We’re together in this.

Friendly & safe greetings to each and every one of you:

What better way to restart a blog then during a global pandemic.  I have no excuse for the lack of consistency & communication other then it was maybe time for me to press pause, rethink and reset.  I suppose like many of us right now.

There is no handbook or manual on how to handle the situation we are currently in.  These are certainly unprecedented times.  Filled with a mixture of fear, chaos and of course panic.  Everything changes daily and these struggles are all too real.  Vulnerability, unemployment, economic downturn, uncertainty, rapid changes, new way of doing everything, the list goes on.

Every single one of us has or will react differently to the situation we are all in. In our own family, there have been different reactions and responses to all this – we all cope differently.  What is important is to be honest and transparent with how you are feeling.  We should not be judgmental ever, but especially now when people need to feel safe expressing their fears.  Try to be compassionate and empathetic with others. We are all going to need each other more than we have ever realized.

We all have a duty to be informed, diligently responsible, respectful and SAFE right now.  There are an incredible number of people who are working tirelessly in health care/essential services to help those who need it most.  Not to mention those who are going above and beyond to keep the grocery, fuel, transport, delivery & other necessary services available.  We all need to be grateful daily for these individuals.  If you’re one of them, GRATEFUL FOR YOU!

And as always, amidst all the fear and chaos, something beautiful surfaces.  We see signs of optimism and hope.  There are so many inspiring acts of kindness……people trying their best to cope and along the way, delivering some goodness, fun and joy to the temporary difficult situation we are all in.  We all need to be grateful daily for these individuals too.  If you’re one of them, GRATEFUL FOR YOU!

I do not have big answers to any of this.  I seriously do not.  I can default to being hopeful, grateful  and kind.  That’s what I choose!

Thank you for reading this to the end and for keeping yourself and others safe.  Together we are stronger – we truly are.  I’m very grateful for YOU.

Together & grateful,
Caron

 

Tips to help you keep goin’ and growin’ in your journey….

Have any of you noticed how many people are struggling right now?  Whether it’s dealing with challenges, obstacles, frustration, feeling stuck, financial hardship, anger, regret….you name it.  I have noticed.  I have faced a lot of these things too.  You’ve no doubt heard the saying that when one of us hurts, we all hurt.

 

I’ve had to learn some hard lessons.  I’ve written a lot about celebrating the contrast; we cannot appreciate light without darkness, joy without sorrow, success without failure.  We cannot fix everything or everyone.  At some point in our lives we all make poor choices and decisions and experience “shoulda/woulda/coulda” moments.  We question some relationships and ponder over people’s behaviors.  WHY?  WHY?  WHY!!!

We all have a lot in common don’t we?  Once we engage in honest and authentic conversations with people, we realize how very much alike we are.  We are definitely not alone and that it comforting.  I have discovered some things (FREE things!) that have significantly helped me and continue to help me as I navigate along and make the best of my journey.  Here is what I have learned:

 

  1. We can always learn and grow.  We all stumble, we all fall.  Never stop improving yourself.  EVER.
  2. We have control over something powerful……our thoughts, our words, our actions and our reactions.  Choose wisely and carefully.
  3. Everyone is doing the best they can with what they know and where they are.  Think about that.  We are all together in this journey, YES, but we are all unique.  Do not judge.  Respect one another.
  4. Optimism and gratitude are game-changers and create magic & miracles in transforming our lives.
  5. People are craving to be noticed.  A smile, a gesture, a sincere “hello” can change someone’s day or future.  Again, we cannot fix everything or everyone but we can influence hope and connection with kindness and compassion.   Even to those who we may think deserve it the least.  Again, refer to #3.
  6. People change, relationships change, it’s okay.  Celebrate the good memories, learn from the not so good, bless everyone and carry on.  Regret and resentment serves no one and takes up space in our heads.  Put a reserved sign on that valuable parking spot for goodness and growth.
  7. Celebrate the contrast!  Learn from mistakes and challenges, go forward the best you can through obstacles, grow, be better, be stronger.
  8. Trying new things adds major fun, whimsy and excitement to life.  Take that class, join that group, volunteer for that organization who needs you, learn that instrument, dance in your kitchen, wave to random people, sing in the grocery store…..you get the picture!
  9. Keep dreaming BIG, keep believing BIGGER, and by all means take action (BIGGEST) or that dream forever stays in your head.  Even if things do not go as planned, you tried and you will without a doubt……learn, grow and know!

 

Your journey.  The story of YOU!

 

In celebration, joy and love,

Caron

 

PS – YOU are definitely not alone….

 

You are an important part of the YOUNIVERSE!

It’s so fantastic to really consider the special part that each of us plays in the youniverse.  Every single one of us.

Do you ever stop and think about the many people who have crossed your path, who know someone that you know, who have been somewhere you have been, who like the same things you do?  Have you ever met people that you feel you’ve met before?  Oh yeah.  It happens in the most random places, at the most random times and circumstances when you take the time to have a dialogue with another human being.

 

Have you ever had a conversation with a person you just met and things go like this:  “No way!  You’ve got to be kidding.  You’re not going to believe this!”  I’m sure you have.  Woohoo, you have an instant bond and common connection with someone you hardly know.  Yep you do! This creates a positive shift in infinite ways and sends ripples of awesomeness EVERYWHERE…..far, further, farther than that far!  Because you are a very important part of the youniverse and so are they.

 

It’s really big out there, but we are all connected. 

 

We are all right here, right now, together.  That’s kinda cool, and presents all sorts of fun and interesting possibilities.  So get out there and make sure you take the time to talk.  To anyone, to everyone.  Be curious.  Be present.  Be brave.  Be non-judgemental.  Be compassionate.  Be understanding.  Be kind.  Be love.  Seek to understand.  Learn.  Grow.  Carry on.  Create some awesomeness in this amazing youniverse!

 

Can’t wait to meet YOU out there,

Caron

Kindness helps. Kindness heals. POSITIVELY!

I write about the power of kindness often because I feel that the world needs it more than ever.  Messages and stories about acts of kindness warm our hearts and touch our souls.  They bring us together collectively as human beings.  We want to share these stories; we want to be a part of these stories; we want these stories to heal the world.

 

 

We can always show more kindness towards one another. 

 

Together, let’s show some kindness towards those:

Who work proudly, who seek work, who represent hope, who pick up our garbage, who teach our children, who raised us, who tried their best, who let us merge, who are frustrated, who are sad, who ring in our groceries, who smile at us for no reason, who make us laugh, who compliment us, who include us, who encourage us, who say nothing, who say nothing positive, who take a chance, who take no chances, who take our tickets, who greet us, who keep in touch with us, who are scared, who are alone, who appear to have it all, who have very little, who spread happiness, who do not yet know true happiness, who dwell on “the negative”, who celebrate “the good”, who drive our taxi/bus, who farm the land, who give back, who build, who repair, who clean up, who feed, who care, who  pump our gas,  who want to learn, who get help, who ask for help, who need help but are scared to ask, who are lost, who are found, who are searching, who are struggling, who are confused, who volunteer , who heal, who seek healing, who fall down, who get back up, who handle our luggage, who follow their dreams, who believe in possibilities, who check us in, who practice non-judgment, who are fair, who keep us safe, who seek justice, who provide, who share, who reach out, who reach in, who love, who are looking for love, who spread kindness, who are looking for kindness.  And together, let’s show that kindness TODAY.

I’m sure many of you are aware of the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada and area.  The entire city (80,000+ people) has been evacuated and over 1,600 homes and buildings have been destroyed.  There are numerous stories circulating of the kindness, generosity and humanity of people and organizations towards those impacted by this tragedy.   I personally made a donation through the Canadian Red Cross (www.redcross.ca) and this took me less than 2 minutes to process.   There are uplifting stories of airlines, businesses, community groups, individuals, corporations and volunteer organizations who have selfishly reached out with acts of kindness and support.  There are hundreds of brave people who are at the scene doing what they can to ensure the safety of all involved and to minimize the impact of this wildfire.  Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to do what they can.  Please join me in sending prayers and support to all involved.

