It's my belief that transparency is the key to happiness, and paves the way for helping those who suffer in ways similar to us so allow me to get real personal for a moment:
April of this year was the first time I ever picked up a hoop. I was in the beginning stages of recovering from an eating disorder, and originally I allowed these plastic circles into my life on a regular basis as a sort of "work out" so that I could justify feeding myself in my own head. As time progressed I grew healthier, and my love for hooping grew along with me. I was no longer using it as a justification for self care, but instead a form of self care within itself. If you'd have told me that these little plastic circles would have brought me so much confidence, so much joy, and been such an outlet for me back in April I'd have chuckled a little. But my god... These plastic circles saved me.