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What Makes You Happy? #MizMeliz

What Makes You Happy?

Do you wonder about your life’s purpose? How do you become happy? How do you find inner peace?

For me, I have found that no matter what my focus is (let’s face it, being a mom, a wife, an employee, and so much more – I don’t always focus on or think about my life’s purpose) I am happiest when I am being creative. I love to make things and I love being productive. I will be the first to admit it – sometimes, I love being lazy! But, I usually have a few projects in the works.

Blogging has been particularly satisfying for me and has allowed me to be my best self whenever I feel like it. I have met amazing people and made some wonderful friends. I can express myself openly and honestly. I truly have found my voice! Through blogging (writing and posting information online) I have been able to explore and pursue all of my interests. I also have the opportunity at my fingertips to share what I experience and learn with others. That is the best part! What is the point of being passionate about something without sharing it with the world?

One way that I have been able express my creativity is by writing and sharing my poetry. I have posted some of my favorites on my blog, and I have even read my poetry at various open mic nights. My poem, Rain, which I read when I participated in the Velvet Guerilla Cabaret at the UnUrban Coffee House in Santa Monica last August is on my You Tube Channel.

This week I will be reading another of my original poems at a spoken word performance in Hollywood. The event is called Urban Desert Cabaret. It is a variety of artists who are brought together on a regular basis by Songwriter/musician Joe City Garcia. (Joe happens to be my cousin. That’s the reason I have this chance.) Most of the performers are professionals. Joe is passionate about this show and works hard to bring together a cohesive program that everyone will enjoy (its not an open mic night! I’m getting nervous!) But honestly, I have a sound heart as I prepare for my performance and I am completely open to the experience.

I put a lot of energy over the years into finding my life’s purpose and living to my life’s full potential. I know that having a joyful heart is what brings happiness to my life and the lives of those I touch. I love the confident feeling I have when I can express myself openly and my creativity shines through! It’s that creative force that brings joy, happiness and peace to my heart. This is what makes life worth living, this is what brings purpose and meaning to my life.

Photo Copyright Melissa Reyes 2012
Miz Meliz on the Beach on a Cold Day

What makes your heart leap with joy? What makes you happy?

Years ago, I learned many of the principles that I continue to apply to my life now while watching The Oprah Winfrey Show. That is where I first encountered Gary Zukav. You can learn to find meaning in your life and start living it with the help of Gary Zukav by following his steps, he says:

“Discover your soul and its path.

Align your personality with your soul. Until that happens, you won’t be able to give the gifts you were meant to.

Remind yourself daily of the following:

• You are a soul first and a personality second.
• You are worthy. You are not on this Earth by accident. You have a reason to be here. There’s a difference between accepting that in your mind and accepting in your heart.
• It’s not an “it” that you’re looking for—it’s your life that you’re living.
• You are here to create an authentically empowered life. There is no guarantee you will do it. It’s up to you.”

Learn more and meet Gary Zukav:

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Everything Miz Meliz, Tell Me Something Good

I’m Engaged!


“I just can’t believe it!” Princess said to Mr. Sanders, her piano instructor. “Did you hear the news?”

“What is it? Did you practice your scales?” Mr. Sanders asked.

“My great great grandmother is engaged!” Exclaimed the young mouse.

“Oh, really?” He said cautiously. He always thought Melissa the Mouse would make a nice companion and tried to hide his disappointment that he missed out on a possibility. But he thought he knew the mouse well enough to know if she was involved with anyone and was surprised that she would be interested in getting married. He knew her to be quite independent. “Who is she marrying? This is exciting news for your family.” He said.

“I don’t know for sure yet.” Princess answered quietly.

“How do you know she is engaged?” he asked one more question, even though he knew he should be starting the lesson. He enjoyed his conversations with the bright young mouse and knew that she liked to talk to adults. He felt that she focussed more on her playing if he let her get it out of her system.

Princess opened up to the kind man and answered in a hushed tone, “I heard her talking to my mother about it. Mummy asked her why she works so much and she said she couldn’t help it if she was engaged. Do you think she is marrying a poor mouse Mr. Sanders?”

He did what he could to keep himself from laughing out loud! He let out a controlled sigh of relief and explained, “Miss Princess, when a mouse such as your great great grandmother Melissa the Mouse becomes involved in a project she puts in so much effort and gives all she can to help other mice, she becomes fully engaged in what she is doing. It doesn’t mean she is getting married. I’ve known her a long time and I am proud to say that is one of the admirable traits that she has always exhibited. I wish all my students would be equally engaged to their study of music!”

“Yes, Mr. Sanders. Maybe you should call Grandma-ma sometime. You have so much in common.” Said the perceptive young mouse and she began playing.

“Perhaps I shall, he replied. Now curve your fingers my dear.”


Miz Meliz Photo and drawing by Melissa Reyes Copyright 2013 from the Adventures of Melissa the Mouse 20130120-104256.jpg
Mr. Sanders explains to Princess what it means to be “fully engaged.”

“When the deepest part of you becomes engaged in what you are doing, when your activities and actions become gratifying and purposeful, when what you do serves both yourself and others, when you do not tire within but seek the sweet satisfaction of your life and your work, you are doing what you were meant to be doing.”

— Gary Zukav

Read more about Gary Zukav:

Tell me something good, when have you been fully engaged in something?