I Love My LIfe

I Hope My One Word Intention for 2018 Inspires You #ACTION2018

Posted on January 12th, 2018 by & filed under ACTION 2018, Be Inspired, BubblrMedia, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Intentional

I am going on a new adventure! Wanna come?

My intention is to thrive in every area of my life, just like last year, and all along my life’s journey.  I have always hoped to inspire you to thrive as well. This year is a little different. This year I am taking action. This year we move! Are you ready? I am! Let’s go!


It’s not a challenge, or a motivational plan. My intention for 2018 is to turn it on. To activate all the plans. To make things happen. I have been looking forward to this year for a long time. My focus has been on development and growth for the past decade and now I am ready to rock what I know and do the things I have been dreaming about.

 

My goal is to help people to realize their full potential and make their dreams come true by taking action.  #ACTION2018

I’ll use all the inspiration and motivation that got me this far to activate real change and acquire my core desires. If you are ready to do this too, awesome! If you aren’t quite there yet, I totally understand and I can guide you and support you at any point on your journey. We are all on our own path.

We will use the themes from the Daily Affirmations inspired by A Year in Bloom to keep us centered, energized, and filled with positivity and hope. These words, the card deck, the book, journal, and concept, all came from the intentions and challenges from 2017 and I am blessed and amazed at how much they are a part of everything I do. Thanks to the encouragement and support (and countless hours of help) from my best friend, Cindy Harrison, we will always have them to help us.

Cindy and I will be posting and sharing a theme for each week that we will use on our shows and incorporate in our classes, and on our websites, to unify and guide our groups and each other throughout the year. This past year we found this practice to be a wonderful way to grow our businesses as well as deepen personal relationships. We improved our self-care and brightened our outlook on life. We both feel strongly that we have all the tools we need to succeed and reach our dreams. The best part is, we want to help you do this, too!

I will keep striving to be my very best, healthiest, and happiest every day. But, more than that – – I will take action and make my dreams come true. I will take action and deliver my promises. I will take action and fulfill my destiny. I will execute the plans. I will take the initiative. I will make the first move. I am calling the shots. This is it. It’s time to activate and set the plan in motion. Let’s go! 2018 is my year of action!

I am wearing my Word for the Year on my #MyIntent MyIntent.org Bracelet as a Daily Reminder #Action2018

#ACTION2018

Be a part of it.

 

My goal is to help people to realize their full potential and make their dreams come true by taking action.  #ACTION2018

What I AM DOING

My intent is for MizMeliz.com to be a source of inspiration in 2018 and it will be my pleasure to deliver it to you through:

  • Product Reviews
  • Book Reviews
  • Author Interviews
  • Art and Entertainment
  • Event Coverage
  • Travel and Destination Highlights
  • Live shows and web series: See links to all the shows below!


“MizMeliz.com” ties together all of my passions and talents like a big bouquet of vibrant blooming flowers.

In 2017, my goal was to incorporate my love of creativity, inspiration, and connecting with people to make a positive impact. It was my intent to develop, grow, and shine, together! It was my hope for us to be at our best, healthiest, and happiest all year long! I believe we surpassed this goal. With all my heart, I believe my Year in Bloom produced a beautiful bouquet of flowers that represent every special moment that I will treasure always.

 

This year, let’s go on an adventure that takes us to the ends of the earth! There is nothing stopping us! Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” If you are dreaming of making a change, big or small, you can do it. I believe in you. I believe in myself and I believe in my dreams.



Melissa Reyes, Delivering Inspiration

A Year of Action #ACTION2018

 

Melissa Reyes, Host, Coach, Writer, Producer
Cindy Harrison, Co-Host, Art Teacher, Producer
Lito Reyes, Music, Aerial Images, Host, Technical Writer, Producer
Roman Reyes, Music, Co-Host
Maria Humphreys, Meditation Facilitator, Host
Michael C. Voice, Announcer
Anna Rounseville, Associate Producer

Shows on BubblrMedia:

Inspiring Adventures

 

Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz

 

#BubblrChat

 

FoodnDrones

 

Cre8this! With Cindy Harrison

 

Om Meditation with Maria Humphreys

 

My Current Faves:

  • Venus Leone
  • Mouthwatchers
  • Pur Attitude
  • Rodin & Fields
  • My Intent Bracelets

Life is an Adventure So Pop Into It @GaslampPopcorn #adventure

Posted on August 28th, 2017 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Product Reviews

Life is an Adventure…

This summer I went on a quick “long weekend” road trip with my seventeen year old son and his girlfriend. I needed some fresh air and a little breathing room. We went to Chama, New Mexico which is about a 14 hour drive from Los Angeles, California. (This is not a sponsored post, I received some Gaslamp Gourmet Popcorn to sample, all opinions are entirely my own. See my disclosure for more on why I post articles like this on my blog.)

