A few weeks ago I felt a sudden urge to blog again, after almost a year of rare and inconsistent writing. I had so much energy, so much inspiration, so much I wanted to write about … until I actually sat down to write a post and came up completely blank. Not from a lack of ideas, but from too many. I didn’t know where to start.
Instead of posting about anything and everything and hoping that I’d figure out a direction along the way, I decided to take a closer look at two things: why I want to start blogging again, and what I like blogging about. The first question was easy. In the year that has passed since I last posted consistently, I came to miss blogging. I missed the process of creating new content, of writing and photographing and sharing it all here.
The second question was harder to answer. Since I created this blog back in 2008, I have blogged about my everyday activities and my life as a Norwegian au pair in the US, I’ve shared book reviews and recommendations, and last year I started writing more about pole dancing. As my life has evolved, so has my blog. And after a few late-night sessions on Pinterest (mindlessly browsing the Popular tab is when most of my epiphanies take place) and a date-night with my husband (he’s the best devil’s advocate!), I think I am finding my way.
I want to share easy-to-use photography tips, from how to get the most flattering pole selfies when all you have is your iPhone and a wall to prop it up against to how you should prepare for a professional photo shoot to get pictures you will love. I want to share my favorite workouts, stretches and exercises. I want to continue sharing my photography, but only as far as it relates to fitness. (Okay, expect occasional photos of my kitties too.) I want to write about how I am working on finding a balance between being a calorie counter and a cookie monster, about the different classes and studios I try, about my work towards opening my studio. I want to answer the questions I get over and over again about pole and aerial fitness on Instagram in depth.
In short, I want to focus my blog on pole, fitness, and photography.
And as soon as I made that decision, things started falling into place. In the coming weeks I hope that you will notice more consistency here, both in frequency of posting and in the topics I write about. And if you at any point have feedback, a topic you would like me to write about, or a question you want answered, please leave a comment here on the blog or email me – I would love to hear from you!
This year I have photographed more pole and aerial events than ever before (I even reached my goal of getting paid to photograph an event out of state with Pole Expo), and so I want to take a visual journey through these events for the Pole Dancing Bloggers December blog hop.
Simply Irresistible, February 2014
Pole Championship Series, February 2014
Elevated Art: A Rocky Mountain Pole Show, March 2014
Aerial Aircats Aerial Yoga Teacher Training, April 2014
Sexpressions, April 2014
VF Boulder Showcase, April 2014
Poleder Boulder, May 2014
Twisted Cinema, May 2014
Pole Expo Pole Classic Competition & Showcase, September 2014
Colorado Pole Championship, September 2014
Pole Fitness Society at CU Fall Showcase, December 2014
Scrooge: A Holiday Flight by Frequent Flyers Productions, December 2014
History was made last Friday night, as a lecture auditorium at the University of Colorado at Boulder became the stage for the first pole dance showcase ever held on campus. The Pole Fitness Society at CU was created about a year ago by local polers Sammi, Erica, and Logan, and their goal is to “legitimize pole fitness in the CU community and to share this empowering and inspiring form of alternative fitness.” I would say that throwing a show on campus is a huge step in the right direction!
Their Fall 2014 showcase included three group routines, two duets, and four solo performances, and many of the performers were brand new to pole – having only been practicing for three months before performing for the first time!
I was asked to photograph the show, and here are a few of my favorite shots.
For more pictures from the show, make sure you like Nina Reed Photography on Facebook.
I used to write these weekly summaries years ago, and thought that now was as good of a time as any to rejuvenate the feature.
Read: Star Cursed and Sisters’ Fate by Jessica Spotswood, Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Listened: Got It by Marian Hill, F**c It All by Elle Varner
Work: I photographed two product shoots for Lillebaby, covered the Pole Fitness Society at CU showcase, and enjoyed a quiet week of nannying.
Home: It’s finally advent, and I’ve been taking full advantage by curling up on the couch with a book, hot tea, and gingerbread cookies almost every night. I also got started on organizing my overflowing bookshelf, and put up our Christmas tree – only to find it dark the next day because one of our kitties chewed off the lighting wires.
Away: Wednesday happy hour with our neighborhood friends is always a highlight.
Training: I’ve been keeping up with the #bendy4xmas challenge, tried the Fit & Bendy DVD by Kristina Nekiya, enjoyed the cold 30 minute walk home from work, and took my last aerial hoop class for this session. And as this post publishes, I’m sweating it out in a Power Vinyasa class at the CAC.
Next week: Going to my husband’s office Christmas party, getting my hair done, photographing Scrooge for Frequent Flyers and the Vertical Fitness Club holiday showcase, and finishing strong with a massage at Full Body Vitality.
Picture of the week: Luna loves helping me change the sheets on our bed, and by helping I mean lying on the bed and attacking the sheets when I move them around.
If you follow me on social media, you probably know that I’m working on opening my own studio: Boulder Pole & Aerial. I’ve been working on it ever since I was fired from my last studio in July (not for already planning on opening my own studio, but for not continuing with negotiations after an offer to buy that studio turned into an offer to franchise that studio turned into a “you can’t afford it anyway”, but that’s a story for another day).
As soon as it was made public that I would be opening my own studio (not my choice, but you gotta love Facebook for vindictive posts), the messages started rolling in. “When are you opening?” “How soon can I start taking classes?” “Should I be canceling my other membership?”
I wish it was that easy.
Starting your own business takes time. I’m lucky to already have one business, through which I run the Colorado Pole Championship, Pole Theatre USA, my photography, and the other random freelance gigs I end up with. Thanks to Google I’ve become fairly proficient at business accounting, marketing, and everything else that goes into keeping an LLC with no employees up and running.
Opening a studio is a bit more complicated. And so it takes time.
I spent over a month working on my business plan and financial projections, making sure that I have realistic expectations and a clear vision of where I want to go. Next came weeks of talking to realtors before finding the perfect location, negotiating on a lease for months, only to start from scratch after the landlord wanted me to take on full responsibility for water leaks because he was convinced my aerial equipment would ruin his roofing. Continuing the search, because I know my studio deserves better than a dingy warehouse in the middle of nowhere.
Studying up on employment law, OSHA regulations, and insurance requirements. Writing up an employee handbook, emergency protocols, and risk management plans, drafting class descriptions and marketing strategies and event calendars.
And piece by piece, it is all coming together.
I would love to end this post with a grand announcement of my studio’s opening, but alas I do not have a date yet. What I have, is faith that everything happens for a reason, and that while opening a studio was not in my plans for the year, or even in my five-year-plan, I could not be happier about the way things have turned out.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Creating something lasting is not something that can be rushed into. I can’t wait for the day when that sign lights up and my studio is finally open. And when the day comes, I hope to see many of you there with me.
P.S. If you are waiting for announcements about the studio opening, head on over to the Boulder Pole & Aerial website and sign up for the studio newsletter. I promise not to spam you, and you’ll be the first to know when I have news to share!