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Oprah's Live The Life You Want Tour, Pt. 2 Recap

When I completed the first day of Oprah’s Live The Life You Want Tour, I was so excited that I couldn’t wait to go to sleep, and get back up again for the next day. Have you ever had one of those moments where you were so filled with anticipation to see what the next day held, that sleep was the last thing on your mind? You were just ready for the next opportunity to feel or experience that moment again. I didn’t realize then how befitting that feeling was going to turn out to be.

                  Day 2 begins! Let's get it!

Day 2 was amazing. This was the day where the real work began. It started the moment we walked in, and they handed us these awesome workbooks.

width=500  Great insight and activities! I feel special!

This was not about just listening to people tell you what to do. This was about crafting a plan to get the life we wanted. We had to be active participants, and the “Trailblazers” were here to help us map out the plan to get there. Oprah’s team of “Trailblazers” for the Miami event were Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Pastor Rob Bell, and Iyanla Vanzant. This team was an inspiring cornucopia of personalities that ranged from quiet Zen to gritty raw truth laced with humor. Your senses were delighted on all levels, as a painting was created before your eyes. The painting was the blueprint for your best life, and Deepak Chopra masterfully started it.

width=500                     Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P., Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world -renowned pioneer in mind-body medicine and personal transformation. He has authored more than 80 books, published in more than 40 languages, including 22 New York Times best sellers. I really learned a lot from Mr. Chopra. So many “pearls of wisdom”, and here are some of my favorites are:

  1. Do less and accomplish more. When your intention and your purpose are in line, that’s where you create flow.
  2. Coincidence is an example of synchronicity. This is where all things come in line to allow your to surrender to God’s grace. This allows your life to line up to the results of your surrender.
  3. See the world as a reflection of your inner state. What you see is what you are projecting from inside of you.
  4. Learn to center yourself in your “true self”; this is the place beyond the ego. This is where you tap into your eternal soul, and learn to live in the gap between your soul & thoughts. Acknowledge your true self.

Just imagine if we all tapped into our “true selves”. There would be no stopping us what we could do. We just had to make the decision to do it, and that’s never an easy thing to do. So, here is where Elizabeth Gilbert picked up the “ brush” and told her story to add color to the “blueprint”. 

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Expansive, exploratory, playful and armed with a comic’s sense of timing, Elizabeth Gilbert is most famous for her international best-seller, Eat, Pray, Love, which has made her a household name and a beloved sister/friend/role model to women (and men, for that matter) across the world. Her story continues to be an inspiration to readers everywhere, and it has been translated into over 30 languages, sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major feature film.

One of my favorite things that Elizabeth shared with us was this statement, Real transformation is never easy. If so, we’d all be doing it. All movement brings the risk of injury. “ That statement is so powerful. There are so many people who are so afraid of getting hurt, that they stay in situations or jobs that don’t benefit them. Or, we see people not live in their purpose because they don’t want to get hurt. But, pain is a reflection of the life within us. It’s just sad that we get caught up in the feeling, and forget the "fire" that it can produce in us. It’s our “hero’s journey

The hero’s journey is the age-old tale of striking out to find your destiny. Each of us will go through this. It’s just a matter of how we do it. Especially, when we are restricted by life. Here are some tips that Elizabeth shared with us.

  1. Set a small goal, and be faithful to it: You must take a little something for yourself. Have a dream and savor it. Feed that desire inside of yourself. You are the mater of your fate, the captain of your soul.
  2. Take a moment to find something that is beautiful, and shakes your perspective when you’re feeling sad. Be open to the beauty around you. Don’t wallow!
  3. Listen to the signs. Life can change in moments. Just remember, you don’t know how it will end. But it will definitely be interesting.

The path to finding ourselves is never easy, and it can really lead you to impose stress upon yourself out of fear. But, we have to remember that fear is just “false evidence appearing real”. To help us understand that in more context, Pastor Rob Bell joined the blueprint to help us understand our “power and authority” in the plan for our lives.

width=500"Pastor Rob Bell  

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine in 2011, Pastor Rob Bell is the author of a number of books, including Velvet Elvis, Drops Like Stars and the New York Times best sellers Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God. He is the founding pastor of Mars Hill, an innovative Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and his Nooma short-film series has been viewed by over 30 million people. 

When Pastor Bell took the stage, he was so down to earth. He proclaimed he was “ Our brother from another mother”, and the proceeded to” school us” on our place in the life, like only family can. Pastor Bell’s approach was to weave a wonderful story that showed us how our lives begin and end with us. We are a precious gift, no matter what we’re facing in life. He also reminded us that the most complicated thing in this universe is between our ears. That’s so true. It’s amazing how our thoughts can distract us from our purpose. We just have to focus on learning how to live completely open to the wonders of life. When we’re open and receptive, life rises up to meet us there. It’s all about getting back to basics, getting back to the first word spoken about us, “life”. If we go back there, we learn to savor the moments that will sustain & propel us to the lives we want. 

So, we’ve learned to meditate and listen to our souls for guidance, how to handle our “hero’s quest” to our purpose, and how to get back to the basics of life to reveal our best selves. Now, it’s time to learn how to celebrate the challenges we’ll face as we live the lives we want. Only one person could teach that lesson, Iyanla Vanzant.

Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant is the star of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s critically acclaimed and award- winning series “Iyanla: Fix My Life” and is one of the most popular teachers on “Oprah’s Lifeclass.” She is a mother, survivor, prominent spiritual life coach, empowerment orator, minister and New York Times best-selling author whose focus on faith, personal development and loving relationships has captivated and inspired audiences around the world. 

When Iyanla Vanzant took the stage, the atmosphere definitely shifted. The auditorium dimed to a beautiful rose hue, a bluesy jazz tune filled the room, and she sauntered out in a lovely rose-colored lace dress. Iyanla oozed grace and confidence as she proceeded to stroll over to a tabletop waiting with champagne on ice. As she poured herself a glass, my first thought was how life has been truly good to her. She looked so happy. But, she was setting up the final lesson. The most valuable of them all, life is going to hand you challenges. But, instead of focusing on what’s not working. You have to say “thank you”, you have to say, “Cheers to Life”. Iyanla then spent the next hour reminding us of the importance of having a daily spiritual practice to get you through life. Because, no matter how “strong” you think you are. “Everyone needs someone to hold his or her hand”. That resonated so deeply with me. I’ve learned my own strength by being a caregiver. But, I’ve also learned that I’m broken emotionally. So, having someone there to lift me up has really been critical to help me go on. You can’t be everything to everyone. You need to realize that life will give you what you need moment by moment; and your eyes adjust to the level of deficiency present. So, love yourself enough to forgive your mistakes, and move forward. Your life is waiting on you.


Whew, that was just part of day 2. Can you believe there is more? Part 3 coming shortly -).  So, until we meet again “Cheers to Life & YOU!!!” 









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