Friday, October 25, 2013

Birthday!

So it's my birthday this weekend.  If you want to help me sort out my life any, a great birthday present would be some cash.   So follow the paypal linkage!





And I want to say that the hooping community is SO amazing.  The pouring love I've received has touched my heart.  It makes me feel so much better cause I've been feeling so fragile lately.  I believe I am 99% sure that I've gotten good news today.  I mean there could be issues that could rise up.  But we've already hit the one hump but my mother is AMAZING.  She's offered to help me out and overcome this.  I feel so much better.  Maybe it's because after a few days, I realized I am making the right decision.   Maybe it's the love and support from my readership (even the ones who offered to be references!).  Maybe it's because I feel like the biggest hump may be taken care off.  Now the only stress I have is to pack.  I hate packing. :(


Thank you again everyone!  I love you all.  I've actually have hooped a little this week.  And it was an amazing 10 minutes.  

Friday, October 18, 2013

Things are Changing...

I don't really know how to write this post.  Some people will have seen this post coming and others, not so much.  It's not really about hooping either. I made a more detailed post of this blog but it seemed to have caused issues. The original post was only up for 30 minutes which makes me shocked that there were people that actually read it in the time that it was posted.  I know I am not posting as regularly as I used to.  I am hoping that once I am settled, that will change.  I keep listening for songs that would make a good video but I can't find that perfect song.  Songs for me to hoop/tape are songs that pull the emotions and the hooping out of me.  Does that make sense?  I


So here is the big non-hooping news:

 I know I have my issues.  I have made my mistakes.  Many many mistakes. I am not the best cleaner in the world, I'm grumpy, I am very sensitive and more.  I have more growing up to do.  I've made mistakes.  I know this.  Either way it has finally came to the climax:  I can't be married anymore.  I've been thinking this for a while. I even told one friend of mine months ago that I didn't see it not exploding by 5 years.  So here I am admitting that I failed at being married.  This is coming from a person that said, "I'd rather be together miserable than get a divorce."  But I never realized how awful it could be living with a person that you didn't feel liked you for being you.  I feel ashamed and afraid I am making the wrong decision.  It's scary.  I have some people I've worked with that are excited for me because they realized how trapped I felt.  One girl said, "you need to find some hippie guy or something that's covered in tats and stuff."  Hahaha.


So, it seems that my birthday and Christmas presents this year is essentially getting the fuck out of dodge. I have a plan. A co-worker recommended the place she lives in which is near a few of my friends. I'd rather get out of my current town anyways. It includes a washer and dryer in the apartment which is a huge plus and they allow animals. Hopefully if I can scrap everything together, I am hoping that I will get the apartment and be moved in by December. Everything has happened so suddenly that it will be hard for me. I have to get a microwave and basics for my apartment. I won't have a TV (but that's okay) or living room furniture. But all really need is a bed and I should have that. I've already made a budget for when I get moved into the apartment. I plan to save save save. The next few months, I'll be kicking up the overtime (which is what I have been doing for the last 3 except for October due to illness). Hopefully I will still be able to make it to some festivals this year. No matter what, I will be going to playthinkfest. I keep panicking that I am forgetting something off my "to get list" and stuff. I'm really emotional. Even if this was my idea, I'm still hurting over this decision. I could cry at a bottom of a dime right now. I'm hoping once I have a good bit of savings, I can start bellydance classes again or take a few classes (spanish, ASL??).

 I was really stressed yesterday when I was looking at other apartments and a lot of them require cats to be declawed. Barf. Barf. Barf. I am not EVER declawing my Morgyn. That is DISGUSTING. But I think it will all work out. I hope. At least if I can get a deposit of some sort by next week, it will. They said they'd work with me. And unfortunately all this stress is bumming me out about my birthday. I'm going to be 26 years old in a week. So yeah, happy (early) birthday to me. I just realized how much I have awful timing since this is just days before our anniversary and my birthday.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Saluton!

What am I up to now a days?  I'm participating in Camp Nanowrimo and I'm teaching myself Esperanto.

What is esperanto?  Esperanto is a constructed language neutral international language created by L L Zamenhof in the end of the 19th century.  The idea behind it was have an easier second language to encourage communication.  It was never meant to replace another native language but to be nice second language.