On this journey of life, there are many paths. Some are paved and prepped for us. Many have traveled them and we know exactly where the road will lead. Some are new, and less traveled. Some paths are just being discovered. What path am I on?

As I look at the photos I took while on my short adventure, I am reminded that no matter what path I choose, there is always a comforting light to guide my way. The light may be seen in the smiling face of a loved one, the setting sun, or a gas lamp on a dusty road. There is always a light, all I have to do is look for it.

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…Pop Into It!

This story was inspired by Gaslamp Popcorn Company. RMD Advertising provided me with two bags of Gaslamp brand popcorn for review which came just as I was leaving on the road trip. We took the bags along and gobbled up the amazing popcorn on the ride.

I highly recommend the Gaslamp Popcorn Company Kettle Corn – it is my favorite. For a bagged popcorn, it was very fresh and for a kettle corn that is sweetened, it was light and fluffy and not sticky at all. They have many gourmet flavors to choose from and are available everywhere! Check them out at Gaslamppopcorn.com

Gaslamp Gourmet popcorn is made in California! I’m a Native Californian, so I am proud of that fact, baby!

Simple Gifts Bring Bright Smiles #5by20 @CocaColaCo

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe

Simple Gifts are the Best!

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day this year. It was very simple, the way I like it. One of the things that I enjoyed getting as a gift was a simple single rose. I received it in the mail on Friday before Mother’s Day with a lovely note from a friend. This gift combined many of my favorite things and will stand out in my mind for a long time. Here’s why:

The Gift Was Handmade

The one-of-a-kind, handmade rose was created by an artisan using her own unique talent and gifts of creativity and resourcefulness to turn packaging (usually thrown away) into a beautiful keepsake.

Don’t you agree? The best gifts are the ones from the heart. The ones that were made just for you.

The Gift was My Favorite Color – Red

Roses are red. Coca-Cola packaging is red. Coincidence or not, my favorite color is red. What can I say, it’s the little things that make me happiest! This was a combination of the perfect things that made my day special!

The Gift was My Favorite Flower – a Rose

Since it is my “Year in Bloom” I am pretty into flowers of all kinds right now. I have received other gifts and photographs of beautiful flowers. But, the rose is by far my favorite.

The Gift was My Favorite Brand – The Coca-Cola Company

I have a special place in my heart for Coke. I have been a fan ever since the “Have a Coke and a Smile” campaign was popular when I was in the 5th grade and my best friend moved to Boulder City, Nevada. I gave her a bottle of Coke with a smiley face button tied to it with a ribbon. That was the ultimate gift a kid could give back then. That meant “We are friends for life! I won’t forget you!”

I have loved many things about the brand, it’s advertising, and the wonderful things the company represents, ever since. My absolute favorite is the way they care. The 5by20 program is one example of that caring spirit.

The Gift Represented Women Around the World

The card read…”Hello, by opening this gift, you’re opening a world of possibility for women across the world.”

I am in the midst of advocating for women in my “A Year in Bloom” program – by discovering ways to be healthier, happier, and better together. I have found that women all around the world are doing the same thing. Sharing positive stories of hope, perseverance, and love, is one way to ignite the passion needed to motivate everyone to achieve their dreams. What better way than this to celebrate the ultimate sacrifice a woman can make, motherhood.

The Gift Helps Women Around the World

From fruit farmers to distributors, retailers to recyclers, these incredible women who contribute to the making of this gift are part of the Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 program, which aims to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020. Since 5by20’s launch in 2010, the program has reached more than 1.2 million women across 60 countries.

Learn more and begin shopping at 5by20.com

My kids took me out to a fancy dinner for Mother’s Day which was a treat – but I brought along my rose, which was my special gift!

