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Girl from the South Side and former First Lady. Wife, mother, dog lover. Always hugger-in-chief. #IAmBecoming

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play_circle_filled ‪At the end of this extraordinary #IAmBecoming tour I want to say thank you to all of you who&amprsquove been a part of this journey. Thanks for what you do every day&ampmdashfor doing the right thing for living with honesty and compassion. It&amprsquos up to us to stay hopeful for the next generation.‬ #MondayMotivation.

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People don&amprsquot get to where they are if they go at it alone. 
Last week I met the new class of #ObamaFellows&ampmdash20 leaders from around the world who are doing the type of work that will create a better future for all of us. We talked about what keeps us going and how important it is to have help along the way. 
With support from the @ObamaFoundation&ampmdashand each other&ampmdashour hope is that these Fellows will continue to grow and expand their work changing the world for generations to come..

People don&rsquot get to where they are if they ...

Sunday night in Nashville I walked off stage for the final time on my #IAmBecoming tour. After 34 stops from Chicago to Copenhagen and Vancouver to Atlanta I couldn&amprsquot be more humbled&ampmdashor more hopeful. I started this journey knowing that in order for you all to know who I was you had to know my whole story&ampmdashthe broken parts the struggles and the imperfections. It wasn&amprsquot always easy to share those moments but I know that it&amprsquos only because of them that I was able to become something more. 
So thank you all&ampmdashall the young people I met along the way all the folks sitting in the balconies all the book clubs who generated real discussions&ampmdashfor recognizing that truth in your own lives and for sharing it not just with me but with the world. If each of us can do more of that if we can be a little more vulnerable a little more honest with ourselves and with each other then maybe we can pay that lesson forward to someone else. