Truvia (they make a new all-natural sweetener) gave me an unbelievable gift--two tickets to Oprah's Live Your Best Life seminar in NYC over the weekend. My mommy time was spent hearing talented speakers inspire a large group of women to leave the guilt behind and start living in the moment.
Momtrends contributing writer Sherri Schubert and I headed to the West Side to join a mighty crowd. We bumped into Liz and Kristin from Cool Mom Picks and Emily from The Motherhood. The energy at NYC's Javits center was electric--and a little scary. I only had to take a subway and a bus to attend the weekend event. Thousands of other women spent thousands of dollars on ticket and travel in search of? Well that was my question. What can Oprah and her editors tell me in a few seminars that will help me live my life better?
The key for me was to put down my notepad and listen. Oprah has spent ten years nurturing her editors and building the vision for her magazine. Now on her 10th anniversary she wanted to share the wealth and I had the opportunity to be a sponge. We'll be sharing highlights from the talks over the week, but I want to start with some thoughts from Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat, Pray Love.
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She told us to be kinder to ourselves. She stood on stage as to kick off the weekend and shared a few intimate stories. This incredibly talented woman told us about her failures. I was heartened to see Elizabeth laugh at herself and to know she is incredibly self-critical. As a mom and a business-owner I know this feeling all too well. We want to do everything better, when sometimes good enough will do.
Congratulations Oprah on your ten years. But more importantly congratulations to all the moms out there that don't get magazine covers, fancy cars and designer gowns. We're living our best lives each day by dedicated ourselves to our family, friends, passions and play.
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