The Red Sweater. A true and inspiring story……60 years later!

In the mid 1950’s my mom, Betty left her family home in Saskatchewan and ventured east to Montreal to live with her grandma, work and experience life.  I’m sure it was quite the contrast to her life and upbringing on the prairies of rural Saskatchewan.

 

She left several younger siblings back at home and one of them was her sister Irene.  In her best attempt at spelling and printing, Irene wrote my mom a letter thanking her for a gift and a letter she had sent.  How exciting it must have been for Irene to receive something in the mail all the way from Montreal!  In this letter, she also asked my mom for a red sweater with buttons down the front for her next gift.  As the story goes, my mom saved all her money she made from working to buy her mom and dad their first “refrigerator” which I’m sure was very exciting and incredibly appreciated.

 

My mom kept Irene’s letter all these years.  For Irene’s birthday this past December, my mom sent her a special gift.  There was a copy of Irene’s letter along with a beautiful red sweater with of course, buttons down the front.  Mom told Irene she couldn’t remember if she ever did send her one!

 

There were lots of tears and memories from this gesture.

This story is such a reminder of kindness, love and all the goodness in life that makes us feel grateful and happy.  Taking the time to bring joy to another person carries with it a ripple effect that inspires many others, ourselves included.  I encourage each one of you to keep spreading the kindness and love to others however you can, wherever you are and be a part of making this world a better place.

 

Here’s to friends, family, awesome stories and goodness!

 

With aloha,

Caron

Celebrating moments that turn into awesomeness….

Some moments turn out way more awesome than we can imagine.

 

Fun things are fun!  Laughter is contagious!!  No permission needed for whimsy!!!  Some moments turn into unexpected awesomeness.  This was one of those times……

 

Laughter, fun and whimsy connect us as human beings, keep us YOUNG, release stress, build relationships and create all sorts of wonderful magic in our lives. 

 

I was recently visiting my mom and grandma before a speaking event in Saskatchewan.  Mom and I try our best to meet at grandmas as often as we can (we all live in different communities).  Our get-togethers most often involve catching up, sharing in meals, a few interesting games of rummy (guess who wins most often?), a lot of laughs, a little bit of mischief, some naptime and simply sharing in our time together.

 

I decided we should all sport “a good life” shirt a get a 3 generation picture.  What happened next is something I can’t explain exactly.  You can see from the progression of pictures that it was an absolute explosion of uncontrollable laughter between my mom and grandma.  I decided to capture a few pictures of them in action before sneaking in behind them to get in on the fun!!  Thanks to my aunt Renee who was visiting for taking the group photos.  It certainly took a while for us to be able to compose ourselves and say “cheese”!

This was one of those moments that we will all remember for a long, long time.  Laughing until we cry, feeling the joy, celebrating being together and simply living “a good life”.

 

Celebrate on my friends,

Caron

 

Woooohoooo!  My 1st launch of “A Good Life” shirts are sold out!!  Thank you to everyone who purchased one.  The 2nd edition (new design and sizes) will be available very soon.  You can sign up to be on my email list on my website (www.goodandkindcompany.com) to receive updates on products and other fun stuff!

9 simple ways to start taking action towards living your “what ifs”.

Every single one of us has different “what ifs”, dreams, goals and hopes.  Of course we do – things would be really boring otherwise!  I love hearing about what other people want, wish for and desire.  These discussions allow for a deeper conversation and understanding of one another.  The outcome has always strengthened my feelings of compassion, love and empathy for others.

 

I have had MANY discussions with other people about their “what ifs” over the past few years.  Sometimes people express that these dreams seem so unobtainable, unreachable and cause frustration – I understand.  Truly I do.  But is it the truth?  Are our dreams, goals, hopes and “what ifs” destined to just be something that lingers as an unfulfilled wish?  And are these “what ifs” really so different from one another?  I do not think so.  Truly I do not.

I compiled a list of 9 simple ways that any of us can start taking action towards living our own “what ifs”.  RIGHT NOW.  Let’s get at it:

  1. Change how you think – optimism creates “magic” in our lives.  BELIEVE YOU CAN!
  2. Accept that you are worthy, deserving and awesome (right now).  Tell yourself this daily – say it, hear it, know it and believe it!
  3. Take small steps.  Keep moving forward with any positive action that you can with what you have, where you are and in your current situation.
  4. Keep dreaming, visualizing, journalling, trusting and believing.  Every day, imagine and actually experience the “feelings” associated with your “what ifs”.  Note: this practice may create a change of perspective and you just might realize you are living your “what if” right now. Hmmm, now that’s cool!
  5. Celebrate successes however small you may “think” they are.  Any deliberate and focused action (or thought or belief) about making your “what ifs” a reality is something to celebrate!
  6. Be flexible.  Allow for serendipities, changes, surprises (and remember…..there are no coincidences).
  7. Be patient but persistent.  Live in the present moment with all of its opportunities and challenges, do your best and continue moving forward with focus and passion.
  8. Be grateful.  There is always, always something to be grateful for.  Gratitude creates “magic and happiness” in our lives.  POSITIVELY!
  9. Be brave and confident.  Do not let the “noise”, negativity, disapproval or “disregard” from others to defeat you.  It may temporarily cause frustration, but bless those people, send them love and carry on.

Remember to be respectful, to encourage others and to encourage yourself.  Appreciate that we are each on our own journey of wonder.  When we take action to live our own “what ifs”, we may inspire someone else to do the same.  When we take the time to find out what others dream of, wish for, and hope for, it becomes very clear that our “what ifs” are very similar and connect us more than we realize.  Truly they do.

 

To love, happiness, freedom, health and peace.  TRULY.

Caron