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Her Voice is Always on My Mind “Listen to Your Mother” @LTYMshow #LTYM

Posted on April 21st, 2015 by & filed under Events, Live Performances, Passions

Her voice is always on my mind.

Softly encouraging, pushing, nudging, lovingly.

Lovingly – now that I myself am a mother and I hear the love between the lines.

Her distinct voice often did not sound loving, as I recall. Yet, now that is all I hear.

The best thing about listening to your mother is knowing that she loves you.

My mother loved me. 

She would actually say the words…

“Listen to your mother.”

She also promised that I would hear her voice long after she was gone.

She came through on that promise. 

ltym memeI hear her voice when I speak to my kids.

I hear her now.

“Listen to your mother” has many meanings to me.

Motherhood = Love.

Hear love in my voice.

Hear love in your heart.

Advice. Advise.

Encourage. Nudge.

Love.

~Melissa Reyes, 4/21/2015

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: GIVING MOTHERS A MICROPHONE
NATIONAL SHOW RETURNS TO ORANGE COUNTY

Local stories about motherhood join hundreds from across the country.

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – Listen To Your Mother, a celebration of
motherhood that spans across 39 U.S. cities, triumphantly returns to
Orange County for a second season on April 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Ebell
Club in Santa Ana. Address: 625 French St., Santa Ana, CA 92701

Orange County was selected as the featured Southern California stop of
the national LTYM series for the second year in a row. A portion of the
proceeds will benefit Wise Place, a woman’s shelter in Santa Ana.
The performance will feature live readings by some of Southern California’s
most talented writers and bloggers: Wendy Hassett, Robin Finn, Shannon
Coleary, Jill Parkin, Lisbeth Coiman, Emily Altmann,Vicky Willenberg, Lexi
Rohner, Sahag Guregian, Marcene Marcus, Nancy Van Iderstine, Danielle
Wiltchik and Jennifer Chidester.

This is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day! Tickets can be purchased online at
http://ltymorangecounty.brownpapertickets.com/ for twenty dollars.

LTYM book

LTYM ORANGE COUNTY is produced by four Orange County women:

CIARAN BLUMENFELD is a blogger and entrepreneur with over 160,000
followers on Twitter. She has received accolades for her social media
prowess from Twitter, Babble and Working Mother. Ciaran has appeared
multiple times as a guest on NPR and contributes regularly to OCFamily
and the OC Register.

CHERYL ROSENBERG is a former sports journalist whose work appeared
in major newspapers, including in the OC Register where she covered the
Anaheim Angels, and in Sports Illustrated.

KATHERINE KOTKIN started her career in the world of international
distribution for the entertainment industry. She has dedicated the past
decade and a half to motherhood: volunteering, interpreting, writing,
advocating, marketing, accounting, administration.

ANGELA SALDAÑA CAMACHO is a mother, Latina, Business
Development Manager, Blogger. She also writes and collaborates for
Momfluential.com. Angela has been featured in the OC Register.

Announcements and show details can be found on the Orange County
Listen to Your Mother web page, www.listentoyourmothershow.com/
orangecounty . For full information on the national show, visit
www.listentoyourmothershow.com .

When I met Carolyn West of This Talk Ain’t Cheap, the leader of So Cal Lady Bloggers, she listened to me. She listened to my stories, my dreams, my aspirations, and my questions – my many questions. One day, she told me about a show that she had recently seen called, Listen to Your Mother. I wasn’t ready at the time to pursue seeing the show or even thinking of writing for it, but I put a pin in the idea and stuck it on the “parking lot board” of my brain to come back to later.

That was years ago and so much has happened since then. I am now a seasoned blogger, I self-published a book of my own life stories, and I have a new video-podcast. I became a life coach and I am seeking speaking engagements. I am traveling, going to conferences, learning, and networking. I am building a community. I am combining what I know with who I know so I can create a firm foundation. On which, I plan to build a sustainable living. That is me, in a nutshell, as they say.

Flash forward to present time. I volunteered to work in a booth for a fellow blogger at the New Media Expo – NMX 2015 in Las Vegas last week. Ciaran Blumenfeld posted a request for help. I was friends with her on Facebook and in a few of the groups she is in, however I had not interacted with her before. She has a business called Hashtracking, which provides data tracking for hashtags from Instagram and Twitter. It is an invaluable service for bloggers and I was intrigued. I wanted to meet Ciaran and learn more about the analytics and use of hashtags.

I met Ciaran at the Hashtracking booth and started talking, getting to know each other a bit. She told me about the upcoming live performance in Orange County. Listen to Your Mother. (I knew of it, of course. I had a pin in it!) I love how the Universe works.

I will be at the show this Sunday. I am meeting my dear friend Carolyn West there. I can’t wait to hear the stories. I am in a good place now to open up and listen. Now, if I can just get my mother’s voice to quiet down a bit, and if I can stop talking for a bit, I can hear the wisdom and wit of other women and perhaps, their mothers!

If you would like to attend this Sunday’s show, I can give away two tickets. If you want them, just leave a comment and let me know. 

What does your mother say when you hear her voice?

Do you listen to your mother?

 

*I probably don’t need to put a disclosure on this post, but to be consistent and proactive – here goes nothin’ – I am posting this information all on my own, because I want to share the news of this upcoming event, it is not an ad, I was not paid. I did receive four passes to the performance so that I can give some away and see the show. That’s what bloggers do. These are my thoughts, opinions and words are my own with the exception of the press release in quotes. Images and quotes are used with permission and cited. Click HERE to see full disclosure for details on why I write posts like this.

