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

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

 

The incredible story of our March 24-27 retreat theme “Reflecting, feeling, connecting, healing”….

It was last August when once again, I awoke with an epiphany.  This time it was words.  Just four words.  This happens frequently so I ensure that I have something nearby to capture my thoughts passing through.  I clumsily jotted down the words that came to me in this order “Reflecting, Feeling, Connecting, Healing”…..and fell back asleep.

 

A few days later, I was with my friend Jeanni whom I had only met a few months before.  We may have just recently met but we felt as though we’d known each other forever.  When Jeanni and I get together, the magic and ideas flow incredibly.  One of our discussions had led to the idea of hosting a retreat and we both lit up with joy and possibilities.  On this day, I couldn’t wait to tell Jeanni about my “four words” as they seemed to be a perfect fit for a theme of our retreat.

 

Our get together was fabulous; we never stop throwing out ideas, dreams and what-ifs.  I shared with Jeanni my “aha moment” from a few nights before and she was excited and intrigued.  She agreed that this would be a very fitting theme for our event.

A few days later Jeanni messaged me that she had something to share with me and told me that I wouldn’t believe what she had to show me.  I couldn’t wait to hear!  When I arrived at her place, Jeanni had a journal out on the counter.  She explained to me that a few years earlier, she had been jotting down ideas about things she wanted to do.  One of them was possibly host a retreat with someone.  When I had shown her my four words that had appeared to me, she knew she has seen those words before.  She remembered where…..in a journal that she had!  In this journal, arched along the top of a page, IN THE EXACT SAME ORDER, were the same four words.  “Reflecting, Feeling, Connecting, Healing”.  Two years earlier!

 

We cannot make this stuff up.  This experience validated that the universe works in magical ways. That there are beautiful synchronicities and no coincidences.  That living in wonder, dreaming and believing propels us to places, people and situations that seem “unreal” but are very “real”.  That we are always receiving “signs” to get our attention, to guide us and help us in our journeys.  And that there is always, always hope.

 

Our “Spring into Action” retreat with the theme of “Reflecting, Feeling, Connecting, Healing” is planned for March 24 to 27 in the beautiful Naramata, BC, Canada.  Jeanni and I will join together with other amazing women on this learning and growing journey and we could not be more grateful.  The adventure continues….

 

In joy & possibilities,

Caron

 

PSwe still have room and we would love to have YOU to join us!  Jeanni and I have been very mindful of budget and have made this an “all inclusive” event which includes accommodations, healthy meals, retreat materials, a welcome package, inspirational take-home items created by you, learning, FUN and growth for only $577.  All you have to do is get here!  Remember, being removed from your usual environment is more conducive to growth and learning……consider this a mini-vacation (with extra benefits) that you are so deserving of!

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 March 24-27 in Naramata, BC, Canada for a “Spring into Action” Retreat

After all this time dreaming and talking about it…………I’m finally putting on a retreat March 24 to 27 in Naramata, BC.  I’ve partnered up with my friend, Jeanni, who is lovely and full of life and we’re doing this and I would soooo love for you to join us!
The theme of the event is “Reflecting, Feeling, Connecting, Healing“.  The agenda is full of events, activities, presentations (and free  YOU time) to help anyone bring more of this into their life regardless of where they currently are in their journey.  We have lots of learning, growing and FUN planned and we are so thrilled for this opportunity.
I hope you will consider joining us (bring a friend/relative to share the experience with)!  We’ve been mindful of budget and have included absolutely everything in the price of $577 (other than getting here ).  Included are your accommodations for 3 nights (double including a private washroom – single available for a higher price), healthy meals/snacks, registration, a welcome gift, retreat materials including many inspirational keepsakes created by YOU for YOU, oodles of goodness, and JOY.  This truly is an “all inclusive” event ��
It would be a great road trip but there are several daily flights to and from Calgary, AB to Penticton, BC.  Naramata is very close and we will arrange to get you there.  The setting/venue is serene and breath-taking and is located along the Naramata Bench Road, which is abundant with wineries, vineyards & orchards and the weather will be incredibly amazing at the end of March!
So something awesome for you to think about.………….I would love to share this experience with you my friends!
With love, aloha and wishes of all things good,

Caron

Face your fears! My story of “Don’t Hold Back”…….

