Saturday, March 31, 2012

A day with Oprah LifeClass Tour!

I felt it. So many of the people who know me were so hoping (praying) that my first chance encounter with Oprah Winfrey would be something like the image I Photoshopped above hahaha!   This is the reason why I kept quiet about my trip with hubby to St. Louis, Missouri for the taping of Oprah's 2nd season/3rd episode of LifeClass Tour.

Honestly deep inside I was wishing same.  Because I had never won anything like this.  I received an email from OWN saying they were raffling tickets to LifeClass taping in St. Louis and all I had to do was respond to the email.  Lo and behold, email arrived the next day and tickets were being held for me!  I was wishing deep inside that maybe, hopefully it was a set up?

The timing was good.  My husband Scott and I were celebrating our 12th year anniversary.  And that same week Gallery Square sold my biggest painting I've ever painted so this took care of the financial crunch to afford the trip since it was unexpected!  May I take a moment to just say WOOHOO YAY for those two big celebrations? WOOHOO YAY!!! :D

After traveling for over 5 hours we stopped at the venue, the Peabody Opera House (St. Louis, MO), I was instructed to pick up the tickets day before the taping.  It had to be done in person with ID.  As I was getting out of the van, Oprah also stepped out to go to the building and was mulled by fans and cameras.  I missed her :(  We checked in our hotel.  I wanted a place closest to the opera house so as to avoid as much issues the next day.

Scott's best friend he hadn't seen for 20 yrs happened to be in the area with his parents!!!  They met us at our hotel.  We had such a grand time time.  It's always a pleasure and so easy to have quality time with good people!  I really enjoyed meeting them and it was fun watching two grown up men turn back into grade school kids right before my eyes :D

 We showed up at the Peabody 1.5 hours earlier than I was instructed.  A few things must have changed between their email and actual taping.  So it was good we showed up early.  We were ushered to the wheelchair section, not bad seats in the ninth row.  After the other chairs came in, I realized immediately how boxed in we were.  I knew I wouldn't get a chance to get refreshments in the lobby or use the restroom until the taping was over.  The theater didn't fill up until 20 minutes before taping.  Scott and I kept ourselves amused by taking pictures of each other and the stage.

 When Oprah finally walked on the stage this is what I saw.  This is what I usually see whenever something important is happening.  I bet if Oprah were aware of this she too would be disappointed.  I think Ellen puts the people in wheelchair in the front row and she even dances with them.

 I think the pic was when a celebrity walked in.  

Here's my sweet husband who was such a good sport about taking me to see Oprah.  This whole thing was short notice.  He had to do a lot of work in order to take Monday off from work and other commitments.  Then he had to show up for work Tuesday morning.  Too bad we didn't get to meet Oprah or even dialogue with her from the audience.  The people in front and center had more access to her.  I would so have loved to at least make eye contact with someone who had positively pierced my thoughts so much through the years but I only saw her on TV.

When I was picking up my tickets, I asked one of the theater people if I'd get a chance to meet her the next day.  He responded, "I don't think so.  Just because she's on stage it doesn't mean she will have time.  Everybody wants a piece of her when they see her you know," he says with a smile.  *On a side note, I have a new favorite phrase - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!  A piece of her?

Here we are about an hour sitting while we waited for the taping to begin.

The class guest was Bishop TD Jakes. I think I would have had a more profound learning opportunity if the segment had mainly focused on his teaching rather than accommodating too many elements like the skypers and the lady from audience Keesha.  The subject was a purposeful life.

Jimmy Graham of New Orleans Saints was there.  His story was amazing.  It would seem to me that at a young age he sat in his destiny's driver seat.  

We arrived at the venue a little over 11AM.  Unlike California, the meters were not free for people with disabled license plates.  The meter would only take 2hrs max.  We knew we were taking our chance.  I took this photo at 4:21PM.  Those lined up at folks arriving for the live taping being shown that evening March 26.  By the way, thankfully, we didn't get a parking ticket!!!!

We had a nice late lunch at a Nadoz deli across the university before we headed back to Arkansas. 

It was something different we did - to be in the taping.  To see how Oprah's show is filmed.  In the future Scott and I will look back and confirm we had fun.  No doubt I am disappointed I didn't get to meet her.  Nobody told me I was going to however.  I think I would have been more disappointed if we hadn't taken advantage of the sudden opportunity.  It's never convenient to do something different when you're always busy.  Oprah's network is struggling I wish her well.

When taping ended and cameras were off, Oprah came back out and expressed her gratitude for our attendance.  She said, "I know you came from many far places and you were excited about coming to a taping and put on your bright clothes and got your hair done..  But I also know you came in my honor and to support me, and for that I am very grateful, thank you..." (not verbatim).

The taping will air April 9 on OWN
Oprah's LifeClass Tour, St. Louis, Missouri


  1. Good for you, Erika!
    One of my Mega Truths is to leave nothing we have a passion for undone. Your spontaneity is awesome! Good going, girl. AND congrats on selling your biggest piece ever! Hugs

  2. Congrats on selling your biggest piece and for following through on this adventure. I would have found a reason to not go but you went ahead and did it. Big hugs

  3. Yes SheArt I most definitely try very hard to live my life so something wonderful, especially those with potentials of becoming outstandingly wonderful, will not nag me later. I already have many shudda, wudda, cudda! Thank you for sharing my thoughts! :)

  4. Hi Maddyrose!!! Those reasons came to mind. It was becoming clear that I wasn't going to meet her. An opera house? How does one have intimate time with the one on stage? And she was filming 3 shows in one day (which changed to 2 shows, one with us and one that was live on TV that evening). But my dear husband echoed what I told him as I was convincing him to go. He said, "When will you ever get a chance to meet Oprah again?" Love that man!

  5. My dearest sister,

    You were exactly where God wanted you to be at that time sis, and it was a great time! Your awesome and positive photoshopped photo is a dream which you were able to express via creative technology. Thank God for our gifts!

    I love you sis!

  6. Kimberly it was!!! I'm still feeling how tiresome that schedule and whole trip was but I'm glad we went! :)

  7. Hi Sister!
    Yes I believe same! I was meant to be there and so was Scott! This is also what Oprah said on stage that day, we were meant to be there.

    I just watched the LifeClass show that we didn't get to see because we were busy driving home from St. Louis last March 26th evening. I learned that I need to know exactly what I want. Then I need to completely envision it. Thirdly, I need to determine what I am willing to do for it. What I am not willing to do. And what I will do if I don't get what I want. But most importantly, to ENVISION. And they didn't mention, but I can follow up that I need to envision so that I will know when I got it or when it's not good enough! Love youuuuuuu

  8. You are so cool.........I'm glad you two had a good time.
    Not to mention your anniversary! Glad you made it back safely and very nice article! MKD

  9. I appreciate you taking the time to comment M! See you Thursday! xox

  10. And I thought you were scamming me all last week with all the hints! Read the entire thing...and I think it is REALLY bad when anyone is placed in a position and can't see. I know it is hard to stay SITTED (sic) but this is evidence for those who aren't aware of what is behind them. I've sat through entire concerts and never get to see anything...people stand on chairs throughout entire performances!

    I've always said that you have to be clear on what you want before it can manifest! We sometimes send out false signals :)


Thank you for taking the time to comment ~Erika