This weekend, one of the dreams I’ve had since I was just little girl came true. I finally got to see Oprah up close and IN PERSON!
The setting was the New Jersey stop on her “Life You Want Tour”. If you haven’t heard of the O-Tour, as I like to call it, I’m going to give you a moment to crawl out from under that rock you’ve been hiding under and get with the program. The “Life You Want Tour is really more of an experience than anything. It’s 2-days of activities, expert speakers and transformational exercises designed to engage, encourage, and empower people all across the country, much like Oprah did on her show for 25 years and, now, on her OWN network.
My attendance at the event was another example of how I get to mix work with play. My employer Toyota was one of the presenting sponsors of the tour and I had the pleasure of hosting some of our media guests we invited to the event, including Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily, Charli Penn of Essence Magazine, Fashion & Beauty Editor LeAura Luciano, and Carolyn Brown of Black Enterprise.
(skirt: Moi by Yaa // shirt: Urban Outfitters // shoes: Zara // purse: Forever 21)
While I didn’t get to meet Oprah herself, this time, the fact that I was mere steps from her was more than I could have asked for. And, you know me, I was going to find a way to get a photo opp one way or another! lol.
It was a powerful weekend, to say the least. Oprah was joined by other expert guests like Iyanla Vanzant and Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love. There’s no way I could capture all inspirational moments and words of wisdom in a short blog post, but here at 7 great quotes shared by Oprah and Iyanla: