We did it, you guys.

Me and the green dress.

Me and the green dress and Oprah Winfrey.

Me and the green dress and Oprah Winfrey and 10,000 of the most beautifully open and receptive and heart-filled human beings I've ever had the honor of sharing a day with.

It was glorious.

I can't thank you all enough for your encouraging words this morning. I carried your faith in me onto that stage and then I just opened my mouth and thought, "Dear God, if you ever had a reason to give me a voice, let it all come tumbling out now."

I spoke of women's quests and women's journeys — and becoming the hero of your own life's story.

The quote you see on the back screen is from Mr. Charles Dickens, my favorite author. It's the opening lines of DAVID COPPERFIELD, a book that Dickens himself always claimed was his favorite, of all his novels:

"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will belong to anybody else, these pages must show."

What will your pages show?

Go write your story. Write it in the heavens. Write it in your soul. Write it with your actions, write it with your courage, write it with your stubbornness.

As for me…now I have to go tumble into a long hot bath, and then into bed, while marveling at the amazing turn my own life story has taken.

I can't believe it.

I love you all.


via Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Wall