Archive for Health & Wellness

Are You Struggling With the Following?

  • Lack of Restful Deep Replenishing Sleep?You can’t seem to quiet your mind … it’s always “thinking” and you’re not able to calm it down so you can fall asleep easily and quickly? Do you awaken more than once during the night? Do you wake up feeling tired?
  • Do You Lack Energy? Do you begin to feel tired right after lunch and/or mid-afternoon? Does caffeine give you the “jitters”?  You may grab a caffeinated beverage (coffee or energy drink  laden with chemicals), and it helps temporarily, but it’s not healthy for you. If you have caffeine this late in the day does it affect your sleep?

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Whether or not you have ever drawn or painted before, it doesn’t matter because each and every one of us has an artist within! This past Saturday was our first Women Transforming Women’s “Inspiration & Imagination Art Workshop”!

We started the day with some light, healthy snacks and refreshments. Everyone received a worksheet to write down what they imagined, dreamed of, and visualized for their lives. This was followed by a guided imagery/meditation.  Then the participants picked their seat with their canvas and were able to choose all of the colors that they wanted to paint with!

It was so motivational and inspirational for me to see the Art and Imagination Workshopcreativity in all the participants! Here are some of the comments we received at the end of the day.

“Taking the time for me… loved it!”

“Excellent! Very calming- great workshop!”

“Time to myself for reflecting and thinking; relaxing!”

“Light, hopeful, collaborative.”

“The sharing of our work.” (sharing the story behind each painting)

“Good to see people going from fear to doing this and then completing something meaningful to them. It was great!”

“Using my hands and putting paint to canvas- exhilarating! It was excellent!”

“Allowing me to paint whatever I wanted was very freeing. An opportunity to allow self-expression.”

“I loved it! Perfection- could not be improved upon!”

Click here to register for our next WTW Art Workshop on Saturday, August 5, 2017!

In this day and age, and for many centuries, women have needed to bond together to support, empower Women Transforming Womenand inspire each other.  So many of we women wear multiple hats everyday. Those of us who either run our own business, work in a high position in a company, or whether we are at-home moms, we have so many responsibilities in addition to creating healthy, happy relationships with our partners, our children, our extended families and our colleagues.  So often, many of us may not have the time to get together with one of our girlfriends to just talk and reconnect.  Life is all about relationships and with many of our busy schedules, this important aspect is often overlooked.

I founded Women Transforming Women (WTW) to encourage, inspire, motivate and support women. We all have multifaceted aspects of our lives and sometimes we lose who we truly are. Trying to make everyone else happy, but what about us? I created the Women Transforming Women’s movement so that we could gather regularly to not only create long-lasting bonds, but to be there for one another. Ultimately, as we each inspire and encourage each other, we can all improve all aspects of our lives.

I had this idea in creating different workshops and events in the hope that WTW will continue to grow, flourish, expand and motivate others. WTW is a safe place for we women to gather, making new friends, reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances– maybe even partnering up in joint ventures!

I welcome each and every woman who seeks support, encouragement, inspiration and friendship to join the WTW movement. With each other’s support, anything and everything is possible!

Check out our next event! The Imagination & Inspiration Art Workshop!

True Love

When I think of February, I think about love– and the fact that it is also my son’s and my birthday, and National Heart Health Month!

In my opinion, true love is something that unfortunately many people aren’t experiencing lately.  There are so many distractions and expectations, obligations and tasks to tend to every day. With everything going on in your life, do you pause, take in some deep breaths and think about what true love means to you?

True love comes from within. You need to love yourself first in order to give love to others. When was the last time you looked in the mirror and told yourself, “I love you” or “I love ____ about you”? In our busy lives, sometimes we forget to love ourselves, to practice self care and be kind to ourselves.

I encourage you to take good care of your mind, your body, and your spirit. You can begin that process by being very mindful of the thoughts you think, the feelings you feel and the actions you take or do not take. Do your body a favor by eating small nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day and drinking lots of water. Participate in a fun physical activity to get your body moving. Nurture your spirit, whether you believe in a higher power or not. Do something that enriches and fulfills your soul.

Start each day by acknowledging something you like about yourself.  As you go about your daily activities, tell those you love and care about that you love them. Love comes in all sizes and shapes. When you are out and about, you may meet some people that you do not know– say something nice to them! Give them a compliment! Or simply say, “Have a nice day!” You may have made their day. There are many people out there that live by themselves and are not in contact with loved ones or who may have lost loved ones.  I encourage you to perform random acts of kindness everyday.

Come from your heart in all relationships, whether close or not. When you fill your heart with love, you have more love to give.

I want to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day and National Heart Health Month! Wishing you all the best!

Jan
11

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!
holidays, holiday stress, tips for holidaysWith all the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holidays, do you find yourself instead of enjoying the holiday season, stressing out because you need to find the “perfect gifts” or you are spending more than you need to and going into debt? Sometimes we run on empty– going through the day forgetting to nourish our bodies, forgetting to drink water. We may be walking in shoes that are not supportive and by the time we get home- we are exhausted and our feet are killing us! We also might be carrying heavy packages, lifting incorrectly– risking injuring ourselves. This is also a season of holiday gatherings and parties. It is the time of year when many of us over-indulge and wonder why we don’t feel quite right.

I can speak from experience. Back in the day, when my kids were little, I was working full time and then going straight to the mall to shop. I’d have to hide the presents and after the kids were asleep- stay up late wrapping them. Many times I would forget to eat regularly, I’d be carrying heavy packages and hurting my back and, many times, I was not wearing the right shoes- so my feet were bothering me.
Here are some tips on how to de-stress from the holidays!
1) Be sure to nourish and hydrate your body throughout the day; always having healthy snacks and water with you.
2) Wear sensible, supportive shoes (ie, athletic shoes).
3) Make several trips to your car instead of trying to carry everything at once. It may take you a little more time but it will prevent injuries!
4) If you need to hide the presents, find a way to do it without compromising your sleep. See if someone can watch the kids or send the kids to a friend’s house or ask a friend if you can go to their house to do the wrapping.
These are just some simple suggestions so that by the time you actually celebrate the holidays you can genuinely enjoy them and the people you are with!

Women Transforming Women

Several years ago, I had an epiphany — I had a vision of putting together an inspiring program for women from all walks of life! The concept was and still is a deep passion for inspiring and motivating women to transform their lives in a positive way! I founded and created “Women Transforming Women” (WTW), which is a networking community explicitly for adult women to meet up for workshops, seminars and groups to mastermind, educate, motivate and inspire each other to discover their strengths, their values and their passions!

Do you feel like you are holding yourself back? Are you living your passion and being true to yourself? This community can help you discover and/or enhance your inner qualities through self care, health and wellness, beauty tips and techniques to tap into how to live your best life!

As the founder of this networking community, I do believe that every woman has the potential to bring out the best in themselves. Being sexy, savvy and successful is something that can heighten a woman’s self-esteem and self confidence. It can also improve relationships and ultimately bring more satisfaction into your life!

I am launching this women’s movement with a free workshop on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 from 9:00am-12:00 noon! Join the movement and experience the growth of this community! It all begins with you taking this first step!

Family Dynamics During the HolidaysLeading up to the holidays brings a lot of joy, but also a lot of stress at times. Those of us who host holiday gatherings want everything to be perfect and everyone to be happy. That is virtually impossible! Many times we plan for a certain amount of guests that say they are attending, but when the day arrives… they are unable to make it. This can bring a lot of disappointment and hurt. We have to realize that things really do come up and we should not take it personally.

This has happened to me on a few occasions and I have to admit that I was disappointed, but I got over it. We enjoyed the time and the food with whomever was there. As a mom, I sometimes have to put my own feelings aside and just let everyone be. When my kids were little, they knew that on certain holidays, we were going to Mama and Papa’s house in Los Angeles. It was quite an excursion- getting the kids ready and the long drive through traffic. Even though those times were stressful, they were also times of memories that will be cherished by all of us forever.

The holidays may be the only times that some family members get to see each other. You never know what life will bring. Every day is precious. In my humble opinion, getting together throughout the holidays should be cherished moments to treasure. I encourage each and everyone of you to reach out to family, friends, and strangers and spend time with them, giving of yourself and holding every moment dear now and throughout the entire year!

To me, it means giving thanks for everything that I have been blessed with: my health, my children, my Thanksgivinghusband, my home, my business, my clients, and the list goes on and on. Even though I am grateful and give thanks every single day of the year, Thanksgiving is such a special day for family and friends to gather and share a special meal with. This Thanksgiving, we are having additional family members coming from out of town who will be staying with us. It makes Thanksgiving even more special, the more family and friends who gather around the table. It is a wonderful time to share what is going on in each other’s lives, to try special dishes made from scratch, and it’s really just all about people- people who mean the most to you.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims’ successful harvest in the New World, inviting a group of Native American allies to share in their meal, in November of 1621.  We have carried on this tradition of community and sharing with family and friends over the years.

It is also a time to reach out to others and those who are less fortunate. Donating time, food, and money to those people who are in need. It is a time to give back to our community- a day when everyone puts differences to the side and enjoys the camaraderie, the sharing and the giving!

HalloweenFall is in the air! What this brings to mind is cooler weather, windy days, shorter days, and the holidays beginning with Halloween. It is hard to believe that a whole year has gone by so quickly. I remember as a kid that Halloween was the only time I was ever allowed to dress in a way, and be in a different character, than usual. I know that many people take advantage of this phenomenon. You can actually dress like and feel like another person. I liked it because it was the one day I could be someone else! Someone completely different than myself.

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Fast forward to when I got married and had kids. I decorated the house inside and out. We were the house that everyone wanted to see! And I handed out some really great treats and all kinds of things. I would also dress up so that when I opened the door, the kids could see another character. I had spooky Halloween music on in the background- it was so much fun!

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Do you sometimes feel like being someone or something else for a day? If so, maybe all you really need is a break from everyday stresses of life. Getting away or doing something fun and out of the ordinary may be all you need. So if this Halloween you feel like dressing up and being another character, have fun, relax and enjoy!

Certified Hypnotherapist, Rosanne MacDonald, C.Ht., CCP
(805) 496-1989 or (818) 262-1246
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