Today, I am sharing a story with you of how facing our fears can bring about the most unexpected and incredible experiences.

The graphic I have attached may be a bit difficult to read so I’d like to share my story.  Because my story can be anyone’s story.  Of that, I am sure.

I’m sure you have heard the saying that the biggest fears for most people are death and public speaking.   Harsh? Maybe.  Certainly not the case for everyone, but I suspect it is for many, many people.

For a  majority of my life, I was an introvert.  I was rather shy and quiet.  I would certainly be the last one to speak in class while at school (do not make eye contact and you won’t be asked!).  I was always intimidated about what others thought of me and anything remotely associated with speaking in public was as far on the opposite end of my comfort level as one could possibly get.  Even sharing this with you brings back those feelings and emotions.

As an adult, this fear still existed.  As I became more comfortable with my purpose, passion and self, the fear of “speaking up” took more of back seat but it was always lurking around, yes lurking, ugh.  This is why it came as such a surprise to me when I was given the opportunity to present a motivational program to health care employees about 5 years ago and……..I was excited.  The thrill of the opportunity to spread a message of hope, healing and  inspiration to people over-road my fear of speaking.  I had found my calling and something that brought a spark of “what if” to my world.   It was a year after this that I decided to start my own business, A Good & Kind Company, which was in perfect alignment with not only my personal values but also with what I feel the world needs right now.   We need more kindness, compassion, non-judgement, love, peace, gratitude, fun, joy and laughter.   We need it because a lot of the things that we are doing is not working.    We see signs of unhappy people everyday, everywhere we go.

In November 2013, I traveled to Boston to become certified as an Infinite Possibilities trainer, a program developed by Mike Dooley.  Mike is well known as an international best selling author and speaker, from his appearance on “The Secret” as well as his daily “Notes from the Universe”.  While at this event, we were encouraged to sign up for Toastmasters which would provide us with confidence, the ability to connect with an audience and more effectively share our message.  I clearly remember immediately thinking that NO, I was fine and would not need to join.  Thank you anyways!

About a year later, Rob and I secured a one year work visa for Hawaii, yes Hawaii.  This is another story of a life-changing adventure, which I will be sharing.  I worked diligently on my business while there, writing, networking and developing strategies.  I often thought about speaking and that excited me.  Toastmasters popped into my mind one day and by then it was June; our visas expired in October.  I decided to make the call.

The next thing I knew, I was at my first meeting in Waikiki!  I was warmly greeted, got settled in and felt very comfortable.  I wanted to clarify that I would not have to speak and I was assured that  I would be fine.  Things were looking good until…….I was called up to speak during the Table Topics session.   Two things happened after that:  I made them laugh and I won the award for the most “ahs” and “ums”.   I joined Toastmasters then and there.  My next decision surprises me to this day.  I had three months until we would be returning to Canada and I decided to finish my Competent Communicator manual during this time.  That was 13 weeks to finish 10 speeches, which meant I had to speak at almost every meeting!  Don’t hold back Caron.  I presented this to my club and thank them to this day for being flexible and accommodating my goal.  There is no turning back now Caron, let’s get at ‘er!

I did finish my manual, I was nervous giving every speech, I did receive great feedback and support to help me in my speaking journey, and I absolutely did face a huge fear.  Good grief, looking back I would have never thought I would have done this.  The ripple effect of “not holding back” has been incredible.  I was honored last November by receiving the club’s Outstanding Toastmaster award.  I have confidence and continue on my Toastmasters journey in BC.  I have the proof and validation that anyone can face their fears.  No matter our age, our situation, our limiting beliefs or what others think.

Last month, my Waikiki Toastmasters story was featured in the Member Achievements Section of the Toastmasters International magazine.  How exciting, what a journey for me and what a message of hope for absolutely anyone else.  I encourage you to simply believe because the only one holding us back is ourselves.

 

To facing fears, growing and moving forward,

Caron

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

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