30/30 – Days 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23

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Sunday 19th October

Greetings from a beautiful sunny Sunday in London.
A busy day yesterday meant that I woke up this morning with a major decision to make, to hoop in the park or buy food to eat later, hooping won.
That was hilarious until it occurred to me that I might regret it later when I was hungry, then realised I could do both.
Took my hoop shopping, bought food, chatted to a lady pushing her baby in a buggy on the way home, chatted to more dog walkers than usual in the park and kept out of the way of the rugby lads training on the other side of the field.
A deliciously gorgeous handsome jogger smiled and said hallo to me as he ran by, sending my knees into a bit of a quiver.
Spent far too long in the park but was having so much fun feeling progress with my one handed helicopter and handspins that I didn’t want to go home.
Love reading all your stories everyone, I think we’re all doing really well.
11 days to go, have fun and happy hooping, CC xx

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A few words I shared for my day 19 challenge check in on facebook

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Yes folks I actually convinced myself that I had to make a decision between eating or hooping and hooping won.
I’m so glad I eventually worked out that I could do both, not to mention the small fact that going without food would have meant I wouldn’t be able to hoop anyway.
That’s just a small consideration of course.
I did make myself laugh though when I realised that I was probably losing some sense of reality by other people’s standards.
Then again I stopped being like other people a long long time ago.

Had a lovely chat with a lady pushing her cute little baby boy in a buggy on the way home from the early  morning supermarket shopping expedition.
She asked about hooping and said that she’s seen me at the park a few times during the summer.
Well of course there was no denying that, not even if I wanted to.
I love going to the park with my toys and if my presence inspires other people to give this wonderful activity a try then everybody wins.

 

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Monday 20th October

Greetings fellow challengers, from London on a bright, clear and breezy day.
This shoulder hooping lark is so much fun.
I’m really glad I stopped telling myself that I couldn’t hoop in the ‘wrong’ direction.
Once I realised that there was no ‘wrong’ direction I set about changing my self-limiting beliefs and put in the playtime to change my experience.
Now I can shoulder hoop in both directions.
Yay, what a rush!

Kelley – I quite agree, I love morning hooping too
Josie – well done, it feels really great to get the hang of a hoop technique and you just want to keep doing it
CoCo – ‘Helicoper! Helicopter!’ that is so cute
Crixx – you’re an inspiration

Yes it’s true we’re 2/3rds the way through and it’s so satisfying to know that it’s “downhill all the way”.
Have a great day fellow downhill challengers, CC xx

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A few words I shared for my day 20 challenge check in on facebook

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Well, I’ve discovered a lot about myself during this challenge, particularly as one of the things I decided to concentrate on was hooping in my ‘second current’ as it’s so lovingly called in the community.
I naturally spin the circles to the left and was happy with that until I discovered that there were things I wanted to try which entailed being able to spin the hoop in the other direction so I had to relearn right from the beginning it seemed.

Of course this was a little disheartening at first because it took me months to shoulder hoop as it was, so the thought of starting again wasn’t much fun but I decided to focus on the goal and now I feel like I’ve achieved it.
Wow, what a rush!
I used to say ‘I can’t’ and now I say ‘I can’.
Now that’s a result.

 

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Tuesday 21st October

Greetings from a breezy (intermittently) sunny day in London
mostly foot hooping today, lying on my back changing feet, getting into a flow, enjoying the rhythm of the music, giving my body a rest after concentrating on so much shoulder stuff in the past few days.

Deborah – a cat playing in the leaves, ha ha sounds like me.
Holly – today is another day so pretty pretty pretty
Crixx – you’re not giving up on anything, you’re amazing, anyway it’ll be fun to focus on your LED twins
Janet – your foggy hooping sounds magical
Ady – totally agree, way more fun than sit ups
Che – “that’s what I did” hilarious! I think my hoop has a mind of its own too, I really think it does.

Wow we’re all doing so well, 9 days to go, have a good one, CC xx

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A few words I shared for my day 21 challenge check in on facebook

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Yes I’ve mentioned foot hooping before, it is so much fun to be able to teach my feet to do things which seemed impossible a few months ago.
This hooping lark increases confidence in a multitude of ways and foot hooping is just one of them.

 

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Wednesday 22 October

Greetings from London and it’s way past Cee Cee’s bedtime.
I’m still up because I’ve just returned home from a fantastic hooping tricks class with the amazing
Anna the Hulagan of London Hula Hoopers at a venue on the other side of town.
Was quite a trek for me and the journey was a bit of an adventure but soooooo worth it.
Had a great time, met some fab people and rocked to some fun music.
8 Days to go, have fun everyone, CC xx

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A few words I shared for my day 22 challenge check in on facebook

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made a long journey to the other side of London to a new tricks class run by a wonderful teacher.
I’ve been to her classes before in South London but she’s changed her programme, so  I decided to try one of her other venues.
I’m glad I did, the journey was worth it, definitely.
I met some wonderful people, learned some cool stuff, strutted my stuff to some great music in a fantastic place with high ceilings and had a super duper time.

I talked briefly to Anna about a move I’ve been trying all summer and she suggested I have a go with her own hoop.
Woah! I did it!!
What a difference a hoop makes.
So all this time I thought it was me and it was the hoop after all.
I thought they said that a bad workman always blames his tools.
Well it appears that sometimes a change of tool can make for a better job.
I was hooked, I wanted, needed, craved a new hoop and thought about it all the way home.

Met a couple of chaps at a bus stop on Euston road while I waited for the bus home, they asked me for directions and one of them said that I look like his second wife.
Then he said, “I have to get rid of the first wife though!”
What a joker.

 

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Thursday 23 October

Greetings from London
calm gentle hooping session today after a trip into town to buy myself a fancy new hoop, ooh what a treat.
I decided to go gently because I’m still feeling the effects after my class last night, so indulged myself at home later this afternoon with some silent isolations and meditative balancing.
Wow it felt really good.
7 days to go, have fun everyone, CC xx

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A few words I shared for my day 23 challenge check in on facebook

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I’m not kidding I was worn out after yesterday’s adventures and I really shouldn’t have gone out travelling across town again just to buy a new hoop but I couldn’t get it out of my mind.
A sensible person would have bought it online or waited until another day.
I wasn’t being sensible so I didn’t choose either of those options.
I took myself to the circus shop and carried my purchase home. The trip to Camden did give me an opportunity to chat to a market stall holder who asked me about hooping when she saw me walk past with my red plastic circle. She described her attempts and difficulties, I offered suggestions, she felt better and said that she was inspired to try again.
There you go, job done.

Phew, that’s probably quite enough for now folks, thanks for visiting, thanks for reading and wishing you a wonderful day of fun and laughter.
Bye for  now, CC xx

30/30 – Days 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18

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Tuesday 14th October

Greetings from London on this lovely day.
Woke up at 4, breakfast at 5, out for a walk at 6, hooped at home at 7 and finished by 8 ready for another breakfast!
I’ve always been a morning person and today I bounced out of bed with an urge to go for a walk before day break. I really enjoyed being out early.
Today’s first hooping session was much like yesterday all about the shoulders, shoulders, shoulders.
I’m glad I concentrated on shoulder hooping, I’m enjoying the feeling of some improvement. Not the whole time but that’s where my drill focus was, the rest was playing instead of practising.

Ady – hoop marks on the walls, how funny, I have those too
Che – I remember your sword hooping film from last week, it was impressive
Amber – happy birthday to your husband
Jamie – you sound like you’re doing brilliantly for someone who’s just started, I hooped at home for over a year before I ventured outside, so well done.

Have a great day everyone, only 16 to go, CC xx

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A few words I shared for my day 14 challenge check in on facebook

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Oh yes, I’ve always been a morning person and I felt like I’d done a day’s work before other people were thinking about what to do next. Yes I get up early but I go to bed early too because I really like my sleep and rarely sacrifice it for, well anything really.

