Just Best Friends: Me & EvB

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz

Erich Obit

There are many thoughts and stories swimming in my head as I prepare to share my reflections at the memorial for my friend, Erich, tomorrow. 

It amazes me how much of my life was influenced and shaped in my high school days. I must admit having lost touch with Erich in recent years and being so focused on my own family, I wondered if it was the same for him. I suppose it is the same for everyone.

“EvB – Cottage cheese, Sargent Bob, JBF’s, I love you Jerk!” That is what I wrote in my Senior Notes in the Class of ’86 yearbook. References to things that only he would understand. In his notes, he wrote, “ML – Just best frenz.” That meant a lot to me.

The more I think about him, the more I miss him, I miss his friendship and I am sad that I will never get to catch up with him. I hope being with our old friends, Erich’s parents, Carole and Florenzo, his sister, Ingrid, and his wife, Stacey, will give me that chance to learn about Erich, the man. Because he will always be my high school best friend and in my mind he remains that punk kid with spiked hair and music blaring, driving in his little sports car….

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I asked Carole about this in an email when she asked me to give my reflections at his memorial service. Her reply painted a soft picture in my mind of how Erich was later in his life:

“He had his own way of looking at the world and when people got to really know him they really loved his ways and respected his honest views.  He always did his “best” and worked hard.  His integrity was always so important to him.  He was proud of his ancestry.  He had a good heart and listened to others and tried to help them.  He still loved his music and drove a sports car. Stacey and Erich learned to be gourmet cooks.  And they read books and watched unusual movies.  They truly loved each other.” ~Carole von Berger

It doesn’t surprise me at all that Erich became a gourmet cook. He always enjoyed the finer things. At a very young age, he knew about fine restaurants and resort travel destinations. He was so worldly to me. He loved his Italian heritage and always talked about his uncle who could get him amazing Italian leather shoes. He had a family ring with the family crest on it. He was very proud of that ring. He was very proud of his lineage. He loved the song, How Soon is Now, by the Smiths, which speaks of being the son, and the heir. Of course, when we listened to it I always thought it was about the sun and air and that’s why I liked it. I was so naive!

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If I take a deep breath and close my eyes, I can smell the scent of his Sebastian cologne.

Thinking back, I remember all the fun times we had. We weren’t rebels, we were the “good” kids, but we were spoiled and we thought we could do whatever we wanted. I remember…smoking cloves cigarettes, drinking wine coolers, driving fast, listening to loud music.

We thought we were so grown up and acted like we knew everything. We were only 16-17 years old when we were best friends. It was junior year, mainly. We hung out together a lot. We lived near each other. We drove to school together for meetings in Campus Ministry or drama rehearsals. We had a lot of classes together. We were both on the L.I.F.E. team. I can’t remember when I first met Erich. I just always knew him. I picture him wearing his “Frankie Say Relax” t-shirt.

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He gave the best hugs.

He would stretch out his arms and say, “Big hugs!” Beckoning me (and anyone he wanted to cheer up) over to him for a hug. He also had great shoulders, on which I cried many times. He always listened to me and gave his perspective when I had “boy trouble.” He knew everything about me. He gave great advice! Even after I was married, I remember having a conversation with him on the phone once and I was telling him about the antics of our two cats. He explained that we were practicing to care for our future children. I had not looked at it quite that way, and I don’t know how my kids will feel about that – but it was true. We were discovering our ability to care for our children and experiencing our capacity for love. He was wise about things that he never experienced himself. He understood people. He understood me.

We were very affectionate, all of us were. We hugged, kissed and held hands. We walked with arms around each other. Some of this was because we became so close, like family, on retreats like T.E.C., Kairos, and L.I.F.E. We were peer ministers and we were also in Drama class and in productions together. We spent so much time together, at school and away from school. Now and then people thought Erich and I were dating. We went to all the parties together. We drove everywhere together. Yet, we never did date. We never even went to a dance together. Erich didn’t mind that his parents thought we were dating. If we were going to the movies, a concert or Disneyland – they always gave him money to pay for me as well. Which he pocketed and used to buy music, clothes and shoes. But I didn’t mind. Sometimes he did “rat” things like that, and I called him a jerk now and then, but he was my best friend. I always defended him.

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To make sure that our friends knew that we weren’t dating each other, Erich coined a special term for us. He loved words and acronyms. This was long before texting or hashtags, but he had his own words for lots of things. We were JBFs. Just best friends. It was way better than telling people we were “just friends.” He valued our special relationship as much as I did. This was always evident to me.

We had a lot of friends. We were both very social. We had a core group of friends that we called “The Elitists.” We were snobs from snobinade after all, but we felt like no one else understood us. Boy were we dumb!

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We loved going to clubs and dancing.

We also went to the movies, to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show, to parties, to the beach, to the drive-in, Tommy’s, Hollywood, Disneyland, the Rose Parade, and concerts…

Erich loved his music! We went to Moby Disc all the time to buy records. He loved to go to Tower Records and get the most obscure, hard to get versions and extended remixes of the artists that he liked. He was the “go to person” for 80′s music throughout our lives, and Lito would call him now and then to talk about some of their favorites. Erich always knew everything about the artists.

Soft Cell, The Pet Shop Boys, Bauhaus, Bow Wow Wow, The Cult, Gene Loves Jezebel, Flesh For Lulu, The Clash, The Cramps, Tears for Fears, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cure, Violent Femmes, Soiuxsie and the Banshees, X, XTC, Prince, New Order, PIL, Psychedelic Furs, The Smiths, Morissey, Suicidal Tendencies, Tones on Tail, …so many bands, so many concerts, so many records. Music filled his life.

Erich loved L.A. He loved to shop on Melrose. We loved going to “the city” and we knew our way around very well. Erich made friends very easily and he introduced his friends to our group over the years. We became very close and some of my best friends once dated him or were also best friends of his. I know this sounds strange, but if you think of us as family or “small town” it isn’t that unusual.

Erich loved his car. I loved my car, too. We both had the same exact car and we got them around the same time. The ever so popular, Nissan Pulsar NX. Mine was white. His was red. This was very amusing to us. We liked to follow each other (or race each other) to school and get parking spaces next to one another. We tried to park at the top of the stairs above the field, it was the best place to park. Between classes everyone hung out there. We liked to be the center of attention. I still do. 

Erich was innovative! He invented hair product. We didn’t have the kind of hair gel they have now. He used egg whites to spike his hair. I have no idea what he used to bleach it. Probably bleach! He had his own style and his own identity.

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Erich was opinionated. He had very strong beliefs. I didn’t always agree with him and frankly, I didn’t always understand where he was coming from. He was far beyond our time and he understood politics and world views long before I did. Erich was a very proud person. He put a lot of pressure on himself to be the best. I remember, as we were always discussing the things we wanted to be when we grew up, I wanted to “be in fashion,” I wanted to be a designer, an artist, a career woman. Erich wanted to be a psychologist. He wanted to be an author. He wanted to travel. He wanted to have his doctorate degree, I thought it was so we would have to call him Dr. von Berger. Erich went to UCSD and so did Lito, so I saw him quite frequently those first few years of college. We supported each other through the first years of marriage. After that, it was reunions, gatherings with old friends, some parties. As most people experience, the friendships from our formative years slip away. We focus on our families and on our significant relationships, work and other interests take precedence. But, I always knew I could count on Erich, and Mike, and the rest of our friends from Chaminade and from the high school days.

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I think my world is colored with love, life, fun, serious talk, big hugs, and lots of wonderful memories thanks to my JBF, Erich Franz von Berger.

“All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you.”

How Soon Is Now? Lyrics

from Hatful Of Hollow

The Smiths - lyrics
 I am the son and the heir

Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
Of the nothing in particular

You shut your mouth, how can you say
I go about things the wrong way
I am human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

I am the son and the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and the heir
Of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth, how can you say
I go about things the wrong way
I am human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

There’s a club
If you’d like to go
You could meet somebody
Who really loves you

So you go and you stand on your own
And you leave on your own
And you go home
And you cry and you want to die

When you say it’s gonna happen now
Well, when exactly do you mean?
See, I’ve already waited too long
And all my hope is gone

You shut your mouth, how can you say
I go about things the wrong way
I am human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

Songwriters
MORRISSEY, STEVEN PATRICK/MARR, JOHNNY

Published by
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

 

Read more: The Smiths – How Soon Is Now? Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

 

These are not our actual cars…although I am sure there are pictures of them out there somewhere. However, these are the exact make, model, and color of our Nissan Pulsars that we had Junior year of high school. I crashed mine and totaled it the beginning of senior year and drove my mom’s car the rest of the year. But, I still got to go out with Erich in his.

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Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town Episode 3 @MaryFarquhar @TenMiniTT

Posted on August 16th, 2014 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Interviews

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Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town

with

Miz Meliz

and Special Guest,

Mary Lansing of Along Comes Mary Blog

Mary2 I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know Mary over the past few years since we first met through So Cal Lady Bloggers. She is delightful and I am glad that she is my friend. We have been on quite a few adventures together. In this episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town, I asked Mary what she likes about living in Los Angeles, what she likes to blog about, and how she has changed since she started blogging. The video and audio get kinda funky towards the end, so check out how I diced and spliced it and made it work! It turned out to be about 15 minutes of Fun in Tinsel Town! Enjoy!

What does Mary like to do for fun?

I love to travel & see other areas, nothing gets me more excited than a road trip, but I really love to explore LA; while so many Angelinos are anxious for a trip out of town, they forget so much diversity can be seen & fun can be had right here.

I also love concerts & theatre!

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What is Mary Passionate About?

Being a blogger, I am discovering my passions are developing faster than I can handle it. Most recently, I am loving the opportunities for travel & writing about destinations.  I love travel, entertainment, and blogging; its enriched my life so much with friends, fun opportunities and getting me out of my comfort zone, that if we had even one listener decide to start a blog after listening to my segment, I would be thrilled!

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Connect with Mary:

Mary at LA Food FestVisit her blogwww.alongcomesmaryblog.com

Follow her on Twitter:  @Maryfarquhar

Like her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/alongcomesmary26

 

 

 

Mary’s Favorite Hollywood Hot Spot:

The Hollywood Bowl. There’s so much history at that arena & unlike a lot of Hollywood venues that I do love, like The Sunset Strip, this is the perfect place to introduce a child to the awesome-ness that’s Hollywood, plus they get to see live music & maybe even history happen, right before their eyes.

Nearby Hollywood, I also love Los Feliz. Griffith Park, diners & the adorable hidden gem, “The Shakespeare Bridge” are all right there.

Mary really knows L.A. and Hollywood! She suggests lots of fun places I can’t wait to check out. Listen to the podcast and let me know if you have been to any of them.

What is YOUR favorite Hollywood Hot Spot?

Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town Episode 2 @TLaborn #TenMiniTT

Posted on August 9th, 2014 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Interviews

What is “Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town?”

Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town is my new Video/Podcast Talk Show.

ed891b20-7ad4-4f4a-b43b-0db15a0af277_zps0e508b4cTune in to see and hear interviews with the real Rock Stars and Legends who Influence, Inspire, and Intrigue us by Melissa Reyes of MizMeliz.com. #TenMINITT In this episode:

          • Hot Topics and Juicy Talk
          • Passions and Lifestyles
          • Beauty and Natural Products
          • Blogging and Social Media
          • with Special Guest – Trista Laborn of A Purpose Driven Wife

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Who is Trista Laborn?

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I first met Trista Laborn through the Facebook group for the Entertainment New Media Network.

I joined the network last year when I attended the ENMN Conference in Anaheim. Since then, I have covered some great films like Mom’s Night Out, met some fabulous Hollywood celebrities and had a hand in helping out their important cause, attended Red Carpet Events, and made some amazing friends. I have also had the opportunity to write stories about places I would like to travel to and adventures I would love to experience.

What Trista Likes to Do:

I asked Trista what she likes to do for fun.

It wasn’t a big surprise that her favorite thing to do is go see movies with her husband and friends. She is a major movie buff! She recently saw the Transformers. That’s one I would like to see, too! Trista LOVES to “hang out with good friends and her family at a BBQ or pool party and just hang out with good food!”

Trista's Family

Trista Laborn and her gorgeous family!

What Does Trista Do?

Trista is an entrepreneurial Super Star!

She rocks it with her business, Silk Spa Creations, and she manages a great lifestyles blog, where in addition to promoting her natural spa products, she writes about her life and the things she is most passionate about: Trista Laborn“I am most passionate about Jesus Christ, My family, my blog and business!”

Proverbs 31:26 “She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction].” (My blog is based around this scripture.) I’m a mom of 3 children, married to an awesome man serving in the United States Marine Corp, I’m the Founder/CEO of Silk Spa Creations (Handmade Bath & Body Products), I’m a lifestyle blogger at A Purpose Driven Wife, social media junky, Virtual Assistant, health & fitness enthusiast, I LOVE to travel, I write about recipes, military spouse struggles and joys, giveaways, tips and resources that will help encourage you and so much more!”

Connect with Trista Laborn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adrivenwife Instagram: http://instagram.com/tlaborn/ Email: tlaborn@hotmail.com

Where Can I Get Silk Spa Creations?

Click on the pic and Visit the Silk Spa Creations Store

Click on the pic and Visit the Silk Spa Creations Store

Where Does Trista Hang Out When She is in Tinsel Town?

Trista has lived in California for a few years and hasn’t had a chance to spend too much time in Hollywood. I was thrilled when she mentioned this classic eatery as her favorite L.A. Hot Spot!

“I don’t eat meat anymore but the best place I went to in L.A. was Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, It was the best chicken I ever had, after mine of course. ”   roscoes

 

I really enjoyed meeting Trista Laborn!

She is a Total Rock Star! I can’t wait to try out some of those massage candles. Trista asked me a question at the end of the interview, she wanted to know where I like to hang out and if I would suggest somewhere she and her husband might go some day. I suggested either of the Getty Museums. The Getty Villa is beautiful, romantic, and ahmaaaazzing!

Where do you like to hang out in L.A.?

Have you been to Roscoe’s?

Check out Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town on You Tube, and join in the virtual live audience and recording of the show on Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. on BigMarker.com

Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town @LAStory with Stevie Wilson #TenMiniTT

Posted on August 2nd, 2014 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Interviews

Welcome to

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My special guest today is

Stevie Wilson

of

L.A. Story.com

Stevie at the Grammy Suites

Stevie at the Grammy Suites

This was my very first time as press on the red carpet! I loved seeing my blog name on the "line up"!

Welcome to Tinsel Town!

I first met Stevie through the So Cal Lady Blogger Group on Facebook. We connected online on many discussions and soon found we had some things in common. We both love food, fashion, and fun! I have always admired Stevie for her experience in social media and for her willingness to help me out when I was a newbie. She shares great advice on writing and blogging. Stevie gave me a chance to guest post on her blog, LA-Story. When I wanted to write up a review on Chelsea Handler’s show in Atlanta but didn’t feel it was a good fit for MizMeliz, she shared her space on the internet with me. Stevie is professional, funny, smart, and her warm smile brightens my day every time we interact online.

When I asked what my blogging friends what they thought of podcasts and v-logging, Stevie was the first to respond. She is always very supportive and I trust her insights. If Stevie gave a green light on the project, I knew it was the way to go. She knows her stuff! Entrepreneurial, innovative, experienced, and possibly the most down to earth genuine lady I have met online, I am so happy to have as my very first guest on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town, the legendary, influential, inspirational, and intriguing….Stevie Wilson!

What Stevie “does”:

stevienwhaircutI am one of the early pioneers in social media and digital marketing. I created an event for a beauty website which became the first ever web + brick & mortar store event. I wound up doing dozens of events for different stores (Barneys, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue & boutiques.)

I had a website where I was implementing all these things…lots of interviews, phone interviews, videos with beauty & fashion industry notables. I am big in social media. I like the sharing with people. I am good at creating connections with people. I am big in the fashion/beauty/lifestyle sector, too.

What Stevie likes to do for fun:

Stevie with Jeanne Mai and Jaren Van Doorn

Stevie with Jeanne Mai and Jaren Van Doorn

I love to hang out with my friends. I had an opportunity to treat my friends to a great catered dinner (courtesy of Bulgarini Gelato) and I was asked to invite some friends. So I got 10+ of my best friends to all agree on a single evening to come hang out at my house. So much fun. (My kid was texting & complaining about the noise!) We had a great time…I was sorry to see it end. I love to have parties, too. I have an amazing array of friends who really find they have a lot in common!

Otherwise I like to see friends for tea or a meal, hang out, go to hit a movie or head to events that I am always invited to.

 

Stevie loves to dish about:

1902882_505615842894725_9073793026325043644_n (1)Fitness & health, I am currently working on this series. Ditto cocktails and food. Seems weird, huh?  Truly, there is a way to be healthy and still eat and have a cocktail.

Plus, I know how to bargain shop. I have a great rep for that too…I bought over $300 of clothing for $80. I love sample sales (my dress for the Emmys cost $70.) If my friends want to save money and still get great style, I am the person they call.

Connect with Stevie:

Stevie LA Girl copywww.la-story.com

twitter.com/lastory

facebook.com/lastory

instagram.com/stevie_wilson

pinterest.com/lastoryblog

Stevie’s Favorite Hollywood Hot Spot:

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The Sunset Tower

 

I love going to the Sunset Tower. I went there for drinks once when we were hitting an event at the Argyle (*Oribe was there to launch his line and the Argyle helped sponsor the launch party after the training.) While he finished the staff presentation, we snagged a cocktail at the bar…so great! They made a special cocktail just for my personal tastes!

The Sunset Tower Hotel

The Sunset Tower Hotel


I love the Hotel Cafe, too. I have a lot of musicians I know who play there. [Find out more about Stevie's experiences at the Hotel Cafe on the video/podcast interview, Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town, below.]

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The Hotel Cafe

The most interesting thing that I learned about Stevie:

She is the “face” of  McAfee’s Fake Anti-Virus Scareware campaign. After having her computer attacked by malware, she was interviewed in her home by McAfee for this video:

Thank you Stevie!

It’s been great getting to know you!

What do you think of my first video podcast episode of my talk show?

Come back next week and see my interview with Mary Lansing of Along Comes Mary

 

What is it Like to be on The Alecia Lawrence Show? @AleciaLawrence #podcast

Posted on July 29th, 2014 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Interviews

Soon, I hope to will interview the person who will always be my podcast angel, she does this daily, Alecia Lawrence.

A daily podcast! Every single day! What a Rock Star!

Alecia Lawrence and I are two very different people. We have different backgrounds, we have lived unique experiences on our journey, and we each live a totally varied lifestyle. Yet, we have a similar calling in life. And what we have in common is that we are both answering that call.

I call it making connections. Being supportive. Friends helping friends.

She calls it a “strategic alliance.”

I call it an interview.

She calls it a conversation.

I may say “I hope this works.”

She would say, why hope? “Make it happen.”

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Read Alecia Lawrence’s About Page on her website, I Live to Inspire at http://ilivetoinspire.com/about/

I got an email out of the blue one day, I completely believe that email is how angels communicate with me…

It was from Alecia Lawrence.

Who?

I felt like I knew her all my life when I read this:

My customers struggles daily with low self

esteem emotions and feelings of unworthiness

They desperately want to win the inner battle

to create the life they desire.

This strategic alliance will help you

while providing a solution to [those]

who are fighting an inner battle with self

esteem and feelings of inferiority, anger,

guilt and sadness.

Thanks for your time. I urge you to reply

today if you are interested in speaking more

with me and joining our network.

Um, yes, I want to know more. Did I reply? Did I reach out? Did I join. No.

I waited. I hesitated. I put a star on the email and pinned it for “later.”

(Read between the lines; self-sabotage, resistance, inner voices doing their dirty work.)

One day, I was clearing my email and I replied. I said something like, “I would like to connect with you. Are you interested in talking with me?” I am sure I told Alecia a little bit more about myself in that email. I most likely included some links. Always marketing myself….

Alecia replied:

Hi Melissa,

Congrats on self publishing your first book. I can only
imagine what a successful achievement it has been. 
I love your motto of live be do.
I am always on the look out for great info to teach 
and share with my audience so they too can live 
their best life.
I would love to have you as a guest on my 
podcast The Alecia Lawrence Show to showcase 
you and your message.
It would be a 20 min or less conversation to share 
your technique and help people shift their life.
Looking forward to your response.
Love Peace and Bliss.
Alecia.

