Back in March I was going through some things. I was in a funk. I hated my job. HATED IT! I absolutely adored the junior staff, but the company as a whole was running with a filthy spirit. I was in constant prayer about what my next move should be. I knew I needed out of that job, but I had Johanna to consider. It was during this time that I was socializing on the interwebs when someone mentioned something about the Oprah Life You Want tour and my ears perked. Not because of Oprah. I know many adore her but I can’t tell you anyone I idolize outside of God and I want to keep it that way. I appreciate Oprah for her contributions, especially as an African American woman, and I like that she makes you think, but it stops there. But the life I was living was not the life I wanted and when I realized that Oprah would not be the only one speaking at this conference, I jumped at the opportunity to go to the conference.
And I’m glad I did. It took place this past Friday evening into Saturday. There were some real nuggets being dropped those two days. There were also some confusing moments. For one, I don’t know who the universe is. So many kept saying the Universe will guide you or What you give to the universe you’ll get back in return. Umm, no. What I give to God I will give back in return. The universe can’t do a thing for me. Also, there was one person in particular, Mark Nepo, that I felt was extremely spiritually confused. He said he follows all religious paths. Wow. Okay, if that’s what you want to do. To ME personally, that sounds like a bunch of confusion. I can’t follow Jesus and Mohammad, I just can’t. But that’s just me. When he wanted to lead us in a meditation the spirit of God told me to open my bible and read. So that’s what I did. No disrespect, but if you are all over the place spiritually, I can’t allow you to guide me.
I learned during that conference to take what I could use and leave the rest. And with that mantra in mind, I had a good time. My favorite speakers were Oprah, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Iyanla Vanzant.
From Ms. Orpah:
She also said something that caught me so that I forgot to tweet it. She aid that “even here in your darkest hour you still live in a world exploding with miracles and you need to go and get yourself some of that.” I love it. It’s a great reminder for us to step outside of ourselves. We get so wrapped up in our own issues we forget to stop and see the beauty that God places around us every day!
Another great one – The life you want is on the other side of the labor pains that you have to experience to birth it.
Along with these great speakers we also had work to do, including creating a new vision and choosing a new language. We even had homework!
And along the way I was able to empower myself in other ways. If you follow me on twitter (@johannasmama) you may have already seen these…
and did you see my video???
Again, I had a great weekend. I felt like it was just for me. A break from being a mom and wife. A just for me moment. There was so much more than I have time to write about, it was pretty awesome. I was able to pick up quite a few nuggets and begin the journey of figuring out the life I want. Now I’m in deep prayer to make sure the dream I have for my life lines up with the life God has for me. I encourage all of you, especially moms, to go get the life God has for you. It’s ok to be a little selfish and have a dream of your own and actually formulate a plan to make it come true. Better a little selfish than a whole lot of bitter, no?