Oprah’s Final Message

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 26, 2011


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I will never forget the day that I was interviewing for a summer position at a local YMCA.

The two girls who were interviewing me were ‘camp leaders’, maybe a few years older than I was. I don’t know why, but I instantly got a bad vibe from them; they were harshly looking me up and down and judging me from the first moment I walked into the room. ‘Nice highlights’, one of them quipped with a smirk.

I tried to ignore my bad gut feeling and just give the best interview that I could.

One of the many interview questions they asked me was, ‘Who is a role model to you?’

I said, Oprah was one of my biggest role models.

The two girls proceeded to burst out laughing, trying desperately to stifle their laughter like a group of 14 year old girls would do in high school.

‘OPRAH!?’, one of them mocked, rolling her eyes.

Yup, they were ‘mean girls’, just as my gut had told me.

I was not only embarrassed by their unprofessional response, but I was angry. I wanted to stand up and walk out of the interview, not looking back. Instead, I carried on with the interview trying to ignore their cattiness, just waiting for it to be over.

A few days later, I got a call offering me a YMCA position. I quickly turned it down with satisfaction.

While I don’t regret turning down the position (I eventually found another summer job working for great people), I regret not sticking up for myself in the interview. I was quite young- only about 18 at the time- and I felt intimidated by the interview environment and the older girls, not feeling like I had the option of calling them out for their rude behaviour.

Only later did I realize that I always have the option to stand up for what I believe in, I just didn’t know it at the time.

Oprah has remained a role model in my life, regardless of whether that is ‘cool’ or not. Oprah’s last show was everything I could have asked for and more. Did you catch it? I loved that it wasn’t about a huge giveaway or ‘things’, but simply the life lessons that Oprah has learned over the past 25 years. The theme of the show was to remind us all of the power we have to change our own lives. I don’t think she could have gone out with a bigger bang.

On our real ‘job’ in life:

"What I knew for sure from this experience with you is that we are all called. Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it. Every time we have seen a person on this stage who is a success in their life, they spoke of the job, and they spoke of the juice that they receive from doing what they knew they were meant to be doing. We saw it in the volunteers who rocked abandoned babies in Atlanta. We saw it with those lovely pie ladies from Cape Cod making those delicious potpies. … We saw it every time Tina Turner, Celine, Bocelli or Lady Gaga lit up the stage with their passion. Because that is what a calling is. It lights you up and it lets you know that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be, doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. And that is what I want for all of you and hope that you will take from this show. To live from the heart of yourself. You have to make a living; I understand that. But you also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world." ~Oprah

A universal desire:

"I’ve talked to nearly 30,000 people on this show, and all 30,000 had one thing in common: They all wanted validation. If I could reach through this television and sit on your sofa or sit on a stool in your kitchen right now, I would tell you that every single person you will ever meet shares that common desire. They want to know: ‘Do you see me? Do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything to you?’ ~Oprah

Powerful stuff! You can read the full transcript and watch a video clip on the Oprah website.

Did you catch the final show? Is this Oprah’s final goodbye to television, or will she be back?

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shana @100lbsandcounting May 26, 2011 at 9:33 am

It was an awesome show and a great ending message. It gave me the strength to write my two weeks notice and pursue my passion … now I just got to get the guts to hand it over to my boss haha.

Anyway, I’m going to miss Oprah so much. She has mothered the world time and time again, I feel like I know her =P


Megan (sweeton) May 26, 2011 at 9:39 am

Good for you, Shana! Hand in that letter and don’t look back :) You’ll be amazing!


jenna May 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

i’m sad i didn’t get to see it. the quotes you put up made me want to cry! she is a very inspirational person.


Kamaile May 26, 2011 at 9:38 am

I haven’t seen it yet but I heard it was a really good show. I love Oprah, she is positive and is always doing good for others, what more can you ask for in a rold model. Good for you for turning down the job. I wonder were those mean girls are now?? :-)


Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 26, 2011 at 9:41 am

While I have never watched Oprah much, I am happy to read the quotes you shared. It sounds like she’s gained a lot of wisdom from her work and experiences, and I certainly agree with her general premise. People want validation, and they want to be living out their calling. The trick is not being afraid to be your own validation when others dismiss you, and to take the risk of being who should and want to be. Thanks for sharing Angela! I love this.


Shay May 26, 2011 at 9:44 am

This is going to be a farewell to go down in history alongside Johnny Carson’s and Larry King’s.


Ruby May 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

Amazing….I don’t remember a time when I didn’t watch Oprah. I had tears in my eyes the whole time watching it. She is such an inspiration and makes me want to be a better person. I heard a few people say they were disappointed because it was just her, no give-aways, no guests. I thought it was fitting though. That’s how I wanted it to end.


Sara May 26, 2011 at 9:53 am

I blogged about it too. I love Oprah and she is definitely one of my role models!


Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

I haven’t seen the final show yet, but I know it’s on my DVR downstairs. I should go watch it! And that’s so nasty of those girls to judge you and be catty and then offer you the job! I wouldn’t want to work for them, either.


Radha May 26, 2011 at 9:57 am

I am so happy I taped Oprah’s final show so I can watch/listen to it anytime I want. It was full of knowledge and wisdom. Embrace the life you have been given…..
Angela, I thought of you and your blog. You have inspired and given light to my life through your platform, this blog. Thank you. <33


Heather (heathers dish) May 26, 2011 at 10:03 am

I am so glad you told this story. No matter what we always have the opportunity to stand up for ourselves, whether it’s against catty girls, mean bosses, or ourselves with negative self talk. We are never defenseless!


Holly @ The Runny Egg May 26, 2011 at 10:05 am

I honestly was never much of a Oprah watcher — her show never worked with my school or work schedule.

I do think she’ll be back — I just can’t believe she won’t miss it dearly at some point.


Pure2raw Twins May 26, 2011 at 10:05 am

We were able to watch Oprah’s last show and loved it! We totally agree with you in that she went out in a bang. We loved all the key highlights and life lessons she discussed in her final episode. So many of those lessons hit home for us and gave us more motivation to follow our dream and help as many people along the way! Oprah is a great role model!!!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 26, 2011 at 10:07 am

OMG I’m SO glad you posted about this Ange! I really wanted to watch the show but unfortunately was at work then had to go straight to teach RPM last night, so I didn’t get a chance. Oprah is also one of my biggest role models (I posted about it a while ago – http://bit.ly/iQSnbE) and I totally admire her for everything she’s accomplished. You summed up so nicely why she’s such a fantastic woman – love this post!


JenATX May 26, 2011 at 10:07 am

You have brought up the theme of our “real” job on this blog a few times, but I think it would be interesting to do a post on how people who were lost or confused figured our what their “calling” was. I know of myself and other young women just don’t know what to do with out lives and would love to go after something with a passion if we could only figure out what to go after! I never watched Oprah but I do appreciate the message she sends out there


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

thanks for your suggestion!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm
JenATX May 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

thanks, I remember that post! I remember commenting on how I don’t know what my passion is.. there are a lot of things i’m interested in but nothing yet that really moves me. I wonder maybe if I just haven’t had enough time to really feel out different hobbies. I’m always so busy with school that I only skim the layer with things. Maybe once I dig a little deeper something will call out to me


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I definitely get what you are saying. I would still like to write another post on it in the future…just need to think about what I would say! haha


Mrs. G May 26, 2011 at 10:12 am

Totally sitting at work crying. I told my husband just last week that it’s really bothering me that I have no passion, no calling for anything. And I don’t know how to find it.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 26, 2011 at 10:18 am

As long as you are asking the question, you are on your way. Sending positive thoughts to you!


AGS @ West With Flight May 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Have a good cry — that can really help. And then immediately stop saying that you don’t have a passion. Everyone has a passion, even if it doesn’t fit any standard definition. You absolutely CAN find it. I’d never have thought 5 years ago that I’d be writing aviation articles, mothering a child, etc. — but these are things I am passionate about and I found it by trying activities on for size. I had some good cries along the way (still do, sometimes), as part of the process for finding what clicked for me, but just setting out on a journey to find what works was very rewarding. You can do it.


