I am so excited to announce that I won the PADCS Photo Challenge for week two!
Happy as I am to have won, I can also honestly say that I have enjoyed this challenge just for the sake of it. It's always wonderful to explore how far you've come, who you look up to and where you're at, and this challenge has enabled me to look at my pole and hoop journey in a way that I never have before.
At the beginning of this term I was feeling seriously disenchanted with my pole journey in particular. I'd hit a plateau in Intermediate and felt utterly and completely stuck. My decision to take a break for Inter Static and do Inversion Therapy instead was as much a mental health choice as wanting to try something new, as I didn't want to do Inter Static anymore and the thought of going through another term of zero progress made me sad.
But Inversion Therapy and the PADCS Photo Challenge have given me new heart and, once I have finished this term of Inversion Therapy, I think I will be ready to go back to Inter Static and have another crack. I was talking to a Diva recently who told me she spent four years in Intermediate, and I also know from talking to my fabulous mentors in everything, Pat and Hilal, that plateaus in training are normal and that switching it up and giving your body something new to work on is a good way to break the monotony and re-energise.
Looking forward to sharing this week's progress, and remember to check out my Instagram @barbelldancer for all things pole and aerials, or follow me on Facebook.
If you're afraid to fall it means you're prepared to brave the heights from which you might fly.
Me With No Apologies.