Oprah and I have a few things in common.Â For one, we both lived near Baltimore years and years ago (when I was a baby and she was doing local news).Â Also, we both resided in the mid-west at the same time.Â I in South Bend, Indiana and she in Chicago.Â And, we both shopped at The Limited at Water Tower Place.Â I actually spotted her buying up a load of clothing (with no makeup on) when I was ahem…taking a break from the daily grind of high school with some girlfriends.Â Ms. Winfrey was known to purchase clothes for underprivileged young women and donate them.Â Â I’ll never forget how my friends and I almost fainted from being in the presence of such power and greatness then…who knew what it would become later.
Ok. So we might have lived and shopped in close to the same places at points in our lives.Â But Oprah and I do have one other thing in common (besides thinking that yellow is a “happy color”).Â We both consider Miraval one of the most special places ever.Â In fact, when I had heard the first time as we were pulling up to the gates of the holistic adventure resort spa retreat, that OPRAH called it one of her “Favorite Things” in 2004, I was more fascinated.
Doing the Desert Zipline in 2010
Fast forward to 2011.Â Today, she has her own network and well… she’s kind of the queen of the world, no last name needed.Â She has the golden touch yes, but it’s not without careful consideration and thoughtfulness that she creates her list of “Favorite Things”.Â And as this is her last year with the Oprah Winfrey Show, she’s taken this opportunity to get a bit sentimental.Â It’s time to go down memory lane and we get to be there to share in the moments.
She’ll be reliving some of the best adventures with her BFF Gayle on her show on Thursday, April 21st during the Farewell Season.Â She and Gayle went to Miraval and had quite the time of their lives, so they, as well as you, get to relive what these two best gal pals experienced.Â Who knows … maybe there will be some footage of them doing the Challenge Course.
Make sure to tune in on Thursday and then peak back at the Punch for a very fun special we will share with you on Friday, inspired by Oprah Winfrey.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.