Archive for Women’s Health
“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!
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!
Leading 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!
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!
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.
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 several 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.
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.