How to be Grateful

Downtown Williamston Business Trick-or-Treating

Downtown Williamston Business Trick-or-Treating

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted to take a minute to thank all of the people I am grateful for this year.

I am incredibly thankful for all of the Lansing Hoops students who come to classes and talk about them to their friends.

I am grateful to the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Williamston for making it easy to share hooping with the community through events like the Red Cedar Jubilee, National Night Out, and Downtown Business Trick or Treating.

And I am blessed to know my good friend, Sarah Jordan from Teach Kids to Hoop, who introduced me to hooping and has answered every hooping related question I have ever asked with a smile.

But the truth is, I didn’t always feel grateful for these things.

When National Night Out was hit with torrential downpours and all my hoops got soaked and the tape got all gummy, I felt a lot of things, but grateful wasn’t one.

Another time at a hoop jam, when I saw a bunch of teenagers swinging my hoops as hard as they could at each other, I was both pissed and worried, and irritated that I had to tell them to stop acting like a bunch of jerks.

Grateful didn’t cross my mind then either.

National Night Out Hula Hoop Contest Winner

Taylor Janecke, NNO Hoop Contest Winner

But that’s the thing about feeling grateful. You can see your life on a molecular level, each moment coloring the entire event good or bad. Or, you can choose to see things on a broader scale.

Remember, everything isn’t bad just because everything isn’t good.

This Is How You Flow

Students often ask, “How do I find my flow? Everything is so clunky.”

But flow isn’t some mystical creature that only few hoopers have ever been blessed to experience. Flow is being comfortable in your body, in your own movements, and in the ability to make a decision.

Following your instincts, knowing and expecting what your body will do, how it will react, that comes from trusting yourself.

Trusting yourself means letting go of individual moments.

Everything isn’t bad just because everything isn’t good.

What are you grateful for this year? Comment below and share it with everyone. I’ll be grateful that you did. ;).

 To say thank you to my students and supporters, I’m hosting a FREE adult hoop dance class on November 29th and you’re invited! Get all the details here: