I Went To See Michelle Obama!

As a part of my birthday festivities, my family took me out to see “A Moderated Conversation with Michelle Obama”, at the Prudential Center. Of course, my admiration for Michelle goes without saying and having read her memoir, I was super excited to attend.

A Moderated Conversation with Michelle Obama
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The show started with a video montage of Barack, her Mom & brother, and the girls Sasha and Malia, speaking about Michelle. Her chef and friend, Sam Kass introduced her and sat down to moderate the conversation, for about an hour. I personally wished the show was 30 minutes longer. It felt a bit rushed and maybe 15-30 extra minutes would have given them time to flush out the discussion and topics.

I wanted to share 5 things I took away from the show, which are universal life messages, applicable to anyone, whether you read her memoir or not.

  1. We need to share our stories more to CONNECT. She made a huge point about our current state of affairs and having connections as humans on a deeper level. She is not talking about the basic connection we have when we look at the color of someone’s skin or ask what they do for a living, or their religion. What will make this world a better place, is if we can share our experiences wholly with others. Can we share our childhood without fear of being judged? Can we not be ashamed of a middle-class upbringing? Can we discuss our familial traumas and how we overcame them? These are the stories that will connect us all on a deeper level. We just have to be open to letting the wall down. (See what I did there?)
  2. Listen To Your Children. Michelle is a huge proponent of giving our children a voice. I know it can seem so hard when you are juggling so much to keep things together. Just a few minutes at the dinner table can make a world of difference in how our kids feel. The little time that is taken out to ask them about their day and the forum to express their feelings, matter. Barack Obama was at the dinner table every night with his family in the White House, and he was a whole entire President. I am going to slow down and not rush through the nightly routine of homework, dinner, bed. I will make a conscious effort to sit down, talk and LISTEN to the boys!
  3. Motherhood Shouldn’t Make Us Lose Ourselves. I mean hello, that is the whole mission behind 3TheChicWay. Michelle says it’s important to maintain the relationships you had before Motherhood. Going out to dinner with your girlfriends, having a self-care day is IMPORTANT. I am a firm believer in this as well, and I partake as often as I can. You have to make time for yourself. I know in the beginning this is easier said than done. But give it time, you will get back to the essence of you!
  4. Marriage is HARD. She was very open in saying, we don’t keep it real enough with young married couples. Telling them how hard this thing here really is. And we further don’t tell them how hard marriage is with children. She is now getting back to Barack because of the empty nest, and she is loving it. She advocates for counseling, before and during. I related to this because it can be hard to maintain the spice of marriage when you are worn out and tired from dealing with the kids, and everything else. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, both parties just have to want to get there!
  5. Empathy Is A Virtue! There will be times in life when you will have disagreements with people and it may get ugly. But something that helps Michelle feel for even her biggest hater, empathy. Hurt people tend to hurt people. When you realize we are all fighting a battle, many we are not equipped for, you will empathize with the hater in your life. They really don’t have a problem with you, there’s something going on inside. I am not all the way there yet on this one. God is still working on me! But looking back on a few situations in my life, I can totally see what she means here.

“When they go low, we go high”

Michelle Obama
First Lady Forever
Vintage Sequin Jacket
Scored this sequin cardigan from the Thrift Store for $3.50
ZARA Faux Leather Midi Skirt
You know I had to show OUT for my FLOTUS. I loved the play on texture with my look: sequins, leather, and feathers!
ZARA Faux Leather Midi Skirt
The shoes are from MissGuided, linked a similar pair here.

It was a great and inspiring show. I will always have a soft spot for Michelle. For what she stands for. For her style. For her grace. For her words. If you’ve seen her speak live, what were your takeaways from the conversation? I would love to also hear if you relate to any of the things I have listed in this blog post. Sound off below! As always, stay chic!

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6 Comments

  1. Nike
    November 4, 2019 / 3:50 pm

    I think becoming one’s own is a journey. It may mean going forward then back, loss and gain or joy and sorrow. That’s all we have in life is the sum of all our experiences. That is how become what we have been becoming

    • November 4, 2019 / 8:27 pm

      Thank you so much for reading! I agree we all have our own experiences, sharing them is what builds community and brings us closer together.

  2. Fiona
    November 4, 2019 / 4:01 pm

    She’s fantastic, and I could listen to her forever.. In my opinion, she’s that rare authentic, grounded, trustworthy public figure.. with integrity in spades.. she does not do affectation – and you never ever get the sense that she’s looking to mislead.. Importantly, she lives and walks her talk.. Genuine, honest, insightful, compelling, whip-smart, gracious, down to earth, exceedingly generous – especially to her hubby..

    She vouches for that man in such powerful ways – and in ways that nobody else ever could.. Oftentimes, deliberately shrinking herself again and again, just to tout and boost him..

    She is a much better human and woman than I’ll ever be..

    • November 4, 2019 / 8:25 pm

      Wow, Fiona! Thank you so much for reading this post. I loved that you said she doesn’t mislead. I get that from her as well, she doesn’t have to do much to show who she is, it shines through so naturally! I’m sure you are a great woman, walking the path designed for you!

      • Fiona
        November 5, 2019 / 8:47 am

        You’re lovely ❤️

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