A highlight from aqw: WHAT I LEARNED FROM OPRAH

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Hey guys, it's Rachel, and this is a quick word on what I learned from Oprah. Story time. I have loved, loved, is the only word I can use. Loved and admired and idolized Oprah Winfrey since I was a little girl. I am what you call an Oprah baby, meaning I grew up I was a latchkey kid and every day I came home from school and I sat down on the carpet in front of the TV and I watched The Oprah Winfrey Show every single day. I'm sad for the next generation who don't understand how incredible or important she is to people in our generation, but that's neither here nor there. I love this woman. One of my life goals was to speak on Oprah Winfrey stage. You've made me heard me talk about this. I wrote it down in my start today journal. Every day, every day, every day. I speak on Oprah Winfrey stage, I speak on Oprah Winfrey stage. And I honestly didn't know how this would manifest for me. I just knew that every once in a while she would do these tours for like super soul Sunday or super soul Sessions or maybe I would do something with own. I didn't know what it was. I just was laser focused on the idea that someday I would have the opportunity to do this thing. And at the beginning of 2020, which feels absolutely insane that this happened in 2020, I had the opportunity to open for Oprah on her, oh golly, I can't even think of the name of the tour. Is she did this like ten city tour where she went to all these big venues. It was like 15,000 people in the audience and she would have celebrities that she would interview and she'd have speakers come on. And they had reached out to me her team and said, we'd love to have you speak and I stopped crapping my pants long enough to just be like, oh my gosh, yes, absolutely. This would be amazing. And I was so excited. They were like, you know, we'll pay you to come and do this. And I said, I don't even need money. I just want to bring my girlfriends because it was Oprah Winfrey and it was Michelle Obama so lucky I got to be there when Michelle Obama was her interview and we I just wanted to bring my best friends and it was so funny because when we were there, we're all just like having the best time and freaking out and people kept saying like, oh, is this your publicist? Is this because people have an entourage? They bring all these people. I'm like, no, these are just my Friends. And people were so confused backstage. You just brought your friend. I'm like, yeah, 'cause Oprah's here and Michelle Obama's here and this is amazing. We had the best time, made me heard me tell the story before where I sort of knew that my typical style of speaking maybe didn't exactly align with what miss Winfrey was putting on that day. She's a lot more like spiritual and there were like sound bowls and your girls over here jumping up and down to macklemore and telling gross stories and I was meditating that morning on do I kind of downplay what I would normally do or do I just show up on stage as myself. And I decided to show up on stage as myself and I opened my keynote telling a story about losing a tampon inside of my body, which is, it sounds very gross right now, but I promise you it is a hilarious story and every audience is dying when they hear it. And as soon as I start telling the story, I'm like a few minutes in and Oprah, I did not tell you this, but Oprah was sitting in the audience. And so I had known that in advance, like, oh, she's going to be down there, which was terrifying to me because I thought, oh, my lord, if I have to do this, but she's watching, I'm probably just going to implode. But I somehow kept it together. I start my keynote. I'm telling my story and I'm speaking for about 8 minutes, the audience is laughing. I'm having a great time. And I see her stand up and leave her seat. And when Oprah stands up, I mean, there's like 57, there's like a S.W.A.T. team and the Secret Service. There's just everybody, her security team takes her off and I'm like, on stage, and it's a really weird thing, but when I am speaking, I can also process what's happening in the room. One of my Friends is a musician and he was saying the same thing. Like he can literally be performing his hit song. And in the back of his mind, he's also thinking about something as a weird compartmentalizing thing. In any event, I see her stand up and in the back of my mind, I'm like, oh my God, she hates my speech. She literally hates my speech. So the remaining time of my keynote, I am giving my keynote while in the back of my mind freaking out because my hero hates what I'm saying and is totally pissed off. And I'm like, oh my God, I've offended her. She's invited me here and I've messed this up and I've done a bad job. And the voice in the back of my head is like, no, it's fine. You're being dramatic. This is great. And when my speech is done, she comes on stage. And she says, the first words out of her mouth, she goes, girl. I'm glad you figured out where that was going, 'cause I was trying to understand what on earth you were talking about. So in front of 15,000 people, she's come up on stage and made me very aware that what I was reading when she stood up from her seat was accurate. That she was not happy that I was telling a story about a tampon, right? And I, on that stage, I die, y'all, I die 1 million thousand deaths. And because I'm like, oh my God, this is my hero, and I'm this is the worst. It was horrible. So she's interviewing me. She's asking me questions, and I'm just like, I'm trying to keep my shit together. And the last question was, she's like, wow, you know, your book, it sold millions of copies, you've been on The New York Times Best Seller list for over a year, like I just keep seeing your name on there and you've had all this success. What do you think it is about you and your work that

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