Bronwyn May 26, 2011 at 10:14 am

I was wondering for awhile what Oprah would do for her last show. Would it be a giveaway? Would she have people or celebrities? What would she do??? I didn’t really think any of those ideas would fit well for the finale of Oprah, and I think in the end she made the perfect choice for the end of her time on television. I’ve always loved how honest she is with her audience, and how grateful she is for everything she has. She is definitely one of my role models as well.


char @ char on a mission May 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

I ad to miss Oprah due to work and honestly haven’t watched her in a few weeks. Yet, this still makes my heart sad that her show is done. I’m definitely going to have to watch the final season, since the episodes I DID catch where treasurable. I hope this doesn’t mean she’s really gone – I’d love to see guest appearances on other talk shows, or even if she cutback to a 30 min show? :)


Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 26, 2011 at 10:31 am

Oh you can rest assured it’s not Oprah’s final goodbye. She is one of those people who whether she truly wants to be, or not, is and will always be in the spotlight. She has a million other ventures, enterprises, and is the queen of making money in the process of it all,so no, this was not her last hurrah. Just the last one perhaps on network tv. For now. But not goodbye forever.

I didnt see the final show and I havent watched any Oprah shows in years. One of those things I gave up when I became a FT mother + FT job + FT blogger = ba-bye to most tv! I’d honestly rather read blogs like yours and my other friends whom I feel I have a truer connection with and who inspire me just as much :)

But yes, Oprah…a pioneer. Inspirational. So much to say after 2 decades following her but yes, an amazing woman!


Sarah May 26, 2011 at 10:33 am

Thanks for the link to the transcript: there were so many gems in there, I feel like reading and re-reading it!
I was disappointed yesterday that so many people I talked to were not impressed with the finale: they expected the giveaways, the shocking news, the stuff. I was glad she kept it simple, and shared such profound lessons. Thanks for being on my team on this one!


VeggieGirl May 26, 2011 at 10:45 am

I’m usually not a fan of Oprah usually, but I loved her message/speech yesterday on the show!


Felicia (Natural + Balanced) May 26, 2011 at 10:57 am

didn’t see the final show and never really watched. but i think the overall message is something to definitely think about. only we have control over the life we want to live! a lot of her messages are powerful and really puts things in perspective


Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 26, 2011 at 10:59 am

I really don’t think that this means the end of Oprah gracing our tv screens. I don’t think she’ll be able to stay away. Plus, with her network she has the perfect platform to launch a new show or specials at the least.


Marta May 26, 2011 at 11:03 am

Hiya Angela. Huge Oprah fan here. Such a strong, independent, motivated woman who’s overcome so many obstacles! What’s not to look up to?

Standing up for yourself takes a lot of balls (ovaries?) and isn’t always the comfortable position to put yourself in. I’m not one to take a lot of crap and I gotta say, the feeling after you stand up for yourself (or someone else) is way better than the feeling you get when you know you haven’t.

M :)


Stephanie C. May 26, 2011 at 11:04 am

I also was impressed at the toned-down, more intimate final episode of her show. I think it truly spoke to who Oprah is a a person, as a role model, and as an icon. She has always inspired me as well and although I don’t agree with all of her beliefs or points of view, there is no denying the powerful effect she has had on the world. Because of her efforts, pedophiles were caught, minds were opened, and several people have started thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for their own lives. I believe she will continue to do incredible things and will continue being a strong and positive influence on the world. There never has been nor ever will be another like her!


Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) May 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

I found her last show to be the best show she ever had done. The messages were so powerful, so simple, so real. I was born the year she started her show and really grew up watching her. She’s one of my role models for sure… I hope to see her doing more TV on her OWN channel which I subscribe too.

I wonder who will take the 5pm slot? I can’t see anyone “replacing” Oprah… she’s in a league of her own :)


Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) May 26, 2011 at 11:12 am

Ps. I absolutely LOVED seeing her embrace Stedman once she was done. I know they keep their relationship private but I thought it was so heartwarming. It was also so sweet of him to speak about her on her second last show :) awwwwww love.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

I heard Dr Oz is taking over!


suki May 26, 2011 at 11:12 am

thanks for posting the link. i never really got to watch the show much because of work, but the transcript was very touching, and it really captures why Oprah is a role model to so many.


Julie (A Case of the Runs) May 26, 2011 at 11:14 am

I was tired of seeing all the Oprah hate everywhere… Think of her what you will, but she entertained many people for many years, and not like she was promoting anything unhealthy really. Her absence from live TV will be a change/end of an era that makes me feel old, but hopefully we can find comfort… in Ellen DeGeneres? ;)


Emily May 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

I didn’t see it but I love this post. I think sometimes it’s tougher to stand up for yourself than others but it is absolutely necessary! People are drawn to niceness but you can’t let people walk all over you.


Heather May 26, 2011 at 11:21 am

I love your story about turning down the job! I have a hard time sticking up for myself, it is only something I am just starting to learn how to do.

I try to listen tp that sinking feeling in my stomach and ask myself “what do I need to do to voice my concerns/needs”. So far, everytime I have, the outcome has been far better and less scary than I could have ever expected!

I am off to conquer my day! Thanks for the inspiration!


Nichole (Flirting with Food, Fitness & Fashion) May 26, 2011 at 11:22 am

I missed her final show :( She has always been an inspiration to me as well… I wish I would have had the courage to stand up to bullies in high school or known that I should/would/can stand up for myself like I do know. Live and learn. :)


Sonia (the Mexigarian) May 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

thank you for posting this. I’ll have to finish reading the transcript as I didn’t catch her last show. It comes at an important moment in my life. I am looking for a new job, as my dad gets ready to retire, and I am left wondering what I should do versus what I want to do. I am at a bypass and have know idea where to go. maybe I’ll gain some insight from the transcript.


Erin May 26, 2011 at 11:24 am

Hey Angela – great post.
Steph once told me “Don’t tell a fool where he went wrong. Let him figure it out on his own”. I don’t think it’s always necessary or wise to tell people when they are being rude or what they are doing wrong. They will eventually figure it out or spend life motivating people like you and me to turn down their offers ;)


Erin, too May 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

Love, love, loved her last show. I maybe broke down and cried an ugly-cry when it ended. I’m going to miss spending my afternoons with her so much!


Shanna, Like Banana May 26, 2011 at 11:37 am

I didn’t watch the final show but need to. And wow “It lights you up and it lets you know that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be, doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing” this makes me want to dig deeper and find out what it is that lights me up. I have some ideas that are stewing…


Lauren May 26, 2011 at 11:38 am

I loved this show and I especially loved the quote she shared “Please be responsible for the energy you bring into this room.” Great stuff!


Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. May 26, 2011 at 11:40 am

I really HOPE Oprah will be back — i’m sure she’ll be doing something else! I didn’t get to watch her last show but have it recorded and am excited to see. She has been such an inspiration and example of what it is like to be selfless!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

I’m an Oprah Lover. I think it is absolutely disgraceful what those girls did to you. Everyone is allowed to have thier own role models in life – and if Oprah is that for you, so be it. Oprah has hoenstly touched so many lives, and the world is a better place because ofher. I <3 her.


Shady May 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

I’m not an Oprah fan (and I wasn’t at home when it started) so I didn’t see her final show yesterday. Her show ending, regardless of if you like her or not, marks the end of an era. It’s like when Michael Jackson died, you may not have enjoyed his music but you couldn’t deny the impact he’d had on popular culture.

If it makes you feel any better, my answer for who is your role model probably would have been laughably clique for those mean girls. My answer is my mom who remains the strongest, most independent and unconditionally woman I know. I can only hope one day to ‘turn into her’.


