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?
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
At the @ObamaFoundation Summit, I had the chance to sit down with inspiring women and men from the @girlsopportunityalliance community. Hard work like this takes courage. It takes leadership. And these leaders are making strides in global girls’ education by breaking through the barriers that keep adolescent girls out of school. I am so proud of what they’re accomplishing despite the challenges they face. We’re all better off because of it.
Whenever I'm looking for a source of strength and courage, I think about our veterans and their families—they inspire me every day. On #veteransday , let's make sure we all give a little something back to those who have given so much to our nation.
Yesterday at the #obamasummit , I was thrilled to spend time with leaders from the @girlsopportunityalliance community. From Ethiopia to Guatemala to Vietnam, these women and men face different challenges, but they share the same dream: a world where every girl has the chance to pursue her education and fulfill her potential. That’s why they’re working so hard to break boundaries, start new conversations in their communities, and provide crucial support and resources to adolescent girls. I know that it’s difficult, sometimes isolating work, but these remarkable leaders are showing up each day, hoping to make a difference for girls who deserve so much. And after our time together yesterday, I can tell that they’re doing just that. I’m so proud of each of them.