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O, The Oprah Magazine

O, The Oprah Magazine August 2017

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in this issue

2 min.
set yourself free

Andrea Petersen, Writer “SHOW ME WHERE IT WORRIES,” PAGE 81 One thing I could never abandon is...my old letters. I moved around a lot as a kid and had pen pals starting around age 7. Even today, I print out important email exchanges with friends and add them to the piles. When I need to move on, I tell myself...that sometimes the only way to find new opportunities is to shut the door on things that aren’t working. Before I met my husband, I knew I couldn’t find the right guy if I was spending all my time with the wrong one. Elizabeth Lesser, Writer “THE PREEMPT,” PAGE 102 The hardest part of letting go is...doing so in a timely way. I often think that maybe if I just do this or say…

2 min.
behind the scenes

The YEAR OF ADVENTURE 2017 FOOD FOR THOUGHT We’re in the thick of summer: long days, peaceful nights, moments of tranquillity. And while at home in Maui it can feel like an endless summer, Oprah is still holding tight to this serene season, focusing on being present and relishing the little things. “Whether it’s an early-morning walk with the dogs, a fascinating read, or a darn-good ear of corn from my harvest,” she says, “I’m enjoying life’s simple pleasures. And I hope you do the same!” REI Adventures requires all its trip participants be prepared physically, technically, and psychologically for the trip and reserves the right to disqualify the winner and guest from the scheduled trip at any time for any health or safety reasons. TRAVEL TIP KAYAK Want to avoid the costly peak season (or…

2 min.
the question

What did you let go of that changed your life? My marriage. While it had so many great moments, it became a tug-of-war. We’ll always be high school sweethearts who love and support each other, but I’m happier to give my kids a happy mom. PATRICIA JOHNSONFort Meade, Maryland My father. His nonexistence in my life hung over my head for decades, but when he was diagnosed with cancer, he asked me to come to his bedside, where he said, “I’m sorry, and I love you.” Forty-five years of deep pain lifted off me. It was the perfect ending to a not-soperfect story.MAUREEN LANGEWaukesha, Wisconsin My job. It was making me anxious, frightened, and unhappy, and it was affecting my home life. One day I told my manager, “I can’t take this anymore.”…

2 min.
seeing the light

SICK AND INSPIRED Thank you, thank you, thank you to Julie Rehmeyer for sharing her journey with mold illness in “Lost and Found.” Tears were streaming down my face as I read it—for the years I lost trying to find a diagnosis, all the while being told that I was probably just depressed. I’m grateful to O for bringing the condition into the mainstream conversation, where it belongs. NANCY MELLERLos Angeles Curl Friends I had to laugh, in a good way, while reading “Growing Pains,” Jihan Thompson’s article about giving up hair relaxer treatments. I attempted to straighten my curly hair a few times over the years, but finally decided to end the struggle. Sure, I get frustrated with humid weather, but it’s also so easy to just run my fingers through my hair…

1 min.
here we go!

TELL ME IF THIS has ever happened to you: For the millionth time, you’re mulling over something bothersome— a belief you’ve had that’s turned out to be false, an opportunity you’ve missed, an obligation someone wants you to take on against your will—when you suddenly realize you’re sick to death of mulling, and you ask yourself, Wait, why do I even care about this? Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life— the life in which you’re blessedly able to let it go. Now, shutting down the mull-rinse-repeat process isn’t always easy. So, starting on page 92, we’re introducing you to some women who managed to let go and lived to tell the tale—along with a few experts who can help you stop holding so tightly to your hang-ups.…

1 min.
the gratitude meter

FROM AWWW TO AWESOME Five things we’re smiling about this month! Give Them a Hand You don’t know Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, and Tayla Solomon yet— but you will. They star in Step, a documentary (in select theaters August 4) that follows the highs and lows of the senior-year steppers at Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women as they work to become the first in their families to go to college. Routine? Anything but. Look Here The Be My Eyes app has a clear vision: to connect visually impaired folks who need assistance with everyday tasks, like reading an expiration date, with sighted volunteers through live video chat. To date, goodhearted helpers have lent a hand—and a pair of eyes—to over 35,000 people. (bemyeyes.com) Broad Strokes Hatshepsut, Madame de Pompadour, and a commanding-looking Gertrude…