Friday’s Featured Female – Melissa Reyes@MizMeliz

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Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female –
For My Birthday Month We’re Celebrating a month of Melissas!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF

This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women.  IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here.

I’m very honored to kick of my “Month of Melissas” with the very special Melissa  I met Melissa at Bloggy Boot Camp Las Vegas at a meetup of the So Cal Lady Bloggers in October of 2012 (way before I even had a blog).  Melissa just radiated positivity (she still does).  This lady made a book of all the bloggers she wanted to meet at the conference (with their likeness and blog name) and made sure she not only introduced herself to them, let them know why she wanted to meet them and then had them sign her homemade book!  

I immediately fell in love with her ingenuity, warmth and her ability to be so open about her respect and love for others and their work.  When I found out that Melissa is a fellow 80′s-phile  (her book is called “This Is The Sound of My Soul” – from the Spandau Ballet song “True” – she even got permission from Gary Kemp to use the words), the deal was sealed.  Melissa is not only a devoted mother, wife, writer and foodie (among other things), she’s a life coach.  I couldn’t think of a better suited person for the job.

Soooo have you met Melissa?????


Discovering My True Self

 “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”  ~Carl Rogers, The Sound of My Soul

Thank you for the honor of telling you a bit about myself as I muse a little about being “A Melissa.” I write a lot about acceptance and self-love on my blog and in my book because it has been and continues to be a big part of my journey.

This time of year is very special to me because I love holidays and I enjoy Valentine’s Day. I have been in a great relationship for almost 30 years, so I have always had a Valentine. He isn’t very romantic, so it is the one day I can expect something extra special. Isn’t that nice! Chalk one up for me. I don’t take it for granted, believe me.

This is also a sad time of year for me because it is the anniversary of my mother’s passing. She died on February 10, 2005. It’s hard to believe it has been that long. I miss her so much. I think of her every single day.

Being the mom of three teen boys, who currently all have girlfriends, makes this time of year interesting for me. I will be asked to help pick out just the right gift and pay for someone else’s perfect date. It still freaks me out that I am the mom.

So there you have it. I am wife, daughter, and mother. But I am so much more than that! And I am still learning and growing. I feel that I have so much to offer. I want to make a difference in this world. I want to leave a legacy.

Having a vision and setting goals is part of getting there. I use a concept word to focus on each year that helps me. This year I chose discovery. I want to break free from my comfort zone and experience new things. I want to have a deeper understanding of things and enhance my knowledge. This part of my journey will be exciting! I have some fun trips planned, I am signed up for some training and I am attending some conferences. I learn something new every day.

How can I do all of this? It starts with believing in myself. I frequently take time to reflect on who I am.

It is totally cool that Melissa Burton asked me to guest post on her blog during her Month of Melissas in honor of her birthday! It was originally because of having the same first name that we connected instantly when we first met. We soon found that besides blogging, being in the awesome group So Cal Lady Bloggers, loving food, family and fun – we also both love 80’smusic. Of course you know that Duran Duran is Melissa’s favorite! Mine is Spandau Ballet. I wonder what other things we will discover that we have in common during this month of Melissas?

I thought I would reflect on our name because I have always loved learning about the root of words and names and how they influence my personality. Melissa was a very popular name around the time I was born, so I know quite a few people with the name. I was actually named for my uncle. My mother had six sisters and one brother. Everyone loved my Uncle Melecio! 1979 was the peak of the Melissa trend with over 30,000 girls given the name. It’s rather rare now, with only about 2500 given the name in 2010. Personally, I like the nickname I have been given: Melis. Some people call me Mel. Some call me Miss Melis. From that I coined the name of my blog: Miz Meliz.

Melissa is a given name for a female child. The name comes from the Greek word μέλισσα (melissa), “honey bee”, which in turn comes from μέλι (meli), “honey”. In Ireland it is sometimes used as a feminine form of the Gaelic male name Maoilíosa. Melissa also refers to the plant known as lemon balm (family Lamiaceae; genus and species Melissa officinalis).

I wanted to write a poem for Melissa Burton and the ValentineRD. As I thought about titles for my poem, I considered “Ode to Melissa” and then I found this:

The following is an ode to Melissa’s birthday by Thomas Blacklock, a Scottish poet from the late 18th century.


“Ye nymphs and swains, whom love inspires
With all his pure and faithful fires,
Hither with joyful steps repair;
You who his tenderest transports share
For lo ! in beauty’s gayest pride,
Summer expands her bosom wide ;
The Sun no more in clouds inshriu’d,
Darts all his glories unconfin’d;
The feather’d choir from every spray
Salute Melissa’s natal day.

Hither ye nymphs and shepherds haste,
Each with a flow’ry chaplet grae’d,
With transport while the shades resound,
And Nature spreads her charms around;
While ev’ry breeze exhales perfumes,
And Bion his mute pipe resumes;
With Bion long disus’d to play,
Salute Melissa’s natal day.

For Bion long deplor’d his pain
Thro’ woods and devious wilds in vain;
At last impell’d by deep despair,
The swain preferr’d his ardent pray’r;
His ardent pray’r Melissa heard,
And ever)* latent sorrow cheer’d,
His days with social rapture ble~t,
And scoth’d each anxious care to rest.
Tune, shepherds, tune the festive lay,
And hail Melissa’s natal day.

With Nature’s incense to the skies
Let all your fervid wishes rise,
That Heav’n and Earth may join to shed
Their choicest blessings on her head;
That years protracted, as they flow,
May pleasures more sublime bestow ;
While by succeeding years surpast,
The happiest still may be the last;
And thus each circling Sun display,
A mere auspicious natal day.”

I like this poem just the way it is and love that I never came upon it before now. It will always make me think of Melissa Burton! I am a strong believer of fate and that there are no coincidences. We are all connected in some way. As I drove to work this morning, this song came on the radio. I admire Melissa Burton so much for her dedication to fitness and health. She loves to run. This is not something I have in common with her. I do love to “run with things!” And I can apply the lyrics of this song to my passionate ambition in life.

Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through the mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected,and steppin’ out over the line
h-Oh, Baby this town rips the bones from your back
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we’re young
`Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

yes, girl we were

Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend
I want to guard your dreams and visions
Just wrap your legs ’round these velvet rims
and strap your hands ‘cross my engines
Together we could break this trap
We’ll run till we drop, baby we’ll never go back
h-Oh, Will you walk with me out on the wire
`Cause baby I’m just a scared and lonely rider
But I gotta know how it feels
I want to know if love is wild
Babe I want to know if love is real

Oh, can you show me

Beyond the Palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard
Girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
And the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
I wanna die with you Wendy on the street tonight
In an everlasting kiss

The highway’s jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive

Everybody’s out on the run tonight
but there’s no place left to hide
Together Wendy we can live with the sadness
I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul
h-Oh, Someday girl I don’t know when
we’re gonna get to that place
Where we really wanna go
and we’ll walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us
baby we were born to run

Oh honey, tramps like us
baby we were born to run

Come on with me, tramps like us
baby we were born to run

 My wish for all the Melissas out there – be true to yourself and stay the sweet honey bee that you are. We were born to love, to care for others, and to share joy.

Have a wonderful birthday month Melissa Burton and a fabulous Valentine’s Day! 

If you need help finding direction in your life, discovering your purpose, or if you would like some insight on staying true to yourself, you can contact me for coaching. Make an appointment HERE for a FREE introductory session., lifecoach, This Is The Sound of My Soul


Read more: Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run Lyrics | MetroLyrics

To connect with Melissa, you can find her at the below social media outlets (but check out her ViewMaster themed “About Me” video first because it’s adorable):

Twitter: @MizMeliz
Instagram: @MizMelissa
“This Is The Sound of My Soul” Book:

Turning Negatives Into Positives – #OptimistFlip

Posted on by Melissa Burton in #14in2014, Fitness | 22 Comments

Even as I wrote the title of this post, my inner pessimist tried to take over and call this post, “Turning Positives Into Negatives” hence the reason why I’ve been making an effort to employ my 2014 mantra:

“How Am I Going To Be An Optimist About This?” – from the song “Pompeii” by Bastille


I have no trouble seeing the bright side when it comes to friends, loved ones, colleagues, patients and clients but when it comes to myself, I have trouble seeing the glass as half full.  Call it what you will, “perfectionism”, “hard on myself” or just plain “masochistic”, I clearly have some issues but since this is the year that instead of seeing the good only for others, I’m trying to find it for myself. Read more

Tunes For Tuesday With “Strength” for World Cancer Day

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It’s Tunes For Tuesday but today is extra special because it’s also World Cancer Day.

Everyone has had cancer touch their lives.  Yesterday I announced that I am a new Ambassador for the LoziLu Women’s Mud Run, (a fitness event that gives a portion of its proceeds to cancer) and I found out that someone I care about is in remission from colon cancer.

Last year I shared my mug on Wendy Nielsen’s blog and talked about the 3 people I knew that were fighting cancer on my own World Cancer Day post (this year I just couldn’t get it together to submit my photo in time).  2 of the 3 people I knew that were fighting cancer in my 2013 post are now in remission but the youngest one, Danny V.,  is still fighting valiantly.  For Danny and for many more like him, I urge you to do something to debunk the 4 myths about cancer that World Cancer Day is asking people to consider.


Image by Fuzzy Gerdes

It may sound incredibly corny but every single time I catch myself complaining in my head about how hard running is for me, I think of Danny who keeps fighting just to walk without pain and his family and friends who wish they could take the pain away from him and all who love him.  This is a scenario that happens everywhere around the world.  In whatever small way that I can, I will continue to do something to help the fight against cancer.

Where’s the music you say?  It’s coming and it’s the amazing Mike Peters of The Alarm who is a two time cancer survivor himself with the song ”Strength”.   I’m a huge fan of The Alarm so it’s likely you’ve heard this anthem here on the blog before – it’s a rally cry for any kind of struggle!

Mike Peters, The Alarm, cancer

I got to meet this amazing man in 2009 and hope I’ll get to say hello when I see him in April.

Mike wrote this song before he had cancer but the words helped inspire his own fight and his own cancer fighting organization Love Hope Strength – that not only registers blood marrow donors at concerts resulting in donor-recipient matches but LHS builds cancer centers around the world.


On World Cancer Day, I send everyone affected by cancer strength via this live acoustic recording from 2010 – click here  because embedding was not available.

A Girl Power Mud Run For Cancer – The LoziLu Women’s Mud Run

Posted on by Melissa Burton in #14in2014, Fitness | 15 Comments

Welcome to the first Monday in February people!  It’s day 3 of my birthday month and thevalentineRD already have a 2 reasons to celebrate:

#1:  Duran Duran HQ acknowledged this blog on Twitter (I haven’t stopped smiling yet)!

Duran Duran, Twitter, fangirl, DDHQ

11:11 has never been so lucky for me!


#2 : I was named the newest Digital Ambassador for the LoziLu Women’s Mud Run series!


LoziLu Women's Mud Run, charity, 5K, girls day out


The LoziLu (Low-Zee-Lou) Women’s Mud Run is a fitness event for women of all athletic abilities that benefits children with cancer - 5% of all entry fees go L.I.F.E. (the Leukemia Ironman Fundraiser for Eric – a non-profit organization dedicated to cancer survivorship by providing assistance to cancer patients in need.

In the fitness and blogger world, it’s easy to get jaded by Ambassadorships but I’m especially proud to associate myself with a small event series that supports women and has “we love fitness but we hate cancer” as part of their inner mantra.

Guess what?  I’ve got a very good reason to get you want to skip to my Lu and then run to my Lu –

Use promo code: CRJWB to get 10% off any LoziLu Mud Run in the country (you also $10 off if you’re a student or military)!

(see below for locations and dates and feel free to share the promo code: CRJWB):

 ******UPDATE 3/13******

****Lozilu has canceled their Digital Ambassador Program and the promotion code CRJWB is now null and void****

Local LA friends, I’ll be participating in the 3/22 event at the Rose Bowl (I’d love additional team members) and who knows, maybe I’ll make it to NYC for the 7/12/14 event in Brooklyn?  I’d love to have an additional reason to travel so sign up for a LoziLu Mud Run near you and maybe I’ll come and do it with you!

I’ve never done a mud run in my life but this one is a no-brainer for me – it’s a girl power event geared at all athletic levels that supports cancer survivorship and it’s practically in my backyard!  This is a year about change and this is going to be a great way for me to end the first quarter of 2014.  What about you?

To find out more details about how you can conquer obstacles with music, laughter and mud at the LoziLu Women’s Mud Run for cancer – access the following:

Facebook Page:
Twitter (@LoziLu):
Pinterest Page:
Instagram (#LoziLu):


What’s your best advice for a mud run novice?  I definitely need to know!
Disclaimer:  As a LoziLu Digital Ambassador, I do receive compensation for every sign-up using my unique promo code: CRJWB but I have decided to give a percentage of my compensation to benefit a friend’s young son who is currently fighting leukemia.

Friday’s Featured Female – Patience Bloom@RomanceIsMyDayJob

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Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF

This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women.  IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here.

Today’s #FFF is Patience Bloom@RomanceIsMyDayJob - an editor at Harlequin, runner and die-hard Duranie (she wrote a 50 page term paper on the band in high school and walked down the aisle at her wedding to “Rio”).  Patience and I met through one of my best friends, Susie (who you might remember from my #SecretVacation5K), and had a girl-crush quick.  Patience is smart, a little bit snarky and about to set the world on fire with her own true story about how a Facebook message from a high school friend changed her life in Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love At Last.

Sooooo have you met Patience?

Patience Bloom, Romance Is My Day Job

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