35-year-old Chicago blogger Robyn Okrant (aka "Lo") tapes every episode of Oprah, takes notes on what the talk show host advises, and lives according to the letter. When Oprah said everyone should adopt an animal from a shelter, Lo got a cat from the Humane Society. It's all part of a year-long experiment in "living your best life" as Oprah sees it, tracking the costs of that lifestyle, and seeing whether or not Oprahism can really improve one's outlook...Lo's been living this way since January 1, 2008, supplementing the advice Oprah espouses on her show with tips from "O" Magazine and oprah.com. Lo is bankrolling the year herself, and has spent a few thousand dollars so far buying what Oprah recommends, cooking suggested meals, decorating her apartment according to Oprah's advice, and following other recommendations like seeing Celine Dion in concert. Some of Oprah's suggestions are silly (like the charge to buy leopard-print flats) and some are more serious (like the call to reduce one's carbon footprint).
Lo spends about 40 hours a week following Oprah's philosophy and blogging about it. Her project has been covered by major media including the NY Times, NPR, and the Guardian. To read her play-by-play account of life according to Oprah, click here.
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