I get asked about what I do almost every single day. By people who I give my business cards to or by the amazing people who I present a “C.A.R.E. Card” to. I like getting asked that question as it gives me an opportunity to share my story. A few years ago, I made a focused choice to listen to the voice within and follow my heart. I created a personally meaningful and inspirational-based business that promotes optimism, hope, happiness and connection. For all.
All of this is based on 3 core values of doing good, being kind and the C.A.R.E. concept. I developed the C.A.R.E. concept a little over a year ago. I emphasize the importance of making the time to care for ourselves first so that we are better able to care for others. The word C.A.R.E. is a powerful acronym that represents:
C = CELEBRATE
Most of us don’t do this enough – it is as though we need permission. Celebrate your accomplishments in some way, however small or insignificant they may SEEM. Do not wait to celebrate only the big things, the little things quite often roll right into awesomeness! Laugh and have fun – it keeps us young.
A = APPRECIATE
Living in gratitude would be the best way for me to sum this one up. Gratitude is a game changer – literally. Every single day, please find at least one thing to be grateful for. Your life will not be the same by making this a habit.
R = RESPECT
You are worthy and you matter. Look after yourself – spiritually, emotionally, mentally & physically. We are all different and quite often it is our challenges that connect us. Make peace with your past, practice forgiveness and do not hold grudges. As the saying goes, holding a grudge is letting someone else live rent free in your head.
E = ENCOURAGE
Think different, challenge routine, dream big, whatever works for you – the possibilities for you are endless. Honour yourself, your strengths – tap into what “fuels you” and what “drives you”. How can you use those passions to change or enhance your current situation? Can those passions be turned into something more? Trust in the power of encouragement!
The C.A.R.E. Cards are available for purchase on my website and they are a great way to notice someone. I find that most people are surprised, grateful and happy to receive a card. Sharing a smile or a simple greeting works the same way. Everyone is going through something – we all need a sign of hope and connection. In a world where many of us are face down in our phones, computers and other distractions of the times, people are craving to be noticed and for someone to say I see you. Yet many of us are scared to do that. Have you ever struck up a conversation with a total stranger? That is perhaps one of my favourite things to do. I think people are amazing and once we break down the barrier or fear and actually strike up a conversation, we quickly realize how connected we all are. Our similarities far outnumber our differences. Just yesterday, we struck up a dialogue with a gentleman and he posed the question to me quite early in our conversation – “do you think the goal of life is happiness?” Quite a deep question don’t you think? How would you answer that if someone asked you that? I believe that happiness is a continuous journey…..a by-product of living in gratitude and experienced by caring for you, for others and for this miraculous place we all call home.
Honouring myself and my talents, sharing my passion, practicing the C.A.R.E. concept – all of these things have brought me to this moment. It has helped me through many obstacles, fears, challenges and doubts. I will continue to learn and grow and evolve. Taking action is the key to change, especially taking action on your dreams. Also realizing that not much in life is perfect and seeking perfection can be paralyzing. Do something today that your future self will thank you for. I recently made a huge decision (for me it was!) and I joined Toastmaster’s. How the girl who was once an introvert could join Toastmaster’s still amazes me. I was warmly welcomed as a visitor and was assured I would not have to speak. Well, guess how that played out – the next thing I knew I was at the podium responding to a table top discussion. I have 2 things to share with you about that experience:
- I made them laugh (I couldn’t have known less about the topic!)
- I won the award that evening for the highest number of “ah’s and uh’s” in my speech. Yes, there is someone who counts those filler words!
So I consider that “first step of action” to be a huge success. Am I going to be nervous at the next meeting – YES. Am I still going to go – YES. Am I going to rock out at public speaking one day – YES. Never stop learning (or believing or at least making people laugh)!
Over the past few years, I took the initiative to informally chat with some individuals who I am inspired by. If you are reading this article, you know who you are! I wanted to know what made them tick, how they stay positive, was there a pivotal moment or did something happen in their life. For me, it was life changing to share those conversations with people and I will continue to do so – there are many of you I want to chat with. Unanimously for all of them, it was a conscious choice to be positive and kind. They chose to live a fulfilled life by these simple but powerful principles and do their best to not be influenced by the negative noise of others. That takes courage, focus and personal belief. I honour and admire each and every one of you!
I would like to thank all of you who send me the many emails of how my writing topics resonate with you, the likes, the shares, the comments, those of you who feel safe talking to me about your challenges, hopes, and dreams, those of you who believe in me and encourage me, those of you who don’t understand why I find this business fulfilling (it’s really okay), those of you who I have just met and those of you who I have been blessed with in my life a long time, for those of you who are hurting or struggling – I want you to know I have been there and please know that things will get better, for the times I’ve shared with all the people who have crossed my path on this journey for me to realize me. I hope that sharing my story, my passion and my dreams………. gives each one of you the encouragement and confidence to do the same.
Trust in your journey,