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Posted: Mon 09/02/2013 12:00 AM
In this two-part round of Soul to Soul, find out what Dr. Maya Angelou's definition of God is, what she believes happens when we die and more.
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To watch an encore of Oprah's two-part interview with Dr. Maya Angelou, tune in Sunday, September 8, at 11 a.m. ET/PT, only on OWN.
Posted: Wed 08/28/2013 02:00 PM
What does the world need most? What is designer Nate Berkus most grateful for? Where does he feel most at home? Watch as Oprah and Nate go soul-to-soul in another round of life's biggest questions.
Posted: Sun 08/25/2013 02:00 PM
In part two of his intimate conversation with Oprah, designer Nate Berkus opens up about the day that changed his life forever. On December 26, 2004, Nate and his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, were vacationing in Sri Lanka when the East Indian tsunami hit. The storm claimed more than 260,000 lives in 11 countries, including Fernando. Now, Nate shares how he healed and moved forward from the unthinkable.
Fernando Bengoechea was a photographer who traveled the world on assignment and the love of designer Nate's life. The two met on a photo shoot for O at Home magazine in 2003. Watch as Nate explains the powerful connection they had that very first day and shares why Fernando showed Nate a bigger, more beautiful life than he could have imagined for himself:
Since surviving the tsunami, Nate says he's never defined himself by anything other than his ability to survive. In fact, he says he doesn't recognize the person he was before the tsunami hit. Find out why Nate says he trusts himself—and likes himself—more today. Plus, why he wouldn't trade everything he's learned post-tsunami for the world:
After returning home, Nate began picking the spiritual pieces of his life. Find out why he says seeing such suffering in Sri Lankawas a gift. Plus, Nate opens up about the ultimate gift he and Fernando gave one another:
Posted: Fri 08/23/2013 12:00 AM
Photo: George Burns/Harpo Studios
All of us experience things that completely hit the reset button on our lives. For Nate Berkus, it was surviving the 2004 tsunami that took the life of his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea. Here, the designer shares some of the lessons he learned about hanging on and moving forward. Read on, then tune in for Nate's discussion with Oprah this Sunday on OWN.
Wait for the Glimmer
In the weeks after the tsunami, I didn't have the strength or energy to get out of bed. I wasn't eating much or able to carry a conversation. Then one day, I realized I was bored. I wanted to shower, change out of my sweat pants and leave the house. I saw a glimmer of my former self. A lot of people can feel really guilty about that choice of wanting to live, but I embraced it. That was somebody—something—giving me a second chance. The desire to go to a store with my mother and walk around for a half hour—that was somebody throwing me a rope.
Accept the Moviegoers and the Hand Holders
After the tsunami, I had some friends whose energy I found extremely comforting. They sat with me in silence when I needed it, and also offered valuable advice. The most surprising thing? These were the people I least expected to be there for me. I didn't know they had that capacity—but I had also never needed to see that side of them before.
Then there were other people I was—and still am—incredibly close to who just didn't have the skill set or tools to give me what I needed in that moment. At first I was angry, but then I realized not everybody can jump into the role of therapist, grief counselor or recovery co-pilot. Some people just don't have that in them.
One friend, in particular, wasn't able to come over and cry with me for hours. But when I was ready to go see a movie, I thought: "I can't wait to see her. Let me call her because I know she'll be able to distract me from this." Everybody falls into his or her natural role. Try not to judge people for what they're capable of giving you. Instead, accept them for who they are and what they can do.
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Posted: Wed 08/21/2013 12:00 AM
Nate Berkus believes your home should tell your story. Not who your decorator is. Not who your friends sometimes think you should be, not who your family occasionally wishes you would be, and not who any number of style magazines say you "must be. Today, get Nate's words of wisdom on creating the home of your dreams. Then, tune in Sunday as he opens up to Oprah about coming out, the cancellation of his talk show and more.
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