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Just recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the "Oprah's Life You Want Weekend Conference" courtesy of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). The first stop on this powerful tour was none other than the great city of Atlanta! Let me just say that the women and men (yes, there were a few brave souls in the audience) of Atlanta showed up and showed out as we welcomed Oprah and her team with open arms and hearts! The synergy and excitement in the air was nothing short of spectacular. DJ Kiss helped to keep the energy flowing as she spun our favorite old school tunes!

PictureReady to be inspired!
On day one, Ms. Oprah herself, addressed the capacity crowd as only Oprah can. And I quote: "Thank you for joining me on what I know will be a wondrous two-day journey. I'm happy to be here with you to share what I've come to understand about the things that matter in life...things like joy, resilience, awe, connection and gratitude. You live, and if you're open to the world, you learn. And what you find is ...YOURSELF."

PictureOprah on Day One of the Conference
Oprah's conference team, whom she referred to as her "Trailblazers," consisted of Deepak Chopra, MD, F.A.C.P., Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing and who is a world renowned pioneer in mind-body medicine and personal transformation; Elizabeth Gilbert, who 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 around the world; Rob Bell, the author of many books and founding pastor of Mars Hill, an innovative church in Grand Rapids, MI; and last but certainly not least, Iyanla Vanzant, the star of OWN's "Iyanla: Fix My Life" a New York Times best-selling author, and prominent spiritual life coach who has captivated and inspired audiences around the world.

PictureMy tweet & logo caught on the big screen!
The main focus of the conference is on helping others to realize "What have you been called to do?" Which seems to be a resounding theme these days. Defining your life's purpose can be one of the most difficult challenges if you are not willing to open up your heart and soul to listen to the "whispers" that God sends to us through the Holy Spirit. Oprah stated that what she has come to know is that every time she doesn't listen to those "whispers" she gets herself in trouble. Sound familiar? I call it my "God Voice" but it is often referred to as "That still small voice."

PictureLetting our lights shine!
Throughout the conference we were encouraged to "Create the highest, grandest vision for your life. Then step and move in that direction" by each of the trailblazers. Something that is not always easy to do but for me it has become an easier task as long as I reflect and meditate on what it says in Jeremiah 29:11 which states: " For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." This scripture alone lets me know that God always has my best interest at heart and not only sees what I am now, but also what I can become.

So step out on faith and push past the fear (F-alse E-vidence A-ppearing R-eal) in your life and learn how to do it afraid. Let your light shine to the world!



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