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

 

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

 

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 October 29 in Penticton, BC for a Psych-K Funshop!!

For anyone in the southern BC, Canada area, I would love for you to join my friend Jeanni and me on Saturday, October 29 in Penticton for a day of learning, healing and fun!

 

We will be presenting a Psych-K funshop at the beautiful Leir House at 220 Manor Park Avenue from 10 am to 4 pm.  Together, we will discover a simple and easy process to identify our limiting beliefs, move past what has been holding us back and give life changing results.  How can it get any better than living our best lives NOW……despite who we are, where we are or what has brought us to our current situation.  You can live the life you dream of NOW.   Psych-K principles can help and we are so grateful, excited and blessed to be able to share this with YOU.

 

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Please call either Jeanni or me for more information or to register.

 

We are truly looking forward to to having YOU join us, there is no better time than now!

 

Together in good changes,

Caron

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

 

 

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

You are an important part of the YOUNIVERSE!

It’s so fantastic to really consider the special part that each of us plays in the youniverse.  Every single one of us.

Do you ever stop and think about the many people who have crossed your path, who know someone that you know, who have been somewhere you have been, who like the same things you do?  Have you ever met people that you feel you’ve met before?  Oh yeah.  It happens in the most random places, at the most random times and circumstances when you take the time to have a dialogue with another human being.

 

Have you ever had a conversation with a person you just met and things go like this:  “No way!  You’ve got to be kidding.  You’re not going to believe this!”  I’m sure you have.  Woohoo, you have an instant bond and common connection with someone you hardly know.  Yep you do! This creates a positive shift in infinite ways and sends ripples of awesomeness EVERYWHERE…..far, further, farther than that far!  Because you are a very important part of the youniverse and so are they.

 

It’s really big out there, but we are all connected. 

 

We are all right here, right now, together.  That’s kinda cool, and presents all sorts of fun and interesting possibilities.  So get out there and make sure you take the time to talk.  To anyone, to everyone.  Be curious.  Be present.  Be brave.  Be non-judgemental.  Be compassionate.  Be understanding.  Be kind.  Be love.  Seek to understand.  Learn.  Grow.  Carry on.  Create some awesomeness in this amazing youniverse!

 

Can’t wait to meet YOU out there,

Caron

“To do” today! Anyone wanna join me?

I try my best everyday to do my “to do” list (this is a real tongue twister)!  There are a few daily practices that have turned into wonderful habits when I wrote them down and became consciously aware of taking action on them.  The awesome part is how transforming this has been for my life.  So much so that I have to share this powerful stuff with YOU.

 

I have a standard “to do” list and I add other interesting and fun stuff to it as necessary (such as get groceries, shovel snow, pay bills, get a tooth pulled, etc).  I admit, I’m a list person.  It works for me and I know, the more we use lists the more we depend on them but it’s just the way I roll.

The items that are part of my daily ritual “to do” include:

  • Wake up, get up, show up
  • Do some “good” (for myself, for others, for the world)
  • Be kind (to myself and others)
  • Practice gratitude
  • Choose happiness
  • Oh, and the occasional cartwheel, spontaneous dance or “joy jumpin” move!

 

 

I hope that you are incorporating these life-changing practices into your daily life.  Write them down, say them, choose them, live them, believe them……let this be the way we all rock and roll!  Every single one of us has different stories, challenges, dreams and goals.  We all have “off” days and “on” days.  Every. single. one. of. us.  And that’s okay.  Try your best to do whatever you can in your current situation.  I’m sure that you will find your life positively impacted as these become habits; not to mention the positive impact you will make on the lives of others.  Oh, and here’s an added bonus, these “to do woooo hoooo hoooos” are FREE (I bet you wanna join me now)!

 

So get out there and shine your fanflippintastic awesomeness in a world that needs you more than ever.

 

To choices and positive change,

Caron

PS – I celebrate YOU!

 

 

You can choose this!

Consider how awesome it is that at any moment, we can choose our thoughts, our words, our actions, our reactions, our attitudes, our opinions.  Do feelings, emotions and beliefs affect these choices?  Absolutely!  Don’t deny what you are feeling – EVER.  Suppressed feelings will eventually come out one way or another – and not usually how we want (or expect).

Learning to have awareness, to recognize how we are feeling is a huge step in being able to better manage our personal situations.  It provides us with an opportunity to step back, reflect, make a choice and take action, whether that action is to change something or not.

 

 

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

-Wayne Dyer

 

We all have stories; we all face challenges and triumphs; we all experience our own version of sadness, joy, fear and happiness; we all need to be celebrated, appreciated, respected and encouraged.  Although we are each on our separate paths, we are really together in the journey.  Let’s do our best to make it wonder(full) for ourselves and each other.

 

To choices of love and peace,

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