The priviledge of a lifetime is being who you are.

~ Joseph Campbell


That was my reaction when I received the invitation from Christine Magee of Sleep Country Canada to be one of her VIP guests to see Oprah live in Hamilton.

Sleep Country Canada presented Oprah in Hamilton at the Copps Coliseum on Saturday, April 13, 2013. I, along with fellow bloggers and friends Maria @BoredMommy, Lena @listen2lena, Diana @teachermomoftwo and Shannon @shasherslife, were Christine’s guests.

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What a night to remember!

We had the opportunity to be backstage to meet and greet Oprah and have a photo take with the legend herself:

Me and Oprah

I had my 15 seconds – literally – with Oprah and while it happened so quickly, I managed to tell her what an honour it was to meet her and that I love her. Cheesy right?

I’ve met my share of celebs but Oprah is one with whom I was star struck. This woman I’m touching and smiling with has been a part of my family room for years… I’ve learned from her and her guests and have been inspired by her over the years. Not to mention this woman standing next to me is stinkin’ rich!

Because I’ve been following her and many of her guests for years, much of what she presented at her event I’ve learned and practice (for the most part!), and reiterate what I know to be true to live happily. But hearing it from her standing feet away from me, and even speaking directly TO ME (yes she sure did!), was something I will never forget. It was absolutely amazing to hear her speak about her life – she is so engaging and funny!

Listen to your intuition

I’ve always been a firm believer in trusting your instincts. We all have the ability – it’s just a matter of being silent enough to hear those whispers and to feel your gut.

Oprah talked about it and how we are first touched by a whisper – if we don’t listen to that soft voice, the whisper will grow into a pebble.

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Know your purpose

Who are you? What is your purpose? We all have roles – we’re mothers, sisters, daughters, teachers, but who are you?

“I am a whisper on the breath of God,” says Oprah.  “Nothing is happening out of order – you are co-creating your life.”

Everybody needs to find a purpose. What’s your purpose?

Nothing is happening out of order.

You are co-creating your life with the Divine. For every cause there is an effect –  for every action, thought, feeling is motivated by an intention.


Be grateful – pretty simple. I like to thank God every day for all of my blessings. Give thanks to the universe.


Love After Love by Derek Walcott

The time will come

when, with elation

you will greet yourself arriving

at your own door, in your own mirror

and each will smile at the other’s welcome,


and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart

to itself, to the stranger who has loved you


all your life, whom you ignored

for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,


the photographs, the desperate notes,

peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit. Feast on your life.



George Stroumboulopoulos and Oprah chatted with Christine Magee of Sleep Country Canada also:


I will so ever be grateful to Christine Magee of Sleep Country Canada for the amazing opportunity!

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Oprah Live Hamilton

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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. Pam @writewrds Reply

    Wow! So inspring. I love how she uses her phenomenal influence and power for good. And how she makes a difference in other people’s lives. I’m so glad you got the opportunity to meet her.

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