Joan Dellavalle and Oprah Winfrey

OMG Where do I start?

As I write in sharing what was arguably the most amazing life changing moment of 2015, I have the biggest smile on my face, the biggest thank you in my heart, and gratitude beyond words. Meeting Oprah Winfrey is a magical experience that fulfils the spirit in inexplicable ways. It truly rejuvenates the mind, body, and soul.

As I write with the giddiness of a young schoolgirl, I ask myself, did I meet mama Oprah? Oh yes, yes I did.

Did Mama Oprah say she just loved my signature blue hair? Oh yes she did.

Was I the first person she spotted in room blue hair ? Oh yes, yes I was. Now how do I do start the story?

“Each day we are blessed with a Glorious opportunity to step into our authentic lives in a more fulfilling way. Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it, it’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Tonight we gather in gratitude to talk about living the life we most want and celebrating the life we have right now” Oprah Winfrey

How did I hear of Oprah Know?

From the moment I watched mama Oprah in My Aunt living room in Zambia, I was inspired. I will candidly admit that I did not really understand what truly being inspired was, but what I did understand, was that I was witnessing someone who was becoming a global role model and mother figure who would undeniably change the lives of millions of people around the world. During one episode in particular she talked about forgiveness, moving forward, and finding yourself. In the years that followed I studied her teachings of inspiration and following your dreams immensely.
“I want us all to fulfil our greatest potential. To find our calling and summon the courage to live it. What have you called to do” Oprah Winfrey

In 2001 when I moved to Australia I was so delighted that I could watch her shows without the power been cut off half way through her show LOL.

“Create the highest standest vision for your life. Then let every step move you in that direction” Oprah Winfrey

The last few years that I have travelled to the USA, I had always dreamed of attending one of her shows, but the wait period would be too long and the time restrictions on of my travels would not allow, but I always knew in my heart that I would meet her someday, I just didn’t know when.
5 years ago when Oprah came to Australia I should have been one of the people in Sydney smiling and saying “dance mama Oprah I am here”, but I knew that it honestly wasn’t my time just yet.To my blissful surprise, she announced “Australia I will be back”.

“I am here to help you turn up the volume in your life” Oprah Winfrey

My love for Oprah goes beyond words and I remember praying and mediating like you wouldn’t believe. I knew that one day she’d come back I’d be one of those blessed people that would receive that hug and be present in an environment to listen and learn. Finally, the announcement that I’d been waiting for came on the TV channels, radio stations social Media, and I went “Lord you have answered my prayers, thank you.”

Getting the Ticket

Oprah Winfrey Tickets and Goodies Bag

I was always told that you don’t know someone’s story until you get to know them

On the day of the ticket sales I was up at 4am waiting patiently to buy my VIP ticket, I did not care about the price, I had saved for this moment. I had wanted for this moment all my life. Sadly when the tickets sales went live all the VIP Tickets were sold out at the time the sales opened, I cried just as the day I lost my father, emotions running through my body in ways that I can’t even explain. I remember my hair stylists walking into the salon and thinking who had passed away, no one had passed away I was more disappointed with myself that I missed my moment again.

I gave myself a few mins to pray and I said, “Lord if this was meant to be it will happen, if not now then you know when”. I got on the phone and talked to my publicist in the USA and told him what had happened and he felt sorry for me, and said make a video and send it to me and that he’d send it directly to Oprah’s team as he has personal ties. I made one trying not to cry but I was sincere I was not asking for a free ticket. I just wanted to buy my VIP ticket with money I had saved for this moment. Fine that people would save for a Trip of collage for there Kids, I had saved for Oprah.

Finally the VIP Ticket

I went ok this will happen, 3 days later the tickets were opened to the public this time I was up from 3am waiting for the ticket sales to open, and at 9am that morning I managed to buy my VIP and the countdown was on LOL.

Monday December 7th 2015 The Day.

Prior to the date I was too over the moon to sleep as December drew closer. On the Date on the Monday the 7th I declared that day mama Oprah Day. My plan was not to work on that day and just have a day to get ready give gratitude of what was to happen that evening.

Perth Arena

Guess who was the first one to arrive at the venue, me I got there about 2.45pm not waiting to miss a thing ☺ . I would sit across at a café across the road and watch who else was as excited and crazy to arrive as early as me. The boys at the café were lovely they shared how there business get affected if Perth arena has no events, I listened and sympathised with them. I joked and said maybe oprah will come and say Hello this made them smile with Joy.

“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself” Oprah Winfrey

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Meeting Megan and Paul Castran (Jewelchic) The choosen Australia Oprah Correspondent for #aneveningwithoprah in Australia and New Zealand.

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As we stand outside with my beautiful friend Louise and Her Mum. I Spot Megan and her Hubby walking towards the VIP Queen. I am going omg there is Megan seeing her in perth and present felt as thou I had know Megan for years. I couldn’t wait for her to get to me ,I had to go and introduce my self to the both of them. The connection was powerful and effortless.

Whos is Megan (jewelchic)

A soul sister from another Mister ☺

A jewerraly fashion designer

An ambassador for the OWN Network.

She is the kindest soul with positive energy all around her. I remembered the video when oprah first came to Australia and surprised her and her family for some Tacos that was a True moment of what a really True Aussie ambassador,family and Role model should be. We Chatted we got to know each other. Megan was choosen to be the oprah correspondent for #aneveningwit oprah for both Australia and New Zealand. She and her Hubby are doing such a superb job of this Journey sharing there Journey. So thankful to have met this beautiful soul.

Then she said Oprah will love you and she will love your hair. She was right thing she had said did happen and more. You Got to meet this beautiful soul , follow her on at @jewelchic face book, twitter and instagram and say hello.

“Spirituality for me is recognizing that I am connected to the energy of all creation, that I am a part of it and it is always a part of me” Oprah Winfrey

Benefits of Going VIP

Lord we got spoilt Every $ was so worth every cent and more.

Just the Bag it self had loads for Goodies worth so much $ and knowledge

We had gifts picked by Oprah her SELF stunning earrings from http://www.secrets-shhh.com/

Oprah’s book a Must Have- Titled WHAT I KNOW NOW signed by Her

And a lot of other goodies, the food was so delicious.

Oprah brings the universe together I met the most beautiful souls from the inside and out , It was such a blessing to be in a room with people that are present there for the same reason and just sharing positive energy and joy all around.

“You are responsible for the energy your Bring” Oprah Winfrey

A few days prior to the event, I would receive an email from Dainty Group with details to the event on that day , the unfolding of the afternoon and evening VIP Doors will be opened at 4.15.
As all VIP ticket holders gathered together, lanyards , wristbands and a waiver was sign, the amazing Dainty Group STAFF gave us a rundown of what was happening that evening at this point, my heart is racing with excitement and I am going, I can’t believe this is Happening. This is not a dream this is real Staff .

“How you use service in others is what really matters” Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Tickets and Goodies Bag

The Sound Check and So it beginnings with Oprah

As we walk inside the arena we are shown to our sits, I look around and say this so intimate there is not many of us. This is special we are special we are blessed. I would sit down and smile with Joy. And the moment Mama Oprah walked on stage wearing her Green kaftan by Australian Designer Camilla with love www.camillawithlove.com.au , Oh lord at that moment I am saying do not cry you will forget what to ask her, what to say to her. It is too hard not to cry with gratitude, I cannot believe I have followed this woman for years my inspiration and today, she is standing in front of me and start off by saying “ I can’t believe you all paid for a sound check” she makes us laugh. At that moment I am still Going she is here is this real somebody wake me up. I have to remind myself to be present as she is very present.

The connection with Oprah my Blue Hair

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And that moment just happened she will notice me as the first person in the room, and she went “You have blue hair, did you realise your Hair is the same colour as the chairs.” I am smiling so hard thinking this woman makes us all smile and today, I have made her smile, I am so humbled in my heart that moment beyond words, I would keep smiling like a little kid that has been give candy for the first time, And she goes to say “You are bold”, I would answer yes mum. And she says “I like it”. I would say thank you. Trust me at the moment the only thing that is stopping me to jump on that stage and hug and cry like a child with Gratitude are the body Guards.

“You carry your own personal energetic vibration thought by thought, that is drawing to you exactly what you’re putting out in the world” Oprah Winfrey

My Blue Hair has touched and made my souls Smile and to see that same Smile on mama oprah that I have seen when I walk on the street on people’s faces now that is beautiful. I have worn blue Hair for years it gives me Joy it puts as smile on my souls.

From that moment you could not stop me smiling, I thought I was on high with excitement before now I was really high. Some people get High on something else I get High of seeing Oprah and listening to her.

Question time

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Before sitting we would submit our questions instructions were stated one questions person typed or handwritten and not all questions would be answered, For months I had mediated and prayed that my questions was one of those she will allow to ask, Other VIP souls asked and there questions were answered.

I would put my hand up and my moment would come, YES Lord I would ask and Say.

Welcome to Perth Australia, I would then pose for a min and remind myself I not talking to my friend I am talking to someone older than me I can’t call her by her first name , And I asked if is it ok if I called you mama. I can here the lady saying please state your name. I am not overwhelmed with excitement and humbleness I for to say my name

My question: How do you help your babies in South Africa and around the world to stay inspired , ground ,humbled and forced, especially going to visit and after visiting Families during and after school holidays?

And she answered: “Humbleness will get you anyway in life; I remind them to stay Humble and respectable.” I remind them to allow themselves to be on the same level as those you find, she shares the chat she had with one of her Daughters on the 6th of November who is studying medicine at Harvard. And will be visiting her Family in kwaZulu Natal in South Africa and coming from a very poor family. She reminded her to stay Humble and respectable of the elders and those around her as she visited her family.

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I say thank you , I will share that with my indigenous Girls that I work with, it was an inspiring answer that I share with all my girls I work with, Stay humble and people will respect you, Bring yourself to the same level as those around you and people will learn from you and you from them.
“How you use your life in service to others is what really matters” Oprah Winfrey

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Of course. I am still pitching myself that my question one chosen to be asked and answered, all this from the strength of positive thinking and sending all that positive energy in the direction of what you want.

The photo opportunity with Oprah

The moment for photos arrived and everyone was told if you have come with someone you either choose a photo with mama together or one individual photo each with her, Mama Oprah loves people she changed things and choose to give together one individual photo with her and 1 with both, this was just so beautiful to watch. My moment came and was blessed to have 3 poses with mama her smiling from one end of my mouth to the other.

All our photos were taken by Oprah”s in house personal photographer for more than 30 years how much more special can this moment be, this amazing photographer has taken so many beautiful photos of her over the years, and to be photographed by him with her , I was just thankful of this once in a life time powerful experience. The photos were emailed to us 72 hours later as promised everyone looked happy and wanted to be there

VIP Cocktail Party

After the meet and greet with Oprah will would taken to a private VIP room, very well presented with lots of food and wine. Yes we would be treated beyond VIP ,The service was superb from both the Dainty staff and the catering company.

But what made the moment even more special was the people in that room, it is so refreshing to be in a room full of likeminded people who are full of positivity and love. Everyone made everyone welcome. Honestly it was been in a room full of best friends both men and women were so welcome. It just saws you what an amazing inspiration Oprah is her teachings break through walls and reach a bigger audience. Everyone belonged in that room. We spoke to each other we laughed, shared stories exchanged number, it was one big family. This was such a precious moment.

Dainty boy Max

The Beginning of the show

Oh wow what a moment, we would be give directions how to go back into the venue, outside the venue you can see thousands of people with positive energy so electrifying coming from every corner of the venue inside and outside. As we worked people were dancing to the beautiful music played by Dj Faustina who was choose as the Dj for the tour . Find more info on at www.faustina.co. she played the most beautiful play list you had to be in the room, we dance,laughed and hugged . I was in the Second Row she could see me I could see her I smiled, cried and laughed throughout the show, but more of I was inspired and uplifted.

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“The more you praise and celebrate life, the more there is in life to celebrate”

The surprise Gift to New Andy and Val by Oprah

I was blessed to meet this 2 beautiful people Andy had shared his story during the Q & A section but what he did not know was that evening at the start of the show, he and his wife was to be gifted with such an amazing gift. Andy and Valerie Moseley were called up on stage by the queen of talk at the beginning of her sell-out An Evening with Oprah show at Perth Arena on Monday night and said. Andy and Val we have been looking for you.Andy had written her media company, Harpo Productions, a letter telling them how he had cancelled their honeymoon to Cairns so his wife could come to Oprah’s only Perth show and got the best tickets by using up all there savings. She then went to them we have been looking for you, if you were to go on a honey moon were would you go with everything paid for 14 days, she shared her choices and gave them 30 seconds to choose, at this moment I am saying she has done it, Andy was so emotional to watch a grown man cry, is so inspiring . They choose the USA and the gift was there with flying 1st class all expanses paid for. What a deserving couple.

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The moment she stepped on Stage

INSTA THIS ON WHEN THE SHOW STARTED

“I’m here to share my life story with you, myself with you, hoping it will help you to embrace why you’re really here,” she said.

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12-7-2015 Perth -"An Evening With Oprah"

The night continued, with Oprah’s instantly recognisable voice and its many octaves delving through a raft of personal stories, life lessons and processes she has understood to lead her to achieve a happy and fulfilled life.

“Your real job in life is to figure out the answers to the questions, why are you here? there is a been a thread that has connected the experiences of my life. What is your thread?” Oprah Winfrey

She described living with her Grandmother as a child and being a “poor little black girl from Kosciusko, Mississippi”. And what an intelligent kid she was and how she got into trouble when she went to 6th grade and sent a letter to her teach and said she was too clever for that Grade and wrote a letter to prove her point.

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“When you educate a woman, you set her free. Had I not had books and education in Mississippi, I would have believed that’s all there was” Oprah Winfrey

She spoke of her journey from news anchor to talk show host and everything in between.

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“I don’t believe in luck. Luck is just preparation meeting the moment of opportunity” Oprah Winfrey

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You can’t go to see Oprah without the mention of her best friend Gayle. She shared the good times they’ve had for years, you can see the bond that is more than friends they are sisters. Gayle has been in oprah life since the age of 19. They truly have a remarkable bond.

 

The story that gets every silent and Tear up

A story that had the room completely silenced, however, was when she spoke about how she was sexually abused by older family members between the ages of 9 and 14. At just 14 and as a result of the abuse, she fell pregnant and contemplated suicide. The baby a boy later died after she brought on an early labour because of stress, and she regarded it as her “second chance” at life.

“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment” Oprah Winfrey

“Keep a grateful journal. Every night, list five things that happened this day that you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change your perspective of your day and your life. If you can learn to focus on what you have, you will always see that the universe is abundant; you will have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

She shared more personal stories, Oprah spoke of messages that appealed to many, describing one of them as our “disease to please”. She told us to say no more often, which received rich nods of approval as she continued to tell refreshing personal stories of when these messages and life lessons have been put to the test. She shared the first time she said know to someone so dear and special to her and that moment felt ok for her to do that.

“Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded or how much you have.” Oprah Winfrey

“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself”. Oprah Winfrey

Throughout the evening, Oprah remained engaged and open, and radiated a level of joy that was instantly infectious. Her energy deserves respect, and her brand, her image and her message is undeniably strong. She is driven, passionate, aware and powerful, and an evening in the presence of one of the most influential figures of our time is an opportunity I was glad to be apart of. She invites to be present at all times. Every one in the room had there own oprah moment, there own connection to her.

Oprah and Maya Angelou

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She shared her inspiring stories for her and Maya Angelou they had such precious moments how they always had something to talk about and how she taught her not to look at her girls in south Africa as a successes. You can see how much she missed her and the amount for bond they shared. Mayo Angelou was a Mother to her http://www.mayaangelou.com
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou

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The Colour Purple

When she started talking about the colour Purple you could feel her joy in sharing this story how she got the role. The strength of positive thinking and believe. She shared how she had to allow herself to let go for the Role and surrender everything to the lord. And blessed the person that would be given that Role. “ lord I will bless that the person that will have that Role” she said

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As the power of Believe works.

She auditioned for the Part and in the purple Run and did not hear anything for a long time, she then decide to call the producer and he told her if she had got the Part he would have called her but he did not call her did he. She really wanted this part so bad she did not want to give up, One day she decided to surrender and went to the Fat farm and surrender allowing the Lord to do what was to be. She was running and listening to the sound of her thighs rubbing on each other because of the extra weight she was carrying. And signing the Song I Surrender. And That she had a voice calling on her OPRAH OPRAH someone is on the phone for you and it was, the news she was not accepting, she got the Role she was told I hear you at the Fat Farm and she said NO, I am at a retreat ,(everyone laughed with her at the moment ) (Everyone cried with her joyfully) And he said we need you Chicago the next day and don’t lose any weight for you do you will not get this Part, she was over the moon, she went and got herself one of her favourite meals and Enjoyed it. The Power of Believe.

“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.” Oprah Winfrey

Belief Series to be Aired on Foxtel in Australia

I have watched belief online and on YouTube what an inspiring show. She talked and shared that Belief TV Series was starting on Sunday in Australia

You can watch Belief on FOXTEL TLC www.foxtel.com

She then shared a Video she said Which was one of her favourite video to date that was so heartfelt the video shared her favourite story is about an indigenous elder called Terry and his grandson. She talked about racism and sexism and failure and how her failures are REALLY public and how she sees failure as a message to say “You are moving in the wrong direction”. She talked about how she pays A LOT of attention to her gut feelings. And to always trust the first signs that someone shows you. She talked about having purpose and the impotence of knowing your purpose

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Maya Angelou

She then thanked the owners of the land. I was choking with tears of respect of how wonderful this woman knowledge’s people

The wrap up

She wrapped up her two hour show by say

“Tonight you will go in my grateful journal, Perth.”

“The older I get, I become more conscious of every breath, this moment.”

She ended with a poem telling the audience to “feast on your life” and honour your calling. And encouraged us to carry this poem with us

Oprah’s did shows in Australia starting with Melbourne , Adelaide ,Perth Brisbane and , Sydney. The last show will be in Auckland. she has left a huge print on each and every soul that had the opportunity to go to her Show and we have done the same to her. Her message will continue to be shared by us that were blessed to be in that present moment. I am blessed to have met my biggest inspiration, idol , mother and mentor. I hope after reading this. You too can find you connection to this amazing woman and find your purpose in life.

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Joan Dellavalle An Evening with Oprah Winfrey