If you follow me on Twitter
, or Instagram
, then you know that I spent this past weekend at Oprah's Life You Want Weekend
tour stop in DC. It was like a spiritual retreat with a few thousand of your closest friends. Even though the people there - primarily women, but maybe a hundred or so men - came from every walk of life, it seemed as though we were all on the same page. I swear, I saw people of every ethnicity, age, level of ability, income level, etc. but we were all seeking our own personal truth and guidance in taking the next steps to living the lives we most desired. While wandering through O Town
, to, say, get my picture taken on the cover of O Magazine
or get a scalp massage in the beauty lounge, I also met people from all over the East Coast - including New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and so on. I was also blessed to run into a TON of my fellow sisters-in-blogging, like Arlett
, La Dale
, and even my girl, supermodel Liris Crosse
.*waves across the blogosphere*
Throughout the entire weekend, Oprah and company set off truth-bombs all over the place. From the need to operate in authenticity to the importance of gratitude as you walk through the peaks AND the valleys of life to taking ownership and authorship of your own life story, this entire experience was introspective, yet very proactive. We completed journal exercises, led by Oprah herself, and even got in a 15 minute workout!
Here are a few of my favorite pearls of wisdom from the weekend:
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Oprah used her personal narrative to share many of the lessons she wanted to impart to the audience.[/caption]
For the overachievers in the crowd, Iyanla used school as a metaphor for life...this really hit close to home for me!
Reminding us of the "hero's tale" Eat, Pray, Love
author, Elizabeth Gilbert asked us a question that would make anyone stop in his/her tracks:
Meanwhile, Pastor Rob Bell
challenged us to look for grace in everyday life and not reserve examination of the divine to only those watershed moments in life...otherwise you are missing out on a lot!
Here's an interesting thing. I'm a pretty "deep" person. I could teach a course in introspection and navel-gazing. And I will say that a lot of the things that were shared over the course of the weekend, I had already heard, thought, been told, or knew to be true. Even if I hadn't verbalized it, I knew it in the depths of my heart. But I don't know - there is something about hearing these words come booming out from a microphone and echoing throughout a stadium that forces you to take a hard look at the distance between the life you have, the life you want, and what it will take to close that gap that really...reinforces those ideas and challenges you to take real action
I am definitely going to take some quality to time to go through the exercises in the journal again. In the meantime, I'd like to share more pictures from the weekend with you.
Finally, I'd like to invite other bloggers - whether in the DC metropolitan area or not - to share their posts about the Oprah Life You Want Tour. Even if you're not a blogger, I'd love to hear your thoughts about the tour if you were able to attend. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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