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Ain’t No Party Like A Oprah Winfrey Party….

18 Sep

We converged from all over the country to the land of Motown for the Live Your Life Tour Detroit hosted by Oprah Winfrey and friends.oprah-tour-life-you-want-949x534 DJ  Kiss got the audience primed and ready for the feast with electrifying sounds and beats. Iyanla Vanzant danced with us and invited us on a journey to free ourselves and welcoming us into the Awakening that was about to occur.For many of us we had already started this on this path. This event would serve as an oasis as we prepared for the rest of our journey.  The evening started with Oprah leading us through a series of monumental moments in her life that mirrored our own lives. After all we grew up with Lady O., we knew her story yet it captivated us to see it all laid out together. Through Oprah’s eyes we saw our own legacy in the making.

We welcomed day two with prayers and meditation with Mark Nepo and Winfrey. Weeping and crying as we released our fears accepting our now. Elizabeth took us on an Odyssey of adventure of where our life would lead if we followed our heart calling. Rob Bell fascinated us with embracing our quirky selves and extending faith as we follow Gods Call. We were introduced to the life story of the amazing heroine  Amy Purdy. Many of us tried Soul Cycle for the first time. Oh what an energy raising joy!

10538621_10203986951146016_1210509870655811144_n Oprah winfrey tourThen Iyanla Vanzant on her birthday no less showered us with a message of acceptance and love. She beckoned us to live our truth. She lit up the stage with her phenomenal self and exuded her usual rawness and beauty that rocked the core of our personal truths.

I have been to many conferences and events over the years. This one will always stand out in my mind as one of the most spiritual and uplifting I have attended.  The central message of love was everywhere. Kindness dripped from the employees throughout the building. The attendees were patient with one another and giving. It felt almost like a church. People talked to each other and embraced one another. Once strangers we were all friends by day two.  There were spontaneous gestures of love all weekend such as the conga line at lunch, the crowd offering up a beautiful happy birthday Song to Iyanla and Oprah dancing with us to sounds of  DJ Kiss.

By lunch the Party was just getting started  and we rocked the day away. O town was open with sponsors and celebrities out to greet the crowd.  My daughter who was my guest for the event took selfies with Gayle King, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rob Bell and Amy Purdy.  It was a love fest.

Iyanla VI raise my hand and hat to Lady Oprah. Cheers. Thank you for bringing this event to us live and in person.  I have already begun my homework of working on my areas of life that do not resemble what I believe to be true. I have set my intention to live better, be better and not to settle for less.  Thank you and cheers.

Purely Yours,


As a member of the media I was so impressed with the care that was given to us. We received the most amazing seats and love by the media staff. This event raised my bar of how I want to be treated at future events I cover.  Full disclosure I recieved tickets to the event along with a guest (daughter) compliments of Life You Want Tour,LLC. 


All Is Well

6 Sep
All is Well , Heal Your Body

All is Well , Heal Your Body


We live in a time where sickness and disease are common occurrences and are almost expectations of getting older. With the rise of holistic medicine it seems there is a battle between traditional solutions and new age remedies. All Is Well is the solution to the question – Do I follow the instructions of my doctor or my herbalist? The authors seek to integrate medical advances with holistic approaches to find long-term solutions so we can become healthy people.

All Is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition by Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz M.D. Ph.D. goes more in depth with healing the body through the mind body connection. Armed with medical knowledge we look at the origins of medical issues. Louise then guides us to wholeness and wellness with affirmations designed to heal us from the inside out and exercises that empower us to nature ourselves and knowledge.

All Is Well separates the body into groups of organ or emotional centers that are interconnected to our emotions. Based on these emotional centers the authors offer us probable causes to mental and physical issues that we are experiencing.

Whether you are a believer or just curious about the whole mind body experience you can’t help but evaluate and examine your own beliefs about what you are experiencing or have experienced in regards to disease in your life. As I read the book it struck me how the symptoms I once had in my lower back so closely fit the profile of the person Louise described in the chapter on back pain. I remember being stuck during that time and feeling pressure to stay in a situation that I no longer wanted to be in. That is when the back pain started. Once I began to change my situation and make choices that truly supported who I had become the back pain left.

The book remains true to Louise Hays’ core philosophy – we can heal ourselves. We are responsible for our lives. We are also guided to look more ineptly at life situations as we experience issues in our body. What circumstances, core beliefs or life patterns have allowed us to be in this current situation?

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking a new way of being free from disease and sickness. You truly can be well.


Purely yours,


Melisa Alaba is a Spiritual Life Coach, Speaker and  Author of Live Out Loud, 52 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose. Melisa can be found walking on a trail or sampling chocolate along the coast. You can connect with her on-line via her social media outlets or join her in one of her  classes or retreats. Learn more at

How She Got Free

22 Aug

Entrepreneurship is rewarding but it also can be tough. So how does an entrepreneur manage a family, business, relationships and take care of themselves?   How  She Got Free , 5 Step Spiritual Business Manual to women who lead through Entrepreneurship, offers solutions for the woman who struggles to experience true success in her business and in life.

