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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!

Relax and Unwind

With all of the hustle and bustle of summer, do you sometimes feel like your mind and your body are going in different directions? You may be trying to balance work, kids, vacations– and then, where is the time for you? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious? Are these feelings keeping you from truly enjoying summertime? If so, step back for a few moments. I suggest  you look at your calendar and block out 10-15 minutes per day to sit still or recline, relax, close your eyes and take in some deep breaths.

Once you close your eyes… Imagine that there is a beautiful, comforting, healing light shining on top of your head. Relaxing the top of your head, your neck, the back of your head, your facial muscles, your upper, middle and lower back, your abdominal area, your shins, calves, ankles and tops of your feet, the soles of your feet and toes. Imagine your body releasing tensions, anxieties and stresses. Now, think about one of the most pleasant places that you have ever been to.  Take in three deep breaths and bring up the pictures in your mind of that wonderful place– your favorite place, the feelings it brings you, the thoughts. Notice what you see, what you hear, what you smell, what you are touching, what you are thinking, what you are feeling. Now take in 3 more deep breaths. Breath in what you see, hear, taste, what you are thinking and what you are feeling. This is your mini mental vacation that allows your body to relax to instill positive thoughts and feelings which can shift and uplift your mood. When you are ready, take in some more deep breaths, breathing in deeply– coming up to 1, another deep breath up to 2, another deep breath up to 3, a deep breath up to 4 breathing in everything you experienced, and then a deep energizing breath up to 5. This is simply a mini mental vacation that you can take any time when you are in a safe place to simply relax.

 

Call me at 818-262-1246 for a complimentary consultation!

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.

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.

 

Certified Hypnotherapist, Rosanne MacDonald, C.Ht., CCP
(805) 496-1989 or (818) 262-1246
Rosanne@Hypnovitality.com
Certified Therapeutic Guided Imagery Facilitator
Certified Coach Practitioner
Certified Master NLP Practitioner
101 Hodencamp Rd., #114, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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