Life After Kids 3/3/11 with Liz H. Kelly

My guest on LifeAfterKids this Thursday (8p ET / 5p PT) is Liz H Kelly, Marketing/Digital Media Professional and Author/Relationship Expert! Find out how she has merged her three passions for entertainment, relationships and digital media into a new career as an national entertainment columnist for the Examiner.

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Blog World Expo 2010

This year’s Blog World Expo was bigger, bolder and better than ever. From the speakers to the sponsors, everyone and everything was first class all the way. I am not the only one who thought this way, most of my fellow attendees I spoke with agreed that the panels were insightful, the keynote speakers entertaining and informative and the parties, after parties and after-after parties were spectacular! I will be adding many more posts and videos over the coming days with names, details,  and photos! Sorry folks, what happened in Vegas isn’t going to stay in Vegas – it’s gonna turn up here and, of course, Facebook! In the meantime, check out a mini-preview of who I spoke with below.

Emmy Award-Winning Producer Mark Burnett

As a correspondent for Mingle Media TV Network and for my weekly show Life After Kids, I had the pleasure of chatting with Emmy Award-winning producer, Mark Burnett, about many things and his new show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” the bloggers’ blogger, Darren Rowse (@problogger), speaker and author of “Unmarketing,” Scott Stratten (@unmarketing), co-founder of Blog World Expo, Rick Calvert (@blogworld), social media expert and author, Mari Smith *@marismith) and the geeks’ geek and host of “This Week in Tech,” Leo LaPorte to name just a few. So please be patient, I have hours of footage to get through and edit and many hours of writing to do, but I guarantee that these are interviews with great information and well worth waiting for.

Plus, if you weren’t able to attend Blog World this year or maybe you missed a few of the panels, for the first time EVER the organizers are offering access to ALL the panels and keynote sessions online. Here’s the link for more information and to order!

Until the next time…ask yourself, “isn’t it time you followed your bliss?”

Chatting with Tia Carrere

Life After Kids interviews Tia CarrereOn October 8, 2010, I was “following my bliss” as guest correspondent for MingleMediaTV at the The 10th Annual Malibu Family Wines Harvest and Crush Event benefiting City Hearts Organization-providing arts education to thousands of Los Angeles’ inner-city youth.

The event took place at the magnificent 1000 plus acre Saddle Rock Ranch, owned by winemaker and philanthropist, Robert Semler.  The event featured wine tastings from Semler’s signature and Saddle Rock wines, delectable dishes from local restaurants, luxury auctions, a foot spa, and a special tribute from “25 Artists Creating 25 Heart-themed Pieces to Celebrate 25 Years of City Hearts.” It was well-attended and everyone had a great time!

Here’s my chat with actress, Grammy award-winning recording artist and producer,  Tia Carrere about why she lent her support to this fabulous event and what she’s up to now.

Life After Kids Interviews Tia Carrere

Merci San Francisco

San Francisco Golden Gate BridgeIt’s really hard to believe that I have been in San Francisco for over two weeks and I am getting ready to leave. My heart is heavy because it knows I am leaving it behind, but I must attend to more business in Los Angeles and process what new business and life is about to come my way.

These past two weeks, feels like a lifetime, but a very new, vital and good one at that. I packed a lot of living and wine into the past days and here’s a brief recap and thank you to those who made this trip a very memorable one.

Welcome to St. SuperyI came up here for business (which went well), but it was all about the connections and heart that mattered the most. I was able to see old friends, , met some really cool new people, attended Jeff Pulver’s #140Conference and cocktail party (thanks, Jeff!), met a real Cowboy who uses an iPhone & does an has an #AGchat on Twitter (thank you Jeff Fowle), got squeezed into Bloggy Boot Camp (thank you Tiffany Romero & SITS girls), stumbled through my first remote webcast (thanks to Cellars of Sonoma, Scott and Mike), Left My Heart in San Franciscosize-thumbnail wp-image-881″ />tasted wine at WinterHawk Winery, Everett Ridge Winery, St. Supery (thank you Rick Bakas), attended my first Napa Facebook Meetup (thank you Andrew Healy and Terra Valentine Winery), meet a cool chick who makes the number one iPhone app about wine NirVino (thanks Meli J.), attended Ubergizmo’s Digital Summer Fashion Show Event (Thank you Eliane Fiolet), visited with a friend who is an angel taking care of her ailing father to give her some support, met up with the love of my life to offer my support and most of all was embraced and in the company of a woman who’s outer beauty is only eclipsed by her inner light (Merci ma cherie Catherine!). Thank you all mentioned and for making this trip a perfect start of my YEAR of BLISS. If this is the way my year is getting started, I can’t imagine what’s in store for me over the next 11 months.  Bring it on….I am ready!

And so as I get ready to load up the rental car to drive back to the city of Angels (because I have too much wine to transport via airplane, of course!) I say au revoir and a bientot to the city of Angels I have left behind!The New Mariposa
San Francisco I came to you wrapped in a cocoon, I leave you a butterfly ready to take flight! Thank you, merci, gracias! I will be back soon…very soon!

In the Flow Thank You Liz Strauss!

Woke up later than I wanted to this morning. but I was dog-tired last night.  Every cell in my body ached.  Stress even if it’s good stress  still took its toll.  I was really amped up to be doing yesterday’s Life After Kids live broadcast on location so I needed more winks and a double dose of ibruprofen to recover.

After my morning toilette, I took off north, back to Santa Rosa. On the way there, I thought of how things went yesterday show.  Really great. Oops. I hadn’t done my post-show blog post yet. Not great, but not  sweating it.   It’s officially Day 2 of my Year of Bliss and for the next 364 days and beyond, I am committed to living in a world where’s there are no rules, no right or wrong – just want to be in the flow.

Next a stop at a corner cafe, Jackson’s Bar and Oven on Railroad Square, Santa Rosa for a cup of coffee, a plate of to die for focaccia bread, to write a post and to figure out which of the Sonoma wineries suggested by my pals at Cellars of Sonoma.  So many great wineries – so little time – but excited I will be checking off another item on my Bliss List!

As I savored the moment quiet empowerment I felt about starting this journey in earnest, my mind flashback to a time two years ago, when I first met my dear friend and mentor, Liz Strauss. Though we just met the day before, our bond was solidified over the six hours we spent in a NYC bookstore.  So much transpired in that time but what I remembered most about that glorious day, was how she genuinely cared to listen and offer some amazing ideas.  How blessed I was, CEO’s pay beaucoup bucks for an hour of her time and here I was, for six hours, chatting and going through the shelves  That day she introduced me to a variety of books that she thought would assist me as I searched for goals and meaning to the next chapter of my life.  Radical Leap and Radical Edge by Steven Farber were the two that I read right away and have since given away to others who I felt needed to read them.

One of the other, more fascinating ones was on the concept of optimal psychology,  Flow by  Mihaly Csikszentmihaly.  Forget that one could barely pronounce his name, as I glanced through it didn’t look like an “easy” read and it’s become one of those books gathering dust under my nightstand fraught with good intentions. But now judgment needed anymore because right now, in the flow in a rose-scented cafe in Santa Rosa, I think about that day, two years ago and the rough journey that brought me to now. I realize now I finally am so ready to dive into the book and live my entire life in the flow! Thank you, Liz Strauss for being one of those very special people that have been blessed to meet who have given of themselves so others can be more of themselves.

Add Flow to my Bliss List – check!

Add caffeine & carbs – check!

Start day 2 of the Adventures of a Mid-life, Empty-nested, Baby-boomer – check!

Always in Gratitude for people like Liz who flow into your life – check, check, check…..

Our Year Of Bliss-Starts Now!

Life After Kids Bliss ListRob Reiner’s 2007 film, “Bucket List” is about the unlikely friendship between two men of different walks of life who meet while hospitalized suffering from terminal cancer. The plot, while somewhat predictable, captured the hearts of many (myself included) as these two journey to complete their bucket list. It also didn’t hurt that the roles were played by two of the greatest actors of our time, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, Jr. who start with the more juvenile pursuits of  skydiving and racing fast cars but who end up finding out what is most important to each – the things that money cannot buy – the bonds of friendship and the infinite worth of familial love. I admit I cried at the end of the film and I do each time it’s repeated on cable, which has been often lately.  And, the ultimate of message of the film, is summed up in one of my favorite quotes from Les Brown, “Life’s too short, eat the dessert first.” So the film’s “bucket list” has now become part of our popular culture and has prompted many of us mid-lifers to begin thinking about what it means to be facing the second half of our lives and how we intend to spend our time.

My mother passed away when she was only forty-six years old, and when I reached that age, her death hit me so much harder than it did when it happened over twenty plus years ago. She was beautiful, full of life and way too young to die. I realized then how “young” she really was and what she didn’t get to do with the years she didn’t have. I believe that much of my spirit and drive in my life comes from that deep seated knowledge of how fragile and fleeting life really is. The past two years of my life have been fraught with great challenges and transitions but recently I’ve been overcome by the feeling something huge is around the corner and it has to do with “following my bliss.” Or, maybe my mom’s up there behind the steering wheel?

How do you follow your bliss? Frankly, I find the term “bucket list” – probably derived from the slang expression to kick the bucket – isn’t as elegant or inspiring. So make a BLISS LIST! I challenge you to find just twelve things you’ve never done before and always wanted to do and do at least one of those things every month for the next year. It could be as simple as reading the long novel you’ve always wanted to get to, but didn’t, learning a new skill or taking a class, to visiting relatives or taking a trip to some faraway and exotic place.

The choices are endless and the choices are yours. The most important thing is to start your list, as many life-coaches say, once you commit your intentions to writing you can make anything you want happen. So you’re already logged on if you are reading this or if you prefer to start with a pen and paper and just do it!Need help? Support? Ideas? My MingleMediaTV Network “sisters” Gabbin’ Gal Nan & Gabbin’ Gal Erin (on MMTV Thursdays at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT) have decided to join me on this journey and we three have committed to support each other and all of our loyal fans and Mingle Media TV audience.

So I’ve taken the first step below, now it’s your turn.  Please post your list (even if you don’t have 12 items yet), questions or need for support here and let’s us begin A Year of Bliss!