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Posted on June 5th, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Quotes & Notes

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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

There are only a few days left for Zac Levi to reach his fundraising goal. Can you help?

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.”

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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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My Valentine Gift For You: Anyway

Posted on February 13th, 2014 by & filed under Be Inspired, Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Quotes & Notes

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I have been thinking about you and how much I love you, my friend. So, so much!

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Dear Friend,

For a long time I have wanted to share this with you. I just didn’t know exactly how you would take it. Please don’t take it wrong. Please know this is coming from a place of integrity, friendship and love. Real, authentic love. Because you are so special and you mean that much to me, I decided to make this my Valentine’s Day gift for you.

I have been wanting to write about the Anyway Challenge for a very long time.

For many reasons.

So, so many!

Every day we are faced with difficult situations and challenges.

So, so many!

Every person has to deal with hardships, worries and concerns.

I strive to act with kindness and love.

Sometimes, I get frustrated because not everyone around me, around the world, is doing the same.

People all around me react with anger, hatred, racism, and sarcasm. It seems like there is so much negativity in the world around me.

Is my being positive enough?

All we can do is try, my dear.

Let’s try.

Please take a look at the “Anyway Challenge” below.

Let’s try to accept the world and all the people around us just as they are. Let’s try to accept them as we want to be accepted.

This is my gift to you. It’s a challenge that I hope you accept.

Think about it.

I think you are worth it.

I see how much you care and want the world to be a wonderful place for all people, everywhere.

Let’s try to make that happen.

Let’s love them all – anyway!

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What is the paradoxical life?

What are the paradoxical commandments?

The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

You May Be Saying… “I Have Heard This Before and I Think it Was Mother Teresa Who Said It.”

The Mother Teresa Connection

The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent M. Keith when he was 19, a sophomore at Harvard College. He wrote them as part of a book for student leaders entitled The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council, published by Harvard Student Agencies in 1968. The Paradoxical Commandments subsequently spread all over the world, and have been used by millions of people.

Mother Teresa put the Paradoxical Commandments up on the wall of her children’s home in Calcutta. The fact that the commandments were on her wall was reported in a book compiled by Lucinda Vardey, Mother Teresa: A Simple Path, which was published in 1995. As a result, some people have attributed the Paradoxical Commandments to Mother Teresa.

As Kent explains in his book, Do It Anyway: The Handbook for Finding Personal Meaning and Deep Happiness in a Crazy World:

“I found out about it in September 1997 at my Rotary Club meeting. We usually begin each meeting with a prayer or a thought for the day, and a fellow Rotarian of mine got up and noted that Mother Teresa had died, and said that, in her memory, he wanted to read a poem she had written that was titled “Anyway.” I bowed my head in contemplation, and was astonished to recognize what he read-it was eight of the original ten Paradoxical Commandments.”

“I went up after the meeting and asked him where he got the poem. He said it was in a book about Mother Teresa, but he couldn’t remember the title. So the next night I went to a bookstore and started looking through the shelf of books about the life and works of Mother Teresa. I found it, on the last page before the appendices in Mother Teresa: A Simple Path. The Paradoxical Commandments had been reformatted to look like a poem, and they had been re-titled “Anyway.” There was no author listed, but at the bottom of the page, it said: “From a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home in Calcutta.”

Mother Teresa thought that the Paradoxical Commandments were important enough to put up on the wall of her children’s home. That really hit me. I wanted to laugh, and cry, and shout-and I was getting chills up and down my spine. Perhaps it hit me hard because I had a lot of respect for Mother Teresa, and perhaps because I knew something about children’s homes. Whatever the reason, it had a huge impact on me. That was when I decided to speak and write about the Paradoxical Commandments again, thirty years after I first wrote them.”

Why do I care so much about the paradigm?

Because this is about acceptance. I believe in unconditional love. I believe that all people are equal. No one is perfect. I am not perfect. I deserve as much of a chance as the next person. To love. To be loved. To succeed. To be happy. I want it all. Who doesn’t?

Kent Keith knew this in 1968 when he was 19 years old. He knew that to really live a joyful life he was going to have to accept some crappy stuff. He knew that things were not fair. He knew that life had the possibility of being good just as it had the possibility of being bad. He chose to celebrate the good. He chose to make things good. Anyway.

And you can, too. I know you can do it. It just takes practice. I know you like to be challenged. I know you are a winner.

Win at life!

You want to be happy. You want to be understood. You want to be respected. You want to help others. You want to see the good in others. It starts with you.

Take the Anyway Challenge. Resolve yourself to love anyway. Accept who you are. Accept all people as they are. You can change the world. I believe in you. I always have. It starts with you. It starts with me and you. Right here, right now.

Be my friend.

Be my Valentine.

Be my love.

Anyway.

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Life is Meant to be Shared

Posted on February 10th, 2014 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz, Quotes & Notes

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Thank you Dave & Lynn Lyons for this beautiful message of love.

I am inspired to share it with you because, even if you are not in a relationship on Valentine’s Day – it is important to remember that you are loved. And the love you share with family and friends extends far beyond a single relationship. Love grows. Plant a seed of love and watch it grow.

Love,

Melissa

 

Following Your Heart – How Intuitive Are You?

Posted on February 4th, 2014 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz

How Does Intuition Affect You?

Do you ever wonder if you have ESP? Do you feel like you can predict things? Do you have a sense of deja vu now and then?

in·tu·i·tionˌint(y)o͞oˈiSHən/noun the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
“we shall allow our intuition to guide us”
synonyms: instinct, intuitiveness;

sixth sense, clairvoyance, second sight
“he works according to intuition”

I consider myself highly adept at using my intuition and this helps me tremendously when it comes to life coaching. It helps to be knowledgeable about these things, especially if we tend to jump to conclusions or make snap judgments. It’s better to take some time and think things through. But when that little voice inside says, this is the right thing for you, it’s good to listen. Some would call this, following your heart.Image credit: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/photo_4422244_heart-with-direction-arrow-painted-on-a-stone-love-concept.html'>drx / 123RF Stock Photo</a>

There have been many times in my life when something didn’t “feel right” and I tried to make it happen anyway with little success. And there have been other times when everything seemed to fall into place and I had the “sense” that it was right for me. Things like moving, buying a house, taking a new job, making an important life decision – these are times when my intuition has guided me.

Having ESP or Extrasensory Perception is more than intuition and based on having a sixth sense – that knowledge which is determined through the mind’s eye. This ability is a gift and should not be taken lightly. People who are so intuitive that they can see things that aren’t tangible and are inexplicable don’t always know how or why they can do this. They just have a sense about it. I don’t claim to have this ability, yet I have experienced a few things that could not be explained. Some people would not agree with this idea. They would say that everything can be explained. Regardless of weather or not there is an explanation I feel that if I am able to help people and live joyfully, having this ability is positive.

I am trying to think of one really great example that I can share with you. So many little things come to mind! My favorite example is a time when I believe that three angels came to me in the night to calm me when I was worried about my pregnancy and unborn child. The vision of the angels was so strong and bright that it was burned into my retinas and I could see them when I closed my eyes. (But I was in a pitch black room at the time.) My son is 18 years old now and I can still see that image and feel the peace that the angels brought me as if it happened yesterday. I don’t know if there were actually angels at the foot of my bed, or if someone was praying for me at that moment, or if I had a sudden realization that I could choose to relax and have faith that everything would be okay – does it really matter? It was such an impactful experience that it has stayed with me and influenced me in a positive way for the life of my child.

Find out just how intuitive you are by taking this quiz.

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How intuitive or insightful are you?

Does it help you to make life decisions?

Does it help  you in your relationships?

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