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Before 2008 begin Robyn Okrant decided to see if there really was one simple path to satisfaction in life. She decided to set aside the many voices offering happiness and fulfillment and focus on the advice of one person for an entire year. Every day in 2008, Okrant focused on the advice of talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey, a task she labeled “Living Oprah.” Okrant took every piece of advice, bought every product, and acted on every tip that she found on the daily talk show, in “O” magazine, and at Oprah.com. At the end of the year, she had stocked her closet with the 10 basic items every woman should own, including a basic black dress and leopard flats. She even bought a $489 Kindle DX, which she says had the added benefit of being a “guy magnet.”

Okrant chronicled her journey in a blog, and in a new book. She says the experiment was worth the stress on her marriage and career, because it taught her about the consumerism that drives so much of our culture. Okrant says she had to make a concerted effort not to be distracted or sidetracked by all the information and products targeting women. She says, “I think what really got driven home for me during ‘Living Oprah” was that turning to the overwhelming amount of media that exists to lead women toward a happier, more fulfilling existence is an incredible mental, physical, and emotional drain. Not to mention expensive!”

--Author Follows Oprah’s Advice for one Year, http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/author-oprahs-advice-year/story?id=9255102;December 6, 2009, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

Hebrews 12:2 (CEV) “We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God's throne!”

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