“Did they ever ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up? I always thought I was going to be something like Martin Luther King, but I didn’t know what that was. I had a vision of being onstage speaking to people so the fact that this actually starts with a tour that I’m doing September 5th in Atlanta – The Life You Want – it feels like one of those destiny moments for me. My whole life I thought I’d be doing something like that.”

Part of what she hopes to impart during the weekend is that everyone has an internal guidance system that nudges them toward their true purpose in life.

“This is what I try to teach my girls – inside everybody there’s that thing that early on you start to feel for yourself. For me, it was like my grandmother saying ‘You better watch me hanging these clothes on the line ‘cause you’re going to be doing this one day’ and me thinking  ‘Nah, I don’t think I’m going to be doing that.’ As we all know with grandmothers, you keep that to yourself.”

Joining Vanzant and Chopra will be author Elizabeth Gilbert [Eat, Pray, Love] Pastor Rob Bell and Amy Purdy, the double amputee and Paralympian who competed on Dancing With the Stars. Purdy will be there to select ‘game changers’ who’ve made a difference in their communities.

“It’s a whole team of all these people that I’ve worked with before on The Oprah Show, off The Oprah Show who will be part of helping people step into their own best life,” Winfrey says.

As for her own best life, Winfrey says she’s fine that it no longer includes the daily TV talk show that she helmed for 25 years. Now 60, she’s happy with the new route she’s chosen.

I don’t miss the everyday-ness, I don’t miss having to come up with a new show every day. You’re only as good as today. I don’t miss that,” she says.

“I miss the platform, I miss be able to say something and 10 million people hear it, so you don’t have to keep trying to say it. I really feel that I wanted the show to go out when it’s on top and not stay in the ring longer than I needed to. I didn’t want to be one of those people that gets dragged out.”

The Life You Want Weekend begins September 5 in Atlanta, running through November 15.

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