This post was a request I made to my closest college mate, Jessica “Mim” George, who is a music devotee (blogging sometimes at my other love Pulp and Circumstance, Juiced! and of course here, about cupcakes whatelse?), lover of all things kitsch, street artist, crafter, and of course, hooper. She has recently taken to the old chidlhood love, the hula hoop, for fun and welp, when you think about it, excerise. Currently living way yonder in New Zeland, Ms. George is hoopin’ her way across the countryside and here’s what she has to say about it… hoop it up, will you? (Pictured: Jessica Hoopin’ across the Coromandel)
Rekindling the child within is easier said than done, especially when you’re faced with a nine to fiver and the ever-present pressure that life is short and you might not be living it up to its full potential. Hmm, just me? Nah I didn’t think so. In your mid-twenties, the good ‘ol quarter life crisis is peaking its evil head and it’s easy to feel like you might drown in the amount of choices you have. This is when you need to seek out the simple pleasures in life to keep you grounded, keep you sane. This is where I found hula hooping.
Now go and find your own hooping happiness!
Hips moving back and forth, arms up in the air and wind flowing through my hair, the hoop was the answer. It’s been only about a month and half now that I’ve been hooping, but in this short time I’ve managed to find that feeling of pure ‘no strings attached’ happiness. In addition to the happiness factor, I’ve also been able to share hooping with some of my friends and nearly every time they leave me saying they’re going out to buy a hoop of their own.
The best part is that because of the multiple online resources and thriving community of hoopers around the world, you can learn hooping on your own and find plenty of support on the net. If you’re keen to try your hand…and hips, and chest and neck at hooping, then the first place to start is www.hooping.org. Here you can find some of the information you’ll need to start hooping. If you don’t want to order a hoop online, then make your own! If you are feeling very DIY, which let’s face it you’re on this wicked crafty blog, so I bet this will be your cuppa tea, then check out this tutorial on hoop making. Once you’ve rustled up a hoop, check out the plethora of tutorials online. I can’t recommend SaFire’s hooping tutorials enough. She’s a lovely hooping maven with easy to follow tutorials for beginner’s through to those more advanced in the hooping ways. You can find her tutorials here.
For another adorable photo of my friend and her hoop, gander here.