Carly May 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

I love Oprah, and anyone who doesn’t love her still can’t deny the amazing impact and difference she has made over the last 25 years.
I caught her finale through teary eyes and am so happy she kept it to the lessons she learned and not material things. I hope she is back on the screen in some form, it makes me sad she won’t be on when I am home with my future babies!


The Healthy Hipster May 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

I love the idea that everyone just wants to be heard. And I truly feel as if Oprah picked up on a need in our society – for women who were at home and feeling isolated and disenfranchised to have a voice and a space to be heard. Even if she isn’t back in that exact form I think the message was a powerful one.


[email protected] knackfornutrition May 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I wrote about Oprah today too and the ways in which she inspires me. I’m sad to see her go…she reminds me what it is like to achieve your dreams.


Roz May 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch the final show, but will catch in on line soon. I suspect she’ll be back on tv eventually. Well, I hope so anyway.


Darcy @ She Sings at the Table May 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I really liked how she pointed out that this “passion” or “calling” doesn’t always have to be your job–it just happened to work out that way for her. I sometimes worry that I will take me a long time to find a job that I’m incredibly passionate about–but I do have a lot of hobbies and passions in my life that don’t pay the bills. I think as long as I keep finding ways to make time for them I’ll be OK.


Greta @ California Girl May 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I’ve had so many moments like that… Why is it that adolescent girls feel like they have something to be ashamed about? I know I wasn’t immune. Now I wonder how it would have turned out if I had grown a backbone right then and there and stood my ground. Oprah is truly an inspiration and business role model to all women. I loved her finale and her statement about finding one’s calling in life. So moving.


Heidi May 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I haven’t really ever been an afternoon TV watcher unless at home sick or I heard that someone amazing was going to be on Oprah… but I did catch some of this show. I was reduced to tears at a few spots and think Oprah is an amazing woman and a role model for US ALL, men and women alike. Watch her continue to roar, I think we can count on it.


Katherine May 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I didn’t watch Oprah, and I have never really been on the Oprah bandwagon, I don’t know why…I just never took the time lol


Chloe (Skinny on South Beach) May 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I think Oprah is an amazing woman and has lots of wonderful advice and wisdom to impart to us. She is also incredibly kind, generous, and forgiving so I could understand why you would give the answer you did in your interview. She’s definitely a great role model :)


Denise May 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I LOVE OPRAH! I will totally miss her show! I did watch her finale. Me and a glass of wine. It was so invigorating and calming at the same time! LOVED it!


Emily E. May 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I absolutely love these quotes. As I’m trying to determine the next step in my career, I’ve been asking friends and co-workers about how they found their passion, and how they have worked that into their careers.

I’ve received some great advice, but I’ve also been discouraged by how many people don’t believe it’s possible to find a truly fulfilling job that allows you to thrive socially, spiritually and financially. I’m hoping they’re wrong.


Erin @ The Grass Skirt May 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I watched the final episode, and it gave me chills. Oprah is an amazing woman. I always felt like her show nurtured me in some way…and it made me feel less guilty about watching tv! I’ll definitely miss her.


kate May 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I didnt see it but i am hoping to find some way to watch it online, she is a powerful strong woman and the fact that she has made billions and still wants to inspire others is amazing!


Ali May 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Hi Angela! I love your blog for many reasons. I recently decided to go vegan and cut out refined foods. You’re blog was recommended to me, so I’m been spending some time looking on your website and your progress. I am about 50 lbs overweight and I’m really looking forward to having a better relationship with myself and the way I view food. I feel like you used to… happy on the outside, but struggling on the inside. Thanks for being an inspiration! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Thank you Ali! Goodluck with your journey :)


Wendy Irene May 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Oprah’s last show was everything I could have hoped for and more. It really touched me. She is a huge role model for me and I believe the greatest living teacher of love! I really enjoyed reading the quotes and what Oprah means to you :)


Sara May 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I’ll admit I’m not an Oprah fan. Those are powerful words and I’m glad I got to read them. Thank you for posting!


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen May 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

It really was a great show – I also really loved the part about being responsible for and conscious of the energy that you put out there.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm

yes that was a great part!


