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

 

Tips to help you keep goin’ and growin’ in your journey….

Have any of you noticed how many people are struggling right now?  Whether it’s dealing with challenges, obstacles, frustration, feeling stuck, financial hardship, anger, regret….you name it.  I have noticed.  I have faced a lot of these things too.  You’ve no doubt heard the saying that when one of us hurts, we all hurt.

 

I’ve had to learn some hard lessons.  I’ve written a lot about celebrating the contrast; we cannot appreciate light without darkness, joy without sorrow, success without failure.  We cannot fix everything or everyone.  At some point in our lives we all make poor choices and decisions and experience “shoulda/woulda/coulda” moments.  We question some relationships and ponder over people’s behaviors.  WHY?  WHY?  WHY!!!

We all have a lot in common don’t we?  Once we engage in honest and authentic conversations with people, we realize how very much alike we are.  We are definitely not alone and that it comforting.  I have discovered some things (FREE things!) that have significantly helped me and continue to help me as I navigate along and make the best of my journey.  Here is what I have learned:

 

  1. We can always learn and grow.  We all stumble, we all fall.  Never stop improving yourself.  EVER.
  2. We have control over something powerful……our thoughts, our words, our actions and our reactions.  Choose wisely and carefully.
  3. Everyone is doing the best they can with what they know and where they are.  Think about that.  We are all together in this journey, YES, but we are all unique.  Do not judge.  Respect one another.
  4. Optimism and gratitude are game-changers and create magic & miracles in transforming our lives.
  5. People are craving to be noticed.  A smile, a gesture, a sincere “hello” can change someone’s day or future.  Again, we cannot fix everything or everyone but we can influence hope and connection with kindness and compassion.   Even to those who we may think deserve it the least.  Again, refer to #3.
  6. People change, relationships change, it’s okay.  Celebrate the good memories, learn from the not so good, bless everyone and carry on.  Regret and resentment serves no one and takes up space in our heads.  Put a reserved sign on that valuable parking spot for goodness and growth.
  7. Celebrate the contrast!  Learn from mistakes and challenges, go forward the best you can through obstacles, grow, be better, be stronger.
  8. Trying new things adds major fun, whimsy and excitement to life.  Take that class, join that group, volunteer for that organization who needs you, learn that instrument, dance in your kitchen, wave to random people, sing in the grocery store…..you get the picture!
  9. Keep dreaming BIG, keep believing BIGGER, and by all means take action (BIGGEST) or that dream forever stays in your head.  Even if things do not go as planned, you tried and you will without a doubt……learn, grow and know!

 

Your journey.  The story of YOU!

 

In celebration, joy and love,

Caron

 

PS – YOU are definitely not alone….

 

Join us March 24-27 in Naramata, BC, Canada for a “Spring into Action” Retreat

After all this time dreaming and talking about it…………I’m finally putting on a retreat March 24 to 27 in Naramata, BC.  I’ve partnered up with my friend, Jeanni, who is lovely and full of life and we’re doing this and I would soooo love for you to join us!
The theme of the event is “Reflecting, Feeling, Connecting, Healing“.  The agenda is full of events, activities, presentations (and free  YOU time) to help anyone bring more of this into their life regardless of where they currently are in their journey.  We have lots of learning, growing and FUN planned and we are so thrilled for this opportunity.
I hope you will consider joining us (bring a friend/relative to share the experience with)!  We’ve been mindful of budget and have included absolutely everything in the price of $577 (other than getting here ).  Included are your accommodations for 3 nights (double including a private washroom – single available for a higher price), healthy meals/snacks, registration, a welcome gift, retreat materials including many inspirational keepsakes created by YOU for YOU, oodles of goodness, and JOY.  This truly is an “all inclusive” event ��
It would be a great road trip but there are several daily flights to and from Calgary, AB to Penticton, BC.  Naramata is very close and we will arrange to get you there.  The setting/venue is serene and breath-taking and is located along the Naramata Bench Road, which is abundant with wineries, vineyards & orchards and the weather will be incredibly amazing at the end of March!
So something awesome for you to think about.………….I would love to share this experience with you my friends!
With love, aloha and wishes of all things good,

Caron

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

It’s a small world after all…….

Love it, like it or somewhere on the opposite end of the spectrum, the song “It’s a Small World” written by the Sherman Brothers for Walt Disney’s attraction of the same name is claimed to be the most performed and translated piece of music on earth.  To that, I say wooohooo, haha and zip-a-dee-doo-dah!!

 

I am going to admit that It’s a Small World is one of my favourite Disney rides.  It never ceases to make me tear up, hearing these lyrics (yes, over and over and over again during the 15 minute or so ride) sung by animated dolls in their native language and seeing all the different countries represented with traditional costumes and unique cultural items.

Small World

The overall theme of the attraction is that of global peace and unity.  I’m sure most of you would agree that we need that more than ever in the world.  I recently read a statistic that stated there are 20 million people talking about what’s wrong in the world and approximately 2 million talking about what’s right.  How someone came up with those numbers, I’m not sure.  What it does indicate and I both hear and see signs of this far too often, is that many of us focus on the negative instead of celebrating the positive.  I am not saying there are not serious issues in the world; we all know that there are.  But by focusing on optimism, hope, love and compassion, and taking action with those values, we can create really good changes.

 

We are all so connected, there’s so much that we share and many of us forget that.  We get wrapped up in chaos that we sometimes create ourselves; in our lives of stuff and more stuff; we judge without seeking to understand; we don’t enjoy the present moment because we are focusing on the past or the future.  We forget that today is a gift, to be grateful, that goodness and kindness transforms lives, and that the people who cross our paths are just…..like……us.  They have stories and struggles.  They laugh like us, they cry like us, they have fears like us and they have hope like us.

 

Despite the fact that mountains divide and oceans are wide, how often have you heard it said that it’s a small world?  I bet that most of you have at some point in your life with the people you have met or situations you have been in.  The kindness of strangers, or you meet someone who knows someone you know or has been somewhere you have been, or you cross paths with someone who has common interests, or your heart and soul is captivated, and perhaps changed by the stories of another person, group of people or culture.

 

I am going to close today’s writing with this powerful and amazing statement…….a smile means friendship to everyone.  What’s really awesome is that a smile is free, costs nothing, zippo, totally BONUS.  It’s the best accessory that any of us can wear and definitely a gift we give another person (plus it makes us feel super dooper happy!)  A smile is an international sign of peace and friendship.  It crosses all language barriers, generations and cultures.  So go on, give it a try.  Smile more often than you do now at those amazing people who you encounter today.  Be that “good change” the world needs because it truly is a small world and we are all in it together.

 

To global peace, love and good changes,

Caron

 

It’s not over yet baby:   I bet, I just totally bet you were either singing or humming “It’s A Small World” while reading this story.  Come on, admit it.  And right now you’re smiling, because you feel really, really gooooooood.   And yes, I bet the song is stuck in your head now……you may as well just keep singing it my friend…….just go with it………just go with it all!   You’re welcome 🙂

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!

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

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