Brittnay’s Corner: Oprah’s Life Class Season Premier (Twitter Edition)

PAIN = Pay Attention Inward Now. Don’t look for anything or anyone outside of you to fix it – Iyanla Vanzant

Tonight was the season premier of Oprah’s Life Class on OWN, and it was AMAZING!!!!  In case you missed it, you can visit Oprah.com to watch the live stream (which may not be available until tomorrow, after it has aired worldwide). The subject for tonight’s class was “Are you living in pain?” and let’s just say that it was a life lesson that can help us all heal. Tonight’s teacher was life coach, spiritual teacher, and author Iyanla Vanzant, whom I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

The people and the stories were phenomenal! I was under the impression that one of my favorite bloggers Mastin Kipp, founder of TheDailyLove.com, would be on the show as well… so I tweeted it in excitement.

Well, Mastin replied by tweeting me that he would only be blogging live from the show, and I was just beyond thrilled that he saw my tweet.

I tweeted so much out of my excitement for the world to embrace the change that is needed in humanity, that I caught the attention of @OWNtv, and they replied to me as well.

I must have been in tune with my spirit, and their intentions as well, for two of my inspirations for inspiring others to see my tweets amongst hundreds of thousands of others, and reply to me tonight. It was UBER COOL!

I also felt the outpour of others who were living a life of pain, and so I tweeted my little heart out tonight… My prayer is that I helped those who don’t know their own strength, through sharing what I now know for sure… The Kingdom of heaven is WITHIN! (Check ya Bible for that one!) 🙂

#AMEN

Love,

@BCSTARKS

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Life Class Lesson 11: Are You Living A Financial Lie, Or Know Someone Who Is?

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The intentions of this post is to perhaps awaken someone who is dealing with similar issues and want to turn it around, and/or help educate others of the pitfalls of debt that can be avoided. Afterall, when you know better, you CAN do better.

What started as a normal Sunday morning with the fam turned out to be quite lesson filled.

It all began with a wonderful early morning church sermon which taught that the greatest way to give to others is to share with them your own “story.” This lesson resonated with me because I am a firm believer in the power of sharing life lessons. I believe that we all can learn a thing or more from our own experiences, as well as other’s. This of course, is all the more reason to share our own story with those who may benefit from hearing it.

Later in the day, while watching television, my family and I encountered an episode of Oprah’s Life Class in which the topic was “Are You Living A Financial Lie?” During this episode, people discussed their stories of their relationship with money. The stories varied enough that many of us could either personally or indirectly relate to them. In fact, as a bi-product of higher education, I can either relate to or empathize with those who have responsibly or irresponsibly taken advantage of those spooky things that we all know as student loans.

The lesson is that we often create chaos in our own lives when we attempt to fill voids with things outside of ourselves, (such as material things, money, relationships, sex, etc…).

When it comes to debt, however, Americans know first hand how to create it, but rarely ever deals with the “why” because we often don’t know how and where to begin. But the answers can be found within the individual stories of every single one of us who live in this country.

Below are stories of individuals who have dug themselves into financial ditches, but through sharing their story with others, and being honest with themselves, they have since been able to change it all around.  Its never too late to set things straight, but you can only change when you 1) acknowledge that there is a problem, 2) decide to do something about it, and 3) take action towards doing it.

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Lessons Learned: Oprah’s Life Class Reflections (When People Show You Who They Are, Believe Them The 1st Time!)

As many of my readers know, I am a huge fan of Oprah and all the good that she represents to the world through her shared life lessons. Her most recent venture on her OWN network, Oprah’s Life Class, has had the most profound lessons  wrapped up from her 25 years of the Oprah Winfrey Show.

The following video clips are excerpts from this season’s Life Classes, which premiered on weekdays at 8pm and midnight on OWN (Check local listings or visit oprah.com for webcasts of the show), and I want to share some of the relationship lessons that I have learned from them with my readers. Check them out and feel free to drop a line. I want to know if this touches home with you like it did for me when I first saw them.