Quotes & Notes

Meet A Genuine Original on Tinsel Town Tonight @WinKellyCharles @TenMiniTT #TTT

Posted on January 6th, 2016 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Quotes & Notes, See the Video on YouTube, Tinsel Town Live 2016

I enjoyed preparing to interview this lovely lady who is a profound influencer. She is a standout personality in the live streaming community. I am so pleased to have met her and I know that one day, I will meet her in person and we will be great friends. We still have so much to discover about one another, but I know we have a few things in common. Both podcasters and live streamers we also have the same guilty pleasures, sugar and chocolate. We both have published books, although hers are much more creative and inspiring. We have both struggled with the loss of loved ones.

The main difference between us is that am I free to move about and I have control of my muscles and my body does what I want it to for the most part. My new friend does not have this luxury, having been born with cerebral palsy. Yet, she manages to do some amazing things that I do not consider physically possible for me to do, like snowboard!


This list of positive statements sums up the kind of inspiration that I think about when I contemplate my friendship with Win Kelly Charles:

Be YOU.
A genuine original.
Find your voice and make a difference.
Don’t forget where you came from, but never lose sight of where you are going.
Believe in your gifts.
Cherish them and explore their possibilities.
Make mistakes and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Be brave and wild at heart.
Embrace all the things that make you unique.
Be passionate about the things that matter to you.
Practice kindness and compassion.
Be a hero to someone.
Demonstrate character and be a good friend.
Become someone that you will be proud of when you look back on your life.
And remember that all the quirky things about yourself, that sometimes you wish were different, are really the most special.
Because YOU are the real thing.
-Louise Carey

I would like to introduce you to Win Charles!

Win will be my first guest on Tinsel Town Tonight in 2016.

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Tinsel Town Tonight Live with Miz Meliz and Win Kelly Charles

 

Win and I talk about:

  • Snowboarding  with disabilities

  • Writing our Memoirs

  • Podcasting is a thrill

  • Inspiration is influential 

  • Motivation can be life affirming

  • Oh, and how Win coined my new show title, Tinsel Town Tonight because she liked the hashtags #TTT and #TripleT

Chase New Experiences

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz, Quotes & Notes

“To live life as an artist, you have to chase new experiences, because each one contributes to your talents.” ~Josefa Moe

Josefa Moe Quote picture by Melissa Reyes Copyright 2015 for mizmeliz.com

My Valentine’s Wish #SharetheLove @Globies @usfg

Posted on February 14th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Quotes & Notes

Ain’t Love Grand?

This is a review of the Harlem Globetrotters, a shout out to some dear blogger friends, and a recap of Valentine’s Day and my gifts from my hubby which include LEGOs and a thorn bush…

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Happy Valentine’s Day My Love!

Today my husband made me feel old.

But that is okay.

I asked him for a rose bush for my Valentine’s gift this year. I thought it would be nice to have one planted in my garden and have fresh cut roses whenever I like. He gave me two. I am very happy with them, but…

They make me feel old because they remind me of my grandmother and my great aunt, who had rose gardens that they tended. I thought they were old. I imagined that is what old ladies do. Tend to their gardens. I know that is not true. They were both very passionate garden lovers with very green thumbs. It is a wonderful hobby and if I can  make these plants survive and thrive, that will be quite an accomplishment. Especially since my rose bushes are starter plants.

These are the 2 rose plants I received for Valentine's Day 2015

These are the 2 rose plants I received for Valentine’s Day 2015

My dear husband got me two rose bushes with no blooms. It’s true! They are just roots and sticks. It makes me laugh and it shows how sweet and non-romantic he is. He described what the blooms will look like when they emerge, and I can’t wait. Now it’s up to me.

My husband made me feel young today.

And I am happy.

The big surprise was that he remembered to get me what is now a traditional annual Valentine’s gift – he is no dummy! He gave me a LEGO set. Yep, a special Valentine Edition. I can’t wait to build it. Everything is Awesome will be running through my head all day! I love LEGO. I love Valentine’s Day. I love my husband. I was giddy when he handed me the box wrapped in paper that he printed himself, because I knew what it was instantly. I secretly hoped he would remember.

photo copyright Melissa Reyes 2-14-2015 for http://mizmeliz.com use with permission only please

My Valentine LEGO collection is growing. Rt-Lt: 2015, 2013, 2014

I was surprised with this gift the last two years and it is just so clever and different. It really reflects our personality and history. I shook the box and I knew he had remembered and I squeeled with excitement. I felt like a little girl with a new toy. I hugged and kissed him and thanked him before I even opened the box. And once I did open it, I hugged and kissed him again. It is AWESOME!

 

 

Yep, my LEGO 40120 set for ages 7+ with 140 pieces is perhaps the best Valentine gift ever!

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Awesome Gift From My Hubby

My BIG Valentine’s Date Night

20150214_202825For our Valentine’s celebration we went to the Home Depot Center in Anaheim with our son and his friend to see the Harlem Globetrotters. (Disclosure) It was an exciting and fun way to celebrate on Valentine’s Day. I wasn’t sure if I would feel old or young at the game, but I had been looking forward to a lighthearted casual evening out.

It reminded me of being a kid. I loved watching the Harlem Globerotters on TV with Meadowlark Lemon, “Curly” Neal, and the legendary Wilt “the Stilt” Chamberlain. I remember it so vividly, I thought I had been to see a game in person, but as I sat there watching the live show – I couldn’t remember any details except the classic jokes, the amazing tricks, and the joyful feeling I had from watching them. I realized that I had loved it so much, my memory might have created an amalgam – combining memories of going to basketball games and watching the Harlem Globetrotters on TV. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it this time all the same! The best part was watching all the kids getting really into the game and being amazed by the Globetrotters’ antics. They did so much more than trick shots, they were quite entertaining. Our favorite was when they re-enacted a play in reverse and then in slow motion. I was so cool!

If you watched them on TV or had the chance to see a game live when you were a kid, you won’t be disappointed now. I highly recommend seeing the Harlem Globetrotters, young or old, grown up, kid, or a kid at heart, everyone will have a good time. It’s not too late to get tickets with $7 off promo (see side bar) for The Harlem Globetrotters and follow on Twitter @Globies while they are in town. They will be at the Staples Center and Home Depot Center Valentine’s/President’s Weekend.

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Do you see anyone you know? Look at the bottom, right - it is the back of Shelby from OCMomBlog!

Do you see anyone you know? Look at the bottom, right – it is the back of Shelby from OCMomBlog!

 

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Sharing is Caring

My Valentine wish for you, my friends, is to remind you how much you are loved and appreciated. I enjoyed meeting many of you at my workshop, Get Your Rear in Gear for the New Year, with So Cal Lady Bloggers in January.#Inspiredfor2015 I am looking forward to meeting more of you at the Lifestyle Bloggers National Conference next week. #LBNC15

As bloggers we know how much we rely on each other to help expand our reach, get feed back and to share each other’s work with others. Ladies and gentlemen, there are a lot of links in this blog post, and I encourage you to check them out. Spend some time here and if you think someone else might like it, please share. I will love you if you do and if you don’t just the same.

photo copyright Melissa Reyes January 2015 http://mizmeliz.com

Gifts and Goodies from So Cal Lady Bloggers #Inspiredfor2015

I was wondering if you liked the gift bags and the cool stuff that some of my favorite brands gave us. I want to ask you a favor to please share the love for these amazing lovely folks who went out of their way for me. I am grateful on so many levels and I really want to share the love. Tweet them and wish them a Happy Love Day @mindmeister @kidecals @cocacola @seescandies @kehlinsurance @dollarshaveclub @firmoo_optical @farrellsisback @solita_valencia @hotpointapp @paddingtonmovie @worktostylist @socalbloggers @mizmeliz

Thanks and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Miz Meliz

 

*Shout out to one of my dear blogging friends, Melissa Burton at the Valentine RD – February 14th is her birthday and I want her to know how much I appreciate her support and friendship throughout the year. She is quite lovely! Happy Birthday Melissa!

 

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With Melissa Burton at Women Get Social 2014

#SharetheLove

#MakeitHappy

#BeKind

#HelloHumanKindness

#IAK Intentional Acts of Kindness

Thanks to Us Family Guide for providing tickets for me and my family to see the Harlem Globetrotters. See my review on the US Family Guide. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure for details on why I write about events like this. 

Do You Have Character?

Posted on October 9th, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Quotes & Notes

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Do You Love Your Life?

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Quotes & Notes

I started writing this on April 25, 2014. Sometimes the important observations get put aside in order to make room for important obligations. When I came across this draft, I was reminded how important taking time for gratitude truly is i my life.

I may say it a lot, but it is never enough…

I love my life right now!

I am grateful that I am going to be moving to a new home.

Soon there will be a new baby in the family (my great niece.)

My kids are growing into fine young men.

My husband and I are beginning to reap in the health, wealth, and happiness that we have sown.

 

“As soon as you recover or discover something that nourishes you and brings you joy, resolve to care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” ~Jean Shinoda Bolen

Did you catch that part about caring enough? “Care enough about yourself.”  Man – if nothing else, care enough about yourself. This makes all the difference in the world.

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We moved to a fine new home in June.

My family is all settled in and we adore it. Every single day I thank God for blessing me with the ability to afford to live in our beautiful home, to be able to enjoy our lovely neighborhood, and I ask for it to work out and last for a long time.  I am feeling pleased with myself for following through on the idea, for executing the plan, and for making our dreams a reality.

It took a long time to get here. Years.

Planning and preparing to move was exciting and I am still enjoying the ride.

It’s work, but the payoff is huge! I was in a state of disbelief at first. It took a few months to adjust. We are acclimated now. I am mostly unpacked. I say mostly, because we still have boxes in the garage and a storage unit to empty.  We accumulated so much in the past 18 years! I was bogged down with all that stuff. I feel much lighter now.

I feel free.

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 “Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming.” ~Alice Walker

I am carefully constructing my present existence.

I am taking the time to decorate my home and organize my closets. I am creating gorgeous and functional space for the activities, hobbies, and passions that my husband, kids, and I hold dear. I want those things to take priority. I want my family to love living in their space and feel like they are effortlessly moving towards the future they are dreaming about.

2014-08-24 05.58.24We all have dreams and aspirations.

It doesn’t change as you get older. I realize that now. What gives us hope for the future and a reason for living is having a dream. It may be a goal, or a task that you want to complete. You may have a bucket list of things to do, see, or accomplish. You might want to try a different profession or practice. There are so many things to do. There are endless possibilities.

We must keep dreaming!

“Your own positive future begins in this moment. Every goal is possible from here.” – Lai Tzu

We can draw on the experience of our past.

Everything that we have once been, done, seen, is a part of our fiber now. Our life’s journey is woven into our being. Whether we like it or not, it is. Yet our future is ours to create. We decide on each step to take. I have a choice about everything I do. I decide on everything I am. I am who and what I want to be. I choose happiness. I choose joy and love. When I think about the future, I do all I can to replace the worrisome thoughts that creep into my mind with thoughts of hope. (See my post on “Peace of Mind” 3-7-13)

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“The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi

For my dreams to come true, I need to follow through.

I must care enough about myself to complete the plans that I make.  In order to make the best decisions for myself and my family, I honor the practices of self-care. I believe that taking care of my needs, knowing and feeding my own desires, striving to be my best self, is what enables me to be a leader. Nurturing my whole self makes me a better mom, wife, sister, aunt. These are the most important roles. I am also aware of the influence I provide for my clients, readers, friends, and groups that I am a part of. We are all a part of something. I try not to be a broken part. I want to care enough to be at my very best. I do this by honoring my core values.

To honor means to treat with high respect; it is a special privilege, it brings credit, it means to adhere to what is right or a correct standard of conduct, it is a matter of integrity, honesty, ethics, morals, principles, taking great pleasure, pride, joy, it is with distinction, an accolade, an award, a reward, a prize, a decoration, to applaud, to recognize, to celebrate, to commemorate, pay homage to, pay tribute to, sing the praises of, to fulfill an obligation or keep an agreement,
to fulfill, observe, keep, obey, heed, follow, carry out, implement, execute, effect. There are many ways of defining honor. Every definition can be applied here because my core values are worthy of the special honor they hold in my heart.