Beth May 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Oprah is amazing, it sounds like she ended things perfectly with a powerful message. I can’t wait to watch it!


[email protected] Tell Stories May 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Thanks for sharing. I think all women have been in similar situations and can relate. I am definitely sad that I missed the last episode of Oprah. Would have been nice to watch it live.


[email protected] Isn't Happy May 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I recorded it on my DVR, and I began watching it before I even saw your post :). I’m sad that she’s leaving, but she’ll still be around..heck, she has her own network now!!


Gered May 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I don’t think I have seen even two of Oprah’s shows over the last twenty five years, but I heard a few bites of her final message and by searching found this site. I must say it would be hard not to be impressed with Oprah; her beginnings, her success, and how she seems to give back – an amazing model human being.


Kristie May 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I haven’t seen it yet but I am planning on watching it!

And not related to this post, but Angela I made the “back on track” wheatberry salad a couple of weeks ago and just want to say thank you! It is so incredibly delicious, light, and filling at the same time and I’ve already made it twice since then :).


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Yesterday was probably the only time I’vew missed having cable – I had to work and don’t have a DVR to record the show!

“…you also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.” That gave me chills. I’m thankful every day to have a good job, but even more so for being able to have space left for the hobbies I am passionate about: food and athletics.


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh May 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I did get to see the last show. I have no doubt she’ll be back in some form! ;-)


Ricki May 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I agree–she really has been a role model for me, too–who cares if that’s “cool” or not? I was a little bit disappointed in the show as I wished she would have given more clips and examples of the things that she found touched her along the way (it felt a bit too much like a conference or lecture), but the message was very inspiring and full of great “nuggets”!


Alexis May 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

her last show was amazing. I felt so moved to change the way I’ve been living my life and to focus on what makes me happy and gives me that drive to get up every morning. I believe it was her final goodbye but it was a great one!


Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) May 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I loved this post. I’m sad I didn’t catch the show. I’ll have to watch the video clip.

P.S. You’d be proud to know that we had an “Oh She Glows” night over at our house last night. It wasn’t planned, it just worked out like that. I saw your recipe for the avocado pasta and had all the ingredients on hand, so that was our dinner, and it was delicious! I’m definitely making it again. It was my first time having a pasta dish since I found out I was gluten intolerant. (I used gluten free rice noodles.)

Then that night my usual sweet tooth kicked in and I made your 80 calorie chocolate smashers. Very yummy!! So thanks for the good food we enjoyed last night!


Claire May 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm

It’s inspiring to see how important self-growth is to you. I really love your blog for all it has to offer; like these kinds of articles for example, or your delicious recipes. Keep going!


Abby May 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I have never really watched Oprah much! I do really like the message that she shared in her final episode though! :)


Laura May 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I love oprah! At my last interview I was asked who is a majour role model in my life, and I proudly answered: Oprah Winfrey. She is an amazing woman who has been through much and has contributed so much to the world. Her finale was great, so much wisdom shared!


Erin W. May 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Oprah is my role model too. I will so miss her show, and all of the inspiration I always gained from watching it.

On another note, I made your Creamy Avocado Pasta this week! I loved it so much I ended up making it for dinner 2 nights in a row. I adore your blog and your recipes!


Lauren @ Sassy Molassy May 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Thanks for sharing, Angela. I didn’t get a chance to see this last episode. I agree that Oprah really has been a game changer in our society. She has such a powerful message to give. I know some people who mock her and don’t think she’s all that great, but I think that’s just because they don’t prescribe to what she’s preaching. She’s an amazing storyteller and inspiration. I feel lucky to have grown up watching her and taking away so many amazing messages.


AGS @ West With Flight May 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I never watched Oprah, but have always been impressed with her own life story. My struggles in life rather pale in comparison. She isn’t challenging anyone to do anything she hasn’t worked to find herself. Also, she must have been channeling James Beard with that show. I’ve had one of his quotes saved for a little while:

“Our lives, hopes and dreams depend on our ability to be heard.”


