November 2010 Journal Entries (178)


So this month, for the first time, I participated in NaNoWriMo, or writing 50,000 words in a month. It was crazy and hard and fun all at the same time, and I wouldn't have done it if I hadn't seen the group here on thank you to everyone in that group for bringing Nano back to my attention.

I never would have thought that I could get 50000 words down for one story. I never thought I could actually write that much. I have always loved writing but struggled getting past the…  

Added by Amelia on November 30, 2010 at 7:14pm — 1 Comment

Dance the Paradox

From Elephant on 10/8/2010

A Reflection on Life, Rhythm and Movement Theory.

Somehow, someway in the midst of relentless travel, during my eager and curious pursuit of educational, recreational and vocational experiences and the dance between inward folding and outward opening that has been characteristic of the past 4 months…  

Added by Shakti Sunfire on November 30, 2010 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Night of Stars

Night of Stars

heaven's changing in a world of imagination.

fear no longer holds this kingdom's exhilaration.

connected in a vine, intertwined

mingling our souls from the inside.

oh yes, this heaven's a changing

in this soul of mine.

a landscape of dreaming, deep inside.

discoveries more complicated

decidedly chaotic and intrinsic

but still beautiful

i tell you no lie.

are you here,…  

Added by Sarah Bellum on November 30, 2010 at 4:22pm — No Comments

finding me, in the hoop

I am still learning and finding my center, but I'm feeling more and more comfortable inside the hoop. I don't learn tricks as fast as I would like, but I'm practicing daily. I'm sure I will feel better in coming months.

I wish I could pinpoint when I really started hooping. everyone on here has a hoopaversary, If I was really keeping track I guess it would be when I received my LED hoop. when was that exactly? Late spring of 2010 I guess. I think I'm gonna pick June 6th as my start…  

Added by Lori aka Glitterhoopz on November 30, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Dear Hoop; We're Moving,

In three and a half weeks, Nic and I are moving into our house and soon after that, Mason and Angie (our renters) move into their room. It has become our home and when we talk about going 'home' we have to determine whether we are talking about our parents' homes or HOME. We are painting the bedrooms, putting carpet in M'n'As room, turning the downstairs bedroom into a bathroom, laundry room, mudroom and fixing the drywall/plaster in the dining room and stairwell. After having the refrigerator…  

Added by RhiRee on November 30, 2010 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Try Hooping to Silence

And you'll find out that silence can be substantial. Not boring and certainly not without voice. And you'll hear your self. As I hooped today, the batteries got low and I had to ditch the iPod. What happened was phenomenal. I was suspicious. Will I be able to move feelingly without music?

At first it was stiff. Without music to occupy me, I had to manually do something with my mind. So I started singing a mantra to Radharani because She is the source of all inspiration, as Srila…  

Added by Omwoods on November 30, 2010 at 11:03am — 9 Comments

Vaudevillian Hoop Rolling

When I was in Japan, I got to briefly study Hoop Rolling with Naomi, director of Japan's Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation and a rhythmic gymnast since she was nine. Naomi could make a hoop roll and return to her in many unusual and inventive ways. Most of us are familiar with rolling a hoop in a line with back spin. Imagine being able to send your hoop off in a circle so that it sneaks up behind you like a mischievous child. It was fascinating and made me see hoops in a whole new way. It got me…  

Added by Caroleeena of Circles of Joy on November 30, 2010 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Love this site

The rallying together to address and stand up for issues is pretty damn heart-warming.
I may sidetrack on issues but never skirt 'em, altho I do wish to try hooping in a skirt one day (a kilt and also some hakama are on my to buy list)
Oh...I have two weeks to find a summer job as the music school I teach at closes for the summer break.
Righty....who needs a minstrel?

Added by Richie 'Monkey Mooncalf' Isaacs on November 30, 2010 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Every time you steal exercise equipment you make a hula hooper cry.

As often as we can, Kathryn, Lam and I get together to hoop at school. For a while we were hooping outside in the Quad, and we've tried hooping in the basketball gym in the Student Activities Center, but our favorite place to go is the aerobics room in the USCA Wellness Center. It has the perfect set-up- nice carpet, a sound system, regulated temperatures and mirrors. The mirrors are the best part. Whenever we hoop there I can feel myself get better- I never realized how useful they were to…  

Added by Scunshine on November 29, 2010 at 9:56pm — 2 Comments

Wow :)

Been a while since I posted! School is KICKING MY BUTT. I have never been so tired in my life. I have still been able to sneak in a hoop session here and there.

It is winter now, and that means no more hooping outside...unless you can manage to hoop in several layers, which I can't do :P

When I first started hooping, I was so set to learn everything, to become this amazing, well known hooper.

But now, I am satisfied with just my few tricks. It is good enough for…  

Added by Snarfy on November 29, 2010 at 7:52pm — 1 Comment


Tomorrow I have a full DAY OFF...heres my plan.

1.) Wake up & begin morning streches.
2.) Turn on music, begin morning yoga.
3.) Eat a health Breakfast.
-work on knee hooping and barrol rolls.
5.) Learn something new.

Added by Viola Lee Whoo on November 29, 2010 at 5:46pm — No Comments

Reflections on Mini Hooping from a First Timer

So, today I started my minis journey! Almost seven months to the day after I picked up a hoop and set out on my hoop path. Wow! I have some thoughts -

1. It's harder than it looks! Sandra warns in the introduction to minis video that mini hooping is hard. She isn't kidding! I spent most of my time today just trying to keep my planes level while learning to keep both hoops going at my sides. I dabbled a bit in timing, but for now, I think working on good planes in both directions is…  

Added by Shelley "HoopyChick" Gilbertson on November 29, 2010 at 3:26pm — 5 Comments

Knowing When to Say When or Stop Being Greedy!

I had somewhat of a revelation today or maybe it was more of a reminder. Either way, I learned something today and that's what matters.

In my quest to learn tricks in my non-dominant current (or with my non-dominant hand, foot, whatever) today in my hoop session I was working on a jump in. Passing the hoop horizontally around the body and then jumping in and bringing it to the waist. I can do this move reasonably well in my dominant current (to the left), so I figured it was time to…  

Added by Shelley "HoopyChick" Gilbertson on November 29, 2010 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

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Added by Troo Hoops on November 29, 2010 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Hoo0 boy

Alright, heres the deal with my life:

I have a plane ticket to San Francisco on January 9th, 2011.

With me I am bringing my dog, some hoops, and a suitcase.

and so far, thats my plan (i did have more of a plan, buuuut now i dont)

So, I just sent an email to my dad who i have never met, asking if he wanted to take me and my dog in at his apartment in Flagstaff, AZ.

And if not, im really afraid ill have to leave rose with some friends back home, and try my luck in the…  

Added by Kristiana Hoopstar Floyd on November 29, 2010 at 11:55am — No Comments

Hooping meets Meditation

I would like to offer a basic technique for a hooping meditation.

Meditation reduces stress, helps put your thoughts in order, restores energy, and connects you to your higher intentions. The benefits of meditation can be felt in as little as five minutes but for the best results try to set aside thirty minutes to an hour for this practice.

Find a quiet place where you can practice undisturbed, somewhere that you can relax. If you would like, stage the meditation area a…  

Added by Lotus on November 29, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

2011 Goals

I wanted to write down a list of tricks I am hoping to work on/perfect over the winter in time for festival season next summer :) I have decided that physically seeing a list of goals will help to keep me hooping in the cold weather and keep working hard. This list may expand/change as I progress.

To improve on:

-Chest hooping

-Hooping on one leg

-Elbow passes (vertical and horizontal)


To learn:

-Vertical chest hooping


Added by Allyssa on November 29, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

all i want for christmas is my first led hoop!

good morning :))))
today has started off wonderfully. Just got back from denver for the holidays and awesome hoop pictures will be posted soon! having trouble postinh videos tho :/
jammed with the roomies while we had fresh fruit for breakfast. heading out to get a good hoop sesh in. ive been practicing doubles for about a week now and its starting to come together! now if i could just save up enough for an LED! keeping my fingers crossed

Added by Regan Moonchild on November 29, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Burlesque shopping!

Just placed an order for some cute hot pink heart shaped pasties and The Burlesque Handbook by Jo Weldon! So happy! Got a hot pink feather boa the other day and am totally enamored by it. So stoked!!! I'll be a burlesque queen in no time! haha :P

Added by GlowBunny on November 28, 2010 at 10:25pm — No Comments


Totally just knocked myself in the nose with my hoop. Made my eyes water and had to set the hoop down for a minute.

All is good now. Back to it!

Added by Guru Darshan on November 28, 2010 at 7:03pm — No Comments

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