Fall in Love with Acceptance and Letting Go

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz

I am in Love! I Love My Life! It isn’t always easy. It’s a choice.

Acceptance

I first saved the quotes in this post and started writing it in October 2013. I saved it in a draft file. The topic came up again recently and caused me to revisit it. As I began to write this, the thoughts and ideas sounded familiar to me. When I found the quotes stored in my draft files, I was not surprised that I have had this in the back of my mind. It is an integral part of my message, my core beliefs. This is about Falling in Love with Acceptance and Letting Go of Negativity:

“Always fall in love with what you are asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever’s going. Not against: with.” ~Robert Frost

Are you happy? Can you be happy and negative at the same time? I think perhaps some people can. For some, it makes them happy and satisfied to express their opinion openly. It may be the way they choose to live and be. Maybe they don’t want to be stifled. So, I accept that there is a place for what can be perceived as negativity. My eyes have been opened to the fact that saying negative things and having strong opinions either for or against issues does not mean a person is negative or even unhappy. Everyone is free to say what they want to say and feel how they want to feel. That is a part of acceptance.

Is not sharing outwardly your strong negative feelings about things a sign of weakness, or strength? I come from a place of depression and anxiety. I work hard to choose happiness and joy on a daily basis. I have suffered loss in my life. I have overcome major obstacles in my relationships. I have survived tragedy and serious health issues. I have experienced racism, sexism, ageism, and I have been challenged for my religious beliefs. I have been discriminated against for being overweight. I have been called a hypocrite for supporting gay friends. I don’t always fit in. I don’t always agree with the status quo.

What you believe in your heart and what you stand for comes through your actions more so than your words. Anyone can say they believe in something, and you can agree with them. When you choose to make it a core belief, you don’t have to talk about it. You live it. You model the behavior. You walk the talk.

Staying in Control

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change, rather than allowing it to master you.~Sri Ram

I choose to believe in hope and I practice unconditional love. Does this make me seem weak and without opinion or position to others who do not know my personal history? It’s something to think about next time you judge someone for what they don’t say. They might be biting their lip and making a strong choice to remain positive.

I have been told that statements I make seem passive aggressive at times. When statements are taken out of context, or perceived by someone other than the intended audience, without background or history – I can see how my statements could be understood to be passive aggressive. It is all in the interpretation of the reader.

I am often so conscientious as to not offend anyone when making a statement, that my carefully chosen wording ends up sounding passive aggressive. I also have a wicked sense of humor that does not come across the written word (unless you know me well.) As a writer, expressing oneself is a learned skill. The bottom line is, I am an honest person. I am careful not to hurt feelings. I prefer not to confront others. I usually let things go. If I decide that I need to say something to someone, I will confront them honestly and privately.

“Passive-aggressive means that a person finds ways to express himself indirectly so that he doesn’t have to admit how he really feels or thinks. Typically, the term is associated with feelings of bottled up anger, but more broadly, it refers to being untruthful about any emotion or desire (passivity) and retaliating against the frustrations arising from being unable to be honest (aggression). Professionals think that, for the most part, acting this way is a coping mechanism that an individual learns over time. With a lack of honesty potentially leading to problems such as relationship conflicts and insecurity, it is usually to a person’s benefit to try to stop the behavior in some way, such as by practicing “I” language.” ~WiseGeek.org

I respect others and their opinions. I don’t often find it necessary to share my own opinions outwardly or publicly. If you want to know what I am about, you can ask me, read my blog or my book. I am open and happy to share my feelings and ideas with you. I accept you for who you are.  Honestly.

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Let it Go

Thinking about this reminded me of an app that I was asked to review last year. I liked the idea of it, but the app itself didn’t do anything for me personally, so I didn’t review it at the time. I kept it in the draft folder in case I wanted to refer to it – knowing the concept brought up emotions that I wanted to address eventually. (I know that after you read this you will have the song, “Let it Go” in your head, like I do right now. It’s okay. It’s a great song!)

