Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Video: Fire Dancing for The Navy Wife Challenge!

So for The Navy Wife Challenge, I challenged Navy Wives to get out there and get some hobbies and things to do so that when their husbands go away, they aren't just sitting around feeling like the waiting wife. The idea is to feel empowered when he is away by continuing to have a life and do new and interesting things rather than just wait for him to get back. A part of the challenge is to come back and share your expereinces on The Navy Wife Challenge page. 

One of the hobbies I'm trying to pick up is Poi (a traditional Hawaian dance form) also known as Fire Dancing or Fire Spinning. I've been doing it for a couple of months and this is my very first burn.
I tried to put the video in this blog but for some reason Blogger hates the new Google+ Video App for Android so you'll have to Watch the Video on Facebook.
Check it out! 
Now if any of you are thinking I'm some kind of superwoman for doing this, keep in mind that the above was one of those rare moments of triumph. Look at me, I'm dancing with fire! Navy Wives sit at home my ass! 

But below was my reality check - burn #2 - I did this one after watching three other really talented burners and thought, I can do some cool stuff too. As soon as I started, I then thought - holy crap this is fire! I thought I had lit myself on fire at least twice. =) Watch for my goofs. I'm smiling but inside I'm shouting curse words and thinking, Oh Lord I'm going to burn to death!

DISCUSSION: Show me some love and post a comment! Does anyone have any plans things to do for their Navy Wife Challenge? What are some things you started doing or do for fun while your husband's are away? 

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  1. Hello! I think this is a WONDERFUL idea. I'm joining in the challenge too. My husband won't leave til July, but I'll admit his deployment is looming large for us. Thanks for the great idea of sharing deployment experiences.

  2. p.s. I think learning Poi is the awesomest Cruise Challenge I have ever heard of. I think I'll tell my husband I'm taking it up while he's away ;)

  3. Thank you Andria for commenting and I'm so glad you are going to try out the challenge. I found having a hobby that involved a social aspect was incredibly helpful during deployment. If you are interested in poi, I suggest starting off by putting something mildly heavy into a pair of long socks, like knee highs if you have some. Your something heavy can be a tennis ball or plastic bag of rice. Then Youtube some beginning poi videos and have it a go and see if you like it.

    If you do, keep practicing using videos and start looking for local poi groups via Facebook and Twitter. They aren't the type to advertise but depending on where you live, there might even be classes.

    Let me know what you think! And post your experiences!



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