Oprah, My Birthday, and the power of Not Giving Up

*Note: Friday, February 3rd was one of the best days of my life. Here’s why:

I adore Oprah Winfrey.  I read her “What I Know For Sure” column every month in O magazine, I watch the show almost daily, and I keep covers of mags, and articles that she is featured on/in as a way to remind myself that is possible to achieve greatness.

She inspires me. She’s a journalist. And she’s originally from the South. How can I not be enamored?

So, when she announced that this would be the final season of her show, I knew I had to go. I had to find some kind of way to be in that audience (hey, up on stage?) at least once.  I knew I had limited time to make this dream come true, but I never thought for one minute that I would not be able to do it.

Guess what? I did it.

Next Monday, the 28th, is my birthday. And where I will be? In Los Angeles, California as a member of the audience for Oprah’s Post-Oscars show!

Now, you are probably wondering exactly how I did it. I’ll break it down:


Before I applied to go to any shows, I studied the reservation system. I knew that it is basically a lottery. You apply during the time the reservation window is open (it’s only open for 24 hours). You either get it, or you don’t. They let you know within 24-48 hours if you are accepted or not.  It’s pretty much the luck of the draw. However, I decided to do something that would keep me in the know: I changed all of my computer homepages to the Oprah Show reservation page. This way I would know whenever the reservation window was open.  I’m sure a lot of people do this, and I’m sure a lot of people don’t. To me, it was one way to get ahead and stay in the game.

Visualize Your Dream

I believe in the power of visualizing what you want. I imagine what it would be like to experience what I want down to the smallest details.I visualized myself as a part of Oprah’s audience. And I never let go of that vision, even when my show application was rejected several times over.

Don’t Give Up

I got rejected several times over before my ticket request was finally honored. It was disheartening to get my hopes up, only to have them crushed, but I refused to accept defeat. I refused to stop trying. The real failure would have been giving up, and walking away. I refused to do that. I was determined to apply until the end.

Go After What You Want

I knew I had to see Lady O during her last season.  As a young, African American journalist, I think she is awesome for a multitude of reasons. How could I not be a part of her farewell season? Yes, the odds were low, and the stakes high, but I was determined, damnit!

And I got it.

Maybe you don’t have Oprah aspirations. Perhaps there is something else out there that you want so bad you can taste it. What are you waiting for? Go get it.


  1. Alisha says:

    That is BEYOND exciting! I’ve never been much of an Oprah fan, but lately, I’m on her. An old show about vision boards inspired me to make my own. Have a FAB time at the show. That’s stuff dreams are made of.

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