Inspiring Adventures

Embrace Yourself for Inspiring Adventures featuring @tarynbrumfitt on @BubblrMedia #IHaveEmbraced

Posted on May 21st, 2017 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures, Interview

I just watched the documentary EMBRACE by Taryn Brumfitt, as I have been meaning to do for weeks as I prepare to interview Taryn on my show, Inspiring Adventures.

I knew it would be emotional since I have struggled with body image issues my whole life. #IHaveEmbraced ~ Melissa Reyes

I had no idea how deeply this would affect me.

Taryn discusses all kinds, every kind, of body image issue one can imagine in her film. The results are the same. We are beautiful. We are unique. It is up to us to change the way we judge each other and how we judge ourselves.

Please see the film.

Embrace is on Netflix now:

On May 30th at 6 pm Pacific Time, I have the great honor to meet Taryn and introduce her to you!

 

Here is the trailer – but I must say, this isn’t just a story of what happened to this one woman – it is about every woman.

Everyone needs to see this film.

 

The live interview will be held live on Facebook.com/BubblrMedia and in the private group, A Year in Bloom.

I hope to see you there and I welcome your questions and comments. Please post them either here, or on Facebook, and please know that I will do my very best to get to as many as possible during the interview.

Thank you!

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 30th for Inspiring Adventures!

Paying for Perfect Grades with Pills by Joy Stephenson-Laws @_pHLabs

Posted on April 10th, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom, Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Guest Post, Inspiring Adventures

Campus stimulant abuse: Paying for perfect grades with pills

Guest Post By Joy Stephenson-Laws, founder of Proactive Health Labs (pH) and her medical team

Parents are expressing growing shock over the frequency of drug use on American college campuses. And we are not talking about illegal drugs, but legal, prescription ones. Stimulants, commonly prescribed for attention-deficit disorder, are finding their way into the hands of students with perfect mental health. A recent study titled Under Pressure: College Students and the Abuse of Rx Stimulants found that 1 in 5 college students (20 percent) report abusing prescription stimulants at least once.

Why would students take medicine they don’t need?

Many are doing it because they believe it will help them study or outperform their classmates. Stimulants work by getting into the brain and forcing the release of neurotransmitters: dopamine, which increases motivation; serotonin, which improves mood and has a calming effect; and norepinephrine, which creates an activated “fight or flight” brain and cardiovascular response, increasing alertness. Students with prescriptions often sell or give pills to their classmates.

The names of these drugs include:

  •          Adderall (amphetamine)
  •          Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine, turns into amphetamine in the body)
  •          Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate, Quillivant (methylphenidate)
  •          Provigil, Nuvigil (modafinil)
  •          Focalin (dexmethylphenidate)

Stimulant drugs are less potent than the stimulant cocaine, but much more potent than caffeine. All share similar side effects such as:

  •          Insomnia
  •          Poor appetite
  •          Digestive problems
  •          High blood pressure
  •          Racing heart
  •          “Crashing” afterward (releasing all those neurotransmitters early has its consequences)
  •          Addiction potential

Certain risk factors for stimulant abuse have been identified in young people. Risk factors include:

  •          Membership in the Greek system (fraternities and sororities)
  •          Having some (but not necessarily all) of the symptoms of ADHD
  •          Alcohol or marijuana use
  •          Academic difficulties

While many students who abuse stimulants are indeed healthy, some of them may actually be suffering from undiagnosed ADHD and “self-medicating” with stimulants as well as alcohol and marijuana.

Parents and students can work to prevent unnecessary use of stimulants. Colleges do not want to create an environment where “everyone” needs to use stimulants to keep up. It may be important to identify nutritional deficiencies that may lead to ADHD. Such deficiencies can be uncovered by appropriate testing. Optimizing exercise, nutrition and sleep always enhances cognitive performance, while getting prompt professional evaluation for any persistent difficulties studying can catch ADHD, depression or other mental difficulties early so that students can get help rather than rely on the dorm “drug dealer.”

Enjoy Your Healthy Life!

The pH professional health care team includes recognized experts from a variety of health care and related disciplines, including physicians, health care attorneys, nutritionists, nurses and certified fitness instructors. To learn more about the pH Health Care Team, click here.

Joy Stephenson-Laws is the founder of Proactive Health Labs (pH), a revolutionary health care company that provides tools needed to achieve optimal health. Her new book, Minerals – The Forgotten Nutrient: Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy [Proactive Health Labs, Inc., 2016] is available through Amazon or wherever books are sold. All proceeds from the book will be donated to The Bili Project Foundation, an organization devoted to reducing the incident and improve the outcome of Hepatobilary cancers, which are cancers of the liver, gallbladder, or bile ducts.  Connect with Proactive Health Labs on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, and at www.phlabs.org.

 

Note from Miz Meliz:

I have the pleasure of interviewing Joy Stephenson-Laws on Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz on May 23, 2017! Please join us to learn more about her book, her life, and what inspires her on her journey! See it on BubblrMedia on Facebook.com/MizMelizLA

This article was provided by and posted with permission from Smith Publicity for the purpose of promotion and review of the book by Joy Stephenson-Laws. I received a copy of the book for review purposes. I am not being paid for the review or interview. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure statement for details on why I post articles like these on my blog. Thanks!

Let’s Get Blooming!

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

Special offer!

Now through May 25th

Three one on one private coaching sessions with Melissa Reyes, the bloom boosting motivational coach for A Year in Bloom, a unique online personal development experience that focuses on growth and clarity.

Schedule your three sessions with Melissa in 3 EASY STEPS:

1.  Join A Year in Bloom on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/groups/ayearinbloom or email me at Mizmeliz @ yahoo .com

2.  Send a message to Melissa that you are interested in the sessions.

3.  Schedule a date and time.

It’s that easy! On the first session we will discuss the details such as length of the sessions and frequency as well as payment.

In most cases, sessions are online via Private Zoom or Skype and take about 30 minutes. One time per week makes the most sense, however we will work together to come up with a schedule based on your needs.  I am available most evenings and weekends. I also do phone and in person coaching.

Ask me about group and spa sessions! 

If your organization is ready for a Bloom Boosting Retreat, A Year in Bloom can be modified for any size group to experience new growth, be ready to thrive, and bloom – be your healthiest, happiest, and best self every single day!

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.”

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