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

 

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

Day One or One Day??

DAY ONE or ONE DAY?

I saw this quote recently and it really made me stop and think.  It made me think about life and taking action (or not) and the possibilities/opportunities that could bring.

A week ago I competed in our Toastmasters division contest after placing 1st in our local Club Contest the week before that. I was awarded 1st place for Speech Evaluation at the division contest. I’m sharing this story not because it was easy but because I took the chance, the leap & continue to face my fear of public speaking. I have written often about my Toastmasters journey because it’s a testament to taking action on something that is in the back of our minds, despite the fear.

 

I didn’t want this to be a “One Day” deal…..one day maybe I’ll do this…..maybe one day this might happen….maybe one day I’ll be strong enough….maybe one day I won’t worry so much about what others think…..wouldn’t it be great if…..so I consider it a “Day One” deal.   “One Day” is about dreaming but “Day One” is about dreaming AND taking action.

Day One” is the start of positive change!  Whatever that looks like to you. Think of the possibilities for positive change – personal wellness, self development, taking action on a dream (or facing a fear), learning something new, stepping back from people who don’t support/encourage you, living boldly, being “YOU” and loving “YOU”.  You’ve so totally got this!  Trust me, I still am basking in the fact that I not only joined Toastmasters, but that I am now entering contests.  And yes, I am still nervous every time; I just do my best to happily redirect that into focus and strength.

I have many other personal stories about the life-changing power of “Day One“.  It all begins with “Day One”.  Remember, it’s never too late!

 

To your “Day One” & the possibilities for you,

Caron

 

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

Love today.

LOVE TODAY.  LOVE THIS DAY.

Love the gift of another day, the opportunities you have, the good thoughts you can think, the kindness you can show, the choices you can make, the actions you can take.  What are you focusing on?  What are you paying attention to?  You are going to get “more of” whatever that is.

 

Today is over-flowing with infinite possibilities, wonderful moments and amazing people.  And you are an important part of it all!

LOVE TODAY.  LOVE AWAY!

Love yourself more, love others more.  Everyone is put into your life for a reason.  How can you grow?  What can you learn?  Reach out to people you haven’t heard from in a while who are on your mind.  Your messages don’t have to be long to be meaningful and make someone feel special.

 

Forgive more.  I know too many people who are holding onto resentment, grudges and bitterness.  This practice depletes our good energy, not to mention our time.  As the saying goes, “holding a grudge is letting someone live rent free in your head”.  Everyone is doing the best they can with where they are and what they know.  We don’t always know the challenges, struggles and hardships others are dealing with. Send out love and compassion and carry on with living your own good life my friends.

 

Love yourself more because “baby you’re worth it”!  Be kind to yourself in your thoughts, your words and your actions…..you’re going to thank yourself for this.  Trust me.

 

LIVE LOVE TODAY.

Tell people they matter.  The world needs that more than ever right now.  Once you start telling people that you notice them and that they are appreciated, ripples of good energy and positive vibes go out into our world.  Saying nothing sends a message too; it can speak louder than actually saying something.  It is never too late to change your behaviours and habits.  Let today be that day for you.

 

In love and positive change,

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

Small life changes give big results. Here’s how….

One of the biggest life changes is learning to accept, acknowledge and celebrate the small positive life changes.  Many of us do not realize the effect of the small changes that we implement.  It is so important to recognize that these small changes are contributing to significant changes over time. You are still moving forward!

Here are some helpful tips for you to consider regarding your own small positive life changes:

 

  • Small changes set us up for success.  There is a higher probability of doing them, completing them, following through with them.

Celebrate your small changes, however insignificant you may THINK they are.

  • When we are able to be conscious of any step we take towards growth, learning or improvement, we are living deliberately.
  • If we wait for something big to validate that we are making progress, moving forward or creating change in our life, we may end up feeling stuck and frustrated.  Is that the truth?  I am quite confident you do something almost every day that contributes to positive change.  Even thinking new thoughts counts.  Choosing to think differently and with focus will create new behaviours and actions.  In time this will create new habits!
  • Do you feel like you are moving backwards (or not moving at all)?  Have you experienced setbacks, roadblocks, are you trying to get up from being knocked down?  Are you struggling with a decision or action that didn’t work out?  Have you had upsetting news?  Have you had disturbing news?  Have you had sad news?  Respect YOURSELF.  Take the time to process emotions, to reach in, to reach out, to connect, to reconnect and if necessary, to disconnect and step back.  RESPECT YOURSELF.   There is nothing wrong with being still, with allowing yourself the opportunity to breathe, think, process and “just be”.  Then start making some small steps towards moving forward, to getting back up, to doing what you can with what you have and where you are, to starting over, to regrouping!
  • You may have some people that support you in your small life changes, you may have some who try to discourage you, you may have some who say nothing. It’s hard to prepare for the various reactions.  My advice is to keep accepting, acknowledging and celebrating anything you are doing to be a better person.   Here’s an awesome “bonus”…..as you become more conscious of your own changes, you will also be more aware of the small changes that others make!  You’ll want to let them know you notice, you’ll want to encourage them and you’ll be sincerely happy for them.  That’s how positive change happens, in our own lives and in the lives of others.  Isn’t that truly what we are all seeking and isn’t that exactly what the world needs right now?
  • You are ready for a big change?  Well, I can talk a lot about that!  Hmmmm, perhaps this will be a future post?  If you are ready for big changes, I get that – TOTALLY.  My advice would be to get yourself organized with a plan and start making some small changes to begin with.  You will once again be setting yourself up for success this way.  Slowly implement those changes that are more challenging, make a bigger impact and perhaps frighten you!  Revise your plan if you need to, switch things up, change your mind if you want too………just keep taking action (I have to remind myself of this everyday!).

 

Small changes, big results!  Keep doing.  Keep living.  Keep respecting and appreciating the gift of YOU.

 

Together in celebration and good changes,

Caron