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

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

“Wonderful feeling. Wonderful day!”

My, oh my, what a wonderful day……

I love all things Disney.  Anyone who knows our family would confirm we are all huge Disney fans.  We’ve made many tours to Disneyland with not only our own kids but as they got older, with as many of their friends who would fit in our vehicle.  The record was 9 of us!  This will be the subject of another blog post one day……our adventures down to Disneyland.

 

For the purpose of today though, I want to focus on making today a “zip-a-dee-doo-dah” wonderful day.  I love this catchy tune from the Disney 1946 love action and animated movie Song of the South, sung by James Baskett.  For those of you who have been on the awesome ride “Splash Mountain” in Disneyland would recognize this song which plays towards the end of your journey on the water.  Love Love Love!  It’s fun, it’s whimsical, it’s catchy, it’s happy, it’s simple.

 

Wherever you are, whatever you do, try your best to make today a “zip-a-dee-doo-dah” wonderful day.  Quite often this is just a choice to see things differently, to think differently or to feel differently despite your current situation.  What if today, you made that choice?  What if today, you focused on the “good”, on gratitude, on the simple gifts in the world?  Such as “sunshine headed your way”.  What if today, you helped someone else have a wonderful day?  What if today, a song came out every time you opened your mouth?  Yes my friends, I believe we need more of that.

 

Today’s the day.  Wonderful feeling…..Wonderful day!

 

To today, choices and sunshine,

Caron

Remember to laugh often – even if it’s at yourself!

It’s really great (and beneficial) to laugh often, especially at ourselves.  It keeps things fresh and fun and helps us to “lighten up”.  There are always challenges, obstacles and set-backs in life, but doing our best to find some humour in our day is most certainly a cost-effective coping technique!  In fact, laughter has been proven to reduce stress, depression, anger, anxiety, improve circulatory & cardiovascular health, boost the immune system, improve digestion, alleviate pain, relax muscles and one good belly laugh burns off 3.5 calories!!!

Children laugh approximately 400 times a day; adults laugh 15; somewhere along the journey we have lost 385 laughs a day.

Last week I launched my first t-shirt design in the “Share good – Feel good” campaign.  I was so excited that I told a few people I was going to do cartwheels.  I put on my magical shirt which makes a person want to do all sorts of  “good and fun” things and headed outside.

 

Our youngest daughter was visiting us so she put a shirt on as well and we got geared up for our performance.  It was surprisingly mild outside despite the snow, about -5 degrees celcius (and yes, we typically do wear coats in this weather)!

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Now here’s the thing…….It’s been a while since I have done a cartwheel.  My daughter of course, completed hers with the ease of a pro and made it appear to be something I could pull off.  However, I was a bit nervous of toppling over on our driveway so I opted to “give it a go” in the deeper snow for “cushioning”.  Let me explain the picture where it appears as though I am diving face first into the snow……I AM!  UGH.  I took a run and once my hands met the ground, I realized that the snow was deeper than I anticipated.  Oh oh…..this is not going to work at all.  I was temporarily suspended in the most awkward position much to the laughter (and confusion) of my daughter.  I can honestly tell you that these goofy pictures brought on hysterical outbursts of laughter afterwards.  I think they’re funny too and I hope they bring you some joy (or maybe you’ll just question my choice of “fun”).

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I did finally give my skills a chance on firmer ground and as you see the first attempt there is not “pretty” either.  Aaaaand of course, my daughter performs another “10”.  However, after much flailing around, I did finally make it up and over.  WOOOHOOO.  Now, that called for a celebratory “joy jump”!!

 

So here’s to fun and good and silly and laughing (even if it’s at ourselves).  Let’s get back some of those 385 laughs a day we have lost my friends.

 

Together in the journey,

Caron

It’s a Wonder(full) Life!

I love the word WONDER(FULL).  

I created this fun change to the word “wonderful” not so long ago (yes indeed, another middle of the night epiphany!)

 

Wonder(full) – full of wonder.  How can we not be filled with wonder when we look at and experience the magic that surrounds us every day?  We can be quick to forget this when we are going through stressful circumstances.  Situations such as our job (or lack of), relationships, finances, regret, anxiety, over-extending ourselves, health, school, purpose, and all the other challenges that may come our way during life.  Trust me, I get it – I truly do.  I have personally experienced almost everything I have listed above!

 

Sure we can’t be or feel “wonderful” everyday, but we can certainly be full of wonder everyday.  Simply pause, take some deep breaths and look around you.  What haven’t you noticed before?  Be curious.  Can you see things differently?  Be passion-filled.  Can you make a small change?  Be brave and confident.  Just allow yourself to experience a few peaceful moments of gratitude.  This won’t eliminate difficult situations, but being full of wonder sure makes it all easier to handle.  And that’s a big step towards change and happiness.

 

As we groove into summer…….the warmer weather and longer days, we are definitely “wowed” by wonder(full).  Fresh mornings with a nice warm coffee, amazing lake days, visiting around the camp fires, last minute barbecues with anyone who can join in, road trips with the windows open, flip flops and ball caps, warm fragrant breezes, camping and enjoying the beauty of nature, evening walks with friendly greetings along the way, the lush and bountiful gardens, the breath-taking sunsets, the stunning colours of summer blooms, fishing with great friends and singing those awesome summer songs like a rock star (well, I do that and I’m sure you do too!)

 

Never lose your sense of wonder and remember that it’s absolutely never too late to live the wonder(full) life you deserve.

 

Yours in wonder & possibility,

Caron

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P.S.      A bit of trivia about me…..coincidentally “It’s A Wonderful Life”, the classic film produced and directed by Frank Capra is my favourite movie!

 

P.P.S    I would like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to Eric Saperston from Live In Wonder!  I had the privilege of meeting the amazing Eric a few years ago and I highly recommend his book “Live in Wonder”.  I believe that you will find his Live In Wonder project to be quite inspiring, just as I do.  Check it out at https://www.liveinwonder.com

 

 

What do we have in common….

Do you ever meet someone and say to yourself……….I have nothing in common with this person.  We are totally different.  And you’ve no doubt heard that we should surround ourselves with like-minded people.  I’m all for that concept and it’s helped me immensely in personal development.  But I have also purposefully challenged myself to think about and notice what I have in common with others.  It can be quite awesome to really think about some things we all share.  Consider that you and the person crossing your path/sitting beside you/in line behind you, your co-worker, the stubborn teenager, the unmotivated employee, the grouchy person on the other end of the phone, the estranged person looking at you, the pessimistic friend, the withdrawn family member, etc:

  • We have the same amount of time in a day
  • We look at the same moon
  • We need food, water, clothing and shelter
  • We have felt joy, love, friendship, happiness, excitement, gratitude, experienced kindness, received a smile, breathed a sigh of relief…..at some point in our lives
  • We have been afraid, felt alone, failed at something, been disappointed, hurt, frustrated, betrayed, sad…..at some point in our lives
  • We can choose the words we say to ourselves and others
  • We can choose how we treat ourselves and others
  • We need to belong and to have someone who cares about us
  • Right at this very moment, all of us are alive together on this wonderful & awesome planet of wonder!
  • We can choose what we think about and focus on
  • We can choose what we dream about

And……the same amazing sun shines on each and every one of us!

Please be kind and do some good,

Caron

 

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The Gift of You……

We sometimes need to remind ourselves that we are not defined by our “stuff”, by where we are and what “our job is”.  Our true identity  resides within…….a light and essence that makes each of us unique.

Make amends and peace with your past and your put your focus on the present moment and the gift of “you”.  Remember that you can choose your thoughts and you have great power in that regard.

Be kind to yourself – you are so deserving of that.   Be kind to others as they deserve that as well.  Do your best to not judge others by what you see, hear or read.  Many of them have “stuff” going on that you know nothing about.  There are very, very few people who have “perfect” lives; many of us are scared to talk about our failures, challenges and fears.  Yet it’s exactly those experiences that connect us all.

Do the best you can, with what you have and where you are.  You are here and now for exactly that purpose!

In gratitude from you biggest fan,

Caron

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