The incredible story of our March 24-27 retreat theme “Reflecting, feeling, connecting, healing”….

It was last August when once again, I awoke with an epiphany.  This time it was words.  Just four words.  This happens frequently so I ensure that I have something nearby to capture my thoughts passing through.  I clumsily jotted down the words that came to me in this order “Reflecting, Feeling, Connecting, Healing”…..and fell back asleep.

 

A few days later, I was with my friend Jeanni whom I had only met a few months before.  We may have just recently met but we felt as though we’d known each other forever.  When Jeanni and I get together, the magic and ideas flow incredibly.  One of our discussions had led to the idea of hosting a retreat and we both lit up with joy and possibilities.  On this day, I couldn’t wait to tell Jeanni about my “four words” as they seemed to be a perfect fit for a theme of our retreat.

 

Our get together was fabulous; we never stop throwing out ideas, dreams and what-ifs.  I shared with Jeanni my “aha moment” from a few nights before and she was excited and intrigued.  She agreed that this would be a very fitting theme for our event.

A few days later Jeanni messaged me that she had something to share with me and told me that I wouldn’t believe what she had to show me.  I couldn’t wait to hear!  When I arrived at her place, Jeanni had a journal out on the counter.  She explained to me that a few years earlier, she had been jotting down ideas about things she wanted to do.  One of them was possibly host a retreat with someone.  When I had shown her my four words that had appeared to me, she knew she has seen those words before.  She remembered where…..in a journal that she had!  In this journal, arched along the top of a page, IN THE EXACT SAME ORDER, were the same four words.  “Reflecting, Feeling, Connecting, Healing”.  Two years earlier!

 

We cannot make this stuff up.  This experience validated that the universe works in magical ways. That there are beautiful synchronicities and no coincidences.  That living in wonder, dreaming and believing propels us to places, people and situations that seem “unreal” but are very “real”.  That we are always receiving “signs” to get our attention, to guide us and help us in our journeys.  And that there is always, always hope.

 

Our “Spring into Action” retreat with the theme of “Reflecting, Feeling, Connecting, Healing” is planned for March 24 to 27 in the beautiful Naramata, BC, Canada.  Jeanni and I will join together with other amazing women on this learning and growing journey and we could not be more grateful.  The adventure continues….

 

In joy & possibilities,

Caron

 

PSwe still have room and we would love to have YOU to join us!  Jeanni and I have been very mindful of budget and have made this an “all inclusive” event which includes accommodations, healthy meals, retreat materials, a welcome package, inspirational take-home items created by you, learning, FUN and growth for only $577.  All you have to do is get here!  Remember, being removed from your usual environment is more conducive to growth and learning……consider this a mini-vacation (with extra benefits) that you are so deserving of!

FLOWER POWER…….something to celebrate!

Welcome to Flower Power where the saying goes:  “Wear happy, share happy, be happy”.  Simple as that.  These happiness blooms are created with love and aloha by me!

For many years now, I have worn a flower in my hair.  Funny thing is that I am from the prairies in Canada and regularly started wearing a flower in my hair in the winter after a tropical holiday we took.  Totally non-typical and out of place.  I think that’s what I liked about it……it made me feel happy and reminded me that it truly is a good life, wherever you are!

 

I would get many comments from people when they saw me still wearing a flower months later.  I rarely went out in public without it.  The flower continued to make me feel grateful and happy, and I know it made other people feel happy too.  It’s at the point now where if I’m not wearing my flower, people who know me will ask if there is something wrong.  It’s as second nature to me as brushing my teeth and having random dance parties.

 

So this is where things get fun.  I have decided to share the happiness.  Cuz like who made the rule that says you should only wear a flower when you’re on a tropical holiday?  That rule totally needs to be broken!!

 

Each flower is on a clip so you can put them in your hair, on your hat, on your cat, on your headband, on your lapel, on your lampshade, or whatever flips your clip!  They are $12 Cdn (taxes in) plus shipping and packaged up all special and fun.  I have a large selection of sizes and colors depending on what flowers are available and make me stop in my tracks with stars in my eyes.  Oh and because you are so special and unique and awesome, each flower also includes a handwritten message of aloha just for YOU.  Baby, you’re worth it!

