It's about that time when New Year's goals and resolutions get just a bit harder to stick to. To offer a little inspiration, I want to share my go-to 2020 #WorkoutPlaylist with all of you. These songs always seem to give me that extra boost to get through my toughest workouts. What's on your playlist? #IAmBecoming #SelfcareSunday
Thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes! With the girls off at college, this birthday brings with it a new perspective—a fresh breath—along my journey. I’m looking forward to devoting some quality time to my friends and to myself—and of course, to that husband of mine, too. I’m looking to make this year the best one yet—can’t wait to keep you all posted along the way.
I couldn’t be happier that Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, and all of the incredible people behind #AmericanFactory have been nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar. What Julia and Steve capture on film is at times painful, at times exhilarating, but always thoughtful and always real—exactly the kind of story Barack and I wanted to lift up with Higher Ground Productions. I hope you’ll see for yourself by checking it out on @Netflix .
The first year of college is exciting, but also a little nerve-racking. As a first-generation college student myself, I know how intimidating it can be to try to navigate through a new place and make new friends, all while trying to figure out who you are and who you want to be. That's why I'm so excited that @reachhigher is teaming up with @attndotcom to share the stories of four first-year college students: Robert, Linette, Regan, and Haseeb. Can't wait for you all to meet them and learn more about what taking that leap really feels like, day in and day out. Stay tuned!
Thinking back over the past decade is a bit of a whirlwind. It’s not easy to take stock of all the ups and downs that go into a single week, let alone more than 500 of them. Ten years ago at this time, our girls were sixth and third graders. Our family hadn’t been in the White House for even a year yet, and Bo was still pretty much a puppy. And though I felt that our family had adjusted well into a wild new reality, I was still a little uncertain about what all the spotlights and pressure would do to us. So looking back, what I’m most filled with is gratitude. A decade like this one was never a part of my plan—not even close. But I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities, the relationships, and the growth I’ve experienced over these years. I’ve been so lucky to meet so many of you, to hear your stories, and to work together with you on issues that are near and dear to all of our hearts. We’ve got a lot to be proud of. But as I often say, we should be careful not to focus only on our statistics—our biggest accomplishments and best moments—you know, the kinds of things most of us share on social media. Those are important, but we should also be sure to relish the fullness of our stories. That includes the tough moments we persevered through, the messiness that spurred us to make a swerve, and the memories that are still a little bit tender. Though they’re difficult, those moments can be some of the most beautiful parts of our lives. What we often see as a weakness or a failure is often a strength—or a turning point to something better. So today, I’m thankful for all of those moments over the past decade that helped me get to where I am. I’m thankful for the worries and the anxieties, the failures and false starts. And most of all, I’m thankful that after all of it, we came out whole. Now on the other side of this decade, Bo’s got a trusty sidekick named Sunny. We’ve settled into new routines after two terms in the White House. And although the girls are gone away at college now, we’re all back together for the holidays—right where we belong. #DecadeInReview
Wishing you a holiday season filled with friends, family, and joy. Thanks to so many of you for sharing your hopes and goals with me these past few weeks in the comments and on my Instagram Story. This type of positive and thoughtful engagement from my “Becoming family” is a reminder that there are millions of us out there constantly striving to become more mindful, compassionate, and caring people. As we end this decade and begin the next one, let’s continue working to become even better—for ourselves and for each other. #IAmBecoming
I’m still thinking about the inspiring young people I met in Vietnam and Malaysia, and the stories they shared with me. They’re young women like Dzung, who loved to learn but worried she would have to drop out of school to help to earn money for her family. Fortunately, Dzung had support: @RoomtoRead gave her the chance to continue her studies, and today she owns a convenience store and is one of the only women in her community to own a business. But achieving for herself isn’t enough for Dzung—she’s also funding the education of another girl through @RoomtoRead because as she says, “I want to open the door for other girls like me.” Dzung is just one of the extraordinary young women from the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance community, and through our upcoming special with @YouTube , we’ll be shining a light on adolescent girls’ education around the world. Stay tuned in 2020—I can’t wait to share these stories with you.
My trip to Vietnam and Malaysia was filled with so many hopeful reminders of the power that lies in education. I hope you’ll take a look and get involved with the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance and hit the link in my bio to support this work.
This week I sat down with @LanaCondor and some #ObamaLeaders for a conversation about the transformative power of girls’ education. No one knows this issue better than these leaders, who work in countries like Cambodia, Indonesia, and Laos to remove the barriers that prevent girls from pursuing their dreams. It was wonderful to hear them share their insights and advice with one another, and I can’t wait to see the good that continues to come from their work in the years ahead. @GirlsOpportunityAlliance
It was so special to share the stage with Julia Roberts and Deborah Henry at #ObamaLeaders : Asia-Pacific today. We talked about what it means to define balance in our lives and our careers—and how that balance is different for everybody. We shared stories of how we’ve overcome self-doubt and how important it is to know that you belong wherever you are. We reflected on the men and women in our lives who have reminded us that our voices matter, and we emphasized that we all have the ability to change someone else's life for the better. The young leaders in the audience already know this—they’re doing so much to improve the lives of others. And with the @ObamaFoundation as a community of support, I can't wait to see all they accomplish.
