Joining the circus – A Birthday Tribute.


Hands in the air, feet off the ground, all of your muscles tense. Fighting gravity, gaining speed, testing your flexibility. Weightless, if only for a second. A twist, a turn. Trust. Moments of fearlessness. Moments later, your feet are back on the ground.

In these seconds a girl accomplishes tricks that she perhaps at one point never believed she herself could do. And now, she actively challenges those doubts, those fears. Spirit over fear. Mind over matter. It is often our own personal hesitations and limitations that hold us back after all.

Super women? Perhaps. Surely inspirational. Balancing upside-down hand in hand body tensed gracefully in the air. Only remaining upright by the sheer force of her muscles, her strength- mentally and physically.

WHY NOT? Bc she can.


I want to say happy birthday to my beautiful sister, Elise. She not only continues to find her own way and build her strengths, but she manages to do so with such poise and inspiration. Cheers to the adventures ahead!

I really recommend trying Acro yoga if you haven’t already! It creates good body awareness, and it is strength and character building. You can accomplish things that you never thought you could, and there is a lot to be gained by putting such trust in others.

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4 thoughts on “Joining the circus – A Birthday Tribute.

  1. Thank you Jillian! I love you so much and I look up to you as my big sister. I am grateful for our relationship! ❤I’m sorry I didn’t get the quotes to you sooner, but you hit the nail right on the head with what you wrote. Since I love talking about Acro so much, I hope you don’t mind my adding what I wanted to send you in the comments section:

    I love acro (short for acrobatics, AcroYoga, and/or partner acrobatics) because it is a means of self-exploration and self-expression. It forces me to concentrate on what my body is doing as it moves through space. Communication has always been a weakness and acro has taught me to be a better communicator. I also love acro for the community. It is abnormal to touch other adults, especially in the US, and acro challenges that norm as it is based (pun intended) on touch and supporting each other as flyers, bases, and spotters. I think touch is an important element to human life that our culture is lacking. Trusting others also contributes to building community and is crucial to making Acro successful! Lastly, it is super fun and makes me feel like a kid again!

    I second Jillian’s comment. If you’re interested in trying acro, you definitely should! You will be surprised with what you can do!

    1. Elise, well said! Thank you so much for sharing this thoughtful, personal glance at you and your connection to Acro!xo

      Feel free to add photo credits as well 🙂

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