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Posted on March 16th, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom, Everything Miz Meliz, Life Coaching, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching

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Inspiring Your Adventurous Soul! This Week on Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz @LeonLogothetis #GoBeKind @ThePondDigger @kimsomers

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures

Inspiring Adventures Week of March 6

Leon Logothetis

“Hi I’m Leon, a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist.”

It wasn’t always that way. Leon used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries. Leon’s current project is his show The Kindness Diaries which is streaming now on Netflix!

slide17Leon’s new book is about finding your true passion in life. Live, Love, Explore is available in bookstores now. http://www.leonlogothetis.com/gobekind/

Find out more: http://www.leonlogothetis.com, https://twitter.com/leonlogothetis, https://www.facebook.com/leonlogothetis, https://www.instagram.com/llogothetis/

Eric Triplett/The Pond Digger

“I’m The Pond Digger! My Passion is Ponds.”

Eric loves designing and building ponds for his company’s professional installations but he especially loves guiding and assisting Do It Yourselfer’s tackle their pond installations all across the country. That is the drive behind his Youtube Tutorial videos. He supports contractors just getting into the business as well.

13516611_10206402503877233_5851857080510900583_nIf you really want to get to know Eric and see what he is all about, add him on Snapchat! He is a great friend and always up for conversation about pretty much anything – as long as he can relate it to ponds, koi, California, ponds, koi, water, business, livestreaming, ponds, streams…well, you get the idea!

Find out more: www.theponddigger.com

Kim Somers Egelsee and Mike Somers

When asked who inspires them, Kim Somers Egelsee said, “We inspire each other!”

Father and Daughter writing duo, Mike Somers and his daughter, Kim Somers Egelsee will talk to me about the book they wrote together, Confessions of a Mailman Turned Realtor: Stories of Triumph, Tragedy and Life.

Kim Somers Egelsee is the #1 best selling author of “Getting Your Life to a Ten +“, co-author of 12 books, a multiple award winning inspirational TEDX speaker, life and business coach, hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, columnist and TV host.

Kim enjoys travel and spending time with her family among her many interests.

“We travel often, very often as a family. My dad and I have been to many places like Costa Rica, Playa Del Carme, and Hawaii.”

Success, confidence, and life are Kim’s passions. She guides people to find their best selves and live the life of their dreams. Kim Somers Egelsee has reached millions of people with her message of living a ten plus life, helping them exude confidence in every interaction, and live 100% in their full power. Now, she and her Dad, Mike are sharing their triumphant stories in this memoir:

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Find out more: www.kimlifecoach.com and www.mikenancy.com

 

Restoring Passion and Purpose with Legal Thriller Novelist, Oliver Hayden Harris

Posted on February 7th, 2017 by & filed under

Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz featuring Author, Oliver Hayden Harris

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 6:00 pm Pacific

Restoring Passion and Purpose

If you ask Oliver Hayden Harris what he likes to talk about he will tell you,Police Violence, government corruption, political science, science science, cosmology, the Second World War.” I know, because I asked him. I was not sure if I would have much to talk to him about in my upcoming interview on Inspiring Adventures. Yet, I am always interested in what inspires people to make a change in their life. I knew that Oliver had spent his life as an attorney, and now has begun a career as a novelist. I am interested in discovering what it took for him to restore the passion and purpose in his life.

Oliver Harris was inspired foremost by his parents, who encouraged him to read, study, experience music and the arts. Other inspirations are great men in history, such as Washington and Lincoln, Churchill and Roosevelt. Also great, breakthrough, scientists such as Galileo, Kepler, Darwin, Newton and Einstein inspired him. His final inspiration was his alma mater, the University of Chicago, with its broad cross-disciplinary course of study, encompassing Literature, Music, Politics, Mathematics, Science, History and Philosophy.

It doesn’t surprise me that an educated, intensely motivated, well-read man would turn to writing as a passion.

Many Americans in the latter stage of a career – or even already in retirement – have discovered that it’s never too late to reinvent themselves. Folk artist Grandma Moses was in her late 70s before she began her painting career. Colonel Harland Sanders was in his 60s when he launched Kentucky Fried Chicken. Arnold Schwarzenegger reinvented himself a couple of times, going from professional body builder to actor to governor of California.

“Sometimes referred to as “encore careers,” these second acts can reinvigorate you and give you a reason to greet each day with anticipation, says Oliver Harris, who wrote his first novel after working for more than four decades as an attorney, including as a criminal-defense lawyer in Chicago.”

jo-jo“In my case, I was able to incorporate elements from my original career in law into my encore career as a writer,” says Harris, who put his knowledge of Chicago’s crime and corruption to use in his novel “JoJo” (www.readjojo.com).

“I’m still working as a lawyer, and I work nights on my writing,” Harris says. “So, I’ve pretty much added a second career into my life.”

He has tips for others who also feel the urge to reinvent themselves late in life:

• Realize that purpose is important. After years in the same profession, it’s easy to become burned out and to operate on auto pilot as you perform the tasks of your job. Essentially, people can lose their sense of purpose. When they reinvent themselves, that purpose can be reignited. “You’re much more likely to be successful when you’re driven by a sense of purpose,” Harris says.
• Find what excites you. Harris says he always wanted to write, so it was not surprising that pounding out a novel could become a passion for him. If you’re reinventing yourself, the reinvention might as well center on something you’re passionate about. That could mean returning to college to earn a degree, learning to play a musical instrument, or embarking on the career you dreamed of as a child but put aside for more practical pursuits.
• Don’t convince yourself that it’s too late. It’s not, Harris says. Many years ago, the newspaper advice columnist Dear Abby received a letter from a 36-year-old college dropout who wanted to return to school to become a doctor. But this would-be physician worried that it would take at least seven years to finish all the schooling. “In seven years I’ll be 43,” the letter writer lamented. Abby responded with a question. “How old will you be in seven years if you don’t go back to college?” As it happens, Harris spent seven years working on “JoJo,” setting aside writing time between 11 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Burning the midnight oil paid off, so it definitely wasn’t too late to get started, he says.

Harris believes it’s important to put your mind to its full use.

 “With law I was only using part of my brain,” he says. “I wanted to use all of my brain and what I am capable of, which is why I began writing my novel.”

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Oliver Harris, author of the legal thriller “JoJo” (www.readjojo.com), has spent 45 years as a trial lawyer, prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. He has worked in both Chicago and in Palm Beach County, Florida. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Chicago and his law degree is from the Indiana University School of Law.

“I spend most of my leisure time reading. Subjects can be as diverse as The Trial of Socrates, Darwin, The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, Quantum Mechanics, current novels by writers such as Jay McInerney and Michael Koryta, and many of the classics such as Bleak House, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment and the novels of Jane Austen, to name just a few in each category.”

“Jojo was inspired by an idealistic woman lawyer I knew, whose idealism always got her in to trouble with bad and powerful people. A young, idealistic woman lawyer joins a large law firm in a big city where she finds corruption, disillusionment and murder. She has the mind of Voltaire, the vocabulary of a truck driver, and the soul of Blanche Dubois. She is an early victim of sexism in the legal profession. She is intrepid and fights City Hall. Her fragile soul encounters and suffers the Moloch of the City, its courts, its politics and its police. The narrator has fallen in love with her, but she disappears without a trace one November. The police suspect that the narrator has abducted and killed her. The narrator thinks she may have been murdered by the Mob because of her involvement in city politics, and the award of a city-wide cable franchise. The narrator finds himself trying to decode what happened to her by tracking her life through the corrupt and murderous City, as it is related in her letters and journals.”

Empathy

Posted on January 19th, 2017 by & filed under 365 Day Challenge, A Year in Bloom, Everything Miz Meliz

Empathy

For my 365 Day Challenge, I am posting my word or theme for the day, week, and month on Instagram and other social media…periodically. If you want to see it every single day, please join my Facebook group, A Year in Bloom:

A Year in Bloom is a place to share inspiration, grow, thrive, and bloom, to be our healthiest, happiest, and best – every single day.

Words for January

What is YOUR word for 2017?

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.

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