We learned a lot of inspirational things and heard from a lot of famous, powerful people while on the road in St. Louis and New York City with "Oprah's Lifeclass: the Tour." But the most uplifting part of the whole experience was talking with the fans. The people who spent their own hard-earned cash to travel from all around the country and the world to take part in Oprah's classroom.
In the audience for the four shows taped, there were people from Australia, Canada, Texas, Florida, California, and more. They all had one thing in common, though -- a positive, radiant attitude, and a hope to change their future and the lives of those around them. We spoke with several fans before and after the shows to find out what they love about Oprah and "Lifeclass."
The Fans Speak Out About Oprah Winfrey.
Dorian, from St. Louis, Missouri, expressed her feelings, "Oprah is everything. She's beautiful. She has a warm spirit. Her shows are life changing. It gives you a lot to think about and a lot to change within yourself."
Her friend, also from St. Louis, said. "She's had such a positive impact on my life. I've watched her since high school. And it's my birthday, and thanks to Dorian I'm here."
She noted the most important lesson she's learned from watching Oprah, "Believe in yourself. I love that. And always challenge yourself to go beyond. Don't get stuck, be stagnant about your life. And if you are getting down, in a rut, think of something positive."
Regina Minor from St. Louis agreed with that sentiment saying, "She represents positivity ... Don't fear anything and just keep the positive energy going."
Her friend Granetta Johns from St. Louis exclaimed, "Oprah is just a phenomenal woman. She tries to make sure that we get the best out of life, women, especially. [She's] a good role model."
Some Fans Hope Oprah Goes Further.
Ruth Kaiser, who was in the audience from Spontaneous Smiley, has been so influenced by Oprah that she has written a book called "The Smiley Book of Colors," which was guided by the positive message she has learned. But she hopes in the future, Winfrey's network will take Oprah's ideas a step further. "We as a society need to stop thinking of self-help only has how grown-ups get repaired, but instead have children in a preventive method. So my book is all about optimism and hope and choosing to be happy and noticing the stuff that's good and positive in your life instead of... all that stuff that's crappy and icky."
Bloggers Who Write About Oprah Winfrey
We also met several fans who love Oprah so much that they have started their own blogs about her and have become friends online due to their mutual admiration.
Brittney Cammack from Austin, Texas, has wished her whole life to meet her hero. "It's a dream come true for us. It really is because I've been watching Oprah since I was five years old and she's been my greatest teacher. She inspired me to dream and believe and she's taught me more than anyone else in this world and I love her."
Luisa Gomez-Bowes from Miami Beach, Florida, was Cammack's guest at the show. Originally from Venezuela, she has not been watching Ms. Winfrey as long as her friend but still has learned life lessons from Oprah. "Lifeclass has been giving me so many Aha! Moments it's unbelievable... We are enough. We matter."
Jessica Gottlieb , one of our fellow VIP bloggers on the tour, had this to say about Ms. Winfrey in her blog: "When Oprah sets her sights on you, she pulls the most relevant details out of you as if there's a string attached and one tug from her unleashes everything. She is a remarkable woman embarking on a remarkable journey."
Watch "Oprah's Lifeclass: the Tour" on Monday nights at 8pm EST/7pm CST on OWN. Follow the show online at Oprah.com and see the coursework that corresponds to each episode's theme. Join the "Lifeclass" conversation online on Twitter @OprahsLifeclass and using #lifeclass.
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