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.


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 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:

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:



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 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.


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:

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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.
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 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


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.



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:


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



RSVP to for a link to the live stream.


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 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.

What are you afraid of? (Picture and quote from

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


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.


Reflect & Focus 4

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

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

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.


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.


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:



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.


Check out the complete 10 Rules for Brilliant Women at Tara 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 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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