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Talking Travel with a Purpose in Tanzania with Ruth Curran @CaptCruncher

Posted on December 6th, 2016 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching, Tinsel Town Live 2016

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Ruth Curran, MS

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:00 PM Pacific Time

If you ask Ruth what she likes to do when she is not working, traveling, or stretching her brain muscles, she will say, “I like to hike, eat, and laugh.”

I would say she likes to express her desire to make the world a better place and that she is deep and inspiring beyond belief. Whenever I am blessed with the opportunity to connect with and listen to her, Ruth carries me with her to a distant peaceful place with her words, caring eyes, and beautiful smile.

I’ve never met anyone so humble and insightful. Well, perhaps I have, but I have never met anyone quite like Ruth and I don’t know how else to describe her. Come with me on a journey, and let’s see what she will tell us on Tinsel Town Live…

zebras-looking-e1470943798692If you ask me about my trip to Africa don’t be surprised if I tell you about the elephants, the hippos, the giraffes, the crocodiles, the zebras, the great kudus, the lioness I saw in the distance and so many cool birds and the spectacular trees.”

I went on a trip to Tanzania with Global Volunteers to help explore a program that has the potential to curb stunting and change the world.

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“Happiness and fulfillment are not that straight forward. I am not sure we can make blanket statements – circumstances alone don’t necessary translate to feeling happy and fulfilled.” ~Ruth Curran on her inspirations from Tanzania

We will talk about her mission in life, her feelings about what she calls, “purposeful travel,” her experiences in volunteering, and of course, her passion for brain development.

 

Check out Ruth’s website and social media connections here:     craniumcrunches.com

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.)

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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!

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The #MandalaGuidebook a Review and Interview of Author Kathryn Costa @100Mandalas by Melissa Reyes

Posted on May 21st, 2016 by & filed under ART, Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching

May 21, 2016

I want to write a syrupy sweet message of love and admiration for Kathryn Costa, as I know you would enjoy reading that as much as I would enjoy writing it, however as a book reviewer and blogger I am going to go straight to the review of her amazing new book, The Mandala Guidebook.

The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art, by Kathryn Costa

13246091_10206221941562579_1465888781_nThis book could have made a beautiful coffee table book, or an instructional text book, however the author intuitively designed it to be a companion book. It seems to have been intended to carry in your book bag with your sketch book, adult coloring books, and magazines. At least that was the impression I got when I first opened the envelope and got my hands on the much anticipated guidebook by the influential and inspiring artist, teacher, mentor and, now author, Kathryn Costa. In my book bag it has traveled since that day.

Not your typical “how to draw” book, this colorful display of fine original paintings, designs, and drawings is breathtakingly beautiful and pleasantly enjoyable to peruse, gaze upon, and admire; while doing so one may gain inspiration and motivation to develop their own artistic skills and talents.

Aesthetically pleasant to hold and read, with it’s high quality pages and mesmerizing high definition photographs, The Mandala Guidebook is full of detailed instructions and in-depth information on what an artist would need to know to navigate their own mandala discovery. Deeply personal and thoughtful, Kathryn passionately shares her insights and expertise in The Mandala Guidebook, gently coaching and offering suggestions on ways that you can express yourself while enjoying the process of facilitating any level of participation in this ancient art form.

Clever, fun, delightful, and intensive, The Mandala Guidebook is the best introduction and go to manual for artists and art lovers at any point in their personal experience. Tapping into her background in Graphic Design, and over 15 years working with mandalas, Kathryn Costa brilliantly incorporates graphic design elements and principles gifting the reader with a visual literacy. As she brings them into the conversation, talking about what they see and what they can do, Kathryn demonstrates many methods offering a wide range of styles, techniques and mediums for creating beautiful mandalas.

Join Kathryn Costa for the Mandala Guidebook Launch Party

Mandala Guidebook Launch Party: http://bit.ly/mandaladetails

Mandala Guidebook Party Wall on Facebook: http://bit.ly/mandalaparty

I had the privilege to interview Kathryn Costa about the launch of The Mandala Guidebook on an online show that I co-host with my friend, Cindy Harrison. Sparkle and Inspire is a weekly live stream demonstration and step by step DIY class where you can watch and participate as I learn and create a decorative art project. Being a mandala artist myself, I love how we incorporate mandalas into every project. Kathryn’s influence shines through in every area of my life that has been touched by mandalas.

In the interview, Kathryn shares how she first came to know about mandalas and how she used them when she taught high school students. She explains how mandalas can create a bonding opportunity and that the idea of creating a circular design can bring people together and create community.

Kathryn describes how she was influenced by Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist who discovered the significance of mandalas through his own inner work, when she decided to challenge herself and create 100 mandalas in 100 days. She explains how that experience was the starting point that has brought her to where she is now.

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Kathryn Costa signed a copy of her book for me when my friend Cindy met her in New Hampshire

View the inspiring discussion and discover how I first “met” Kathryn and learned about the 100 Mandala Challenge as well as how Cindy had the opportunity to meet Kathryn in their home state of New Hampshire in the interview below:

You have a chance to win a copy of The Mandala Guidebook by simply tweeting the hashtag!  Tweet your heart out now and the person who tweets the most using this hashtag will win. The winner will be announced live on Facebook at Kathryn Costa’s Book Launch Party at 6:00 PM on Sunday, May 22nd!

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Click on this picture to join the fun on Facebook/100Mandalas

Here are some sample Tweets, you can write your own or copy and paste one of these:

I want to win @100Mandalas new book #MandalaGuidebook

Tweet for a chance to win #MandalaGuidebook by Kathryn Costa @100Mandalas

I just love mandalas! #MandalaGuidebook @100Mandalas

Check out the amazing mandalas by Kathryn Costa #MandalaGuidebook

Join me in the 100 Mandala Challenge #MandalaGuidebook @100Mandalas

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?

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