 

Together in kindness,

Caron

“Wonderful feeling. Wonderful day!”

My, oh my, what a wonderful day……

I love all things Disney.  Anyone who knows our family would confirm we are all huge Disney fans.  We’ve made many tours to Disneyland with not only our own kids but as they got older, with as many of their friends who would fit in our vehicle.  The record was 9 of us!  This will be the subject of another blog post one day……our adventures down to Disneyland.

 

For the purpose of today though, I want to focus on making today a “zip-a-dee-doo-dah” wonderful day.  I love this catchy tune from the Disney 1946 love action and animated movie Song of the South, sung by James Baskett.  For those of you who have been on the awesome ride “Splash Mountain” in Disneyland would recognize this song which plays towards the end of your journey on the water.  Love Love Love!  It’s fun, it’s whimsical, it’s catchy, it’s happy, it’s simple.

 

Wherever you are, whatever you do, try your best to make today a “zip-a-dee-doo-dah” wonderful day.  Quite often this is just a choice to see things differently, to think differently or to feel differently despite your current situation.  What if today, you made that choice?  What if today, you focused on the “good”, on gratitude, on the simple gifts in the world?  Such as “sunshine headed your way”.  What if today, you helped someone else have a wonderful day?  What if today, a song came out every time you opened your mouth?  Yes my friends, I believe we need more of that.

 

Today’s the day.  Wonderful feeling…..Wonderful day!

 

To today, choices and sunshine,

Caron

“To do” today! Anyone wanna join me?

I try my best everyday to do my “to do” list (this is a real tongue twister)!  There are a few daily practices that have turned into wonderful habits when I wrote them down and became consciously aware of taking action on them.  The awesome part is how transforming this has been for my life.  So much so that I have to share this powerful stuff with YOU.

 

I have a standard “to do” list and I add other interesting and fun stuff to it as necessary (such as get groceries, shovel snow, pay bills, get a tooth pulled, etc).  I admit, I’m a list person.  It works for me and I know, the more we use lists the more we depend on them but it’s just the way I roll.

The items that are part of my daily ritual “to do” include:

  • Wake up, get up, show up
  • Do some “good” (for myself, for others, for the world)
  • Be kind (to myself and others)
  • Practice gratitude
  • Choose happiness
  • Oh, and the occasional cartwheel, spontaneous dance or “joy jumpin” move!

 

 

I hope that you are incorporating these life-changing practices into your daily life.  Write them down, say them, choose them, live them, believe them……let this be the way we all rock and roll!  Every single one of us has different stories, challenges, dreams and goals.  We all have “off” days and “on” days.  Every. single. one. of. us.  And that’s okay.  Try your best to do whatever you can in your current situation.  I’m sure that you will find your life positively impacted as these become habits; not to mention the positive impact you will make on the lives of others.  Oh, and here’s an added bonus, these “to do woooo hoooo hoooos” are FREE (I bet you wanna join me now)!

 

So get out there and shine your fanflippintastic awesomeness in a world that needs you more than ever.

 

To choices and positive change,

Caron

PS – I celebrate YOU!

 

 

“A Good Life” shirts now available! Share good – feel good.

Today is a great day to celebrate.  It is our oldest daughter’s birthday (Happy Birthday Crysta….XO to you!!) and I launched a clothing line for a Good & Kind Company!

This first item I am excited about is an awesome t-shirt with a simple slogan (“A Good Life”) that incorporates my happy logo (thanks to my über-talented cousin Brian).  In keeping with my mission to “Create change & happiness. Positively”, I encourage you to find your own way to live “A Good Life”.  By doing acts of kindness; by practicing gratitude daily; by choosing optimism; by caring for yourself physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally; by caring for others; by loving yourself and others; by practicing forgiveness; by practicing non-judgement; by following your heart/your passion and facing your fears; by choosing good thoughts/speaking good words/doing good things; by believing in dreams; by following your dreams; by having fun/laughing more/spreading joy; and by being awesomely YOU.

