What Makes You Happy?
Why a child's love for Oprah makes his mother smile
This is a photo of Tristan going over O magazine—seeing the expression on his face once he sees Oprah always cracks me up! It's really very adorable.
How one woman became a mother when the doctors told her it was impossible
How to make your dreams a reality
I am working on my instrument rating, and then my commercial pilot license. The whole process was never easy. I still have to work on a lot of things, but getting a private license is so rewarding. When I look back, I could not really believe that I made it. Though I haven't reached the top yet, achieving the first level makes me so happy. Flying the plane itself feels like ecstasy. I feel like Amelia Earhart in my own little world.
The joy of trying something new
Here is a photo of me on my first dive. It was an amazing experience, and I felt a combination of happiness, pride and awe at the same time. Taking in the beauty of God's world, both above and below water, was a wonderful experience for me in Cancun.
Why sisterhood is special
In June 2007, six out of the eight of us were fortunate to be able to take a trip together to Tybee Island. This trip meant so much to us, not just because we would all be together, but because we were given news that one of us was very ill. My sister, Karen, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Knowing that life is unpredictable and that we should live life to the fullest with the ones we love made this time together all that much more precious.
My sisters are my encouragers, my protectors, my comic relief, my teachers and my family. I love them with all my heart. Thank you for letting me share my story and the picture that makes me happy.
How helping others can change your life
So far, distributions in Majuro has been made to seven schools and one agency that helps needy women and children. We just printed a wonderful year-end newsletter with photos of the girls holding shoes! We also inspired the FIBA Oceania group in Australia to begin a similar project. They asked our permission to use the same name. I plan on continuing this project for years to come. I would like to see it eventually become a nonprofit organization.
I didn't used to think I could make much of a difference in the world. God has shown me it only takes one life to touch another, which does make a difference. I am thankful for Oprah's efforts worldwide to empower women. I am happy to be a part of that spirit on a much smaller scale.
Discover the power of music
Find joy in the great outdoors
I get outside every day to soak up all the natural beauty that God has given us to enjoy during our lifetimes. What a blessing. I am grateful.
Why it's the simple things that can make you happy
Why it's important to love what you do
Why you should pursue your passions
How trying something new can change you forever
My best friend and I have been going through a phase together, trying to do things for ourselves once and a while. As the women were jumping out of the plane in the episode, I knew it was something we needed to do. I sent her a text: "Want to go skydiving with me?" Followed by a second one: "I am serious." She replied: " When and where? We will be Thelma and Louise." I thought, "There is no backing down now."
I told my husband what I wanted to do and he said okay. I could not believe he did not try to talk me out of it. Now I really had to do it. A few days later, we had our reservations to jump. Sunday came and we jumped—we did it! It was so amazing! Kathy and I want to go again. We even want to be able to take the classes to jump ourselves. It was such a wonderful experience, and if it wasn't for your show, I do not think I would have ever done it. Thank you, Oprah.
How to realize your busiess dreams
How to find joy when times are tough
Find peace in a hobby
How a photo can trigger happy memories
The power of a child's smile
Why nothing can break the bond of family
Riley absolutely adores his older brother, and, at times, it puts an incredible amount of pressure on Brandon. A 13-year-old's biggest worry should be how much homework he has or what to do on the weekends, but for Brandon, it's much more. He tries to provide the balance that we as a family need, and I know I haven't told him enough just how much I appreciate that. This picture reminds me of the hard work that we as a family have done together to find peace, happiness and, most of all, love. This picture shows me an incredible amount of love that two brothers have for each other, no matter how hard life can be at times. This picture is a reminder to me that no matter what, I have two incredible boys who I love and would do anything for each other. This picture is my heart and soul!
How to find enlightenment from helping others
Describing an experience in a slum in words is like trying to write down what a life-after-death experience is like on paper. My first glimpse of the Kwari Slums in Rongai, Kenya, twisted my stomach into a 1,000 knots. When I close my eyes tightly, I still vividly see the surroundings of lined up aluminum shacks, dirty and bumpy trails winding between row after row of lean-tos, and even the not-so-pleasant aroma of sewage pooling in the roads. When I'm in my comfortable bed and mountain of blankets at night, I remember visiting Alice and her family of four in a small shack no bigger than my own room. Her daughters Lydia and Rosa are somewhere out in the world without protection from the constant attack of evil. And like so many other families I was blessed to visit in the Kwari Slums, they all fall asleep to the sound of growling stomachs and scratchy dry throats. My most cherished moment from visiting this place, this most uncomfortable surrounding, was the moment when I learned the meaning of my life: to shine light into the dark places of the world that would otherwise never see it.
Why dogs make great teachers
Feel bliss from a beautiful sunset
Why traveling is an adventure
Experience the beauty of nature
The power of witnessing change
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