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Vision Board

Our annual Vision Board Workshop was a great success! We LOVED our new spacious venue, Busy Bees Paper Crafting in Newbury Park!

It was so wonderful seeing the vision that each and every person had for their lives in 2018 and beyond!  The creativity and selection of perfect pictures and phrases to depict their visions was amazing! There was comradery and an overall friendly, relaxed environment. We have already saved the date for our annual event on Saturday, January 12th 2019!

Below are some reflections on this year’s event:

Most Meaningful Segment:
“Planning email & guided meditation. I like the spacious area/location!”
“Spending quiet time focusing on what I really want in life while creating my vision board!”
“Visualization! Being with others who know what they want.”
“The meditation at the beginning – trusting my starting place.”
“My daughter gave this to me as a gift!” //  “Dreaming, visualizing, setting goals!”
“Thank you for the meditation – I love that – more empowered to achieve my goals for 2018!”
“Creating vision!”  //  “Cutting pieces out.”  //  “Guided meditation/intentionality!”  //  “The process.”

Overall Feelings of the Event:
“Great! I needed to focus!”  //  “Wonderful!”   //  “It’s a start for me!”  //  “Focus/calm/ freeing!”
“Fun – Hopeful – Peaceful – Thank you! – An opportunity to look hopeful to the future and set goals and dreams!”
“Loved it! Very inspiring and uplifting!”  //  “Relaxing/Energizing!”  //  “Liked it a lot!”
“Positive!”  //  “Loved it! Will do it again!”  //  “Love it every year!”


Time to Ring in 2018!

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“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”
– Melody Beattie

Happy New Year! I wish you and your loved ones all the best in 2018 and beyond!

How many times have you had good intentions to begin the New Year on a positive note, but then it seems to get pushed aside because of daily obligations? I encourage you to make yourself a priority regardless of all the responsibilities you have. If you want to improve your overall health and well-being, it all begins with your own thoughts and the choices you make. I encourage you to create a plan and reach out to others who have achieved what you desire.

Regardless of what your goals and dreams are, every human being that has achieved amazing success had a team to encourage, inspire and motivate them. Reaching out and building a team is a great way to stay on track and be held accountable for the goals and visions you set at the beginning of the year.

I encourage you to contact like-minded professionals that will give you a step-by-step plan or can be a mentor to you.

If you want to be surrounded by like-minded people and professionals that achieved success in their field, I invite you to participate in one or more of our upcoming motivational, inspirational, educational workshops!


Vision Board Workshop! | 1/14/2018

Creating Joy Despite Challenges Workshop! | 2/3/2018

Couples’ Valentine’s Art, Dinner & Wine Workshop! | 2/11/2018

Mind-Body Empowering & Inspiration Women’s Workshop! | 3/10/2018


Third WTW Art Workshop Pics

I am so grateful for all of the wonderful women who participated in the Women Transforming Women’s THIRD Imagination & Inspiration Workshop! I loved how the creativeness and intuitiveness came out in the relaxed atmosphere onto their canvases! 

Here is what these wonderful women had to say about the workshop…


“Painting my feelings – a lot of fun!”

“Fellowship/sharing our paintings; everything was great!”

“Enjoyable and empowering; being creative; hearing women’s stories; I just love it!”

“Beginning with the visual meditation (most meaningful); fun; perfect!”

“Very peaceful; feeling of wellbeing.”

“Figured out what my painting represented in my life! Fulfilling, positive!”

“It felt so good to pause and check in with my creative side!”

“We loved it! – Wonderful venue, guests and hostess!

“Most meaningful – explaining meaning of picture at end!” – Community; together-ness.”

“Very good! Love the concept! It’s great! Want more of this type of workshop!”

Most meaningful segment: “Meditation and being with the group!”

“Sharing with others; meeting other women; wonderful, fun!”

“Sharing everyone’s work and meaning; happy!”

Happy celebrating winning success woman at sunset or sunrise standing elated with arms raised up above her head in celebration of having reached mountain top summit goal during hiking travel trek.

The month of September is when most people get back into regular routines. With previous months of summertime, vacations, school kids at home, many times our routines are scrambled or put aside.  When you think of a routine, what comes to mind?  What comes to mind for me is that a routine should be geared toward being holistically balanced in mind, body and spirit. For example, what I do first thing in the morning is think of three or more people that I am grateful for and why I am grateful for them. I then, have some room-temperature water with a squeeze of lemon to alkalize my body and then I read spiritual and inspirational materials.  I begin my day on a positive note as I prepare my nourishing breakfast and small meals and snacks for the day. This helps me ease into the day regardless of my schedule.

My morning routine, which some people may call a morning ritual, sets a positive tone for the rest of the day. I encourage you to have a healthy, positive routine in the morning as the foundation of your day, and as you go through the day nourish and hydrate your body about every three hours to feel more balanced and healthier in your mind and your body.  

Regardless of your schedule and responsibilities, it is vitally important to practice self-care; especially if you are being pulled in different directions with family, kids, work, etc. There needs to be some balance and grounding for yourself. You will feel more balanced throughout the day and you will be able to handle everything in life with more ease!

Here are some suggestions and tips for a positive morning routine:

  1. As soon as you wake up, lie still for a few moments and think of three or more people you are grateful for. Then take in some deep breaths, do a little stretching and slowly rise.
  2. Drink several ounces of room-temperature water.
  3. Read or listen to something pleasant and positive (music or inspirational or motivational materials, etc.)
  4. Have a nourishing, high-protein breakfast within an hour of awakening.
  5. Prepare water and food for the day: Drink plenty of water during the day and nourish your body with small nutritious meals and snacks every three hours throughout the day. When you prepare for the day, you prepare for success!

Do you feel the need to drink two or more cups of caffeinated coffee, tea or commercialized energy drinks every day? Do you ever feel foggy and/or like you are losing your energy either right after lunch or mid-afternoon? This is common amongst so many people, especially teens and adults.  Studies have shown that excess amounts of these kinds of beverages have a negative impact on the adrenal

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Happy New Year 2017!

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“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ” 
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
Happy New Year! I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful holiday season and have already begun 2017 on a positive note! May this year be filled with amazing, healthy, happy, positive possibilities!

Have you, like so many people, made any “New Year’s Resolutions” only to find that you don’t know where to begin, or maybe you’ve set out to start something new and can’t seem to prioritize your time and actions? The word “resolution” according to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary states: “the act or process of resolving: as a:  the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones; b:  the act of answering:  solving c:  the act of determining… and so much more!
Is there something in your life you feel you need to resolve, change and/or improve? As you look back on 2016, acknowledge your accomplishments no matter how big or small you feel they may be. Maybe you cleaned out a drawer or closet and gave away items to charity; finally finished a project; set a new health or financial goal and have already begun taking the steps! There are so many goals and dreams that are within each one of us; that it can sometimes feel overwhelming, not really knowing where to begin.
My suggestion is to first list the top three things you would like to change, improve, begin or do in 2017; prioritizing each goal in the order of importance. Dream big, but realistically.
  1. Write down “why” you want to do/accomplish each thing and how it will improve your life in a positive way. Also, think outside yourself and how it may affect those around you! When you break it down in that manner, it will seem much more manageable. Take one step at a time, and when you complete each step, acknowledge it by celebrating!
 The celebration can be as simple as:
  • taking a break and dancing to your favorite music, or
  • going for a long walk in pleasant surroundings outdoors, or
  • calling a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while, or
  • treating yourself to a fancy coffee or tea!
When we acknowledge and celebrate even the smallest successes, it creates more positive energy and motivation to continue until we ultimately achieve our goals and dreams!
If you feel you could use some expert guidance, clarification, inspiration and motivation, it’s as simple as a phone call or email away. I am here to inspire, motivate and guide you in every way I can! I offer private and group goal setting sessions where I will give you the mental tools to help you reach your goals and dreams!
I also have four events coming up very soon that may be just what you need in a group setting to get you to where you want to be in 2017 and beyond! I welcome you to check out our:
I wish you all the best in 2017 and always! Blessings to you and your loved ones!

Fastpitch Softball Player Pitching Fast Pitch Softball  Vector IAs we go through life many of us, myself included, make plans.  Even though everything is scheduled on the calendar and you have your days all set– WHACK, a curve ball hits you!

Just a few weeks ago, as my husband and I were having a nice quiet dinner at home, I had just taken a bite of food and a sharp pain went shooting up into my mouth and jaw.  I dropped my fork and knife, ran upstairs, rinsed my mouth out, flossed and brushed my teeth and looked in the mirror.  O.M.G.!  One of my teeth was split in half!

The next morning I called my dentist and he took me in on an emergency basis, removing the broken half of the tooth. He was hoping the tooth would be salvageable, but it wasn’t.  He referred me to an oral surgeon and I made an appointment.  For a few days I could only eat soft foods and only chew on one side.  Soon after, I starting getting a shooting pain on the other side of my jaw! I called my dentist who took me on an emergency basis again and said it was my last remaining wisdom tooth–  the good news was that the oral surgeon could extract both of them at the same time!

The bright side of this whole experience is that my husband and I got to spend a whole day together and, although he has always been warm and caring, he was so nurturing making sure that I had everything I needed to follow the doctor’s protocol. This experience actually forced me to relax and do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, which for me is almost an impossible feat! I have always been energetic, so this was a challenge! I also choose to see the underlying blessing of having both teeth removed at the same time instead of having this experience twice!

So in conclusion the old saying, “look for the silver lining,” in situations that feel like a curve ball has been thrown your way, rings true!

I remember when I was in elementary school, I drew a picture of a horse’s head when the teacher told us to draw a picture of an animal we liked.  That was the first and last time that I felt I had artistic abilities.

My mom and dad were both artists. My mom used to sketch and use water colors designing women’s clothing. My father was a sketch artist as well.  When my children were in school, they both would draw and paint amazing pictures! I thank God they got the artist genes from my parents. In fact, I have one of my son’s paintings in my therapy office and my daughter’s painting in my living room at home. Everyone that sees them is amazed.

Over the years, I would attempt to draw figures or scenes and felt less than adequate. I then decided IMG_0086several months ago to try an art class. I signed up for a water colors class at a local community center and I felt that I did an “okay” job. The teacher expressed that I made a great “sky with clouds.” I brought my little painting home and my husband was so proud!  He said that I should continue to take art classes. That night, we had dinner with my husband’s uncle who is truly an outstanding artist. When I told him that I took a water colors class. He said “Oh no, you never start with water colors– that is too hard! Try a regular painting class with acrylics.”

A few months later I took a class at “Blank Canvas” in Thousand Oaks and recently celebrated a friend’s birthday and painted this picture! I am inspired to continue discovering my inner artist.


Graduates hands throwing graduation hats in the sky

Are you a parent who has put your whole heart and soul into raising your children? You made sure they received the education they needed; you involved them in sports and other extra-curricular activities; you may have been a coach or mentor and now they are graduating! Many moms and dads have put so much time, effort and energy into raising their kids – which I totally honor them for – they may have even put their careers and lives on hold.

I remember those days. As a young mother, I opted to quit my job and take a break until my daughter was 6 years old and my son was 3 years old.  I immersed myself into raising my kids the best way I knew how – even making homemade baby food from scratch and nursing them. Then, when they began pre-school and first grade, I needed more in my life. I started working part-time and then after 6 months, my part-time job turned into a full-time position. Although I worked 40+ hours per week, I was still as involved as I could be in my children’s lives with school and sports. Looking back, I now wonder how I juggled all of that!

Are you finding yourself always juggling, trying to be everything to everyone you care about? It can sometimes be overwhelming. But then, when they are all grown up, graduating from high school and college, you realize they turned out to be wonderful adults and it was all worth it! For some parents, this may be the first time your children are living away from home and are creating their own lives.

What direction are you heading? Are you picking up where you left off in your career or beginning a new career? Maybe, you now have free time to vacation with your spouse or partner.  With any of these different scenarios, having an outlet to relieve stress and anxiety is so important. Practicing self-care is vital for you and your loved ones so that you can and will make a new life for yourself, while still being an integral part of your children’s lives.

Certified Hypnotherapist, Rosanne MacDonald, C.Ht., CCP
(805) 496-1989 or (818) 262-1246
Certified Therapeutic Guided Imagery Facilitator
Certified Coach Practitioner
Certified Master NLP Practitioner
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