Inspiring Women... 10 Quotes from Michelle

I already know this will be a controversial post, and I'm asking that you put aside that emotional response, as I share some inspiration by the FLOTUS.  

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The First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama is ready to pass the baton, as it's once again nearly time for the Presidential Inauguration.  This is a great time to reflect on the past of our First Lady, Michelle Obama.  

She was born in Chicago, IL to a city worker and a secretary, in a conventional home setting.  Michelle excelled in her classes, partially striving to be a good student (and stay out of trouble) due to her father's struggle with multiple sclerosis.  

Michelle set her sights high (although dissuaded by some teachers) and applied to and attended Princeton University.  Despite feeling resistance against her sex, skin color, and socio-economic level, she used these instead as a fuel to achieve her goals.  There were many achievements at Princeton by this young woman, followed by an education in law at Harvard Law School.  

She finally felt confidence in "earning her place" by the time she applied for Harvard Law.  What a journey!

Her gnawing question was "whether she would remain the product of her parents or keep the identity she had acquired at Princeton," but upon conclusion, she deducted that she could be "both brilliant and black."

Michelle met her future husband, Barack, at the law firm where they both worked - she was assigned to mentor him and "the rest is history."  She is now winding down the eight years she has now spent in the White House, where she became the first African-American First Lady.    

The First Lady has been involved in many humanitarian activities (too many to list here) and has been very focused on the issue of obesity, tackling this primarily through promoting good eating habits.  This was echoed in the addition of an organic garden being introduced at the White House and a program called "Let's Move!" geared toward reversing childhood obesity.  

{According to the CDC, more than 1/3 of the adults in the United States are considered to be obese, and 1/20 are at the "extreme" end of that spectrum.  The American Heart Association notes about 1/3 American kids and teens is overweight or obese.}

Michelle Obama has proven herself to be a very intelligent, caring woman (in both a micro and macro sense) and her sense of style and grace are just icing on the cake!  She has been a fashion trendsetter, dressing with impeccable taste, in styles from very high-end, recognizable fashion designers to very relatable pieces from J Crew and Target.

I'm very interested to continue to follow Michelle's future accomplishments - I know there will be much more to come!  Please join me in a nod to the FLOTUS, appreciating 10 quotes from this accomplished woman below:

Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.

Real men treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO.
We need to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation. We have lost our way. And it begins with inspiration. It begins with leadership.

We should always have three friends in our lives. One who walks ahead who we look up to follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journey; and then, one who we reach back for and bring along after we’ve cleared the way.
One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.

The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.

Below is Michelle's final message as the First Lady:  a message to provide Hope.  

I challenge each and every one of you reading this to inspire and provide Hope whenever possible.

Take whatever life has given you and create the best life you possibly can - you have no excuses, nothing can hold you back...  but you.  Don't give yourself the time to be scared... and settle for nothing less than giving it your all!

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