Nate Stein is a 24 year old musician/entrepreneur living in Santa Cruz, CA.  He created a self-help app that he considers to be great for healing.  It started after a break up he had when he was having trouble letting his negative thoughts go.  He said, “There should be an app for this.”  He had never made a mobile app before but after a lot of research and some help from a friend, he created Let It Go.  Here is how he describes the FREE self-help app…

Let It Go allows you to deal with your problems in a unique way. Write down anything that’s bothering you and Let It Go will release the negative thought for you! The releasing process is completely random for each thought and takes between 1 and 72 hours. Live freely and Let It Go! (Disclosure)

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“I want people to benefit from my app and utilize it as a helpful tool.  I would love for more people to be aware of the app and most importantly the process of letting something go.” ~Nate Stein

Stand Up For Your Rights

Yeah, but what about standing up for yourself? How about defending yourself and others? What about making a difference? What about fighting the good fight?

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We are called to fight the good fight. It’s our duty to help others. We wouldn’t stand by and let someone get picked on by a bully or watch someone being demeaned in our presence. Sometimes we must speak up. I will speak up and express my concerns when it matters to me or someone I love. There are some things that are unacceptable.

“But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

I have been inspired by Maya Angelou who does not accept racist remarks or jokes that put others down in her presence. She says, “Not in my house.” And She has actually asked people to leave her home when they crossed the line. I have never gone that far, but I will walk away from a conversation or change the subject if I don’t feel it is appropriate for me. There are some things I will not tolerate in my presence. I don’t always feel up to a confrontation and I am passive in the sense that I don’t feel like I need to correct other people publicly. I am clear about my convictions and I ask that others respect my beliefs.

It Takes Courage To Defend Your Convictions

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~Winston Churchill

Standing up for what you believe in is one of the most important skills you’ll need in life. People in life will always try to knock you down, but as long as you get back up, you’re showing them that you can stand for what you believe in.

I realize that many people agree with the idea of standing up for what they believe in and some call the process, “speaking from their soapbox.”  They want to right the wrongs of society. They want to explain to everyone the correct way of doing things or at least offer their opinion. I think this can be an effective way of getting one’s point across. I have a sopabox I suppose, in my blog. Social media is a sea of soapboxes. Everyone is shouting out what they stand for. Some people flock to listen. Some voices carry loudly far and wide. Some voices float around like a soft whisper.

I have been considering what it takes to be a person of action. I have been told that I am one who “gets things done.” I believe that one person can change the world. I believe that together, we can make a difference. Other than talking about it or even writing about it, what can I do to stand up for my beliefs? I was going to make a list. I Googled it and found a great example:

Here are some Steps from Wiki How:

  1. Believe in Yourself. The first step to getting anyone to believe in you is believing in yourself. Do not let yourself think negatively. If you want to stand up for a good cause, you need to believe that you can make a difference. The ones who don’t make differences are the ones who don’t think they can. Know what you are capable of. Never have doubts in yourself. You are capable of anything as long as you believe you can do it. Don’t listen to others put you down. The only reason why people say that you can’t do something is because they don’t think that they themselves could do it. Prove them wrong. Don’t cave in to their insults, and stand up for what you believe in.
  2. Write it out. Often times, a letter is required to fully get your point across. As an example, if you believe something in the school system should be changed, you will need to contact the principal. Make sure that your letter is persuasive. Make sure you clearly state what you believe in. Add persuasive points, and offer help to complete the task. Seem dignified. Use clever phrasing of words. Show them that you are intelligent, and that you understand what you’re talking about.
  3.  Know what you believe in. Many people don’t realize that they don’t actually know what they believe in. Think it through- Am I doing this because it’s for a good cause? Am I doing this because of a trend? Will I probably still think this way in a few months?
  4. Are you being seduced by someone else’s plight? Do you really think this way? You may actually lie to yourself just so that you believe you are doing it for the right reasons. Only you can determine if you really believe in something, not a trend.
  5. Follow through. Don’t start a petition, and then never hand it in. In order for people to really believe you are serious, you need to show them that you are dedicated. Leave no loose ends. Plan out any presentations, respond to arguments, and don’t waste people’s time. Why would you get everyone worked up about a show if you don’t even have it planned? Don’t get in an in depth conversation with someone discussing your thoughts just to no longer believe in what you did a few weeks later. Remember, you need to finish what you started.
  6. Get help if needed. Some jobs are just too large to accomplish on your own. Inform friends and family about what you’re doing, and tell them to tell others. Another way of doing this is starting a petition. Make sure that what you’re doing is actually for a good cause.

Important Reminders:

  • When you’re talking to a person don’t raise your voice UNLESS you MUST. Get help if needed.
  • Writing a letter or starting a petition greatly improves your chances of people believing in you.
  • Follow through with what you want, or you might as well be wasting everyone’s time.
  • Don’t get too excited. Sometimes, things may not go as planned.
  • Avoid getting into fights with people just because they may believe differently than you.
  • It’s okay to keep your feelings to yourself. Choose your battles wisely.

