If we’re talking game-changing, thought-leading and dream-making, it doesn’t get any bigger or better than Oprah Winfrey.
The force of nature herself has just announced a return to Australia at the end of year. Entitled ‘An Evening with Oprah’, she will be hosting a series of ‘intimate’ talks in arenas across Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.
Oprah’s last visit was nearly five years ago in December 2010 when she was accompanied by 302 audience members, all flown over from the US by Grease Lightning T-Bird-come-honorary Qantas pilot John Travolta to wind up the 25th and final series of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
A hoard of Aussie superstars joined them along the way, including Nicole Kidman, Bindi Irwin and that highly memorable zip line entrance from Hugh Jackman.
This time around we’re expecting it to be a little less spectacle and a little more conversational. She has already shared that this will be a cherished opportunity to do what she loves most: “To sit in gathering spaces and talk to women about things that I know they value and I value as important…”
To celebrate the masterful insight and infectious enthusiasm that has made her so god-damned adored, here are five of our favourite ‘ah ha’ moments from Oprah and friends.
1. With T.D. Jakes on the past, present and future
“When you hold on to your history, you do it at the expense of your destiny”
2. With Elizabeth Gilbert on forgetting your passion and following your curiosity
“Follow it… It might lead you to your passion or it might not…”
3. With Steven Pressfield on how to be in the flow of life
“Put your arse where your heart wants to be”
4. With Brene Brown on the difference between judgement and connection
“When you cannot ask for help without self-judgment, you are never really offering help without judgment.”
5. With her own spiritual godmother, Maya Angelou, on advice