Can you take a compliment?

Have you ever had one of those days where you are feeling grumpy for no good reason, or just bitter at the world?  I know that I have, and one of the things that cheers me up like nothing else is getting a genuine, sincere compliment from someone. Now, let me be honest with you here and say that I don't take compliments well.  I am one of those people who will try to slough off the compliment, … [Read more...]

A change of style?

Sometimes, you just need a change. Maybe it is a change of routine, maybe it is that you need to add something new to you life, and maybe it is a change of style. In the last year and a half, I have added the first two things, and now I think that it is time that I am due for the third. When I started pole fitness, I was not happy with myself, or how I looked. I had gone back to work after … [Read more...]

Adventures in acro balancing

Tonight, M and I participated in an acro balance workshop.  If you have never heard of Acro Balance, check out this video by Blink Acro.  Jason was the guy who taught us tonight, and they are truly amazing. It was a really fun workshop, but it was challenging for both of us in ways that I don't think we expected.  We started with moves on the ground, and moved up into the air.  I loved the … [Read more...]

My lightbulb moment

Last night I had a bit of a pole epiphany.  I've been struggling lately to find my way when it comes to pole stuff.  The shoulder injury certainly isn't helping matters at all, and it looks like it will be something I will be dealing with for a long while to go.  I saw my doctor last week, and she thinks that it's likely a torn rotator cuff.  Since it is going to be a year before I can get an MRI … [Read more...]

Self doubts and perceptions

Self perceptions are a funny thing. Sometimes I wish that I could look in the mirror and see the same thing that everyone else sees.  I wish I could see the beauty that my husband sees, the the funny, confident person that my friends see, and the person that my son sees.  Instead, every time I look at myself, in the mirror, in pictures, through a glimpse in the window, I see the opposite.  I see a … [Read more...]

One word for 2012

It's the first day of 2012, and although I know that I could make New Years Resolutions, I know that I won't stick to them.  Instead, I am going to follow the lead of a number of people, including Amber at www.strocel.com, whom I've known for longer that I will admit to you, and come up with a word that I will try to live by for the next year. Sound easy?  It wasn't for me.  It's been a big year … [Read more...]

Pushing the limits and breaking barriers

Tonight was a great night.  My limits, both physically and mentally, were pushed.  When I thought that I couldn't possibly do something even one more time, someone was there to help me up and give me the kick in the butt I needed to do it.  As I write this, I am exhausted.  My body is covered with bruises and pole burns, and tomorrow I figure that I will probably feel like an old lady, and be … [Read more...]

Unexpected changes

Sometimes, as I learned today, the changes that we are working towards don't always looks as we expect them to when we arrive.  I was at the store this afternoon with my husband, and I tried on a new ski jacket.  I have been going to the studio regularly 3-4 times a week, and have cleaned up my eating dramatically.  People have been commenting on the changes that they see in me.  I figured that … [Read more...]