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Guided Meditation with Miz Meliz #Relaxation @TenMiniTT

Posted on November 25th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional, Life Coaching, See the Video on YouTube

TODAY we will use guided meditation to relax. If you have time, please join me online for my free live guided meditation session on at 9:00 am PST.

Why We Love Our Pets #sponsored @beyondpetfood

Posted on October 25th, 2015 by & filed under Affiliate Links, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional, sponsored

The Truth About Pets is Our Love for them Goes Beyond Friendship with a Unique Bond.

This is a Sponsored post by Lunchbox. This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure to learn why I write blog posts like this. 

My Cats Mean the World to Me

I have had a cat as a pet since I moved into my first apartment when I was 20 years old. (If you do the math – that’s 27 years!) My mom would never let me have a cat because she was afraid of them. I always wanted one. My first kitten was adopted at a local pet adoption day at a pet store. His name was Quartz and he was the sweetest Russian Blue cat ever!

I enjoyed taking care of my cat, Quartz, and he gave me more love than I could ever give him. He used to lick my arm when he would snuggle up to me. I didn’t think that was unusual, dogs do that all the time. But I was told by a friend that cats only do that if they really like you. That was one way he showed me love. Little scratchy kitty kisses. Over the years, I have had many more cats. They show me they love me in countless ways and I can’t imagine a life without having a wonderful furry pet to love.cat

Why We Love Our Pets

I asked my friends what they love most about their pets and I got so many wonderful responses, I want to share them with you:

The best thing about having pets is…They teach me how to be happy about being. ~Lee

The best reason to have a dog is...A dog is ALWAYS happy to see you whether you are gone for one minute or one month. They love unconditionally. They don’t care what you look like EVER. ~Ronda

Keegan learning how to crawl - who does he go to? Patient, loving, little "Honey"

Keegan learning how to crawl – who does he go to? Patient, loving, little “Honey”

The best thing about having a pet is…My dog, Maddie, is my best friend. ~Shaun

I just love being greeted at the door with such enthusiasm! ~Sue

I love having a pet because…When I am feeling down or sick, my dog, Banjo, tries to make me feel better. He does everything he can to make me feel loved. He licks me to death, wants me to hold him, and lays beside me to make me feel better. ~Charles

I love having dogs because they are loyal to a fault, they love to play and snuggle, they re trustworthy and they will love you until the end of their days if you treat them well…and sadly even if you don’t.

Cats are the epitome of indifference and
then my cat, Puzzle, comes along and she is funny, and playful, snuggly and fun. I think pets are important. They are like our children. They depend on us to take care of them and in return they give us all the love we can handle. ~Valyrie

Erwins petsHaving a cat AND dog is great because... When our cat yacks for whatever reason our dog eats it right up…because it tastes like cat food. Sounds gross, but not having to wipe up cat yack for 10 years, you start to appreciate it. Haha! Cats you can leave at home, while on a short 2-3 day staycation. A dog you can’t leave in the house for > than 8 hours. Dogs are forever happy and loyal, Cats are loyal until they don’t need anything from you anymore. Cats clean themselves, Dogs need baths, Dogs make you active, Cats cuddle. ~Erwin

My dog gives me…Therapy. Companionship. ~Nani

My dogs give me…Unconditional love…and the meaning of the same when things are tough with two legged people in our lives! ~Kerry

I love having pets because…They are never in a bad mood, always happy to see you, they are great protectors and love to cuddle. ~Sharon

My pets give me…Unconditional love, comfort, curling up next to me, they don’t talk back or reveal things told in confidence. ~Cheryl P.

I love having pets becauseWhen you come home and see the dog’s tail wag that is actually a full body wag! The cat’s warm body curled up on your chest, purring. ~Laura

I love having pets because…They are like our children. For some people a cat or dog becomes their child. We love our animals and bond with them. ~Tina

The best reason to have a dog is…unconditional love and companionship. Security! No one comes near our home without the bark alarm going off. Clean kitchen floor. Anything falls, it gets eaten. Comic relief. ~Marissa

My dogs give me…Unconditional love and devotion! ~Cheryl L.

Melissa Reyes created on Canva 10-22-15 for MizMeliz.com

How I Show Love for My Pets

Taking care of your pets is as important as taking care of yourself. In fact, taking care of your pets IS taking care of yourself. It is good for you. So make it a double spa day. Drop Fido off at the groomer’s and go for a massage. You will both feel wonderful!

