Some Kind of Magic

2 Aug

It’s been a LONG time since I hooped on a regular basis. So today when I saw Alicia challenging everyone to “Hoop 30 in August” (see comment below for how to join), I knew this was my chance!

I’m such a perfectionist that I don’t normally join extended challenges, but I love all the people participating and you know I love me some hoopin’. So here I am.

We just flew into Iowa last night to spend 3 weeks with my parents, so I will be doing most of my hooping here. I won’t blog every day, but I will share when I’m inspired. And I sure was tonight!

Knowing that time was ticking away on the day, I ran to the backyard with my hoop (and with Emma in the Boba) did a little warming up. It was dusk and the nearly full moon was shining down. The locusts were playing their song. It was beautiful. This was cut short by two little girls squealing in the bathtub with bubbles half way to the ceiling.

Later on…I finally got Lucy to sleep at  9:30 p.m. I came downstairs and cranked up the music. I would have gone outside, but it was pitch dark and Emma was still up. So I put her in the seat and started my session. Similar to a meditative or prayer time, my mind wandered endlessly in the beginning:

“….I wish I could have brought more hoops on the airplane…I like how swishy this skirt is….I wonder how many calories this is burning….stop thinking about calories silly girl…just flow…ooops…sorry cat….I wish I could hoop like Brecken….I shouldn’t have eaten that spicy food tonight….”

So, as you can see…I wasn’t quite in a zen hooping state of mind.

But as I let myself continue to hoop without interruption, I found myself slipping into that familiar blissful state. The chatter in my mind faded and the words of the music filled my soul. Once again, hooping was like a balm to this frazzled mama.

The next song that played was Joshua Radin’s “Brand New Day” and I laughed out loud when I heard the first verse:

Some kind of magic
Happens late at night
When the moon smiles down at me
And bathes me in its light

Yes!! There is “some of of magic that happens late at night” when a mama picks up her hoop and spins it…even though she is tired.

Even though she is weary from the day’s struggles.
Even when the house is a mess.
Even if  it’s not the perfect setting.
Just hoop!

Join me…let’s all shoot for 30 minutes of hooping a day in August! Join the FB group and join in the fun. If you’re on Instagram, tag your photos with the hashtag #hoop30.

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My playlist for Day 1:

Don’t Wait for Me – Josh Garrels
Zion & Babylon -Josh Garrels
Rejoice and Lament – Josh Garrels
Jacaranda Tree – Josh Garrels
Brand New Day – Joshua Radin
High Tide or Low Tide – Ben Harper and Jack Johnson
Breakdown More – Eric Hutchinson
Fix You – Coldplay
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

10 Responses to “Some Kind of Magic”

  1. jennaboring August 2, 2012 at 3:06 am #

    The fb link tells me “that page does not exist”.

  2. rebecca morning phipps August 2, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I love this all over the place!!!!!

  3. mary mcmullen August 2, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    excited! get that page up and running.

  4. Jeanna August 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Yes, please! If there is a FB page for this group, I’d love to join it. The link isn’t working. 😦

  5. Anne-Marie August 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    What a great challenge! I’d love to join in. I don’t know whether there’s something wrong with Alicia’s FB page or if it’s completely private, but I can’t even request to add her.

  6. marmaine August 3, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    Same problem as Anne-Marie… would love to join the group, but I don’t see a way to “add” Alicia, send a friend request or even a message. Alicia, if you read this, can you please offer a different way to join the Hoop 30 group? Thanks-

    • Anne-Marie August 3, 2012 at 8:43 am #

      I joined! I found Alicia on fb by searching for her website, Milagro Girl. I messaged her from there and she signed me up.

      • marmaine August 3, 2012 at 8:49 am #

        Thanks so much, Anne-Marie. I’ll try this approach right now!

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