The Gift was Meaningful to Me

The rose I received was a “Mitz” product. (Pretty close to “Miz Meliz” huh!) Mitz products are handmade by artisan women using up-cycled packaging materials. Mitz believes in being a non-profit organization that transforms the lives of women and children by creating jobs for the artisans and devoting all their income to children’s scholarships. Each Mitz item is unique and hand-made by women who invest between 8 and 30 weekly hours to knit it.

The Mitz Motto: Creat Jobs. Fund Scholarships. Reduce Waste.

By acquiring a Mitz product you are empowering an artisan woman. – Mitz/Weaving a future by Lina Holoschutz

“A good cause creates a great gift.”

I was not paid for this, and I was not asked to share this information. All opinions are completely my own. Please see my Disclosure for more details on why I share posts on my blog about brands that I love.

Tonight Rob Lowe on @LastNightShow with Miz Meliz WEEK NIGHTS @BubblrMedia #HowtobeaLatinLover #SeeYOUattheBubblr #InstaMizMeliz

Posted on April 27th, 2017 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Interview, Last Night's Show

How to be a Latin Lover

opens this weekend!

See a cute MizMeliz Promo Video Here

Disclosure – I was invited to see a screening and attend the press event for How to be a Latin Lover by 42West. I was not paid and I was not required to review or promote the film. All opinions are my own. Please see my Disclosure for more details on why I post articles like this.

In this riches to rags comedy, an aging gigolo (Eugenio Derbez) is kicked to the curb by his 80-year-old millionaire wife, forcing him to move in with his estranged sister (Salma Hayek) and her young son. Anxious to return to the lap of luxury, he attempts to reignite his powers as a Latin Lover and win over the wealthy widowed grandmother (Raquel Welch) of his nephew’s school crush.

HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER also stars Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Rob Corddry, Rob Riggle, Michael Cera, and Raphael Alejandro.  Pantelion Films will release HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER on Friday, April 28th.

Yes, Rob Lowe really is that DREAMY in person!

So, I have been doing this thing on Facebook lately and I am having a blast.

Every week night at 8 pm (Pacific – I’m a West Coast Girl!) I get online and “Go Live” on Facebook and do a show. It’s a real “late night” kind of comedy/talk show. For reals.

I just joined a Network called Bubblr Media. It’s a TV channel on Facebook. It’s the first of it’s kind. There are a few of us live-streamers who are already doing regular shows there, but in time there will be non-stop programming. You can watch BubblrMedia on Facebook 24/7 and see all kinds of amazing shows produced by people from all over the world. Some like me, who are passionate about meeting people and talking about positive things. Some about education, health, art, travel, humor, music…so many topics!

I hope to see you there, it’s called “Bubblr” because a “bubbler” is like a water cooler – a place to hang out and talk, shoot the breeze, get information, take a break from routine, and see your friends. My shows are like that. Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz is a fun time – 30 minutes to hang out with me, my best friend, my husband and kids – – and show off our talents and laugh! There will be a lot of laughing!

Tonight on the show I will be sharing about my experience at a press junket for the film, How to be a Latin Lover. I have some video of me with Rob Lowe and with Raphael Alejandro – two of the actors in the film – that I will play during the show. (It was such a thrill to get to do this!! I still can’t believe it!)

I’ll give my review of the movie on air and tell you more about it. How to be a Latin Lover opens in wide release tomorrow night, April 28th in theaters across America.

Raphael Alejandro is a sweetheart soon to be heart-breaker!

 

Don’t wait! Get One of a Kind Handmade Jewelry NOW #CYBERMONDAY @MizMelizLA #ShopSmall

Posted on November 27th, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, ART, Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Jewelry Shop, Product Reviews

It doesn’t have to be Cyber Monday or Black Friday or Small Business Saturday to BUY SMART!

I am happy to present my sell out prices to you today and every day.

2016-08-29 12.29.59Get quality gorgeous hand crafted one of a kind jewelry sets from Miz Meliz.

Most of my designs are available on my Etsy Shop. You can have your list checked off and be ready to celebrate the holidays in minutes.

Buy directly from Etsy – – or message me with your list and special requests, and I will give you Super Star Service!

Click HERE to SHOP NOW

Maybe Jewelry isn’t on your list, that’s okay!

If you have someone on your list who is not the easiest to please – or jewelry isn’t your thing – check out more of my designs on Red Bubble – there you can get T-shirts, Mugs. Pillows, Phone Cases, Framed Art…and much more!

