The Single Woman’s Dash of Sass: Even Your Wildest Dreams Can Come True!
Quote of the Day:
As a kid, this is what I wanted my life to be. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever dare to dream that it would be this. ~Smokey Robinson
The Single Woman Says:
I keep walking around pinching myself these days, because I think SURELY I’m going to wake up any minute now and find that the last few weeks…months, even…have been a dream. When I was a kid, all the way from about age ten, I dreamed of being just like Oprah. As I got older, I told everyone I knew that someday, some way, I was going to be on the Oprah show. Now that I’m doing “The Single Woman,” I added to my Vision Board (that Oprah’s show about “The Secret” taught me how to create) that one day, I would be involved in Oprah’s Lifeclass. I added this on October 30, 2011. In February, I got the call inviting me to cover “Oprah’s Lifeclass: the Tour” as a part of a press corps of bloggers – an elite press corps, actually – only made up of seven bloggers. Seven bloggers in the entire WORLD…and I’m one of them! WHAT?!? Then last weekend, I traveled to St. Louis for the first Lifeclass event…and it finally happened. My wildest dream came true.
I met Oprah.
A goal and a dream more than 20 years in the making came to fruition. As we made our way through the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis to the room where we would have a thirty minute “Meet & Greet” with Oprah on Monday, my heart was nearly pounding out of my chest. “So this is what a dream come true feels like,” I was thinking. I even leaned over and whispered to my fellow blogger, Eric Handler (also known as “Positively Positive”): “Doesn’t it feel like every moment in our lives has led up to this?”
We waited outside while Oprah finished a media interview, all of us silent with our individual thoughts, soaking in the moment that truly felt like one of the biggest of our lives. I felt close to tears as I imagined what my ten-year-old self would do if she could see me in this moment. I pictured that little girl who loved to read and loved to write and dreamed of being a journalist someday…a little girl who faithfully watched the Oprah show every day after school and dreamed of what it would be like to host her own show. What would that little girl say if she could see me now? Then, suddenly…it was time, and the OWN team was ushering us into the room, where we sat in a semi-circle facing a solitary chair that none other than Oprah herself was sitting in. A setting as intimate as a dinner table with friends! Was this REALLY happening?!?
Within five minutes, I truly felt like I was sitting there chatting with someone I had known my entire life. And I guess in a way…I was. As amazing as I always thought Oprah would be, I can assure you she surpassed that and then some. She was so down-to-earth, so funny, so warm and centered and sure of herself. At one point, her team motioned that it was time for her to go, and she said: “But we’re not done talking yet!” And there she stayed, for 10-15 more minutes, probably running into her next appointment in her insanely busy schedule in order to carve out time for a group of writers who would have been happy with even just five minutes of her time.
This I know to be true, friends:
Even your wildest dreams can come true.
Dream big. And when you think you’ve dreamed as BIG as you can…dream a little BIGGER! Set goals for yourself, create a vision for your life…then set out making them a reality with positivity, passion, and perseverance. I got to voice to Oprah that meeting her had been on my Vision Board for years (to which she said: “Was I wearing this?” – LOL!)…did you catch that? I actually got to transform my Vision Board into reality! Words that I once wrote YEARS ago were actually physically stated TO Oprah! Because I’m somehow special or magic or privileged? NO! Because I set a vision for my life. Because I believed in myself enough to believe that I was WORTHY of my wildest dreams coming true. And because I carried that vision in my heart and took active steps to conceive, believe, and achieve it.
Wherever you are in your journey, realize that you ARE capable of manifesting your heart’s biggest desire. Take a moment and remember that little girl or little boy that you used to be. What did she dream of? What did he hope to become? It’s not too late, friends. I’m living proof. I don’t have it all together. I get scared and anxious and insecure and intimidated and frustrated at times. I’m learning my way as I go along just as much as anyone. But no matter what challenges I’ve faced in my adulthood, no matter how many times I wanted to give up, no matter how hopeless it ever might have appeared, I never lost touch with my childlike faith. I never stopped believing in miracles. And I never stopped believing in MYSELF.
I’d like to think that somewhere, ten-year-old Mandy is jumping up and down in glee at the sight of Oprah and 33-year-old me. If I could talk to her now, I’d let her know that she’s going to face some tough times ahead…but the best is truly yet to come. J