I honestly feel the best thing I can do for my pets is feed them well. I try to give them healthy food that is good for their digestion. Since my cats are indoor pets, I make sure they are getting all the nutrients that they require. I also give them lots of water. It took a long time to find a food brand that all three of my cats enjoyed, and then narrowing it down to flavors they all like was even harder. Here is one that they love…Purina Beyond.

Purina Beyond Dog and Cat Food contains natural ingredients that are good for your pets.

It’s not simply a matter of natural ingredients. It’s the expert formulation of those ingredients and the knowledge they’ve been sourced from trusted suppliers that ensure you’re feeding your pet a meal that is both naturally and nutritionally complete. From sourcing to quality and safety to exceeding industry standards, Beyond is committed to your pet’s overall health and well-being.

LeeSuperfoods for Our Pets

Superfoods are not just for people. Studies have shown that the nutrients in superfoods like pumpkin and cranberry are good for our pet’s digestion and overall health. We care about our own health enough to include these foods in our diet, we should be doing the same for our beloved companion animals.

Here are two new products to try that I think your dog will love:

BEYOND® SUPERFOOD BLEND Salmon, Egg & Pumpkin Recipe Dry Dog Food

BEYOND® SUPERFOOD BLEND Barley, Egg, Sweet Potato & Cranberry Recipe Dry Dog Food

Purina Beyond has dry food, wet food, snacks and a new puree that dogs and cats love.

  • Real meat, fish or poultry is the #1 ingredient in the dry and pate
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • No poultry by-product meal
  • No added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives

Click on the image below to learn more about Purina Beyond dog and cat food and find out about the sweepstakes where 20 winners will receive a year of Beyond dog (or cat) food.


 

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Did you know that Walmart is the destination for all your premium pet needs?

Thank You For Reading

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Devotion

Let Go of Negativity and Move On

Posted on August 20th, 2015 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Intentional

This is a re-post, originally published on April 18, 2014

I am in Love! I Love My Life! It isn’t always easy. It’s a choice.

The past has no power over the present moment.Acceptance

I first saved the quotes in this post and started writing it in October 2013. I saved it in a draft file. The topic came up again recently and caused me to revisit it. As I began to write this, the thoughts and ideas sounded familiar to me. When I found the quotes stored in my draft files, I was not surprised that I have had this in the back of my mind. It is an integral part of my message, my core beliefs. This is about Falling in Love with Acceptance and Letting Go of Negativity:

“Always fall in love with what you are asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever’s going. Not against: with.” ~Robert Frost

Are you happy? Can you be happy and negative at the same time? I think perhaps some people can. For some, it makes them happy and satisfied to express their opinion openly. It may be the way they choose to live and be. Maybe they don’t want to be stifled. So, I accept that there is a place for what can be perceived as negativity. My eyes have been opened to the fact that saying negative things and having strong opinions either for or against issues does not mean a person is negative or even unhappy. Everyone is free to say what they want to say and feel how they want to feel. That is a part of acceptance.

Is not sharing outwardly your strong negative feelings about things a sign of weakness, or strength? I come from a place of depression and anxiety. I work hard to choose happiness and joy on a daily basis. I have suffered loss in my life. I have overcome major obstacles in my relationships. I have survived tragedy and serious health issues. I have experienced racism, sexism, ageism, and I have been challenged for my religious beliefs. I have been discriminated against for being overweight. I have been called a hypocrite for supporting gay friends. I don’t always fit in. I don’t always agree with the status quo.

What you believe in your heart and what you stand for comes through your actions more so than your words. Anyone can say they believe in something, and you can agree with them. When you choose to make it a core belief, you don’t have to talk about it. You live it. You model the behavior. You walk the talk.

Staying in Control

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change, rather than allowing it to master you.~Sri Ram

I choose to believe in hope and I practice unconditional love. Does this make me seem weak and without opinion or position to others who do not know my personal history? It’s something to think about next time you judge someone for what they don’t say. They might be biting their lip and making a strong choice to remain positive.

I have been told that statements I make seem passive aggressive at times. When statements are taken out of context, or perceived by someone other than the intended audience, without background or history – I can see how my statements could be understood to be passive aggressive. It is all in the interpretation of the reader.

I am often so conscientious as to not offend anyone when making a statement, that my carefully chosen wording ends up sounding passive aggressive. I also have a wicked sense of humor that does not come across the written word (unless you know me well.) As a writer, expressing oneself is a learned skill. The bottom line is, I am an honest person. I am careful not to hurt feelings. I prefer not to confront others. I usually let things go. If I decide that I need to say something to someone, I will confront them honestly and privately.

