So I just got home from attending Oprah’s 2020 Vision Tour at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and I couldn’t wait to tell you guys all about it. I know the climate is thick around Oprah and Gayle at the moment, but truth is, I couldn’t miss this. I have been watching Oprah with the women of my family as far back as I can remember. Like, I literally grew up on Oprah.
The event was from 9 AM-4:00 PM, I won’t make this blog post as long LOL. But I wanted to share a few takeaways that can be useful to us all. This particular tour is focused on helping us do just that, GET FOCUSED. Setting intentions, prioritizing our wellness: mind, body, and spirit, and manifesting the intentions we set. Oprah sent us home with a workbook to help us jumpstart our journey. She guided us through a few pages in the stadium, and the rest to be done on our own time.
You don’t get what you want out of life. You get what you INTEND!Oprah Winfrey, 2020 Vision Tour Barclays Center NYC
A huge AHA moment for me was when she said: Everybody you meet just wants to be seen. Be present with your kids, your eyes should light up when they walk into a room. SIS! Put the phone down and talk to these kids. I know I can be guilty of “watching” a movie with the kids, yet scrolling IG. We don’t have much time with the little people before they become adults, cherish as much of it as we can. All while making sure they feel loved, heard, and uplifted. People just want you to be present in all of your relationships. Whether at work or school and definitely at home.
The event advised that we wear comfortable clothing, and now I know why. Opening the morning was a dance party, then later there was a guided meditation, Julianne Hough also did an exercise segment. It was a healthy mixture of activity to balance the soul-searching and inspirational conversations. AND, Tamela Mann sang “Take Me To The King”, at the top of the day as well, yes lawd!
Rachel Hollis, who I was not that familiar with, did a segment on things that get in the way of us fulfilling our purpose. I can relate to every single thing on the list. Here is what’s holding us back from running our own race:
- Other People’s Opinions. Stop letting people who have no idea what you are trying to do with your purpose, discourage you from pursuing it. Our family and friends will not always get the vision, that shouldn’t stop us from pushing forward.
- Comparison. We compare ourselves to strangers on the internet. Comparison is the death of Joy. We need to be comfortable in our own journey and not watching what everyone else is doing. Newsflash, no one is really paying attention to you. It’s all in your head.
- Fear of Failure. We stop moving forward because we are scared of failing. We are scared to fail in front of the same strangers we compare ourselves to on the internet. We are scared to fail in front of our peers and family. Guess what? Failing is a part of the journey. The success of it all is getting up and pushing through in front of the people who doubted you!!!
Every tour stop has a different visionary speaker, Michelle Obama was our special guest. As you know, I went to see her tour as well last year, remember this? She discussed her empty nest, as both of their girls are off to college and how it’s rekindled her marriage. She was brutally honest about how hard marriage and Motherhood can be, and how she’s happy to have this time to get back to herself! Gosh, I just love her, my Forever First Lady.
What is your word for 2020? We should be doing everything now in our 30s to manifest the well-balanced life that we all so greatly deserve. Oprah says that we should all be so full of ourselves, that our cup runneth over. That’s the energy I am taking with me for the rest of the year. NO more playing small, I can. I will. Watch me!