Joy here –
Loved, loved, loved this book. So honest, from the heart, and real. I knew I liked her as FLOTUS, but after reading her book I am totally a fan (and saddened that she isn’t first lady any longer!)
Michelle Obama didn’t come from money or status. She was an average kid growing up on the south side of Chicago. Her dreams and aspirations were similar to those of many young people – getting into a good college, making her mark on the world, giving back to her community. She accomplished all that and much more.
The book follows her divergent chapters in life, aptly titled, Becoming Me, Becoming Us, and Becoming More. It’s refreshing to know that she too went through a period of doubt regarding her chosen profession, the law. After working so hard to get into a top school, Princeton, and landing a fabulous job with the top tier law firm, Sidley & Austin, Michelle wrestled with the fact that she wasn’t feeling fulfilled. She wanted to give back to her community, to feel purposeful, to do good works, not just for the sake of a great pay check. At the end of the day, isn’t that what most of us truly want in life?
As I read her memoir, I felt as though Michelle could be my next door neighbor or close friend. She speaks from her soul and isn’t afraid to be vulnerable.
The book is a wonderful read for a young woman starting out in life or even more so, several years out of college trying to figure out if the path she’s chosen is still what she wants. I bought the book with my older daughter in mind — Michelle being a great role model, someone who you could trust.
Although Michelle marveled at the heights she climbed and although she savored her time in The White House, her most important role was (and continues to be) as Sasha’s and Malia’s mom.
At the end of the day, her dignity, grace, and fierce determination to remain an equal partner with Barack, holding the highest position in America, is an inspiration to us mere mortals!
– “If you don’t define yourself, you will quickly be defined by others.” Michelle Obama in Becoming
-We are all in the process of becoming and there is comfort in that. If we don’t become, then we are stuck in a rut.
Enjoy the ride and read the book!
xox Barclay and Joy
Want a laugh? Check out Michelle and Ellen in Costco!