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….

 

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 🙂

Why now is the time to C.A.R.E.

Do good.

Do the best you can, however you can, with what you have and where you are.

Be kind.

Be the positive change that you wish to see and experience in this world.

 

I am sure every one of you reading this will agree that there is too much violence, tragedy and hatred in the world.  Far too often there is something happening that affects people’s lives, causing pain, loss and suffering, and saddens us with disbelief, feelings of despair and heavy hearts.

 

At the same time we hear of, read and witness outpourings of love and a collective spirit of humankindness that offers hope, support and healing.  The positive power of people joining together from all over the world in compassion helps those who need it the most and also creates a bond of peace and unity that inspires us all.

Today, I want to send out an everyday reminder for each one of us.  Remember to C.A.R.E.TM.  Simple as that.  The word care itself implies attention, nurturing, thoughtfulness and sensitivity.  I created the C.A.R.E. TM acronym a few years ago which combines the words celebrate, appreciate, respect and encourage.  I strongly believe that if we can do the best we can everyday to take action and celebrate, appreciate, respect and/or encourage someone (that someone may be ourselves) then positive change happens.  It happens by changing the way we think, the way we feel about ourselves and others, the way we make others feel, the way we behave, the choices we make, the way we interact with others.  This is a start to creating good change in our own lives and in the lives of others.  This is the way we create positive change in the world because this type of movement has a ripple effect that knows no boundaries.  It breaks down barriers and connects us as human beings.  The best part is this is free; all it involves is belief, authenticity and action.

 

Here’s to creating hope, love, healing and peace for the people of our world.  Although it may seem that individually it is challenging or impossible to create good change, this is not true.  We may “feel” powerless, we may “feel” hopeless, we may “feel” insignificant, but this is not true either.  Do the best you can, however you can, with what you have and where you are.  Be the positive change you wish to see and experience in our world.  The day is today, the time is now and good happens……one action, one person at a time.

 

Together in the journey,

Caron

What do you “represent”?

Many of you know that we have spent the past year living in Hawaii.  This was a positive life changing experience for us in ways that were so unexpected.  I have started to write a book where I will share the stories of our journey and personal growth there.

 

We chose to take the opportunity while we were there to immerse ourselves as much as possible into the Hawaiian culture and the way of “aloha”.  This choice brought many amazing and inspirational people into our paths and one of them in particular inspired this article.

This friend was talking to us about the word “represent”.  In Hawaii, it is said that you “represent” when you are a good ambassador for the Hawaiian Islands, you stand up for what it good and righteous, you respect the people, the culture, the land, the environment, you live in peace and love, and of course, in aloha.  This beautiful conversation with him made me think deeper about the word “represent” and what it means to me, hopefully to you and to all of humanity.

 

What do you “represent”?

 

  • Do you represent kindness or selfishness?
  • Do you represent compassion or judgement?
  • Do you represent love or hatred?
  • Do you represent optimism or pessimism?
  • Do you represent hope or doubt?
  • Do you represent understanding, learning, growing, improving?
  • Do you represent joy or bitterness?
  • Do you represent equality or difference?
  • Do you represent forgiveness or blame?
  • Do you represent peace or discord?
  • Do you represent happiness or despair?
  • Do you represent believing or denial?
  • Do you represent respect or criticism?
  • Do you represent appreciation or disregard?

 

We all have a choice about what we “represent”.  What we are known for, how people feel when they are around us, how people react to us, our behaviour, our habits, our “essence”.

 

Creating positive change starts with ourselves first, it always has. 

 

We can do this through our thoughts, our words and our actions.  Do the best you can with where you are in your life right now – it’s never too late.  The powerful (and magical!) thing is that once you choose to create positive change and “represent” in your own life, you will inspire others to do the same.  Then I believe this world will be a much better place for all of us.

 

These are exciting times my friend and I celebrate YOU!

 

Together in the journey,

Caron

Always be yourself. Unless……….

Well, what can I say?  Those of you who know me will not be surprised to read this post, especially my family!  I’ve been quite vocal about being true to ourselves, and letting our own uniqueness shine.  Indeed.  Then on the other end of dreamland I have quite often expressed that I want to be a fairy in my next life.  Now, in the unlikely event that some cosmic wires get crossed in the awesomeness of time and space, I thought I had better give my best attempt to live some of that dream now.

 

I believe that this all started when I was 4 years old and my mom took me to my first movie at a theatre.  The movie was Thumbelina or some sort of animated version of that with fairies and all things wonderful.  I could not believe the amazing experience I was having and all the excitement on the big screen and how things were so big and pretty and “how does this happen mom” and “can we do this again mom” and “I want to do that too mom” and…. well apparently I would not quit talking (really sorry about that mom).  The fairy dream could originate from realizing and knowing how magical life truly is or from loving all things that sparkle and glitter.  I don’t know, perhaps a bit of both!

Always be yourself………everyone else is taken!

 

Of course it’s so important to always be yourself.   I’ve written before about this important topic and of sharing your gifts and talents with the world.  It’s so exciting to realize who we truly are and what our calling is in the world.  To find alignment with our talents and purpose and to not allow others to sway us from our own light.  To be open to learning, growing, evolving, re-thinking, refreshing, renewing or simply starting over.  That’s the real “magic” of life.  So perhaps I would like to use my wand to sprinkle this epiphany on the world.  At the same time to share hope, peace and happiness with everyone because we are all in this journey together my friends.  Wow, yeah that sounds like the most AWESOME plan!

 

So here’s the deal.  Sometimes it really is fun to connect to our youth, to be playful and silly, to share little bits of our fun and whimsical self with others, to dream and let those dreams manifest in some way.  It connects us as human beings.  There are certainly lots of serious things that will pop up in our lives, we all know that.  That’s why self-care, loving relationships and living in gratitude and kindness are so important.  But it’s sure exciting to consider (and believe in) the journey that “pretending” will take us on!  

 

So let’s just go with this.  I thank you for taking the time to read a little bit of “whimsy” about me.  I just need to figure out the flying part (a temporary obstacle); everything else should be good to go. 

 

Should you see me out with there with wings and a wand….sprinkling love, hope, happiness, peace, glitter and pixie dust…..just smile and wave my friends, just smile and wave!

 

Yours in dreaming & believing (& sparkles),

Caron

Realizing me.

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:

  1. I made them laugh (I couldn’t have known less about the topic!)
  2. 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,

Caron

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The new addiction…..

A good kind of change is definitely happening!  

Let’s call it the “new addiction”, the “next big addiction”, the “real addiction”………all I know is that we ALL need it and certainly now more than ever in our world.  Kindness will change lives, including our own.  

This little design I created presents some simple kindness instructions including some noticeable side effects.  Feel free to share it, print it, post it, pin it, live it, embrace it, do it, be it………have fun with all the cool things you can do and experience with this message!

YOU – be a good kind of one.

In kindness & friendship,

Caron

Kindness Instructions

 

There are times when silence says more…..

There are certainly times in life when no words are necessary.   Nothing “says” more than the experience of peace, love and connection.   Connection to nature, to another person and most importantly, to yourself.  

Practice a few moments of quiet mindfulness in your day.  Appreciate not only the wonder around you in the world, but also the beautiful wonder of “you”.  

In your silence and stillness, you may find that you are the one you’ve been looking for all along.

With gratitude and friendship,

Caron

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