Monday, 21 October 2013

O You with Oprah Winfrey

Happy Monday Journeyers!
WOW we are having horrible weather in Johannesburg and I just want to be under a blanket, cuddling with Cedric while eating pancakes and drinking hot chocolate. I cannot believe it has already been a week. Last week I was watching THE Oprah Winfrey motivating women. And oh my how I loved it!!!!
When I received an email that I am invited to join the Five Roses Team for the O You event I almost fell off my chair. I grabbed at the opportunity with both hands and I couldn't wait for the weekend to be over. (That's a first)

Fellow blogger from Cape Town, Siyaam came to stay by me the Sunday and we hit the road early Monday morning to get our motivation - inspiration on! We were welcomed by the friendly O-Team workers and received our tags and breakfast bags and strolled through the sponsor stands.

We met up with Sue (also a fellow blogger, wait she is a writer with a blog), and we were off to find our seats. I was very happy to know that Sue and I were seated 2 seats apart from each other. And we had amazing seats, we were in the 8th row from the front right in front of the stage. I could zoom in nicely on every speaker. On each seat there was also a decently sized huge goody bag waiting to be discovered.

I wrote down everything that touched me and I am going to share it with you, maybe it touches you as much as it did me.

We were welcomed by O-You Magazine SA Editor Samantha Page and she started it off with a bang.

"Thank you for showing up in YOUR life" 

Our first speaker was Ariane de Bonvoisin, she is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and change expert. And thanks to her I was extremely emotional throughout the rest of the show. She had my brain working overtime.

- She graduated University at 19 and Yale at 23.
- Change is your friend.
- Listen to your "Inner microphone"
- Change is all about getting comfortable with the unknown.
- Your body is where the intuition is seated.
- From any change something good WILL come.
- Emotions are what drive change.
- Make time your friend.
- Follow what you love.
- Comparing is your despair program
- Power moves through those who serve.
- You are not required to succeed but at least try!

After this I was on such a high already and was looking forward to our next speaker, Mrs. Redi Thabi, who is a broadcast journalist. And at the time of the event she was sitting with a 6 day old baby. Yes she had a baby 6 days before the event! {Congratulations} How crazy and amazing is that???

- Pain is intense, but the tears do end.
- We are all on a quest to be excellent.
- Blow your inner vuvuzela.
- Love yourself and let your inner light shine.
- The lightness of begin...
- Bring the light into your relationship.

I was looking forward to the next speaker as my life is a bit cluttered. It was Julie Morgenstern, she's a professional organiser, speaker, best-selling author, productivity consultant and media personality.

- Ask yourself where will you make the space for change?
- It's a 4 step process to declutter!

  • Separate the treasures
  • Heave the trash
  • Embrace your identity
  • Drive yourself forward.
- Clutter represents an attachment we are struggling to release.
- You define YOU not what you own!
- Try something new!

And then the moment we have all been waiting for, the lady herself walked onto that stage with a crowd cheering, clapping, shouting and some even crying! I have watched her on TV for years and she has been an inspiration to me forever! Oprah Winfrey

- We won the Human Lottery! Make it a jackpot every day.
- Live your life with a open heart.
- Learn to serve from the centre of yourself.
- Master is my fate, captain of my soul.
- Spiritual being having a human experience.
- You get what you believe.
- You are not your circumstances, you are your possibilities.
- Be responsible for the energy that you bring into this room.
- Make every decision based on a spiritual connection.

I walked out feeling like a new person, filled with positivity and happiness! I was a little bit depressed because I couldn't actually meet her but like she said..."You get what you believe". :)

I want to say thank you very much to Five Roses for inviting me along. I love you guys and your tea even more! ;) hehe

And another thanks to O You Magazine SA for a wonderful event, I cannot wait for the next one! I am working on following my dreams and becoming a better and stronger person. Life is great! And I love it!

Have a wonderful week!!!
Stay blessed!
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  1. Wow, what an awesome post! Reading it I relived every single happy moment I experienced that day! :) Feeling all emotional again :)

    1. Thank you Imka! :)
      You can say that again = emotional = check!
      Thank you for dropping by!

  2. Sounds like such a fantastic and inspirational event. It must have been mind-blowing to see Oprah in person... she's the best :) Thanks for sharing some of your favourite quotes... very very powerful.

    1. It was spectacular! :)
      I was really so emotional for 2 days! No jokes haha!

  3. Lucky lady!
    Oprah is a huge inspiration - wow!

    Love the notes you made - very powerful stuff.

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    1. I know, I remember watching her on TV YEARS ago thinking.
      "I'm going to make it one day" hehe
      Hopefully one day comes quickly!

  4. She looks gorgeous in pink and you look beautiful in those photos too.
    Looks like it was a fun event.

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    1. Thank you lady!
      Yes she does look great in pink! :)

  5. Oh wow, what an awesome event. It's great to draw inspiration from such empowering women. You looked stunning!

    1. Thank you so very much Jess!!!

  6. I am so super envious of you for having seen Oprah live! WOW - you are so lucky! I loved reading this and felt like I was there too :) I can't wait to meet you at the JHB Blogger Meet Up :) xxx

    1. I also cannot wait to meet you guys!
      It's going to be so much fun!
      Think I'm going to be a bit like Oprah with the goody bags you guys will be getting! hehe
      See you in 17 days!!!!

  7. Omg Oprah! :O Ok, this is by far the coolest event I've ever seen! *-*


    1. It was!!!! :)
      Thank you for dropping by!


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