Check out: MIZ MELIZ on REDBUBBLE HERE

Still Stuck on Ideas?

Check out my store right here on MizMeliz.com/Shop

I have beautiful calendars, books, and events that will rock your world in 2017!

And for the CRAFTER in your life, or the Decorative ARTIST – – check out MY MANDALA STENCILS! Here – – CindyHarrisonArt.com/

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The Holiday Hullabaloo Begins October 21st Join Now

Posted on October 18th, 2016 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Intentional, Life Coaching, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching

life-happensThe Holiday Hullabaloo is a group coaching experience which guides you through the hustle and bustle of the holidays with grace, patience, support, and love. 

Join by sending a private message to me on social media or email me at MizMeliz @yahoo .com You will receive an invoice via Paypal for $25. Upon payment you will have full access to the private Facebook Group, weekly one on one sessions with me via phone or Skype, and daily inspirations in your email inbox – for six weeks.

focus wordsHere is what some of the group members said about the Holiday Hullabloo Group last year:

“I love the way you speak. You’re so calm and clear in everything that you say. You listened to every word I had to say and you were very helpful with my situation. I like how you tied in stories of your own to give me examples and tips that would motivate and inspire me.”

“I really appreciated how easy it was for us to schedule a time to talk – you are so great about being flexible with your time. And being able to have sessions over the phone was such a blessing for a busy mother of two! You are a very good listener but also skilled at not letting me ramble on – you knew just when to be quiet and when to speak up to keep me focused, move us forward, or hone in on a point. You have a very good memory and were able to connect dots from our different conversations. I also truly felt you were sincere – when you told me my work was meaningful and valuable, I believed you and it made me stop devaluing what I did and see my work in a new light. Your sincerity and caring is real and is much appreciated!”

“You are very in tune with such a vast variety of people, from all walks of life. You truly care about your friends, and I always feel good after visiting your group:) Definitely a great listener, and you know how to give advice without ever making someone feel bad; you can address the flaws or issues, but keep it positive.”

“I felt the advice you gave and the tips and tricks to handle the stress of the season to be great insight and helpful. I like how you would listen to others approach or ideas and gave your insight on them. I liked that you were open to anyone and wanting to help.”

“I love your voice, it’s very calming…”

“My experience was pretty good! The coaching met my expectations – I want to continue and I will refer you to others because I see some improvement in how I feel.”

IMG_162071844956958Join now and get $5 off, and as a special bonus – refer a friend and get 50% off – that will be $15 each, or $30 for you and your friend can join for free. Join any time within the six week period, however if you join after October 21st – the total is $30 per person.

The Holiday Hullabaloo is a six week coaching experience to help you get through the holidays. I guide you through the stresses, sadness, doubts, and fears that are associated with this time of year. I offer hope, support, understanding, openness, guidance, and acceptance. As a coach and a friend, I can show you how to move through this time of your life with joy and ease.

I teach simple and effective ways to feel happier and more in control of your emotions and how to be accountable for your intentions. I live my life day by day using mindfulness techniques and cognitive behavior therapy practices such as breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, and prayer. More than that, I show you how to experience and practice these things in a simple, effortless way, that anyone can do – and I show you how it can change your life for the better.

See the goodness around you and if thereMembership includes:

  • Access to a members only “Secret” Facebook Group.
  • Daily motivational posts and insights straight to your email box and on Facebook.
  • Weekly live video messages from me with themes for the week.
  • Optional private one on one, weekly 15 minute coaching calls with me via phone or Skype.
  • 50% off membership to future group sessions with me.

What’s Hot and What’s Not? by Melissa Reyes

Posted on June 16th, 2016 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Intentional, Life Coaching, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching

What I think is hot may totally not be to you. Wait. What?

I want to know what you think is hot and what you think is not so hot.

This could mean summer plans, high temperatures, or your opinions about what is going on around you – or within your heart. Tell me in the comments below. I will follow up with you.

This is my state of being right now. I feel pretty good. There are things going on in my life and in my family that concerns me. That’s a nice way of saying I am worried and scared about the health and well being of the people I love. I am otherwise pretty happy. Sometimes it is hard to be happy when you are worried.

