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

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….

 

Happy Aloha Friday – Choose HAPPY.

It’s Aloha Friday today so happy Aloha Friday to YOU and absolutely everyone!

We have fond memories of our year in Hawaii…..the friendships, the experiences, the stunning views, the mana (good energy) and definitely the aloha spirit.  Aloha Friday would be the equivalent to what we refer to as “casual Fridays”.  Typically, people will wear their aloha attire to work and it’s of course a time for many to acknowledge the end of a work week.   Wooohooo!  Aloha Fridays involve “get together’s”, celebrations and all things happy.  This is something that people anywhere and everywhere can do.

 

I invite you to make it a happy Aloha Friday, a happy Friday, a happy day today and any day that you choose.  Choose to see the good, choose optimism, choose gratitude, choose to do good, choose aloha and choose happy wherever you are.  Magical things happen to us and to others when we make that choice……

 

To happy dances and joyful prances,

Caron

 

 

“A Good Life” shirts now available! Share good – feel good.

Today is a great day to celebrate.  It is our oldest daughter’s birthday (Happy Birthday Crysta….XO to you!!) and I launched a clothing line for a Good & Kind Company!

This first item I am excited about is an awesome t-shirt with a simple slogan (“A Good Life”) that incorporates my happy logo (thanks to my über-talented cousin Brian).  In keeping with my mission to “Create change & happiness. Positively”, I encourage you to find your own way to live “A Good Life”.  By doing acts of kindness; by practicing gratitude daily; by choosing optimism; by caring for yourself physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally; by caring for others; by loving yourself and others; by practicing forgiveness; by practicing non-judgement; by following your heart/your passion and facing your fears; by choosing good thoughts/speaking good words/doing good things; by believing in dreams; by following your dreams; by having fun/laughing more/spreading joy; and by being awesomely YOU.

 

I have incorporated a campaign for this shirt called “Share Good – Feel Good”.  Each shirt comes with a free 5-pack of C.A.R.E. Cards (click here to learn more) bundled with a bracelet to keep you inspired.  The C.A.R.E. cards are a great way to notice other people and of course to “Share Good – Feel Good”.  To find out more about the pricing, sizes, ordering and t-shirt details, click here.

 

If you haven’t already, please sign up on my website to be on my mailing list.  That way, you will be certain to receive inspiring blog posts, updates on wonder(full) product launches, fun & captivating events and positive awesomeness!

 

The graphic I created showcases some of the pictures of friends, family (and me) wearing these happy shirts!  Thank you everyone.  Check out what happens when you wear one of these shirts woooohoooo……I hope you enjoy some of the “fun” that we captured!!  HAHA.  In keeping with the theme of “fun”, I will be posting a graphic within the next few days that shows you the amazing “fun” bloopers!!  Even more HAHA; I promise.

 

Together in living “A Good Life”,

Caron

Choose to “BE THE GOOD”.

Good things happen in our own lives, around us and out in the world every day.  Focusing on what is good in our lives is a very healthy habit…and it sure makes the challenges easier to deal with!  Purposefully looking for and acknowledging the positive creates a shift in how we see situations, including our own.  It affects our thinking, our behaviour, our actions and ultimately, our lives.  Following this practice does not mean that we won’t experience setbacks of any sort, it means that we purposefully choosing to live and THRIVE.    The fantastic thing is that it’s not too late for anyone to make this transformational change.

 

Last week, I wrote about living our “what ifs” and 9 ways to start taking action towards living them (https://www.goodandkindcompany.com/9-simple-ways-to-start-taking-action-towards-living-your-what-ifs/).  I received some great feedback from people who shared their own “what ifs” with me and the changes they are implementing to realize their goals.  Thank you!!  Every single one of us has different “what ifs”.  Choose those that add to your personal growth and then start taking action.  Choose to forgive someone, to reach out to someone you’ve been thinking of, to be more loving to yourself and others, to face a fear, to start that project, to be more kind, to compliment yourself and others more, to be more respectful, to celebrate more, to have spontaneous fun, to understand more, to live with less, to laugh more, to not judge others, to listen more and talk less, to see the beauty in the world, to speak positively, to be more compassionate. Choose to BE THE “GOOD”.

 

 

When we choose to “BE THE GOOD” and live with compassion and kindness, people change, awesome happens, thinking changes, spirits soften, opportunities reveal, healing happens, situations change, connection happens, hope appears and love happens. – Caron Keens

 

Kindness and compassion affects the recipient of the act, the doer of the act, the observers, those who hear about it, those who read about it, those who share it and those who watch it on TV or social media.  The ripple effect just keeps going and going, spreading all that super cool rockin’ awesomeness to those in its path. Now that’s something good worth celebrating!

Thoughts Become THings

Together in good changes,

Caron

9 simple ways to start taking action towards living your “what ifs”.

Every single one of us has different “what ifs”, dreams, goals and hopes.  Of course we do – things would be really boring otherwise!  I love hearing about what other people want, wish for and desire.  These discussions allow for a deeper conversation and understanding of one another.  The outcome has always strengthened my feelings of compassion, love and empathy for others.

