This Is What Happens When You Take Simple Advice from Oprah

By SCN Blog Contributor Maimah Karmo

This post was previously posted on The Huffington Post Blog


I remember like it was yesterday. In my dream, I was talking to God. When I woke up, I knew my life would never be normal, but that no matter what, I’d never be alone, because God would always walk beside me. I was eight years old. That year, war broke out in my native country of Liberia. Two more wars came, then I found myself stepping off a plane at JFK Airport in New York, alone at 15, now a refugee. The next few months were a blur, worrying whether I’d see my family again, and simultaneously, feeling hope, feeling the wings of optimism beat in my heart, hearing God whispering to me – to have faith, to believe in a future I could not yet see, to always pursue joy, to surrender to life and to always choose love.

I became a woman, confident and sure, yet waiting. God had told me I was meant to do extraordinary things, but what? I had good job, but I worked crazy hours. There was something missing. In 2006, breast cancer turned my world upside down…yet right side up.

God reminded me about my dream, that my work would be about service to others – offering hope, faith, belief, joy, inspiring surrender and love. I began giving back through a non-profit I started while in chemotherapy, but there was more in store. Within two years, I was sitting next to Oprah Winfrey.

Three words she said, stuck with me, “Just show up.”

Being on the Oprah Winfrey Show catapulted me to a global stage, and my life changed. I was excited, yet terrified. I didn’t want anyone to see me and my awkwardness. I wasn’t the real deal. I had no idea what I was doing. I was trying to manage my anxiety and depression. I hated how I looked on camera. I hated my speaking voice. I didn’t feel good enough. I was always scared. I was flawed. There must be someone better than me, to inspire others. I wasn’t capable enough. They would find me out… but now, there was nowhere to hide. If I wanted to change the world, I had to answer the call. After the show, inspired by Oprah, I wrote a book. People asked me to come, so I traveled across the country, doing television and speaking. I was becoming God’s vision for me.

As I intentionally walked into my fears, life opened up in magical ways. USA Today captured my vision here, perfectly.

I was now living a life that I’d only dreamed of. This woman, showing up, was really me! I began life coaching. I launched the Pure Bliss podcast, inspiring others to live deliberately. I was doing what Oprah had said. I was showing up – vulnerable, raw and authentically. When I feel afraid of expressing desires inside of me, I hear her words. I hear them when I’m hesitant, scared and doubting. I hear them as I watch parts of my life painfully fall apart, as I stand on the precipice of manifesting something big, ready to leap further into expressing all that God wants me to be. I hear Oprah’s words as I work with others to consciously co-create a world of compassion, a world where we only see each others’ humanity and souls. What I know to be true now is that you don’t wait for the moment to be right… you make the moment right… and my moment is now.

On March 31st, I will host the “I Manifest Bliss” experience, a transformational experience, that will empower people to transcend the things that hold them back, align with their soul purpose and their bliss. Through “I Manifest Bliss”, we will create a community of teachers, light workers, soul purposed entrepreneurs, spiritually zen badasses, committed to living their best life. This event is one that you don’t want to miss!

The “I Manifest Bliss” experience, co-sponsored by Mali Phonpadith and the SOAR Community Network is for you if you’re willing to: 1) live in your authentic truth; 2) get un-stuck and un-scared; 3) fearlessly pursue your bliss; 4) live your soul purpose; 5) transcend the things that hold you back; 6) manifest your magic; 7) transform challenges into gifts; 8) create a life that you design; and 9) show up as your most powerful life expression. This event will feature Author/Coach, Bruce Van Horn, and Transformational Strategist Jane Lovas. To purchase tickets or sponsor, visit our website.

Thank you, Oprah! You’ve inspired an African/American refugee/immigrant, single mother, and breast cancer survivor to believe that everything is possible!!!


About Maimah: Maimah is the CEO of Tigerlily Foundation, a non-profit that supports young women with breast cancer. She has been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Essence, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Redbook, Traditional Home Magazine and on Fox 5, ABC 7, CBS, Good Morning America, MSNBC, USA Today, Today Show, OWN and other national media outlets. She has been influenced by her spiritual tribe – Neale Donald Walsch, Eckhart Tolle, Esther Hicks, Brene’ Brown, Danielle LaPorte, Caroline Myss, Gabby Bernstein, Marianne Williamson, Tony Robbins, Marie Forleo, Kris Carr, Mali Phonpadith and Bruce Van Horn, among others.

Event Details:

  • Time & Date: March 31, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Tower Club Tyson’s Corner, 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, #1700, Tyson’s, VA 22182, Dominion Room
  • Website: Purchase tickets/sponsorships at, Events.
  • Contact: Email for press inquiries.


This summer, we will launch the “I Manifest Bliss” Roadshow. To partner, sponsor or pitch a speaker, email

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