Here is a little of what is going on this summer on my website and shows:

This Week on MizMeliz.com (1)

 

Click HERE to read my Summer Newsletter

Things I am excited about – – an Update

Besides it being my favorite season – the summer sun is hot and the sky is clear – I am happy about some of the projects I have been working on. I know I am doing a lot and I am always busy. I am currently worried that you might be confused. Especially if you are just discovering me. Who is Miz Meliz? What does she do? If you are thinking that and you have found yourself reading this post, that’s good! I would like to clear that up for you.

I am a mom and a wife, a sister and a cousin. First and foremost. My family is the most important thing to me.

I aim to be a positive influence for my family and friends. I am a life coach who helps people feel happiness.

I vowed at the start of this year to make my focus to connect, create, and sparkle. I chose these three words to guide me through the year.

I am so glad I made this commitment because I have consistently connected with people all around the world and in my own community. I continue to enjoy talking with and learning about all the people that I meet. I love people! I have been so happy expanding and growing my community that I have opened a fire hose of creativity. Influenced and encouraged by artists and entrepreneurs alike, I am pushing forward and making a difference in my life by producing artwork. I hope to truly shine (the sparkle) and lead the way to a joyfulness that spreads to everyone I meet. Through art, compassion, and love, I hope to inspire others to enjoy life and experience true joy and happiness. (I know it sounds fru-fru or very “woo,” but if you know me then you know that I am only marginally fru-fru! I am pretty down to earth for the most part.)

Freedom

Here is what I am doing:

  • I work full time at a middle school in campus ministry. It’s a great job for me!
  • I am completing a self-reflective art challenge – 100 Mandalas – drawing and coloring 100 mandalas and sharing them online.
  • I am making jewelry and other decorative art projects, stencils, stamps, photos, a coloring book, and affirmation card decks with my mandala art. All of my products are available for purchase.
  • I am producing a weekly video called “Tinsel Town” that airs live and is then posted to You Tube.

I interview people that I believe to be inspiring examples of folks who know their purpose and live their passion. It is fun and I am just about to start my third year! Meet the super stars who inspire me on Tinsel Town.

  • I am co-hosting and participating in another weekly video show with Cindy Harrison called “Paint with Heart” #SparkleandInspire.

Cindy teaches me how to create decorative art projects and we post the videos on You Tube. Anyone can participate, learn, and make their own art projects with us. It’s free and it is an awesome way to experience online classes.

  • I am coaching and counseling people who need guidance and want to live a happy life. People say I am pretty good at it.

Combined with all of the things that I am working on listed above – this act of love is the thing that I am most passionate about. I am seriously in love with helping people.

Talk to me. Tell me what is bugging you. What is bumming you out. We can work it out. What’s hot in your life? What’s not so hot? There are clear skies and sunny days ahead. Believe me!

Check out the tabs in the menu on my blog. There are links to the videos, classes, and my schedule for one on one coaching. I am here for you!

Flow

Your Heart Knows How to #Sparkle by Melissa Reyes

Posted on April 5th, 2016 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Intentional, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching

For 2016, my one word intention is “Sparkle!”

What does it mean to sparkle? How does one strive to sparkle? For me, it is another way to show my happiness. I don’t aspire to just be joyful. I want to Rock Joyfulness Like a Super Star!

I want to be happy, connect with other people, build a community of trust and understanding, create tangible expressions of positivity to share, and make the world a happier place with some love making it shine for all to see. That’s all I want. It is not too much to desire. Those are the things that I love. This is what my heart tells me. I believe that my heart knows what it knows. My heart knows how to sparkle.

What makes you happy? Have you asked your heart? It could be little or big. Simple or complex. You could have a small flame of light shining brightly and steadfast which sustains you. Or, you may have a giant multifaceted diamond reflecting sunshine rainbows for all to see.

Your Heart Knows

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unfinished painting by Maria Sanchez https://www.instagram.com/p/BCBN45Eqn_n/ *used with permission 4-5-2016

I listen to my heart and make it a daily practice to choose to be awesome.

Gretchen Rubin is known for helping people find what makes them happy and she challenges them to pursue happiness as a habit. When I had a chance to ask her what makes her happiest, she told me how much she loves reading. Out of everything she could do or say at that moment to inspire the world – she answered with what she held in her heart. She likes to read. It makes her feel good. That is what she does to feel happy. It’s that simple. Do what your heart tells you. Your heart knows what you need. 

I went back to work today after an eleven day spring break vacation. I worked from home during that time on social media, streaming video, and creating artwork. I enjoyed spending time at home and in my studio. I love that room! It makes me happy. I have made it my happy place. It is colorful, warm, and comfortable. Yet, after over a week away, I was happy to return to work.

I took time to notice the things that make me feel happy. Being greeted by Brother Skip as he sits outside the office saying hello to all the children as they arrive before school is a daily boost for me. He reminds me of how my Dad was, abruptly cheerful with a gruff voice booming positivism.

“Hello Sunshine!” I heard him belt out as I walked towards him. It warmed my heart. I literally felt his hug before he could get his arms around me. That was so nice!

I hung up a wind chime in the tree outside my office door. I love hearing it in the afternoon when the wind kicks up. It mixes in with the heightened sounds of the students playing on the field. I forgot how much I enjoy the students. When they came in my office today, they greeted me gleefully and politely asked me about my vacation. I thrive on their youthful energy and enthusiasm.

My boss asked me to work on some projects for her with a strong level of confidence. Being that the projects require a creative touch and her trust in my abilities, I received the kind of validation everyone hopes for in a job.

Today I am happy.

It is my practice, my joy, my mission.

I take a deep breath. I relax my eyelids and my shoulders. I close my eyes and I listen to my heart. 

 

Tell me, if you please, what makes you happiest?

What is your heart saying?

Tinsel Town Tonight Spotlight on #Focus @Tenminitt 3/29/16 6:00 pm PDT

Posted on March 29th, 2016 by & filed under Connecting People, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Intentional, Life Coaching, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching, Tinsel Town Live 2016

Tinsel Town with Miz Meliz

The theme for this week is “FOCUS” and that means I need to get to work! I have lots of moving parts in my life’s work. I create art, I produce content for this blog, I enjoy connecting with people around the world via multiple social media platforms, I spend valuable time with my family and friends, and I have a full time job that I love. That’s a lot!

How can I focus on any of it or all of it? I am trying to come up with a way to tie it all together. I am making sense of my purpose for all that I do. I am considering what is most important to me and what I need to do to get closer to my heart’s true desires. My core values and goals are always top of mind. Mainly, above all is to be happy and love others. To do this well, I put aside differences, keep a cool head when facing challenges, and I try not to worry about most things. I am doing the best that I can. It actually feels pretty good.

So, how do I focus when I have so much happening in my life? This is the perfect time for me to do some streamlining and spring cleaning. I am on a staycation (at home vacation from work) and I have a list of things to accomplish. If I stick to the list and focus – – I will only get closer to my heart’s desire.

My Heart’s Desire is: To be happy, creating, connecting, and best of all, SPARKLING brightly!

Join me on Tinsel Town Tonight, my live talk show, to discuss why it is important to focus on your self and share your current projects with me. I look forward to hanging out with you and connecting!

 

Follow me on Twitter @MizMeliz and @TenMiniTT

Follow me on Twitter @MizMeliz and @TenMiniTT

Being Courageous by Melissa Reyes

Posted on March 9th, 2016 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Intentional, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching

Jonathan Morrow says “The Cowardly Lion is an unlikely hero who learned to overcome his fears. We are all cowardly lions. Everyday, we have to wake up and remind ourselves how to roar.”

The topic is courage because it comes up again and again for me in my studies of life, business, and self-care.  Actually, it is fear that comes up. Courage is the counterpart to fear. If I don’t want to be afraid, I must be courageous. Right? Maya Angelou said that you need courage in order to practice the other more important virtues. Courage is the starting point for transformation. Courage is needed to move forward with plans and goals and wants and dreams. We don’t do anything without some level of courage. (I wrote about Courage before.)

courage angelou quote

If it weren’t for courage, I might stay in bed all day where it is safe and warm and comfortable. If it weren’t for courage, I would never voice my opinion or make any choices for myself. Courage gives me a voice. Courage gives me an opinion. Courage has a lot to do with who I am. ~M. Reyes 3-9-16

The Cowardly Lion Roarslion courage quote

In Jon Morrow’s article about the Cowardly Lion, he goes through the steps the lion took to get courage in the story of The Wizard of Oz. He related these steps to the tools needed to activate courage when taking on a new business or project. I went over many of these principles in my interview with David Vaughan on Tinsel Town Tonight, when he portrayed the Lion to prove a point about what it takes to be courageous. The point is this – we aren’t naturally courageous. We need to make an effort. We must activate our courage and we must do this often. 

Here are some tools to use when activating your courage:

Desperation – when you have “hit rock bottom” or are at your “wit’s end” that feeling will motivate you to make a change

Motivation – use that motivation to set some goals and get going. Don’t wait – move on it.

Discovery – If you have questions about how and when you will change and complete your mission, use that as a means to discover whatever you need to take the next step.

Challenge – if it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth fighting for, or trying so hard. Challenge yourself and make it important.

Ignore your inner critic – those negative voices are telling you that it can’t be done, or it is too hard. Ignore it! It means that you can do it. The chemicals in your brain make you think these thoughts in order to protect you from harm. You know what you are doing. Believe the positive and encouraging voice inside you.

Compassion – you feel called to help someone in need. You care about the people who depend on you. These are good reasons to step up and make things better for everyone.

Collaboration/Partnerships – You aren’t alone in this. Bounce off your ideas with your bestie. Work with some knowledgeable people and come up with a plan together. Support each other through this. Two heads are better than one and all that.

Celebrate – It is good to honor the milestones and remember the past. You have made it this far. Pat yourself on the back and soak in the recognition you deserve. That makes you want more of it even more, Keep up the good work.

Keep going – when things fail, try and try again. When things get stagnant, keep going. You might be a few steps away from achieving your goal. You won’t know if you don’t keep going forward.

Take notes – journal, keep a photo album, document your work and your achievements. Refer back to them and review what you did that worked. Enjoy the memories and share them. You did it! You believed you could do it and you did it! Write the book. Frame the certificate. Send the announcements. You totally deserve it. It wasn’t easy. You are awesome!

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Courage Mandala by Melissa Reyes for the 100 Mandala Project

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I have learned that the following things are important in order to be successful.

This is a good reminder for me and I hope it helps you as well.

  • Be willing to do what it takes to get what you want and make things happen.
  • Be unpopular and remember not everyone will understand or care about what it is you are trying to do.
  • Try again and again because each failure is an experience to build on.
  • Pay the price and don’t go cheap. Important things are costly. Either financially or emotionally.
  • Never give up. Never, never give in or give up. Keep the faith.
  • Being mindful and having a purpose or intention is vital in being a success at whatever you do. (aka mindset)
  • Educate yourself and continue to learn all the days of your life.
  • Be prepared for anything. No matter what happens, you are ready for greatness!

courageMy Story

When I was young, I was shy. I mean when I was really young. I was the youngest in the family. The only child in a world of adults and teenagers. I would hide behind my mother. I never let go of her. I was afraid of being alone, going to the doctor or dentist, being left at preschool, clowns. I was afraid of anything that might separate me from my mother, from my safety zone. Eventually I overcame the separation anxiety and enjoyed school and making friends. But until high school, I was still pretty shy. Even at work when I was in my 20’s I didn’t voice my opinion. In college, I stayed to myself in class and never asked questions. I was an observer. I thought it was being respectful. I wasn’t really sure what my own opinions were. I was a people pleaser and I followed the direction of others that I trusted for the most part. Of course, I don’t know if I knew that I was doing that at the time. But, when I finally discovered my own voice and my own opinions welled up to the surface I knew! It was still awhile before I found courage.

I was searching for something. I wanted validation. I wanted success. I wanted to be heard. I needed to feel important.

The seed of “me” had developed inside all that time and I was ready to bloom.

It took courage. Courage and determination. They say when you are ready you know. When you are ready to get married, have children, move to another place, change careers, all those major decisions. You are supposed to know. I don’t necessarily agree. I believe when you feel uneasy with who you are or what you are doing, it is time to make a change. What do you think?

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In what ways have you changed and what did it take to get the courage you needed to do so?

For me, I am creative and I like to make things. Every project is a way to start anew. Writing is a way to start something and see it through. Travel and planning events and vacations is another way I use my abilities. Each project takes courage to start and to be successful. I started taking on bigger projects. Becoming a life coach. Writing a book. Doing a live talk show. Publishing and sharing my work. Planning a move. Speaking at conferences and workshops. Everyday I remind myself that I am capable, I am loved, and I can be heard. Do I roar? Not exactly. But I know I can!

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