New Media Expo 2015 Live from Las Vegas #NMX

Posted on April 16th, 2015 by & filed under Blog Venture, Events, Everything Miz Meliz

I am sitting in the center of it all at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I was here for NMX 2015. It is a small portion of a huge conference for broadcasters called, The NAB Show. This is the big time. It is the first time the New Media Expo conference, which began as Blog World, has been included and combined with NAB.

Miz Meliz at the live recording of GeekBeat.TV's The NAB Show Live

Miz Meliz at the live recording of GeekBeat.TV’s The NAB Show Live

I’ve learned so much here at this four day conference and super expo. I will be posting a recap very soon. This past week has included many new experiences in travel, exercise, networking, socializing, technology, inspiration, and motivation.  There will be new innovation and direction for Mizmeliz.com as well as for Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town.  All good!

For now, I want to shout out to some amazing people I have met  and to all the new rock stars I have connected with this week. Hello and welcome!

More later…I need to run to the next session!

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Adelante #5by20 @CocaCola

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional

Celebrating You Girlfriend!

A few years ago I was asked to submit a piece in a book that was written for International Women’s Day. I had never heard of that until then. Now, I think about that honor every year and how important it was to me to be involved. Check out the ebook Cultivating Your Voice by Joy Holland you can also link to it here on MizMeliz.com in my post, International Women’s Day. You can read an excerpt of my contribution, called “Commitment,” below.

This year, I was invited to an exciting online event happening this Thursday, March 5, and I am thrilled to be able to share this invitation with you.

You are Invited

WHAT:

The Coca-Cola Company is celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8) by honoring women from The Adelante Movement, presented by Coca-Cola. This grassroots movement is designed to unite and empower Latina entrepreneurs across the country.

It is part of the Coca-Cola Company’s global #5by20 initiative to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020 across the globe.

Join us and Adelante founder Nely Galán for a live-streamed discussion on the importance of advancing economic opportunities for Latinas. The discussion will be on the heels of Galán’s keynote address to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Women’s Day Forum at the United Nations.

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WHO:

Nely Galán, Founder of The Adelante Movement and Latina business leader Alba Adamo, Group Director of Hispanic Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company

 You can see Nely on Coke’s #MakeitHappy Commercial here:

WHEN:

This Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2 pm ET time

 

WHERE:

RSVP to coke@newlink-group.com for a link to the live stream.

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The Adelante Movement is a pioneer 5by20 partner in the U.S., providing training and tools for aspiring Latina entrepreneurs.

I am celebrating the Latina in me on International Women’s Day by introducing you to the The Adelante Movement #5by20

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Use #5by20 to share how you are celebrating International Women’s Day.

…I have turned a corner in my life. I am doing something that I am truly passionate about. I know it is the right thing for me, right now…This is huge for me! As I embark on this new adventure, I feel excitement and joy. I am overjoyed by the possibilities and endless adventures that this road may lead. I feel a sense of accomplishment and a new belief in myself and my abilities. I am exhilarated, energized and ready to take on the world. I am open to new experiences and I am making the most of the journey as it unfolds. ~Melissa Reyes, Cultivating Your Voice, March 3, 2012

Thank you to Abby Todd, Kerry Kerr Tresser, Joy Holland, Ana Lydia Ochoa–Monaco, Carolyn West, Danielle LaPorte, Evita Ochel, Tara Sophia Mohr, Jill Dahl, Kim Somers Egelsee, Nely Galan, and Alba Adamo and empowered women everywhere who make a difference and offer a hand to help others reach their dreams. 

A special thanks to The Coca-Cola Company for inviting me to be a part of this movement and allowing me to share it with you. This is in no way an advertisement for any brand – it is an invitation to learn something and celebrate women around the world. I have not been paid by nor do I represent Coca-Cola. All opinions are my own. Read my Disclosure for more information about my posts.

Ford EcoBoost Challenge 2015 @EcoBoost15

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz

Ford is coming to a track near you.

You can register to drive the all new Ford Edge and it’s competitors on March 14th at Santa Anita, HERE

or see the other cities Ford will be visiting with the EcoBoost Challenge.

“It’s FREE, it’s FUN, it’s all from FORD.”

 

ford ecoboost

Oscar 2015 Memories for M.E.N.D. @MendPoverty @JLoKpcb @InfuseVodkas

Posted on March 1st, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz

The Memories Last Forever

The big night was last Sunday, just a week ago. The much anticipated Oscars are over now. The red carpets have been rolled up. Now we start thinking about next year!

As promised, here are my photos from the Oscar Party that I attended. My husband and I were guests of Kaiser Permanente at the M.E.N.D. gala fundraiser. It was truly a night to remember!

From our grand entrance on the red carpet to our last hurrah clinking our martini glasses as we left the Globe Theater at Universal Studios on Oscar Night, we felt like Hollywood stars!

The cocktails served by Infuse Vodkas as we perused the silent auction on the red carpet, the Wolfgang Puck hors d’oeuvres and dinner, the opening dance number by the Ariyan Johnson’s D.I.M.A.B.A. Company, the inspiration from M.E.N.D. CEO, Marianne Haver Hill, the emcee from ABC News, Danny Romero, the greenscreen photo booth, the etched martini glass take home gift – – – it all seems like a dream now. Oh yes, let’s not forget the live telecast of the 87th Academy Awards on giant screens all around the ballroom, with no commercials! What a blast!

Thank you to our hosts, Jennifer and Jonathan Lopez! Please share these pictures with your friends.

The memories last forever but our actions and donations do not. We must keep working hard towards making a difference for those in need. The hungry, ill, and homeless families in the San Fernando Valley need your help.

If you want to find out more about any of the organizations involved, look at their websites:

M.E.N.D. Meet Each Need with Dignity

Kaiser Permanente Health Care

HOPE of the Valley Rescue Mission

 

 

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