Sunday, April 29, 2012

Day 326 ~ Giving Back!

Last Sunday I shared with you all (you can catch up here if you'd like) the "rebirth" I have been experiencing at the hands of Oprah and her Lifeclasses.

I have been discovering new things about myself, life, love and death on so many different levels.  

After watching, and continued watching of the Lifeclasses, I have been inspired to work towards a new goal.  Giving back.

I talk so much about wanting to help other women, that now I am going to put my words to action.  I can't wait for someone to come to me, I have to go to them!

Tony Robbins
For the next year, I am committing to myself, with the assistance of my blog (which keeps me accountable -wink, wink,) to volunteer through my church to help others.  I have an appointment this week with my Pastor in hopes that he can guide me on my mission. 

Now, I do have to be 100% honest with full disclosure.  With that said, my goal is to get a "scholarship" to attend one of Tony Robbins' events, and doing volunteer work for one year (minimum) is a prerequisite.

Deepak Chopra
After I watch Tony Robbins I feel so, so inspired to do more with my life and I want to experience that first hand.  SO my goal is to be at one of his events next year.

These Lifeclasses have been life changing for me.  Being inspired by Tony isn't all... as I shared last week, I am also having "AHA" moments, left and right, with lessons and enlightening words from Deepak Chopra, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and Iyanla Vanzan.

From forgiving myself and others, to looking within myself to who I am as opposed to what I am (a daughter, sister, mom, wife, etc...), which is not easy.
Bishop TD Jakes stated, "You are more than what happened to you..."
Now that is deep!  And so very enlightening!!  That made my light bulb shine brighter than it has ever shined!
It is possible for you to get a grip on the thing that used to have a grip on you. And instead of it controlling you--you are now controlling it.  ~ Bishop T.D. Jakes
Iyanla Vanzant
Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.

~Deepak Chopra 

It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute... that gives meaning to our lives.

~Tony Robbins

Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.  ~ Iyanla Vanzant

Blogging A to Z Challenge April 2012... Tomorrow ... "Z", the finale!


39 days to go...  

... for a, l & c.  You are my sunshine(s).  

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Val @ Mental Chew said...

Reading your posts is like watching a flower bloom. I am so happy that you have found inspiration and that the fire within has been lit. Let it shine!!

Erin said...

Carla, I just love this post! I tweeted it and shared it on G+. It's a powerful thing to realize you are made for a purpose and to take the steps to go out and fulfill that purpose. You go, girl!!!! Keep us posted on your journey!

Love It said...

I love to watch Oprah's Life Lessons. It's so motivating and expiring. I too would love to "give it back" more. It's so rewarding.

Cheryl said...

I do know who Oprah is, but not having a TV I am a little out of the loop. I guess it is important to not let you identity be defined by what has happened to you or the titles you have, but I do think that they can help shape you. When our son was going through his cancer treatment it did feel like it defined our family for a time yet I wouldn't say it became who we are but it did help shape us into the people we are today.

Courtney Pies said...

Wanting to help others is one of the best things you can do! I'm going to go over and check out Oprah's life class. I've always wondered if it costs anything. I've heard such good things about it!

-Courtney P.

Addicted to Recipes said...

Good for you Carla for committing to giving back. You are an inspiration to everyone!

CrazyNutsMom said...

I see great things in your future. Good luck on your journey and may you grown with the experience.

Carla Karam said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Oprah's Lifeclasses are all on her website... FREE. It has truly been life changing for me. I am truly humbled by all your comments and love! God Bless everyone of you!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!