so many bellydance DVDs that it's not even funny.  My husband is not pleased.

After the post from the other day, I've been trying to let go.  Of course, it helps more when I'm by myself.  Lately, I've been dancing with the music as if I had my hoop.  It's been really freeing.  I haven't really projected much of it into my hoopdance.  Although I have been trying to turn when not hooping to the left instead of the constant spin the right.  I did do a bit of it at work last night and I was upset that I had to go back to work. I had just gotten in such a groove with the music I was working with (Halestorm-I'm not an angel).

At the same time, I think I get why people say some hoops have different personalities, they are right.  I've been working with my reception hoop for a month.  I took my troo hoop to work last night and it was a different feel.  My dance had to change in relation to the hoop.  My slow turns around with chest hooping had to become faster and harder to keep it up.  I've purposely been making my red hoop drop a bit has I hoop to do a slow go around.  Although I easily kept the hoop up in scrubs (cotton/polyester mix).  I've gotten better for sure.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Hooping Has Changed My Life I: Bras

This is a part of an ongoing series.  It's probably going to be in-depth, too much information, or completely repetitive at times.  Have fun reading!

It may seem to some people that it's completely redonkulus that I can even say that hooping has changed my life at this point in time, but it has.  I feel like it's been even more profound than when I lost eighty pounds.  Even as a smaller person, I never had the bravery to do one thing: get fitted for a bra.  I would just grab five different sizes, do some jump tests and call it a day.  I never ordered bras online because that's just wishing for ill will.

I think these are UK sizes, not US.
A month ago, during the same flipping week, the small number of bras that I did own broke.  Every single one.  After Caraleeena's class, I had some extra money and begged John to take me to the mall (I hate driving).  He wondered off while I was looking my usual size.  I was about to check out  when I had this nagging feeling that the reason why my bras were breaking.  I bought a ton in October when I got married and it didn't feel right.  Maybe it was the wrong size with too much boobage that caused them to break super quick.  Also, I wanted to see if there was any way to prevent that "your cup spillith over" syndrome.  I waited ten minutes to ask the lady to measure me.  I was so nervous but I did it.  It was simple really.  We wander over to the even bigger girl section and found a few.  I tried it on and it was perfect.  I found out I was a 40freakingF cup.  Jump test passed, too.  The price tag was not.  $45 for a brand new bra?  My old bras were $35 and since the Fs were in the even larger section, there was very slim pickings.  That meant the weekend of my reception, I only had one bra and it was bright pink.  That's why you can see my awesome bra in some of my hooping pictures there.

Were they worth $45 each?  I think so!  I haven't had the your "cupth spillith over" problem again at work and with all the nasty I come in contact with, it's a blessing.  Also, I waited to use that bra on my reception.  I was wearing an old bra on Saturday at the derby part/my personal hoop jam (party of 1.5).  I was playing with my niece and showing her tricks.  While chest hooping, my breast popped out.  Lucky, I spun around and put it in place.  Talk about embarrassing.

Why is this related to hooping?  Well, since I've hooped, I have had to talk to people to get the piping and even meet new people.  I'm really shy and hate talking to people I don't know. I have to give myself pep talks to order fast food or call people.  Yes, I've called Lowes about their irrigation piping very smoothly now.  I've talked to numerous people at ACE.  I've had to get out of my bubble to hoop.  I still have a bubble, don't get me wrong.  If I can do that, surely, I can get someone to fit me for a bra.  Hooping has given me either bravery, confidence or both.

So, ladies, do yourself a favor and wear the correct size bra!  There are tons of statistics I won't rehash to you that women always wear the wrong size.

Wanna know how this can really effect your hooping?  Well, I risked ordering a sports bra online when Lane Bryants was having a sale.  I figured good for hooping, right?  Wrong.  It felt funny.  Always had.  Today I wore it while dancing around the house/cleaning which was longer than previous times.  I could have sworn that it was hurting me but atypical for most breast related pain.  It felt like the bra was making all my shoulders hold up all 40F of me.  I kept on thinking it wasn't anything, just me.  I just came back from the park. I'm in severe shoulder pain.  That bra is crap.  It started to physically, no mental crap to it, hurt when I'd do halo.  Now, let me tell you, I've been loving on halos, vortexes and some such.  I didn't even feel comfortable to do as much chest hooping like I have been doing.  I wound up doing a lot of tosses, elbow thingers, and hand hooping vertically.  I came home, ripped the thing off and swore never to wear that bra again.

So, again, ladies, make sure you are wearing the correct bra size.

Friday, June 3, 2011

I am so excited!

I went to work last night and found three leave requests in my box.  I was freaking out.  I was hoping it'd be good news.  It sure was!  I got my leave request back for Flow Camp 2011.  Since I can't go to Hoop Camp 5, I'll be going there!  I wish they'd update their website with more information. I want to dive into my future flow camp fantasies!

John ordered my tent for Flow Camp. Yes, I do not have a tent. Shush!

I also may not let anyone talk to me about anything bad before I hoop. Someone called me minutes before I was about to hoop.  They said somethings that really hurt me.  I was hurt and upset.  It creeped into my hoop practice.  I wasn't feeling it.  I wasn't happy and ecstatic like I was feeling minutes before.  Don't most people hoop to get rid of their angry feelings? I couldn't do it.  And I've been probably doing a lot of "angry" hooping lately just on my own by wanting to go "as hard and as fast as I can. I want my whole everything in this."  Except when I was angry, hurt and lackluster, I couldn't do it at all.

Although I have the elbow move thingy done about 50%.  So yay?  But I also started to move in ways I never do before with the hoop which looked pretty cool on the video. So yay?  Although that behind the back roll is hard.  Maybe that is not on my to do list. So nay?

I'm also trying to decide where I want to buy my next LED.  Because I got my LED huge, I need another unless anyone knows how to shrink it and keep the LEDs in.  It's not major so I can wait.  I want an all white hoop.  I'm not sure if I want to go back with Lighted Lifestyles.  My hoop was so lackluster (even fully charged, I never saw the white) and the customer service was not what I'd like (I ordered a 56, emailed to get it shrunk down to 45 and a few weeks later I get a 56.  No email was replied to).  It seems as awesome as LL hoops are/were, they are losing business due to customer service issues.  I understand cause someone just spend $75+ on something and not to even know if it's coming sucks (I didn't even get a, hey, we mailed it email).  I'd like a cheaper option, preferably  rechargeable like LL is.  Essentially, I'm looking at troo hoops, superhooper, and I haven't seen anything else that I'd like because LL is the only lower end model that is wall rechargeable.  Although to get the number of LEDs I want, it'd be more expensive anyways.  One day, I want an atomic hoop though when I've rolled down even more hoop sizes.

And help me vote on a domain name for my blog:

  1. hoopinglove.org
  2. hooping-love.com
  3. hooplove.com

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Things I'm Working On:

Elbow thingy:





And I think I will start on this:



And if you aren't following me on facebook, you missed out this amazing advice: Every moment has potential to be a hoopable moment.

How I came up with is simple. I was telling someone about how I want to bring my hoop to ren fair. I figure there may be some hoopable spot or moment. Then, I said, "No, no, no. Every moment has potential to be a hoopable moment."

The end.

Hoopdancer versus Hooper

Hoopdancer vs Hooper

Most of you don't realize that over the last few weeks when many people were complimenting me, I was internalizing: "Uh, I suck."  It wasn't till I wrote Plus Size Hooping where I included my progression videos that I really could see my progress.  That's when it hit me that I have grown as a hooper. 

That word...hooper.  I really didn't believe I was a "hooper" till I left Caraleeena's class.  I just felt like a fraud.  The moment I walked out of that class I was like, "Now, I feel like a hooper."  Yet out of all that I still don't feel like I'm a hoopdancer or that I hoopdance.  What is the difference between the two and how do I find my inner hoopdance?

My personal definitiions seem to be:
Hooper - [hoo-per] -noun- a person who can do many skilled tricks with a hula hoop.

Hoopdancer- [hoop-dans]-noun- 1. a person who can do tricks and dance with their hoop like it is their partner
2.  a person who performs their hooping routine rhythmically with  music.
3. a person who performs their hooping in a flowing manner

I just don't feel like I'm dancing with my hoop.  Maybe this comes with the fact that I can't dance.  I really can't.  My form of dance is "interpretive" and "jumping up and down."  So how do I put my lack of dance skills into my hoopdance?  The things that I would like to do while hooping never flow out of me as I hoop when I do try to dance.  

Is this because I do not have flow?  Hell, I don't even know what flow is and why is this the thing we are wanting to achieve?  That is why I always say groove.  If I have a groove with my hoop, then, it's just coming out.  I'm having fun, we are making invisible music together, and I can mess with stuff.  To acheive groove seems so much more attainable than to achieve floooooow.  Flow seems like this thing that may never happen for me.

Some random online dictionary says flow is to proceed continuously and smoothly.  I don't do any of that, so I'm not flowing.  I'm not reaching any higher spiritual plane with my hoop. So I guess I don't have flow.  I can have all the flow in my head but the moment the hoop comes in contact with my body, it all comes out.  My hoop tells me where to go.

If you have any suggestions on how you put dance in your hoop, tell me.  I'm all ears.