I wanted to share with you all a picture of one of my first journals from when I was in my 20s and a young lawyer just trying to figure out where I was going in my life. I kept the clothbound black book with purple flowers on the cover by my bed, and often carried it with me when I traveled. I was not a daily, or even weekly, writer, but my journal gave me a place to share my most raw, unfiltered thoughts and feelings no matter how messy they were. One sentence ended half-finished, punctuated by a frustrated scratch of the pen across the entire page. That's why I created the #IAmBecoming Journal for all of you—a place that’s for you and you alone, where you can sort through your experiences and emotions on your own terms. Because when we’re open to our own stories, and all their mistakes and contradictions, we’ll find a greater understanding of ourselves—and we’ll be more open to celebrating the imperfections of others’ stories, too. #WellnessWednesday
So grateful to have spent some time over the years with Caroll Spinney, the heart and soul of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. He was truly one of the most gracious, warm-hearted people I’ve ever met—and it’s breathtaking to think of the millions and millions of people, from toddlers today to folks like me who grew up sitting cross-legged in front of @SesameStreet , who have been comforted and guided by his gentle voice, quick wit, and caring personality. What an extraordinary life—and a legacy that will keep on giving.
Meet some of the amazing women who shared their stories with me today in Vietnam! @girlsopportunityAlliance
What an incredible day in Vietnam! I visited Cần Giuộc high school to meet members of the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance community who are working hard to pursue their education and achieve their dreams. Thankfully, they’re not alone: local leaders from @RoomtoRead provide crucial support to help these girls stay in school and prepare for their futures so they can become the women they’re meant to be. I was thrilled to see this work in action—and I’m grateful that some special friends like @JuliaRoberts , @LanaCondor , @ngothanhvan_official , @JennaBHager , and @LizaKoshy joined me to visit these girls and to shine a light on the extraordinary work being done.
#GivingTuesday is a reminder of how connected we all are and how important it is to give back to one another, especially as we enter the holiday season. This duty of giving back is what my parents and grandparents taught me, and it’s a value I’ve tried to live by my entire life—because it’s not enough just to make your way through life, thinking only of yourself. You’ve got to reach back and lift up others along the way. That’s why on this Giving Tuesday, I am so excited to donate the proceeds from the #IAmBecoming merchandise collection sold during and after my book tour—a total of more than $500,000—to the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance , an initiative I launched last October to support adolescent girls' education around the world. This donation will fully fund existing projects that are supported by the Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund and fund new projects as well, including in Vietnam where I'm heading next week to see some of this work in action. I hope you'll consider joining me to give what you can, because every small donation has the power to make a difference for girls around the world. Click the link in my bio to contribute and share this graphic to help spread the word. ❤️
From our family to yours, #HappyThanksgiving !
Last night, I dropped by my friend Ellen’s house for a little duet… Ellen: Michelle Obama has a new book… Michelle Obama: It’s actually a Journal! Ellen: What’s it called? Michelle Obama: It’s the Becoming Journal. [Ellen: The Becoming Journal…] The purpose of the Journal is to write down your own story of Becoming….to chronicle your memories, your thoughts, your ideas, your impressions…because every story matters. Even yours, Ellen. Ellen: Even mine… Michelle Obama: What is your story? Ellen: What is my story? Together: What is my story? Michelle Obama: Who are you Becoming?
So thrilled to receive a #GRAMMYs nomination! This past year has been such a meaningful, exhilarating ride. I’ve loved hearing your stories and continuing down the road of becoming together. Thank you for every ounce of love and support you’ve shared so generously. #IAmBecoming
The Becoming Journal is here! The pages of the journal are meant to be an invitation, a place where you can come to meet yourself on your own terms. While there are questions and prompts that can help spark your process of reflection, I hope you use this journal in whatever way speaks to you. Because no thought is too mundane, no feeling is too messy, and no experience is too raw. It all matters, every single bit of it. When we recognize that, we’ll not only see the beauty in our own stories, but we’ll be more open to celebrating the imperfections of each other’s stories, too. Check out becomingmichelleobama.com to get your own. #IAmBecoming
Today I stopped by @politicsprose , a local bookstore here in DC, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Becoming. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since I shared my story with the world. Since the #IAmBecoming tour came to a close, I found myself reflecting on many of the conversations I had with so many of you—from the book clubs and community groups I visited to all the thoughtful comments and conversations we had online. I noticed so many of us face a common challenge—that no matter who we are or where we come from, too often, we convince ourselves that our stories don’t matter. So, as we approach a New Year, I wanted to find a way to help us all embrace our own stories. That’s what the Becoming Journal is all about—reflecting on our lives, especially the tiniest details. That’s how we can keep becoming—by seeing our stories for the powerful truths that they are, and then, by reaching out to each other and embracing all the vulnerability, the wisdom, and the twists and turns that both make our journeys so unique—and bind us together so tightly. I’m so excited to share the journal with you. Starting tomorrow, you can get your own copy at becomingmichelleobama.com.
So proud to present my friend Lin-Manuel Miranda with the Portrait of a Nation Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. I first met Lin more than a decade ago, when he came to the White House to perform the opening number from what he described as a “concept album.” And, as we all know, his little concept, Hamilton, became a global phenomenon. But what I love most is that he believes it’s his duty to lift up those around him, especially the next generation. It’s why he’s created a Hamilton curriculum for schools, made sure kids from all over can see his shows, and raised millions of dollars for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. And it’s why he is working so hard to make sure folks are voting in every election and using that freedom that so many fought so hard for. He’s someone who has, in melody and rhyme and connection, painted as honest a portrait of our country as I’ve ever seen. Love this guy. ....... Stylist @meredithkoop Hair @yenedamtew Makeup @carlraymua