When you woke up this morning in January, Oprah Winfrey’s name plastered the headlines of many different articles. The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards was held last night, and Oprah became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. It was her speech that reminded us all of how remarkable Oprah is.

You know, I started this blog with one goal in mind- to tell my story as I journey towards a better, more fulfilled life. For years, I have been afraid—even shamed—of telling my story. Lots of times, not even feeling my story has any merit worth sharing. I’ll spend many years into the future continuing to share in hopes of inspiring.

Last night, Oprah inspired one specific thing for me—to speak my truth.

“Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have” –Oprah, 75th Golden Globe Awards

Whatever that truth may be, she gave me courage to speak up and share. Like so many other women, I have often felt that success comes with a price. I have found myself apologizing for being too bold, too aggressive, and too assertive. I’m a bitch if I speak my mind, I’m ignored if I don’t. I’ve spend many years filtering my words, actions and myself.

I have felt the shame that comes with being objectified as a woman. I’ve felt the fear of walking alone to my car at night. And, I’ve felt the pain of the words “NO”—as it is taken as an option.

Sharing my story won’t be easy. And I’ll spend a lifetime trying to get it right. But, one thing’s for sure—I’m proud to be a strong, bold, intelligent, passionate and skillful woman. Congratulations on your achievement, Oprah…and THANK YOU for reminding me of my worth.

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