Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin
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  • Kansas City, MO
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What to practice during recovery from foot surgery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin Jun 11, 2011. 5 Replies

On June 16th, I'm having foot surgery on my right foot and the left is scheduled for June 30th. Nothing major. I have flat feet which I've learned is responsible for many an issue I've had over the… 

Do you have a 'pet name' for your hooping sessions?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shaina Buhler Dec 11, 2010. 3 Replies

When I'm ready to hoop, I always tell my husband, "I'm going to go play for awhile" and he knows I'll be down the basement with the music blaring. He also knows that if he hears a 'thud' against the… 

Has hooping changed the way you dance without the hoop???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Olivia Winterbottom Dec 12, 2010. 34 Replies

I've grown to prefer dancing with the hoop, but I think I'm using my body differently now when I dance without it. I haven't actually watched myself, but I can say that it feels more sensual - freer… 

What are your plans for Christmas day?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anput Dec 9, 2010. 12 Replies

Our plans haven't completely firmed up yet, but we will definitely be in town. We moved back 'home' a couple years ago and it's so nice not to have to travel for holidays anymore - did that for 32… 

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Do you teach hoop classes? *Please only answer 'yes' if you teach classes on a regular basis.
What year did you start hooping? (e.g. 2003)
Who is your hoop mamma or papa? (The person who introduced you to hooping)
Actually, I stumbled upon it in an attempt to collect some exercise DVDs to encourage myself to be more active and not get bored doing the same thing every day.
Who's hoop style do you love? i.e. Who inspires you?
I enjoy all styles and watching all hoopers, but I am probably most drawn to those who move with grace as I am anything but graceful!
What is your goal for 2014 and why is it important? (Doesn't have to be hoop related.)
No earth shattering goals for 2014. Just want to keep hooping and see some improvement now that I've started documenting regularly. Other than that, my focus is on weight maintenance. Lost over 40 lbs last year (yet again) and I've decided that for me losing is the easy part. Keeping it off is what I need to learn. Hooping regularly really helps since it's the only physical activity I truly enjoy and don't have to make myself do it.

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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin's Journal

Still here and still loving it

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 11:43am 4 Comments

It's obvious I've been here awhile...just check the dates on the few journal posts I've made. And as the whole New Year/new start really does lend itself to contemplation, I've been thinking a lot about my hoop journey during my daily sessions.

When I first started, I thought I'd discovered a path to the greatest joy in the universe and I wanted to share it with everyone. I imagined I'd become an instructor just so I could spread the joy. But I realized I don't have to be an…


My Journey to Find Physical Balance

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 2:19pm 0 Comments

Where to begin? If I'd known how fascinating the journey to find physical balance would be, I'd have started this journal years ago.


I had the talotarsal dislocation corrected on my right foot on June 16th. It still hurts to put weight on it and I'm still using a walker, but the changes are phenomenal. I can stand on both feet and my right side…


Is hooping hard???

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Since I've been hooping, I've had a number of people want to give it a try. Some, of course, catch the hoop 'bug'. Others end up commenting, "Wow, it's hard" and simply give up. So I've been thinking a lot lately: IS hooping along with the associated tricks/moves hard?

I started answering myself with another question: What does learning to hoop really entail? Well, if you bring it down to the very basics, it's understanding the mechanics and applying the time and effort necessary for…


How weird is the sub-conscious mind!

Posted on December 9, 2010 at 7:41pm 0 Comments

I was just mentioning something in a forum about my balance (or lack therof). When I hit post, I saw my profile pic and it dawned on me that I must have subconsciously picked that particular picture. One of the desires of my heart is to have the ability to stand on one foot. Seems funny to me to even admit this when there are people with real problems. Thus far I'm unable to balance on one foot for more than a split second due to some vestibular issues I've been pursuing with the doctors.…


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At 1:47pm on February 22, 2011, Pixxy Haze said…
Good to meet you too, hopefully we will get to hoop together some more :)
At 2:23pm on December 16, 2010, Richie 'Monkey Mooncalf' Isaacs said…

(And thanks for the link!!!!!)

At 2:22pm on December 16, 2010, Richie 'Monkey Mooncalf' Isaacs said…

I meant to do that yesterday via a message but sidetracking and me, well, we go waaaaaaaaay back!

The best place to find my stuff is on a kinda hokey little critique site, all my stuff is there for a free download, I don't do the whole critiquing thing as I take stuff as it is BUT I DO like sharing so posted my stuff...and coffee (the latter maybe too much)

My alter ego has music too!


Hoop hugs!


At 11:23am on December 15, 2010, Richie 'Monkey Mooncalf' Isaacs said…

Hi!!! Nice to meet you!!! 

That lil bear was my much missed Japanese friend's son's bear so is used in conjunction with happy memories whenever I can :o)

I play & teach guitar for a living here in the city (the size of a U.S town!) of New Plymouth in little ol' New Zealand, used to play for a living but too many years before putting the ear plugs in has left me with tinnitus and the word 'pardon?' (or what!?!?!...depends on the mood!)

Oooh, one of my workmates has a Thunderbird bass...looooove those (and the Firebird guitar *sighs*) will share my music with yaz if ya want?

(I write lots)

At 8:45pm on October 18, 2010,
Stephanie Brown
Hey Paula, it was great meeting you too! I am hoping the weather is good on Sunday too! Hopefully will see you then!
At 8:24pm on October 17, 2010,
Charly Delaney
Hey Paula! It was great meeting you today! Thanks for all your tips, I can't believe I actually got the hoop to stay around my chest LOL
At 11:43pm on April 13, 2010,
Welcome to Hoop City! Enjoy!
At 8:49pm on April 13, 2010,
Welcome to Hoop City!!!
At 6:46pm on April 13, 2010, Jodi Flesberg Lilly said…
Welcome to Hoop City, Paula!

It's great to have another of my Hoop Dance Sisters here. I've just gotten started learning my way around. There are thousands of hoopers and tons of great hooping resources. I feel a bit like a kid on Christmas morning every time I enter Hoop City.


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