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

The Red Sweater. A true and inspiring story……60 years later!

In the mid 1950’s my mom, Betty left her family home in Saskatchewan and ventured east to Montreal to live with her grandma, work and experience life.  I’m sure it was quite the contrast to her life and upbringing on the prairies of rural Saskatchewan.

 

She left several younger siblings back at home and one of them was her sister Irene.  In her best attempt at spelling and printing, Irene wrote my mom a letter thanking her for a gift and a letter she had sent.  How exciting it must have been for Irene to receive something in the mail all the way from Montreal!  In this letter, she also asked my mom for a red sweater with buttons down the front for her next gift.  As the story goes, my mom saved all her money she made from working to buy her mom and dad their first “refrigerator” which I’m sure was very exciting and incredibly appreciated.

 

My mom kept Irene’s letter all these years.  For Irene’s birthday this past December, my mom sent her a special gift.  There was a copy of Irene’s letter along with a beautiful red sweater with of course, buttons down the front.  Mom told Irene she couldn’t remember if she ever did send her one!

 

There were lots of tears and memories from this gesture.

This story is such a reminder of kindness, love and all the goodness in life that makes us feel grateful and happy.  Taking the time to bring joy to another person carries with it a ripple effect that inspires many others, ourselves included.  I encourage each one of you to keep spreading the kindness and love to others however you can, wherever you are and be a part of making this world a better place.

 

Here’s to friends, family, awesome stories and goodness!

 

With aloha,

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

Listen to someone’s story.

Every week I get excited about all the things I could write about.  I regularly jot down (or text myself) ideas, words, song verses, conversations I’ve had with people, thoughts and situations that provide me with inspiration.  I just never know where or when something will present itself with a story…. and this is exactly what happened a few days ago.

 

One of the jobs I currently have provides me with the privilege of welcoming people into a resort and the opportunity to create a positive experience.  We have our regular coffee crew that starts our day with awesomeness.  Recently, one of these gentlemen came in and he and I had an extended visit that gave me a glimpse into his life and his story.

The exchange started with a cheerful good morning and a quick chat about the crazy amount of snow that had fallen.  Our conversation drifted to the date, that it’s supposed to be SPRING and then he told me about all his children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren that have birthdays in March.  He shared with me how much he loved kids.  “Drove a school bus for 39 years, I loved the kids as though they were my own”.

 

I was intrigued and could see him reflecting back on those times and I felt the love in his heart. 

 

He told me about how the kids loved him just as much.  Of how excited the kindergarten kids were to get on the bus in December after receiving their graduation certificates so they could show him.  They would be clamouring at the bus door to get in first.  Some of them didn’t receive one, so they would be upset and crying.  He would sit them on his knee and console them until they felt just as good as the kids who had received one.  He told me of a family of 5 kids who would get on the bus and every day, their dog would try to come on the bus and latch on to the last child’s clothing and try to pull him off the bus.  That dog would be waiting (by the minute) to greet those kids when they got home!  He told me he loved his job but he loved all the kids even more.  He told me of a young boy who would sometimes fall asleep on the bus ride home and how he would carry him into his house from the bus.

 

Our conversation wasn’t long, but it was meaningful and lovely.  I felt as though I was there.  I thought about how cool it would have been to be on his bus.  I reflect on the amazing difference he made in people’s lives.  I think about life and people, about memories and moments, about slowing down and taking the time to listen, about “seeing the good” and “being the good”, about compassion and kindness, about love and gratitude.

 

What a beautiful way to start a day; despite the snow that was falling heavily when I typed this.  Take the opportunity to listen to someone’s story; be curious; wonder; feel; learn; understand; be connected; grow; enjoy.

 

Cheers to all of you “good” change-makers,

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/

Choose gratitude and things change.

The picture that I have used to create my graphic for this post was captured a few days ago by our special friend Sandy Gerow.  It was taken overlooking Jackfish Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada as the sun was rising on a crisp and beautiful November morning.  The sky was changing so quickly that there were just a few seconds before the scene changed from this stunning masterpiece to the next creation of wonder(full).  How quickly things can change in life……

I’m quite certain that most of you reading this will know how quickly things can change.  You have most likely experienced life changing moments.  I know I have; some good, and some well, they haven’t been so good.  We all have our beautiful moments of awesome, our own versions of a “s#*t show” and everything in between.  Anyone who can relate to this, raise your hand and say “I” or “aye” or “eh” or whatever feels appropriate.

 

A popular quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer reminds us that “when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change”.  This encourages us to see things differently, through a new set of eyes.  This is why gratitude is so important in our lives; it truly is life changing.  I have written about gratitude a few times before and I will continue to do so.  Make the time to appreciate and celebrate the amazing gifts in life that are right in front of you and often taken for granted.  Family, friends, health, opportunity, choice, freedom, a sunrise, love, a sunset, shelter, food, purpose, water, employment, peace.  When we face challenges, it will be some of these gifts that will help get us through.  Reach out in kindness and compassion to those who are in need because one day you may be the person needing that support.