 

I have incorporated a campaign for this shirt called “Share Good – Feel Good”.  Each shirt comes with a free 5-pack of C.A.R.E. Cards (click here to learn more) bundled with a bracelet to keep you inspired.  The C.A.R.E. cards are a great way to notice other people and of course to “Share Good – Feel Good”.  To find out more about the pricing, sizes, ordering and t-shirt details, click here.

 

If you haven’t already, please sign up on my website to be on my mailing list.  That way, you will be certain to receive inspiring blog posts, updates on wonder(full) product launches, fun & captivating events and positive awesomeness!

 

The graphic I created showcases some of the pictures of friends, family (and me) wearing these happy shirts!  Thank you everyone.  Check out what happens when you wear one of these shirts woooohoooo……I hope you enjoy some of the “fun” that we captured!!  HAHA.  In keeping with the theme of “fun”, I will be posting a graphic within the next few days that shows you the amazing “fun” bloopers!!  Even more HAHA; I promise.

 

Together in living “A Good Life”,

Caron

Choose to “BE THE GOOD”.

Good things happen in our own lives, around us and out in the world every day.  Focusing on what is good in our lives is a very healthy habit…and it sure makes the challenges easier to deal with!  Purposefully looking for and acknowledging the positive creates a shift in how we see situations, including our own.  It affects our thinking, our behaviour, our actions and ultimately, our lives.  Following this practice does not mean that we won’t experience setbacks of any sort, it means that we purposefully choosing to live and THRIVE.    The fantastic thing is that it’s not too late for anyone to make this transformational change.

 

Last week, I wrote about living our “what ifs” and 9 ways to start taking action towards living them (https://www.goodandkindcompany.com/9-simple-ways-to-start-taking-action-towards-living-your-what-ifs/).  I received some great feedback from people who shared their own “what ifs” with me and the changes they are implementing to realize their goals.  Thank you!!  Every single one of us has different “what ifs”.  Choose those that add to your personal growth and then start taking action.  Choose to forgive someone, to reach out to someone you’ve been thinking of, to be more loving to yourself and others, to face a fear, to start that project, to be more kind, to compliment yourself and others more, to be more respectful, to celebrate more, to have spontaneous fun, to understand more, to live with less, to laugh more, to not judge others, to listen more and talk less, to see the beauty in the world, to speak positively, to be more compassionate. Choose to BE THE “GOOD”.

 

 

When we choose to “BE THE GOOD” and live with compassion and kindness, people change, awesome happens, thinking changes, spirits soften, opportunities reveal, healing happens, situations change, connection happens, hope appears and love happens. – Caron Keens

 

Kindness and compassion affects the recipient of the act, the doer of the act, the observers, those who hear about it, those who read about it, those who share it and those who watch it on TV or social media.  The ripple effect just keeps going and going, spreading all that super cool rockin’ awesomeness to those in its path. Now that’s something good worth celebrating!

Thoughts Become THings

Together in good changes,

Caron

6 super simple ways to experience a better life with optimism.

I think often about optimism.  Choosing optimism (and it is a choice) as often as I can has been life changing for me.  Let’s be honest though, life isn’t always the most predictable happy dancin’, joy trippin’ experience we signed up for.  Sigh, I’m sure you can relate.  Each one of us has our own challenges and struggles but we have something else in common.  We each have the opportunity to choose optimism over pessimism, positive over negative, and to experience a better life as a result of this habit!

Here are 6 super simple ways to experience a better life with optimism:

 

