The August 2014 issue of O magazine is going to be chock-full of good stuff (as usual) ;). In addition to talking about breakthrough moments, Oprah sat down with actress Helen Mirren. They chatted on a wide range of topics. I’m sure this conversation never got boring; Helen gives funny and interesting interviews. RELATED: Oprah wants you to be ready for your Breakthrough Moment in August issue of O.
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I will shamelessly “out” myself here: I LOVE the inspirational tone of O magazine. It seems to get on some people’s nerves, but not mine. Oprah’s magazine is one of the few that I subscribe to because I know I’ll actually read every issue. For those of you who don’t subscribe, the August 2014 issue of O magazine is about to hit the newsstands, and it’s about Breakthrough Moments.
Are you ready to declutter your life? What better time to clean house than while doing your spring cleaning? Oprah Winfrey is ready to show you the way in the March 2014 issue of O magazine! Oprah did this process last fall when she held that huge auction. It was an EPIC downsizing: the auction raised over $600,000 for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy College Fund. She talked about the experience in O.
On realizing what’s important in life: “When you’re coming into your own, nobody ever teaches you how to ask for less. But over the years, you begin to make distinctions; you start to focus on what’s important, and you start to realize what’s superfluous. You realize that a single piece of art that really speaks to you can be far more powerful than a wall filled with “important” works, that a meal eaten with feet up and pajamas on is usually a lot more pleasurable than any fancy-schmancy food at a black-tie gala, that good conversation with an old friend beats just about everything – that less actually is so much more.”
On how she felt seeing her belongings auctioned off: “I’ll admit that I did feel a midlevel anxiety attack coming on as I paced up and down the lush lawn of the polo grounds, saying my goodbyes. For just a split second, I considered bidding on my own folk-art needlepoint rug with the lovely leaf design, but knowing what you need is more than knowing what you want. And what I need is dogs and books, light and space. Instead of feeling walled in by stuff, I want to feel surrounded by calm.”
I need to make sure I get this issue. I have some clutter of my own to clear out this spring, and I know I get too attached to my “stuff”- LOL. The March issue of O magazine hits newsstands on February 18. How about you: do you hold onto too much or are you quick to toss unused things out?
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I don’t know what it is, but I’ve heard a lot of people saying it lately: 2014 is going to be THE year. It seems like everyone I know is waiting for 2013 to end to bring on the new year! The people at Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine seem to feel the same way, too! The January 2014 issue has been dubbed Your Year To Shine. Oprah has a big year: she’s turning 60 in January. Oprah also announced her new 2.0 Book Club pick: ‘The Invention of Wings’ by Sue Monk Kidd. Here are some of the thoughts Oprah shares in the January 2014 issue of O:
On turning 60 years old on January 29th: “I’m alive. Healthy. Strong. I’m turning 60, and – please don’t take offense – I no longer have to be concerned about what anyone thinks of me! I’m turning 60, and I’ve earned the right to be just as I am. I’m more secure in being myself than I’ve ever been.”
On what she considers her highest achievement in the past 60 years: “Never shutting my heart down. Even in my darkest moments – through sexual abuse, a pregnancy at 14, lies and betrayals – I remained faithful, hopeful, and open to seeing the best in people, regardless of whether they were showing me their worst. I stayed open to believing that no matter how hard the climb, there is always a way to let in a sliver of light to illuminate the path forward.”
On what makes The Invention of Wings extraordinary: “Sue Monk Kidd has written a conversation changer. It is impossible to read this book and not come away thinking differently about our status as women and about all the unsung heroines who played a role in getting us where we are.”
What she took from the book: “I came away from the book with so many layers of empathy, gratitude and understanding of the path that had been paved for me, as an African American woman, daughter of a maid, great-great-granddaughter of a slave, and as a woman in the culture of America.”
Sue Monk Kidd on how she decided on the title, The Invention of Wings: “I was interested in how my characters could invent their own freedom, their own voices in the world – their wings.”
The new issue of O magazine will hit newsstands on December 17th. I’ll be picking up a copy!
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You guys, I’m not sure what to think of this, LOL. Oprah Winfrey refused to get ”buck naked” in American fictionalised drama, The Butler. The 59-year-old actress, who plays Gloria, the butler’s wife in the movie, was adamant she wasn’t going to bare her flesh in a romantic scene with her co-star Terrence Howard.
Speaking to the Daily Mail newspaper, Oprah said: ”You know, he [Daniels] would have had me buck naked on that sofa if I had let him. He did more screaming than I did – I’m not a screamer.”
Winfrey added that she wasn’t keen on her character flirting with the man next door, saying: ”If she’s going to roll around in bed in the middle of the afternoon, then it would be a lie, a fake thing.”
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Are you one of those shoppers who loves yard sales and estate sales? If you do, then this is the event for you. Oprah Winfrey is having an epic yard sale with items from her Indiana, Hawaii, and California homes up for sale. The proceeds will benefit Oprah’s Leadership for Girl’s Academy in South Africa. So why is Oprah downsizing? She explained:
“I’ve been accumulating things since 1985. It’s just too much stuff. I talk about it a lot in [O] the magazine. We talk about decluttering. And I realized, I need to declutter my own life. It is very freeing. I am downsizing.”
So what kinds of things are available? The items include an autographed electric scooter and a Louis XVI chest of drawers, estimated to be worth $50,000. A lot of dolls are available, including a 19th century doll that’s expected to go for up to $8,000. Oprah admitted she may have overdone it with her doll collection over the years.
“People come to stay with me, and they say they get scared with all the dolls. You wake up, and there’s like 12 dolls staring at you.”
That would be a bit creepy- LOL. The yard sale is being held at the polo grounds in Santa Barbara as well as online, if you can’t make it to California. Interested?
Talk show legend Oprah Winfrey says she will leave earth as a ”never-married woman” but admits she recently reconsidered tying the knot after attending Tina Turner’s wedding. The 59-year-old presenter and actress, who has been with long-term boyfriend Stedman Graham for nearly three decades, has admitted that they have no plans to walk down the aisle.
When asked if she will ”leave earth as a never-married woman”, Oprah said: ”Yes. Yeah, I think that’s my final answer.”
Oprah added: ”I think that it’s interesting that you would ask it because I thought about it again at Tina Turner’s wedding. Tina was like, ‘Oprah, you need to do this. You need to do it.’ And I was just thinking, ‘Well, OK, would things really be different?’ And no, I don’t think so.’”
The Butler star further explained that her partner, 62-year-old Stedman, is just as content with their relationship, saying: ”If you ever interviewed him, he would tell you that had we married, we would not be together today. He’s a traditional man and this is a very untraditional relationship. And I think it’s acceptable as a relationship, but if I had the title ‘wife’, I think there would be other expectations for what a wife is and what a wife does.”
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