It's the start of 2015. Most of us have probably set a new year's resolution whether in conrete, stone, thought or conversation. We have all thrown around ideas, thoughts, goals, desires and wants for 2015, which is great! How determined are you? Are your ideas or goals specific, measureable, achievable/realistic, time-bound and do they allow you to be rewarded immediately or along the way?
Know where you are currently and accept it regardless of whether it's where you want to be, as this will one, help you to be realistic and two, it will ground you. It will also help you to move forward and take a journey toward achieving a change, acquiring new skills, an improvement or just reaching toward the end of your goal step by step.
I always had a in 3 hours, 3 months, 3 years saying when I was goal-setting. I was always committed to achieving whatever goal I truly believed in and wanted to accomplish, time was important, but if I wanted something bad enough I wouldn't get too caught up on trying to achieve it in an unrealistic time-frame. My goals were planned, I worked hard, I stuck to them and I rewarded myself along the way (rewards were not always gifts of a monetary value, sometimes they were just a treat like going to a new location, enjoying a favourite food, marking my calendar with a big tick, going for a walk, watching a movie/tv etc...). There are always going to be inevitable factors, bumps, hurdles, people, things and challenges along the way that will holt you temporarily, not set you back. The way you think about setting and achieving goals has to be very positive and this in itself is a challenge, especially if you are not aware or do not know how to keep the negative out and overcome thoughts with positivity and productivity.
As another year comes to a quick close, 2015 awaits us enthusiastically to turn up the heat and get passionate about our goals and things that make us happy.
We hope that you all feel that partner dance especially Rock 'n' Roll and Swing/Lindy Hop will form part of your future goals and passion. Our wish is that it continues to be something you naturally look forward to, love and are happy to continue to discover and experience.
JIVE TALK - ARE YOU JIVE WISE?
Lou Shelley in 1945 published the 'Hepcats Jive Talk Dictionary' with publishing company The T.W.O. Charles Company in Derby, Connecticut. The dictionary is broken up into the following categories Jive Words, Jive Phrases, Jeographical Jive and G.I. Jive. The dictionary provides insight into the lingo/slang/dialect spoken in a time gone by, by the greats like Frank Sinatra and Cab Calloway. It is also relevant to note that Cab Calloway in 1940 had a Hepster Dictionary. Cab Calloway's Hepster Dictionary would accompany his sheet music. If you would like to read some more and have some fun with some of the lingo then a list can be found by clicking here. And Just in case you were wondering what a Hepcat was - it is a word that was used to describe a cool person from the 40s who understands and speaks 'jive' talk.
We have to note that and wonder had this dictionary been written today, would it have been published today?
Before we begin this article, let's define the two keywords Friend and Impress:
1. A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
2. A person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate.
3. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
4. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.
5. One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement.
Partner dancing is great for your mind, body and soul...
Medical research and projects relating to the health benefits of dance have been conducted for decades. There are many reports that conclude that dancing in deed has many health benefits. Dancing may: