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Excitement Ignites the Spirit and Leads to Joy – My Interview with Zoey Taylor

Posted on October 9th, 2017 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures

The theme for the week is Excite and the word alone lifts my spirit and gets my heart jumping for joy!

On Inspiring Adventures, I interviewed Zoey Taylor of the Warren Tattoo. This is probably the most personally inspiring interview I have ever done. I know without a doubt that meeting Zoey at this time in my life is a special thing, and her message is a gift for all of us. We talk about survival, finding joy, getting what you want in life, and not making excuses. There are many lessons to be learned in life, if nothing else, learn this – you lead by example, and Zoey is an example of true joy and happiness. She exemplifies the meaning of true success. Let her zest for life ignite your spirit!

Excitement Ignites the Spirit and Leads to Joy – My Interview with Zoey Taylor

When I asked Zoey what she wanted to talk about on the show, she said, “I think if we’re doing an inspirational interview then we could focus on surviving, and overcoming obstacles.”

It turns out Zoey knows quite a bit about that. She revealed to me why she spent most of her childhood living in the woods, with no electricity and has had no formal education. She explained that her abuser, who she refers to as “the monster” is in jail now, and that even though a person never “get’s over” something like that – she has found joy and lives a happy and successful life.

Zoey has an incredibly bright spirit and loves beautiful things. She is passionate about swing and ballroom dancing. Her favorite pastimes are record and record player collecting, making clothes, collecting history and antiques. Oh, and she loves bunnies.

“As far as people who inspire me, it would be my mom, and many dead legends whose biographies I’ve read.”

Connect with Zoey Taylor at TheWarrenTattoo.com
@thewarrentattoo on Instagram and Twitter

Inside of The Warren Tattoo shop feels like a spa!

 

My Cats are International Rock Stars B.F.F. OMG! @weruvapets #weruvagrade

Posted on August 29th, 2017 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews

My cats think they rule our house. And perhaps they do. There are some special accommodations they get just because they are cats. So, when International Cat Day became a thing, and they had a chance to get presents from a pet food brand – they got a little carried away. Okay, I admit – I got a little carried away! My cats became International Rock Stars!

I received a box of B.F.F. OMG! Bundle of treats, samples of cat food, and a few toys for my cats to try from WeRuVa. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. See my disclosure for more details on why I post articles like this on my blog.

They have always been Divas!  #weruvagrade

 

Oh My Gravy! Weruva BFF OMG! ‘People Food for Cats’

When the box arrived, Noche was very curious about it. He loves to explore the packages I receive. I usually do not let him get involved in the unboxing, so I think he knew this was special. The first thing out of the box was a colorful ball for him to play with. He loves to chase balls and fetch. As I took things out of the box, he jumped inside the box! Then Sid came to see what the fuss was about.
I took out one of the pouches and opened it, immediately they wanted to eat it! They could smell the deliciousness. I had to get their dish and serve it right away, they couldn’t wait! They licked their plate clean and were so happy. It made me happy knowing I was giving them something they enjoyed so much and that it was good for them.
I want to share with you Weruva’s educational tips on how to give your BFF the nutrition they need to thrive like my Diva Cats!
With International Cat Day happening on August 8, and Happy Healthy Cat Month in September, now is the perfect time to address the ‘cat in the room’—and that’s your feline friend’s diet. I’ll be the first to admit my own cat’s diet isn’t ‘purr’fect. Sid’s problem is he loves to eat and even though he doesn’t seem to eat more than my other cats, he is much heavier. He is also very demanding and wants food all the time. I struggled to understand how I could address these issues. But then I realized I wasn’t alone—my cat was just experiencing one of the three most common cat concerns: picky eating, weight gain, and urinary tract issues.
I learned about the Big 3 by partnering with Weruva [http://www.weruva.com/]—a luxurious, natural pet food dubbed “people food for cats” which is launching a full line of gluten, grain, and carrageenan-free cat food in honor of International Cat Day. It’s called B.F.F. OMG! (that stands for Best Feline Friend, Oh My Gravy), and it’s all about preventing these Big 3 Cat Concerns.
If your cat has any of these, you might want to consider changing their diet:
>> Is your cat picky? Picky eating is usually a problem with texture, since cats are carnivores whose tongues and teeth are perfectly evolved for meat-eating. It’s easy to see why a cat might dislike something without real shreds of meat—would you eat a steak with the texture of tapioca? Weruva’s food features these shreds of real meat right off the bone, which is why my cat took to it like a duck to water (or a cat to gravy)!
>> Got a fat cat? Sid doesn’t think he is fat – he is just more huggable and “puffy!” The problem is in the kibble. It’s filled with unnecessary carbs, which are almost impossible for cats to process (they don’t produce amylase, an enzyme which helps humans digest their food). Weruva’s B.F.F. OMG! has no kibble to worry about because it’s 100% real meats in their true form. Sid really enjoys it!
>> UT-why? Urinary tract issues often stem from dehydration—even if you’re giving your cat plenty of water. In the wild, cats stay hydrated through the food they eat instead of what they drink. Cats are used to ‘eating’ their water—but most wet foods don’t have nearly enough hydration to keep them satisfied. All of the products in Weruva’s B.F.F. OMG! line are over 85% hydration, which satisfies my cat’s hydration needs.
I love Weruva products because they are considered ‘people food for pets.’ I love to spoil my cats but I don’t feel comfortable giving them actual people food. I want to give them some chicken or tuna occasionally but I feel guilty about it. I don’t know what is healthy for them. The new line of B.F.F. OMG! cans and pouches feature land proteins like boneless and skinless white chicken breast, salmon, beef, duck, lamb and more. All recipes are grain, gluten, and carrageenan free. And if you are a BPA-free home, check out the pouches because they are are BPA-free. Best of all, my kitties love it!
Health isn’t just for humans, and I’m glad I took the time to learn how to feed my BFF properly. Even better, in the process, I found my kitty’s new favorite food. Sid especially likes Weruva’s Beef & Chicken Dinner in Gravy flavor, which you can read about at http://www.weruva.com/. You can also explore the whole B.F.F. OMG! lineup there, and find a flavor your cat will ‘paw’sitively adore, at Chewy.com
Has your cat experienced one of the Big 3 Cat Concerns? Share your experience in the comments!
If you liked this article and you want to try B.F.F. OMG! Please tell WeRuVa that you heard about it from MizMeliz and use the hashtag #weruvagrade and tag @weruva (Instagram) or @weruvapets (Twitter)

Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz featuring Charles G. Hanna @hanna_higher

Posted on January 9th, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom, Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures

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Steps to Happiness with the Inspiring Charles G. Hanna

Featuring Charles G. Hanna, author of “Higher: Awaken to a More Fulfilling Life”

 

Charles G. Hanna is a highly successful CEO, philanthropist and author of the new book, Higher: Awaken to a More Fulfilling Life. Through his firsthand experience and his understanding of human nature, neuroscience, and life management, Charles, for the first time, is revealing his practical and achievable techniques, tips and tools so that everyone can find a cheerful outlook this year.
 
Eye-opening and insightful, Charles and I will discuss:
  • Simple exercises anyone can do to help center themselves and get into the groove of a new year
  • Perception Disorder: What it is and signs you may be suffering from it 
  • Reaching a Higher State: What this means, and his top techniques that anyone can apply to get there
  • Why he believes happiness is a way of thinking and not the result of great achievement
  • And much more!
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Charles G. Hanna is the Chairman, CEO, and founder of a third-party technology provider that he began in a basement in 1979 and built into a leading service consolidation company with offices across Canada. A devoted father of three children, Hanna is involved with a range of charities, including organizations that help with cancer treatment, Canadian artists, and displaced and handicapped people. He has a particular soft spot for children and animals, and contributes his personal time in various ways to youth shelter homes and animal shelter groups. He divides his time between Toronto and Los Angeles.
 
Connect with Charles on www.charleshanna.com and on Twitter, @hanna_higher.
 
Higher: Awaken to a More Fulfilling Life is available from Amazon and most major booksellers.higher-book-by-author-charles-hanna-book-cover

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Tinsel Town Live featuring Lou Redmond @louspeakstruth

Posted on December 1st, 2016 by & filed under

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I am looking forward to meeting this fascinating and inspiring man! Our values are aligned and I always find it remarkable when someone has an awakening at a young age. Any age younger than me is young, okay! We all have the propensity to learn these lessons if we pay attention. I believe that Lou is an inspiration because he listened. He reacted. He acted. Look at him now!

“I do yoga, read, and travel. This past 18 months I’ve been to 3 countries on travel retreats that focus on volunteering and adventure.

I’m currently working on finishing up my book project. It tells the story of my personal transformation and how I quit my 9-5 to pursue my passion. I’m also very passionate about meditation and working on creating ways to help people in their practice and promote it’s benefits.”

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Email: Lou@louredmondcom

“Tinsel Town Live” featuring Best Selling Authors of #PetsinSpace @paulinebjones @vscotttheauthor

Posted on November 7th, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Tinsel Town Live 2016

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Even aliens need a pet to love!

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 Did you know there are pets in space? Haven’t you heard about Pets in Space!, the new anthology of stories spearheaded by Pauline Baird Jones and Veronica Scott?

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Pets in Space

Get it now on Amazon!

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world
and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and
romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they
touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered
creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same
after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars
shine just a little less brightly?
New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have
eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving
readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy
charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the
way you look at your pet!

10% of profits from the first month go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs
raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to
improve quality of life and restore independence.

A MATE FOR MATRIX: CYBORG PROTECTION UNIT

By S.E. Smith (New York
Times/USA TODAY Bestselling Author)

Matrix Roma is a member of the elite Zion military Cyborg Protection Unit. Matrix gets
more than he bargains for when his cyborg partner, a hybrid Wolfhound named K-Nine,
goes missing and ends up finding a mate for Matrix in the middle of a deadly mission
on an unknown planet called Earth.

STRAY

By Susan Grant
(New York Times/USA Today Bestselling, and RITA Award Winning Author)

Interplanetary Marine Lt. Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named
Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive—and beat the
odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Capt. Carlynn Riga. The
tough war hero learns what it means to surrender — his heart. Lukas’s struggles with
PTSD threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than
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when Carlynn goes missing on a mission. Can a scarred marine and his unlikely canine
partner find Carlynn and bring her home, or will he lose everything he’s finally found
worth fighting for?

SPARK OF ATTRACTION

By Cara Bristol (USA
TODAY Bestselling Author)

Memory: intact. Cognitive function: enhanced. Emotion: erased. After becoming a
cyborg, Captain Dante Stone didn’t think he’d ever feel again, until a traumatized
young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky helped him to love.

STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY

By Veronica
Scott

Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her
alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the
dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman
whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become
more interesting – and deadly.

THE REAL DRAGON

By Pauline Baird Jones
Emma Standish didn’t think her day could get any worse. Her dad is marrying his boss,
her dragon suddenly came back talking and typing, and it’s her fault the Earth, or at
least ten square miles of Texas, is going to be destroyed. That’s what happens when
you forget something very, very important. Luckily for her, she’s got the love of her
life that she can’t remember and her dragon by her side. Who needs to worry when
you’re having a day like this?

STARDOG

By Laurie A.
Green

Navigator Taro Shall has a mission no one wants – find a way to eradicate snakes on a
starship. He never expects to find the answer to his problem in a charming street
vendor named Adini. His already unusual mission becomes more complicated when he
suddenly acquires an adorable StarDog that soon sweeps him and Adini into the maw
of a brewing insurrection.

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By Alexis Glynn
Latner

On Tinsel Town Live, I will ask them to tell me all about this incredible project.
Let me know of any questions you might have for these stellar authors. Here are a few things I plan to ask them:
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How did the idea of pets in space come to you and how did the project evolve?
What is so special about companion animals?
What is science fiction romance?
What made you choose to benefit a charity that helps our military/Veterans?
Tell us about Hero Dogs! (http://www.hero-dogs.org)
mobymidorriI am also excited to learn about the sketches of the pets by Nyssa Juneau, she was the independent artist for the sketches for each story, and get the background on the cover artist and why the anthology is dedicated to him and his own dog. https://www.facebook.com/vikkasb?fref=ts
We will talk about this and so much more when we meet the authors of Pets in Space, Veronica Scott and Pauline Baird Jones on a special episode of Tinsel Town Live on Monday, November 7th at 6:00 pm Pacific time.
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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:

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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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Actively Practicing Patience as I Gaze into My Crystal Ball by Melissa Reyes

Posted on March 17th, 2016 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional, Life Coaching, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching

Patience, patience.

I believe that patience can be the same thing as trust. Trust and faith seem to go hand in hand as well. What does it all mean?

It is about releasing control, isn’t it?

“Patience may not be flashy, but it is crucial to well-being and effectiveness.

And it’s not something only the Dalai Lama can do (i.e. notions of certain people having the “patience of a saint”). Patience is what modern psychological and brain science would support and it’s what you can do while you’re waiting for the next thing—the end of the meeting, your driveway at the conclusion of a long commute home from work, the salivation and smell of dinner served, the anticipation of a lofty goal’s attainment, and then sleep before dreams of a weekend’s diversions.” ~Mitch AbblettMindful.org

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Mitch Abblett calls it “what you can do while you are waiting for the next thing.” I don’t know about you, but no matter how much I try I am never successful at speeding up time or making things happen using my mental abilities. No, just thinking about things and hoping they will work out when I want them to and how I want them to, just never seems to happen for me. So, what can I do to get better at not spending my time worrying, wondering, waiting, and stressing out about “the next thing?”

How can I practice patience, actively? Trust. Faith. Hope. Patience. These are positive, yet  passive mental activities. Aren’t they?

Let me see. I will look in my crystal ball and tell you exactly what will happen next. Hold on a moment.

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Are you still waiting? This could take a while. And, I do not guarantee accuracy in my forecast.

My crystal ball says, come back tomorrow

Wow, that could be frustrating, huh?! I am not out of my mind, I don’t even have a crystal ball, nor would I know how to use one if I did. But, you see what I mean, right? That’s what passive patience entails. Waiting for the unknown to happen – for who knows how long – and not having any guarantee that it will happen at all. No wonder we always have to be reminded to be patient! No wonder it isn’t a built in process.

I just sighed. I am now taking a long slow deep breath. I relaxed my shoulders. I was getting worked up because it seems difficult when it should be easy. It is very easy. Here is what we can do. (Get that? Active. Action. Positive. Motion. Together.) Here is what WE CAN DO:

Instead of waiting patiently, BE PATIENT.

Instead of hoping for the best, BE HOPEFUL.

Instead of gazing into the future trusting that things will be okay in the end, BELIEVE GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING NOW.

Instead of always leaving it up to the Universe or God, with blind faith, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.

 

You are resilient.

You are accepting.

You are a miracle.

You are Awesome.

 

Even when you are waiting.

Even when you don’t have the answers.

Even when you are afraid. alone. tired. weak. 

Even when nothing makes sense.

 

Love this moment, right now.

Love who you are.

Love everything you ever were.

Love everything you have yet to do, see, and be.

 

Trust Me.

Believe Me.

Never Give Up.

Be Patient.

 

Celebrate Good Times and Make Them All Good Times

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz, Valued by QBeats, Workshops and Webinars

Welcome to the last section and conclusion of Getting Your Rear in Gear with Miz Meliz. (This post is valued by QBeats, read why I feel it is important to support the writer of this work.It really all boils down to this. Celebrate the good times, and make them all good times. It may not be easy, but I will show you how I do it. When you get the hang of it, it is quite simple and life changing. If you haven’t read the previous five parts of this series, you might want to go back to the first one. It started with My Top 5 Tools To Set Goals and Make Things Happen. This is part six of the six part series on “Getting Your Rear in Gear.”

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Celebrate Good Times, and Make them all Good Times!

That sounds a little cliché, huh? Trite? Too easy. If only life were just that simple.

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Here is the thing.

Even if you have heard it before, you need to hear it all the time.

Remind yourself all the time. Being positive is a choice. I choose happiness every day. When I get down, I remind myself that I don’t have to feel that way. Or, if there is a reason to be sad or upset, I don’t feel guilty about it. I allow myself to feel that way. Then, it’s up and at ’em. Try, try again.

Does that make sense?

Choose to be happy. Choose to celebrate every day? Why does that seem impossible? Why should it be so hard to do. The thing is, we think it should be hard, so we make it hard. We are so hard on ourselves. We don’t really let ourselves take the easy road. We hear time and time again to simplify. To just relax and take it easy. That conflicts with our understanding of ambition and drive. Is it possible to be both goal oriented and easy going? Can we be ambitious and driven while living in the moment and celebrating the every day?

Yes, my dear. Yes.

My inner critic says that all of this is dumb. It is too simple and flowery to be true. It can’t really be “the way.” It is overdone. Outdated. Tried it, didn’t work. Been there. Done that. Everything I do and everything say has been done and said before. Nothing is original. Nothing matters. I just have to grin and face it. I just have to find a way to cope. Life is hard. That is just the way it is. Nothing will ever change.

When I listen to myself, to my head, to my thoughts, I get depressed. Life is hard. It will continue to be unbearable if I keep up that attitude.

You might want to get yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of milk to wash down all the sugary sweetness I am about to feed you…are you ready?

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These sayings, cliches, memes, might sound sickeningly sweet or saccharin to you…but stick with me – there is a point to all of this. This is what it is like when you listen to your heart. The inner critic thinks with adjectives. The negative thoughts are always passive, aggressive, descriptive, mean.

When I get those thoughts, I replace them with these:

  • Think positive.
  • Take time for you all the time, not just when you need it.
  • Put the oxygen mask on yourself first.
  • When things get tough, breathe.
  • Take a few breaths and repeat your mantra.
  • Close your eyes and imagine yourself at your “happy place.”
  • Put on your happy face.
  • Smile, you will feel better.
  • Practice gratitude.
  • Count your blessings.
  • Take a selfie. Smile!
  • Post a positive statement.
  • Share a funny cat video.
  • Do something nice for someone, just because.
  • Call a friend, just to say hello and ask them how they are doing.
  • Do something nice for yourself, just because.

Take Action:

Get a pen and paper and do this now.

Baby Steps or Giant Leaps

Share your positive statement or focus word for 2015, smile big, and shine! Think joyfully. Look at the sliver lining in each situation. If you can’t find one, allow yourself to be sad or angry because those are valid feelings. Own them. Don’t place blame or judgement on others. Let things go, reasonably. Learn from each situation.

See the goodness around you and if there isn’t anything good around you, be the goodness for yourself and others.

The thing is, being positive requires action. Actions involve movement. The word “celebrate” is a verb. All the words used to describe the action of celebration are verbs. Our heart wants us to live. Our heart tells us to do something about it. Get out of your negative thoughts and be joyful, do something special, live life with a gleeful heart.

Now You're Talkin'!

 

HOMEWORK

**Seek Happiness**

That is the assignment for the end of this workshop. Seek happiness. If you don’t feel happy, go out and get happy.

You already know what you need to do to refresh and renew and how important it is for continued success and peace of mind.  You are doing it.  You are here.

In conclusion, I ENCOURAGE YOU to celebrate the successes that you have enjoyed and remind you that every day we live and breathe is another one of those successes and another reason to celebrate.

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 Suggested Reading: 

  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
  • Drive by Daniel Pink
  • 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman
  • Healing and Prevention Through Nutrition by Evita Ochel
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben

“Action is the seed of change stirring within you, coaxed by the nutrients that encourage it’s growth.” ~ Raam Dev

Ideas give action hope
Vision gives action direction
Intention gives action focus
Inspiration gives action strength
Thoughts give action structure
Experience gives action validation.
Instead of doing stuff, just do.
Instead of trying to become someone, just be.
Instead of cultivating, cultivate.
Instead of living, live.
Forge action.

Contact Melissa Reyes at MizMeliz@Yahoo.com for inquiries, books, workshops, guest blog posts, Share the Love Tribe, interviews, Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town Video Podcast, or for Life Coaching.

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Thank you for being here. Share with me some ways that you celebrate and honor your life, your heart, with joyfulness.

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Do You Love Your Life?

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Quotes & Notes

I started writing this on April 25, 2014. Sometimes the important observations get put aside in order to make room for important obligations. When I came across this draft, I was reminded how important taking time for gratitude truly is i my life.

I may say it a lot, but it is never enough…

I love my life right now!

I am grateful that I am going to be moving to a new home.

Soon there will be a new baby in the family (my great niece.)

My kids are growing into fine young men.

My husband and I are beginning to reap in the health, wealth, and happiness that we have sown.

 

“As soon as you recover or discover something that nourishes you and brings you joy, resolve to care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” ~Jean Shinoda Bolen

Did you catch that part about caring enough? “Care enough about yourself.”  Man – if nothing else, care enough about yourself. This makes all the difference in the world.

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We moved to a fine new home in June.

My family is all settled in and we adore it. Every single day I thank God for blessing me with the ability to afford to live in our beautiful home, to be able to enjoy our lovely neighborhood, and I ask for it to work out and last for a long time.  I am feeling pleased with myself for following through on the idea, for executing the plan, and for making our dreams a reality.

It took a long time to get here. Years.

Planning and preparing to move was exciting and I am still enjoying the ride.

It’s work, but the payoff is huge! I was in a state of disbelief at first. It took a few months to adjust. We are acclimated now. I am mostly unpacked. I say mostly, because we still have boxes in the garage and a storage unit to empty.  We accumulated so much in the past 18 years! I was bogged down with all that stuff. I feel much lighter now.

I feel free.

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 “Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming.” ~Alice Walker

I am carefully constructing my present existence.

I am taking the time to decorate my home and organize my closets. I am creating gorgeous and functional space for the activities, hobbies, and passions that my husband, kids, and I hold dear. I want those things to take priority. I want my family to love living in their space and feel like they are effortlessly moving towards the future they are dreaming about.

2014-08-24 05.58.24We all have dreams and aspirations.

It doesn’t change as you get older. I realize that now. What gives us hope for the future and a reason for living is having a dream. It may be a goal, or a task that you want to complete. You may have a bucket list of things to do, see, or accomplish. You might want to try a different profession or practice. There are so many things to do. There are endless possibilities.

We must keep dreaming!

“Your own positive future begins in this moment. Every goal is possible from here.” – Lai Tzu

We can draw on the experience of our past.

Everything that we have once been, done, seen, is a part of our fiber now. Our life’s journey is woven into our being. Whether we like it or not, it is. Yet our future is ours to create. We decide on each step to take. I have a choice about everything I do. I decide on everything I am. I am who and what I want to be. I choose happiness. I choose joy and love. When I think about the future, I do all I can to replace the worrisome thoughts that creep into my mind with thoughts of hope. (See my post on “Peace of Mind” 3-7-13)

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“The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi

For my dreams to come true, I need to follow through.

I must care enough about myself to complete the plans that I make.  In order to make the best decisions for myself and my family, I honor the practices of self-care. I believe that taking care of my needs, knowing and feeding my own desires, striving to be my best self, is what enables me to be a leader. Nurturing my whole self makes me a better mom, wife, sister, aunt. These are the most important roles. I am also aware of the influence I provide for my clients, readers, friends, and groups that I am a part of. We are all a part of something. I try not to be a broken part. I want to care enough to be at my very best. I do this by honoring my core values.

To honor means to treat with high respect; it is a special privilege, it brings credit, it means to adhere to what is right or a correct standard of conduct, it is a matter of integrity, honesty, ethics, morals, principles, taking great pleasure, pride, joy, it is with distinction, an accolade, an award, a reward, a prize, a decoration, to applaud, to recognize, to celebrate, to commemorate, pay homage to, pay tribute to, sing the praises of, to fulfill an obligation or keep an agreement,
to fulfill, observe, keep, obey, heed, follow, carry out, implement, execute, effect. There are many ways of defining honor. Every definition can be applied here because my core values are worthy of the special honor they hold in my heart.

“When your values are the source of your actions, even the lows become a positive experience.” ~Sandi Amorin

Because a part of me must die for me to move on in life, I can celebrate the sad or hard times I have experienced.

You know what I mean, don’t you? I definitely don’t think that personal tragedies are a cause for celebration. I am not all happy, happy, joy, joy about devastation or hardship. I am sensitive to serious loss and the trials and tribulations that face each and every one of us at some point in our lives. But, being able to rise up from the ashes of those happenings and start anew is necessary. When, not if, but when we are able to reflect on our lowest moments in life we should be able to see what we learned and how we have grown.

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A rose bush has it’s thorns. Through the thorns, beautiful rosebuds emerge. Blooms burst out of the buds and the petals open up and exercise their full nature. After the roses are spent, the petals fall away and the flower dies. We cut off those dead parts so new flowers can bloom. The bush becomes stronger and healthier with each cutting. It’s roots grow deeper.

I am a rose bush.

Every thorn is a reminder of the hardships of life and my ability to protect what I love. Every rose is a celebration of all that is good and beautiful in my world.

Nothing lasts forever in it’s original form.

The memory of the bursts of vibrant color I have experienced will remain with me forever. The fact that I know what it felt like to touch and embrace the soft velvety petals has become a part of who I am. If I close my eyes and take a breath, I will always be able to recall how the rich perfume enveloped me. I will always have an awareness of the blooms that blessed my heart.

I will forget about the thorns. I will forget about the fallen petals. I will forget about trimming away the excess, the removal of the dead parts, the loss, the mourning. (See my “Hummingbird” post on Ordinary to Extraordinary.) Those memories will fade in time. I will never let the good thoughts and memories fade. I keep them alive. I will replant. I will grow. I will move on.

I will thrive!

I am living my dream. I am who and what I want to be.

I love my life.

Read more of my thoughts on life in my book, This is the Sound of My Soul.

Read more of my thoughts on life in my book, This is the Sound of My Soul.

 

Melissa Reyes, host of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town Video Podcast copyright October 2014 http://mizmeliz.com

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Your Kindness Colors My World #MizMeliz

Posted on July 9th, 2013 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz

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What is it about doing something nice “just because” that warms your heart?  

Do you have a story of how a simple act of kindness made an impact on someone’s life? 

Please share your story with me.

I will be looking at how kindness leads to compassion

and how being compassionate leads to

living a happy life in my next post.

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