Would you like to learn Esperanto? Heres some resources to allow you to teach yourself:


  • A free correspondence course through email: http://www.pacujo.net/esperanto/course/
    There is also a snail mail version but I think it's just like this one except through the mail.  I'm currently on lesson five of this course.
  • Computer program that's interactive and such. You can also find a tutor for this one, too.  http://www.kurso.com.br/index.php?en
    I am also using this.  I'm on lesson 4 of this course.  I only just started the tutor on this one.
  • Lernu.net. There are mutliple ways to navigate through this one.  I started with the bildoj kaj damandoj.  From what I can tell, it's a poor man's version of rosetta stone.  Then, I found the correspondence course and kurso de esperanto.  After a day or two of that, I tried to tackle Ana Pana which I was able to do after a couple days of more work.  It seems with Ana Pana, I need to go over it a few times/days and then I can grasp it.  Ana Pana also has a tutor ability.
  • interpals.net is a great resource to find other esperantists.


Other than that, I have some bad news to share.  When I was at PlayThink, I found out that John had lost his job at work.  I'm the sole provider now.  It seems that I probably will not make it to Flow Camp this year even though it made me cry when I found out.  I also had a great idea which I tested last November for a class I wanted to teach.   I've been spending the last few weeks thinking to myself, "if I can tough it out for the next few months, I'm sure John will have found himself a new job and I can celebrate and spin off all this pain at Flow Camp."  I even already knew I had the time off of work!  Unfortunately at this time, I cannot guarantee that I will have the funds to buy my ticket in time for camp.  So it's 99% scrubbed from my schedule. Other than that, I feel like I've let my personal hoop/flow toy practice fall to the way side.  I just feel so burdened and claustrophobic in my own house that I don't feel like spinning.  Plus I'm having to pick up more hours at work.  Yes, I know the hoop can heal but right now I just feel like being lazy (and maybe a bit woe-is-me). (and I know people have gone through this before and survived and I will survive, etc but can I just feel crappy and stressed a bit?)

  That's one of the reasons I decided to start writing again and learning esperanto.  I may not be able to achieve anything I flippin' want in this life but I can still continue on making myself better.  It's given me such a thrill to be able to learn again.  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My First Performance at PlayThink

This weekend was PlayThink Movement Festival and it was amazing.  Fairies, love and movement abounded everywhere.  This was also my first performance.

I want to walk you through it.  My song was New Kids on the Block "Remix."  So I walked onto stage acting all scared, nervous, wall flower, etc.  I was dressed in an ugly outfit.  As the music started and I started my pantomime, I thought, "I'm glad I'm supposed to act all nervous and stuff.  Cause I am!"  My heart was beating like a drum.  I love to speak in public but hooping in front of hoopers....most much better than me...was terrifying.  A random speech is something that isn't abstract.  But art is so much more raw.  Something that people can either connect to or otherwise.  I was scared I'd drop the hoop, no one would understand my story or more.  I "tripped" over the off LED hoop in front of me.  I turned it on and started.  Once the hoop was in my hands, my worries dissipated slowly.   The big part of my performance was transforming into a confident, sexy lady.  Which involved removing the ugly dress and sweater.  Have you ever removed clothes while hooping? It can be hard!

 There was still that nagging in the back of my head but I just tried to feel the music and move.  I hadn't practiced or hooped in weeks due to a new tattoo.  But I had been telling myself just to do my thing.  Nothing super fancy at least.  I dropped the hoop multiple times and parts of my costume fell off in the middle of it (a hair bow I borrowed).  My palm spins weren't as fast as I usually can get them.  I remember the entire time that I was dancing around that I can't step on this girl's hair bow.  Afterwards, I was gulping down water so fast and my heart was racing.  My lungs were burning and I couldn't get my breath fast enough.  I did try to give it my all.

Someone asked me how did it went?  I'm not really sure because I'm my worst critic.  I don't know what the audience thought overall.    And I am hoping someone will post a better version of this soon!  Half of my PlayThink friends missed it!

Although I do have video of my performance, it is very dark.  You can't really see much.  But here it is:


Here was my home test which you can see much better in my very messy living room (I made home tests of every version of performance I was thinking of and showed two people for their input.  These were people that I trusted to give me feedback that this was worthy to perform.  One was a veteran hooper and the other was a baby hooper):



In the next few days, I'll post more about PlayThink.  I honestly can't right now.  In the last week, so much crap has happened to me that I just need more space.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

PlayThink is COMING!



PlayThink Movement Festival is coming! Yes, I haven't blogged any. If I could blog via my thoughts, I'd be golden. Either way, I am so beyond excited about PlayThink. There is still time for everyone to get a ticket! So, what might Shannon be taking this year?

Classes I am thinking of:

  • Poi Stalls
  • Poi 101
  • Fans: More than Fanning
  • Fan: Dance
  • Intro to Contact Staff
  • Deciding between intermediate fire eating and intermediate contact staff.  
  • Fire Safety
  • Intro to fire eating  (I figure the more I can practice doing it, the more comfortable I will be with having flame in my mouth. shudddup)
  • Flow Wand
  • Whip Crackin'
  • Bellydance basics
  • Intro to stilts
  • Virgin burn for my poi or staff on Saturday
  • And maybe others. I haven't decided! 
I am also teaching a class. I am teaching Kids Hoop! Based on my experiences with 4-H and YMCA and all that fun stuff.  Either way, I am getting so amped for Playthink.  I feel like Playthink is my festival home.  It's exactly what I want in a festival for the most part.  I love all the other festivals but there is something magical about Playthink. Maybe it's because I feel like Paige will listen to input from everyone.  It's a magical experience.

So now that I am getting used to the festival thing, what would I pack?  I am forever an overpacker.  If you've never been to a fest, this might give you a few things to help facilitate your packing.

  Here's my list of things:
Clothing-Wise:
  • Pants (1-2 pair. It gets cold at night)
  • Shorts/capris (enough for most days)
  • Underwears/bras/socks/whatever
  • PJs and warm winter socks for night/layers again
  • ear muffs (my short hair makes my ears get cold at night)
  • Maybe a hat to sleep in
  • Jacket/rain jacket
  • Costume clothes
  • Shoes (variety.  I like rainboots for dewy mornings or rain)
Home Away from Home Things:
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag is a MUST. I have avoided sleeping bags for years but let me tell you, it makes a difference.
  • Extra blanket
  • Sunshade thing if you have one.  
  • Camping chair
  • Camping table
  • Foods
  • Canteens/water bottles (I really love the gallon jugs from lipton)
  • Energy giving stuffs (I like monster rehabs and vitamin waters with electrolytes) 
Other stuffs:
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray
  • Trash Bags
  • hat/visor
  • Camp stove/cooking utensils/eating utensils
  • Camp soap/paper towels
  • Toilet paper/campers toilet paper
  • Shower supplies/toiletries/stuff like that
    • portable toilet seat covers
    • GoGirl (portable female urination device)
  • Glow Sticks
  • Pen/paper
  • Lighter
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Batteries/Camera/Camera card
  • Watch
  • An extra class schedule/map
  • EAR PLUGS
  • READY TO FEEL FREE AND LEARN!
Prop fun!
  • Hoops
    • LED hoop
      • Charger or extra batteries
    • Fire Hoop
    • Fire hoop tools (quick wicks)
    • Day hoop
    • Minis
    • Maybe other hoops?
  • Poi
    • Fire Poi
    • Day poi/sock poi
    • LED poi (I LOVE SpinBalls. SO soft and so cheap)
  • Fans
  • Flow wand
    • Long string flow wand
    • Short string fire flow wand
    • Short string LED flow wand
      • Charger
  • Belly dance belt/veils
  • Flags
  • Contact staff
    • Practice staff
    • Fire contact staff
  • Yoga mat/blanket and whatever yogis need
Are those all the props I have?  I always forget something (it seems to alway be my contact juggling ball).  Either way, these are a few of the things that I pack.  What about you?


Monday, April 15, 2013

A Daily Dance reminder

If you follow FYEAHHOOPING, you would have seen this picture this weekend:
That is my latest set of ink to celebrate my 2 year anniversary and some other personal milestones. This was done in Lexington, KY at Bleed Blue tattoo. Jamie did the tattoo and she was fantastic. It took her about 20-30 minutes to draw/set it up and about an hour or so to tattoo it. Hooping changed my life. Even if I stopped hooping tomorrow, it would never change the fact that everything changed when I found the hoop. It's sore in a few spots but other than that I feel like it's healing fantastically. I really want the bulk of the healing to be done like now. (you hear that body, HEAL!) I only shared this on tumblr and it was featured on FYEAHHOOPING. It's also gotten about 45 notes/reblogs/likes.

