Join us at our 2nd Retreat Sept 21 – 24, 2017 in Naramata, BC!!

My beautiful friend Jeanni and I are hosting our 2nd retreat this September 21 to 24.  We are once again in the beautiful Naramata Centre in Naramata, BC.  The theme of this event is “The Magic, Mystery and Wonder of YOU”.

We would love for you to join us on this adventure, to come explore with us and turn your dreams into reality.  Together we will:

  • connect with the magic you have already experienced in life
  • experience the magic inside you and start to share it with the world
  • learn how to put it to use in your daily life to feel more happy and fulfilled
  • stay connected with us through an on-line regular conference calls to keep you on the path to your dreams for a further 3 months

 

Jeanni and I have put together a magical, fun and inspiring agenda with ample opportunity to process, connect and unwind.  We have once again been mindful of budget and the “all inclusive” price of $627 includes lodging, meals and all retreat materials/activities.  At this point, we have 8 spots left!  Please email me at caronkeens@gmail.com or text/call me at 306.831.9517 if you have any questions.

You can check out the beauty of Naramata by having a look at this website: https://www.hellobc.com/naramata.aspx

We will have ample opportunity for “free time” with several options whether you are interested in the beach, a quiet walk, a wine tour, meditating in the chapel, touring the town or whatever your heart desires.

The pictures below were taken last summer at the “Lake Breeze” winery which is just down the road…..it almost looks like you are in Italy!

 

Looking forward to experiencing a bunch of magic, mystery & wonder with you in September!

With lots of love and aloha,

Caron

 

Realizing me.

I get asked about what I do almost every single day.  By people who I give my business cards to or by the amazing people who I present a “C.A.R.E. Card” to.  I like getting asked that question as it gives me an opportunity to share my story.  A few years ago, I made a focused choice to listen to the voice within and follow my heart.  I created a personally meaningful and inspirational-based business that promotes optimism, hope, happiness and connection.  For all.

 

All of this is based on 3 core values of doing good, being kind and the C.A.R.E. concept.  I developed the C.A.R.E. concept a little over a year ago.  I emphasize the importance of making the time to care for ourselves first so that we are better able to care for others.   The word C.A.R.E. is a powerful acronym that represents:

 

C = CELEBRATE

Most of us don’t do this enough – it is as though we need permission.  Celebrate your accomplishments in some way, however small or insignificant they may SEEM.  Do not wait to celebrate only the big things, the little things quite often roll right into awesomeness!  Laugh and have fun – it keeps us young.

A = APPRECIATE

Living in gratitude would be the best way for me to sum this one up.  Gratitude is a game changer – literally.  Every single day, please find at least one thing to be grateful for.  Your life will not be the same by making this a habit.

R = RESPECT

You are worthy and you matter.  Look after yourself – spiritually, emotionally, mentally & physically.  We are all different and quite often it is our challenges that connect us.  Make peace with your past, practice forgiveness and do not hold grudges.  As the saying goes, holding a grudge is letting someone else live rent free in your head.

E = ENCOURAGE

Think different, challenge routine, dream big, whatever works for you – the possibilities for you are endless. Honour yourself, your strengths – tap into what “fuels you” and what “drives you”.  How can you use those passions to change or enhance your current situation?  Can those passions be turned into something more?    Trust in the power of encouragement!

 

The C.A.R.E. Cards are available for purchase on my website and they are a great way to notice someone.  I find that most people are surprised, grateful and happy to receive a card.  Sharing a smile or a simple greeting works the same way.  Everyone is going through something – we all need a sign of hope and connection.  In a world where many of us are face down in our phones, computers and other distractions of the times, people are craving to be noticed and for someone to say I see you.  Yet many of us are scared to do that.  Have you ever struck up a conversation with a total stranger?  That is perhaps one of my favourite things to do.  I think people are amazing and once we break down the barrier or fear and actually strike up a conversation, we quickly realize how connected we all are.  Our similarities far outnumber our differences.  Just yesterday, we struck up a dialogue with a gentleman and he posed the question to me quite early in our conversation – “do you think the goal of life is happiness?”  Quite a deep question don’t you think?  How would you answer that if someone asked you that?  I believe that happiness is a continuous journey…..a by-product of living in gratitude and experienced by caring for you, for others and for this miraculous place we all call home.

 

Honouring myself and my talents, sharing my passion, practicing the C.A.R.E. concept – all of these things have brought me to this moment.  It has helped me through many obstacles, fears, challenges and doubts.  I will continue to learn and grow and evolve.  Taking action is the key to change, especially taking action on your dreams.  Also realizing that not much in life is perfect and seeking perfection can be paralyzing.    Do something today that your future self will thank you for.  I recently made a huge decision (for me it was!) and I joined Toastmaster’s.  How the girl who was once an introvert could join Toastmaster’s still amazes me.  I was warmly welcomed as a visitor and was assured I would not have to speak.  Well, guess how that played out – the next thing I knew I was at the podium responding to a table top discussion.  I have 2 things to share with you about that experience:

  1. I made them laugh (I couldn’t have known less about the topic!)
  2. I won the award that evening for the highest number of “ah’s and uh’s” in my speech. Yes, there is someone who counts those filler words!

So I consider that “first step of action” to be a huge success.  Am I going to be nervous at the next meeting – YES.  Am I still going to go – YES.  Am I going to rock out at public speaking one day – YES.  Never stop learning (or believing or at least making people laugh)!

 

Over the past few years, I took the initiative to informally chat with some individuals who I am inspired by.  If you are reading this article, you know who you are!  I wanted to know what made them tick, how they stay positive, was there a pivotal moment or did something happen in their life.  For me, it was life changing to share those conversations with people and I will continue to do so – there are many of you I want to chat with.  Unanimously for all of them, it was a conscious choice to be positive and kind.  They chose to live a fulfilled life by these simple but powerful principles and do their best to not be influenced by the negative noise of others.  That takes courage, focus and personal belief.  I honour and admire each and every one of you! 

 

I would like to thank all of you who send me the many emails of how my writing topics resonate with you, the likes, the shares, the comments, those of you who feel safe talking to me about your challenges, hopes, and dreams, those of you who believe in me and encourage me, those of you who don’t understand why I find this business fulfilling (it’s really okay), those of you who I have just met and those of you who I have been blessed with in my life a long time, for those of you who are hurting or struggling – I want you to know I have been there and please know that things will get better, for the times I’ve shared with all the people who have crossed my path on this journey for me to realize me.  I hope that sharing my story, my passion and my dreams………. gives each one of you the encouragement and confidence to do the same. 

 

Trust in your journey,

Caron

GRATITUDE CHANGES EVERYTHING. #gratitude #good #kind #peace #love #happy (2)

That Person is Someone……

First of all, let me say that I do not regularly (if ever) write poetry!  So that is why when the following words suddenly appeared to me in the middle of the night on March 16, I was taken aback.  As I have mentioned in previous “awesome news” posts, I always have my journal with me so that I can capture ideas and “thoughts passing through”.  I sluggishly jotted down these words as quickly as I could in my incoherent state.  And then I fell back asleep…..

 

The next morning, I tried to wrap my head around what I had scribbled in my journal.  As many of you know, I am on a journey of creating hope and happiness in the world with my little grassroots movement, A Good & Kind Company.  I have been very vocal about the fact that we all need to care for ourselves (mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually) so that we can be better equipped to care for others.  Caring for ourselves is not selfish, it’s responsible.  And the awesome person that you are……is so totally worth it!

 

Each one of us has stories and situations that have made us who we are and brought us to this moment.  Be kind to yourself.  Know that you did the best you could, with what you knew and where you were.  You are full of opportunity; you have the power to choose your thoughts; you have the power to realize your dreams and you certainly can change your story!  You are someone.  Be kind to yourself and then get out there and share your unique awesomeness with a world that needs you more than ever.

 

What is one way that YOU care for YOURSELF?  This is a perfect opportunity to share resources on caring for ourselves.  And I am quite confident that your helpful suggestion may be exactly what another person needs to hear right now.

 

In friendship & gratitude,

Caron

www.goodandkindcompany.com

Someone.

 

PS:    I have had many, many people ask me…..what is it that you do, why do you do it, who are you doing it for, and you really left your full time job to do it?  I sincerely appreciate these questions and I am in the process of also writing an “awesome news” post to share my “story”….