Every time I come to this blog, I take a look at the front page and I’m irritated by it. This blog is in dire need of a fresh design and the stubborn part of me wants to do it all by myself, even though I don’t have web design skills. My future husband must be a web developer/designer or it’s no deal (if you want to read about the men who are kind of in my life, it’s on the single ladies blog).
How is 2011 treating you so far? We’re only 9 days into the year and I’m already feeling like the year is getting away from me! Well, no more! Like Miss LNQ just told me on twitter, I’ve got to organize and prioritize or the year will be gone before I know it (well, she didn’t say the last part).
So all of a sudden, Oprah’s launching of OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) has me excited, even though Canada won’t have full access to it until March 1 (I hope we won’t have to pay extra for it!). They are doing sneak-peeks of a couple of the shows so I was able to catch two of them and I don’t know, I got excited about Oprah again. I remember about 15 years ago, I would come home from school and watch her show; now I can count how many shows I’ve watched in the past 5 years on two hands.
My excitement led to me signing up on her website and I now want to be in her audience before she ends her final season of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Before you say it’s impossible, it works on a lottery system so there is a chance that I might be chosen. I also went looking for her interview with Barbara Walters (on youtube starting here) because a colleague had enjoyed it and my mom and I watched it together. That just got me even more inspired. She didn’t exactly have a charmed childhood but from a young age she believed she was destined for greatness. Look how far that belief has gotten her! Whether you like her or can’t stand her, the positive impact she’s had on so many lives cannot be denied. You’ve heard of the Oprah Effect, right?
I enjoyed the last part of the interview, where she says she tells the Lord all the time to just keep on using her until he uses her up, and she says there’s lots more to be done! I bet some people in her position would be tempted to rest on their laurels, assured of the difference they’ve made to the world and the lives of others but she wants to change more people, millions, and I am incredibly inspired by that vision. Some of the people whose lives she’s changed (Dr. Phil, Nate Berkus, Dr. Oz) all mentioned Oprah telling them that in order for them to be successful they have to be their authentic self and constantly ask themselves if what they are doing is true to who they are. Maybe it’s an intuitive lesson but in this world it can be tempted to go with the flow and not be yourself, so I appreciated the reminder to always be real because that’s what the world needs, not a cookie cutter of someone else.
I liked this quote of hers from the interview. Imagine if everyone set this goal for themselves: “I am seeking the fullest expression of myself as a human being, on earth.” (With God’s help of course!)
So in addition to being in the Oprah show audience, I’m looking forward to the following in 2011:
- A visit from my grandma and a friend in Nigeria (these aren’t planned per se but I’m hopeful!)
- Weight loss due to a lifestyle change that sticks
- Learning to crochet (Omosi has been inspiring me)
- The launch of an online business (inspired by Ankara and Lace, Inkspot Workshop and so many others)
- Being able to cook at least three Nigerian dishes I’ve never made before
- Visiting New York City (this is a big wish!)
- Buying a car
By the end of the year I plan to come back with most if not all of these things ticked off…I can’t wait to see what this year holds.
What are you looking forward to this year?