I laughed when I read someone else’s update that said she had ‘hoop marks on the wall’. I laughed because my beautiful white walls and ceiling all have different coloured scuff marks from the impact of my different coloured hoops. Well I think it’s funny anyway.

Thankfully I’ve managed to contain my enthusiasm a bit more so now the interior of my home doesn’t seem to be suffering quite as much. Of course my outside play is a great help and gets my desire to throw the hoop out of my system.

 

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Wednesday 15th October

Woo hoo what an amazing day, hooped after work and now off out with friends for the evening.
Yay, we’re all half way through the challenge, just 15 days to go, have fun everyone, Carole from London xx

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A few words I shared for my day 15 challenge check in on facebook

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Yes my day was amazing but every day is like an adventure for me anyway so that is pretty much how I express my feelings for my day and I do my best to reach for that and not allow the unexpected or the unnecessary to negatively affect my day.

Didn’t go out after all which was fine by me because I had the fun of chatting to my wonderful daughter on the phone and enjoyed spinning a few more circles before I went to bed.

 

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Thursday 16th October

Greetings from sunny London well it is now after a rainy start to the day.
Shoulder hooping breakthrough today, I’m quite proud of myself.
Spinning in my second current was ‘suddenly’ easier today.
Not that sudden really I’ve been working on this baby for months!
Anyway, I discovered that it was easier when I realised that I wasn’t counting just hooping.
Woo hoo! What a rush.

Ady – yay, your current shoulder hooping story sounds like mine, it feels great doesn’t it?
Tina – hooping in the dark, awesome!
Crixx – last few weeks and still energy to hoop, you’re a star
Susan – your mother sounds great
Jackie – ha ha palm spins feel like magic don’t they?
Nicole – I’m guessing cat, hoop, mug, smiling and love. Am I close?

Wow, I feel like I’m sharing this challenge with an amazing bunch of people, I love reading about how we’re all doing this together.
Bless you all, 14 days to go, Carole xx

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A few words I shared for my day 16 challenge check in on facebook

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Well, my intention is not to focus my blog attention on hooping challenges, achievements or frustrations but I feel the urge to share a few words about this shoulder hooping lark. It’s awesome!
For me the mindset had to change before I could even attempt to do what I can do now. I’m thrilled to bits that I stopped telling myself that I can only spin the hoop in one direction.

Woo hoo now I can happily shoulder hoop to the left and to the right, now that’s a result. I’m telling myself that if I keep at it, I can only get better and better.

I’ve done the same in many areas of my life, relationships, work, health and now shoulder hooping. I told myself I could do it first, gave it time and attention and now look. What a rush!

 

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Friday 17th October

greetings from sunny London everyone, weaves and isolations today will play with some foot hooping later, 13 days to go, have a lovely day, CC xx

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A few words I shared for my day 17 challenge check in on facebook

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Oh yes I mentioned foot hooping a few days ago, I love being able to add this to my playtime because at least it gives my body a rest because if I get carried away my body lets me know.

Everything in moderation right?

My children started saying that to me because I said it to them so often when they were growing up.
Funny how they accept the wisdom of it now.
I’m blessed that they listened.

 

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Saturday 18th October

Greetings from London on this glorious day.
Played with my hoop after work, great way to get and stay in the zone.
Wow this concentration on my shoulder hooping is really paying off, I’ve taken myself to a place I thought was impossible when I started and now I’m surprising myself.
Woo Hoo! I’m off to make some delicious food and getting excited about tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing. I just love that show.
Have a fabulous day everyone, 12 to go, CC xx

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A few words I shared for my day 18 challenge check in on facebook

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To be fair I have no trouble getting ‘in the zone’ because I incorporated meditation into my life several years ago now so it’s just something that I do without having to make time for it, there’s always time for it.

I love noticing that the mind empties easily while hooping too, I guess all that concentration on keeping the thing going really helps.

Of course there has to be more to it than that because when I started I just got frustrated with not being able to control the plastic tube.

Once again, it’s not what you’re doing that matters, it’s how you feel about what you’re doing that makes the difference.