“Passive-aggressive means that a person finds ways to express himself indirectly so that he doesn’t have to admit how he really feels or thinks. Typically, the term is associated with feelings of bottled up anger, but more broadly, it refers to being untruthful about any emotion or desire (passivity) and retaliating against the frustrations arising from being unable to be honest (aggression). Professionals think that, for the most part, acting this way is a coping mechanism that an individual learns over time. With a lack of honesty potentially leading to problems such as relationship conflicts and insecurity, it is usually to a person’s benefit to try to stop the behavior in some way, such as by practicing “I” language.” ~WiseGeek.org

I respect others and their opinions. I don’t often find it necessary to share my own opinions outwardly or publicly. If you want to know what I am about, you can ask me, read my blog or my book. I am open and happy to share my feelings and ideas with you. I accept you for who you are.  Honestly.

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Let it Go

Thinking about this reminded me of an app that I was asked to review some time ago. I liked the idea of it, but the app itself didn’t do anything for me personally, so I didn’t review it at the time. I kept it in the draft folder in case I wanted to refer to it – knowing the concept brought up emotions that I wanted to address eventually. (I know that after you read this you will have the song, “Let it Go” in your head, like I do right now. It’s okay. It’s a great song!)

Nate Stein is a 24 year old musician/entrepreneur living in Santa Cruz, CA.  He created a self-help app that he considers to be great for healing.  It started after a break up he had when he was having trouble letting his negative thoughts go.  He said, “There should be an app for this.”  He had never made a mobile app before but after a lot of research and some help from a friend, he created Let It Go.  Here is how he describes the FREE self-help app…

Let It Go allows you to deal with your problems in a unique way. Write down anything that’s bothering you and Let It Go will release the negative thought for you! The releasing process is completely random for each thought and takes between 1 and 72 hours. Live freely and Let It Go! (Disclosure)

“I want people to benefit from my app and utilize it as a helpful tool.  I would love for more people to be aware of the app and most importantly the process of letting something go.” ~Nate Stein

Stand Up For Your Rights

Yeah, but what about standing up for yourself? How about defending yourself and others? What about making a difference? What about fighting the good fight?

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We are called to fight the good fight. It’s our duty to help others. We wouldn’t stand by and let someone get picked on by a bully or watch someone being demeaned in our presence. Sometimes we must speak up. I will speak up and express my concerns when it matters to me or someone I love. There are some things that are unacceptable.

“But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

I have been inspired by Maya Angelou who does not accept racist remarks or jokes that put others down in her presence. She says, “Not in my house.” And She has actually asked people to leave her home when they crossed the line. I have never gone that far, but I will walk away from a conversation or change the subject if I don’t feel it is appropriate for me. There are some things I will not tolerate in my presence. I don’t always feel up to a confrontation and I am passive in the sense that I don’t feel like I need to correct other people publicly. I am clear about my convictions and I ask that others respect my beliefs.

It Takes Courage To Defend Your Convictions

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~Winston Churchill

Standing up for what you believe in is one of the most important skills you’ll need in life. People in life will always try to knock you down, but as long as you get back up, you’re showing them that you can stand for what you believe in.

I realize that many people agree with the idea of standing up for what they believe in and some call the process, “speaking from their soapbox.”  They want to right the wrongs of society. They want to explain to everyone the correct way of doing things or at least offer their opinion. I think this can be an effective way of getting one’s point across. I have a sopabox I suppose, in my blog. Social media is a sea of soapboxes. Everyone is shouting out what they stand for. Some people flock to listen. Some voices carry loudly far and wide. Some voices float around like a soft whisper.

I have been considering what it takes to be a person of action. I have been told that I am one who “gets things done.” I believe that one person can change the world. I believe that together, we can make a difference. Other than talking about it or even writing about it, what can I do to stand up for my beliefs? I was going to make a list. I Googled it and found a great example:

Here are some Steps from Wiki How:

  1. Believe in Yourself. The first step to getting anyone to believe in you is believing in yourself. Do not let yourself think negatively. If you want to stand up for a good cause, you need to believe that you can make a difference. The ones who don’t make differences are the ones who don’t think they can. Know what you are capable of. Never have doubts in yourself. You are capable of anything as long as you believe you can do it. Don’t listen to others put you down. The only reason why people say that you can’t do something is because they don’t think that they themselves could do it. Prove them wrong. Don’t cave in to their insults, and stand up for what you believe in.
  2. Write it out. Often times, a letter is required to fully get your point across. As an example, if you believe something in the school system should be changed, you will need to contact the principal. Make sure that your letter is persuasive. Make sure you clearly state what you believe in. Add persuasive points, and offer help to complete the task. Seem dignified. Use clever phrasing of words. Show them that you are intelligent, and that you understand what you’re talking about.
  3.  Know what you believe in. Many people don’t realize that they don’t actually know what they believe in. Think it through- Am I doing this because it’s for a good cause? Am I doing this because of a trend? Will I probably still think this way in a few months?
  4. Are you being seduced by someone else’s plight? Do you really think this way? You may actually lie to yourself just so that you believe you are doing it for the right reasons. Only you can determine if you really believe in something, not a trend.
  5. Follow through. Don’t start a petition, and then never hand it in. In order for people to really believe you are serious, you need to show them that you are dedicated. Leave no loose ends. Plan out any presentations, respond to arguments, and don’t waste people’s time. Why would you get everyone worked up about a show if you don’t even have it planned? Don’t get in an in depth conversation with someone discussing your thoughts just to no longer believe in what you did a few weeks later. Remember, you need to finish what you started.
  6. Get help if needed. Some jobs are just too large to accomplish on your own. Inform friends and family about what you’re doing, and tell them to tell others. Another way of doing this is starting a petition. Make sure that what you’re doing is actually for a good cause.

Important Reminders:

  • When you’re talking to a person don’t raise your voice UNLESS you MUST. Get help if needed.
  • Writing a letter or starting a petition greatly improves your chances of people believing in you.
  • Follow through with what you want, or you might as well be wasting everyone’s time.
  • Don’t get too excited. Sometimes, things may not go as planned.
  • Avoid getting into fights with people just because they may believe differently than you.
  • It’s okay to keep your feelings to yourself. Choose your battles wisely.

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Stand-Up-for-Something-You-Believe-In

Think of positive ways to express your beliefs. Remember, if you can’t say something nice – sometimes it is better to not say anything at all. Choose your words carefully. As Miguel Ruiz says in his book, The Four Agreements, “Be impeccable with your word.”

It is my core value to model positivity and unconditional love. What is your core value? How can you change the world and make a difference by practicing what you believe in a passive way? What do you think?

 

Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town with @DavidDorianRoss

Posted on July 28th, 2015 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional, See the Video on YouTube, TenMiniTT 2015

Tonight on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town you will meet my friend, David-Dorian Ross. If you already know of him or have met him on Meerkat or Zoom or Blab, here is a chance for you to get to know him a little better and hear his message. We will discuss why we should care about harmony, peace, and positivity.

Take a Step Towards Peace

Here are the Show Notes

DDR TCMy name is David-Dorian Ross (notice the hyphen!)

My guilty pleasure is watching British and Canadian murder mysteries on my iPad!

I’m passionate about human beings! I think they are amazing and wonderful and beautiful. So the work I do is really about reminding them about how amazing they are, so that they can act more in alignment with who they really are. That’s where Tai Chi and Mindfulness comes in. They are techniques – methods, strategies, tactics – whatever you want to call them – for that kind of wake-up.

What Topic Would You Like to Discuss?

What is Harmony – and why should anyone care?

Health for the Body…Mind and Spirit.

How Can We Connect with You?

There’s a ton of ways to reach me:

  • email: daviddorianross@gmail.com
  • Meerkat: @daviddorianross
  • Twitter: @daviddorianross
  • website: www.drtaichi.com (to get a free private session with me)new-header.1[1]

Do You Have a Favorite Hollywood Hot Spot?

I am not a “Hollywood hanger-outer,” but let me recommend an awesome spot for breakfast in Portland, OR – Jam on Hawthorne. Guaranteed to have waiters and waitresses with more tattoos than you – and will serve tequila for breakfast (not that I’ve ever done that.  OK, well there was that one time.. but that was 1977… and it was Mexico!)

 

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 @CocaColaCo @specialolympics

Posted on July 6th, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional

This is not an advertisement. I have not been paid to post this information. I am affiliated with the Coca-Cola Company and will be attending some of the events as a volunteer and as a guest of the Coca-Cola Company. See my Disclosure for more details on why I write posts like this. It’s all good.

The Special Olympics World Games is coming to Los Angeles in a few short weeks. Imagine the excitement of the athletes and families who have been preparing for this! I have never been to a game or competition for Special Olympics. I am thrilled to have the opportunity this year. I will be attending the Opening Ceremony and many events over the two weeks the Special Olympics is in Los Angeles. I look forward to meeting some of the organizers of the events and most importantly, the athletes! I can’t wait to cheer them on and see their remarkable spirit!

Please watch the video below and share it with your friends. It is amazing how much love takes place when you take time to encourage someone…

Coca-Cola will donate $1 to Special Olympics for every share (up to $100k)

Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, Nicole Scherzinger, J Balvin and ‘Reach Up LA’ theme song creator Siedah Garrett

Headlining Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 on July 25

The show will be directed by Emmy Award Winner, Debbie Allen and produced by FiveCurrents with appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Lauren Potter, Michael Phelps, Yao Ming, Greg Louganis, Stephanie McMahon and many more.

They are calling it the “world’s largest sports and humanitarian event this year.” The show at the opening ceremony may be one of the most inspirational events that LA has ever hosted. It is hard for me to wrap my head around these numbers. 7000 athletes. 3000 coaches. 170 countries represented. All will be there at the Opening Ceremony held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. That is the same venue that hosted both the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Did you know that?

People from around the world will be there to cheer on the athletes and a global audience will be watching.

“Taking place in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, we are delighted to welcome these entertainment legends for a night to celebrate acceptance and inclusion for all,” said Patrick McClenahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. “Everyone in the Coliseum, as well as the millions of viewers tuning in around the world, will have the chance to cheer on and celebrate the true stars of the Games, the Special Olympics athletes.”

The creative production team who captured the world’s imagination with the Opening Ceremonies for both the London 2012 Olympic Games and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games – FiveCurrents – will be the executive producers of the World Games Opening Ceremony. The team is working with Emmy Award winner Debbie Allen, who is the Director for the Opening Ceremony. Specific details of the night’s event, which will include the Parade of Athletes and culmination of the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® that will light the World Games cauldron, are being kept under tight security.

Special OlympicsThe Special Olympics World Games will go on from July 25th to August 2nd.

Laura

You could say Special Olympics is in Laura Cook’s blood, and now the 39-year-old’s dream will become reality when she competes in track and field at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles. The El Monte resident has been part of Special Olympics for 27 years, but her parents, Karl and Penny, served as track and field coaches in the 1980s. With their help, Laura has accumulated 10 pounds worth of Special Olympics medals throughout her career. But, according to Penny, it’s what Laura has done with her medals that shows what she is truly about. “While medals are important to Laura, she plays for the love of the sport and takes the meaning of a medal to a different level by often giving her medals to friends and relatives who would be happy to have them,” Penny said. “Or if someone close to her passes away, she will place a medal on their coffin.” Her inclusion on the World Games roster itself is an accomplishment. “My dream has come true,” Laura said.

There will be 25 Olympic-style sports!

  • Aquatics,
  • Athletics,
  • Badminton,
  • Basketball,
  • Bocce,
  • Bowling,
  • Cycling,
  • Equestrian,
  • Football,
  • Golf,
  • Gymnastics,
  • Half Marathon,
  • Handball,
  • Judo,
  • Kayaking,
  • Open Water Swimming,
  • Powerlifting,
  • Roller Skating,
  • Sailing,
  • Softball,
  • Table Tennis,
  • Tennis,
  • Triathlon,
  • Volleyball, and
  • Beach Volleyball

Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts.

Honorary World Games co-chair and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama has confirmed her attendance at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games on 25 July, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The program will take place on Saturday evening, 25 July 2015, from 6-9 p.m., with tickets on sale now via the www.LA2015.org Web site, in four price tiers of $120, $100, $60 and $30.

Current Founding Champions and sponsors include:

  • The Coca-Cola Company,
  • Mattel,
  • Deloitte,
  • Toyota,
  • Bank of America,
  • Kaiser Permanente,
  • OUE Skyspace Los Angeles,
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro),
  • Davis Elen Advertising,
  • Microsoft,
  • Toys“R”Us,
  • The Walt Disney Company,
  • Google,
  • UPS,
  • Herbalife Nutrition,
  • Los Angeles Times,
  • AMC Theaters,
  • La Opinión,
  • Los Angeles Tourism and
  • Convention Board,
  • WWE,
  • AEG,
  • Annenberg Foundation,
  • David Geffen,
  • Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg,
  • Panda Express,
  • Knights of Columbus

With this kind of support – it is sure to be an extraordinary event for everyone involved. It is going to be amazing! I am so excited that the Coca-Cola Company is supporting me in being a part of the media with credentials to cover the event. My husband and I will be there to take pictures, interview participants, and live stream from the games. I am so happy about being a Fan in The Stands!  100,000 strong, the volunteers are going to be there to cheer and encourage all the athletes. If you want to volunteer and be on the Coca-Cola Team – check out this link: http://coke-surveys.com/votingmodule/s180/f/816605/9315

Do you have any experience as a volunteer or participant in the Special Olympics? Please tell me in the comments. I want to learn more about what it feels like to be there.

 

 Visit Special Olympics at:

SOI

 

Stephen Ray Shade on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town – Sustainable Living @Logg_Man @TenMiniTT @Spreecast #Meercast

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Affiliate Links, Connecting People, Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional, MeerMiz, TenMiniTT 2015

Stephen Ray Shade aka Logg Man, sheds light on how to get yourself less dependent on “the grid.”

Live Broadcast Interview via Spreecast.com and Meerkat App

6/2/2015 7:30 p.m.

Stephen Shade

I met Stephen at NMX15 in Las Vegas. I enjoyed listening to him emphatically telling me of his plans for his blog and book on sustainable living. I teased him about how would he reach his niche followers if the goal was to live off the grid. That didn’t phase him. His energy and interest in blogging and using social media to share his views and findings is contagious. Just as I am drawn to the nomadic life, never intending to live that way myself, I am equally fascinated in living independent of society. What simplistic and noble standards to live by. Don’t you think? To support yourself and your family solelyon what you can create and harness from the earth. I look forward to following Stephen, seeing how he reached his goals and giving him encouragement and support.

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This post contains affiliate links. (For more info on this read my disclosure.)

Find out all about Stephen here on Ten Minutes with Miz Meliz:

Spreecast is the social video platform that connects people.

Check out Ten Minutes with MizMeliz -Stephen Shade on Spreecast.

Who is Stephen Shade and why is he called, The Logg Man?

It is all about his Living Off the Grid Guide, which we talk about in my interview with him on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town.

I also found out some interesting facts about the Logg Man!

My current hobby is raising kids, but I love playing role playing games like D&D and Shadowrun. I am also into anything medieval or fantasy. My dream is to one day own a castle.

“I am currently publishing my first book, “221 Tips & Tricks from Master Gardeners”. It will be on the Kindle format and available on Amazon.
I will also be offering an illustrated pdf version on my website in the future.I’m currently learning tons about gardening and growing all your own food.
I also like discussing entrepreneurial mindsets and online business.

http://www.livingoffgridguide.com/
Twitter: @logg_man

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.

Allowing Our Fears to Open New Doors

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Guest Post, Intentional

What do you do if you are afraid?

Fear of failure is a common subject that comes up when we discuss setting goals and creating a vision for our life and for our future.

“How can I ever succeed at my job, at blogging, or achieving my dreams when my fears are my biggest obstacle, stopping me in my tracks?”

fear of failureI have spent a lot of time thinking about this. I have faced many fears in my life, the fear of failing is one of the biggest and most difficult to handle. Yet, if we don’t learn how to get past this fear, we cannot move forward.

Then, there is the fear of success. It is a real thing. What if I achieve my goals? Then what? What if I make a mistake?

I wrote an article about How to Overcome Fear of Failure for FloridaBeachRehab.com where I discuss the feeling of falling into a downward spiral of fear and despair and using your own powerful sense of self-perseverance by reaching out for help and listening to your inner-sweetheart to bring you back up through to the top of the spiral. It is just like climbing to the top of a spiral slide, it isn’t easy, but it is possible.

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 When you allow your fears to overcome you, that is failure. If you overcome your fear and open new doors finding new pathways to achieve your dreams, that is success.

I encourage you to turn things around. Learn something new, reach out for help, change your direction. Allow your fears to open the door for you. I know you can do it!

Releasing the fear of failure, or any fear, involves believing that you can. Talk yourself through it. Pray. Meditate. Write. Do whatever works. Try new things.

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What are you afraid of? (Picture and quote from taptotransform.com)

Think Positively, Breathe, and Say:
I am Releasing this fear now
I am Letting this fear melt away now
I am Choosing peace and confidence instead
I am Visualizing a healing light all around me
In this light, the fear melts even more
In this light I am safe and peaceful
I am Safe and Peaceful

Please read my article on Overcoming the Fear of Failure and check out the website for Florida Beach Rehab. There are many more articles and resources there that can help you or your loved ones get professional help and support when you need it most.

If this post and the linked article helped you, please let me know in the comments. #SharetheLove and share this post via Twitter and Facebook.

If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to email me at Melissa@MizMeliz.com

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Thanks for the comments! I love getting to know you and learning about your journey. Here is the post by Pauline from Life Happens A Lot with reference to Louise Plummer’s essay, “Fear, I Embrace You” from Thoughts of a Grasshopper.

It is Never Too Late to Set a Focus – Decide on One Word Now

Posted on February 16th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional, Valued by QBeats, Workshops and Webinars

In this workshop, it is my intention to share my five best tools for making positive change in my life. So far, I have shown you how I made a vision board and how I use mind mapping to get clarity on my core values, desires and goals. Now, I will share my favorite tool that has been instrumental in my life to get inspired and motivated and it is so easy, all it takes is one word. (This post is valued by QBeats. Read about why I am asking you to support my blog in this post: Authenticity Means Real.) This is week four of my six part series on getting your rear in gear for the year.

 

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It is Never Too Late to Set a Focus

Take some time to reflect on 2014. Read my post Do You Love Your Life and think about your life as you look at the quotes and photos there. How do you honor yourself and your family? How do you honor your interests? Are you utilizing your best skills, being true to yourself, living your purpose?

In 2014 I tried to use a chart of a different kind. Instead of mind mapping, I tried using a bingo card. Yep. It was fun. It didn’t work very well because I made it too big and detailed. But upon reflection, I realized how much it did help me. Since my focus word for 2014 was discover, it fit well. I did discover more than I imagined I could, about myself.

If you would like to read about Goals Bingo and My 2014 Reflection check out Goals Bingo Wrap Up

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My Focus Words:
2012 – Experience
2013 – Ta-da!
2014 – Discover
2015 – Intention

I love having a focus word.

It helps to stay centered and relaxed. Not being confined to a list of resolutions or goals allows me to take in what life has to offer and make it work for me. Feel free to look back and see my posts about my focus words starting with 2012. My life really has seemed to change since then.

When I wanted to enrich the experiences I was having and focus on my family and being present to them, keeping my thoughts on the word experience really helped. When I wanted to build up my confidence to show off my talents and write and self-publish a book, using the word ta-da was just the thing I needed to bring me back to that childlike energy. Last year as I was ready to move forward and take on new endeavors, breaking out of my comfort zone and allowing myself to be adventurous – discover was the term that reminded me of my quest. Now, my life has taken a direction that I have looked forward to for a long time. I want to help people and I want to share my good fortune with others. It will be my intention this year to use my talents to the best of my abilities, honoring my true calling, I will shine and dream big. I will do everything with thought and care, considering the outcome and truly be intentional with what I do and who I help. Taking my cues from a campaign that I worked on recently, rather than random acts of kindness, I will direct my efforts towards sustainable change with intentional acts of kindness. I hope to really make a difference for people. I hope this is making a difference for you.

My word this year is intention.

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You most likely already have a word for the year.

The practice has become very popular especially among bloggers. If you do have a word, how is it working out for you so far? Do you find yourself thinking about it? Have you written in down in prominent places as a reminder? Does the word seem to come up in conversation a lot? Are you saying it more and more? How did you prepare yourself to use this word? If you want to learn more about the power of having a focus word, read on my friend. Take off your shoes, get a beverage, sit back and take time for this now.

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If you have not yet decided on a focus word, consider this…

Create a theme for this year. It should encompass all that you want to accomplish, be, have, and/or do for yourself in all areas of your life. Do you want to learn new things, enjoy your family, expand your horizons, lead the pack, celebrate your accomplishments, live in the moment? What are you about at this point in your life? What do you want to achieve? What skills can you hone? What is your core desired feeling? How do you want to present yourself? How do you want other people to perceive you?

“One word creates clarity, focus, power, passion. One word changes everything.”

I learned of this book, One Word, and others like it just this past year.

My boss was introduced to it at a leadership retreat. Long before that, I was first asked to consider a word for the year rather than a resolution when I went to a meet up with my good friend and life coach, Joy Holland of Facets of Joy. (Joy and I have been friends for over eighteen years. I started writing and became a life coach thanks to her guidance.)

Everyone in the group discussed what words they had chosen  in the past and what worked for them. Then, soon after that I was participating in a writing prompt for my blog and it came up again. I have been in the practice ever since.

In the book, One Word that will change your life, there are steps to take to hold yourself accountable and to measure the change taking place. There are workshops and seminars devoted to it. If you want to delve into it that deeply and apply it to your life, I recommend at least reading the book first.

Inspiredfor2015_sclb3In the So Cal Lady Bloggers workshop that I held in January, I briefly reviewed the questions on page 4 of this pdf: OneWordDiscussionGuide after reading an excerpt from the book. It talked about preparing yourself. Siting examples from UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden who said, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” and President Abraham Lincoln who said, “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”

“Taking the time to sharpen the ax makes the task successful. Most of us fail in the preparation, not in the task itself.” ~from One Word that will change your life

In Stephen Covey’s book , The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Habit 7 is called Sharpen the Saw – Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal. Covey says that taking time to sharpen the saw “surrounds the other habits on the paradigm because it is the habit that makes all the others possible. Sharpening the saw is preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have – you. It is renewing the four dimensions of your nature – physical, spiritual, mental and social/emotional.”

In other words, taking care of yourself, taking the time to put your best foot forward and really shine is necessary to be successful in reaching your goals. To do your best and be your best self, take the time to prepare your heart, prepare your mind, prepare your soul, prepare your body. Get yourself fit. Runners don’t run marathons without starting out with training and preparing. Life is like that.

“Busyness is a disease that is robbing us of life. It brings on stress and exhaustion, and it weighs our hearts with anxiety…and leaves no time for mission and meaning. Activity does not mean achievement.” ~from One Word that will change your life

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I don’t have to be all these things all the time. If I don’t take time for myself, I can’t be good at any of them!

 

We don’t have to stay active and busy to achieve our goals.

If you find yourself never taking time for silence, never slowing down to truly breathe and enjoy the simplest things, then you are guilty of allowing your schedule to rule you. Let’s turn that around. Let’s manage the schedule and not let it manage us.

Here are some questions from the OneWord Discussion Guide to consider:

  • Why is it so hard to simplify life?
  • Why am I so busy?
  • What causes me the most stress?
  • Does being busy make me stop caring about the things I care about?
  • Can I envision a better life by living what is truly important to me, my core desired feeling, my one word?

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Slow down, unplug, remove yourself from the busyness of life and take time to prepare for what it is that you want to focus on. That is why I asked everyone who signed up for the workshop to think of the word before we met. I sent everyone an email ahead of time with a little insight about choosing a focus word. That was intentional because I didn’t want anyone to feel pressured to choose something on the spot. It takes time to decide. It is that important. This is also the reason that I made this topic part four of the series instead of starting out with it – so in considering our core values and learning how to map them in a concise way, we were preparing ourselves to find our passion, and experience “renewed mission and meaning” in our lives.

I believe you will notice the change that will take place in your life just by choosing one word to focus on and then reflecting on it a few times during the year. Make an appointment with yourself to check on your focus. Write about it or meditate on it at the end of the year. Let me know how that works for you.

If you want to do a more formal review of your focus word, here is a pdf from One Word that you can download and use.

This OneWordReview and the One Word Discussion Guide is available for free on the One Word website at:

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Here are some reflection questions from the One Word Review:

  • How has your life changed?
  • What lessons did you learn?
  • What were the blessings?
  • What were the challenges?

It is important to know what things you will be reflecting on at the end of the year. Make up your own questions now. Think about what matters to you. Know that there will be challenges. There will be obstacles. Prepare yourself. Take the time.

Here is a gift for you…

10 Rules for Brilliant Women

  1. Make a pact
  2. Imagine it.
  3. Gasp.
  4. Get a thick skin.
  5. Be an arrogant idiot.
  6. Question the voice that says, “I’m not ready.”
  7. Don’t wait for your Oscar.
  8. Filter advice.
  9. Recover and restore.
  10. Let other women know they are brilliant.

Intrigued?

Check out the complete 10 Rules for Brilliant Women at Tara Mohr.com her insights are so truthful and inspiring.

If these rules don’t give you the kick in the pants that you need to get your rear in gear, I don’t know what will! (Shout out to Jill Dahl from SecondHandTherapy.com who told me about Tara Mohr. Wow!)

All I ask of you for homework is to tell me your word.

In the comments, please come back and tell me what you have chosen for your One Word.

If you want – make and post a pretty picture of your word, like this:

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Next up:

What is on your “No Thank You” List? I will discuss a way to maintain balance and stay in control by using one of my favorite tools – the “Thank you but no thank you list.”

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