I can’t wait to hear from you

Yours In Happiness,

Alecia Lawrence

Worldwide Coordinator, ILTI Group

http://iLiveToInspire.com

P.S. How does it get any better than this?

Wait, what? A podcast interview? Heck yeah! Let’s do this.

Everything happens for a reason.

One afternoon, Alecia called me. We had a great phone conversation. Getting to know each other a bit was vital to doing this right. I loved talking to Alecia. She is quite inspiring!
We set a date and time. A few days before the scheduled interview, Alecia sent me some questions based on our conversation.
Tell us a little about yourself and your mission?
What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced?
How did you overcome said challenge and what major lesson did you learn?
What is the 100 day promise program?
What attracted you to the program which made you say I want to do this?
Why 100 days?

What is a life coach and why did you become one?

Why would I need one?
What’s the secret sauce behind your coaching program?
Why did you write  the Sound of My Soul?
Who is this book for?
Why do I need to read this book?

I wrote down these notes to “answer” these questions in preparation for my big interview. Of course, as resistance would have it, I could not locate them when I needed them and I was totally unprepared and couldn’t do the interview on our scheduled date and time. I didn’t have the right phone connection either. This was a bomb. Nothing was going right. Yet, Alecia was patient and understanding. She has been doing this awhile. She is a woman of her word. She waited for me to come around and make it right. I didn’t need my notes when the time came. I was at ease and energized. I answered her questions from the heart.

  • I became a Certified Professional Life Coach to help others who may be going through a feeling of being lost.  Sometimes we get lost and realize that we don’t have a direction or a focus and we get stuck.  This happened to me.  I put all of my energy in the people around me that I loved and I do not regret that.  I needed to re-discover myself and set some goals.  I made a vision for my life and re-ignited my passion for living. I am passionate about many things.  People.  Travel.  Poetry.  Prayer.  Photography. Movies. Crafts. Love. Life.  One thing you must know about me, I put my all into everything I try.  I learn as much as I can about my interests.  I love to share my knowledge with my family and my friends.  I love to write.  I love to meet people.  I love to share my story and I would love to hear yours. Have you found your passion? If you feel like you could use some direction, I am here for you. Let me guide you to live life with purpose. I believe that when you live an authentic life, when you are true to yourself, you will find clear direction and will experience life effortlessly as you move towards obtaining your goals, dreams, and desires. Let me take you on a journey of discovery. I will be your guide. Find your passion.  Live your purpose.

Here is the link to the podcast interview on the Alecia Lawrence Show at I Live to Inspire.com

I am delighted with the interview. Mostly, I am enthusiastic about the inspiration and motivation that Alecia gave me in our conversations leading up to and since the interview. She challenged me to stand up for myself and do what I have been wanting to do for a long time. I will speak in positive terms. She called me out on my “iffy” vocabulary. I have been hesitant for awhile and put my aspirations on the back burner. Why wait? Life is too short. I have been playing around with ideas for video webinars and podcasts for years. After the experience with Alecia, I feel that I must act on it now. With the release of the live interview on Alecia’s show today, I want to announce my own show. The launch of my own talk show with the first episode airing on MizMeliz.com this Saturday, August 2nd. It will be a weekly interview with amazing people. Each week I will interview someone who inspires and intrigues me. Since I love Hollywood and I want to honor the rock stars and legends in my life, I decided to make this fun…

Welcome to Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town!

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My stevie_wilsonfirst guest on the show is Stevie Wilson from LA-Story.com.

I will post the video here on Saturday, August 2nd.

Stevie Wilson is…Big! Stevie Wilson is big in social media. She is big in fashion, beauty, lifestyle, media and marketing. She is a pioneer in the world of digital marketing. Stevie is a dynamic woman who is legendary in Los Angeles, in media and fashion, and known worldwide for her premiere events.

I am so happy to have such an inspirational and influential first guest on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town!

Many of my friends and fellow bloggers want to help out and I can’t wait to ask them each my favorite “Oprah-esque” questions!

Let me know if you want to be a guest on my show or if you would like to connect with Alecia Lawrence or Stevie Wilson.

Have you produced or been a guest on a podcast or video interview?

What do you like best about digital media?

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