It’s been entirely too long since I updated the blog- I’ve been busy!
Aside from work and life and working at having a life, the weather has been nice enough for a couple of slack line outings, and I even had a wire walking play date with a friend! Still practicing when I have time, trying to get better, and thinking about doing some traveling and taking some more lessons when time allows.
In the meantime, I found this article to be particularly inspiring:
7 things I learned from working in the circus
It’s finally here! I had been asked to do a photo/written piece for Strongbox Magazine about my tightrope walking, and it’s finally ready to share! You can find my article and the photo collaboration with my man friend on page 62. Yay!
Click here, Strongbox Magazine.
Recently I was asked to write an article for Strongbox Magazine about my journey as an aspiring wire walker. Imagine my surprise! I’m about to hit the wire for some practice but I’ll be thinking about what I’m going to write and what photographs I’m going to send for them to use. I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted so you can all check it out!
And speaking of writing, I recently bought the book “Mirette on the High Wire” for my not-yet-born niece. My hope is that she will never be satisfied with her feet simply being on the ground. I want her to feel inspired and courageous to pursue her dreams, no matter what they may be.
Correction- I got TWO gifts for christmas this year. One was my tightwire. The other was a gift certificate to take a wire walking lesson in Philly! I cant believe I failed to mention that in my last post. Not a bad christmas at all, Id say.
I only got one christmas gift this year and it was probably the most amazing thing a girl could have asked for.
My very own tight wire!
Now I can practice every day, or as much as my schedule allows. My goal is 30 minutes a day, which usually ends up being more like an hour every couple of days. I’ve been logging my practice times in a little notebook. I can tell Im making some progress, and figure at this rate I should be a wire walking expert in about ten years. 🙂
On Monday, December 12, I had my FIRST ever tight wire lesson at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Seattle. I was so excited, and a little nervous, when we got there, but mostly just eager to take my first steps on a real, actual tight wire.
(Me, pre-lesson. Look how happy I am!)
My instructor, Jasmine, was young, friendly and easy to work with, and admitted that its a hard skill to “teach” when so much of it relies on “feeling” right. She let me go for it after some warm ups, guided me with little pointers on form and balance, and served as an occasional spotter. I was able to balance on each foot, take one step unassisted, then worked up to a couple of unassisted steps, and ended with an assisted walk down the entire length of the wire. I could feel every muscle working, was dripping with sweat within minutes, and had moments where everything felt exactly right and I knew I had it. Overall I think I did pretty well, and it definitely confirmed my desire to pursue the art.
Now I’m full of ideas and readiness to get at it again. Clearly Im not going to be able to fly to Seattle every time I want to work on it, but I have some thoughts about how to make it happen right here. Stay tuned!
(On the low wire, walking)
I decided a couple of weeks ago that I really needed to take a little trip, get out of town, take a break. So before I could talk myself out of it, I booked a flight to Seattle to spend a couple of days with a dear friend who I havent seen in far too long.
To sweeten the deal, I contacted the wire walking instructor at The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Seattle, and we are making plans for me to take a lesson while I am in town. I can’t wait. I will be sure to post a full report and photos upon my return. It’ll be my first time on an actual wire- wish me luck!