At an awards show last year I was honored to meet Akilah Richards and Katrina Harrell, panelists at the event. Katrina talked about her struggles and successes as an entrepreneur; she did not want others to experience the trials and errors she had and so she penned How I Got Free, along with Akilah Richards.

How She Got Free

How She Got Free

The book chronicles the life of Layna, an entrepreneur who has experienced success and defeat. Layna longed to live the life of her dreams but found herself off-balance in her health, marriage and in having systems within her business to provide her with the structure she needed to succeed. The story of Layna allows you to peek into the life of a financially successful entrepreneur who lacks systems that allow for a well-lived life.

How She Got Free offers s a five-step plan that will lead you to discovering your Achilles heel in business and in life. Richards and Harrell provide soul work exercises after each chapter which guide you into rebuilding your business model. The authors believe that every business is viable when the right systems are put into place. Harrell hold you accountable for having a strategic business plan, accountability partners, and dealing with personality flaws that may lead to poor choices and decisions. According to Richards, many businesses fail because of lack of planning and delegating.

I  recommend this book for anyone who is struggling in their current business or for new business owners who want to start with a good foundation.  This is a great resource for gaining ideas about how to be a well-balanced entrepreneur. Richards and Harrell are among the growing number of Indie authors who are adding value to the literary community.

Living a Life of Joy,


Melisa Alaba is the Author of Live Out Loud, 52 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose. Melisa can be found walking on a trail or sampling chocolate along the coast. You can connect with her on-line via her social media outlets or join her in one of her many classes on her website


The Reading Room- Thrive

11 Jul

Arianna Huffington is well known for overcoming obstacles and creating businesses that thrive. Now she is introducing us to her new book  Thrive: the Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom and Wonder .

Book Review of Thrive by Melisa Alaba

Book Review of Thrive by Melisa Alaba

This books gives  us the blueprint of how Arianna constructed a Life and Business that works on her terms.

After experiencing health issues Arianna, a successful business woman and CEO of the Huffington Post, realized that there is more to success than accumulating more power and money. She went on a journey to get her life back. She proposes that women should lead the way in making changes to how we measure success. She concludes that a third metric, our well-being, must be that balancing beam of a successful person.  Thrive  is full of wisdom nuggets about living a holistic life. It also includes the latest research on sleep, mediation and happiness.

Through out the book, Arianna crafts stories that  deliver a prescription for renovating your life. She also shares  personal family  experiences that demonstrate her ideas of the third metric as well as discussing the Harvard research project on Happiness index. Practically speaking, Arianna gives us such simple yet powerful ways to incorporate balance in our life .  Lastly, Arianna leaves us with follow through practical practices such as scheduling social media breaks and taking meetings while walking outdoors.

This is a smart book that references notable scholars such as  Malcolm Gladwell when discussing intuition and is a must-read for business leaders, new graduates and entrepreneurs.

Love to hear what you thought of  Thrive. So let the conversation begin.

Until next time, read on!


Melisa Alaba is the Author of Live Out Loud, 52 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose. Melisa can be found walking on a trail or sampling chocolate along the coast. You can connect with her on-line via her social media outlets or join her in one of her many classes on her website

The Reading Room- Instinct, The Power to UnleashYour Inborn Drive

3 Jul

Welcome to the jungle where you must learn to trust your instincts to survive.  TdJakesBishop  TD Jakes is known for using colorful language and engaging stories that transform your being into a new world of existence in his writings and talks.  His new book Instinct, The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive,  is served in a similar fashion. Having read most of his works over the years Instinct is somehow different it taps into the whys and hows of mastering ourselves so we can be successful on our path. This is, by far, his best published book yet.

Who best to tell us to trust our instincts than Bishop TD Jakes, an author, playwright, music producer,  film maker, business man and iconic leader of the 21st century.

This book offers up the latest data in research but digs deeper to give us the guidance to ultimately  trust our God given  instincts. Instinct offers solutions to the entrepreneur and to the employee striving to leave his company in search of his dream. Using biblical principles we are instructed to start where we are and to use wisdom in venturing into new jungles.  Yet, what captivates your heart and mind the most is that we are taken on a journey of the Bishops past. He allows us to see his successes and failures and how he used his Instinct to rise above the crowd. Lastly, Bishop TD Jakes calls us to embrace the new era of technology and expand our ideas to the global market place. We are called to use every resource to our advantage and leave no stone unturned.

With many people still suffering from an unstable economy and broken dreams this book gives clear direction in finding a new course and learning to trust your spirit for direction. We are  on uncharted territory but how do you manage relationships, finances and disasters at every turn? Instinct delivers the goods and leaves no-one out in discovering who they are and why they were called for this time.

Yes, my friends, times have changed but we can thrive if we listen and follow our instints.

As always, I want to hear your thoughts. Write me and let me know what you liked or disliked about this book.

Wishing you Peace and Joy,



Melisa Alaba is the Author of Live Out Loud, 52 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose. Melisa can be found walking on a trail or sampling chocolate along the coast. You can connect with her on-line via her social media outlets or join her in one of her many classes on her website

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