Thursday, May 13, 2010

NYC - Day 2

Day 2 was our busiest day in NYC! We had different "life-shops" to choose from with different speakers and an event that night at Radio City Music Hall.

Here we are waiting in line to get into the Conference Center....there were SO many people there! Something like 9,000 I think!

See....the line goes all the way past the billboard and then there were about the same number behind us, crazy!
Then Oprah drove by (in the middle car) and everyone went nuts! It really was pretty cool!

This is inside the conference center, everything was put together so nicely. I loved all the springy flowers all over the signs :)

Live Your Best Life

After we went through security, we found our seats in one of the rooms where Oprah herself kicked off the weekend. She spoke for a little while, and it was really cool. I have never considered myself someone who would be "star-struck," but I really was with her. It was surreal to hear her and see her in real life. PS - She looks thinner in person, so I guess the camera really does add 10 lbs! ;)

Then the author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, spoke. She had a great message, and she seems to be so genuine. I can't wait to read her book! And see the movie, of course.

After the welcome message, we split up into our different groups. We opted to see Dr. Oz. He is my HERO! I just love that guy. I watch (or DVR) his show every day, and I have learned a lot from him. Who needs med school when you have Dr. Oz?? Haha....kidding!

And again....I was a little star-struck. No shame here.

After that, we browsed around the different booths they had set up for all the sponsors and had a yummy lunch!

While we were there, we received THREE different bags....we looked like bag ladies! I LOVE the silver bag we's so presh!

The next workshop we went to was with the interior designer, Nate Berkus, AKA "cutie Nate." And he is DARN cute! He had some great style tips to make your house feel like HOME.

The final workshop we attended was with life coach, Martha Beck. She had a truly touching message. I had never really heard much about her, but I definitely enjoyed what she had to say!

Here's the contents of one of our bags....we all know Oprah is a giver!

After our busy day, we went back to the hotel to freshen up, and we had dinner at our hotel's restaurant. It was yummy! Melanie and the dark apparently.

Then we headed to the event at Radio City! Melanie and Linda on the red carpet....lookin' good, ladies!!

My momma and me on the red carpet....

My mom and I had awesome seats in the first balcony! We were seated and received another gift (a book). Then we waited anxiously for the show to start! Oprah talked for about 90 minutes about her life and things she has learned along the way. Her story is so touching, and I learned some new things about her as well. One of my favorite take home messages from the night was that "God can dream a bigger dream for me than I can dream for myself." Is that not SO true?! I mean, we think we have it all figured out, but the truth is, it's never really up to us in the first place. God has a bigger and better plan for us than we could ever imagine. He gives us purpose.

At the end, The Rockettes came out to do a little birthday song and dance for O Magazine! It was great! Hugh Jackman also joined in on the celebration!

As cheesy as it sounds, it really was a magical night! I enjoyed every minute!


Channa said...

How fun! I would never think to go to something like that!!

Whitney said...

I followed Dr. Oz's twitter updates about this! How fun to actually be there!!! I love all of those people!!!

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