On Their Friendship
Tiffani: Each of us in this particular tribe of women started out as the best friend of someone who knew the best friend of someone else. Then when we ended up meeting all together for the first time we became one another's best friends. It doesn't often happen like that - especially not with a bunch of dynamic, forceful, independent, opinionated, brash, and fierce women.
Brianna: I have mama friends. And I have hooper friends. But these ladies are the trifecta- mama hooper friends.We come from varied backgrounds and live in different cities. Yet we all fell in love with these plastic circles. And each other! When we're lucky enough to get together it's always laughter, tears, dancing, singing and hooping. What more could a girl ask for?
Sara: This tribe, this "Mama Crew" sustains me. We are connected through our collective flow. Yet each one is a world unto their own. Complicated, beautiful women. Full of stories and laughter. Tears and hardship. Words and wisdom. I am grateful to call each one friend.
Monica: One of my favorite memories happened in a redwood forest, which is a deeply emotional place for me. Hoop in hand, I stood there in front of a tree that is over 2,000 years old, tears racing down
my face, taking it all in.
The beauty of the most accepting, wild and wonderful bunch of women I've ever known, together in this magnificent forest. We have danced around fires, hooped at the edge of the Pacific at
sunset, hot tubbed for hours, talked over coffee, been too loud for sleeping babies, poured out our stories, and supported one another. I don't know how I got so lucky to find such passionate
friends. I cherish and love them to the moon and back.
Shannon: Some friendships are built on common interests, kids the same age, location BUT others like the one I have with these ladies is just simply soul sisters found. It's a place of total come as you are -we love you just as and we got your back no matter what. It's the sort that you fly distances to nurture, prioritizes and cherish. It's real. It's raw, talking about all topics deep and personal, walking away fresh and ready for life. The missing pieces in my heart the welcome in to my soul, it's light and it's dark. It's the hold, tight, forever, cause it's what matters most. Yes, my these ladies here, I lovefor just who they are now, tomorrow and for all that is yet to come.
On Hooping Together
Hooping is the thing we do to connect. We play our favorite tunes, drink our favorite whiskey, wear our favorite clothes, and laugh with our favorite people...all while dancing in our hoops. For those moments we aren't moms, wives, daughters, or employees...we are simply and beautifully ourselves.
Monica: When I met up with this Mama Crew, I probably felt a little intimidated about hooping, as if talent or performance are important qualities of friendship. Count me out of relationships based on such things! So many of my insecurities surface when I am hooping, so there is thisinternal battle of freedom versus insecurity.
Each of these women brings such value to this circle. We are extroverts and introverts and extra extroverts and thinkers and doers andfeelers. Oh my goodness how I love them. Most of all, there is a collective acceptance, and a genuine affirming of one another. In my head there may be this exhausting battle going on, but outside of it, no one cares about my ability to keep a hoop up or move with grace.There is no lack. Only support and deep acceptance.