It's a moment of clarity, a defining moment where you gain real wisdom - wisdom you can use to change your life. Whether big or small, funny or sad, they can be surprising and inspiring. Each one is unique, deeply personal, and Mutual of Omaha things they're worth sharing.

Mutual of Omaha is taking its popular Aha Moment Tour back on the road this summer, visiting 20 cities to collect on video real aha moments -- life-changing moments of hope, inspiration and possibility -- from real people across America.

I was invited to share my aha moment at the Irvine Spectrum last week while the airstream was in town; however, instead of sharing my aha moment, I lived it.  Instead of going in the airstream and videotaping my story, I ended up doing something even better by helping out fellow mom and blogger buddy, Kara Noel, and the aha producer by watching KN's 4 little kids while she taped her segment.  It was a perfect way to actually live out my aha moment:  "Helping others gives life meaning".  I'd much rather live it than talk about it. Here are some photos of Kara's experience.

Producer Nathan shoots stills of the family.
Kara certainly has her hands full of love and mischief with her little ones.
The kiddos watch from outside the airstream as Mom shares her aha moment.
 

The tour producers are a trio of talented individuals hand picked to make magic.  Marina is the first person who helps all the people who want to share their stories, gathering paperwork and calming any jittery nerves that may arise.  Jessica directs the videos, asking questions to bring out the best of each story. Nathan videotapes and captures the heart of each individual on film. 

These stories belong to our neighbors, our friends, our nation. 

After talking with producers and OC residents and noticed a common thread - a desire to connect with people, to love and be loved, to understand and to be understood, to share of ourselves to make this world a better place, one person, one moment at a time. 

I thank Mutual of Omaha for continuing this noble and brilliant marketing campaign.

Irvine was honored to be the kickoff city for the 2015 Tour, which will visit 20 cities in 20 states through the beginning of August. The complete schedule is as follows:

May 4-5:

Irvine, California

May 11-12:

Phoenix, Arizona

May 14-15:

San Antonio, Texas

May 18-19:

Jackson, Mississippi

May 21-22:

Birmingham, Alabama

May 26-27:

Chattanooga, Tennessee

June 1-2:

Savannah, Georgia

June 4-5:

Columbia, South Carolina

June 9-10:

Lynchburg, Virginia

June 12-13:

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

June 17-18:

Syracuse, New York

June 23-24:

Louisville, Kentucky

June 29-30:

Madison, Wisconsin

July 6-7:

St. Paul, Minnesota

July 9-10:

Des Moines, Iowa

July 15-16:

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

July 21-22:

Denver, Colorado

July 27-28:

Seattle, Washington

July 30-31:

Portland, Oregon

August 6-7:

20th City based on nationwide vote

For the first time ever, the Aha Moment Tour will allow the public to choose the 20th city tour stop. During a two-week vote beginning May 11 on the Aha Moment Tour Facebook page, people will be encouraged to vote for one of the following cities: Las Vegas, Nevada; Dallas, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri; New Orleans, Louisiana; or Santa Cruz, California. The winning 20thcity will be announced on May 22. Vote for your favorite today!

Mutual of Omaha's Aha Moment campaign includes national commercials, a website devoted to aha moments and a robust online community via FacebookTwitterInstagram and other social networks. The stories collected over the coming months will also be shared at mutualofomaha.com/aha