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Stand-Up-for-Something-You-Believe-In

Think of positive ways to express your beliefs. Remember, if you can’t say something nice – sometimes it is better to not say anything at all. Choose your words carefully. As Miguel Ruiz says in his book, The Four Agreements, “Be impeccable with your word.”

It is my core value to model positivity and unconditional love. What is your core value? How can you change the world and make a difference by practicing what you believe in a passive way? What do you think?

 

7 Things I Love Doing to Unwind #LetLoose2014 @vegascom

Posted on April 14th, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz

I love a lot of things. Travel is one of them.

Having fun is another. Connecting with people and making friends is also something I love to do. One place that comes to mind that combines all of these things is Vegas. Right? (Disclosure) Where else can you get away and see sights like the Eiffel Tower, New York City, Ancient Greece, and Venice all in one place? There is so much to do there. All the hotels have great vacation packages. There is fabulous live entertainment, dancing, music, fine dining, relaxing poolside, spa treatments, shopping and gaming in Las Vegas. I love going to Vegas! Don’t you? It’s a great place to get away, have fun, relax, and just let loose.

So, when I received an email from the content director at Vegas.com asking if I would like to participate in sharing my “Vegas State of Mind” with you, my answer was “Count me in!”  Since April is Stress Awareness Month, Vegas.com wanted to learn about what people around the country do to de-stress, unwind, and let loose. I came up with a short list. Of course, since I also love to share my feelings about mindfulness and choosing happiness – I have a long list of ways one can live a joyful lifestyle.

Here are seven things I love doing to unwind…

  1. Snuggling with my cat.  Every day when I get home from work, I open the front door and my cat, Noche, is waiting for me. He runs ahead of me to my bedroom door and reaches up and tries to turn the doornob. He makes me feel so good knowing that he looks forward to this moment as much as I do! I open the door and I say, “Hi Noche! Let’s snuggle. Noche jumps on the bed as I put my purse down, take off my shoes and plop on my bed. We snuggle together and Noche begins to purr as I pet him. All my tension from the day just fades away. The only downside to travelling is missing my kitty! If you really want to unwind, think about fostering kittens. They are so cute and need your help. Contact your local animal shelter for more information on pet adoption. kitties
  2. Going on a Date Night with my hubby. Sometimes a little romance is in order to keep things interesting in a relationship. I have been married for 22 years. Dressing up and going out is good for my marriage. When it comes to relaxing and unwinding, going out to see a movie is what lights our fire! We both love to share some popcorn and a soda and take in  a good flick. We recently had a chance to see Captain America at Cineopolis and combine the dining and movie experience in one. This was the ultimate date night! A luxury theater, dinner served to our nice comfy reclining chairs, and a great movie – it was the perfect way to relax and let loose! winter-soldier-poster-no-mask
  3. Watching TV in bed.  Since I live in a house full of men, my husband and three teen aged boys – I love to retreat to my bedroom and watch TV. It’s my time to be alone and escape. I usually watch the news, a few sitcoms, and a good crime drama. Recently, I have been into Netflix marathons where you can watch an entire series of shows in a week or so. I did this with Mad Men. I was so excited to see a new episode last night! It was great. I wonder what is up with Don Draper? Does he have a plan or is he just winging it until something happens? mm-S7-Wallpaper-1024x768-A
  4. Having a Drink with friends. I have some awesome friends! Many of which don’t live nearby or are too busy to see without major planning. Once in awhile I will get a call or text message from a friend last minute. “Want to get a margarita?” This is a perfect thing to do now and then to let loose! There is a Mexican restaurant within walking distance from my house. It’s a little walk, it’s casual, it’s not too expensive, and they have great bean dip! One drink is all I need to unwind. I try to make healthy choices, so if you don’t drink alcohol, I encourage you to try this with frozen yogurt, Boba, coffee, or a smoothie. Next time your friend asks you to meet up for a drink, say, “Yes!” As soon as you break your routine and get out for a change you will be glad you did. Don’t forget, your friend reached out to you for a reason. You both may need to take a breather, go for it.

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  5. Going for a drive in my Jeep. There is nothing better than driving along Pacific Coast Highway in my Jeep to take in some fresh air and sunshine. This is one of my all time favorite ways to let loose! I like to crank up the tunes, let my hair down, and just drive up the coast. It’s fun with my hubby, my kids, a friend, or even all alone. I love to sing out loud and drive around with no where in particular to go and no time in particular to be there. That is the ultimate feeling of freedom. 2013-09-07 13.28.01
  6. Sitting out by the beach or pool. There is a cool breeze in the air. I wiggle my toes in the warm sand. I can hear seagulls in the distance. The waves are crashing on the shore. I smell the soft scent of suntan oil. Ahhh. Summer! I love summertime. I like to take a tall glass of iced tea, a book, my ipod and headphones, and  just hit the sand. It’s the best when I see dolphins or whales swim by. A day by the pool does the trick, too. It’s like a mini vacation. Soon my family and I will be moving to a new home and the main requirement is it must be by the beach or have a pool. I don’t want that to sound like I am spoiled. I honestly know what I need to improve my quality of life and stay balanced. I look forward to more time to unwind by the water soaking up the Vitamin D!2012-12-27 13.30.54
  7. Making enchiladas or baking cookies for my kids. Doing something for others makes me feel happy. I enjoy cooking when I can relax a little bit and really get into it. Preparing fresh ingredients and creating something that my family will enjoy brings me so much peace and joy. It is a great way to unwind and find the balance in my life.

The ultimate day for me to really let loose in Las Vegas would be to start out the day with a great breakfast, take a tour in the desert either by Jeep, helicopter, or speedway, see a museum or attraction like CSI: The Experience, get a massage at a world class spa, dine at a fantastic restaurant, take in a show like Cirque de Soliel’s Zarkana, and have a few drinks at a nightclub. Then spend the next day at the pool! Only in Vegas- you can do it ALL!

How do you let loose and unwind?

What are your recommendations for relaxing?

How have you participated in Stress Awareness Month?

Reflections on Happiness, Raising a Family, and Moving On @danielalex_book

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz

Reflections on Happiness, Raising a Family and Moving

I heard this song on the radio on the way in to work this morning. I love this song! It has deep meaning for me today. We are selling our home and moving on in our journey. My little family has grown up!

Read my Reflections on Happiness, Raising a Family and Moving on my guest post at Parenting 2.0 

Long Time by Boston

It’s been such a long time
I think I should be goin’, yeah
And time doesn’t wait for me, it keeps on rollin’
Sail on, on a distant highway
I’ve got to keep on chasin’ a dream
I’ve gotta be on my way
Wish there was something I could say.

Well I’m takin’ my time, I’m just movin’ along
You’ll forget about me after I’ve been gone
And I take what I find, I don’t want no more
It’s just outside of your front door.

It’s been such a long time. It’s been such a long time.

Well I get so lonely when I am without you
But in my mind, deep in my mind,
I can’t forget about you
Good times, and faces that remind me
I’m tryin’ to forget your name and leave it all behind me
You’re comin’ back to find me.

Well I’m takin’ my time, I’m just movin’ along
You’ll forget about me after I’ve been gone
And I take what I find, I don’t want no more
It’s just outside of your front door.

It’s been such a long time. It’s been such a long time.

Yeah. It’s been such a long time, I think I should be goin’, yeah
And time dosnt wait for me, it keeps on rollin’
There’s a long road, I’ve gotta stay in time with
I’ve got to keep on chasin’ that dream, though I may never find it
I’m always just behind it.

Well I’m takin’ my time, I’m just movin’ along
Takin’ my time, just movin’ along
Takin’ my time, yeah I’m takin’ my time…

Songwriters
Scholz, Donald T.

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Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, NEXT DECADE ENTERTAINMENT,INC.

Read more: Boston – Foreplay/Long Time Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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Miz Meliz *Newz* Update 4-7-14 @thenerdmachine @MidniteMission @tryinteract

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Miz Meliz Newz Update

How Nerdy Are You?

Try this quiz:

When you enter your email at the end, you will not only get the results and learn exactly how “nerdy” you are – you will also be subscribed to the Miz Meliz Newsletter, automatically. Nifty technology, huh? If you don’t want to get one email a month from me, you can unsubscribe – but really, why would you? I don’t bite!

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If you haven’t done it yet – why not now?

Donate $5 to NerdHQ to make the event happen.  See my post on Sleepless Nights for all the details.

Can’t get enough info about Zachary Levi? Zac fans, check this out for even more insights, quotes and pictures from the meet up with Zachary Levi at the Hard Rock Cafe, Universal City Walk from my friend at That’s It Mommy: I Want My Nerd HQ Interview with Zac Levi

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The Midnight Mission’s Nowruz New Year Celebration, took place on Friday March 14th from 3pm to 6pm at The Midnight on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles. This year, the title sponsor was California-based brand SKECHERS USA, Inc., who are renowned for their diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children. This year’s event marked an important year for The Midnight Mission, who is commemorating their 100-year anniversary of providing social services for the LA region’s neediest population.

The Midnight Mission third annual Nowruz at the Midnight Mission event was a special street celebration to toast life during this festive time of renewal. Southern California Iranian Americans gave back with a traditional Iranian street fair including live entertainment and meal service as well as traditional gift-giving. Hundreds of volunteers and local leaders participated. Steeped in history, Nowruz is a 3,000 year-old holiday and an annual celebration that marks the beginning of the Iranian New Year for people of all faiths. In the same spirit, through its life-saving and life-changing programs and initiatives, the Midnight Mission has been a source of revival and renewal for the homeless population of Los Angeles for the past century.


 How do you celebrate the New Year?

Do you do anything special to honor Spring?

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Aquariums

I dig aquariums and museums, don’t you? If you took the quiz above, you know that makes you a nerd, right? Well, here is a little technology faux pax from the Georgia Aquarium that I visited last month…

my_picOkay, so I stood in front of a green screen for this on my way into the aquarium. I was cold and wet from walking in the rain to get there. I was alone and felt strange posing for a picture. I knew I would resemble a Killer Whale dressed in black and white and sporting my big belly – but I was relieved when I found out they only have Shark and Beluga Whales there. I just wish the photographer would have slimmed me down with a little photo shop when he stuck the background in there! I mean, really? Really?

Oh well, I had a great time and I have this lovely memento.

Do you buy those pictures they take at tourist attractions? Don’t you love that you can download them for free online? I do! I seriously love anything with a link these days.

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Quizzes

I was so lucky today when I was thinking of ways to invite you all to subscribe to my newsletter! I have used quizzes from Interact before with great results. The quizzes are light and easy to use. I like taking quizzes. I think you do too because you did it, right?

Well, I couldn’t find one I liked that was good enough for all of my new #NerdArmy friends, so I emailed the guys over at Interact and they so totally lived up to their name. Josh got back to me right away and within minutes made the quiz above for me. (Well, anyone can use it and even modify or create their own on their site – and it’s free!) But I felt special and really appreciated the attention and quick response. So, shout out to Josh and Interact! You ROCK!

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What were your results of the quiz, How Nerdy Are You?

Are you part of the Nerd Army? Will I see you at Nerd HQ? 

Let me know in the comments.

 

I Blame Zachary Levi For My Sleepless Nights #IWantMyNerdHQ #ENMN @theNerdMachine

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Be Inspired, Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz

I have been unable to sleep the past few nights…

…because I have been thinking about writing this post! (Disclosure)

I had the opportunity to meet Zachary Levi and David Coleman of The Nerd Machine. I was so fortunate to have had this unique experience and I walked away feeling inspired by Zac and David, and I felt spirit lead to this project. Mainly because it was a last minute decision to attend, and I am new to interviewing celebrities and attending press junkets – but I wasn’t sure why I was impelled to go until I heard Zac’s message. Then I had one of those “Aha!” moments. I needed to hear this message. I needed to meet this man and learn about this cause for so many reasons. I spent the last two nights thinking about those reasons and what he said that made an impact on me.

photo by Melissa Reyes copyright 2014 for http://mizmeliz.com with permission from Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi and David Coleman

I was really impressed with Zac Levi’s passion for his cause. What an amazing person he is! An accomplished actor in films, television, and on Broadway – he has also established himself as an ambassador for  Operation Smile as well as the leader of the Nerd Machine initiative. What impressed me most about Zac is his focus. He spoke primarily about his experiences in Honduras and how Operation Smile changes lives and makes a difference for people around the world. He spoke about the impact that Nerd HQ and the Nerd Machine has had on his life and the lives of a  community and culture that formerly was made up of small groups and individuals who felt isolated which now leads society in acceptance and inclusion. Zac and David are passionate about creating a successful business and they are compassionate about helping people along their journey. Zac got emotional when he talked about raising funds for Nerd HQ and doing everything he possibly can to keep it going.

"Zachary Levi and Me" photo by Melissa Reyes used with permission of Zachary Levi Copyright 2014 http://mizmeliz.com

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Most celebrities I have met talk about their careers and their projects first, and then they will touch on a charity that they represent. If they have a foundation, they usually know someone who is connected in some way that they direct their efforts towards helping. I respect the celebrities and all people who work with charitable organizations for doing this. I have many examples in my own family and in my own job of people who give compassionately to causes such as poverty, homelessness, illnesses, and human rights. Yet Zac’s drive, passion, and insight touched me deeply. Here is a young man who has a very successful career in Hollywood who cries when he talks about God inspiring him to do something that will make a difference in the lives of others.

Reasons I needed to Hear Zac’s Message:

  • My husband and kids loved the series Chuck that starred Zachary Levi. We have seen all 91 episodes as a family. So, my family was excited when they found out I was going to meet him.
  • I loved the series Less than Perfect that Zachary Levi was in which starred Sarah Rue as an administrative assistant. So, I had a personal connection with some of his work as an actor.
  • My family loves anything “nerdy” and are self-proclaimed nerds. They fully support the Nerd Machine and are really happy about Nerd HQ. They are very proud nerds.
  • I wondered why and how I can relate to this TV star and Nerd exactly. Then I had the Aha! moment when listening to him talk about Operation Smile. Zachary Levy is inspired by this cause and believes that he is meant to do something big for it. 
  • I love to meet with people who have found their passion. I want to help other people to be inspired to discover their passion and live their purpose. Zac is a perfect example!
  • I was personally inspired by Zac’s drive and compassion. I feel as though the Universe lead me to meeting him so I can bring his message to you.

This is what it is about: Operation Smile.

“Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe. Operation Smile’s network of volunteers works worldwide to repair childhood facial deformities including cleft lips and cleft palates.”

Zachary Levi is an ambassador for Operation Smile and he is a champion of the organization. He is a champion for love. He is a champion for all people.
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This is who is involved - Nerd Machine: Zachary Levi, David Coleman and Courtney Coleman:

The Nerd Machine, commonly referred to as TNM, is an American-based company and website founded by Zachary Levi in November 2010. Levi, along with Chuck prop master David Coleman and Courtney Coleman, launched the online community website to spread the “nerd” culture. It is possible to purchase merchandise from the site, such as t-shirts, posters and hats. The website is home to a community of “nerds” and hosts a forum where people all around the world may discuss hobbies, culture and even start collaborations on large scale projects.”

“We want the fans to have the best experience they can have. We want people to see how we thought about everything. This won’t be a “rinky-dink” event.” The model should always be “take care of people.”

“It’s about organic stuff, it’s about the memories.” – Zachary Levi

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Last year they did this:

“Fans and celebrities came together once again at The Nerd Machine’s third annual Nerd HQ at Comic-Con International 2013. Located at San Diego’s Petco Park at 100 Park Blvd in San Diego, Nerd HQ welcomed over 30,000 people from July 18-21.

Nerd HQ provided fans and celebrities with an intimate and engaging experience that was unlike any other event during Comic-Con. The event showcased cutting edge technology, exclusive parties, autograph signings, photo opportunities with celebrities, a screening of “Firefly” on the field at Petco Park, which drew 2,500 fans, and the very popular “Conversations for a Cause” panel series, which raised money for Operation Smile.

Panels consisted of the most talked about films and television shows including “Sherlock,” “Hannibal,” “Orphan Black,” “Doctor Who,” “Haven,” “300: Rise of An Empire,” “Kick-Ass 2,” “The Maze Runner,” “Riddick,” and “I, Frankenstein,” to name just a few. Each panel was packed with curious and excited fans asking meaningful questions anxious to learn more about their favorite films and shows.”

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This year they are using crowd funding to raise the money to produce an even bigger and better event:

“The ‘I Want My Nerd HQ’ Campaign is very simple. We need your support for Nerd HQ 2014. The funding strategy we have been using to produce Nerd HQ is no longer viable due to venue deadlines and the commitments required by the Nerd Machine to properly plan the event. We wish we could continue to subsidize the event ourselves, but we simply no longer can. We believe in our hearts that YOU will help to ensure Nerd HQ can continue to offer an amazing FREE experience for fans in San Diego, fans watching online, and all the children we are able to help through the funds you contribute during Nerd HQ for Operation Smile. To date, the Nerd Machine has raised over$415,000 dollars for the charity.”

