Fun Hooping with Light Up Shoes

I can’t afford a new hoop right now, but I got some light up shoes to spice up my hooping 😉 I’ve decided to give the 30/30 challenge a try again this year with the intention of developing a hooping program for a Pagan Festival this summer. We’ll see what I come up with. Today, I just enjoyed my shoes 🙂


Mary Jane (that’s me!) on the Chris Silvio Show

Check me out on the Chris Silvio show! You’ll find out how I got involved with wrestling, hear some wacky stories like the time I was put on witch trial, Tarot reading and have some good old fashioned fun. Crack open a beer, and hide your kids because this show isn’t for children … in fact … nothing I do is … lol

Chris Silvio Show

The Glamorous Life

This week I was the guest on the first episode of First and Foremost as well as the Chris Silvio Show! I had both interviews on the same day plus OVW TV taping, which was fun. I talked about all the awesome artists out there on the internet that inspire me. Art encourages us to take control and create the world we want to live in. I talked about all the kinds of art that inspire me — Wrestling, visual artists, fashion designers, actors, magicians, people who practice divination (is there a word for that???), dancers (all kinds), musicians and writers.  So if you like art, tune in and you’ll get an earful!

I’ll post the links to the Podcasts when they go up, but for now, stay tuned 😉


Bali in 2 Weeks!

My trip to Bali in just 2 weeks away! I’m getting so excited! My mom gifted yoga classes to me to help me condition for retreat. It’s going to be intense. I’m sore today from my first yoga class, but in a good way.

I’m focusing on becoming a more graceful hooper while I practice. I’m still doing the 30/30 Challenge but I must admit, I’ve lost a little steam. I’ve missed several days because preparing for Bali is just taking so much energy! I picked up extra hours at work so I’m feeling the grind!

I got together with Blue Moon Circus over the weekend and they helped me make a video for my GoFundMe. I need help with paying for my plane ticket to Bali and any contribution is appreciated! Here’s our video! It’s funny and silly.

That’s all for now!


30/30 Challenge Days 5 and 6

Oh wow, look guys! It’s almost been a week. Are you getting stronger? Have you improved your flow and your endurance. I can say yes to all of these. I feel my muscles tightening up and my good, solid flows are getting longer and easier.

I only hooped for 20 minutes yesterday so I didn’t fully meet the challenge. I think the sushi I ate for dinner wasn’t very fresh which caused me to feel all kinds of spinning in my stomach when I spun my hoop. I hooped as long as I could take it and then crawled into bed for the night.

Today was a lot better! This has been the 2nd day this year that I hooped outside. It was refreshing to have space and not have to worry about bumping into walls and random shit in the house. Spark Girl challenged me to start using 3 hoops after my twin hoop video so I dug out an old polypro to use as my 3rd hoop, threw on some psytrance and got to work. I can keep 3 hoops going on my body and played with off the body shapes. I was really proud of myself.

And the journey continues …

30/30 Challenge Day 4

SparkGirl asked for a video so here it is! I thought this double hoop flow was good enough to post. I keep saying I’m going to do three hoops but I never get around to putting in the time to learn three. I am not topless, FYI. I’m wearing a pink shirt!   The less clothes I’m wearing while I hoop, the better, so excuse my half nakedness if you’re easily offended by bodies.

If you’re doing the hooping challenge, I’m taking submissions so please send me your videos, reflections, playlists, tricks you want to learn, etc. and I’ll post it on my page. Happy hooping! challenge

Days 2 and 3 Hooping Challenge

Yesterday was busy, busy, busy so I didn’t have a chance to blog about my my hooping challenge but ironically, my busy schedule is the driving force behind the challenge. Between an intensive tarot class (you can learn all about that over on here), working doubles at my job, applying for a grad program and writing a novel, studying mysticism and mediation, my schedule is really packed. But most of those activities involve the mind and spirit and not my body. It was time to pull my body into it.

An object at rest stays at rest is what I found out. I started writing a novel last summer and I got kind of lazy. I stopped feeling as spunky and playful and youthful as I felt when I was hooping all the time.  So I decided to make the hoop challenge main focus getting back in shape and getting movement back into my life.

I always find foot hooping to be one of those tricks that looks cool but the transition from standing to laying down to standing again can be awkward. It’s funny because I saw all kinds of cobwebs on the ceiling that I wasn’t even aware were there when I was laying on the floor foot hooping.


So practice foot hooping if you want to see how dirty your house really is. lol.

As always, the four years and counting battle with leg hooping continues. Honestly, I use a 33″ in and I think that may be part of the problem.

The fun tricks I’m working on involve playing with gravity and physics to see how I can make the hoop appear as if it’s “floating” without using my hands. I’m also into seeing how I can make it slide around my body as I step through it without using my hands. The illusion tricks are the ones I’m liking the most.

Today was a day that I wanted to make a video that was worth posting. I started hooping almost 4 years ago to the date and I wanted to show how far I’ve come. But I couldn’t catch that perfect video. There were parts that were good of all of them but I would fuck up or run into the counter because tiny space hooping is like that– lots of knocking into things because you have absolutely no room.

What I really need to do is can the performer attitude and just have fun. It’s been over six months since I was on a stage and I have felt so liberated since I stopped performing because I have the freedom to make mistakes. I need to value that for what it’s worth. Between yesterday, when I was just hooping for fun, and today, when I was hooping for a camera, I had way more fun yesterday.

Let’s see what happens tomorrow!

40 Day Hoop Challenge

Well, it’s the beginning of Lent and I’ve given up being lazy with hooping. I saw SparkGirl’s ( post on Tumblr about taking the 30/30 hoop challenge (hoop for thirty minutes every day for thirty days) and I decided to jump on board. I decided, however, to go for 40 days since everyone seems to be giving something up for Lent and although I’m not a practicing Catholic, it only seemed appropriate.

My goal for doing the challenge is to get ready for hooping season, get myself back in shape, push my endurance and learn some new tricks.

Tonight I hooped in my tiny kitchen while I was cooking dinner (knocked out two things at once. Haha!). I don’t know why, but I love hooping in small spaces. Maybe it’s because I learned how to hoop in Japan, the world capital of small spaces. I love how small spaces challenge me as a hooper. They force me to really pay attention to my movements and encourage awareness of muscle control.

I put my music on Random and this turned out to be my Playlist. Things got pretty old skool. I usually hoop to EDM so the heavy rock songs were a pleasant challenge.

  1. Amamania- Truth (Slow but good for a warmup, graceful flow)
  2. Depech Mode- Enjoy the Silence (More slow hooping)
  3. Smashing Pumpkins– The Aeroplane Flies High, Turns Left, Looks Right (This one was really interesting. I had a great flow going to this one. I may come back and try to do a video later).
  4. Blood Brothers– The Salesman Denver Max

I was able to pick up a few very subtle, new tricks so that was great. I also noticed that from years of dropping the hoop while hooping on my legs, I’ve developed a sort of Native American based hoop dance technique of kicking the hoop up after it slides all the way down my knees. It’s actually becoming part of my style and I’m getting to the point where I can really play around with manipulating the hoop when I feel it slip.

All and all,  a good first go!