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Without Explanation: A True Story of Love and Loss in the Jungle @RodJasmer

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz

Without Explanation: A True Story of Love and Loss in the Jungle
by Rod Jasmer
HEARTBREAKING MEMOIR BY SHELL-SHOCKED WIDOWER RECALLS ADVENTURE, FEAR, CHAOS, DOUBT AND REINVENTION   
            It was going to be the trip of a lifetime. An enchanting trek through the Guatemalan jungle, viewing the mystical Mayan Ruins, a breath-stealing sunset from atop an ancient temple, a magical entourage of a million fireflies. Then suddenly, this wonderful adventure became a nightmare. This is just the start of Without Explanation: A True Story of Love and Loss in the Jungle (March 21, 2017) by Rod Jasmer.
            Adventurer, geologist and single father of three, through Without ExplanationJasmer shares intimate thoughts, devastating real-world incidences, and heart-breaking single-parent challenges that will hit home with anyone who has ever loved someone with all of their heart. Baring his soul as he details what it means to tragically lose the love of your life, he outlines a roller coaster of hope and despair that would span the longest days of his life. As he and his friends frantically fought for his wife Valerie’s life, they found themselves far from the necessities most of us take for granted at home—a familiar language, state of the art medicine, government allies and more. Meanwhile, three children were thousands of miles away, tucked in their beds, blissfully unaware of the desperate fight to save their mother’s life. 
“Writing Without Explanation has been cathartic for me,” shares Jasmer. “As I continue to process the events and the great loss of life I have felt over the years, the raw emotions surge and I assume the burdens once again and am haunted when I think about the void my children have faced growing up without their mother. But perhaps others will find solace and strength through the description of this ordeal. The very fact that you are reading this reassures me that memories of Valerie will endure.”
Without Explanation was lovingly, yet painstakingly, produced over thirteen years to include a story of anticipated adventure and remarkable courage, of heartache and disbelief, and of hope and fear. Yet, at its very core, is a life-altering tragedy and a story of love and devotion. In fact, amid the heart-breaking twists and turns, there were encounters with brave and selfless people who made a lasting impression during this horrific time.
Each chapter of Without Explanation is chilling and raw. The book shares a voyeuristic look into the chaos that hit Jasmer in the jungle of Guatemala and the challenges that awaited his new life back home in America. It also includes illustrations that depict special places and objects to Jasmer and his wife.
The following is an excerpt from Without Explanation, “A horrible grief weighed on my body and those of my companions. I wanted to go back to last night, back to my old life. My mind was easily drawn into “if only” scenarios: if only we would have done this or if only we had not done that. An atrocious sorrow was just below the surface, inviting me to give in to its vastness. I tried to temper these feelings by thinking about getting Val’s body out of the hospital and back home as soon as possible. Though sobbing and mourning were part of each minute, I needed to do more than just sit and cry. Thoughts of my children and possible dramatic changes in their lives flooded into my mind. Consequences for my children were painfully difficult to comprehend.”
Rod Jasmer grew up on one of the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, where he remained to complete high school and his undergraduate degree. He eventually moved to Idaho to continue his study of geology. It was there that he met his future wife, Valerie. In late 1987 they married, he received his graduate degree, and within a few months they packed almost all of their combined possessions into six suitcases and moved to Australia on permanent resident visas. They traveled extensively during their time Down Under, including an extended five-month overland trek throughout Southeast Asia. Upon their return to America, they started a family, and their three children were born over the succeeding five years.
Jasmer’s professional career includes purchasing and starting a number of companies, and he currently works as an environmental and business consultant to Union Pacific Railroad and other national clients. After the death of his wife in 2004, travel and adventure continued to be a pastime for this single dad. Jasmer spends as much time as possible outdoors, doing most any activity the four seasons allow. He splits his time between living in Linwood, Minnesota, and Park City, Utah.
Learn more about Jasmer and Without Explanation at RodJasmer.com
Without Explanation: A True Story of Love and Loss in the Jungle is available on Amazon and through other fine booksellers. 
The above book release was provided to me by Smith Publicity and is posted with permission. I was not paid to post this. Please see my Disclosure Statement for more details on why I post articles like this.

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A Year in Bloom Guide Book and Card Deck by Melissa Reyes is available for pre-order NOW!

Posted on March 25th, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional, Miz Meliz Marketplace, Passions

A Year in Bloom Guidebook and Journal

with Daily Affirmations

by Melissa Reyes

A Year in Bloom’s Daily Affirmation Card Deck and Guide Book by Melissa Reyes is available for pre-order NOW!
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Estimated delivery of first print is May 26, 2017.

