Tips & Truths in Trying Times: Everything is weird & unfamiliar right now.

I think it’s ok to not be ok right now.  I mean in the “safest” sense of that statement.  I think it’s ok to not be ok with the feelings of being confused, in the unknown, temporarily stuck in the weirdness zone.  I hope you know what I’m getting at.

 

There is no manual on how to feel right now.  There are definitely “rules” on what TO DO/DO NOT DO right now and I hope you are all strictly adhering to these just as we are.  But those damn feelings!  It’s like a roller coaster.  We are all wired for human connection so that’s been the biggest adjustment for us.  We feel cut off from people and we need that social interaction – more than we realized.  Zipadeedoodah for technology and using it safely and wisely (be educated on the platforms you choose) right now to help keep us all keeping on and somewhat connected.  It’s definitely not a substitute…..we and many others still feel “out of touch” – literally.

 

As we all “learn to be still” in our own unique way and navigate through these feelings of “not ok”, some gifts emerge.  Appreciation, opportunity and human kindness stand out for us.  Celebrate the gifts you are noticing however small they may seem.  Get creative in learning/practicing something you simply had no time for before, many of us have that “time” right now.  In the 21 days it takes to form a “good” habit, you will have totally incorporated it into your routine!

 

As always, please send your heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to those working tirelessly during these challenging times.  Post shout-outs on social media, be a positive force in the world, reach out to people with encouragement, phone people especially those you haven’t spoken to for a while, be informed/be respectful/be responsible/be safe, represent, be mindful and soon your feelings will undoubtedly shift to better than OK.

 

In closing, how about an awkward “Isolation Tale”?  You may recall my story in blog #2 about our 425 sq. ft. cozy living space and how awesome my hubby and I are coping & getting along.  How things change in 3 short days.  Here’s our new time-out space on the lanai……..a cozy tent fort (he was guest #1):

All kidding aside, remember the healing power of laughter…………even if all you do is laugh at yourself!

 

Thank you for reading this to the end and for keeping yourself and others safe.  Together we are so much stronger.

In gratitude,

Caron

 

The launch of “LIVE ALOHA”!!!

This is it folks……..it is truly happening!!

 

My husband Rob, my sister Lorie and I have joined together and we are ready (as ready as we can be) to launch a business!  In fact, as I type this marketing has begun.  Yes, these are exciting times and the journey to this point has been interesting to say the least.  We are 3 optimistic people who believe in the power of making our dreams come true and inspiring others to do the same.  We are following our passion of making the world a better place, of spreading a message of kindness, love & hope.  We are living aloha.

 

Our business is called Live Aloha!  Our mission is to spread the positive message of aloha globally.  We are doing this through lifestyle products that promote this as well as through events, stories and whatever method we find to “get it out there” (this may or may not involve random dance parties)!

Aloha is one of the most beautiful and powerful words in the world:

Aloha is a Hawaiian word typically associated with greeting another person with hello or good-bye. The literal meaning of aloha is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life.” It comes from “Alo,” meaning presence, front and face, and “ha,” meaning breath. It also has a deeper impact on the Hawaiian culture. For the Hawaiians, it is “The Aloha Spirit” – a unique way of living, the ultimate lifestyle, and the secret to a full and happy life.

 

Aloha is not only a word, it is a way of living, an attitude and expresses guidelines

to help us in our lives – kindness, patience, compassion, respect, togetherness,

affection, empathy, peace, & love.

 

Aloha means we are able to recognize and appreciate the uniqueness and differences each of us bring into this world. Honor and respect your family, friends, and all the people who pass through your life. Every point of contact with another person teaches us something about life or about ourselves.  Aloha does not pass judgement on others for it always trusts, always hopes and always protects.

 

It is that aloha, caring and spirituality that allows us to build on each others strengths and join together on this magnificent journey we call “Life”.

 

We are choosing to live aloha and here’s why:

 

There are plenty of reasons to be frustrated with the state of the world and life right now.  And there are many people focusing on what’s wrong, what will go wrong and living a fear based life as a result of this.  This mindset perpetuates all facets of people’s experiences and affects thoughts, words and actions.  So the cycle continues.  We are choosing to spread a movement and way of life to change this for ourselves and others. 

 

My husband Rob and I have shared in plenty of experiences during their 34 year adventure together.  Opportunities/challenges, joy/sadness, happiness/heartache, learning/growing, happiness/frustration, abundance/setbacks, things that most people can certainly relate to.  Through everything, we choose to live a life of optimism, of wonder and of believing that goodness prevails.  Our travels have taken us to the Hawaiian Islands several times and we were instantly captivated by not only the beauty but of the mana (energy) that exists.  This mana, the kindness of the people and the breath-taking beauty of this magical place brought us back many times.  We had the privilege of living and working in Hawaii for a year and we made a commitment to submerge ourselves into the culture to gain a deeper understanding of the people and history of Hawaii.  It was then that we discovered the beauty of “living aloha”.  We volunteered; we networked with the locals; I joined Halau Kiuwailehua (hula studio); we supported local businesses, met the hardworking owners and learned of their stories; we went where the locals went; I joined Toastmasters; Rob learned about Hawaiian business; we gained knowledge, understanding and compassion of the Hawaiian history and way of life.

 

Lorie is an entrepreneur at heart who has impacted many with her grace and generosity.  She honors her own stories, experiences and personal growth which have propelled her to new heights of learning.  This new level of learning has excelled Lorie’s skills in business by promoting positive experience in business.  Lorie shares in the passion of “living aloha” and spreading this message globally to create positive change in a world that needs it more than ever.

 

There are plenty of reasons to be hopeful with the state of the world and life right now.  There are many people focusing on what’s good, what will go right and living a love based life as a result of this.  This mindset perpetuates all facets of people’s experiences and affects thoughts, words and actions.  So the cycle continues.  We are choosing to spread a movement and way of life to continue this for ourselves and others.  We are choosing to live aloha!

 

How we are going to do this:

Rob, Lorie and I each have unique talents and gifts, just as everyone on this world of wonder does.  Joining together to “be and do more” is exciting and believing that we can make a good difference in people’s lives is even more exciting.  Together the three of us will spread the beautiful and powerful message of “Live Aloha” globally, wherever people are, through merchandise, stories, adventures and positive actions.

 

The ripple effect of aloha:

Its deep meaning starts by teaching ourselves to love our own beings first and afterwards to spread the love to others.

 

A life of Aloha is one when the heart is so full that it has the power to influence others around you with your spirit. The best part of Aloha is that the more you express your love and compassion for yourself and those around you, the more it comes back to you.

 

Use the word aloha with a pure heart and good intention.
Be guided by aloha and make good choices.
Live aloha wherever you are!

 

Yes, these are exciting times.  As I have mentioned many, many times, a dream forever stays in your head and heart until you take action on it.  I have also mentioned many, many times that it is never too late to launch that business, take that class, join that club, learn something new, do something brave, live out loud, wander and wonder.  Things may not go exactly as you envisioned, but I guarantee you will learn something valuable, you will come out ahead and you just might find that it is the best decision you have ever made!

 

Go on a check us out at www.livealoha.ca (for all of our Canadian friends and family) and www.livealoha.com (for all of our global friends and family).  Follow us on Instagram @livealohaco (we love instagram).  Follow us on Facebook @livealoha (getting better at this).  Look for our “Live Aloha” party bus coming through your area in the near future where there will be bubbles, dancing, rockin’ Live Aloha merchandise so you can “wear good, spread good, live good”, probably some glitter, but most of all a whole lotta LOVE!

 

With aloha,

Caron, Rob and Lorie

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….

 

Love today.

LOVE TODAY.  LOVE THIS DAY.

Love the gift of another day, the opportunities you have, the good thoughts you can think, the kindness you can show, the choices you can make, the actions you can take.  What are you focusing on?  What are you paying attention to?  You are going to get “more of” whatever that is.

 

Today is over-flowing with infinite possibilities, wonderful moments and amazing people.  And you are an important part of it all!

LOVE TODAY.  LOVE AWAY!

Love yourself more, love others more.  Everyone is put into your life for a reason.  How can you grow?  What can you learn?  Reach out to people you haven’t heard from in a while who are on your mind.  Your messages don’t have to be long to be meaningful and make someone feel special.

 

Forgive more.  I know too many people who are holding onto resentment, grudges and bitterness.  This practice depletes our good energy, not to mention our time.  As the saying goes, “holding a grudge is letting someone live rent free in your head”.  Everyone is doing the best they can with where they are and what they know.  We don’t always know the challenges, struggles and hardships others are dealing with. Send out love and compassion and carry on with living your own good life my friends.

 

Love yourself more because “baby you’re worth it”!  Be kind to yourself in your thoughts, your words and your actions…..you’re going to thank yourself for this.  Trust me.

 

LIVE LOVE TODAY.

Tell people they matter.  The world needs that more than ever right now.  Once you start telling people that you notice them and that they are appreciated, ripples of good energy and positive vibes go out into our world.  Saying nothing sends a message too; it can speak louder than actually saying something.  It is never too late to change your behaviours and habits.  Let today be that day for you.

 

In love and positive change,

Caron

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

“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

We all need something good to believe in.

We all need something good to believe in.  Something that gives us hope and joy.

 

Whether you believe in god, unicorns, angels, miracles, Santa, the goodness of humanity, the Tooth Fairy, a divine being, the Easter Bunny, magic, infinite spirit, fairies and pixie dust, prayer, the power of kindness, superheroes, a universal life force or a combination of any of these or others, we all need something good to believe in.

This past week while many of us were celebrating the Christmas season with family and friends, the young son of a friend of mine in New Zealand was fighting for his life after a near drowning incident.  Hundreds of us from around the world joined together as a community and sent prayers, healing and light to baby Eli and the family.  Most of us have never physically met but we all connected in a higher purpose and for the greater good.  We may not have been able to “see” but we certainly “felt” the powerful collective energy we were all sending.  Baby Eli is truly a miracle and we all continue to send blessings to him and the family.

 

Believe in something that builds up the human spirit, connects people in kindness and compassion, sends out joy into the world, and makes hope possible.

 

Believe and then be the change my friends.

 

Together in taking action for good changes,

Caron

Read about the miracle of Eli (#EliTheWarrior) and how you can help the family by clicking the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/9NewsPerth/videos/1154706144541544/