I'm always trying to find my balance...my latest article for Bad Kitty USA : 10 Tips For A Healthy Pole/Work/Life Balance. Avoid stress and find your balance with these 10 helpful tips... READ FULL ARTICLE HERE AT BAD KITTY
I'm always trying to find my balance...my latest article for Bad Kitty USA : 10 Tips For A Healthy Pole/Work/Life Balance. Avoid stress and find your balance with these 10 helpful tips... READ FULL ARTICLE HERE AT BAD KITTY
We love having student showcases so everyone can show off all of their hard work to their families and friends. We try to make them inclusive and a special event for the students. Even though they always appear to run smoothly there is a lot of hard work that goes into them. Here's a taste of just a bit of the madness and magic in the weeks before performance night...
So are we going to do a play or stand alone, yet themed performances? A play works better for everyone in the winter - themed showcase performances it is. Pick a theme...hmmm maybe Sci Fi . Yes sci fi works well for us.
Announce to students - they love this theme - good!
Sign students up for showcase.
Students start claiming songs - I've already claimed Space Oddity for my partner & I - she will be Major Tom to my Mission Control - fun!
Pick a date.
Pick another date because that date doesn't work for everyone...
then pick another frigging date!
Enough - lock date.
Try to figure out how to fit the showcase into our beautiful new studio.
Realize - there's no way in hell the showcase will fit in said beautiful new studio.
Stress over finding a showcase space that is affordable but will also support all of our rigging needs - preset points would be a godsend.
Come to the conclusion that most of the affordable spaces in Los Angeles don't actually have the rigging points or height that we need and we'll need to find a big, high, empty space plus bring in stage poles and a portable aerial rig.
In a moment of genius locate a space that actually has two different stage areas and allows us to have a separate aerial rig set up and a separate stage pole set up - do that little happy dance!
Decide on ticket prices.
Decide performance order. This is tricky as rigging point is not on a pulley and as much as I would like to break up apparatuses - it is way too much climbing for our rigging girl.
I selfishly want my partner and I to go first so I can enjoy the rest of the show (and maybe even sneak a beer) but we will start with pole. Okay then after intermission can we go 1st - nope. The cube is crazy heavy and it makes more sense to be preset. Hopefully I'll stay warmed up enough and relaxed until my routine - the beer can wait.
Start to promote showcase - I guess we are really doing this!
Set up free open practice time for students and have students start working with their instructors on their routines.
Start working on my hammock routine with my partner...oh and did I mention she's going to be away for a good deal of our practice time - stress over this.
Practice as much as I can with my partner - practice on evenings after work, practice on weekends, practice whenever we can, end up tweaking my back and bruising ribs but dammit - continue to practice! #aerialistproblems
Order really cute custom made costumes for me and my partner.
Struggle with our hammock set up - it has to be just high enough for me to be able to do a drop without slamming my knees into the ground but low enough that my partner can climb up on me and reach the secondary hammock. Finally come up with the perfect height combo.
Watch student rehearsals - it's a nice start but come to the realization that some of the routines still need more "story".
Plan a run thru of setting up the aerial rig and have students practice on it so they are used to the height & feel of the portable rig (much less bounce than our studio pulley system).
My partner wants to wash our double hammock - I don't. Break down and wash hammocks - but still think this is a bad idea as we have finally got the length correct and now we will have to re-tie everything.
Re-tie hammocks and realize you. were. right.
Where the fuck are our costumes?
Continue to rehearse...
Watch more rehearsals and beam with pride with all of the hard work everyone is putting in - routines, costumes and stories are really starting to come together!
Studio manager's boyfriend is going to do lighting - thanks!
Students ask to come in at ALL hours to rehearse their routines - I act just slightly semi-annoyed but secretly I'm actually very pleased with this. Oblige and schedule more rehearsal time for everyone!
Have a brilliant idea to change my costume, buy new costume - and am unilaterally told by everyone "NO that costume sucks" go back to cute custom made costume but refuse to wear "helmet" can't really hear music cues with it on anyhow.
Help instructors find Space Kitty costumes...this is not easy.
Find cool Space Kitty costumes on line and on sale score!
Sit down and make a list of everything that needs to happen the week before the showcase. I got this. Hell I do production for a living, we are in a good space. Make production schedule. I'm feeling super calm.
The week before the showcase...
Why hasn't everyone sent in their music yet? DJ is asking for music. Everybody send in your music!
Chairs - did you order chairs? Shit you did NOT order chairs? How could you forget chairs, that's like production 101. Student overhears your chair woes and has a great chair vendor!
Make arrangements, order chairs and plan to have them dropped off and picked up day of.
Videographer falls out...
Secure fab new videographer... yes steadicam is cool but um no - I don't think we REALLY need drones...thanks Trevor!
Make sure photographer is still avail - she is! Thanks Jazmin!
Crap when we moved we changed our insurance - pretty sure the new studio insurance only covers in studio student showcases...
Call insurance company and realize, yes you are correct, order additional "out of studio" showcase insurance coverage for the day.
I really just want to start drinking now but already feel like I look too large in my costume - which has finally showed up, is super cute but somehow a bit large on top???
Have one of your students alter costume for you - thanks Noelle!
Call performance space and make sure they can black out skylights in space so it can be completely dark - they say yes they can - no problem it'll be done before we get there day of.
The day of showcase...
Meet at studio early with hubby/co-owner and hammock partner and load up truck with all supplies rigging and apparatuses.
Drive over to space and secure parking...start unloading.
Sweat to death unloading items why is it so hot? Right because it's July, why did we do this in July? It's like 100 trillion° next summers showcase will NOT be in July!
Where is everyone? Ugh people are late & oh my god where is Tamysen with the aerial rig??? LA traffic is killing me we need to get that rig up!
People start to show up, aerial rig and poles go up. Chairs are being placed, chair vendor helps us unload all of our vehicles - Thanks!!!
Rigging heights are set - seriously why can't all the Lyra people use the same Lyra at the same height...
Lighting starts to go up - any color choices that weren't previously decided are locked. Lighting is beautiful! DJ is setting up.
Skylights that were not blacked out when we arrived are being blacked out.
Lounge spaces start to be created, furniture and wall flats are being moved.
Final run through and camera blocking happens. Things are smooth until MY routine - audio cable craps out and is only playing the melody??? For the record...Bowie sounds weird with just the melody. I guess it's better than during the show? I stop mid routine stressed because I can't really hear my music cues. DJ fixes problem and we continue - but now I'm "off" - just deal with it Lea...
Ticket area is finished - thanks for the offer but no - I don't think we have time to paint a flat with our logo...ticket girls work out kinks with mobile credit card swipper.
Dinner is ordered, space is prepped, we start to relax and snack on some protein and veggies...
Food and wine is put out for guests (& who knew they made star shaped cookies covered in chocolate with Pop Rocks on top - too fun!) Our secret stash of PBR for after our routines is hidden - um NO that is not for the general public s consumption please take it off the bar. One of the space rep stays and helps our pole cleaner/bartender with the bar/food area - so sweet (and yet i'm pretty sure it's because our pole cleaner is super cute) - thanks!
The stretching/dressing room is buzzing, last minute costume adjustments (for the record LED costumes can be tricky with hard apparatuses) makeup, glitter and lashes are everywhere.
People start filing in - lots of people. The turn out is great! The energy is amazing, the students are excited and ready! We've hit the calm AFTER the storm
It's time. It took a village but we are here. Lights dim, show starts, performances are beautiful and students are shining! Everyone is truly Floating In The Most (fabulous) And Peculiar Way!
At the end I am exhausted. I am ridiculously proud of our students and everyone who helped this night come together, we could not have done it without everyone's help - but I'm glad it's over. I sneak outside to the patio to have a few minutes alone, to reflect on the beautiful evening and of course can't help start planing themes for the next showcase - all while drinking my beer...
Did you ever want to try Pole Dancing or something else outside of the box - but didn't think you "fit the mold" ? Take a lesson from Roz Mays: A true diva that speaks her soul, defies social norms and proves there is no excuse not to try pole dancing or any other dream you might have. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE AT BAD KITTY
This year for me is all about getting healthy: I've quit smoking, I've decided I need to be kinder to myself with more "me time" and less work, I'm trying to figure out how to move to the beach, I'm working out all of my finances, I'm getting certified in Integrated Wellness and In an effort to eat less processed food I have broken down and finally bought a Vitamix (more on that adventure later). I really also wanted to try to grow my own wheat grass - I mean how hard could it be it's just a grass right? But would I be able to actually use it as fast as it grew? Probably not - so I thought "I'm going to need to figure out how to powder this". Once I looked around I realized it was MUCH easier than I thought - so no excuse not to try!
Here's a great Wheatgrass Powder DIY from Rachel Lee - check it out...
Homemade (garden-made) Wheatgrass Powder //
Posted on May 24, 2016 by rachaellee
Lately I have been sharing some DIY ideas straight from my garden, and today, it’s all about the wheatgrass. My little wheatgrass plant has been growing like a weed, and I couldn’t juice or use the stuff as fast as I was harvesting it! So, I decided to make wheatgrass powder for my daily smoothies and homemade skincare creations. I’ll get to those fun recipes sometime soon, but first thing’s first: How to powder your wheatgrass...
What the hell it’s like you kind of just disappeared?
Yeah – but I’m back, lord knows it’s taken me a long time to get here. The past year has been super busy for me. I’ve been working on my new web site (it’s going to be beautiful – here’s a sneak peak).
My aerial studio, Aeriform Arts, moved into a higher, bigger & better space and I’m in the process of completing my Integrative Wellness & Life Coach Certification. Which is not to say any of these items are an excuse to neglect my blog, but I needed a break.
I needed a moment to figure out what direction I wanted to take the blog and give myself the time to craft a plan. A MASTER PLAN…sounds kind of sinister but really I just needed the time. The blog is going to see a lot of changes in the next few weeks.
So I’m back and excited to see where the hell this is all going and happy to be able to get there with you!
Have you ever wanted to do something new but talked yourself out of it? I’m sure we all have at some point and while there are sometimes legitimate reasons to hold off – sometimes you just have to frickin jump! Having a plan is good but when “planning” overshadows “doing”, when we become stagnant, we need to look at what is actually holding us back.
Fear of flight and more importantly fear of failure can be overwhelming. I get it, I’ve been there – you don’t want to look stupid, you don’t want to be let down, you don’t want to be disappointed. The truth of the matter is if we never take that leap of faith, the true disappointment will be the regret of never having tried. Honestly what do you have to lose, if it doesn’t work out – and it might not, you can start over again but at least you tried. Life is growth and change, this all takes motion, I say jump!
1) Getting The New Career: This could be a new job, leaving a stable yet un-fulfilling job to start your own business “So babe did I mention I’m thinking about quitting the bank to start a Pole Dancing School?” or changing careers entirely “Yes mom I know being a lawyer is great and all but honestly I really want to be an organic soap maker for a living”. However you look at it it’s scary. I mean it’s a little less scary if you don’t have kids, a mortgage and/or a spouse, but it’s still scary. On one hand it can affect your finances, on the other hand it can affect your ego, it may create repercussions in your relationships, but in the end if you’re reading this and seriously thinking about a change all the time, if it is taking more and more sleep and more and more coffee to drag yourself to work, it’s probably time.
This is not to say you should just up and quit tomorrow, sure you need a plan but you also need to really move towards your end goal. Take it from dream to realty. Discuss it with the significant other, start saving cash, downsize and reevaluate/adjust your budget. You would be amazed at how much less money we spend when we are already happy. Our happiness at work is a huge part of our life equation. There is absolutely no point in slaving away at a job that makes us miserable until we are 67, life really is too short, especially after 67. You can have all the money in the world but if you are miserable, you are poor. So, go find that bridge job you can do in between gigs, set a “date” and then take the plunge.
2) The New City/Country/Travel: I live in LA and I love the beach, the sun, the weather. Sure I moved here for work but it was between NYC and LA and I chose the sun and the beach. I have so many friends that live in cites they hate with jobs they hate and complain that it’s making them miserable, but they stay. No guys in NYC to date – move. Too cold in the winter in Boston – move. Some don’t move because they are single and they won’t know anyone in a new place? I don’t get it, maybe it’s me but I see that as a cool plus. I mean if you were geeky in your past town/life, now you can be a rock star, you have a whole new dating pool, everything is new, you can start your life over, create a new destiny, to me new = infinite possibilities for adventure! Are you upset that you haven’t visited Italy – go! Where there’s a will there truly is a way. if you want it, find a way to do it and I don’t mean by “manifesting” it – that’s BS – well okay maybe bs is a bit harsh, it’s a lovely thought and all but I mean more like take. some. actionable. steps. Research the job market in the area you want to move to, stop eating takeout every night, buy groceries in the store, stop buying Starbucks, frickin get a credit card that gives miles or hotel dollars, pay ALL of your bills on said card and then go to Italy.
3) Being Single Again: Leave. You’re in a crappy relationship. You know it’s bad, you’re unhappy. He/she is a dick yet you stay. Is the bad that you know better than the unknown – NO. Leave. You’ve been dating a guy for 3 months and you are already in couples therapy – LEAVE. You’re getting this right? You know you need to, and yes it may be hard and it may screw you financially – in the beginning – but money comes and goes, your sanity and well-being – not so much. Staying for the children…a noble idea, BUT…and I may get yelled at here, lots of times we use this as a crutch. Leaving is hard but honestly most children in a household where the parents are constantly fighting, they feel it, they know what’s going on and that is less healthy than splitting up. Trust.
4) Waiting Until I Lose Weight To…: Take that circus/pole/surfing/karate class I’ve always wanted to try. Hmmm I’d love to get those sexy photos done but I’m too large. I need to lose a few more pounds before I go back to the gym (this one is my favorite and makes absolutely no sense). Conversely – you won’t throw out the ten thousand items you have in your closet left over from high school (you’re 40 by the way, you know that right?) because you might fit into them one day. The sad truth is if you don’t fit into them already it’s never going to happen, so sell or donate that clothing, buy yourself some booty shorts and a bra top, rent a wet suit & board and put yourself out there. Have fun now, do stuff now, enjoy and live your life now, cause for most of us (not me though, I plan on living for ever), it’s the only one you have.
5) Saving for your future: Regardless of how old you are start saving now. Teach your children the value of a job and savings at a young age. Get them excited about finance. Get them a DRIP (dividend re-investment program). Open a savings account and put something, ANYTHING in it monthly. Even if you are trying to pay down debt you have to “pay” yourself. Trust me on this one, you need to save as well as pay down debt in order to get ahead, otherwise when something comes up, you will be back on the credit card crack train. When you are older and getting ready to retire the last thing you want to deal with, other than loft bedrooms, is a lack of funds.
In the end it’s important to be able to face our fears head on. Change can be scary, it’s true and while fear can keep us safe it can also hold us back. It’s so easy to get caught into the “I’ll do later” loop or “it’s not perfect yet”. Really look at what’s holding you back, don’t let the goal of perfection stop you in your tracks and learn to take a chance and fly!
*I would love to hear some of the goals or dreams you are working towards and what you feel is holding you back.
Love & Glitter,
I love both hammock and pole. So when I recently had the opportunity to test out one of the newest pole/fabric apparatus combinations on the market, Pole Flight Pro from PoleandAerial.com, I jumped at it.
What exactly is Pole Flight Pro? The Pole Flight Pro apparatus attaches directly to your permanently mounted pole and allows the suspension of silks, hammocks, corde lisse, straps, chains and more.
There are a few pole/fabric combos on the market. But Pole Flight Pro has some features that I haven't found in the other ones.
OUR MISSION, THE TESTING & THE VIDEO:
I decided to grab 3 additional partners in crime as poling is always more fun with friends (or in case I looked really silly in the video).
Our mission was to see what we could achieve having never actually used a Pole Flight PRO before.
We tested a closed loop, Pole Flight PRO on a 50mm brass spinning pole with an aerial hammock (we didn't have a swivel attached to the apparatus).
Please enjoy the totally improved video of us goofing around and testing it out!
It took us a minute to get in the swing of things. You've got a pole, you've got fabric, you've got crazy cirque ideas running through your head, you've got squealing women yelling "try this - try that" so its easy to get a little mixed up and while all of us had a background in pole or aerial, none of us had ever used a Pole Flight Pro.
Once we got our bearings we had a blast! The thing that I really love about the unit is that while it's brilliant for marrying pole and aerial it can also be extremely useful for strength training and spotting as well. I noticed that I was more willing to try pole moves I didn't feel as secure in previously, due to it's "spotting" nature.
All in all, I really loved Pole Flight Pro and if you have access to permanently mounted poles, I would recommend it as a tool for your studio, personal use or both.
For more info on Pole Flight PRO please go to PoleandAerial.com
Have any additional questions? Feel free to post them here.
Love & Glitter,
I’ve always been a go-gadget-go kind of girl and while I thrive in an environment where I am busier than not, it has taken some work to find a happy balance between over extending myself and having a realistic set of goals. I am a full time, married, television executive, aerial studio owner and avid (wanna be) surfing babe. One of the things I’m always asked is – how do I manage to fit as much as I do within a 7 day week...READ FULL ARTICLE AT STYLEBIZARRE
Winter has always been a hard season for me, especially when I was living on the east coast. I would hibernate away in my apartment, filling it with stuff, cluttering my personal space and in turn creating mental chaos. But I think it’s finally here, or it’s close… you know, that moment after a long, cold winter where you can see the sun through the clouds. It may not be spring just yet, but it’s in the air and it’s the perfect time to declutter our lives: a cleanse for the soul. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE...
I have SO many wish lists when it comes to workout and health items. Lists on Pinterest, lists on Amazon, the lists go on and on - literally. My addiction is bad. I'm convinced I really need that leg stretcher for my splits, I jones for a new mega powered blender, expensive body rubs and essential oils attack my senses and with one whiff - I'm hooked. Just one more pair of booty shorts won't hurt right? Wrong.
Who am I kidding I cannot afford this, hell most of us can't, I want my lavender, nylon cake but I need to be able to pay for it too. There has to be some way for me to acquire some of the dream items without leaving me penniless. What's a shopaholic to do? Here are a few of my favorite solutions! [bctt tweet="Check out my quest to find fun, health and workout DIY's, plus some low cost goodies too!"]
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That's it for now BUT If you have any DIY's, tricks, hacks or know of any great deals please share them with us here!
Strong, Bendy, Green-drinking Love & Glitter!
Whoever said you couldn't get anything Fast, Easy, Cheap & Good had clearly never shopped at Trader Joe's. Seriously the easiest, yummiest "one pot" soup, it's got the perfect amount of creamy, chili, coconut love going on, you can make it with any veggies you like & all of the ingredients are easily found at your local Trader Joe's.
I'm always looking for super fast, yummy, cheap, quick meals. This soup fits the bill. It's the perfect soup to make when you have a lot of leftover veggies or some left over chicken claiming space in your fridge, add it on in. The whole soup can be completed in 15-30 minutes depending on the amount of veggies you need to "prep'. Plus you look like a frickin rock star - it's just that good!
You will need: 1 medium size bowl, a big, deep pot, 2 table spoons of coconut oil, any veggies (fresh or frozen) or meat you want to add, any noodles you want to add &...
Makes roughly 6 decent sized bowls
*couldn't tell you the calorie count so why the hell are you asking
Seeing as it's the top 2015 I thought it might be time kiss goodbye 2014 and think about what I really wanted to achieve during this new year. It's a blank slate and anything is possible if you put your mind to it, right? What started out as my "Aerial Goals" quickly morphed into "Life Goals" because as much as aerial is a huge part of my life, it's just one part of my crazy world. Plus I'm a Gemini so I'm always battling with my other half who - clearly needs less sleep than me. Here are my thoughts, ideas, dreams and (even though I hate the word - so much pressure) resolutions for the new year.
Go gadget go!
INTENTION: I'm feeling like I need to switch things up a bit - why the fuck not right? While I plan on getting back into Pole and go deeper into Surfing, Stretching & Hammock, I am really looking forward to some new stuff. I'm planning on trying Cube, Trapeze, Net & Bungee/Wire Work. I am seriously obsessed with bungee, wall walking and wire assisted dance - too fun!
INTENTION: Continue to reduce the amount of unnecessary stuff in my house and life. There is no reason for me to have as much physical crap as I do or deal with life sucking people - I'm dubbing this as the year of "Less is More".
RESOLUTION: Quit smoking. - enough said this needs to happen!