“When your values are the source of your actions, even the lows become a positive experience.” ~Sandi Amorin

Because a part of me must die for me to move on in life, I can celebrate the sad or hard times I have experienced.

You know what I mean, don’t you? I definitely don’t think that personal tragedies are a cause for celebration. I am not all happy, happy, joy, joy about devastation or hardship. I am sensitive to serious loss and the trials and tribulations that face each and every one of us at some point in our lives. But, being able to rise up from the ashes of those happenings and start anew is necessary. When, not if, but when we are able to reflect on our lowest moments in life we should be able to see what we learned and how we have grown.

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A rose bush has it’s thorns. Through the thorns, beautiful rosebuds emerge. Blooms burst out of the buds and the petals open up and exercise their full nature. After the roses are spent, the petals fall away and the flower dies. We cut off those dead parts so new flowers can bloom. The bush becomes stronger and healthier with each cutting. It’s roots grow deeper.

I am a rose bush.

Every thorn is a reminder of the hardships of life and my ability to protect what I love. Every rose is a celebration of all that is good and beautiful in my world.

Nothing lasts forever in it’s original form.

The memory of the bursts of vibrant color I have experienced will remain with me forever. The fact that I know what it felt like to touch and embrace the soft velvety petals has become a part of who I am. If I close my eyes and take a breath, I will always be able to recall how the rich perfume enveloped me. I will always have an awareness of the blooms that blessed my heart.

I will forget about the thorns. I will forget about the fallen petals. I will forget about trimming away the excess, the removal of the dead parts, the loss, the mourning. (See my “Hummingbird” post on Ordinary to Extraordinary.) Those memories will fade in time. I will never let the good thoughts and memories fade. I keep them alive. I will replant. I will grow. I will move on.

I will thrive!

I am living my dream. I am who and what I want to be.

I love my life.

Read more of my thoughts on life in my book, This is the Sound of My Soul.

Read more of my thoughts on life in my book, This is the Sound of My Soul.

 

Melissa Reyes, host of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town Video Podcast copyright October 2014 http://mizmeliz.com

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How Melissa Reyes Is Living Out Loud! @KeystrokesByKim

Posted on June 10th, 2014 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Everything Miz Meliz, Quotes & Notes

“Living Out Loud”

I was honored when Kimberly asked me to participate in her Live Out Loud series! I am being featured on her website today.

Check it out at Keystrokes by Kimberly !

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How do you “Live Out Loud?”

Today, You are a Little Wiser, Truer, More Confident and Comfortable.

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

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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

 

Look Again In Your Heart Day 2 #NHBPM

Posted on November 2nd, 2012 by & filed under 30 Health Blog Posts in 30 Days, Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz, Quotes & Notes

Today is Day 2 of Wego’s National Health Blog Post Month.  There are two prompts to choose from each day.  One was to write about the weirdest thing about your health.  Right now everything seems weird.  After yesterday’s long heartfelt and emotionally exhausting post, I decided to go with the second prompt.  Find a quote and use it as inspiration.

The quote above, from Gibran, “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” is exactly what I am going through these days.  I am sadly missing the people in my life who I loved and I am sad that I have similar troubles with my health that they had.  I am looking again at my sadness and hoping for a silver lining.  There are some hopeful things that I can gain from this experience.

One.  I loved them.  They loved me.  Everyone should be so lucky to have experienced that kind of love.

Two.  I have their experiences to learn from. I will honor them and try not to make the mistakes they may have made.

Three.  I have knowledge, strength, and support that will help me through this.

That’s inspiring!

I urge you to look again in your heart.  What makes you sad?  Could it be that you are longing for the thing that once made you happy.  Perhaps knowing that you were once happy is not enough.  Make yourself happy again.  At least now you know what you are missing.

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