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

Celebrating Global Infinite Possibilities Day. Start with love….

Today, August 8, 2015 has been declared Global Infinite Possibilities Day!  In the words of the inspiring Mike Dooley (www.tut.com) and his incredible team who gave this vision “wings”: 

 

“August 8 is a day of double 8’s. Just imagine the possibilities on a day with two infinity signs in it! Let’s do something fun and flood the web with wonderful insights, goals and dreams, and images that represent infinite possibilities in your life! This is a time to breathe fresh, positive energy and desires into the world.”

 

I had the privilege of taking 2 courses from Mike Dooley over the past 2 years:  Playing the Matrix and Infinite Possibilities – The Art of Living Your Dreams.  I became a certified trainer at the Infinite Possibilities training in Boston and that was most certainly a huge step in my personal transformation.  Although I was on a path of self-discovery and had visions, dreams and goals, this event validated that I was indeed on the right path.  Let me be clear and transparent, I have lived a life of ups and downs, I have felt stuck, I have wondered what my path was, my purpose, had an “is this all there is” mentality, made some poor choices and decisions, didn’t speak when I should have, didn’t act when I should have, coulda/woulda/shoulda – UGH.  But when I look back, I was definitely more happy than I was sad, I was certainly more optimistic than I was pessimistic, I had a unbelievable support system of loving family & friends, I definitely danced when and where I wanted, I fought through fear to reach goals, I felt gratitude more than I felt entitlement, I valued kindness more than judgement, yeah I think I did okay.  Would you like to know the biggest epiphany for me?  Once I discovered to truly love me, things really changed.  This may sound selfish, but it’s SO necessary.   

 

When you love yourself………your experiences, your relationship with others, and your life changes.

 

I have tapped into me and I feel more alive than ever.  I want to show others that it’s possible to follow your dreams, despite your age, your current situation, what other’s tell you. what you feel is expected of you or what you have gone through.  I want to notice people.  I want to have conversations with people.  I want to inspire and teach other’s how to tap into themselves and to be brave and to trust in their journey.  These practices have made it easier for me to deal with any challenges that come my way and we all know…….they are still going to come our way!  As it has been said, there are only 2 places of being “love or fear”.  I choose love.  I love me and when I do that, that love goes out to you.  Then it goes out into a world that needs it more than ever and it comes back to each one of us in incredible ways.  Just like the infinity sign!  Please love yourself.

 

One fear that I have faced is I have joined Toastmasters.  Now if you would have asked me a year ago about joining I would have quickly said, “no, that’s okay” with BIG EYES (and sweaty palms)!  It was Mike and Andy Dooley who encouraged all of us Infinite Possibility trainers to join Toastmasters.  Even back then in Boston, I said to myself “no, that’s okay”!   This is just one example of a fear I have faced and I have lived most of my life with limiting beliefs.  But overcoming this one has been a “biggee” for me and guess what the ripple effect of facing this fear is?  I am going to start holding *C.A.R.E. TM Shops that are based on the Infinite Possibilities principles.  Yep, I am.  This fall, I am going to start doing that.  I am going to share stories, I am going to speak with confidence, I am going to mess up and know that it’s okay, we are going to laugh, dance, have fun, reflect, break down barriers, talk about beliefs, talk about dreams and taking action on those dreams, no matter how big or how small they are.  We are going to ride the wave of infinite possibilities like rock stars.  And in the end, there will be glitter fireworks (still working this small detail out) wrapping us all in hope, love and happiness!  Stay tuned for tour dates.

 

What are your dreams and desires?  What limiting beliefs or fears do you have in regards to reaching those goals? 

 

This may be my journey but my journey is your journey.  I want you to know that although I choose love, fear still creeps up on me with thoughts of ‘I can’t do this’, ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘I have nothing to say’, ‘I am going to be embarrassed’, ‘I MIGHT FAIL’.  That’s okay.  I acknowledge those feelings (which until recently, paralyzed me), send them on their way and celebrate that I never thought I would write, design graphics, teach a dance class, take hula lessons, finish post-secondary school 20 years later, still be able to do the splits (true story – haha!), become a Certified Laughter Leader, become an Infinite Possibilities trainer and I certainly never thought I would be brave enough to speak publicly.  But when I look back, the signs were all there.  At my *C.A.R.E.TM Shops I will talk about how the universe sent me loving signs until I paid attention.  The signs are there for you too. 

 

I celebrate you.  Start with love.    

 

Yours in infinite possibilities,

Caron

 

*C.A.R.E. TM = Celebrate, Appreciate, Respect, Encourage

 

Wide awake in “dreamland”…….

When I was 4 years old I got my first pair of “runners”.  I can describe them in great detail.  They were red plaid and had white laces – there you go!  And because they were called “runners”, I didn’t even question the fact that when I put them on, it meant that I was supposed to run………non stop.  I remember running back and forth in our home from one end to the other.  At some point, my parents must have told me that I could wear these “runners” and simply walk, skip, leap or any of those other fun moves that children do.  Good thing because I was getting tired!!

 

My brother, sister and I played “make believe” very often and somewhere out there we have the pictures to prove it.  My brother liked to wear a Tupperware measuring container on his head (ugh, he’s going to not like me saying this) and tie his “blanket” (I think he called it a “manky” – ugh again) around his neck and pretended he was a superhero or warrior or something.  Well, I was the oldest so he probably took on whatever role I told him too!  We would play “boat” in a big, old cardboard box and use my baton as the oar.  We would line up our Dr. Suess books on the floor and “walk the path” ensuring that we didn’t fall off into the water.  My sister would play house with her gentle cat and her cat would miraculously play the part of a “baby”…..wearing the clothes and snuggled in a stroller!  I kid you not.  I vividly remember lying on the grass and looking up at the clouds in the sky and wondering what it would be like to jump from cloud to cloud like an adventurer.  Or fly around like a fairy.  Wouldn’t that be fun………..

 

I am sure that many of you played “make believe” and used your imagination when you were young as well.  Dreaming was something we did often.  Pretending “as if” and using whatever was handy to make your dream come to life.  And sometimes there were no “props”; we just pretended they were there.  Remember that?  But it sure felt as if they were there, didn’t it?

 

When our daughters were young, they very frequently played a game that they called “being”.  They would just come up with a happy scenario and act it out with whatever they had, wherever they were and whenever they wanted (which was often).  We would pretend not to watch because then they would stop their routine.  It was so magical to watch their stories unfold!

 

Thinking back on these times reminds me that it was the experiences and not the “things” that created those vivid moments.  It didn’t matter what we had, we made it work so that things came to life.  What a beautiful lesson!  It was the belief in the vision that made it real – even though it was “as if”.  There was no doubt in our minds that what we had created was our reality at that moment.

 

I realize that life can get complex as we get out into the world and switch from dreams to reality.  Yikes.  However, I am still a true advocate for dreaming, believing and believing in your dreams.  You can also call it visualizing and manifesting and IT WORKS!  Pay attention to the limiting beliefs, blocks and fears that are presented to you as these signs need some examining and understanding so that you can break through them.   Continue to dream and believe from the purest, most loving place with 100% conviction and faith.  You will be amazed at how the so-called serendipities unfold!

 

Yours in the world of dreams,

Caron

PS – I really do want to be a fairy and fly around, spreading glitter and magic. Stay tuned for an update on that adventure.  Anyone want to join me?