Archive for the ‘HulaHoopla’ Category
At the tail end of 2015, I found myself feeling depressed, unhealthy, unmotivated. Hooping has been in my life since 2009 but it had lost its shine. I’ve been stuck in a rut, mostly self-induced, and my brain has been processing what my next step should be.
The odd thing is, I KNOW hooping makes me feel good. Perhaps it boils down to feeling good about myself first and foremost, which I haven’t. I’ve been testing the waters on what makes me respond with positivity and right now it’s eating mac & cheese and binge watching Mythbusters. Hmmmmm….
I did make a conscious choice to be a hoop student again. I took workshops with Baxter and Gail O’Brien and although I was giddy from them, my hoop habits did not return. I have not given up hoop! uh, I mean hope!
Have you ever fallen into a hoop funk? I’m sure I’m not the only one. As I make other positive choices I’m sure my faith in the hoop shall return!
Here’s to hooping and happiness in 2016!
Well, where do I start?!!
First off, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Congratulations, Mr. President.
The First Family will be hooping in the White House for another 4 years. *happy sigh* Yeah, I know. Lots of work to do. Hopefully he’ll be kicking ass and taking names this term. No more non-partisan shit. That didn’t work so well. But I digress…
Hooping! yes, I’ve been hooping and have reached a strange crossroad. It’s been the one thing I do that makes me happy and has kept me sane through the unemployment, the financial disaster that is about to become my life. Folks are always amazed that I’ve remained so calm. Since I haven’t missed a mortgage payment, I haven’t hit full on panic – yet. But I am not making money doing what I love and I’m starting to struggle with that. If I end up counting on my hoop classes and hoop sales won’t that make my passion a burden? I’ve been feeling like removing the hoop making aspect of my business – getting the tapes and tubing out of my home and enlist someone else to make all of my hoops. It feels good when I think about it but if I don’t make them myself, are they really HulaHoopla hoops?
I took a couple of workshops recently with Brecken and Luna Breeze and it felt SOOOOO good to be the student again. I want to grow and pass that one to my students. My classes are still fun and rewarding. The rent is killing me but I know I actually have a good deal on the place where I teach. I think I need to ramp up the promotions.
And then there’s performing. I’d love to do more of that. Maybe get some corporate gigs with The Spinnerettes. Hmmmmmm….
I can’t be the only hoop business owner who has struggled with this. Maybe I need to start a collective where we can brainstorm, share our stories, help each other out.
I know I need to write more on this blog – I’m starting to feel better already!!!
I swear I will put episode 5 of the podcast with Annie Land up soon. I promise!
So here’s what’s been going on with me…finished rebuilding a 1977 VW bus engine; learned how to play a song on the ukulele for a performance; put together a new hoop troupe called The Spinnerettes (more on that to come!); performed with said ukulele and hoop troupe with the new Atomic Pro; decided to declutter my life of belongings and create a living space in my basement.
So as lame as my promise may seem, my intent is still there!! I PROMISE.
Holy cow! Made a very special journey to Lake Havasu, Arizona this past weekend to be with friends and Volkswagens (by other passion!). Lots of hoopers down there too so I got to do what I love and got a little TV time on the local station. Thank you TV45!
Watch it here.
And if you’re curious, here’s information on Buses by the Bridge.
For night time play and performances, I like to use an LED hoop. Well, I don’t make LED hoops and often get asked where to purchase one. There are so many great companies who make quality products. But I just bought an Astral Hoop Atomic Pro because I saw one at HoopCamp and it blew my mind!!! Check out their website and buy one of their hoops!!
And if you do, please use this code: http://astralhoops.com/r/Hoopanista.
Sort of like saying, “Tell them I sent you!”
I need to tip my hat to LED Heady Hoops for my very first LED hoop. I have since gifted that hoop to another hooper. I purchased my next two Trick Concepts hoops through The Spinsterz. Those are my workhorses. They go camping with me and have been to Burning Man twice. If you’re considering an LED, do your research and talk to other hoopers before making your choice. It’s a personal and exhilarating step in the hooping world.
We did some hooping at Center Stage Studios on November 29th. KPTV interviewed me about hooping during a hoop jam and put this nice package together that aired on December 7th.
Watch it here!
Just in time for the indoor hooping and gift-giving season!
I teamed up with a local hoop maker to create an exclusive line of HulaHoopla® Hoops AND I added a page on my website for the hoops and my t-shirts. Only took 2 days of laptop time. Holy crap! I added all new photos and a shopping cart. Take a peek! Or better yet, buy some stuff!
As I learn how to podcast I will be making adjustments with this site. Today I had to change the name from from Hoopanista to HulaHoopla: A Podcast for Hoopers to it is picked up on my RSS feed to iTunes. But the title is too long for the generic title section of the Home page so it just reads HulaHoopla: A Podcast for. I guess it builds anticipation! Well, if anyone out there is reading this and understands how to manipulate WordPress I sure could use a hand!
I can be reached at hoopanista (at) hulahoopla (dot) com.
I’m learning more about this podcast stuff and my ass is killing me! Too much time on the computer. ugh! Turns out that I cannot add posts to a page – I had set up a separate Podcast page on this blog. So it will be like a regular entry when it starts. I’m researching on where to host it and how to upload it so it can be found on iTunes. So much detail! But good news! It’s done and hoop sister Christy Taylor created the artwork from my logo, the font it was created with and a photo of me and my two hoop mammas (Merilieu & Nectar) at Burning Man. Ties a lot of cool stuff together.
If you have a hooping website or any graphic art needs you can contact Christy at christymtaylor (at) gmail.com.
So I’m gonna try the podcast thing. I’ve recorded and interview and an introduction and am about to embark on learning how to add music and fix the levels, etc. Yay!
Of course right off the bat I screwed up on my introduction and said I won a bottle of TEQUILA in a hooping contest. It was KAHLUA!
Fingers crossed that I pull this off and have a podcast for hoopers debuting on iTunes on 11.11.11 – World Hoop Day! In the mean time, I will do my best to add it to this blog and on my website.
- Hooping Funk
- Episode 16 – Bex Burton: Tuning in to the Universe
- Episode 15 – Philo Hagen: Hooping.org, Blogging and Modern Hooping Origins
- Episode 14 – Valentina Martin: Fusion in Life and Love
- Episode 13 – Carolyn Mabry: Caroleeena, YouTube, Putting the Dance into Hoopdance
- Exploring The Path
- Hooping Hub
- Hooping Video
- The Hoops – Of Course
- The Spinnerettes
- Astral Hoops
- Brecken Rivara – YouTube
- Burning Man
- Caroleeena – YouTube
- Caroleeena's Circles of Joy
- Caterina Suttin – YouTube
- eS-Bot HoopDance
- Fire Groove
- Hero Hoops
- Hoop City
- Hoop Convergence
- Hoop Dazzle
- Hoopcamp Retreat
- Hoopdrum Music & Dance
- Ipseity Designs
- Juicy Hoops
- LED Heady Hoops
- Luna Breeze Performance Art
- Onyx's Closet
- Rose City School of Burlesque
- Sparkle Movement
- The Hooping Body
- The HoopPath
- The Spinsterz
- Trick Concepts
- Unity Hoops
- World Hoop Day
- ZigZag Hoops
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