Regular price of Deck and Guidebook with shipping will be $50+.

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Who is Melissa Reyes?

I have been building a business for years in my spare time. I have started a blog, written a book, become a certified professional life coach, created a live talk show, produced videos, helped to build awareness for brands, non-profits, entrepreneurs and authors. Now, I have become an artist.

After all this time, I would like to place a value on my efforts and receive an income to support my passions. I love helping people and making a positive influence on the world through the work that I do. It would be my pleasure to help you.

For 2017 I have developed a way to be my brightest and best self ever and I want to share it with you – it’s A YEAR IN BLOOM!

What is a Year in Bloom?

Guidance for a Year of Personal Development and Growth through support and coaching to be the best, healthiest, and happiest YOU that you have ever been.

Get the nourishment you need to bloom your brightest!

We will develop and grow together throughout the year.

Daily, Weekly, and Monthly interactions in an online group setting follow a general focus of overall health for the whole person. Five “Wowbinars” are included that encompass a 2 hour in-depth look at a specific area of one’s needs taking place over the course of the year:

  1. Feed your Soul in January
  2. Nourish your Heart in February
  3. Recharge your Body in May
  4. Engage your Mind in August
  5. Ignite your Spirit in October
  • A Year in Bloom includes the live webinars, the online experience with interviews and interaction with experts in the fields of personal development-psychology-neurology-meditation-sociology-health-wellness-fitness-spirituality, access to the private Facebook group for support, one on one guidance sessions, and inspirational messages.
  • Make 2017 the year you identify your true passions and live out your unique purpose.
  • Develop, Grow, Shine and make 2017 the year you bloom your best and brightest!

 

Bonus Material, Services, & Offers

One on One Sessions:

Meet me on the beach and we will take long walks together. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Book a session any time.

In person, online or by phone. Coaching is $1 per minute. Minimum 15 minutes.

Monthly Patrons can:

  • Break out of your shell at $5 per month and you will receive a one time personalized introductory vision session with me and a monthly Motivational Year in Bloom postcard.
  • Reach for the sky as you grow at $10 per month and you will receive the previous rewards and the A Year in Bloom 2017 Wall Calendar.
  • Have Fun in the Sun as you begin to flower at $15 per month and you will receive all of the previous levels rewards, plus the 2017 A Year in Bloom Theme Calendar/Journal.
  • Shine your light to others! At $20 per month you will receive all previous level’s rewards and on the 3rd month you will have a choice of one of the following BONUS GIFTS: This is the Sound of My Soul – A Transformational Journey, by Melissa Reyes, a Miz Meliz Original Boxed Jewelry Set, or an original hand drawn mandala on a 10 inch X 10 inch canvas.
  • Try a little help from your friends! At $25 per month you will receive all previous rewards AND  Every month thereafter enjoy a personalized vision affirmation reading or your choice of a Miz Meliz Original piece of jewelry.
  • Super Star Status. $50 per month. With this level, receive all previous rewards as well as a Spa Retreat Relaxation & Meditation Session every three months.
This Journal can be used to track the word of the day/week/month all year long and has space to record reflections and notes for A Year in Bloom. Every month has inspiring messages and bright flowers to brighten your day.
Bracelets, necklaces, and earrings are designed by Melissa Reyes. Patrons may choose from any design posted on MizMeliz’ social media accounts or make special requests for a custom designed piece.
Soul searching is the first step to mastering your life’s passion, meaning, and purpose. We will begin by looking within and bringing to light the dream you hold most dear, then we will work together to create a plan and see it through.
Here are a few things I expect to uncover in the Soul-searching Wowbinar…

Part 1: Self Examination/The Dig-Deep Part

Use these questions to journal, or reflect on:

What makes me happy?

What am I naturally good at?

What did I dream about being when I was a kid?

What inspires me?

What am I passionate about?

What is my purpose?

What are my Core Values?

What is my One Word Intention? (Focus term or phrase)

What is the life I am choosing? To be happy? Free? Confident? Successful?

Part 2: Motivation: The Action Plan Part

  • Surrendering, freeing myself to let go and be me
  • I am…
  • Vision Board/Life Plan

I can’t get enough flower and bloom quotes! There are so many and they all apply to my themes for A Year in Bloom.

A Year in Bloom is my philosophy for life – I want to live my life as if I am blooming, facing the sun in full bloom – my best, brightest, healthiest, and happiest.

I am doing a 365 Day Challenge as part of A Year in Bloom. You can see a Word of the Day every single day with a “theme” word and some inspiration in my private Facebook group. It is the only place I am sharing the word every day. I hope to see you there: http://facebook.com/groups/ayearinbloom

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