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Monday, October 17, 2011

Oprah's Lifeclass


For those of you who read my blog, you know I've been on the growth bandwagon for a while now. I call it growth because I hate to use the phrase "self help." Truthfully, my growth hasn't come so much from self help as it has from the lessons of family, friends and strangers alike. Sometimes, I even think I'm passing on the lesson and I end up learning something myself. Experiences turn into lessons and
they are all around us if we are willing to take the time to listen and fill our mental storehouses.

These days, life is flying. I am busy establishing myself in a fairly new job, trying to launch and promote my Etsy shop and trying to re-work my cookbook into a vegan version of itself. I'm also volunteering with my teen mentor group and sitting on the board of two community organizations. I don't say any of that to give you the laundry list of what I do. I say it because I find myself at a crossroads I've been at before. I was here in my early 20s. Finding myself looking at a choice between my job and my life and I walked down the career path. I rumbled around in the rock tumbler of corporate America for years. At the end, I was smoothed out into something that was polished on the outside but bore no unique qualities. I looked like every other BigLaw lawyer in the bunch. Worn out, glazed over and unsure of the future...unsure if that life was what I wanted when I went to law school. Then life answered my question with a resounding no. The rest is history. Now, as I am looking both ways and choosing what path to take, I find that it is no coincidence that Oprah's Lifeclass has started. In just the first week, I've thought about things in a new way. It's not about giving up my job or walking away from corporate America. I like the challenge and I like the environment that I'm working in now. But you know that from my earlier posts. What it is about for me now is finding a life outside of that. Finding me and keeping me on the list even when there are other people to be accountable to. Oprah's Lifeclass is giving me the space to do that. I am taking time to think about each lesson and apply it to my life.

Why share that? I decided that I would make it part of my blog. It's about the journey and opening it up to the possibilities by listening to others on the same journey. If you are in Lifeclass mode, feel free to comment or join the journey with a blog of your own. I'm not going to backtrack, but I will post the names of the first five lessons.

Lesson 1: The False Power of Ego (In just a week, I've gotten better at realizing when it is more about ego than self. Big one for me.)

Lesson 2: Letting Go of Anger (This is one I learned and started to apply years ago. It has helped me to get some distance from the things that hurt me and do the work to address the pain rather than holding on to toxic stress.)

Lesson 3: You Become What You Believe (I believe that you can manifest positive energy and plan your path based on faith that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. That's not to say that the road will be easy but the journey is possible.)

Lesson 4:The Truth will Set you Free (For me, this is about learning to be your authentic self. I think I am more of that each day and less afraid about what people will think of me as I truly am.)

Lesson 5: Joy Rising (I talk about gratitude and joy a lot. I try to make it the focus at least for part of the day every day. I am not always successful but it's the focus.)

You can learn more and watch the webcasts on www.oprah.com.