Monday, March 25, 2013

RaqsTV ATS

I've really tried to go over the online ATS class through RaqsTV a few times over the week and I just can't do it. I'd have to say I just gave up on it. This was taped with a regular video camera. Which means it's hard to see small movements because of the quality. I'm sure other RaqsTv selections that are from DVDs are much better. Other than that, the clothing choices make it so hard to see hip/knees, and feet. I think the second week was much better due to the fact that she was wearing capris. Even then, it's harder since everything she wears is dark! Not ideal camera quality + black clothes + long flowy skirts = hard to see movements. I feel like after the second week, I'm guessing they are using cues to review stuff. Except I missed the cues, I guess, and I can't hardly see the cues (if I could remember them) to go over the next moves. When I took the tribal class at Mecca, even if we would be going over the choreography with cues, she'd still repeat "cue." There are many times that I have issues hearing over the music. How come people have such a hard time balancing music with instruction? She'd be running from the screen to her computer fixing that issue. At least with my current live classes, they have a clicker to fix the volume without changing where she is in the classroom. Speaking of hearing issues, there is another instructor in the class/students. If they say something, especially something important, you can't hear them. Of course, all these issues I can add to hooping/flow videos, even on Hooping University. Video quality, clothing issues, and volume issues is a major thing. I know that even my videos have those issues. When I feel like in review, it's harder to hear, I try to add subtitles. Now, if you are taking a improv tribal/ATS class in person or would like a review, I'd think these videos may be great review. Although there will be some differences which I've learned by talking to my friend Anna who was taking an ATS class in person from another sister studio. When I was able to get the FatChance Bellydance Volume 1 for basics, I also realized I wasn't chasing against time. If I were to do another RaqsTV selection, I'd probably choose the Blacksheep bellydance improv tribal for a month ($9.99). This is from a DVD which makes me think that it would be much clearer. I might wait till after shimmy mob to go back to more of a tribal section. Now, are all online bellydance like this? I've seen a few different options from other people. I've looked into Datura Online which is from the great mind of Rachel Brice. From the previews, it looks like the quality in camera work is to die for. There is also a la carte options for individual videos. The ATS class 1 is about $6.99 or $35 a month for the whole video library. Although I'm not sure if the price would even it out in the end. I can't see myself doing class 1 enough for my monies worth. Maybe 2-3 time a week but after that I know I'd get bored. I think the monthly price would be the best option in that regard. Now, a warm up that you could use every day, that would be enough use for money for an a la carte option for a month. Datura online also has Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, and more. They have tribal classes, yoga/cross training, and more. I've seen reviews of Datura Online from people who actually have a subscription. So I'd google for reviews on blogs for a throughout review of that.

Friday, March 15, 2013

SHIMMY MOB!

Obviously, I've been on a bellydance kick lately.  Recently I joined the Shimmy Mob.

"Our primary objective is to raise donations and awareness. Funds raised via Shimmy Mob will be donated to Abused Women and Children shelters throughout the world.


Our secondary objective is to produce a flash mob type event formed by dancers and non dancers with the objective of performing a choreographed medley of bellydance styles."
  It has been a lot of fun so far!  I went to the first rehearsal this week and it was a hoot.  Of course, actually working on choreography was hard.  I can have a move down pat when I'm drilling but walking, stop, do that movenownownow! is really hard for me.  You don't have to be an experienced bellydancer to participate.  There are beginner and intermediate variations of moves.  There are multiple cities holding a Shimmy Mob.  Check the website to see if you have one near you!  
I'm hoping to be able to take another six week class after the one I'm participating in is over.  It looks great.  Drilling one move during a whole class!

And did I tell you?  I'M GOING TO KINETIC FIRE! Weeeeeeeeee!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

RaqsTV Ongoing Review-Week 1

Hey there.  So recently I've been interested in taking bellydance classes.  I've been doing so much with hooping yet the thing I've always wanted to do (bellydance).  Unfortunately with my work schedule, it can be really hard for me to attend classes.  I figure once or twice a month, I will go to a class and study with DVDs in the meanwhile. I know it's not the best plan on Earth but unless someone wants to give me free classes and time on my hands, it's all I got.  I found out about this website calle RaqsTV which is where you can rent a video for a selected amount of time.  I like the idea because instead of buying, you can rent it and find out if you like it.  I also figure having only so much time will encourage me to use it.  I ordered: ATS Class from Skin Deep Dance.  My original plan was to follow each class once a day for a week.  Since it's a sister studio of FatChance Bellydance, These classes should be similar to the one my friend, Anna started taking this very week.