Well, that’s all for today folks, thanks for visiting and have a wonderful time whatever you do.
Bless you all and bye for  now, CC xx

30/30 – Days 10, 11, 12 and 13

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Friday 10th October

Greetings from a beautiful sunny day in London
Discovered that I actually can do barrel rolls when I’m in the park and not even trying.
Woo hoo, what a rush.
When I try at home it’s a completely different story, so I’ll have to see what happens next time, perhaps the park success was a fluke.
I’m enjoying sharing this challenge, reading about other people’s fun, frustration, ups and downs.
We’re all in this together folks.
Sandra – happy anniversary for yesterday
Traci – I’m a fan of The Big Bang too, I just love that show
Crixx – you’re quite an inspiration
Ady – hooping after salsa, wow you must be really fit
Amy – free practice room wow, they sound like lovely generous people
Yay 20 days to go, have fun, CC xx

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A few words I shared for my day 10 challenge check in on facebook

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Yes I was in the park, in the circle, in the zone when I discovered that quite unintentionally I was whirling around engrossed in my music doing barrel rolls seemingly without any effort at all.
This was quite a discovery for me because when I try them at home they are a bit of a challenge.

So what’s the difference I wondered? Well maybe the clue is in the word ‘try’.

Interesting how this applies to so many things.
When we ‘try’ to make things happen they seem a long time in coming but when we let go, relax and allow things to happen, then they just appear in our lives.

This is a clear message I’ve learned on my spiritual path and I’m grateful for it and love how my love of hooping is a true demonstration of what I’ve learned all thanks to Abraham-Hicks

 

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Saturday 11th October

Greetings from a warm evening in London hooped after work and now I’m off to watch Strictly Come Dancing.
I love that show, it’s just the best entertainment on television and another reason that I love this time of year.
19 days to go everyone, CC xx

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A few words I shared for my day 11 challenge check in on facebook

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I like to think that I’m Strictly Come Dancing’s biggest fan but I somehow I think that may not be something I can prove.
I love the show and am totally devoted to it each year that it comes on our television.
I love the razzamatazz of it, I love the spectacle of it, I love the glitter, the sequins, the creativity, oh yes and the dancing is great.

I find it funny that even though I watch it avidly, devoted to the weekend shows and the weekday extra snippets of information and training footage, by the time the series finishes, I can barely remember who was on it.

By the following year I sometimes even forget who won the year before.
How is that even possible?

I guess that’s a by-product of living in the moment, being present and letting go of the past.
Seriously folks, if that’s the reason why I don’t recall stuff, then that’s fine by me.

 

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Sunday 12th October

Greetings from London on this beautiful sunny autumn day.
I love Sunday mornings and really found my hooping groove in the park this morning before the rugby boys arrived.
They churn the grass up something fierce, which makes sense I suppose because they’re running around with studded boots on wet grass.
Had a chat with a dog walker I see regularly who wanted to tell me about a hooping competition she watched on TV and the show made her think of me. Ah how sweet.
I adore hooping outside and I’m getting in as much one handed helicopter practice as I can before the cold weather sets in.
I drop the hoop a lot doing this trick and there’s certainly no room at home for the amount of space I seem to need to TRY and do it.
I’ve been working on this move all summer, thanks to an amazing Lisa Lottie tutorial.
I really really want to be able to do it and it’s really really hard, so it’s taking me a really really long time but I really really don’t care because one day it will feel really really awesome.

I’m still enjoying this challenge and I love reading about how other hoopers are getting on.
Dot org – thanks for the info on the significance of the number 12, I might check out some of those magical references, they sound interesting.
Philo – dancing and hiking on the same day, wow that’s impressive.
Kristin – perhaps no room to hoop on your flight to India but the locals will love it when you arrive. Have fun.
Rachel –hooping in the foothills, the scenery looks beautiful around you in your lovely picture.
Crixx – love the hooping hanger, very creative.
Hannah – ooh you went Disneyland, I’ll bet you had a great time. I’ve never been but would love to go and I’m sure that if we had one in London I’d probably go every week!

