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Dare to be Kind with Gabriella van Rij on Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz @GabriellavanRij

Posted on January 17th, 2017 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures


In this episode of Inspiring Adventures, Gabriella van Rij shares her steps that anyone can do to make kindness a habit. We have an amazing open discussion about kindness, tolerance, communication pitfalls, navigating our overly reactive society, how to become better and kinder communicators, and much more on our “Inspiring Adventure” together.

 

“As a toddler, I was plucked from a Catholic orphanage in Pakistan. Without the determination of two strangers, I would not have made it to my adoptive family. Today, I ask this question: Will you pick up the ball of Human Kindness® and be a hero to someone who needs your help?” ~Gabriella van Rij

 

Connect with Gabriella here:

Website: http://gabriella.global/

 

 

A 4-Step Process For Making Kindness
An Everyday Habit In 2017

Research has shown that being kind makes us happier and also is contagious, inspiring others to be kind as well. For example, one such study published in the Journal of Social Psychology linked performing acts of kindness to an increase in life satisfaction.

That’s why as people make their resolutions for the coming New Year, they should make up their minds to commit purposeful acts of kindness every day, says Gabriella van Rij (www.gabriella.global), a kindness activist and author whose latest book is Watch Your Delivery.

“Making kindness a habit changes lives – your own life and others,” van Rij says. “I believe we’re born with innate kindness, but we’ve just forgotten about it because we’re always running. We’re just too busy doing other things and we need to remind ourselves to be kind.”

She says we as a society have dropped the ball on human kindness and it’s time we picked it back up.

“I truly believe that we are all born with innate kindness, but then the hand that feeds us or the environment makes us abandon it pretty fast,” van Rij says. “By the time we are 5, we have learned to compete and to strive for success. It’s time for a new measuring stick for success.”

She says by following a four-step process, people can put a little more kindness in the world and quickly fall into the habit of committing kindness every day:

• Be kind to yourself. It’s hard to have the patience to be kind to others if we can’t even take the time to be kind to ourselves. “This might seem selfish, but it’s not,” van Rij says. “By being kind to ourselves, we shape our attitude toward others.”
• Answer rudeness with kindness. This one is difficult, van Rij acknowledges. “When someone is rude to you, the first thing you do is instantly react and not always in a positive way,” she says. “And the second thing you do is say it’s about me. They were nasty to me.” But van Rij says it’s not about you, it’s about the emotion. By answering rudeness with kindness, you diffuse the situation and there’s also a certain satisfaction in seeing the change in the attitude of the person who was rude.
• Watch your delivery. The tone that accompanies your words is as important as what you are saying. Do you need to soften your tone? Does what you say sound more aggressive than what you mean? Body language also can send a message you didn’t intend, so be aware of your body language and your facial expressions.
• Acknowledge kindness when you see it. When you acknowledge the kind acts you see, that person will be encouraged to continue to spread kindness. Acknowledging kindness in others also will serve as a reminder to you about how you can show kindness.

“Unfortunately, one of the reasons we don’t always treat each other well is that we are a fear-based society, and fear only breeds more fear,” van Rij says. “But luckily there is an antidote because just as fear breeds more fear, I believe kindness grows more kindness.”

About Gabriella van Rij

Gabriella van Rij (www.gabriella.global) is a speaker, author and activist whose latest book, Watch Your Delivery, explores how we often fail in communicating. She began her life as an orphan in Pakistan, and today is a frequent guest on TV and radio. She also is the author of I Can Find My Might and With All My Might.

Dare to be Kind with Gabriella van Rij on Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz https://smiletime.com/channel/mizmeliz #onSmiletime

Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz featuring Dream Big author @KatKronenberg

Posted on January 10th, 2017 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures, Interview

Be Empowered by Dreaming Big with the Inspiring Kat Kronenberg

on Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Kat Kronenberg is a debut children’s book author living in Austin, Texas. As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, her hope and dream is that through reading we can encourage one another other to “follow our bliss,” stay in the arena fighting for our dreams, and allow joy and fulfillment to be our internal GPS.

In addition to spreading her message through her children’s book Dream Big, she also provides interactive games that promote positive thinking, Common Core aligned discussion and project guides, and free downloadable activity sheets at www.katkronenberg.com.

Dream Big (Greenleaf Book Group, January 2017) will be available from Amazon as of January 10, 2017 and other booksellers nationwide.

More information about Kat Kronenberg can be found at www.katkronenberg.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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I look forward to meeting anyone who believes in helping others to Dream Big! I can’t wait!
We will discuss a lot of topics such as:
• How Kat decided loss wasn’t going to stop her from believing in her dreams, and how dreaming big actually helped her cope
• How games and activities—like drum circles, dream catchers, riddles, and songs—can help children realize their power within and from nature
• Why it’s important to help children become empowered by their dreams, no matter how big they may be
• How can we help children develop an attitude of gratitude
• How we can help children learn from nature—one of our greatest teachers
• How proceeds from her book Dream Big will benefit the Me to We organization, an incredible group that shows how one person can make a difference. Started in 1995 by a 12-year-old boy, this youth-empowered worldwide movement seeks “to educate, engage, and empower young people as agents of change.”

Be Empowered by Dreaming Big with the Inspiring Kat Kronenberg https://smiletime.com/channel/mizmeliz #onSmiletime

Interview with Carew Papritz Author of The Legacy Letters @CarewPapritz

Posted on December 21st, 2016 by & filed under Books, Connecting People, Everything Miz Meliz, Interview, Passions, Tinsel Town Live 2016

Help me welcome Cowboy Carew Papritz, author of The Legacy Letters on Tinsel Town Live https://smiletime.com/channel/mizmeliz #onSmiletime

Tinsel Town Live with Miz Meliz Presents:

Author of The Legacy Letters, Carew Papritz

Wednesday, December 21, 2017, 6:00 pm Pacific Time

Carew is passionate about living the central message of his inspirational book, The Legacy Letters, by living life to the fullest. As a result, he’s done book signings on top of volcanoes, on horseback at Barnes & Noble, on whistle-stop book tours on Amtrak, while river rafting, on top of the Space Needle, outside The Today Show, and next to Niagara Falls!

carew-papritz-photo-low-resCowboy Carew, as he likes to be called, has created such national events as “The Great Legacy Letters Book Balloon Launch” in which kids sent aloft miniature versions of my book by balloon and then tracked how far they traveled. The event also helped such charities as The Make-a-Wish Foundation, Reading is Fundamental, and the Military Mama Network by creating a world record!

With his background of working on feature films in Hollywood, Papritz has created a number of YouTube videos series that help promote kids to read more.  One series called, “I love to read and . . .” has him reading The Legacy Letters while actually doing various activities such as skiing over a cliff, riding a horse, walking up to a castle, and much more! He loves a good adventure!

3d_book_comp_5awards-lo-res-pngIn the spirit of the book, Carew has done TV and radio interviews that include such topics as, “How to write the Perfect Love Letter for Valentine’s Day,” “How to Get Your ‘i-Kid’ Back to the Holiday Table,” “How to Create the Perfect Gap Year,” “How the Olympic Games Made Me an Award-Winning Author,” “How to Reconnect with Family in This Technology-Drenched World,” and the incredibly cute, “How to Write the Perfect Letter to Santa Claus!”

“If I get to walk my talk, live my book, and inspire people to do the same—while being outdoors—then I’m a happy man!” ~Carew Papritz

book-balloon-launch-bostonCowboy Carew Papritz really loves sharing with the world the inspirational stories that people have revealed to him about their lives from their reading “The Legacy Letters.”  H finds their stories to be moving, heart breaking, fantastical, and soul humbling.  He also loves talking about how kids can be inspired to read more by making reading seem more cool and exciting with his book adventures.

Connect with Cowboy Carew Here:

Website: http://www.carewpapritz.com

You Tube: http://bit.ly/CarewPapritz_Official_YouTube_Channel_Subscription

Amazon: http://bit.ly/Amazon_TheLegacyLetters

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelegacylettersofficialpage/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carewpapritz

LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carewpapritz

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carewpapritz

Farewell Tinsel Town  – Hello Inspiring Adventures!

Carew had this idea when we first planned doing an interview together…he wrote on my form:

“A suggestion:  How about doing a special video segment where we walk the streets of Hollywood, Sunset Blvd area, UCLA, and/or other areas while talking about my transition from UCLA Film School, working on features, music videos, and commercials to then becoming a working cowboy in Arizona while writing a multi-award winning book?  Might be a fascinating segment.  Let me know what you think?”

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I was wowed by this idea! Carew seemed to have an insight about the direction I wanted to go with my interviews. So, we will be walking and talking on my first interview in a new series: Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz. Watch for it in late February 2017.

Thank you to everyone who allowed me to interview them on Tinsel Town Live this year. It really is my very own passion project. I love doing it and I am looking forward to seeing how it will grow and flourish in 2017 as part of A Year in Bloom! with love and gratitude, Melissa @MizMeliz

Meet Raychel Kubby Adler on Tinsel Town Live @tweet4wellness

Posted on December 13th, 2016 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Interview, Life Coaching, Tinsel Town Live 2016

Interview with Raychel Kubby Adler author of Life in Asymmetry @tweet4wellness

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Raychel Kubby Adler

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:00 PM Pacific Time

Join me for an interview with the inspiring Raychel Kubby Adler, as she shares her story with me on Tinsel Town Live.

Raychel loves to swim, see live music, exercise, play with her kids and family, enjoy time with friends, read, dance, laugh and live a hopeful life.

lia-cover-picI am looking forward to talking with her a bit about her recently published memoir, Life in Asymmetry, which is about her experience living with genetic breast cancer.

Raychel has a masters degree in Public Health and has been a health educator since 2000.  She is a certified Wellness Coach and fitness instructor and loves to talk about how to live life to the fullest. (My kind of gal!)

Let me know if you have aby questions for Raychel about:

  • health/wellness
  • genetic cancer
  • living a hopeful life
  • parenting
  • breast cancer “previving”

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Connect with Raychel Here:

Web          www.raychelkubbyadler.com

Tweet        @tweet4wellness

Instgrama          @choicepointwellness

Facebook   RaychelKubbyAdler.Writer

In “Life in Asymmetry,” author Raychel Kubby Adler educates women on the steps they can take to prevent or overcome breast cancer, especially if they have rare genetic mutations. Kubby Adler uses personal experiences, scientific research and genetic science to show what happens when your genes make you highly susceptible to breast cancer and other diseases.
Kubby Adler is the holder of the BRCA2 gene mutation, “previvor” of cancer and spends much of her professional and personal life researching health risks and educating the population about them.

Interview with Body Punishment Author Maggie Simone @maggieLsimone

Posted on November 29th, 2016 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching, Tinsel Town Live 2016

Tinsel Town Live Interview with Maggie Lamond Simone https://smiletime.com/channel/mizmeliz #onSmiletime

Meet Maggie Lamond Simone

Facebook Live: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:00 PM Pacific Time

Mental health awareness, shame, stigma…who wants to talk about that? Well, I do. Maggie does. And we should be talking about it because people are dying in our country. Our kids are dying and they need our help.

“I’d like to talk about the silence and stigma surrounding mental health issues, illustrated on an adult level in my book, “Body Punishment,” and on a younger level by my 15-year-old daughter, who has OCD and severe anxiety and talks to younger kids about it.” Says Maggie Lamond Simone.

We will also talk about what is next for Simone. Maggie is already beginning her next project, which will be a collection of essays written by teens with mental health issues for their peers.

Maggie Lamond Simone is an award-winning columnist and author. With two titles already to her name, her third book, Body Punishment: OCD, Addiction and Finding the Courage to Heal (Central Recovery Press) was released in April 2015. It traces Simone’s journey struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and depression. Her writing has been featured in multiple publications and collections, including Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Zen of Midlife Mothering(2013), Not Your Mother’s Book on Do-It-Yourselfers (2013), P.S. What I Didn’t Say (2009), and Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Resolution (2008).  Simone has been a guest on NPR and is a regular blog columnist for the Huffington Post. An an adjunct professor in the department of communications at SUNY Oswego and Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, she lives in Central New York with her husband and two children.
For as long as she can recall, Maggie Lamond Simone has been plagued by self-loathing and urges to harm herself physically while emotionally sabotaging her life. In Body Punishment:  OCD, Addiction and Finding the Courage to Heal (Central Recovery Press, April 2015), she reveals it all. The obsessive thoughts that drove her to cut, starve, pick, drink, pluck, purge, and otherwise hurt herself. The profound shame, the utter despair and the confusion over her own inner workings that prevented her from establishing stable, long-term goals and healthy relationships.  Through this poignant story of her painful, eye-opening journey she explores the issues of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression that commonly occur with OCD, all in an effort to further the dialogue around mental illness and eliminate the shame and help others find a way forward toward healing.

Connect with Maggie here:

www.maggielamondsimone.com

http://www.Facebook.com/maggielamondsimone2

Twitter @maggielsimone

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