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[Video] Oprah’s Live Your Best Life – My Atlanta Recap

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Oprah’s Live Your Best Life Tour first stop was in Atlanta, GA and I was so blessed to be in the building. When her tour was first announced, I knew I wanted to be there. I applied to be media and was told I would hear within 48 hours, but those hours came and went.

Actually 3 more days went by and I didn’t hear anything. I just assumed I didn’t get the media passes …. and then *ding* the email came 48 hours before the event! I read the email 3 times to make sure I understood that – I WAS GOING TO SEE OPRAH!

Armed with my trusty camera, I took video footage of the weekends event. I couldn’t show all the fun, but you will surely feel the energy through this video.

There were many take-aways from this weekend but two things have stuck with me:

  1. What is your intention behind your decision? When you ask yourself what is the real intention of your choices, you will approach things totally different. That makes the outcome more deliberate.
  2. Be grateful. Gratitude goes a long way. When you are truly grateful for what you have, more will come.

I went to the event alone, but met Aniah in the media line and we became fast friends. We were together both days and you would have thought we had been friends for years. We laughed, chatted and even meditated with Deepak Chopra!  *Aniah is in the black*

Oprah, brought her 4 power house speakers with her; Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rob Bell & Iyanla Vanzant. Each speaker had similar messages but had a different perspective in their delivery which made every presentation extraordinary.

My favorite speaker was Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat.Pray.Love. She was my favorite not because of her style of speaking but because her story blew me away. She had what we aspire to as “the perfect life” but yet she heard the whispers that, “this is not your destiny”. And she walked away from it all. What courage that takes to leave your life when nothing is wrong but really everything is wrong.

Here are more nuggets:

  •  Everyone can’t be famous, but every can be great!
  • There is no life without a Spiritual connection.
  • Memorize Invictus Poem: “You are the master of your fate and captain of your soul.”
  • Whatever has happened to you, was happening for you!
  • When you don’t know what to do, be still.
  • Meditate at least 20 minutes a day.
  • Pay attention to the whispers.
  • Create the highest grandest vision for your life. Then let every step move you in that direction.

Oprah was right behind me!

What am I reading right now?

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Oprah’s, What I Know For Sure is playing in my cd player. I have listened to it daily to and from work. I love it. It’s nothing but nuggets and aha’s for me. It show’s Oprah’s growth as she evolved into the woman she is. She openly shares moments that changed her life and the lesson along with it. Read it with it a pen, because they are so many underlineable points.

Want to know what “Good Energy” feels like? Check out the jam break:

What I wore:

Oprah outfitJust in case I met Oprah, I wanted to look extra cute. But cute on a budget! I found this blue & white polka dot skirt at the Goodwill for $5. I know Oprah loves a pretty skirt. On Saturday, I went for a cute casual look and worked another thrifted outfit for a total of $10.

I had a blast with Oprah & Friends, can’t you tell? Although I didn’t physically meet her, she was 10 feet away from me. I learned somethings, motivated to do others, and of course if nothing else, “Live my best life!”

“The only courage you ever need is the courage to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah

 

About “Oprah’s The Life You Want” Weekend:

“Oprah’s The Life You Want” Weekend is an eight-city arena tour and transformational weekend featuring Oprah Winfrey and a team of special guests, sponsored by Toyota and Olay.  Each tour stop spans two days. On Friday nights, Oprah takes the stage, bringing her personal story and insights to life in a one of a kind intimate evening.  Then on Saturdays, Oprah leads a day-long gathering of thousands with handpicked thought leaders and pop culture icons including Iyanla Vanzant, star of OWN’s hit series “Iyanla Fix My Life,” regular O Magazine contributor, best-selling author and spiritual life coach; best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert; and one of Time 100’s Most Influential people, Pastor Rob Bell. Additionally, world-renowned author and pioneer in mind-body medicine Deepak Chopra will take the stage in select cities.  “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” is produced by Harpo Studios, O, The Oprah Magazine, OWN: OprahWinfrey Network and WME Live, and is presented by Toyota and Olay.

 

TOUR STOPS:

Sept. 5-6                    Atlanta, Georgia                  Philips Arena

Sept. 12-13               Auburn Hills, Michigan      The Palace of Auburn Hills

Sept. 19-20               Washington D.C.                 Verizon Center

Sept. 26-27               Newark, New Jersey           Prudential Center

Oct. 17-18                 Houston, Texas                   Toyota Center

Oct. 24-25                 Miami, Florida                    American Airlines Arena

Nov. 7-8                     Seattle, Washington           KeyArena at Seattle Center

Nov. 14-15                San Jose, California           SAP Center at San Jose

Motherhood Monday

My Kids Told Me How to be a Better Mommy : The Conscious Parent #Lifeclass

10355819_10203032825255111_41455739550613146_n[1]Friday afternoon I picked up my oldest two children from school and while driving home I decided to ask a tough question. “What would make me a better mommy?” They both stopped what they were doing and just looked at me for a second. I think they were surprised and unprepared. Then they started to rattle things off! Thank goodness it was only 3 things, but I am sure these three things could change the dynamics of our relationship.

  1. “Stop yelling at us!” – My 6-year-old told me #1 & #2. I actually knew this was coming though. I know I yell and I want to stop. Sometimes afterward, I do feel bad. I know it has to be better way, but without thinking you sometimes go back to the way you were raised.
  2. “Stop interrupting us and talking over us when we talk!” – STOP! Who are you talking to? I didn’t say that, but wanted to. I just let that marinate for a while. I questioned myself, do I really do that? I am sure I do. I am the mom, I must have the last word. Or do I? Do I let them get out their points and looking back, sometimes I don’t.
  3. “Take us more fun places!” Now my 8-year-old son told me this and I got a little defensive. I reminded him how I take them places all the time! I quickly started rolling off the movie screenings, six flags, museums, parks, events and on and on!! Then he said, “Oh yeah mom! You’re right, but we want more.” I just said, “Ok.” I had to sit and think, kids don’t dwell on the past. They are always in the present. They enjoy what they are doing and when it’s over, they are on to the next. So although they are enjoying some event every week, once it’s over – where are you taking us next. I get it now.

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I watch LifeClass every week and think those classes are truly a gift. I have learned a lot about myself and enjoy the many Ah Haa’s. If these types of things would have been taught in high school or college who knows where I would be. This weekend I caught Super Soul Sunday & LifeClass with Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author of The Conscious Parent.

Super Soul Sunday came on around 10am and I really saw so many things I could be doing different in my parenting. I couldn’t wait for Lifeclass later that evening to get more into the conversational lesson of The Conscious Parent. There were so many lessons & tweetables during this show that I couldn’t name them all, but here are a few nuggets.

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Our children show us a mirror to our undeveloped selves. #gulp #SuperSoulSunday — Amanda Littlejohn (@amandamogul) May 18, 2014

What did I learn? What I am walking away with from the show is that I need to connect more with my children. I need to not rush through the day or even experiences with them. I need to actually be present in every moment, because they can actually tell. When you are present in their conversations, lives and true experiences it’s a different outcome and a true relationship builder. It changes their behavior and their experiences as well. It is going to cause me to really look at myself but I am up for the challenge.

I am going to get this book, and have a sit down with the hubby although I actually think my husband is more connected than I am. He’s a great parent. To read more or purchase the book click here.

Did you watch it yesterday? What are you thoughts? Could you learn anything from Dr. Tsabary?

Living Smart W.I.F.E

Why Women Hurt Each Other: Oprah’s LifeClass

I am apart of a dynamic group for moms called Mocha Moms. It’s a national organization that is broken down into local chapters all across the country. Currently, I am over our Sister Circle for 2012 which means I (along with my partner Shannon) come up with new topics every month to dive into at a different Mochas home each month. These topics have a wide range but we always have great laughs & conversations when we get together.

This months Sister Circle was held this past Friday Night. We basically re-staged Oprah’s Lifeclass with Iyanla Vanzant called Why Women Hurt Each other. We played the show to the Mochas then discussed different situations on the commerical break with feedback. It was such a good meeting and I believe we all left the meeting agreeing not to play the victim and learning the lesson in every life situation.

One major thing I learned is that if you don’t want any of your business OUT there, don’t tell ANY one your business. Yes, people sometimes have a lapse in character but always remember your part. Also, know who your friends confide in, because everyone talks to someone!

 

Main Ways Women Betray Each Other

Main Reason Why Women Betray Each Other: SELF HATRED
1. We don’t honor relationships
2. We see external validation
3. We don’t honor ourselves.
4. We mimic what we’ve seen.
5. We hold unrealistic demands.

Why Women Gossip: FOR POWER
1. It’s acceptable among women
2. They don’t recognize the power of the spoken word. (meaning what you speak will come forth)
3. Divert attention from self.

 
Why Women Lie
1. Fear of losing love & respect.
2. Fear of hurting or disappointing.
3. Cover up issues of self worth
4. When we feel threatened.
5. To be polite.
 

The cool part is I was actually in the audience when this show was taped! A dream come true.
Did you watch this show? What are your thoughts? Have you even been betrayed by another women?
 
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My appearance on Iyanla Vanzants "Fix My Life!"

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June 2012 we (my granny, my mom and I) appeared as guest on the new Iyanla Vanzant show, “Fix My Life”, on the OWN network. The show was about the dynamics of my relationship with my mother & grandmother. Did you see it? What did you really think? Well I wasn’t able to view it because I was in Las Vegas with my husband on a business trip, but believe me I got the calls, text, fb, twitter and more! I went online when I got back to the resort but they still didn’t have the show on in it’s entirety. I was able to see about 5 clips. I then went to Iyanla’s, OWN & Oprah’s facebook and twitter page to read the comments, bracing myself for what I was about to see. And to be quite honest 97% of what I read was positive. There are a few things I would like to set straight though….. Continue Reading