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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!

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!

Hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapist, HypnosisAddictions…

It appears that many people use chemical substances such as cigarettes, marijuana, recreational drugs, alcohol and over-the-counter drugs to numb their emotional pains and discomforts but then, many times, it becomes an addiction. Alcohol seems to be the most “socially acceptable” chemical addiction that is served in many restaurants and has become a popular phenomenon in the wine-tasting industry. When I was a little girl, growing up in Los Angeles, my grandpa- an immigrant from Sicily- made homemade wine in barrels in the basement. It was only natural that the adults in the family always had a glass or two of wine with their meals. In most cultures, this is acceptable and normal, but it could also be a precursor to an addiction if abused.

Through hypnotherapy, I have been able to help and guide people of all ages to free themselves from addictive behaviors. With any chemical addiction, such as cigarettes, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and alcohol, it actually takes only 72 hours for the addiction to leave the body.  After 72 hours, the rest is behavior modification. Through hypnotherapy and life and mindfulness coaching, I teach my clients how to help themselves and how to create healthier, more beneficial habits so they can live a life of freedom.

May
11

What’s in a Name?

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Doug & RosanneThe names we were given at birth and the names we give ourselves are so individual and personal. When we were very young, we just accepted the names we were given by our parents, and they may even have had nicknames for us. Then, when we attended school, many of us were given nicknames by our classmates, and sometimes those nicknames were less than positive and did not make us feel good.

I was given the name “Rosanne” in honor of my father’s Aunt Rose who raised him after his mother died when he was 11 years old. She was a wonderful amazing woman! But, my dad wanted to spell my name differently than the norm; which of course brought about many people misspelling my name to this day! When I was very young, I didn’t really like my name because it wasn’t in style or ‘hip’! As I began to grow up, I liked my name because it was not common. Many kids teased me because I was so naïve` and very sheltered. I was nerdy and not very popular. I had to wear orthotic shoes from first through eighth grade that looked like white nurse’s shoes, which made me feel even more like a nerd!

You may wonder why I am telling you all of this. — My wonderful husband, Doug, recently found out that he was never officially adopted by his stepfather (MacDonald) and that his official legal birth last name was “Kingsbury”. Doug was born out of wedlock (he was the first born), and his mother did what she thought was best to give him the same last name as his brother’s father, her first husband. His dear mother, unfortunately is in the last stages of Alzheimer Disease, and will not know that her first born child has legally changed his last name back to his mother’s maiden name, in honor of her. His mother actually changed back to her maiden name before she became ill.

I am telling you this story, so that if and when you see my last name as “Kingsbury”, you will know why. Also, my nickname is “Rosy”, so you may see my name as Rosy Kingsbury. I told my husband, “I wish that you had found out about his true last name before we got married 16 years ago!” So, for business purposes, I am keeping the last name “MacDonald” for now, but may hyphenate it as well in the future.

 

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Rosanne MacDonald, C.Ht.With Spring in the air, what I think most about is blooming flowers, gentle breezes, fresh air, and intermittent showers with the sun breaking through. The first day of Spring is March 20th. For many, Spring break is a time to vacation, a time to enjoy family and friends and/or a time for relaxation. Spring also inspires people to “spring forward” in a positive direction with energy to be more physically active outdoors.

Spring also brings to mind motivation to “spring clean” homes, offices, vehicles, etc. for a fresh new start. Most people consider spring cleaning, as cleaning out their belongings— giving away clothing and shoes they no longer use, shredding old papers, weeding their yards and so on. When you physically clean and clear out the clutter, it actually has a positive mental and emotional effect that helps de-clutter your mind! When you let go of things in your life that you no longer need or want, it is a physical and emotional release of stress, anxiety, and even physical weight! Many people feel as though a weight has been lifted, which may also manifest in the physical release of body weight!

What is it in YOUR life that you would like to “spring clean” and let go of? Negative thoughts and feelings? Holding on to emotional pain? Letting go of the past, so that you can see clearly into your future is vital for your mind, body and spirit health and wellbeing. If you have created a mental vision and/or an actual vision board that depicts how you want your future to be, but your space and environment is cluttered with things from the past that no longer serve you well, then your vision will be clouded or blocked.

Hypnotherapy, the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and mindfulness coaching are wonderful and effective tools to help you break through to be the best you can be!

 

National Heart Health MonthWhen I think about the month of February, what first comes to mind is my heart and being “heart centered”. I also think about Valentine’s Day and what it means to me. February also marks my birthday, which is extra special because my son was born on the morning I turned 27, the best birthday present ever! So, naturally, I have many reasons why February is one of my favorite months of the year; and it just happens to be National Heart Health Month as well.

Are you taking good care of your heart? According to www.heart.org and the American Heart Association, the following are the most important tips to stay healthy and prevent heart disease (my remarks are in parenthesis):

  1. Healthy Eating (eat small, nutritious meals and snacks about every 3 hours throughout the day; i.e., lean proteins, fruits and vegetables and lots of water)

For more tips on healthy eating, click here.

  1. Weight Management (keeping your weight within 5 pounds of your ideal healthy weight)

To check your Body Mass Index (BMI) and find out what your ideal healthy weight is, click here.

http://hypnovitality.com/release-weight-naturally/

  1. Physical Activity (every hour we need to get up, move our bodies and take in some deep breaths; i.e., go out for brisk walks at least 30 minutes per day)

For fitness basics, click here.

  1. Stress Management (positive thinking, finding pleasure in your life, gratitude and relaxation techniques are some of the keys to relieving stress)

For stress management tips, click here.

http://hypnovitality.com/relieve-stress-hypnosis-cds/
http://hypnovitality.com/relieve-stress-without-hypnosis/

  1. Smoking Cessation (quitting smoking can save your life!)

For resources to quit smoking, click here.

http://hypnovitality.com/stop-smoking-naturally/

6.  Get Restful Sleep (6-8 hours each night)

For resources to “Get Sleep Now”, click here.

For an article by the American Heart Association, click here.

With my specific expertise in hypnotherapy and my additional certification as a “hypnosis and weight-loss specialist”, I can help you along a heart-healthy path with all of the tips above!

Rosanne MacDonald, C.Ht.When you hear the phrase “sexy, savvy successful, women,” what do you think about?

What does “sexy” mean to you? Many of the women we see in ads and films have what we perceive to be the perfect bodies- tall, lean and curves in the “right places”. When I was a little girl I was raised playing with Barbie® dolls. “Barbie®” was always what I was aspiring to look like and always fell short (pun intended, I’m only 5’1″!- although, I never wanted to be blonde!). Fast forward to now – I am over 60 and have realized that being lean and healthy is simply a lifestyle that makes me feel good. Sexiness begins within your own mind and heart! I certainly believe and encourage all women to practice self-care, to eat healthfully, drink lots of water, exercise on a regular basis and take time for rest and relaxation. To me, all of that equals sexiness!

Self confidence is the sexiest thing you can wear. While being easily approachable, be self confident in who you are, what you stand for and what you want in your life.

To be “savvy” is to be sharp-witted and intelligent in the realities of life. I would like you to take a moment right now to ponder what it is you are sharp-witted and knowledgeable about. Once you have done that, how does that make you feel? And what will you do to create a better life for yourself and those you care about? Even though it may be challenging to identify specifically what you are savvy about, think of something that you have accomplished, either personally or professionally, that gave you a feeling of satisfaction. Satisfaction and fulfillment will point you toward that feeling of being savvy.

What does being “successful” mean to you? Is it that you raised a happy healthy family? Completed higher education? Started your own business? Or is it simply just to be content with how your life has unfolded? I know many people consider “being successful” as being financially wealthy and secure. How many people do you know that have an abundance of financial wealth but are not happy or healthy deep inside? How would you feel if you had a healthy balance in your life? Healthy mind, healthy body and healthy finances – all of this is possible! It all begins with your thoughts, your perceptions, your feelings and your actions (or inactions) which are always creating results in your life.

What is your vision of the sexiest, savviest and most successful woman? When you practice self care, self love, self awareness, self inspiration, this woman could be you!

Join us on Saturday February 6th to be your sexiest, savviest and most successful self just in time for Valentine’s Day! Whether you are celebrating love of another or love for yourself, this will be a day that can change your life in a positive way! Register here!

Have you ever daydreamed, and that dream took you to a place and time where you really wanted to be? When I was a little girl living in L.A., my dream was to be on the beach in Hawaii. I wanted to go to Hawaii so badly that many days I would take a few minutes to either sit or recline, close my eyes, imagine and visualize myself in Hawaii with the sound of the ocean, the warm sand beneath my toes, the cool breezes, the salt-sea smell and fresh air, the palm trees blowing in the wind, and the gentle waves coming up to the shore. I imagined it so many hundreds of times over the years that it finally came true when I was 21 years old! I traveled and was able to explore four Hawaiian islands!

The power of visualization is not only psychological but neurological and emotional. When you visualize something that is important to you and bring up the feelings so deeply that you can actually smell the smells, hear the sounds and feel your surroundings, you will literally experience chemical changes in your body and your mind as if it is actually happening in reality.

Vision Board

Here’s an example of one of my vision boards!

So what does that this have to do with vision boards? First, you need to know what you want; then find pictures, words and phrases that depict exactly what it is you desire. Glue these pictures and words on a board, place the board in a prominent area where you will see it every day. Then, each and every day take a few minutes to look at it intensely and bring up the feelings that the images ignite! By practicing this, you are making your desires and dreams come alive by visually, emotionally and neurologically experience them as real. You may find that you have more motivation to take the steps to make your dreams a reality because your goals appear to be within your reach.

Once you have done this, you will prove to yourself that anything is possible!

FEARFear is a primal instinct dating all the way back to primordial times. In our primitive mind, we have the instincts of fight and flight which keep us out of danger. Today, in my Toastmasters’ meeting, several of us were asked to do a spontaneous Halloween-themed speech and I was chosen to speak on “the fear of Halloween.” I personally do not “fear” Halloween itself; but if and when I go into a haunted house, see a scary movie, or someone comes to the door in a scary mask, I will definitely be startled. I startle quite easily and my friends and family always have fun teasing me on Halloween!

So, what is fear? Many people believe that FEAR is “False Evidence Appearing Real,” which can be true for some. For instance, whether it’s a person in a costume or simply a scary manikin, often we react automatically as if it’s real. It is our perception that creates the emotions that come up. Many times when these emotions rise they can cause shortness of breath, elevation of blood pressure, crying and, in worst-case-scenarios, may even cause a heart attack! Not to mention, some horror movies are so emotionally charged that we may even clench our neighbor’s hand, scream and/or jump out of our seat in the theater! Of course, isn’t it the film industry’s job to elicit emotions with everything they produce? I guess that’s entertainment!

These are examples of the power of suggestion and perception. A suggestive stimulus (like a scary manikin or someone in a costume) can cause us to perceive a threat and bring about the fear response.

Just imagine if every morning when you wake up, your perception of your surroundings and your life is positive and happy. This power of perception will bring up positive emotions and set the tone for the day. As I always say, “A positive life begins with a positive mind.”

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Certified Hypnotherapist, Rosanne MacDonald, C.Ht., CCP
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