I finished the first notebook over a year ago, and I recently filled up my second notebook! These notebooks are priceless to me since they contain every routine I’ve ever done, whether it was for poleography class (the vast majority), a competition, or a showcase. Sometimes I write notes in there – ideas for routines, combinations I want to try, wise morsels from instructors in workshops (Sergia, I’m looking at you!).
There are some very specific requirements for my pole notebooks. They must have a hard cover that will keep the pages safe and unbent. They must be spiral-bound, able to lay flat, and easily opened (sometimes covers get stuck in the spirals and don’t smoothly open all the way around to the back). They must be in a neutral color (the first one was mostly white with some gray and black designs, the second one was silver metal, and my new one is white, gray, and black patterned) because I want it to hold every single kind of emotion, not just a few. A hot pink glittery notebook is awesome, but it would feel weird to write an emotionally charged, heartfelt routine about abuse in it (that was the theme of my PSO nationals routine!) And finally, after filling this notebook, I wanted one that was slightly bigger so I could write more on each page.
The very first routine in the second notebook was a fun one (and that metal cover did keep the pages safer than my first notebook!):
Most of my notebook is full of poleography class routines, like this one about halfway through, where I had some ideas that didn’t end up working:
While the vast majority of the notebook is poleography routines, I did write some competition routines in there as well. In my last post I wrote, “I hope a winning routine graces its lines in the coming years!” Well, just a few short months after that post, I won my very first competition! This is what the routine looks like in that notebook:I don’t even know what some of that is, especially the 2nd page! Because I run competition routines so much and I change little things so frequently, I rarely end up writing out the whole routine. I start out with ideas, combos, and passes, but then it grows from there and I don’t write down every new idea or change, especially because I don’t need the memory jog since I’m running it so often.
I did, however, write out a lot more of my Florida Pole Fitness Championship routine:
I love seeing the first one, undated, with just a few ideas, then how over the course of just 5 days, it all grew and changed. We also did a group routine, so I was writing out ideas for my doubles pole pass.
I’m so proud of all the half-finished ideas, class routines that weren’t great, competition routines that I placed horribly with, as well as the successful competition ideas and the unexpectedly fun routines that this notebook holds. I’m a few routines into my third notebook already, but this is what it looked like when it was brand-new and had no idea what was in store for it. I can’t wait to look back and see what magic happens in its pages!