My first thoughts of all the content that I have seen on RaqsTV is the same comment I have on most youtube videos for hooping and Hooping University: the quality is subpar.  I cannot hear as well or see some of the movements super well.  This is the same thing for RaqsTV.  I can barely hear the instructor most of the time. But any comments from anyone else, forget about it (which from the first week there is a few from a co-instructor, I guess).

The first part of the class is a warm up, then an explanation of what ATS is (which I cannot hear), then an introduction to the taxeem.  Then, there is an introduction to the arm positions covering: positioning, undulations, and hand floreos.  Next, they combine the floreos/arm positions with the taxeem. I feel like this class covers taxeems forrreeeeever.  Then they start mixing in choreography.  At one point there is a circle turn but I'm not sure if she just turning around, doing a taxeem in a circle (is that possible?) or doing a real circle turn?  After that, she goes over shimmies.  Which I'm not sure if it's a good introduction for it either.  There is no "let me show you and this is how you do it."  You just start doing it.  Then adding faster moves.  Is it that easy or what?  Next, they go back to the mirror and now it's time to blast through the fast moves.  No literally, they blast through most the fast moves.  I am like wtf?  I don't feel safe just gunslinging into moves like that.  I can't even make it through the next section.  The last 10 minutes might be going over another move but I don't know.  I'm so frustrated and tired by then that I am ugh.  Especially the arabic being on the toes and my knees, I didn't want to do it without knowing how to do it.  I youtubed it.

I've asked my friend what her first ATS class was like and according to her, there was no barreling through movements.  I just don't feel safe moving through movements like that.  I'm already worried as is about assuming correct dance posture!  I've taken one tribal bellydance class this month, too.  We covered hip drops, floreos, some chest shimmy, single choo-choos, propeller turns, and another turn which I will call a backwards turn.

Today (due to puppy issues) I only got through a quarter of week 1.  On the good hand, I found my Art of Bellydance DVD which is a FCBD dvd.  I also ordered tribal basics 1 which, according to amazon, might be the same.  I want to get the entire BlackSheep bellydance dvds, too. I need to be rich! I'm planning on reviewing all these DVDs/videos for this blog.  I have quite a few DVDs and I would love to add to them!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Hoopie Noms!

Hey, there!  Have you seen hooping.org today?  The nominations are up!  If you'd love my very much, could you nominate me for a hoopie?  My personal favorites are my Curvy Hooper vid and the Slow Jamz video.  Also, I have this picture that was taken in 2012 that I love. I posted it on my g+ and facebook during 2012


I am also nominating PlayThink Movement Festival for hoop event.  I think that it was an amazing event.  I felt at home and free. I made new friends and hope to see them again. Since it wasn't directly for flow peoples, but more yoga peoples, it introduced people to hooping! PS my instructor bio is up on the PlayThink Website! Yay!


The hoopie nom article!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Dube Haul!

This Christmas, I got an email from a fan saying they ordered a e-gift certificate for me from Dube.com (sister company to troo hoops).  They said that I inspired them so much that they felt like giving me something back.  It was so sweet.  I was blown away.  I used some of my Christmas money and this gift certificate to get some stuff from Dube.  I also used my 20% gift card for Dube.  I wound up getting:

  • Poi Spinning by Michal Kahn
  • The Professionals Guide to Fire Eating by Brian Brushwood
  • Flags set in aqua with the Axis Flow Flags Basics
  • Contact Juggling part 1

Contact Juggling part 1
I previewed this DVD and it's a bit hokey at times, especially the end with the philosophies or whatever.  But it has some of the silent practice sections like the blank ones on youtube.  But I really liked it so far.  

Flags set in aqua with the Axis Flow Flags Basics
Flags are so much fun. They feel fun and sexy and fun!  Like stunning and graceful.  The DVD was pretty decent, too.  There was a male instructor and female one.  There was always one to show the mood while one explained.  It goes through one flag moves and then the second half is two flag moves.  I've played with them a bit but nothing much.

Everything else I haven't gone through yet.  But I flipped through poi spinning and it looks great!  It even covers the 5 beat weave!  Yayness!


By the way, everyone should keep in mind about going to PlayThink this year.  Awesomness is brewing!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

My 2012 In Review (pics and vids)

The great thing about facebook is those apps that show up that will do your year in review.  I clicked the link and it was intriguing because my year involved hooping.  I guess it was a very big year for me.

Let's review:

  • In January, I was nominated for Newbie Hooper of the Year.  Since I started hooping, I wanted to earn a Hoopie.  Even though 2012 wasn't my year, it was an honor to be nominated.  One day, I will have a hoopie!


  • I entered the Hoop Camp contest and love what I did do with that.  You can see my progression as a hooper just looking at these contests!


  • In Spring, I entered Hoop Idol.  Cause I was insane, obviously.  I made it to top 10 which I should be grateful for.



  • My last video for Hooping Idol was very personal to me.  The reason why this video means so much to me is because this video is a very prettified version of my hooping story.  I have been told that I am too fat to do this.  I have been told that "if it burns so many calories, why are you still fat?"  I failed and failed and failed at hooping.  Through hooping I have found that I can be proud of my body, curves and all.  I wear sleeveless shirts now when I used to never.  I've gained confidence that I never had when I was 214 (my smallest weight).  I really thought it was a good video and I thought that people would vote me through.  Some of my friends have said, "well, maybe they thought it was that good that they thought others would vote for you and voted for an underdog."  I did cry when I lost.  If it had been any other week, I would have been fine.  So bringing my personal story into Hooping Idol was a mistake for me.  It basically put me all in.
  • I became a certified hoopnotica instructor for Fit and Dance.  I was able to meet Jen and Keith Moore.  Who are flippin awesome fyi.  Although my plans to show The Hooping Life did not pan through at all.  It was still a very fun and hardcore weekend!


  • Next, I went to PlayThink.  I had a neighbor who is awesome funny and cuts my hair.  Saw some amazing stuff and did some amazing things.  I loved PlayThink.  It was totally my speed and everyone felt like friends.  You should go to PlayThink this year.  Really, you should!  I also realized how much poi is an arm workout. Woooosh.  Another reason you should go this year: I'm going to be a teacher this year for the kid hoop classes.
  • Next, I tried to lose weight again and failed at some point during 2012.
  • I started hooping less.  I wasn't inspired to write and retired from writing at hooping.org.  I love hooping but with my work schedule and not feeling inspired, I couldn't do a thing.  I love hooping.org with all my heart but I couldn't do it.
  • I learned how to eat fire!
  • I started teaching at Women's Fun and Fitness where I taped my Be Calm video which was on hooping.org as a video of the day.  
  • I taught at Flow Camp.  Even though only one person showed up to my class, it was awesome!  I loved it so much!  Can imagine that the first year I was a beginner and now I was a teacher?  It was a great pleasure to meet my one student!  I love Flow Camp so much.  I did take a ton of Grimm classes.  Can you say mind blown?  He's a genius, I'm telling you!

  • I went to Florida Flow Festival.  It was amazing.  I really was going to write an article on it but I just didn't have the words.  Florida Flow was amazing.  I got to meet so many big instructors and learned so much.  I even go to play with some things I've been working on since the Slow Jams video.  Of course, I always get flak for my heavy hoops.  Every time I turned around, I seemed to be getting a comment.  I'm an adult people, if I really feel like I need to switch hoops, I will.  But I want to learn moves in my hoop so I can change the move as I need.  By the way, Rico is a boss.  He's hilarious and French.  But hardcore.  He made us run in a class. RUN.  My friend Michelle was like, "uh, Rico, I don't think we are used to running...."   Michelle actually reads my blog!  So it's pretty awesome to meet one of my blog readers!  Pictures were taken.  Lunch was had!  I took a few fan classes, long string flow wand class, beginner contact staff, poi and so much more.  Of course, hooping.  I mean all the instructors were amazing to be honest.  Every single one.  Casanda makes one hell of a festival!
  • When I came back from Florida, I found out I was "let go" at Women's fun and fitness with absolutely no notice at all.  I was upset and worried.  I hadn't been paid for the last month when I was told I would get paid that last Monday.  Those are days I could have came into work for overtime when they needed help.  It was just frustrating knowing that.  I'm afraid I'll never be a hoop teacher. :(
  • I was successful at Nanowrimo...finally.  Success is mine again!  Especially considering that I was on vacation the first few days!
  • I entered the Curvy Hooper contest. I captured some awesome stills.  I really love this video!
  • I learned the backwards 3 beat weave on one side in poi!













So that was my 2012!  Pretty amazing right?

What is in store for me in 2013?  Who knows.

I do know that the hoopies are coming, two more hoopnotica trainings, PlayThink, FlowVille (from the creators of FlowCamp) and the hoop camp contest.