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Vision Board

Our annual Vision Board Workshop was a great success! We LOVED our new spacious venue, Busy Bees Paper Crafting in Newbury Park!

It was so wonderful seeing the vision that each and every person had for their lives in 2018 and beyond!  The creativity and selection of perfect pictures and phrases to depict their visions was amazing! There was comradery and an overall friendly, relaxed environment. We have already saved the date for our annual event on Saturday, January 12th 2019!

Below are some reflections on this year’s event:

Most Meaningful Segment:
“Planning email & guided meditation. I like the spacious area/location!”
“Spending quiet time focusing on what I really want in life while creating my vision board!”
“Visualization! Being with others who know what they want.”
“The meditation at the beginning – trusting my starting place.”
“My daughter gave this to me as a gift!” //  “Dreaming, visualizing, setting goals!”
“Thank you for the meditation – I love that – more empowered to achieve my goals for 2018!”
“Creating vision!”  //  “Cutting pieces out.”  //  “Guided meditation/intentionality!”  //  “The process.”

Overall Feelings of the Event:
“Great! I needed to focus!”  //  “Wonderful!”   //  “It’s a start for me!”  //  “Focus/calm/ freeing!”
“Fun – Hopeful – Peaceful – Thank you! – An opportunity to look hopeful to the future and set goals and dreams!”
“Loved it! Very inspiring and uplifting!”  //  “Relaxing/Energizing!”  //  “Liked it a lot!”
“Positive!”  //  “Loved it! Will do it again!”  //  “Love it every year!”

Third WTW Art Workshop Pics

I am so grateful for all of the wonderful women who participated in the Women Transforming Women’s THIRD Imagination & Inspiration Workshop! I loved how the creativeness and intuitiveness came out in the relaxed atmosphere onto their canvases! 

Here is what these wonderful women had to say about the workshop…


“Painting my feelings – a lot of fun!”

“Fellowship/sharing our paintings; everything was great!”

“Enjoyable and empowering; being creative; hearing women’s stories; I just love it!”

“Beginning with the visual meditation (most meaningful); fun; perfect!”

“Very peaceful; feeling of wellbeing.”

“Figured out what my painting represented in my life! Fulfilling, positive!”

“It felt so good to pause and check in with my creative side!”

“We loved it! – Wonderful venue, guests and hostess!

“Most meaningful – explaining meaning of picture at end!” – Community; together-ness.”

“Very good! Love the concept! It’s great! Want more of this type of workshop!”

Most meaningful segment: “Meditation and being with the group!”

“Sharing with others; meeting other women; wonderful, fun!”

“Sharing everyone’s work and meaning; happy!”


Fall: A Time to Let Go

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Fall, autumnNow that Fall has begun, it brings to mind – as I am watching the leaves falling off trees – that it is a time for shedding and letting go of thoughts, feelings, things and activities that no longer serve you well. As the fall leaves continue to float down to the ground, what is it that you have been holding onto that is holding you back? What can you let go of? Is it a habit of not nourishing your body with healthy foods on a regular basis? Is it lack of exercise? Is it holding onto past relationships that have held you back from being the best you that you can be?

I have some suggestions to help you release.

  1. Identify what to release. Reflect inside yourself and ask yourself, ‘Am I living my true core being in mind, body and spirit?’ Imagine standing back and looking at yourself… what would you tell or ask yourself?
    Are you setting boundaries in your relationships personally and professionally? If you take a moment to look within; the answer will come to you and you will know in your mind, heart and soul what is preventing you from truly reaching your potential.
  2. Let go, physically. This is a time to let go of physical things. Physically clean out drawers and closets – it is refreshing and freeing! Also, go out for a brisk walk in nature. Breathe in the fresh air to re-energize and rejuvenate your body and mind!
  3. Let go, emotionally. Release emotionally by nurturing yourself spiritually with meditation, walking in nature, hypnotherapy, affirmations or gathering with other spiritually-minded people.

Here is to you being your best self!

Happy celebrating winning success woman at sunset or sunrise standing elated with arms raised up above her head in celebration of having reached mountain top summit goal during hiking travel trek.

The month of September is when most people get back into regular routines. With previous months of summertime, vacations, school kids at home, many times our routines are scrambled or put aside.  When you think of a routine, what comes to mind?  What comes to mind for me is that a routine should be geared toward being holistically balanced in mind, body and spirit. For example, what I do first thing in the morning is think of three or more people that I am grateful for and why I am grateful for them. I then, have some room-temperature water with a squeeze of lemon to alkalize my body and then I read spiritual and inspirational materials.  I begin my day on a positive note as I prepare my nourishing breakfast and small meals and snacks for the day. This helps me ease into the day regardless of my schedule.

My morning routine, which some people may call a morning ritual, sets a positive tone for the rest of the day. I encourage you to have a healthy, positive routine in the morning as the foundation of your day, and as you go through the day nourish and hydrate your body about every three hours to feel more balanced and healthier in your mind and your body.  

Regardless of your schedule and responsibilities, it is vitally important to practice self-care; especially if you are being pulled in different directions with family, kids, work, etc. There needs to be some balance and grounding for yourself. You will feel more balanced throughout the day and you will be able to handle everything in life with more ease!

Here are some suggestions and tips for a positive morning routine:

  1. As soon as you wake up, lie still for a few moments and think of three or more people you are grateful for. Then take in some deep breaths, do a little stretching and slowly rise.
  2. Drink several ounces of room-temperature water.
  3. Read or listen to something pleasant and positive (music or inspirational or motivational materials, etc.)
  4. Have a nourishing, high-protein breakfast within an hour of awakening.
  5. Prepare water and food for the day: Drink plenty of water during the day and nourish your body with small nutritious meals and snacks every three hours throughout the day. When you prepare for the day, you prepare for success!


Our Women Transforming Women’s Second Art Workshop was wonderful! I love the way all of the ladies were so relaxed, happy, and creative. The ladies interacted with and inspired one another — it was so great! You can SEE what all of the women created on their canvases.  Here is what the ladies had to say about the workshop…

“Very peaceful, no improvements needed, do one again — great!”

“Meditation/imagery [was] very positive and uplifting!”

“Painting was fun and stress-relieving! It allowed me the opportunity to relax and express my feelings about what is important to me and makes me happy!”

“A very enjoyable and meaningful event!”

“It was well-organized and beautifully presented!”

“The most meaningful segment was the guided imagery and using art for stress management — wonderful!”

“Creating my own vision of something meaningful and putting a thought into something visible!”

“I felt calm and happy, like all the problems of the real world are gone.”

“Guided meditation was so meaningful — it got me thinking about my goals.”

“It was wonderful, feel-good, bonding experience with others.”

“It is so interesting to take a look into someone else’s mind and into my own.”

“Relaxing, [I] want more of this!”

“[The most meaningful was] when we visioned the ‘final scene’; wonderful, accomplished and feeling of gratitude for all I am doing.”

“It was done very professionally and on time.”

“Visualization; and to realize that I don’t have to be perfect, loved it! Got me out of my head!”


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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!

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!


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