RESOLUTION: I'm going to remodel our office/guest room. This should be easy and fun! I'm already scouring Pinterest for ideas (here's my board if you want to check it out) but I do know there will be some sort of gold foil or glitter involved.
INTENTION: I would love a new studio space but it needs to be the right space. I'll continue to look but won't rush to move until I find the perfect new home for Aeriform. My Dream Studio Space looks like this: * you can rent this space in NYC from http://www.locationdepartment.net
INTENTION:I am aiming to complete 1 blog post a week & 2 paid &/or guest posts a month. It's only week 3 since I decided this but so far so good.
RESOLUTION: If it kills me I'm going to take a trip to Costa Rica with the hubby and anyone else who wants to come. I am so going to try to book a workshop here! It's the best of all worlds - aerial - yoga - surfing - paradise!
RESOLUTION: Get home twice a year. I miss my mom, she misses me and I have a niece and 2 nephews who barely know me & Mr. Blue. Plus my grandmother is turning 99 in March. I need to make this a priority and be better about it.
INTENTION: Complete my organization & money management packages and have them in beta mode by my birthday in May. I'm already working on this but creating a program is no small feat, it needs to come correct!
INTENTION: Get a new smushy faced doggy! I miss my doggies Ali and Zoey a ridiculous amount - it's insane. I needed time to heal but the fact that I spend at least an hour a day on the internet stalking rescue sites leads me to believe I'm ready - it's time!
While I don't actually think I'll achieve all of this in a year it's a starting point, ideas to kick around, a road map, end goals to eventually reach. As long as I continue to move forward I've got plenty of time. I've honestly always believed it's more about the journey than the finish line, I'll take the road less traveled and find my way there.
What are your plans for the new year. Do you have new things you want to try, old things you want to revisit? Any work, family or workout goals? Share your road map - I'd love to hear your plans!
I think Acorn Squash is sexy! There I said it. Not quite sure why I feel this way. Maybe it's all the butter, it's warm, sinfully melts in your mouth and the fact that I always picture myself eating it while laying on a bear skin rug, in a chalet in the French Alps with Jude Law by my side, doesn't hurt. Whatever...that's my theory and I'm sticking to it. I'm obsessed - acorn squash is too good!
There are a bunch of yummy foods that say "fall/winter" to me. Roasted Acorn Squash is one of them.This acorn squash recipe is like the best combination of nutty, syrupy, winter goodness. I could eat it non stop.
It's the easiest thing to make! You just need...
Cut Squash in half & while you preheat oven to 400°F, scoop seeds out of squash. Butter each inside of squash with 1 table-spoon of butter (use your fingers) lightly sprinkle each inside half with salt and pepper. Sprinkle each inside half with one teaspoon of brown sugar and then drizzle it with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup as well. Place the halves cut-side up in a deep baking sheet or tin and fill sheet with the tiniest amount of water, just enough so the bottom of the pan is coated. Bake until the squash is tender in the middle, about 30 -45 minutes depending on your oven.
Serve it on your bear skin rug, invite Jude over & enjoy!
Love & Glitter,
So are you like me and at that point, you know the one where it's time to kick your biz into high gear - but you're looking for a little help? Is your blog looking a little dull, your pole studio marketing or website needing a little polish, your coaching business needing some operational systems mojo?
If so here are 25 web sites and apps to get your creative juices flowing, your organizational skills buffed and your business ready for the new year! In no specific order here are a few of my favorites...
There you have it - my top 25! I would love to hear about any of your favorites sites or resources that aren't on this list. Share them with us here!
Love & Glitter,
Warm up, choreo, cool down, warm up, choreo, cool down...work on these Veruca! So yes it's been about 3 months now - high time for a check in regarding my progress with Cleo's Rock N Pole dvd. I would love to say that I have managed to look like this...
But I haven't.
What I have seen is a huge improvement in my cardio during pole workouts, improvements on my never ending split work and more hair flips & head rolls in my dancing - and kids I'LL TAKE IT!!
The 3 areas I decided on really diving into this time around are the warm up, choreo & cool down.
Warm Up: I really liked this warm up. While it's much faster of a warm up than I'm used to that's not a bad thing.
