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My Blooming 2017 Year in Review

Posted on December 14th, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom, Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures, Theme of the Week, Twitter Chat

2017 was my year in bloom. I declared it a year to grow, thrive, and bloom. I created a Facebook group called “A Year in Bloom” and I set out to help people and myself experience the healthiest, happiest, and best year ever. Did I fulfill my intention? It’s time to look back and reflect on the year and look at the bouquet of beautiful blossoms and blooms, thorns and all!

January and February

Introductions, Vision Boards, Intentions, and lots and lots of words define how I started 2017. I began collecting words and sharing phrases and a word of the day to inspire and be inspired. It was a challenge to post a word every day, and I did it for about three months and those words helped to shape amazing discussions. This started an idea, a seed if you will, that got me thinking about a daily intention practice. That seed grew to what developed into my Daily Affirmations Card Deck and Guide Book! Bloom!

I met and introduced many lovely people to the group through my show, Inspiring AdventuresThe overall theme was Kindness. Gabriela van Rij, Kindness Activist and the Kindness Diaries, Leon Logothetis are two people who I will never forget. I think that theme stayed with me all year and had the most impact! It was amazing to interview so many inspiring people and every single one of them brought a meaningful sense of knowledge and added beauty to my life’s bouquet. Bloom!

March and April

In March, I started thinking about being powerful and taking control of my own life. I empowered myself to be healthy, happy, and successful. I created my Daily Affirmations Card Deck and Guidebook. Cindy and I started using the themes when we planned the Paint with Heart projects. It has been amazing how the themes apply to everything we do, from the interviews to the art projects, to my work at the school, life coaching, live streaming – everything! Bloom!

April

This spring, my spirit united with Chakra Dyana meditation practitioner, Maria Humphreys. Maria has become part of my daily life and she has inspired me in countless ways. I started seeing how the practices that I put into place in the beginning of the year were affecting me. I was feeling healthier because I had made major changes in my daily routine, consuming less sugar, taking vitamins and minerals, and drinking more water. Maria motivated me to increase my mobility and restart practices of strength training and meditation as well. Having an experienced physical therapy and fitness expert to be an accountability partner, who was willing to just be on “stand-by” whenever I had a question was a major inspiration! Bloom!

May and June

This time of year brought many delightful moments. One of the most interesting coincidences that happened was my Balloon Festival Experience. Attending my son’s graduation from college was one of the highlights of my life and proudest moments! Attending Rose’ Day, VidCon, and covering the Premiere of Not a War Story were all amazing things I was privileged to do! Going to these events and sharing them through social media and on my blog is so much fun. Bloom!

July

It was my birthday month and I was off work from the school for four weeks. Rather than celebrating, I spent the time connecting with my online business partners and planning for BubblrMedia. I never worked so hard or enjoyed my work so much before! Connecting with social media marketing friends online lead me to join an initiative on Twitter called #VideoReplyDay which seemed like an added task but turned out having a life-enhancing benefit. After the whirlwind months of attending events and working inside the home studio, I wanted to get away – so I took a long weekend road trip to Chama, New Mexico. I met up with one of my BubblrMedia partners, Emily Shatters and her kids. This was a time for growth.

When I returned to work, one of the most frightening experiences of my life happened. I suffered an attack of Bells Palsy. It happened just two weeks before I was supposed to speak at the ConnectHer conference.  I was stunned. It took every ounce of my energy and strength to get through that difficult time without losing the momentum I was on. I had come so far and had so much planned, I was afraid I would have to stop doing what I loved. I realized that I needed to follow all of my own advice and apply all of my knowledge and believe in myself and things would work out for the best. And you know what, they did! Bloom!

August and September

I was still recovering and going to physical therapy for my face, I was getting back into the swing of things, I was back to work at the school and trying to start a new business with BubblrMedia. I missed Cindy while she was on her vacation to Europe and August seemed like a long month of preparation. Cindy and I went all in with new shows when she got back and we made a big commitment to BubblrMedia. We produced four weekly live shows on Facebook including Paint with Heart, Cre8this, Inspiring Adventures, and Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz. We met lots of people and spent many hours onscreen! Bloom!

I made a commitment to attend all the activities at my son’s school for his senior year as well, so that meant attending a Drama Parent Meeting, a Homecoming Game, and some Retreat Meetings. In the midst of all this I had my bi-annual physical exam and blood tests. I had amazing results that made me feel really good! First, test results showed that the Bell’s Palsy had been caused by an acute virus . That explains why the medication the ER doctor prescribed worked and the paralysis healed completely. My blood tests also showed that my Diabetes is under control and in fact, I am healthier than I have been in years! Bloom!

October and November

In October I had the opportunity to attend VidSummit and I made the decision to learn as much as I can about YouTube. As things started to wind down for Inspiring Adventures interviews and A Year in Bloom, the Holidays and family time started to take a forefront. Cindy and I began recording the 2017 Paint with Heart Christmas Ornament Collection video series and I enjoyed prepping for the holidays. We also started attending online webinars to educate ourselves on the many aspects of teaching online and using YouTube to reach our audience and help more people. Bloom!

For Thanksgiving, Lito and I took the boys up to Chama, New Mexico. After being there in the summer, I had to go back with the rest of the family! It was so beautiful! We connected with more of our family who live in New Mexico and made a new business decision to add to the growing online business – virtual tours and aerial photography! Lito and Roman’s drones took their maiden voyage in Chama on our cousin’s property. We are now gearing up to start serving clients in the New Year! I am starting a business with my husband, I can hardly believe it! Bloom!

December

There were a lot of challenges this year. Some were personal and private, others happened to all of us, as a society, in our community, our country, our world. We suffered some set backs. We encountered some devastating blows. We experienced pain, hurt, loss, and grief. But, like any living thing, we continue to thrive with some tender loving care.

My Year in Bloom produced so many blossoms which looking back have created a lovely bouquet of fulfillment. I set intentions and focused my mind on what I wanted to see happen for my life’s vision and made it my mission to do the things I love while making it my happiest, healthiest, and best year yet. It tickles me that so many of the things on my Pinterest Vision Board that I first posted in 2012 have come to life! For the most part, 2017 was a wonderful year, perhaps one of the best yet! The best part was sharing it with you. You inspire me. I hope I inspired you too!

I have two more blog posts that I want to complete before I start my new word and plan for 2018. I want to share a list of all the people I interviewed and met in 2017 who made it an Inspiring Adventure for me and tell you how you can connect with each of them. I also want to share with you my list of 100 people I want to meet and interview in 2018 and why. I am really excited about what is to come in the next year, my 50th year on this earth, and no matter what – you can be sure I will be sharing it with you!

Moms Save with Groupon and Get Conference Ready @Groupon #sponsored

Posted on July 24th, 2017 by & filed under BubblrMedia, Everything Miz Meliz

Save with Groupon and Get Conference Ready

There are a lot of conferences that Moms and Dads attend around the country these days. We often combine a little business and family time at these events. Especially when the conferences and conventions take place at a resort or vacation destination. (This is a sponsored post, see my disclosure for details on why I post articles like this on MizMeliz.com.)

I’m excited to offer you some tips and some super discounts from Groupon that will help you prepare to have an amazing and productive time on your next conference or family getaway!

 

Here are some tips to be conference ready that any Mom or Dad can use to help keep costs down and get organized:

 

Pack light and plan to dress comfortably – it isn’t about what you wear, it is how you wear it that matters. You will make an impression with your smile and attitude, not your wardrobe. Bring one accessory or garment that defines you or that is your “signature color” and wear it every day.

If you are speaking or meeting with clients, be sure to bring a sport coat or suit jacket. Even if you wear it with jeans at a casual conference, it will speak volumes about how you take the position and the experience seriously.

Bring business cards. At tech conferences or new media expos you really only need a few because you can hold it up and everyone you meet can snap a picture and gather your contact info that way. I have my snap code on a sticker that I put on the back of my lanyard so I just flip that around and after every selfie I am in, I ask new friends to add me. If they aren’t on Snapchat, my Twitter handle is on there, too.

For networking conferences like the one I am attending in August, ConnectHer Media 2017, I will be bringing lots of business cards. I also made up some post cards because I am representing my new company, BubblrMedia. At big Expos and trade-shows I highly recommend bringing stickers or useful gadgets with your logo and contact information printed on them. Everyone loves a freebie and you can get these made up at a very low cost online.

Proof copy of the post cards made on VistaPrint.com

Since I will be leading a round table presentation at ConnectHer, I am printing up some One Sheets. I get all the printing done online at VistaPrint. They are quick, great quality, and always have great deals.

Know your elevator speech as well as you know your address! Practice this and memorize it. Keep it to five (or less) key points. Be clear in your delivery. Focus on one main thing you want to present when you attend a conference. Of course you know more and do more than that, but when you meet someone for the first time and you have just about the length of time as a ride in an elevator to tell them about yourself – make it the best part of your life story!

Bring your own water and snacks. If you are traveling long distances, by air or car, and staying in a hotel – you will benefit by having some snacks and bottled water with you. Remember, you can’t bring bottled water on a plane. But if you can stop by a Target along the way after you land, you can get a lot more for your money.

Don’t forget to bring your vitamins and health supplements! Eating right while on the road and on vacation is hard to do. By planning ahead and staying on your regimen, you will be at your best to present and/or learn as much as you can while attending the long sessions and meeting people at the conference. You will also have plenty of energy to keep up with the night life, and/or the family activities you have planned in the off time.

After the conference is over, be sure to send thank you cards to the people you met who made an impression or who helped you in some way. If you were hosted or sponsored, be sure to send some something special from 1800Flowers as a thank you gift. A sincere gesture goes a long way.

A wonderful way to thank someone is to send a video message on social media. I like to do this on Twitter using the #VideoReplyDay hashtag or on Instagram to publicly thank people for the nice things they do.

Have a great time and take lots of pictures! Don’t forget to post them to your social media accounts and tag the conference and use their hashtag! I will be wearing my BubblrMedia sticker everyday at #ConnectHer17 in Las Vegas! I can’t wait!