 

I have had MANY discussions with other people about their “what ifs” over the past few years.  Sometimes people express that these dreams seem so unobtainable, unreachable and cause frustration – I understand.  Truly I do.  But is it the truth?  Are our dreams, goals, hopes and “what ifs” destined to just be something that lingers as an unfulfilled wish?  And are these “what ifs” really so different from one another?  I do not think so.  Truly I do not.

I compiled a list of 9 simple ways that any of us can start taking action towards living our own “what ifs”.  RIGHT NOW.  Let’s get at it:

  1. Change how you think – optimism creates “magic” in our lives.  BELIEVE YOU CAN!
  2. Accept that you are worthy, deserving and awesome (right now).  Tell yourself this daily – say it, hear it, know it and believe it!
  3. Take small steps.  Keep moving forward with any positive action that you can with what you have, where you are and in your current situation.
  4. Keep dreaming, visualizing, journalling, trusting and believing.  Every day, imagine and actually experience the “feelings” associated with your “what ifs”.  Note: this practice may create a change of perspective and you just might realize you are living your “what if” right now. Hmmm, now that’s cool!
  5. Celebrate successes however small you may “think” they are.  Any deliberate and focused action (or thought or belief) about making your “what ifs” a reality is something to celebrate!
  6. Be flexible.  Allow for serendipities, changes, surprises (and remember…..there are no coincidences).
  7. Be patient but persistent.  Live in the present moment with all of its opportunities and challenges, do your best and continue moving forward with focus and passion.
  8. Be grateful.  There is always, always something to be grateful for.  Gratitude creates “magic and happiness” in our lives.  POSITIVELY!
  9. Be brave and confident.  Do not let the “noise”, negativity, disapproval or “disregard” from others to defeat you.  It may temporarily cause frustration, but bless those people, send them love and carry on.

Remember to be respectful, to encourage others and to encourage yourself.  Appreciate that we are each on our own journey of wonder.  When we take action to live our own “what ifs”, we may inspire someone else to do the same.  When we take the time to find out what others dream of, wish for, and hope for, it becomes very clear that our “what ifs” are very similar and connect us more than we realize.  Truly they do.

 

To love, happiness, freedom, health and peace.  TRULY.

Caron

6 super simple ways to experience a better life with optimism.

I think often about optimism.  Choosing optimism (and it is a choice) as often as I can has been life changing for me.  Let’s be honest though, life isn’t always the most predictable happy dancin’, joy trippin’ experience we signed up for.  Sigh, I’m sure you can relate.  Each one of us has our own challenges and struggles but we have something else in common.  We each have the opportunity to choose optimism over pessimism, positive over negative, and to experience a better life as a result of this habit!

Here are 6 super simple ways to experience a better life with optimism:

 

  1. The first thing to do upon waking in the morning: give thanks for something.  Practicing gratitude is a game changer – guaranteed.  You woke up!  Today is an opportunity to make a difference, to try something new, to be a better person than you were yesterday, to tell family and friends you love them, to reconnect with someone you’ve been thinking of, to connect with someone new, to start over, to redo, to rethink, to renew, to celebrate life and all the gifts it offers.  Simply do whatever you can with whatever you have and wherever you are!
  2. (Be)lieve (the)re is (good) in the world. Sure there are lots of nasty and sad things that happen, all over, every day.  But there are even more good and inspiring things.  Be one of them!
  3. Simplify your life so you can appreciate more (with less). The more stuff/things/gadgets/gizmos we have (or think we have to have), the more cluttered our lives and minds become.  The faster we go, filling our lives with “busyness”, the harder it will be to get off that spinning wheel.  Can you eliminate one thing, one commitment, one habit that is causing you overload?  I’m sure you can and you are totally going to thank yourself for taking that step!
  4. Practice healthy habits that help you grow emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally. Get active however you can, be mindful of watch you watch, read, listen to, practice focused breathing whenever you can to feed your soul and calm your mind, eat well and think about what you are putting into your body, get enough sleep, C.A.R.E.TM  more, choose to be kind, choose to see the good, choose to make a positive difference, choose to learn and grow and evolve, choose to love yourself, choose to love others, choose to think differently, choose to be brave, choose to take a stand, choose your thoughts, choose to believe, choose to speak your truth, choose to forgive, choose to live your best life.
  5. Be compassionate and non-judgmental. We never know what another person is dealing with.  Health issues, care-giving, finances, insecurity, job loss, relationship problems, loss, purpose, fear, loneliness, frustration, overwhelm, overload.  Your smile, encouraging words, or act of kindness may be all it takes to make someone’s day better (including your own!)
  6. Who are you surrounding yourself with? I encourage you to take the time to look at this.  This includes who you physically surround yourself with as well as those you are surrounded with through social media.  Both make an impact. We need to be mindful to maintain and celebrate those relationships that are serving us and distance or even eliminate those relationships that are bringing us down.  It may be difficult to take that step, but it is crucial for personal growth, peace and happiness.  In situations where distancing yourself is difficult, such as a work environment, refer to the suggestions in the previous points I have listed.  Any of those suggestions will help you to cope, and perhaps even thrive in challenging relationship situations.

 

Choose optimism and “magic” follows, more of it than you can imagine.  Joy will show up in your life in the most unexpected moments, in the simplest of ways, and with increased frequency.  Some things you never “saw” before will wonderfully appear.  Your experiences will change, your relationships will shift, your life will change.  All because you chose.

 

Together in the journey,

Caron