#IWantMyNerdHQ (1)

Call to action: YOU CAN HELP with a $5 donation:

“All contributors will be part of the #NerdHQArmy, an exclusive email list that will receive updates, photos, videos and much more throughout our event planning process that can’t be found anywhere else. Your name will also be placed on our ‘Nerd HQ Wall of Honor’ at the event and on our contributor page on www.thenerdmachine.com. But most importantly, for your contribution, you will receive our eternal gratitude, loyalty and our pledge to bring you the best NerdHQ ever!”http://igg.me/at/Iwantmynerdhq

I haven’t slept much lately because I keep thinking about all the amazing things that I talked to Zac about with my blogging friends at the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal City Walk.  I have been listening to the audio recordings that I took over and over. I am so inspired by his passion and enthusiasm. He is full of life and love. He is a bright shining light. I am proud of him and I hope the best for him.

Here is a little of what he said that touched me deeply at the interview:

“Life is an interesting journey. You gotta be true to what you believe in. I believe that integrity is one of the most important things in life. I believe that you live what you believe. If you are trusting that God is doing work in everyone’s life, and it is the way that it should be, have faith in that.  If you are living your life and being a light, then that is having the effect that God would wish it to have. You have to stay true to your identity no matter what your vocation is.

“I don’t think that it is hard to be a Christian in Hollywood. I don’t think it is any harder than being a Christian in any vocation. Because I believe that God gives us the tools that we are supposed to have wherever He puts us. I am grateful that He has put me where I am. I struggle with the same things that everybody struggles with, the same temptations in life that we all struggle with, and doubts and fears.   I also believe wholeheartedly that this is what He created me to do. I love it! Bring it!”

“My goal is to speak truth to people and hope that it has an impact in their life. It’s always about truth. The more you can seek truth and speak truth and live that truth, that is going to have an impact on people. Whether they agree with you or not. I want people to feel the love that I do in my spirituality, and the peace and the joy that I feel in my spirituality, but I have faith that their life is their life, it is their dream and I have faith that He has that under control.”

“Anything good in me is a gift. Anything good in all people is a gift that we have been given. I am so grateful that I have been given the life that I have been given. I am so grateful that I have been given the platform that has been given me, and I am grateful that God has given me the heart that He has given me, and the thorns in my side He has given me, that I struggle with, and they are hard and they keep me needing Him. I am always recognizing that I need Him. We all do, whether we recognize it or not, we all do.”

“I am grateful, I am thankful, I am scared about things,I am excited about things. It’s hard. I believe in it. It’s what God has in store. All of it is for something greater and bigger. I’m going to fight the good fight. At the end of the day, we have precious little time on this Earth. It can all be over tomorrow. I can look back on my life and know that I did something good and Nerd HQ is one of them. Don’t ever think that a vision that God gives you is for you. It could be to inspire another person. As long as you are being obedient and doing a challenge that is given to you, it can be powerful in ways that haven’t been done before.”

I was so taken by how spiritual this all was, listening to him and thinking about why I was here, I was so glad I had prepared to ask him what I call my “Oprah question.” I told Zac, “You’ve talked about your Broadway experience, your TV experience, your movie experience, Nerd HQ, Operation Smile, and all of this stuff that you have built.” And I asked him, “If there was one thing that people in future generations would remember you for what would you want it to be? What do you want to be remembered for? What do you stand for?”

After hours of talking and sharing his insights with all of his energy and excitement, he had been talking almost non-stop. He listened to my question. He paused. He thought about it. He considered it carefully.Then  Zac answered,

“I don’t know that I have done it yet. I don’t know if I ever will. I don’t know that it’s one thing. I would hope that at the end of my life that people would give me the grace to evaluate it in the over-all. There is stuff in my life that I am not proud of, mistakes that I’ve made, that I hope that nobody goes, ‘That’s who that guy was.’ I hope that people will think, I enjoyed him as a performer, I appreciated him as a person and I think he tried to do things that were cool and awesome and fun and powerful and didn’t just relax into whatever the status quo was or whatever the given is.”


Sources: 

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nerd_Machine

Operation Smile: http://www.operationsmile.org/

The Nerd Machine: http://www.thenerdmachine.com/

Indiegogo/Donate: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/i-want-my-nerd-hq-2014

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