July Pole Blog Hop: 2014 Mid-Year Review LIFE EDITION

Some miracle of scheduling allowed me to have this past Sunday off guilt free (that would be Sunday 7/19, when I first started writing this post). Maybe it was Gimme Paws post festival and pre-Halloween order rush slowing down or that I was leaving for Comic Con that weekend, but whatever it was I had Sunday free and I got to do something I’ve been dreaming of for the past month… I got to clean and organize my closet!    Woohoo, I am one wild lady! Here is why I love to clean my closet. First, you get to throw out or give away all the clothes that have been cluttering up your wardrobe – looking at you tank-tops with stretched out straps that mean my bra is always in danger of showing. Second, you rediscover old favorites that have long been thought lost. Third, cleaning and organizing give me a wonderfully refreshed and ready to take on the world feeling. But my favorite part is the walk down memory lane picking up each piece gives me.  A fact about me is I LOVE clothing. You will never see me in the height of fashion, I much prefer vintage silhouettes and items with whimsical appeal, but every cherished piece has a story. So as I went through my closet I was bombarded with emotion and history.   Discovering my 60s bright red knit wiggle dress I remember what a dame I felt like wearing it. Sometimes I was a bit unsure about how much I stood out in it, uncomfortable with the attention it drew, but in the end...

Pole Geek Guide: 5 Ways to Handle Stress

Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. Hans Selye Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/hans_selye.html#wSASX50OmjgZDtlD.99 Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. Hans Selye Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/hans_selye.html#wSASX50OmjgZDtlD.99 Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.  Hans Selye My first competition, Pacific Pole Championship, is less than a week away and as you can imagine I am pretty stressed out. I am currently wavering between complete denial and wanting to throw up…. fun times! After my latest breakdown I decided that maybe it was time to put my favorite stress relieving tools to work – and what do you know they actually worked! Here are the 5 ways to handle stress: Create a To-do List  I f*ing LOVE To-Do Lists. Just the act of writing down all of your tasks and really understanding what needs to happen is practically blissful, and checking something off, well that’s orgasmic! Often when feeling stressed out its because our commitments seem larger than they actually are, writing them out allows you to really see what has to be done. By having your chores listed out, you can make sure nothing gets forgotten (causing later stress) and without your mind filling in gaps with more craziness that doesn’t exist. Schedule Breaks So now you have your list and can start planning out your days, but your days will continue to feel like craziness if you don’t make sure to schedule some breaks. Even taking 10 minutes every couples hours to get up and stretch will leave you feeling more rejuvenated. But be...

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