What you need to know about the “bounce concept”.

We met some new friends on July 4!  It’s exciting to meet new people, discover common interests, learn about each other’s story and share in the moment of “now”.  I cannot say this often enough……….we truly have more in common with each other than we realize.
Jim was with the group of us that evening to share in the festivities.  What an amazing person and what a beautiful opportunity to meet him.  Jim is a Korean War veteran and one of the most fascinating people we have ever met.  Our evening progressed with lively conversation, which included laughter, stories, listening, emotion and a promise to reconnect again. 
One of the things Jim said that evening resonated with me.  He said “we like young people because they put a ‘bounce’ in our step”.  Well, first of all, thank you for referring to us as “young”!  The cool thing Jim is that you actually put a bounce in our step and we thank you for that.
But really think about what he said and the opportunity that this brings.  Who has impacted you with their presence, their words, their spirit and energy?  Who has put a bounce in your step?  It may be someone you know well or someone who briefly crossed your path.  And consider the possibility that you have to change someone else’s moment, day or life by reaching out in kindness and compassion.  You have within yourself the ability to put a bounce in someone else’s step.  How awesome and magical!
I have been thinking for the past 5 days about the “bounce” concept and all that it represents.  It makes me smile.  It makes me happy.  And it makes me super grateful.  Let’s do this!!
Cheers to you Jim!

 

Doing Good + Being Kind = POWERFUL.

We make such a huge difference in each other’s lives – more than we realize.  We are that powerful.  We really do have “super powers” in this regard……I hope I have your attention now!

 

“Do good.  Be Kind.”  These two phrases speak loudly to me.  To be very transparent and clear, I am not living my days with a perma-grin on my face, or leaping around sprinkling glitter all over (although this is on my “one day to-do list”)!  I go through ups and downs, face challenges, jump hurdles, stumble over some hurdles, wonder “why” and “why not” – I’m sure you can relate.  But WOW, have I realized the power within me to change my own moment, day, outlook and life. 

 

We each have the ability to tap into and realize our own power and we can use that gift to not only change our own experiences but to make a difference in the lives of others.  The ripple effect goes further than we can reasonably comprehend. 

 

In a world where many of us are buried in technology, stressed, searching for meaning or fulfillment, feeling alone, feeling lost or insecure – these two concepts can make a HUGE difference.  “Do good.  Be kind.”  It changes everything.  Here are a few suggestions:
  • C.A.R.E. (Celebrate, Appreciate, Respect, Encourage) for yourself and others. You can find a list of ideas at www.goodandkindcompany.com/waystocare
  • Make amends, make peace with your past so you can fully experience the “here and now”
  • Reach out to family and friends for your own support or to be of support
  • Reach out to family and friends to connect or to reconnect
  • Do not judge, be open – we all have different stories and support systems.
  • Notice people – people are really needing to just be “seen”
  • Acknowledge people in a positive way
  • Be brave, be “you” – let your own unique light SHINE!!
  • The things we say and the things we don’t say equally make an impact on people. Think about this one please! 
  • Speak your truth
  • Be confident
  • Smile!  This simple act can make a huge difference to another person.  We do not always know what someone else is going through.
  • Trust yourself
  • It is never too late to change your attitude, your focus, to learn, to grow, to evolve…. the possibilities are endless.  Trust me on this one!
  • Sprinkle glitter for extra awesomeness (and let me know how that goes!)
On a closing note, here is one of my favourite quotes from the movie, The Wizard of Oz:

           You had the power all along, my dear” – Glinda the Good Witch 

 

Here’s to our “super-powers” and a good kind of change…..for everyone!

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

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A new word – FOR YOU!

New word alert! 

These are the types of things that wake me up in the middle of the night.  Hence, my reference in a previous post (That Person is Someone – March 24, 2015) about having my journal nearby to capture these “thoughts passing through”.

 

Every one of us needs encouragement, to be noticed and to receive some kind (not to mention newly invented) words to keep us feeling great about ourselves and life and the all the interesting stuff that comes our way. 

 

So in the spirit of appreciation and acknowledgment, check this out.  Combining awesome and someone creates a really powerful and fun word:

AWESOME + SOMEONE = AWESOMEONE

 

 We all have challenges, fears, regrets and frustration at some point in our lives.  But we also have opportunity, hope and the power of choice.   We have more in common with each other than we tend to realize.  Be mindful of how you treat (and what you say to) that someone you see today – yourself included!

 

And from me to you, in case you don’t hear it often enough……

YOU are AWESOMEONE!

 

Together in a good kind of change,

Caron

www.goodandkindcompany.com

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What do we have in common….

Do you ever meet someone and say to yourself……….I have nothing in common with this person.  We are totally different.  And you’ve no doubt heard that we should surround ourselves with like-minded people.  I’m all for that concept and it’s helped me immensely in personal development.  But I have also purposefully challenged myself to think about and notice what I have in common with others.  It can be quite awesome to really think about some things we all share.  Consider that you and the person crossing your path/sitting beside you/in line behind you, your co-worker, the stubborn teenager, the unmotivated employee, the grouchy person on the other end of the phone, the estranged person looking at you, the pessimistic friend, the withdrawn family member, etc:

  • We have the same amount of time in a day
  • We look at the same moon
  • We need food, water, clothing and shelter
  • We have felt joy, love, friendship, happiness, excitement, gratitude, experienced kindness, received a smile, breathed a sigh of relief…..at some point in our lives
  • We have been afraid, felt alone, failed at something, been disappointed, hurt, frustrated, betrayed, sad…..at some point in our lives
  • We can choose the words we say to ourselves and others
  • We can choose how we treat ourselves and others
  • We need to belong and to have someone who cares about us
  • Right at this very moment, all of us are alive together on this wonderful & awesome planet of wonder!
  • We can choose what we think about and focus on
  • We can choose what we dream about

And……the same amazing sun shines on each and every one of us!

Please be kind and do some good,

Caron

 

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The Gift of You……

We sometimes need to remind ourselves that we are not defined by our “stuff”, by where we are and what “our job is”.  Our true identity  resides within…….a light and essence that makes each of us unique.

Make amends and peace with your past and your put your focus on the present moment and the gift of “you”.  Remember that you can choose your thoughts and you have great power in that regard.

Be kind to yourself – you are so deserving of that.   Be kind to others as they deserve that as well.  Do your best to not judge others by what you see, hear or read.  Many of them have “stuff” going on that you know nothing about.  There are very, very few people who have “perfect” lives; many of us are scared to talk about our failures, challenges and fears.  Yet it’s exactly those experiences that connect us all.

Do the best you can, with what you have and where you are.  You are here and now for exactly that purpose!

In gratitude from you biggest fan,

Caron

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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”….

 

I’m doing IT. Are you doing IT?

Over 2 weeks into the a new year of  infinite possibilities for everyone.   I’m not much of a “New Year’s Resolution” person.  I find it easier to follow the habit of learning, improving and leading a purposeful and inspired life on a regular basis.  Be a better person than I was yesterday or at least … Read moreI’m doing IT. Are you doing IT?