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….

 

Listen to someone’s story.

Every week I get excited about all the things I could write about.  I regularly jot down (or text myself) ideas, words, song verses, conversations I’ve had with people, thoughts and situations that provide me with inspiration.  I just never know where or when something will present itself with a story…. and this is exactly what happened a few days ago.

 

One of the jobs I currently have provides me with the privilege of welcoming people into a resort and the opportunity to create a positive experience.  We have our regular coffee crew that starts our day with awesomeness.  Recently, one of these gentlemen came in and he and I had an extended visit that gave me a glimpse into his life and his story.

The exchange started with a cheerful good morning and a quick chat about the crazy amount of snow that had fallen.  Our conversation drifted to the date, that it’s supposed to be SPRING and then he told me about all his children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren that have birthdays in March.  He shared with me how much he loved kids.  “Drove a school bus for 39 years, I loved the kids as though they were my own”.

 

I was intrigued and could see him reflecting back on those times and I felt the love in his heart. 

 

He told me about how the kids loved him just as much.  Of how excited the kindergarten kids were to get on the bus in December after receiving their graduation certificates so they could show him.  They would be clamouring at the bus door to get in first.  Some of them didn’t receive one, so they would be upset and crying.  He would sit them on his knee and console them until they felt just as good as the kids who had received one.  He told me of a family of 5 kids who would get on the bus and every day, their dog would try to come on the bus and latch on to the last child’s clothing and try to pull him off the bus.  That dog would be waiting (by the minute) to greet those kids when they got home!  He told me he loved his job but he loved all the kids even more.  He told me of a young boy who would sometimes fall asleep on the bus ride home and how he would carry him into his house from the bus.

 

Our conversation wasn’t long, but it was meaningful and lovely.  I felt as though I was there.  I thought about how cool it would have been to be on his bus.  I reflect on the amazing difference he made in people’s lives.  I think about life and people, about memories and moments, about slowing down and taking the time to listen, about “seeing the good” and “being the good”, about compassion and kindness, about love and gratitude.

 

What a beautiful way to start a day; despite the snow that was falling heavily when I typed this.  Take the opportunity to listen to someone’s story; be curious; wonder; feel; learn; understand; be connected; grow; enjoy.

 

Cheers to all of you “good” change-makers,

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

Start that good change TODAY!

Let’s talk about changes – good changes!

 

I have recently experienced a significant amount of change in my life.  Many of these have been transformational for me.  The most difficult thing we do with change is procrastinate!  Change itself is not hard. It’s what we “think about change” that makes us believe it is hard.  Once you take that first step you are on your way and believe me, the possibilities and opportunities that will come your way are amazing.

 

Some of the things we want to change in our lives have been lingering in our minds and hearts for a long time.  I can totally relate to this one.  Fear is such a limiting belief to most of us.  Fear of failure, fear of what others will think or say, fear not knowing enough, fear of losing control, fear of the unknown, fear of feeling to old or too young, fear of looking silly, fear of staying the same and for many, fear of change.

 

I am definitely a believer in the statement that it is never too late to make a change.  Too many people feel that they cannot break from their routine, expectations of society or the mindset that “this is always the way things have been done”.

 

Many of us dream, but don’t believe.  Many of us believe, but don’t dream. 

 

Many of us judge and don’t seek to understand.  Many of us follow and don’t believe we can lead.  Many of us silently “carry our sad and hurtful stories” and don’t realize that we can overcome or deal with them more effectively.  Many of us live our lives holding grudges and bitterness but want to forgive.  Many of us don’t realize how connected we all are as human beings.  Many of us are face down in our phones and are scared of human connection.

 

Many of us want more out of our lives but don’t know where to find what’s missing. 

 

I recently faced a huge fear of mine which was public speaking.  I have no idea where this fear came from but I do know that I went through most of my school years with this same fear.  PLEASE do not ask me to answer a question, PLEASE do not call me up to talk about this, maybe if I make no eye contact I will be safe from being asked to say something, yikes.  I hope some of you can relate to these experiences.  Fear of public speaking is proven to be one of the biggest fears that a majority of people have.  At 50, I finally decided to face this beast head on!  I joined Toastmasters in early July and finished my required 10 speeches in just over 2 months to complete my 1st manual, Competent Communicator.  I share this story with you because this was one of biggest fears that had been living within me for how many years?  Over 40!  That’s craziness.  I want to tell you what is even more ironic about this story.  I had an epiphany a few years ago that I wanted to be a public speaker.  I had no idea where this “calling” came from.  I just knew I wanted to inspire and create positive change, to share stories and lessons, to break down barriers and build connection, to encourage optimism and hope, to to help others rethink/redo/recharge/revive/refresh/ restart/reinvent, to do some dancing and laughing and singing and all those fun things that make us feel alive!  I am sharing one of my stories with you because my story can be anyone’s story.  I cannot begin to express to each one of you how liberating it is to take a leap, face a fear and conquer that big beast – and it was BIG and BURLY (well, to me it was!)  If I can do this, you can make any change you want to as well.  It is absolutely never too late.

I DID IT!

What good change would you like to make?  These changes can be small or big; the most important detail is that you just start – TODAY.

 

  • Live healthier – walk more, take the stairs, drink more water, better food choices, better eating habits, mindful breathing, mindful thinking
  • Forgive someone
  • (Re)connect with friends, family
  • Sort through your “stuff”, donate or sell, have “more with less”
  • Start that business, start that hobby, start that project, take that course, join that class
  • Talk less, listen more
  • Volunteer, give back
  • Ease off social media, connect with people face to face more
  • Watch less TV, read more
  • Fear less, love more
  • Doubt less, believe more
  • Encourage someone – anyone! Notice and encourage someone.  You both benefit.
  • Give thanks for something everyday
  • Complain less, celebrate accomplishments more
  • Judge less, reach out in compassion more
  • Show more kindness, the world needs it. Everyone benefits.
  • Travel more, wander, explore more, wonder
  • Be an optimist, the world has enough pessimists
  • Respect yourself more, criticize yourself less
  • Respect others more, criticize others less

 

I’m sure many of you have read quotes and heard people say: live for today, this moment is all we have, the only fear we have is of fear itself, love more/fear less, you are braver than you think, to name a few.  We read these things, but do we “believe them” and more importantly, do we “live them”?  I want to live them.  I want you to live them too.  I faced fear (one of the burly beasts that I had lingering around) and doors opened when I did this.  I am holding the door open for you my friends…..

 

Together in the journey,

Caron

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Simple coping techniques to deal with life’s challenges!

Yep, we all face challenges…..every single one of us.  Although we may feel lost during these times, our challenges connect us as human beings.  You are certainly not alone. 

 

When we are in the midst of a crisis, a hardship or an obstacle, we can feel very isolated, very afraid and very frustrated.  In a busy world that presents us with an overload of help and healing strategies, it can be overwhelming to find our way or sift through solutions in a rational way (at least, initially). 

 

I am going to provide you with some simple suggestions that

have helped me and many people close to me cope with challenges.

 

Even those who appear to have “everything”, are always happy, got it going on, and riding the wave of awesome have problems.  No one is immune from something coming their way that is unexpectedly challenging!  I’m sure that either you or someone you know has faced at least one and possibly several of these situations:  relationship problems, insecurity issues, financial trouble, health challenges, feeling stuck, looking for purpose, work overload, frustration with career or lack of, regret, anger, resentment, loss of loved one, fear of what others think, depression, substance abuse, lack of motivation, fear of change, fear of staying the same, growing older, not growing up quick enough, kids leaving home, kids coming back home, losing possessions, having too many possessions.  Just to name a few!

 

Quite often, small and simple changes can help us to find our way.  Here are some suggestions that have helped me and many people close to me cope with our own challenges/situations/roadblocks/issues:

 

  • Allow yourself to experience the emotions, feelings and thoughts associated with the challenge you are having. Don’t suppress or hide them…….because they will come out at some point.  Honour and respect how you are feeling.
  • Reach out to someone you can trust. Even if it’s just so that you can talk, vent or have your voice heard.  Let that person know that it’s okay for them to just listen and that you need a sounding board. 
  • If you are looking for advice or to brainstorm with someone, reach out for that purpose as well. Again, someone you can trust.  There may be people who unexpectedly reach out to you to provide comfort, or to listen or to be there for you – if it feels right, let them in!
  • Be upfront with people who do not have your best interest at heart or who are abrasive, non-comforting or when things “feel off”. Trust your judgement.
  • Allow yourself to be in a quiet place, outdoors in nature is best. Just be still, let whatever thoughts float through your mind to just come in and out, silence can be very healing.  If you are indoors, limit distractions (TV, social media, etc) so that you can experience stillness.  If music helps, let the tunes sooth your soul. 
  • Pay attention to your breathing. Deep, deliberate and slow.  Be mindful of the in and out breaths – “in” with “clarity & light”, “out” with “confusion & darkness”.
  • Sometimes, taking one day at a time is best. It may be over-whelming to make long term plans or have a strict timeline depending on the challenge you are facing. 
  • Celebrate your progress or accomplishments at moving forward, however small it may seem – please do this! Even if you are taking the “one day at time” approach. CELEBRATE & ACKNOWLEDGE!
  • Appreciate the people you have in your life, those who support you, encourage you and want to be in your circle of healing and support.
  • Write in a journal – your feelings, your emotions. Just let the words flow – don’t worry about it making sense.  Carry it with you to capture your thoughts passing through, especially when you don’t feel like talking to anyone or when there is no one around for you to talk to.  Writing in a journal is very therapeutic.
  • Exercise or get active however you can: walk, skip, run, hike, cartwheel, QiGong, somersault, dance, yoga, hula, hula hoop, pick your own favourite!
  • Visualize your situation differently – how that feels, how it sounds, how it looks…….everything about it. Just visualize, dream, believe (whichever word resonates best with you).  Visualize regularly and then take action.  Taking action may include really small steps, just take action regardless.
  • Do not judge anyone and how they are handling their life situations, just as you would not want someone to judge you. We all react differently, we all have different support systems, we all are on this journey together – BE KIND.
  • Access books, podcasts, websites, webinars, counsellors, etc that provide you with direction and guidance. Many of these resources are “FREE”!
  • You may find that some of the people who want to support you have the same or similar issue facing them. You may also find that you are offering support to another person.  You may just find that as you support and encourage this other person, that you have found the way to effectively handle your own challenge.  Yes, life can work in miraculous and magical ways.
  • PS – hugs work wonders!

 

Some challenges are very serious and require the expertise of trained professionals.  Please ensure that you reach out and get the support you need in a timely manner.  They are there to help you!

 

I thank you in advance for sharing this article and I hope that something I have mentioned helps you or someone you care about. 

 

As always…..together in the journey,

Caron