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

 

Face your fears! My story of “Don’t Hold Back”…….

Today, I am sharing a story with you of how facing our fears can bring about the most unexpected and incredible experiences.

The graphic I have attached may be a bit difficult to read so I’d like to share my story.  Because my story can be anyone’s story.  Of that, I am sure.

I’m sure you have heard the saying that the biggest fears for most people are death and public speaking.   Harsh? Maybe.  Certainly not the case for everyone, but I suspect it is for many, many people.

For a  majority of my life, I was an introvert.  I was rather shy and quiet.  I would certainly be the last one to speak in class while at school (do not make eye contact and you won’t be asked!).  I was always intimidated about what others thought of me and anything remotely associated with speaking in public was as far on the opposite end of my comfort level as one could possibly get.  Even sharing this with you brings back those feelings and emotions.

As an adult, this fear still existed.  As I became more comfortable with my purpose, passion and self, the fear of “speaking up” took more of back seat but it was always lurking around, yes lurking, ugh.  This is why it came as such a surprise to me when I was given the opportunity to present a motivational program to health care employees about 5 years ago and……..I was excited.  The thrill of the opportunity to spread a message of hope, healing and  inspiration to people over-road my fear of speaking.  I had found my calling and something that brought a spark of “what if” to my world.   It was a year after this that I decided to start my own business, A Good & Kind Company, which was in perfect alignment with not only my personal values but also with what I feel the world needs right now.   We need more kindness, compassion, non-judgement, love, peace, gratitude, fun, joy and laughter.   We need it because a lot of the things that we are doing is not working.    We see signs of unhappy people everyday, everywhere we go.

In November 2013, I traveled to Boston to become certified as an Infinite Possibilities trainer, a program developed by Mike Dooley.  Mike is well known as an international best selling author and speaker, from his appearance on “The Secret” as well as his daily “Notes from the Universe”.  While at this event, we were encouraged to sign up for Toastmasters which would provide us with confidence, the ability to connect with an audience and more effectively share our message.  I clearly remember immediately thinking that NO, I was fine and would not need to join.  Thank you anyways!

About a year later, Rob and I secured a one year work visa for Hawaii, yes Hawaii.  This is another story of a life-changing adventure, which I will be sharing.  I worked diligently on my business while there, writing, networking and developing strategies.  I often thought about speaking and that excited me.  Toastmasters popped into my mind one day and by then it was June; our visas expired in October.  I decided to make the call.

The next thing I knew, I was at my first meeting in Waikiki!  I was warmly greeted, got settled in and felt very comfortable.  I wanted to clarify that I would not have to speak and I was assured that  I would be fine.  Things were looking good until…….I was called up to speak during the Table Topics session.   Two things happened after that:  I made them laugh and I won the award for the most “ahs” and “ums”.   I joined Toastmasters then and there.  My next decision surprises me to this day.  I had three months until we would be returning to Canada and I decided to finish my Competent Communicator manual during this time.  That was 13 weeks to finish 10 speeches, which meant I had to speak at almost every meeting!  Don’t hold back Caron.  I presented this to my club and thank them to this day for being flexible and accommodating my goal.  There is no turning back now Caron, let’s get at ‘er!

I did finish my manual, I was nervous giving every speech, I did receive great feedback and support to help me in my speaking journey, and I absolutely did face a huge fear.  Good grief, looking back I would have never thought I would have done this.  The ripple effect of “not holding back” has been incredible.  I was honored last November by receiving the club’s Outstanding Toastmaster award.  I have confidence and continue on my Toastmasters journey in BC.  I have the proof and validation that anyone can face their fears.  No matter our age, our situation, our limiting beliefs or what others think.

Last month, my Waikiki Toastmasters story was featured in the Member Achievements Section of the Toastmasters International magazine.  How exciting, what a journey for me and what a message of hope for absolutely anyone else.  I encourage you to simply believe because the only one holding us back is ourselves.

 

To facing fears, growing and moving forward,

Caron

August 8 is Global Infinite Possibilities Day. Start with love!

Today, August 8, 2016 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 3 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 in 2014 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 others 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.  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.

 

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

I have heard so many inspiring stories lately of people who are facing their fears, bashing their limiting beliefs and truly “living”.  I’m inspired by each and every one of you.  You know who you are…………..those who encourage children to take their shoes off and dance in the rain, those who go back to school for 6 years at age 57 to fulfill a dream of teaching music, those who start a new job at a lower pay to have a new beginning, those who absolutely start over with their head held high, those who help the under-privileged, those who nurture the ill, those who spend quality time with the elderly, those who spend quality time mentoring children, those who speak their truth, those who freely give love to all, those who finally decide they are worth a better life, those who reach to out to mend relationships, those who disconnect from unhealthy relationships, those who maintain long-term friendships, those who dedicate their time to raising beautiful and loving children, those who work long hours to provide, those who radiate optimism and hope, those who sprinkle kindness everywhere, those who choose to forgive so they may have peace, those who change their eating habits, those who change their unhealthy habits, those who truly “show up”, those who truly “notice” others, those who are patient with people who are struggling, those who treat employees with respect and gratitude, those who have fun at work, those who lead with integrity and compassion, those who share their stories of challenge and opportunity so others may learn and grow, those who believe in “good”, those who share the “good”, those who are the “good”.  I thank each and every one of you.

 

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.  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