 

To order “A Happiness Flower” go to my website www.goodandkindcompany.com/Good Projects/Flower Power.
There is information and a link for you there.  You’ll also see me out and about at markets, swap meets, craft shows, festivals, parties, parades and maybe one day, in my “happiness bus”.  Yeah, that is so going to happen!

 

Make sure you join my mailing list on the home page of my website so you will be updated of new merchandise launches and other “fun and happy” happenings.

 

Happiness.  Positively!  (Let’s keep this movement “moving” my friends….)

 

With aloha,

Caron

Ps.  I am sooooo excited to tell you that I am bringing in a huge assortment of tropical flowers from Hawaii and I will post pictures to let you know when those are available!

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!

Hello…..it’s love, I’m here inside.

Prelude:  I am sending a special shout-out of awesome to the uber-talented Adele (and her team) for her amazing song and catchy tune.  These words came to me “just like that” while listening to her current hit “Hello” on a flight from Denver back to Canada…….

I recently attended and had the privilege of being one of the presenters at Love2016, a soul(full) retreat with 20 other women in the picturesque town of Breckenridge, Colorado.  Life has a magical way of nudging us in directions we never could have imagined, doesn’t it?  This was one of those opportunities that I can “feel” and “know” will be life changing.  I was finally able to meet with some women that I had only connected with from afar; to connect with new like-minded women and to create life-long friendships. The excitement and energy was beautiful!

 

Sara Ann, the founder and organizer of Love2016, deserves a standing ovation for this incredible event she dreamed of AND brought to life.  After she attended a lively and transformational event in Florida co-hosted by my special friend Leigh, Sara Ann knew she had a calling.  One of the beautiful attendees of Love2016 commented on how phenomenal it was that 21 people could be together, most not knowing one another and yet be so connected.

 

Love2016 was about learning how to love ourselves and others; celebrating and honouring ourselves and others; identifying, examining and releasing our blocks and fears; tapping into our joy; living in abundance; creating new stories; understanding the power of gratitude, kindness and forgiveness; identifying and respecting our uniqueness; relaxing, reviving and renewing.  All this happened through great presentations; engaging activities, done alone and in group settings; feeling supported, encouraged and “safe” to share; inspirational opening and closing ceremonies; a lot of fresh air; a lot of freedom to explore and to “just be”; a lot of tears; a lot of laughter; an amazing amount of hugs and a TON OF LOVE!!!  It simply does not get any better than that.  Shout-out of awesome, of goodness, of gratitude and of joy to you Sara Ann……from all of us.

 

What a wonder(full) life – we are each created of love and light.  Because of this we are all more connected than we realize.  Who will cross your path today?  Who can you reach out to today?  Who can you send love and light to?  I send it to me and I send it to YOU!

 

Together in the journey,

Caron

Attention World: New word alert – “HAPPYING”!!!

HAPPYING (v)

“Experiencing the blissful state of happiness and joy”.

A joint movement, happily co-created by Caron Keens and Miss Harlow Jean

 

I’m not quite sure what the steps are for introducing a new word to the world?  I am going to try the social media route on behalf of myself and my partner, Miss Harlow Jean.

 

We have been collaborating tirelessly on this project so we are both very excited to share this new word with everyone.  Our new word is HAPPYING and it is a verb; we believe it is anyways and we are sure someone will let us know one way or another!

 

I would like to provide you with a bit of background on the history and origin of our new word – HAPPYING.  The first thing you need to know is that Harlow Jean is my grandprincess and she is 2 ½ years old.  She is really cute and very special and we have lots of fun when we are together.  It’s very refreshing to be around children as they are so full of innocent joy and playful wonder.  She likes to ask “what’s happening” (well, I prompt her with that question too).  While we were playing outside on my recent visit, she kept asking me this question over and over and over.  And then WOW, I had one of those “aha” moments and something resonated with me (and her too, I’m sure)! Something really special was happening……….and that was HAPPYING”.  This Harlow Jean, is “HAPPYING”; experiencing the blissful state of happiness and joy, without even thinking about it.  We did a fun happy dance, because that’s what we do when we invent new words!  So that is how our discovery started and we have been working on a campaign ever since that celebratory day.

