Made it Monday!

Goal Setting

I think that goals are very important and for a few years now I have had yearly goals. The year before last saw the introduction of weekly goals and last week I had a goal related revelation! Something that I was surprised it had taken me so long to realise! This was that as well as all these other goals I need more immediate goals, like a project to be working on. Crazy huh? it seem obvious now that I have realised it, but before because I had my yearly goals more immediate ones hadn’t occurred to me.

So what are these goals? My goals for the year include things like “Train everyday!” and “stretch 5x per week!” and then some of the weekly goals feed into these to break them down into more manageable amounts. Then at the end of the year I count up all the training I’ve done and see how close to the goal I am. After 2012’s count I realised that I need to take more holiday days (there were only 4 all year!)

So what was special about last week? I fulfilled all of my goals! #Madeitmonday!

Made it Monday!

I am not feeling very accomplished right now so this maybe a hard post to write! Hopefully it will be cathartic! As part of blogging101 I have decided to take part in this Made it Monday event every week for at least four weeks. This is week 2.

So what did i achieve last week? I managed to do a session on balloon modelling (something which I tend to find hard to make time for!) and tried out my goat castrators. Don’t be scared, these are a tool that balloon artist use to put things inside balloons, in my case confetti. I even tried them out on the weekend, it looked quite pretty! Here is a picture of this tool with an elastic band on

openelastrator

Hopefully you can get an idea of how they work for balloon modellers! Here are some shots of what it can look like

Confetti in balloon up closewhat is looks like up close

Confetti in balloon on flower wand baseand what the full model looks like. The possibilities of putting things into balloons are pretty endless! This can be used for bracelets and fascinators as well as wands like in the pictures.

The week that was last week. (I made it Monday!)

Last week I ticked something off my list that has been there for quite sometime; attending a pyrotechnics safety awareness course.

Pyrotechnic Safety Certificate

I have been using pyrotechnics since 2011 and like most things circus I was trained on how to use them by another performer. I had meant to go on a course for a while, not because there is any legal requirement for me to do so, the pyros we use are ones available to the general public, but because its nice to have a shiny certificate and blow things up. safely, of course!

For those who don’t know what they look like while in use by fire performers, here is a picture

pyros

(this is my friend Kat with a pyro staff in front of me and I’m behind with a set of pyro clubs)

Here is a link to the company that ran the course

http://www.j-fx.co.uk/