Hi, dancing hoopers! I've been so MIA from around here for the past few months, and actually, for the past few weeks, I've been kind of MIA from the hoop as well. Does anyone ever have that happen? I think I stayed away from Hoop City just to give myself some breathing space. I'm active on a few on-line forums (videofitness, the historical fiction group at paperbackswap.com and here), plus I lurk around a few other on-line discussion groups (Ravelry and some other knitting sites), and cruise some blogs here and there. I sometimes get to the point where I feel like I spend way too much time in the virtual world and not enough time being present in the real one. You know? I mean, often it's almost as much fun to talk about hooping as it is to hoop, but sometimes I catch myself doing it and I wonder, "Really? Why are you sitting here reading/talking about something you could be actually doing?" LOL! (And yes, it is like that with all hobbies! If I can't actually be working out, reading, hooping or knitting, being on-line discussing or reading about those things (it seems weird that I read about reading!) is the next best thing. Plus it's fun to have dialogue with like-minded individuals!)
I also find I ebb and flow with things. I have many interests and some are in the front and center at times, holding my attention and others are on the back burner. Then something will shift them around again. LOL! I was obsessively hooping (especially with my minis) late last fall and earlier this winter, but in February I started a new fitness program, and I've been absolutely distracted and enthralled with that. My knitting has also been holding my attention. Hooping and reading have temporarily faded into the background. However, spring is in the air, and I sense a shift coming. Soon it'll be time to be outside - hooping and reading! Reading is much nicer to do in the hot sun than holding wool in my lap while knitting! And I think after being constrained for a long while with my indoor hooping space, I'm starting to feel stifled. I need to get out and hoop where I have some vertical space!
And finally, this time of year in Minnesota is not my favorite. I really dislike March. Eveything is in limbo. It's not quite winter anymore, but it's not quite spring either. Everything seems suspended in time. Winter lingers and hems and haws about going, spring is hesitant to really spring. Everything seems just blah. Hard to explain, but I always feel kind of restless and a bit dissatisfied with things this time of year. As the weather can't make up it's mind, I feel like I can't make my mind up about what to do or what to let intrigue me. I feel kind of blah myself. Soon, however, full on spring will be here. Once the snow is gone, the grass starts perking up and the buds appear on the trees, I'll be just fine!
So, maybe I'll hoop tonight. Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you're in a hoop funk it's best just to lay the hoop aside and not worry about, but sometimes if you just pick up the hoop and force yourself to play with it, your mood can suddenly shift. Time permitting, I'll give the latter option a whirl tonight!
What's up wtih you guys? What are you thinking? Feeling? Doing? How are things?
I'm very seasonal too. I go through phases with my hobbies, and even within a hobby, I'll go through phases where one area of focus holds my attention.
I was a beader for years, and now I find myself uninterested in it, even though I have enough tools and supplies to keep me busy for years to come even if I don't buy anything else. I could get rid of everything, but I learned from my crocheting not to do that. I had "given up" crocheting, sold and given away all my yarn and hooks, then one day I decided I wanted a non-wool beret. Couldn't find one anywhere, so I said, "I'll crochet one." Had to buy a hook and yarn, and my interest was reborn. Now I have a full set of hooks and three shoeboxes of yarn.
Same thing with hooping - I go through phases with it. Current phase is playing with my polypro hoop and learning to do jump-throughs. I'm also playing with more contact-style hooping than learning off-body tricks. I think my style is beginning to develop into what best suits me, rather than copying other people's moves.
I haven't been on here much lately either, but that's just another part of the phases thing. When I first started hooping and frequenting Hoop City, I was on here all the time, watching videos, reading journals and participating in discussions. And posting videos, of course. Then life offline reinserted itself into my consciousness, so I'm just not here as much.
I think that's healthy, though. I'd rather be doing something than reading or talking about doing it. :)
And now that I'm jumping through hoops literally as well as figuratively, my hoop practice has a freshness to it. Fresh is always good.
Good points, Tracy! I too have been guilty of just up and abandoning hobbies. I was an avid rubber stamper for years. I even sold stamps, earned cruises and did very well with it. One day I realized, "I don't even want to do this anymore." At first I thought it was just the selling part, like I didn't want my hobby to be one of my jobs anymore. So, I quit the company I worked for and just chilled for a few months. I didn't stamp anything, but I figured I just needed some time away. After almost a year, I realized I had absolutely no desire to stamp anything at all ever again. Boom. Just like that. Fortunately I was able to sell most of the masses of supplies I had, but I did end up giving quite a bit of stuff away just to get it out of the house. That was about three years ago, and I've never looked back. I picked up a catalog from the company I worked for not too long ago (a woman here in town still sells it), and I just thought, "Uggg. What a pain in the ass." LOL!
I worry that'll happen with hooping. Like one day I'll just be sick of it. I sure hope not. It would break my heart not to be a hooper. Then again, if I just don't feel like it, I just don't feel like it. I'm hoping though that hooping is with me for life. Sometimes when one of my hobbies isn't calling to me I start to panic and worry that my interest is permanently ebbing. Like I've been upset that I haven't felt like hooping a lot lately. It drives me crazy that I get upset that I'm not doing something I don't want to do! LOL! It's temporary though, I know. I'm already getting the itch. I think in the next week or two I'll teach myself a new trick. That usually sparks my interest.
Learning something new always reawakens my interest too, and getting (or making) a new hoop also helps because getting used to it is like learning to hoop all over again. My latest video combines the two - new hoop and new moves:
Playing with my new polypro hoop feels like rediscovering hoopdance. I love it!
Great job, Tracy! It does like you're really enjoying yourself just playing with the hoop, seeing what you and it can do! I loved the stuff you did around :26-:26!
I kind of felt the same with Breaks & Reversals. When I started that class a few months ago, it was like it total revolutionized my hooping. I need to get back to it. I haven't gotten through all the lessons yet.
Thanks, Shelley! (BTW, it's Traci with an i)
I'm so psyched about the jumping thing; you'll probably see a lot more of it in my videos from here on. :)
Hi, Jenny! I know what your mean about making space - I'm doing some of that too. Decluttering physically (cleaning out the closet and tagging and bagging things for our next yard sale), but also mentally by downsizing and storing away my jewelry supplies. I haven't made a piece of jewelry in a while, and while I don't want to get rid of all my stuff, I do want to scale back to just the essentials in case I decide to take the hobby up again.
I need to make the space for my hooping and my writing, both of which have been taking a back seat to the distractions in my life.
It's been quiet around here. Everyone must be too busy doing stuff to tell us what they're doing. ;)
Here's my latest playdate with the hoop:
I loved this whole video!!!! Yay for cheeky simultaneous hat/hoop manipulation! Well done!
Thanks, Kacie! Glad you liked it. :)
My latest endeavor is to combine hat play with linked hoop play. I just started a couple of days ago, and I'm seeing some potential with it.