You can expect to see lots of exciting advertising and publicity coming soon with this new word of ours.  We are in the process of having merchandise available so that the awesome message of “HAPPYINGcan be spread far and wide.  YAY!!!  Then we figure that lots of random people all over the world will be doing a fun happy dance, just like we did!  So this movement is just going to get bigger and better and more people will be happy without even thinking about it.  Oh how exciting…….then things will change in a good way.  For all of us!

 

With gratitude, faith & happiness,

Caron and Miss Harlow Jean

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Disclaimer:  We are not responsible for the spontaneous dancing you may suddenly perform or witness.  “Happying” really is that powerful.  Just go with it and enJOY!

 

Note from Caron to the world:  There will be a new word in approximately 2 years when I collaborate with grandprincess #2, Miss Summer Belle!

4 life lessons from exciting first-time experiences.

Recently, I had the privilege of being on a flight with a group of wonderfully entertaining people who unknowingly inspired this blog post and graphic design.  I took the picture in my design on this memorable flight.

 

I’m sure most of you reading this have flown on some type of airplane before.  My first flight was over 32 years ago.  I remember being amazed that this huge 7-47 plane was actually going to get off the ground, take me up into the sky and arrive at a far-away destination in such a short period of time.  I believe I may have cried (no, I know I did) due to the thrill and anticipation.  Do any of you remember the first time you flew?  Were you nervous, excited, in awe, speechless, giddy, petrified, chatty, anxious, quiet, grateful?  Did you get butterflies in your stomach when the plane took off and landed?  Did your ears get plugged?  Did your stomach get queasy?  Did you look out the window or pull the shade down?  Were your palms sweaty?

 

Did you look in wonder at the world below you? 

 

As our plane lifted off the ground on this recent flight, my attention was captured by the “ooohs” and “aaaahs” and exclamations of “WOW!” and “COOL!” from several people behind me.  I am not sure if it was a first flight for them, or perhaps they hadn’t flown often or maybe they just do that on all flights (a fantastic way to keep things “fun and new”).  I turned to the passengers beside me and we exchanged smiles and chuckled as a result of the animated reactions behind us.  It prompted a friendly and “good vibe” conversation between the three of us in that row.  This experience reminded me how important it is to remember the excitement of experiencing something for the first time. Those rediscovered moments are powerful and can enhance how we experience our lives in the present moment!

 

4 life lessons from exciting first-time experiences:

 

  1. It changes our perspective so that we live our lives with freshness and joy (for the simple things not only the big things).
  2. It keeps us connected to other people.  It reinforces the positive power of sharing in experiences together.
  3. It keeps us humble.  A perfect reminder to be grateful and to not take things for granted.
  4. It reminds us to celebrate and have fun because somewhere along the way, many of us have forgotten how to do that.

 

Well, it didn’t quite end there.  When the captain announced that we had begun our descent and would soon be landing, I wondered what the reactions would be from this group who had provided entertainment on take-off.  Sure enough, we could hear the beginnings of excited dialogue and anticipation!  They did not disappoint in delivering another fabulous performance.  The “ooohs” and “aaahs” and exclamations of “COOL!”, “WOW!” and “YAY!” were even louder as we landed!  This was without a doubt one of the best flights I have been on in a long, long time.  I would like to give a “shout-out of awesome” to the special people on that flight.  I thank each of you for inspiring me to “remember” through your spontaneous joyfulness and enthusiasm.

 

For those of you reading this post, I hope the four life lessons that I have shared are helpful reminders for you, just as they are for me.  I encourage each of you to reflect back on the excitement you have experienced from your own “firsts”.  Bring some of that rediscovered joy back into your life for the four reasons above or for your own amazing reason.  Then get ready to enjoy the renewal of your life……where your present moments can be experienced with the excitement of a “first”!

 

Learning on the journey,

Caron

The new addiction…..

A good kind of change is definitely happening!  

Let’s call it the “new addiction”, the “next big addiction”, the “real addiction”………all I know is that we ALL need it and certainly now more than ever in our world.  Kindness will change lives, including our own.  

This little design I created presents some simple kindness instructions including some noticeable side effects.  Feel free to share it, print it, post it, pin it, live it, embrace it, do it, be it………have fun with all the cool things you can do and experience with this message!

YOU – be a good kind of one.

In kindness & friendship,

Caron

Kindness Instructions