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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 creativity 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 and 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!
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!
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ”— Martin Luther King, Jr.
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!
- 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!
- 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!
- Optimal Health for the New Year on January 10th
- Vision Board Workshop on January 21st
- Mastermind Group with Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” as our guide, beginning on January 30th; and
- Women Transforming Women free event on February 4th!
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!
Fall 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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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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.