Putting myself out there

This video was taken of me doing a pole routine about a year ago. It was part choreography, part freestyle, and all me. I had seen videos of myself on the pole before, and always thought to myself things like "ugh, do I really look like that?" and oh man, no one needs to see that". You know, all f the negative things that we say about ourselves but would never, in a million years, dream of saying … [Read more...]

Redefining sexy – an interview with Sheila Kelley, founder of S Factor

Recently, I was given the amazing opportunity to interview Sheila Kelley.  Sheila is the founder of S Factor, and is on a mission to redefine the meaning of the word "sexy".  She stirred up pre-conceived notions about "stripping" when she debuted her striptease inspired workout, S Factor, on the Oprah show in 2003.  There are now seven S Factor fitness studios across the nation and Kelley is … [Read more...]

10 awesome things about me

I've been slacking on my Monday Listicles participation for the last couple of weeks.  I hate the feeling when life gets in the way, and it doesn't really feel like a good excuse, but right now it's all I've got.  Of course, wouldn't you know it, the week that I am able to jump back into the party, the topic, chosen by Mrs. M from The Bonny Bard was "10 great things about me".   Ahahahahaha, um, I … [Read more...]

Gut check time (aka a lesson in humility)

Two months ago I decided to take a huge leap of faith the next step in my pole journey and signed myself up for our advanced level class.  I decided that it would be best to stay in my Grads class as well, but thought that I really wanted to push myself to the next level as well.  Grads class incorporates all the things I love about pole, through choreography, new moves, and a killer ab, butt, and … [Read more...]

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...]