With Grace, Poise & Elegance…Michelle Obama is in Toronto
Hey lavish loves,
I know I have been M.I.A for the last little bit but A LOT has been going on and life was just happening at a really fast pace all at once but I am happy that I am back! Today, I had the amazing opportunity to see the Queen herself (not Beyonce) Michelle Obama at a speaking engagement that focused on topics about gender equality for women. My boss is AWESOME and got me a ticket to see Michelle along side my other co-workers. She was everything that I thought she was going to be–beautiful, hair laid, super stylish, poised, and educated. Every time I hear her speak on television, especially about education, it makes me want to go back to school and work on getting my life together by adding some degrees under my belt; a girl has to have options and various career paths.
One thing that she said that really resonated with me was “People who are successful aren’t successful because they haven’t made mistakes”. I always feel that when I make a mistake that I am instantly a failure and start putting myself down, but what I have to start reminding myself is that my mistakes make me who I am and when I learn the lesson from the mistakes it makes me a stronger and wiser person. She also stated “You can’t be you if you are not proud of your story”. Michelle grew up in the south side of Chicago, studied hard, became a lawyer, then became the First Lady of the United States but she never runs away from the fact that she grew up in a rough neighbourhood in Chicago, in fact she embraces it.
Sometimes, I feel that people shouldn’t know my story or know what I have had to battle or overcome in life because well… it’s none of their business or I am just simply ashamed of the things I have had to deal with in my past, but after hearing Michelle speak I believe that it is imperative to share your story about your past in your present life so that people could be inspired by what you have been through, what you have overcome, and what you are a planning to achieve. You never know, your story could change someone’s life.