Choreo: While I like this section the choreo was really hard for me. It moves pretty quickly and while I definitely feel like I have improved I can't say I feel comfortable doing it. But if I did, I guess I wouldn't need to work on the routine. I also feel that this style of choreo moves much faster than I do when I normally dance, that being said I have picked up a bunch of hot moves and added them into rotation!
Cool Down: Loved the cool down - great stretches and a much needed break from all of my hard work. It actually could have been longer for me but other than that I loved it!
All in all I really like this dvd. The floor routines were my favorite. While there are routines for beginner to advanced I feel a true beginner might have a slightly harder time with a some of the routines - she/he might want to start with the floor work first.
So...Will I be using the dvd again - yup! And while I do feel most of it is better suited for non beginners, there is a goddamned lot of content in this dvd usable by everyone. I think it's a great buy and something people, myself included, will be able to refer back to on a regular basis.
Love, Glitter & Rock N Roll,
Looking for a customizable, super easy, DIY arnica rub to ease your aches and pains? Check out this article I wrote for Bad Kitty! As pole dancers we like to think we are invincible. We proudly wear our “pole kisses” as a badges of honor, but really they’re just bruises. And they hurt. And I’m over them. It’s summer and they don’t look cute in my little sun dress. Admit it. Aren’t you tired of the nurse asking if “everything is okay at home” each time you go to the doctor’s office? I’m thinking there has to be a better way.
I’ve heard great things about arnica rubs/salves/balms. They are supposed to be amazing for aches and helping bruises to heal faster. But the all organic, yummy smelling ones can be expensive and really – how hard could they be to make? READ THE REST HERE...
Dammit I'm just going to have to open my own pole/aerial studio then I can run it my own way, I remember smugly thinking one day. I started thinking about it often, every other day, many days, many more days, mentioning it to friends, mentioning it to my accountant, mentioning it to a realtor, mentioning it to my hubby and somewhere along the line, somehow - BAM - I owned a studio? [Tweet "It's super important to know what you know and know what you don't - then own it!"]
A lot of shit has happened in the past 3 years of owning and running Aeriform Arts, good stuff, annoying stuff, happy stuff, growth. Enough to fill a book and way too much for a blog post so for now let's just chat about my 10 best tips, revelations and findings that I learned from running my own business.
It's been a huge learning curve and even though there have been a lot of blood, sweat and tears, I wouldn't give up the past 3 years for anything! Learning about my business has helped me learn about myself. Hopefully some of these insights will help you on your journey.
I would love to hear from anyone regarding what you've learned from starting your own business, things you would do differently, things you never expected, that amazing moment where you knew you had made it, share it with us here!
Love & Glitter,
Totally excited and slightly scared I jumped at the opportunity to review Cleo's Rock N Pole DVD. I mean it's Cleo for damned sake, it's going to be bendy, it's going to be hot, there's going to be heels and I assume some neon. "Am I going to be able to keep up?" I hoped so, "will there be modifications?" cause I'm going to need them. Oh Veruca get over it - download the damned DVD already and get at it. [Tweet "I'm an 80's child so Cleo's dvd spoke to me. Any excuse to wear neon colors and fringe tee shirts will immediately draw me in."]
Here's a little bit about the dvd from - CleotheHurricane.com
"Cleo’s Rock N Pole is a fun and high energy workout combining strength, flexibility and cardio training by a two-time Australian Pole Dance Champion. Choose from 4 heart racing routines from Pole to Floor-work danced to a HOT Rock N Roll soundtrack. Not only do you exercise your body, but your brain is getting quite a workout! A challenge conquered can be so rewarding, learning new skills that test your memory ability AND improve your dance skills. Plus, once you know the routines it raises your heart rate so you reap the maximum benefits in cardio fitness!"
The first thing that hit me about this dvd is there is a goddamned LOT of content, 113 minutes of content , that's almost 2 hours so at $34.95 you're getting your moneys worth.
Plus breakdowns and modifications for each. While there are routines for beginner to advanced I feel a true beginner might have a slightly harder time with a some of the routines - she/he might want to start with the floor work first. Also I opted for the digital download not realizing there aren't chapter breaks. Knowing that now I think I would pay the slight extra for the dvd version. Since I was feeling less then bendy I thought I would watch the dvd and concentrate on the floor work and strength training - clearly areas I need to work on! Next week I'll review the warm up, choreo pole section and cool down (with modifications thank you!) and then end the week with a review of where I'm at! I'm hoping to see some flexibility & strength improvement but I know I need to actually put in the time.
The 3 Strength Routines: The 1st routine consists of pull ups on the pole (with modifications for beginners), tricep dips on a chair, more pull ups, push ups, shoulder/bicep stretches and then seated pole climbs from the floor only using your arms to climb. I was good until that end part and then FAIL - I think I did two baby climbs lol. The 2nd routine consists of oblique crunches with one leg on the pole and side stretches using the pole. The 3rd routine consists of laying down on the floor on your back with your head near the pole, cup griping the pole and with straight legs using your abs to lift your legs up and butt up off the floor - not quite a full plow as your legs are going straight up in the air. Then you do the same type of lift but with your legs in a center split (or your version of a center split) while these are not the easiest moves they are great building your strength for achieving a correct basic invert and chopper while safely on the floor.
The Floor Routine: I loved the floor routine (I even videoed myself doing it - and NO not gonna post that shit but...) it has a lot of leg moves in it that look great if you have sexy splits and while I don't, I can see how doing this routine and the others will help me get closer to that goal. The nice thing about this routine is you can take pieces of it and incorporate it into your own routines OR just use it for a warm up after your normal pole warm up, plus its sexy and great for people who may not have a pole in their home.
So far I'm loving the dvd, while it is harder for someone who isn't as far along in her flexibility as she would like to be, I'm hoping by using it on a regular basis I will see some improvement on that front. After completing the warm up, 3 strength routines and floor routine I was EXHAUSTED - which is a good thing. One note I will add, don't make my mistake, have some knee pads or leg warmers around to protect your knees for some of this stuff (notice how in the 1st two photos I don't but the last one I do - trust).
I'm going to go take a nice hot shower now but check back in with me next week to see my review on the warm up, choreography and cool down sections!
Love, Glitter & Rock N Roll,
Let's just keep this short and sweet - everybody likes a quickie now and then no? Free photos for your blog! The last bloggers photo resource post was a HUGE hit, we ALL need cool free photos right? Here's a NEW list of 10 additional sources plus the link to the first article. Oh Snap – Free Photos! (Bloggers Delight Pt.1) Enjoy!
1) New Old Stock: If you are looking for vintage photos this place is fun! Vintage photos from the public archives. Free of known copyright restrictions
2) Pixabay: With a huge library to sift through you can freely use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications. Check out their editors choices and get creative with your "search" skills.
3) Superfamous: Superfamous is the Los Angeles-based studio of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter. His web site has a LOT of beautiful aerial, geographical, biological shots. His photography is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. So you can use the work for your own purposes (including commercial use w/credit given.
4) Compfight: Compfight is another great image search engine set up to find images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research. They make use of the flickr™ API, but aren't affiliated with flickr. Please check attribution/licensing requirements.
5) Foter: Another search engine "Foter.com allows you to search, manage and add free stock photos to blogs, forums, websites and other online media. They host over 190 million free Creative Commons images from many online sources and the entire system is also available as a WordPress plugin for seamless use within the WordPress platform". The thing I like about this site is that you can download the photos OR grab the embed code that has the attribution/credits built into it which makes things super easy!
6) Stockvault: "Stockvault's sole purpose is to collect and archive medium and high resolution photographs that designers and students can share and use for their personal and non-commercial design work."
7)The Open Photo Project: "The Open Photo Project is a photo sharing platform created in 1998 by Michael Jastremski. Contributors have offered their images free of charge under terms of Creative Commons licensing". Lot's of beautiful photos at this site.
8) Picography: A website that has "Free hi-resolution photos. Use them however you like." They have lots of great, gritty, city scapes and urban pictures among a host of other beautiful photos.
9) Refe:Refe has royalty-free, high-quality, natural looking photos of people interacting with technology. Make sure to continue to scroll down - the pictures load slightly slowly so there are more than you might think.
10) Magdeleine: A free hi rez photo every day. "hand-picked free photos for your inspiration" with both CC0 & attribution required licenses.
photo by Vinoth Chandar
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It's super cheap - ONLY $5 A month. Here's hoping these sites are helpful to you.
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I would LOVE to know if anyone as any additional resources as well.