Not too many Edmonds residents can say that they have shared a stage with Oprah Winfrey, but that’s exactly what happened to local therapist and life coach Peggy Farah in November.
The occasion was Winfrey’s visit to Seattle in early November. Farah had won a sweepstakes for premium seats at Oprah’s Life You Want weekend Nov. 7-8. She was one of two women selected out of a crowd of 10,000 to talk about their our ‘Best Beautiful’ moments – “those moments when true beauty, inner beauty shone through,” Farah said.
That subject matter has particularly significant meaning for Farah, who specializes in offering a mindfulness-based approach that she calls Deeper Cravings. It involved the healing of food and body issues, which include compulsive and emotional eating, negative body image, and chronic yo-yo dieting, she said.
On her Deeper Cravings website, Farah recalls receiving a phone call a member of Oprah’s staff “informing me that the very next day Oprah was going to interview me on stage in response to a picture I tweeted about my own personal Deeper Cravings journey.” After finishing up with clients in her Beeson Building office, she headed downstairs to Rebekah’s Boutique, where owner Rebekah Anjewierden-Peck suggested the coral tree dress that Farah is wearing on stage. Farah also gave a shout out to Bellissimo Beauty Bar for making sure her hair was ready for the occasion.
In her on-stage appearance with Winfrey, Farah — herself a yo-yo dieter — talked about her refusal while on vacation several years ago to play in the sand with her young son because she was self-conscious about her weight. She then began a journey to transform her relationship with food and now shares that message with her clients.
The official video of Farah on stage is now posted on Winfrey’s website, and you can also see another video of her appearance, taken by Farah’s sister, here: