As you read yesterday, Karla and I had an awesome time on the first day of Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend BUT we were feeling a bit left out. Let me explain. It seemed that everyone but us had a fancy dancy Oprah bracelet that lit up periodically during the show. And gosh darn it, we wanted one for ourselves.
After a bit of research we found out that the bracelet we lusted over could be ours by going to O Town which was an attraction all of its own right outside of the Palace. We didn’t have time to go to O Town before the event started on Friday night but we made sure to make time to head over there Saturday morning. We also discovered that we could save some time standing in line by downloading The Life You Want app and pre-registering ourselves for the bracelets. It was a HUGE time saver let me tell you.
The fancy dancy bracelet and program!
While in O Town we did check out a few of the tents. Although it was quite cold out so we didn’t stay out there for long.
After our chilly tour of O Town we headed inside to get day two started! But first a selfie and a tweet …. which was featured on the Oprah screen!!! We were so stoked about that. lol It’s the little things.
After Oprah opened the show, her Trailblazers were brought onto stage one by one.
The first Trailblazer was Mark Nepo, a cancer survivor and the author of countless books including The Book of Awakening. I had never heard of him and to be honest he was my least favorite speaker out of all the ones that were on stage that day. He had a good message but it was spoken in a way that sounded like he was trying to hypnotize me and I found that to be distracting.
After Mark Nepo spoke, Oprah was back on stage so that we could do an activity in our workbook. I enjoyed the workbook activities because it helped me to apply what we had been listening to and it kept the day very interactive.
Next up was another Trailblazer….this time it was Elizabeth Gilbert the author of Eat, Pray, Love. I had certainly heard of Elizabeth before but I had not read her book. (Although I am currently reading it now!) I found Elizabeth to be a very entertaining speaker that conveyed her message in a way that way very relateable. She talked about how all of us will need to go on a quest at some point in our lives and discussed the one that she took and wrote about.
After Elizabeth was done, Oprah lead us through another workbook activity. This one had us look at all of the areas of our lives and how we felt we were doing in those areas compared to how we wished we were doing in them. It really made me think about what is most important in my life and what I need to be giving my attention to.
The next Trailblazer on stage was Rob Bell. Rob is a pastor and a Michigan native who started an innovative church in Grand Rapids. He has also written many books and done countless other things. Again, I had never heard about Rob and since I am not a religious person I was unsure if I would be able to relate to his message. Surprisingly I found him very easy to relate to and quite enjoyed his time on stage. He is definitely not your typical pastor and I found his approach and message to be very refreshing. I may even pick up one of his books in the future.
After Rob spoke we had a lengthy lunch break and then we came back to workout. Yep, I said workout. A representative from SoulCycle led the large crowd through a 15 minute exercise routine that was both fun and invigorating. If you have a SoulCycle near you I am jealous because it seems like an awesome way to workout both your insides and your outsides. Let’s hope they expand soon!
After our workout the last Trailblazer of the day came on stage. Again it was someone who I was not familiar with but the crowd seemed to know her quite well. Her name is Iyanla Vanzant and she is a star on the OWN Network among many other things. We were not able to listen to her for very long as I had to leave early since Chris’s son’s birthday party was that same day. But for the short amount of time that we did hear her talk I enjoyed her message and her ability to connect with the audience. I may have to check out her show on OWN!
Although I had to leave the event early on Saturday I feel like I walked away feeling very inspired and motivated to make some changes in my life. To listen to the “whispers” of my soul and to trust my gut instincts.
As cheesy as it sounds, I truly believe that I won those tickets for a reason and that Karla accompanied me for a reason. These types of things just don’t happen. We were meant to be there. And I think we both plan to make the most of our experience to shape our lives into the best possible version that they can be!