Let’s talk Oprah -#TimesUp #MeToo

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Mama Oprah has done it again ladies! Is it just me or does Oprah have an undeniable aura that validates our abilities as women?

Now if you’ve been living under a rock and don't know what I am talking about, please come out of that rock and listen up. This past Sunday we stood in awe as Oprah Winfrey become the first black female to accept the Cecil B. de Mille award, at the 2018 Golden Globes accompanied with an empowering and honest speech.

If, like me you are an Oprah fan, you will know one of her most popular sayings, “Live your truth”. And I must say, she did not disappoint in echoing those words as she touched on the #MeToo and #Timesup social movements which saw thousand of women take their power back, and live their truth against any form of sexual assault from the entertainment industry and men in general. “What a time to be alive” are the only words that came to mind as I looked back on the powerful movements that took place in 2017, from #MenAreTrash to taking charge and regaining our power as women. I can’t help but giggle when I think about what happens when women come together, I mentioned something similar in my women’s day article, but I must say it feels good to see the unity grow and solidify.

I for one, this past few months I had to take a step back and fully reflect on things I’ve been through. I had to try to make sense of what it means for me to live my truth, whether it being standing up for what I strongly believe in or learning to turn to myself and have an honest conversation with myself about who I am, who I thought I was and who I want to be. One of my favourite authors Cheryl Strayed once said, “do not surrender all your joy for an idea you use to have about yourself, that is not true anymore” understand that as people we evolve, we don’t have the same dreams we once had, or we just simply get to know ourselves a bit more and that changes our lives’ trajectories.

Learning to live your truth is not as easy as hearing those words, and I am slowly realising that living my truth actually overlaps into other people who may not necessarily be living their truth. Living my truth has required me to detach from people who are not on a similar path because you can’t mix the fake with the real honey, it defeats the whole purpose. All I can say is I am going into the New Year feeling inspired, empowered and most importantly challenged to live my truth.

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As Oprah concluded, “a new day is on the horizon” and nothing makes me more excited about the year ahead with all its challenges and victories. I guess it’s safe to say 2018 is the year we live our truths #TimesUp.

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