 

Today is November 11, Remembrance Day.  Take the time today to respect and honour those who have served and those who continue to serve.  Take the time to send love and compassion to their friends and family.  Take the time to remember and acknowledge them any time, any day, wherever, whenever, everyday, not just today.  There are no rules for expressing appreciation and gratitude to anyone, simply give it freely and sincerely with pure intention.  This is how we connect to each other as human beings, how barriers are eliminated and how things shift for the better in our world.

 

This powerful image of an ever changing sunrise reminds me that things can change in an instant and we never really know what is coming our way next.  Yet, quite often those not so good changes and challenges provide us with lessons, epiphanies and an opportunity for positive growth.

 

Choose gratitude.  Choose kindness.  Choose compassion.

 

As always….together in the journey,

Caron

What do you “represent”?

Many of you know that we have spent the past year living in Hawaii.  This was a positive life changing experience for us in ways that were so unexpected.  I have started to write a book where I will share the stories of our journey and personal growth there.

 

We chose to take the opportunity while we were there to immerse ourselves as much as possible into the Hawaiian culture and the way of “aloha”.  This choice brought many amazing and inspirational people into our paths and one of them in particular inspired this article.

This friend was talking to us about the word “represent”.  In Hawaii, it is said that you “represent” when you are a good ambassador for the Hawaiian Islands, you stand up for what it good and righteous, you respect the people, the culture, the land, the environment, you live in peace and love, and of course, in aloha.  This beautiful conversation with him made me think deeper about the word “represent” and what it means to me, hopefully to you and to all of humanity.

 

What do you “represent”?

 

  • Do you represent kindness or selfishness?
  • Do you represent compassion or judgement?
  • Do you represent love or hatred?
  • Do you represent optimism or pessimism?
  • Do you represent hope or doubt?
  • Do you represent understanding, learning, growing, improving?
  • Do you represent joy or bitterness?
  • Do you represent equality or difference?
  • Do you represent forgiveness or blame?
  • Do you represent peace or discord?
  • Do you represent happiness or despair?
  • Do you represent believing or denial?
  • Do you represent respect or criticism?
  • Do you represent appreciation or disregard?

 

We all have a choice about what we “represent”.  What we are known for, how people feel when they are around us, how people react to us, our behaviour, our habits, our “essence”.

 

Creating positive change starts with ourselves first, it always has. 

 

We can do this through our thoughts, our words and our actions.  Do the best you can with where you are in your life right now – it’s never too late.  The powerful (and magical!) thing is that once you choose to create positive change and “represent” in your own life, you will inspire others to do the same.  Then I believe this world will be a much better place for all of us.

 

These are exciting times my friend and I celebrate YOU!

 

Together in the journey,

Caron

A new day is a gift for you. Here are some reasons why…

If you are reading this, one thing is for sure….you woke up today!  You’re alive and you’re here to live another day.  I consider that a gift.  Here are a few reasons why I believe a new day is a gift:

 

  • We have the opportunity to be a better version of the person we were yesterday.  That’s the only person we should try to be better than; the person we were yesterday.
  • We have the chance to be kinder in our words and in our actions.  Kinder to our friends, to our family, to the people who cross our path and want to be noticed.
  • We have the privilege of doing something good for the world.  Whether it’s volunteering, waving, letting someone in the lane in front of us, smiling, picking up litter, carrying out someone’s groceries, donating however you can, leaving a big tip, recycling, taking the time to chat with a stranger, listening and seeking to understand, practicing empathy, compassion and respect, passing along compliments and words of encouragement, promoting good news stories instead of negative, paying for someone’s coffee or meal, bringing attention to causes or organizations making a positive difference, starting our own cause to promote an issue that needs attention in the world, practicing non-judgement, hugging, sharing in a laugh.
  • We have the chance to make amends, come to an understanding, make peace with or apologize for something that happened before.  Do not live with regrets on this one!
  • We have the opportunity to experience something new that we have been postponing for whatever reason.  This could include volunteering, eating healthier, going on a road trip, visiting new places, getting rid of some of our stuff that no longer serves us, slowing down and realizing that’s okay, taking action on a self improvement initiative, finding a new job, trying out a new recipe or signing up for cooking lessons, taking a new route for our daily walk or run, singing in our car with the windows down, realizing that we need (!) want singing lessons and signing up for them, not watching TV for a whole day and enjoying the peace and clarity that brings, starting a blog, making new friends and building new relationships, reconnecting with friends and family that we miss, distancing ourselves from friends and relationships that do not serve us, breaking out in impromptu dance sessions in public, going on an adventure, learning a new sport or hobby or pursuing a talent.

Moving forward and living life with passion and gratitude = THRIVING.

  • We have the honour to experience something again or try something we did before with a new perspective.  Witnessing a sunrise and sunset, making memories and sharing dreams with friends and family, talking about old memories with friends and family, playing cards with seniors, enjoying youthful fun with children and grandchildren, playing outside, doing cartwheels (I did this 2 days ago!), revisiting places we have been to, watching for falling stars, looking for the big and little dipper, re-reading books that inspire or educate, listening to our favourite music from our past.
  • We have the chance to rethink, redo, retry.  Maybe some things didn’t go quite the way we planned, maybe we made some poor choices or bad decisions, maybe we feel that luck is not on our side, maybe we feel defeated, stuck or lost.  Who hasn’t?  Reach out to a person or a support group who can help with the transition through your challenges.  Another day provides us with the chance to think differently, to see things differently, to do things differently or perhaps to get rid of some ideas all together and try a whole other plan of action.  Now there’s an opportunity!

 

Here’s to a new day.  It’s another gift.  I hope you think so too!

 

Be calm & THRIVE ON,

Caron

Celebrating Global Infinite Possibilities Day. Start with love….

Today, August 8, 2015 has been declared Global Infinite Possibilities Day!  In the words of the inspiring Mike Dooley (www.tut.com) and his incredible team who gave this vision “wings”: 

 

“August 8 is a day of double 8’s. Just imagine the possibilities on a day with two infinity signs in it! Let’s do something fun and flood the web with wonderful insights, goals and dreams, and images that represent infinite possibilities in your life! This is a time to breathe fresh, positive energy and desires into the world.”

 

I had the privilege of taking 2 courses from Mike Dooley over the past 2 years:  Playing the Matrix and Infinite Possibilities – The Art of Living Your Dreams.  I became a certified trainer at the Infinite Possibilities training in Boston and that was most certainly a huge step in my personal transformation.  Although I was on a path of self-discovery and had visions, dreams and goals, this event validated that I was indeed on the right path.  Let me be clear and transparent, I have lived a life of ups and downs, I have felt stuck, I have wondered what my path was, my purpose, had an “is this all there is” mentality, made some poor choices and decisions, didn’t speak when I should have, didn’t act when I should have, coulda/woulda/shoulda – UGH.  But when I look back, I was definitely more happy than I was sad, I was certainly more optimistic than I was pessimistic, I had a unbelievable support system of loving family & friends, I definitely danced when and where I wanted, I fought through fear to reach goals, I felt gratitude more than I felt entitlement, I valued kindness more than judgement, yeah I think I did okay.  Would you like to know the biggest epiphany for me?  Once I discovered to truly love me, things really changed.  This may sound selfish, but it’s SO necessary.   

 

When you love yourself………your experiences, your relationship with others, and your life changes.

 

I have tapped into me and I feel more alive than ever.  I want to show others that it’s possible to follow your dreams, despite your age, your current situation, what other’s tell you. what you feel is expected of you or what you have gone through.  I want to notice people.  I want to have conversations with people.  I want to inspire and teach other’s how to tap into themselves and to be brave and to trust in their journey.  These practices have made it easier for me to deal with any challenges that come my way and we all know…….they are still going to come our way!  As it has been said, there are only 2 places of being “love or fear”.  I choose love.  I love me and when I do that, that love goes out to you.  Then it goes out into a world that needs it more than ever and it comes back to each one of us in incredible ways.  Just like the infinity sign!  Please love yourself.

 

One fear that I have faced is I have joined Toastmasters.  Now if you would have asked me a year ago about joining I would have quickly said, “no, that’s okay” with BIG EYES (and sweaty palms)!  It was Mike and Andy Dooley who encouraged all of us Infinite Possibility trainers to join Toastmasters.  Even back then in Boston, I said to myself “no, that’s okay”!   This is just one example of a fear I have faced and I have lived most of my life with limiting beliefs.  But overcoming this one has been a “biggee” for me and guess what the ripple effect of facing this fear is?  I am going to start holding *C.A.R.E. TM Shops that are based on the Infinite Possibilities principles.  Yep, I am.  This fall, I am going to start doing that.  I am going to share stories, I am going to speak with confidence, I am going to mess up and know that it’s okay, we are going to laugh, dance, have fun, reflect, break down barriers, talk about beliefs, talk about dreams and taking action on those dreams, no matter how big or how small they are.  We are going to ride the wave of infinite possibilities like rock stars.  And in the end, there will be glitter fireworks (still working this small detail out) wrapping us all in hope, love and happiness!  Stay tuned for tour dates.

 

What are your dreams and desires?  What limiting beliefs or fears do you have in regards to reaching those goals? 

 

This may be my journey but my journey is your journey.  I want you to know that although I choose love, fear still creeps up on me with thoughts of ‘I can’t do this’, ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘I have nothing to say’, ‘I am going to be embarrassed’, ‘I MIGHT FAIL’.  That’s okay.  I acknowledge those feelings (which until recently, paralyzed me), send them on their way and celebrate that I never thought I would write, design graphics, teach a dance class, take hula lessons, finish post-secondary school 20 years later, still be able to do the splits (true story – haha!), become a Certified Laughter Leader, become an Infinite Possibilities trainer and I certainly never thought I would be brave enough to speak publicly.  But when I look back, the signs were all there.  At my *C.A.R.E.TM Shops I will talk about how the universe sent me loving signs until I paid attention.  The signs are there for you too. 

 

I celebrate you.  Start with love.    

 

Yours in infinite possibilities,

Caron

 

*C.A.R.E. TM = Celebrate, Appreciate, Respect, Encourage