Like I said before, we’re all in this together folks. I think we’re all amazing, 18 days to go, bless you all, CC xx

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A few words I shared for my day 12 challenge check in on facebook

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Oh yes I do love Sunday mornings, I’ve always been a morning person, a character trait which was unacknowledged by me until I tried two month stretches of night duty ward allocations during my nurse training many moons ago.

I couldn’t work out why I was having such a hard time adjusting to the temporary timetable when my colleagues seemed to have no problems at all. Sleeping during the day was not working for me, so throughout the ordeal I felt worse and worse. Of course there was a certain amount of catching up which could be done during my days off but I was young, sociable and very active and didn’t really want to waste my days off by sleeping my way through them.

Somewhere along the line I attended a sleep seminar and a sleep workshop, they were a revelation to me. I understood more about the magic of sleep and I understood more about myself.

Then I discovered the Teachings of Abraham and the Law of Attraction and I learned not only the effects of sleep but the true meaning of sleep.

I have never compromised on sleep again, not once.

As for my one handed helicopter, well what can I say, I look forward to the day I can do it because even in this experimental, learning stage it feels like it wants to be my move already.

I’m eternally grateful to the fantastic Lisa Lottie, a star in her own right, who collaborated with the wonderful Deanne Love of Hooplovers and presented a one handed helicopter tutorial which set me off on the road to feeling more love for my hooping.
Let me say I still find it amazing that I could love this hobby more than I do but I keep coming across new dimensions to this circle creativity and I feel blessed.

 

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Monday 13th October

Greetings from a wet and windy London town.
Today I had a session where it was all about the shoulder folks, shoulders, shoulders, shoulders.
I’m going for less wobble and more flow in both directions.
Let’s just say, it’s a work in progress.
Thanks to everyone for posting, your stories are wonderfully inspiring and entertaining.
Judy – 5 hours of hooping in the street with a giant hoop, wow!
Becca – sunset hooping sounds magical
Rachel – well done for teaching yourself a needle and wool skill, perhaps you’ll crochet and hoop at the same time one day.
Nicole – your long exposure picture is simply beautiful, you look like you’re in a bubble
Gennie – love your shy salsa partner idea, I had fun visualising that.
Sarah – you’re right, it’s never too late to start playing and that’s my excuse when my adult children tell me to grow up!
This challenge is quite a commitment and I think we’re all amazing for taking part.
Woo hoo! 17 days to go, CC xx

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A few words I shared for my day 13 challenge check in on facebook

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So when I started hooping I was incredibly proud of myself for being able to keep the circle thing going at all.
Then I learned how to hoop around my shoulders.
It took me months to get the hang of it but I got there.
Again I was immensely proud of myself for accomplishing something that seemed impossible for me at first and I only kept going because other people seemed to be able to do it, so why not me?

Then I saw people hooping in both directions not just on their waist but on the shoulders too. I tried it, couldn’t do it and didn’t bother any more.
I mean really, what was the point?
Why did I need to be able to hoop in both directions anyway?
I could already spin it in one direction so surely that was enough wasn’t it?

Like I said I was proud of myself for what I’d already achieved and didn’t see any sense in making myself feel less than wonderful by wishing I could do something I couldn’t.
Anyway, my excuse was that I don’t write with both hands so why should I force myself to hoop in both directions.

Well all of that was okay until I came across ‘breaks and paddles’.

Ouch!

They not only looked cool but I was convinced that they’d feel really great to do. So that was my reason for wanting to learn them.

It was back to the drawing board for me, I reset my brain to beginner mode and started training myself to hoop in my second current as it’s lovingly called in the hoopdance world.

What can I say? After months and months and months of trying, trying and trying as well as remembering to maintain my enthusiasm and not allow frustration to make an appearance, I can now shoulder hoop in both directions. What a rush!!!

Ooh now I’m so excited I want to go and shoulder hoop for a while.

Back soon, thanks for visiting and happy hooping everyone, CC xx