I had had a call from Oprah’s producers asking if I would consider hosting 10 of their audience members at my home for dinner. Of course, I was happy to oblige, but that was the end of it as far as I knew. I had heard rumblings in the media that said that Oprah might be attending a private dinner party at a home in Toorak but I never ever thought that house would be mine. When I opened the door, and she was standing there, I nearly fell over. I was completely shocked. It's often been reported that I did know that she was coming, but truly, I had absolutely no idea.
Absolutely, when she left my house after Taco night, I really felt like I was her best friend. She has a unique way of making people feel incredibly special.
After that night, I joined OWN Ambassadors, which promoted her TV network OWN, and we stayed in touch via social media and Twitter. In fact, she invited Paul and me to her house for lunch in 2012, which was a remarkable experience. We’ve stayed in email contact since that time, and I was fortunate enough when she returned to Australia in 2015 to be the Today Show Correspondent who covered her visit. And in 2016, I was the only person in the world to get to do a video interview with Oprah on the set of her movie A Wrinkle in Time. I flew to NZ for the interview, and it was the most amazing experience.
I would tell women to have financial independence. You don’t have to be making a huge amount of money but have enough that you maintain some form of financial independence from your spouse or partner.
Learn to say no and know that it’s ok to say no. I always had some financial independence, which I believed was incredibly important.
No. I have no regrets. Everything has happened for a reason. I love where I am now, and I love how life evolves.
I am proud of the community I have created. I am really proud of the support that they constantly give each other.
I'm also very proud of the homewares line I am about to launch for House. I am donating all of my proceeds to Tererai Trent, who is Oprah's all-time favourite guest. All of the money I receive will go to assist in sending girls to school in Zimbabwe. For me, it's a full-circle moment as because of watching the Oprah show all those years ago, back in 1993, I was able to use my creativity to gain financial independence by creating things. Now I can create something that gives me the opportunity to give back. It's a thrill.
I would like people to say that I was authentic, real and genuine. That I was ME.
A few years ago, I would have said Facebook, but I love Instagram now- actually I love them both.