Girl from the South Side and former First Lady. Wife, mother, dog lover. Always hugger-in-chief. #IAmBecoming
Girl from the South Side and former First Lady. Wife, mother, dog lover. Always hugger-in-chief. #IAmBecoming
Throwing it back to my 1982 prom night and this pink satin, polka-dotted dress. If you're a student or teacher, join the #PromChallenge with @WhenWeAllVote and @MTV and tell us what your school is doing to register students to vote -- you could get a free prom for your school! Learn more at prom.mtv.com. You can also help me spread the word by posting your prom photo with #PromChallenge .
Happy Valentine’s Day, my loves. You make even the coldest days feel warm. 💕
This #GalentinesDay , I want to shout out my girlfriends who help me stay sane and grounded through all of life’s ups and downs. Whether we’re catching up over the phone, venting over a cup of coffee, or laughing it out during an 80s-themed workout, I know I can lean on these ladies—and that’s made all the difference. How do you show up for your best friends? Share in the comments below and don’t forget to tag your favorite girls to give them a little extra love today. #ThrowbackThursday
I can still remember the mix of excitement, hope, anxiety, and fear that accompanied me everywhere I went during my first year of college. If I could tell my younger self one thing, it would be to slow down and take a breath – you’ve got this. And that’s exactly what I want to say to all of you out there who are just starting college. You’ve got this, and I cannot wait to see where your journey takes you and everything you learn and achieve along the way. Tune in now to watch as four first-year college students share a bit about their own journey during their first semester. #ReachHigher @attndotcom @reachhigher
I loved spending my Saturday with @Oprah and all of the inspiring people who came out for #Oprahs2020VisionTour at Barclays Center. When we make wellness a priority, we’re better able to show up to all areas of our lives. For me, that means sticking to the basics: plenty of sleep, regular exercise, and full, healthy meals. What does wellness mean to you? #SelfcareSunday
School counselors play such a crucial role in the lives of our young people, pushing them to dream big, supporting them in times of crisis, and helping them see their own limitless potential and reserves of resilience. Laura Ross does all of that and so much more as a school counselor at Five Forks Middle School in Lawrenceville, GA. Using the principles of restorative justice, she’s reduced the number of discipline referrals for students of color. She’s hosted presentations about body confidence for her fellow educators, helping them better understand the challenges so many young people are facing. And she’s leading the charge to make sure her school is an inclusive, welcoming place for LGBTQ students. I am so inspired by Laura and so thrilled that she is the 2020 @weareasca National School Counselor of the Year. Congratulations, Laura! #SCOY2020 @reachhigher
Over the last couple of months, I’ve loved seeing so many of you put pen to paper and embrace your own stories. That’s what the Becoming Journal is all about—giving ourselves the space to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we hope to go. As l sit here writing down some of my own thoughts in the new year, I’m curious to know: What are you reflecting on this year? #NewYearNewYou #IAmBecoming #WellnessWednesday
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 !