  1. The first thing to do upon waking in the morning: give thanks for something.  Practicing gratitude is a game changer – guaranteed.  You woke up!  Today is an opportunity to make a difference, to try something new, to be a better person than you were yesterday, to tell family and friends you love them, to reconnect with someone you’ve been thinking of, to connect with someone new, to start over, to redo, to rethink, to renew, to celebrate life and all the gifts it offers.  Simply do whatever you can with whatever you have and wherever you are!
  2. (Be)lieve (the)re is (good) in the world. Sure there are lots of nasty and sad things that happen, all over, every day.  But there are even more good and inspiring things.  Be one of them!
  3. Simplify your life so you can appreciate more (with less). The more stuff/things/gadgets/gizmos we have (or think we have to have), the more cluttered our lives and minds become.  The faster we go, filling our lives with “busyness”, the harder it will be to get off that spinning wheel.  Can you eliminate one thing, one commitment, one habit that is causing you overload?  I’m sure you can and you are totally going to thank yourself for taking that step!
  4. Practice healthy habits that help you grow emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally. Get active however you can, be mindful of watch you watch, read, listen to, practice focused breathing whenever you can to feed your soul and calm your mind, eat well and think about what you are putting into your body, get enough sleep, C.A.R.E.TM  more, choose to be kind, choose to see the good, choose to make a positive difference, choose to learn and grow and evolve, choose to love yourself, choose to love others, choose to think differently, choose to be brave, choose to take a stand, choose your thoughts, choose to believe, choose to speak your truth, choose to forgive, choose to live your best life.
  5. Be compassionate and non-judgmental. We never know what another person is dealing with.  Health issues, care-giving, finances, insecurity, job loss, relationship problems, loss, purpose, fear, loneliness, frustration, overwhelm, overload.  Your smile, encouraging words, or act of kindness may be all it takes to make someone’s day better (including your own!)
  6. Who are you surrounding yourself with? I encourage you to take the time to look at this.  This includes who you physically surround yourself with as well as those you are surrounded with through social media.  Both make an impact. We need to be mindful to maintain and celebrate those relationships that are serving us and distance or even eliminate those relationships that are bringing us down.  It may be difficult to take that step, but it is crucial for personal growth, peace and happiness.  In situations where distancing yourself is difficult, such as a work environment, refer to the suggestions in the previous points I have listed.  Any of those suggestions will help you to cope, and perhaps even thrive in challenging relationship situations.

 

Choose optimism and “magic” follows, more of it than you can imagine.  Joy will show up in your life in the most unexpected moments, in the simplest of ways, and with increased frequency.  Some things you never “saw” before will wonderfully appear.  Your experiences will change, your relationships will shift, your life will change.  All because you chose.

 

Together in the journey,

Caron

Why now is the time to C.A.R.E.

Do good.

Do the best you can, however you can, with what you have and where you are.

Be kind.

Be the positive change that you wish to see and experience in this world.

 

I am sure every one of you reading this will agree that there is too much violence, tragedy and hatred in the world.  Far too often there is something happening that affects people’s lives, causing pain, loss and suffering, and saddens us with disbelief, feelings of despair and heavy hearts.

 

At the same time we hear of, read and witness outpourings of love and a collective spirit of humankindness that offers hope, support and healing.  The positive power of people joining together from all over the world in compassion helps those who need it the most and also creates a bond of peace and unity that inspires us all.

Today, I want to send out an everyday reminder for each one of us.  Remember to C.A.R.E.TM.  Simple as that.  The word care itself implies attention, nurturing, thoughtfulness and sensitivity.  I created the C.A.R.E. TM acronym a few years ago which combines the words celebrate, appreciate, respect and encourage.  I strongly believe that if we can do the best we can everyday to take action and celebrate, appreciate, respect and/or encourage someone (that someone may be ourselves) then positive change happens.  It happens by changing the way we think, the way we feel about ourselves and others, the way we make others feel, the way we behave, the choices we make, the way we interact with others.  This is a start to creating good change in our own lives and in the lives of others.  This is the way we create positive change in the world because this type of movement has a ripple effect that knows no boundaries.  It breaks down barriers and connects us as human beings.  The best part is this is free; all it involves is belief, authenticity and action.

 

Here’s to creating hope, love, healing and peace for the people of our world.  Although it may seem that individually it is challenging or impossible to create good change, this is not true.  We may “feel” powerless, we may “feel” hopeless, we may “feel” insignificant, but this is not true either.  Do the best you can, however you can, with what you have and where you are.  Be the positive change you wish to see and experience in our world.  The day is today, the time is now and good happens……one action, one person at a time.

 

Together in the journey,

Caron