I Pugging Love You, Always

I'm back in Sydney for a week to compete in Floorplay Competition and also to graduate! How exciting! I have been practicing really hard on the fundamentals of floorwork when I had some studio time in Singapore so I was not really sure how my final routine is going to turn out on the actual competition day. As much as I love performing I still get that pre=competition jitters every now and then. It gets worse on the competition day itself oh gosh! Having a great support system also helps a lot. I spoke to a few seasoned pole competitors and even Olympians about what they would do when the competition day gets nearer. Well to my surprise, most of them took a day off before the competition day to just relax and do absolutely nothing. I tend to let my mind consume me during competition so taking the time off to clear my mind is the best thing one could do in a stressful situation.

On the competition day, I decided to have a lovely brunch with my family and bestfriend and then return back home to chill with the pugs. I had about 6 hours to kill so I watched a horror movie, cuddled with the cutest pugs, Bruce and Butters, on the couch and gave myself a bit of pep talk which sorta kinda was like this:

Not having to win anything does not lower your self-worth nor your talent

That is the most obvious one. However my sadistic brain just can't help but comparing myself with others. This I gotta stop it immediately because that is the best way to get depressed and I got to tell myself that my worth can't be measured in bronze, silver or gold. Winning a pole dance competition doesn't make me a better person as I'm already enough.

In fact, I'd keep telling myself that winning a medal is a prize for that given moment, awarding what a poler did, not what a poler is.

You can still make it big in the pole industry without a medal

Winning is an achievement but it is not a permanent thing. It is a fleeting moment and it is true that winning a big competition will put you in the public eye and will open some doors. However there are plenty of ways to succeed in the pole industry. If the talent is there, as long as you work for what you want to achieve, you can make it without a title.

It will always be your hard work and dedication that will make a difference, along with that little something that makes you unique. The medals will open doors but if you don't follow through with a great amount of work, they will close as fast as they opened.

Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn't mean you have to

It's easy to get caught up in the competitive spirit of pole because we are overwhelmed everyday on social media, the announcements for championships, polers sharing their winning routine, training clips of the ones preparing for a competition and so on.

It's good to take a step back and realize that we don't have to measure ourselves against the rest of the world. Most importantly, stay true to yourself. You don't owe anything to anyone, except yourself.

So this is it... I will keep you guys updated on my competition journey! I'm still waiting for the official pictures from the competition so watch this space!

This post features the most affectionate pugs and they give the BEST CUDDLES! I pugging love them so much!

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Fierce and lots of pug love,

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