Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, September 2017
Many of you may not know this, but I am a HUGE fan of Oprah Winfrey. Ever since she launched Super Soul Sundays, I was hooked. Oprah's ability to ask the big questions and dig deeper to find meaning is truly something remarkable. Throughout my life, there have been so many "Aha" moments and all the credit must go to to her. In recent news, she delivered an mesmorizing #MeToo speech that took place center stage at the Golden Globes to launch the movement of "Times Up." She left us in awe of her powerful words spoken that night, so much so that there are now campaigns for her to run for president. I, admittedly, started crying watching the speech, which is actually something that happens often when I watch Oprah speaking. To me, she has always been one of the most empowering women I have seen in the media and one of my long-time heroes. Taking it back to a few years ago, my friend Marlene (Letters from Marlene) showed me this video that Oprah published on OWN and to this day I sill feel that this message is something we can all relate to. Before I say anymore, I think you need to watch this first:
Yesterday, I revisited this video because I was looking for clarity in my own life. I let myself process this message and then took myself on a waterfall adventure (photos below) to remind myself that sometimes our problems aren't as big as we think they are. After watching this video again, I began to re-understand the importance of resilience, faith and positivity. I wanted to share this message with you as a reminder to never stop believing that your dreams can come true and to never stop believing in yourself. The Color Purple was a defining moment that made Oprah who she was. It launched her career into overdrive and now she is the powerful woman you see today. She accepted the flow that life threw her way and had faith that there was always a reason for everything. I'm hoping this video is something to inspire you this week, just as it has inspired me over the years.