Moni'sMeals May 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Oh Ange, I love your story! Those girls were so mean. Hey I relate, we all do, I get dirty looks still more than I like to admit. I love smiling too because it just changes them out of their head and they have to reflect on themselves.:) I love that you said OPRAH! Good for you!

Anyways, I loved the show and ORPAH is a one-of-a-kind and it is a sad time for sure. She will be aroung though. ;)


Alaina May 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I unfortunately was not able to catch the last episode. But I’ve watched enough episodes to be inspired by her. I can’t believe those girls laughed at you! How immature.

I think she’ll be back. She’s got her OWN station now. :-)


Sarah May 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Ah I totally know how you feel with those “mean girls”. I definitely have been in those situations many times, It’s unfortunate how people can be so rude sometimes. I take it as a lesson though, never to act that way.


kaila @ healthy helper! May 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I was never a big Oprah watcher but the few episodes I have watched were very inspiring! I love the quotes you picked out…..they are so true!~


Natalie May 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Ive just found your blog and ive got to say i find it so inspiring and your posts are so thought provoking and enjoyable to read. I live in the UK and they havent shown Oprahs last show yet but they have been showing loads of her old ones that ive been catching up on, i love her show, theyre so great to watch.


Molly @ RDexposed May 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I missed it!!!! AHHH I’m 24 but have loved Oprah for years and years. I get excited driving by her studio in Chicago. I need to find somewhere online to watch this episode!


Lindsay May 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm

In case no one has mentioned it (I am in a hurry – sorry, no time to double check! eep!), I think you would probably enjoy looking through these:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/
It’s a flickr group of what people have learned from Oprah. I am not really much of a fan, but this starting choking even ME up. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 27, 2011 at 6:38 am

awesome thanks!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I’ve actually never really watched Oprah’s show but I love her quote about finding our calling in life. It’s so true! I spent so many years feeling like I was just aimlessly drifting – until I found my passions. Now I feel like I have a purpose and I couldn’t be happier! :)


Michelle | gold-hearted girl May 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Wow that’s a really powerful message. It totally reaffirms the feelings I’m having pursuing the next steps in my career. Graduating is a big deal, but figuring out what to do after that is an even bigger deal. Thanks for the inspiration, Angela!



Richelle May 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I saw the show and loved her message as well. I feel like I’m on my way to doing something I’m passionate about!


cathy May 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

i, too, admire oprah, angela.
she is an example of perseverance, overcoming adversity, and using power in a positive way. i’ve never watched her show regularly, but she’s always been a part of late afternoon tv, since i was 16 – a fixture in the entertainment world.
i got together with my BFF tonight and we were going to watch our PVRd final oprah…but we started talking and 90 minutes later, the show was still unwatched. but we both needed the friendship connection tonight – i think oprah would understand!


carri z. May 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

the show was perfect.

my favorite line?

“you. are. enough.”

we all are.


Sue in Canada May 26, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Yes I watched it. I have it on the DVR…and I won’t erase it, I want to rewatch it many times. I thought it a truly fitting farewell for such an amazing woman. I really loved Oprah….and I loved the last three shows. :-)


Kath May 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I love Oprah and always list her as a role model to me too.


Diane Seals May 26, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I liked your Oprah story!
She has inspired me over the years and I have followed much of her advice to try to live my best life.
I am also very inspired by your website. It is wonderful to see someone brave enough to follow thier calling…I am still struggling and keep putting one foot in front of the other each day. Keep up the great work!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 27, 2011 at 6:38 am

Thanks Diane!


Karen May 26, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Oh my darling Angela…don’t you worry one bit about THEN – just know you’re in your truth NOW and right where you should be NOW – that’s what counts, baby! :D I just love you so much for citing that quote you ended with…yeah Mama Oprah made me cry with that one. And OH MY GOSH, what Carri said, that one too…we are enough.


Ilene May 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I am absolutely in love with Oprah. She has graced my television screen for years, and seeing her close her show for the last time brought tears to my eyes. Oprah is such an inspiration, and her words and experiences have resonated with me in my own life. I love the quotes you put – she is SO quotable! This won’t be the last we’ll see of her, no doubt.



Kath May 27, 2011 at 3:26 am

I’m a huge fan of Oprah too. And I wanted to let you know Angela, that you’re an inspiration to me as well! Every day you publish these delicious and healthy recipes, which I love trying out (really, I’m just cooking ‘oh she glows’ these days!) and I totally share your positive outlook on life. Thanks!


chantal May 27, 2011 at 6:52 am

Honestly I think the people who did not like her finale show, are missing the point!!! I felt like she was giving us a huge hug. She is truly amazing and is an a testement of what we can do.
If people would really try to be like this (treat people the way we want to be treated, validate and listen) what a wonderful world it would be!!!!! I was raised with a drug addict, violent father listening to my mom and Oprah has taught me that IT DOESN’T DEFINE ME I am a compassionate good person. They helped me heal my childhood wounds. Reading your website is helping me with my food issues. THANKYOU


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes May 27, 2011 at 8:16 am

Oh I love Oprah, such an inspirational lady in all that she hads achieved!


Katherine: Unemployed May 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

I saw the finale and thought her words were beautiful (and actually am thinking about using ‘Oprah’ as my job interview answer; no shame!)


Amber K May 27, 2011 at 10:32 am

I’m not a huge fan, but I am impressed with what she decided to do for her last show. I may not have watched it, but I know she has inspired many to live their lives to the fullest.


Megan May 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I agree with you, her final show couldn’t have been more well done. I’ve always admired her as a role model and at a young age, she was what I wanted to be when I grew up. I received the same smirks and laughs that you did when mentioning her name, but for me, it wasn’t about being a talk show host. How could you not look up to someone who does so much to bring out self worth and satisfaction in life?


Megan May 27, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I just want to say that I just LOVE the message of this email! Angela, thank you for OSG! I’ve followed your blog for quite a while, and it’s served such a bigger role for me than just a fun place to find healthy recipes. Your honesty has helped me to admit to myself that I’ve struggled with disordered eating to for over 10 years. I’ve felt so much embarrassment and shame to even think about admitting to myself that I currently struggle with binge eating. I’m so SICK! of the destructive cycle and I’m finally realizing I need to do something to change now. I’ve never admitted this in ‘public’ before and your blog has helped me come to this point.

Thank you for your honesty – I hope it always continues! I hope one day I can be as open as you. Your experiences are helping me understand that I can make the LIFESTYLE changes necessary to end this vicious cycle. It’s so nice to know there’s support out there… THANK YOU!

~ Megan :)


Sarah May 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

I loved her last episode and that last line you mentioned about whether people see us, whether what we say means anything to others. That was the moment I started to cry. I struggled for years with feeling unnoticed and invalidated. And because I felt invisible for so many years growing up, I used my eating disorder as my coping mechanism. Through recovery, I now know that I have the power to make a difference in people’s lives, I make it possible for people to listen to me, to see the real me. That is why I love being a teacher; because my words matter to someone. I am learning now that I need to stand up for myself and be proud of the person I’ve become. Thanks for sharing your story, I also think Oprah is a great role model!!


Olivia May 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I loved this post, especially about standing up for yourself and knowing you can do it. I couldn’t find a way to contact you via email so I also wanted to let you know I tried your vegan french toast recipe and loved it! I re-posted it on my blog (I am trying 365 vegan recipes within a year to provide food for children in South Africa) and have linked you of course! Thanks for sharing and for your great blog :)


kari June 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm

angela, thank you for sharing so much of yourself through this blog. it’s very brave of you to share your experiences – good and bad – with all of us so that we may learn how to eat and live a better life. i was inspired by your take on oprah’s last show and thank you for adding your own anecdote, rather than just posting the information verbatim. it’s a reminder to all of us that we have choices each and every day to live better – be better to ourselves and to others through our thoughts, words, and actions – and that we don’t have to be oprah to accomplish this.
you rule.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Thanks Kari!


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