Thursday, October 27, 2011

I'm alive!

And I got very sick and bowed out of 30/30.  I hosted an indoor hoop jam this week.  It was a bust.  How do I freaking gain more interest?  I'm trying my best...maybe.  I'm feeling discouraged.  I want to change the lives of Kentuckians with hoops and other props.  How do I achieve this?

Other than that, I went to help with 4-H this week.  It was their annual "reality store" for 8th graders.  I took my poi in because obviously hoops are not fun.  I've sorta got the butterfly for a few moments till the bang.  There was some down time. So I started practicing my butterflies.  I had a few kids ask me and others asked the other adults because they were scared to talk to me.  At lunch, I had a whole group crowding around me to talk about it.  At one point, a couple of boys walked up to me and said, "Ma'am, are you a performer?"  Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.   Squeee squeee squeeee!  One day I hope to be!

So I learned a reel today but I can't do a two beat weave.  If I taped a video of the things I'm having problems with, does anyone know enough poi to figure out my errors?  I really want to spin poi but it's hard.  Just like hooping was.

Maybe poi and contact juggling will be my big winter things. So far, so good, I haven't gotten anything flow art related for my birthday.  I don't expect a surprise from John when he gets home either.

I didn't get anything done on my vacation. Although I did get to go on a corn maze and many haunted houses.

Friday, October 7, 2011

7 Months

7 Months of hooping!

Thank you to all my readers and everyone that has helped me along the way. 

And don't forget that I'm holding a contest for anyone with friends in the Central Kentucky area.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Contest...sort of

I decided to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month by holding a contest in my local community.  I figure I will give a free customized hoop to a breast cancer survivor in my community.  This is a way to build a hooping community in my area (hopefully).  Bad idea?  I hope that I can use Facebook as a why to announce this contest. Since people are loving the picture share thing, I latched on.  I made this picture:
And I'm going to share it every day till the 25th.  I hope others share it as well. I really want to have a winner and spread hoop love in my community!  I really would like this to get the attention of the local media.  My goal in the next five years is to have a much larger hoop community in my area.  Is that a bad thing?

I am planning on emailing all the FCCLA teachers in my area and suggest they use hooping as a Student Body project.  I'll teach the class and provide hoops. I just need the kids to do it.  The kids would have to advertise and sign the kids up (I need a headcount for hoop number).  Hooping could be a good thing for them.  I hope at least one of the four teachers will consider the idea.  I used to be a state FCCLA officer in my state.  Surely, they will know I really want this to help FCCLA as a whole.  I know in my school Student Body was never really worked on.  Maybe next year, if this works, I'll email the state adviser and I could go to the state meeting and present hooping.  These are just plans.  Fame is great but I really want to open my area for more hoopers and flow artists.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

TedxLex

This is Paige and she's pretty amazing.  She is a great friend to have and an amazing hooper.  So nice and warm.  <3  Although I've yet to ever take a class from her. :(

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Home

Every now and again, I get flashes of feeling like this is where I'm supposed to be in the hoop community.  I'll get good feedback either online or in person.  Sometimes opportunities fall into my lap.  One of those times I include my polypro.  I had the intention of buying one but I wound up getting it for free.  That was just luck that I found a website error but to me it seemed to tell me that I was supposed to get a polypro.  Recently I've felt like I was in a hoop rut.  Hooping.org is now hosting another 30/30.  This is a time I will work on more flow and waist/hip hooping.  The other night, I was able to go to Ann Humphrey's workshop.  It was amazing but that's another blog.  When I came home, I found out that I had $20 in my paypal account due to Dube links.  That meant I was able to buy the Seeding 2 class on sale.  I wanted it so bad and the ability just fell in my lap.  I am so happy and thankful for the flow community.

I feel like this is my home and I'm supposed to be here.  You have no idea how I wish I could go back in time, find that hurting 16 year old and hand her a hoop.  My life would be completely different.  This is why I want to bring hooping to my community.  There is hardly any flow community and they are hardly united in my area.  I want to spread the good news.  Gosh, I sound like an evangelist.

When I first found hooping.org, I was driven to be on there in some fashion.  When he posted my tutorial, I screamed and ran through the apartment.  I don't think I wanted it for fame but to touch more people with my hooping (and glory is a good plus).  When he was asking for help, I emailed him and checked my email daily.  No answer for weeks.  I realized he probably had looked on my blog and was like, "blahhhh! She sucks!"  Eventually, he answered.  I probably screamed again.  I was going to be a contributor for hooping.org.  I was amped and I still am.  Philo is like, awesome, if you didn't know.  Now, I just need to get a picture or video on hoopcity.ca and I'm cool.

 I've gotten a couple compliments on my writing through this blog and hooping.org.  The support I got from the hoop community through my first hooping.org article was fantastic.  I am so thankful that I was able to find this amazing community where I fit in.  Where I can have a conversation with someone and not feel like I'm just odd.  I feel like I'm at the same level as most people in the flow community.  I want to thank everyone so much for reading this blog and supporting me.  I would also like to thank my mom because it's through her help that I'm able to take some of the opportunities that I'm  able to take like going to Caroleeena's and Ann's classes.  She supports me even when other people don't.  She may think I'm crazy but she helps me get there if I want to go.  Most the teachers I've met, yes, even the famous ones, act like they are your best friend and want you there.  They are not there just "for the money."  Everyone seems genuine.

Thank you, everyone.  I know I'm just a silly girl that is just starting to dig into the flow community.  It's all so new and amazing.  It means a lot that you are with me on this journey.  Go get your flow on, flow warriors.