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I have been an Oprah fan…. For forever. I watched the Oprah show since the beginning. I’ve been a subscriber to O Magazine since the inaugural issue. I have always loved her interviews, her coverage of hot topics and issues, but most especially the way that she inspires people to live their best life. Whether she is encouraging viewers and readers to live a more healthy lifestyle, asking us to examine the choices we have made along the way and their validity to our current lives, to her reminders that we only get one shot at living our life…. and if it’s not going the way that we want or had planned, then it’s up to us to make a change.

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So when I heard that Oprah would be coming to the tri-state area, I knew that I had to go- to see her and hear her speak in person. This fall, she is traveling to 8 cities for her “The Life You Want” weekends- including Newark, NJ… And when I learned this I immediately sent a text to my fellow Oprah-fan friend Lisa to see if she would be willing to join me, and without hesitation she was in!

Now this was a few months ago, but ever since we purchased our tickets, I have been asking myself, “What is it that I hope to get out of this experience?”…. and… “Aren’t I already living the life that I want?”

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All during our summer travels, during quiet moments, I kept churning through these questions in my mind…. Until the day that I received a survey from the event asking attendees to give some thoughts to questions such as:

  • Everyone has a calling…. Have you ever felt that you were meant to do something?
  • We become what we believe- what are the positive and negative beliefs you have held that have shaped your life?
  • We all get second chances in life- what second chances have you had? And what makes you happy when you get up in the morning and what bums you out?
  • Life often speaks to us in whispers- what’s been nudging at you?

Wow- that’s a whole lot more to ponder and think about. Is my calling raising all of these kids? Helping other Moms to feel more organized and in control of their crazy lives? Is there something else that I’ve not paid attention to that is whispering to me?

I’ve been given lots of second chances that have altered the course of my life…. but aside from being grateful for these incredible changes, is there something more that I should have learned from these new paths?

So while I keep looking inward and thinking about all of these questions, I thought I would share this journey with you- so in case Oprah isn’t headed towards a city near your home, you too can think about whether or not you are living the life you want….

So tell me- do these questions make you delve deep and think about your life’s plan too?

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How to Prep Your Car for a Family Road Trip!

August 21, 2014
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Advance Auto Parts. As always, the opinions and text are all mine! Those of you who have been reading Momof6 for a while might remember our family’s big road trip out West last summer… and how it started off with a bit of a mishap [...]

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Back-to-School Breakfast: Healthier Egg Sandwich!

August 20, 2014
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Pompeian. After an indulgent summer spent stopping at ice cream stands, eating s’mores by the campfire, and ending most of our meals with dessert- it’s time to focus once again on healthy eating as the kids head back to school! So we are looking to [...]

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When Mermaids Turn Out to Be Less Than You’d Hoped

August 18, 2014
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We just came back from the most fantastic 10-day vacation in Florida- we spent tons of time splashing and boogy-boarding in the ocean (although there was that one afternoon that a shark swam right past my husband and three of my kids!), we swam in the pool, we ate lots of great food, we did [...]

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Prep Your Home for Back to School! {Printable}

August 13, 2014
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I’ve said it here before- but the start of the new school year feels more like the the “New Year” than it does in January. We all should be fairly well-rested from the summer, the kids are starting a whole new adventure with the school year, and everything feels fresh and possible. I find myself setting good [...]

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It Was Summertime in Northern Michigan….

August 11, 2014
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Splashing through the sand bar, talking by the campfire It’s the simple things in life like when and where…. I can’t think about spending time in northern Michigan without that Kid Rock song running through my head…. (and then there’s the fact that my husband grew up with him in a town called Romeo back [...]

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The Momof6 Back to School Checklist! {Printable}

August 7, 2014
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We have been enjoying such an awesome summer over here at the Rowley house, that I can scarcely believe that it is time to start thinking about heading back to school! Now I know that in certain parts of the country, kids are already back- with a sizable population starting up in mid-August. But for [...]

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The Perfect Hostess Gift! {#SwifferEffect #BigGreenBox}

August 6, 2014
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Recently we were invited by good friends to come and spend a long weekend with them at their house up to New Hampshire. They live in a beautiful area- filled with lakes for swimming, fishing and paddling, hiking trails, bike paths, and the promise of lots of time for all of the kids to hang [...]

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A Summer History Lesson for the Kids {Gettysburg}

August 5, 2014
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I’ve been wanting to take the kids to visit a place to learn some of our country’s history- where they could immerse themselves in a living exhibit and really get a sense of what it took to form this country and make it free. I had thought about Boston (Freedom Trail, Boston Harbor, Salem Witch Trails), [...]

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Our Visit to Legoland Westchester!

August 1, 2014
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When I asked my kids if they wanted to go to Legoland Westchester this summer- my 8-year-old Alex just about lost his mind with excitement! And he asked me every single day afterwards when we would be headed to Legoland! Sadly we couldn’t fit it into our schedule until mid-summer, so I had to hear [...]

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