Sweet Summer
The Good Life
August 6th 2012
In Today's Note
Quote of the Day
"We read to know we are not alone."
-C.S. Lewis
New Council Update

First, thank you all so much for keeping this under wraps. No one forced me to flee the house this week. 

Second, thank you for the incredibly warm and positive feedback. You're right. This is history in the making. And you are very much up for it.

So. Here are some updates for you:

- No, there will be NO points or anything even resembling them. Breathe easy.

- Website and blog names have been reserved.

People are already submitting events, asking to help and volunteering to be advisors. You rock!
- More than 1,200 of Kenny Wetzel's songs have been donated. This is an amazing breakthrough, to say the least.

Great news all around. I will continue to keep you posted!
A 100% Pure Swing Event!

Hey California! Are you dying for an event with 100% swing music and 100% swing attendees? Well then, you'd better set aside Saturday, September 15th... because my absolute favorite live band will be playing for some of my absolute favorite WCS dancers at the CA Swing Dance Hall of Fame Gala in Anaheim, CA.

Tickets are going fast, and people are coming from all over the state. Guaranteed great dancing from start to finish! Click here for the flyer and send your check to me at:

PO Box 292
Camarillo, CA 93011

And don't forget! The hotel sells out early, so call for your special discount rate by 
August 15th (Disneyland is right around the corner too!). 

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Dear Reader,  

I hope everyone is enjoying the Olympics! They are such an excellent source for training and inspiration. I've written two posts about them already on my blogs. If you haven't read them yet, here they are: Get Your Training On and Olympic Torch Strikes Gold


In the meantime, I have some great reports and some awesome reading to share with you...

xoxo, -Katherine

The Good Life
St. Louis Cathedral
St. Louis Cathedral
(New Orleans)
Next week we may get back to my articles, but I thought you might like to hear what your peers are up to.

I don't know if it was Convention Mention or Life After Swing or maybe even hearing about one of our crazy road trips for the millionth time that did it. But you guys are making me jealous.

Why? Because you're sending me all these emails about how, when attending the so-called West Coast Swing events out there, you've been ditching them to see the ridiculously awesome cities they are being held in.

Oh yes, I've explored these cities too (I think Nick and I still have cramps in our legs from the DC Mall once upon a time), but the way you describe your own adventures... well, I want to be there too!
Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
(Washington DC)
Yes, many of these emails include regrets or disappointments with the events themselves, but then again, most of you had already purchased the event tickets, the flights, the comp fees, etc months ago. 

And that's not to say you didn't get to dance either!
French Quarter
The French Quarter
(New Orleans)
My favorite stories came from dancers who hit the town at night. Apparently, they found some awesome places to dance... clubs, bars, jazz clubs. Some said they fell in love with WCS all over again. How awesome is that?
The Capitol
The Capitol Building
(Washington DC)
So I count all of these as success stories. My husband shared a quote with me this week that really struck home for me:

"Curiosity only comes when joy is present."

How very true. If we could see the photos these dancers took, I bet joy was emanating from every face.


Our community could use a little more joy in our lives. It's about time. No matter what inspired you to leave your hotel lobbies behind and seek new frontiers... I hope you do it again. And again and again and again!
Summer Reading
summer reading
A reader shared a link to The Gift of Fear on his FB page, along with the following note:

"Thanks to a recommendation from Katherine Krok Eastvold I finally started reading "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin De Becker. I've owned a copy of this book for years but never read it until now. 

I'm only a few chapters into it, but I see that it has an important message for all of us if we want to stay safe in a dangerous world. The main message I've retained so far is that we need to trust our feelings if a situation just doesn't feel right and stop telling ourselves that we are being ridiculous. 

If you haven't read it, please do. It could save your life." 
He was referring to my post, Prince Charming and the Gift of Fear
I've received a few emails along the same lines too. I'm thrilled. That's why we have each other. But somehow this post got me thinking- perhaps it's time I send along some of my favorite titles. After all, my 'to do' list is rather long this summer, isn't it? I can't write nearly as much as I'd like to... Maybe some of these will provide good company in the meantime. 
Disclaimer: None of these are "dance" books. I've recommended all of them to students at one point or another, but they are all merely suggestions. You can take them or leave them as you please. They are listed alphabetically.
There was my life before Boundaries, and there is my life after Boundaries. They don't look at all the same. It was the first book I gifted to Nick and it is by far the one I've recommended more than any other. Be aware that it is published by New Life, a ministry I've mentioned before. But it's not even remotely preachy- it's focus is on living with healthy boundaries. If you have wounds that will bleed when they reference scripture, then this may not be the book for you. Otherwise... grab it. I'll change your life.

Do What You Are
Yes, it's a popular resource in career centers far and wide, but I recommend its first section for everyone. Sure, you'll read it and finally figure out a lot about yourself (felt like they were crawling around in my brain- lots of 'ah ha!' moments for me), but it also helps you understand other people too. I can't think of a single relationship in my life that didn't benefit from this read. No matter what age you are, you'll get a lot out of it.

I didn't ask for this book. Nick took it off the shelf at a bookstore and said, "Wow... you totally need this book." I was a little offended. I told him we weren't buying it... and he bought it anyhow. SO glad he did. It's solid gold. Gold, gold, gold, gold. And she writes like me too- you'll love it. 

And yes. It's written for women. But I've noticed that there are plenty of guys that would benefit from it greatly. Nick put quite a few of them into practice at his office. Both of us have enjoyed terrific results.

Okay, men... this one is definitely NOT for you. But ladies, I've used this book with every single woman I've coached for competition. And forget their other follow-up books... this original is the holy grail. It's all you need.

Men, this is the one for you. I referenced it in my Thanksgiving Note last year. John Eldredge is probably Nick's favorite writer, hands down. And I'm glad I read it to, because otherwise the school teacher in me would've tried to curb his nature instead of encourage it. Plus there's that whole "valiant, vulnerable and scandalous" thing. Again, this is written from a faith perspective, so... just be aware. (If you are already an Eldredge fan, then you might enjoy Nick's favorite book of his, "Fathered by...")


And there you go. It looks like the books I'm recommending to everyone are all non-fiction. I don't think I've ever noticed that till now. Hmmm.

If its fiction you need, well, I'm a Lit major. I don't know where to start. We own 6 bookshelves and Nick's books only take up one. So...

I hope you find something here that you like. Again, these are just my favorites... not a "required reading" list or anything. But they've all influenced my work in some way, so I think you'll like at least a few.
Discussion Questions
Word Groups
'Word' Groups

1. Read the Quote of the Day. What book have you read that made you feel understood? It can be fiction or non-fiction.

2. I mention the relationship between curiosity and joy. How have you seen this play out in your dance life? In your personal life?

3. What book or books have you recommended to others, if any? How did they impact your life? Are there any that I listed that you found interesting? Which ones, and why?
About Katherine
A Champion dancer who fell in love with West Coast Swing in
the early 1990's, Katherine is on the Board of Directors for the CA Swing Dance Hall of Fame, has owned her highly successful studio, is a multi-finalist in both Classic and Strictly at the US Open, written articles for numerous magazines in the community since 1997, including 'In the Swing' and "5-6-7-8,' choreographed top 5 routines, been on the board for Boogie by the Bay and has traveled to over 42 states. 

She is not afraid. She loves beauty. She loves truth. And she believes it's knowledge that can bring a dancer more joy than they can imagine on the floor. 

She writes "for the people" and has, and will always, listen.

      Katherine Krok Eastvold

Katherine Krok Eastvold | PO Box 61555 | Santa Barbara | CA | 93160