Love The Journey, My San Diego Comic Con Epiphany

What is this?  Another blog where Melanie interlinks fitness with nerdy stuff?  Well, you should’ve seen it coming by now… but, anyways…

I started by recording a video, which I am posting at the bottom of this blog, but I blather so much when talking (and turn into that YouTube girl who really loves cats for a while there) that I feel as though I sometimes lose the focal point of what I’m trying to say.  Plus, I think there may be a few things I need to explain in order to make the video make sense.

This blog is another blog about the journey, the goals, and going for it (because, lets face it, if you don’t live your life with that kind of zest you can’t expect to accomplish as much as you wish for)!

Over the weekend I apparently made nerd history (or, as some of my friends have told me, “you won Comicon”), which wasn’t something I was planning on, but there it is.

I’ll just embed the video here so that you can see it and then I’ll explain what happened after that…

Anyways, what happened, in as much of a nutshell as I can possibly get it into…

While at Comic Con in San Diego this past weekend (SDCC), I spent a lot of time at NerdHQ (  NerdHQ was an off-site venue having it’s second year in a row… the brainchild of actor Zachary Levi (star of the show “Chuck”).  The basis behind NerdHQ was that it was a place for nerds to hang out, have small intimate panels (known as “Conversations For A Cause”), and raise money for charity (specifically the charity Operation Smile… check them out at and consider donating, por favor).  I spent most of my time there because of the atmosphere, the people, and the amazing energy and heart that came out of that place.  Throughout the weekend there were various ways to donate for charity.

While back in my hotel on Thursday (after having run The Walking Dead Escape) I saw a tweet where someone posted that for $20 you can get a photobooth picture with Zachary Levi, for $100 a kiss on the cheek, and for $1000 a kiss on the lips.  I wasn’t sure if they were joking or not (heh), because they were tweeting from the NerdHQ party (which I didn’t make it to, darn it) and could’ve been intoxicated, hahah.  Well, I’ve always been someone who believes that when a gauntlet is thrown down, you should totally pick it up, and in this case it was like the hammer of Thor had been thrown down.  Now, before you call me a “pervy fan girl”, I’m not a weird troll who’s scoured the internet simply because I think that Zachary Levi is “hot,” or “sexy,” or even “HAWT” (though he is a very attractive and totally adorable man), nor do I have the inside of my locker covered in his photos (well, I don’t have a locker, but still).  I just think that he’s an overall amazing person who uses his fame in all the right ways and I highly respect and admire him (and, let’s face it… he’s an awesome fellow nerd, and I love nerds… and he said in panel that his favorite X-Man is Gambit.  Um, POINTS!).  It’s not just looks that make him an amazing person in my eyes, it’s everything he believes in and stands for, not to mention talent, because that’s how I choose to continue working on living my life as well.

Anyways, back to the story… I went back to NerdHQ determined to find out if this was real.  I’m at a place in life where donating an amount like that is doable for me (please, I am NOT taking sugar mama applications, sorry, hah), and I also believe heavily in giving back because I’ve been given so much in life to be grateful for.  I showed up there and asked around as to when the next photobooth would be happening, but people didn’t seem to know.  I hung out a while, and was about to leave, but I decided to ask one more person.  I walked up to a guy who looked important (and, well, he was) and asked him.  I told him why, and I asked if it’d be possible to just drop off the donation money then so that I wouldn’t be carrying it around and then I could come back for the photobooth when it was happening.  He said, “You have the cash on you right now?”  I said, “Yes.”  He then told me to hold on a minute and he walked away.  When he came back he grabbed my hand and started walking me towards the back and said, “You’re going on stage.”  BZAH!?

Well, it turns out I had asked the producer, and it just so happened that a Conversation panel with Nathan Fillion was about to end.  Anyways, you’ve seen the rest, pretty much, if you watched that video (and the hilarity that both Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin brought to it… THANKS, boys!).  The whole situation was not only a surprise to me, but also to Zachary Levi, because they didn’t tell him what was happening (sorry, dude).  What I found most amazing was that when I told friends about it a few hours later they said, “That was YOU!?  I heard about that!!!”  HUH?  Well, ok, then…

The whole experience turned out much greater and more hilarious than I ever could’ve imagined.  So, thank you NerdHQ, thank you Zachary, and thank you Jeff (the producer), for giving me quite the memory and story… I see thousands of people online have enjoyed it as well.

Of course, that’s not where it ended.  That is a quick example of… hey, an opportunity presents itself, GO FOR IT!  That is something that can and should be applied in all areas of life.

What really hit me was on Sunday, during Zachary Levi’s panel.  It reminded me of why I do things, and why I need to continue on the path that I’m on.  I won’t get into this part in type, as this is mainly what I talk about in the video.  So, I’ll wrap up the typing here and say, please watch this video to see that heart I’m talking about, and hopefully you’ll be inspired to find or re-find your path as well.  Thank you for inspiring me, Zac… everything you do, it means a lot.  Please don’t make fun of the mush, mush me in there… and I really do love cats.


So, quick life lessons:

1.) When an opportunity presents itself, go for it.  Either thrown down the gauntlet or pick up the gauntlet someone else has thrown down.

2.) Don’t give up.  Just because something doesn’t work the first time (or you don’t give the answer you need the first time), it doesn’t mean that it’s not out there.  You just need to ask the right person, or do the right thing, at the right time… if you give up, that will never happen.

3.) Dream BIG.  Don’t think that you can’t do something just because it seems like it could never happen for you.

4.) Find your truth (Zac mentioned his mom telling him to find his truth, in his panel, and this is something that rings true for everyone.  We need to know what we want out of life.  What we stand for).

5.) Give back.  It’s so important to give back in life and help those who are in need, especially when we’ve figured out how to take care of ourselves.

I promise to return to your regularly scheduled fitness stuff now…



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    Hey, Melanie!

    I sat in the Firefly line with you on Friday, and when I saw this video pop up on the internet, the first thing I said was: I MET HER! :)

    You don't need me to be proud of you, but I -am- proud to have met you and to see that you went for what you believed and wanted. Good on you!

    All the best!


  • Sarah! Hi "Firefly" buddy :-)
    Thank you for the lovely comment... also, yay that we actually got trickled in for the end of the "Firefly" panel... barely, but still :-)
    Friday was a pretty cool day all around :-)

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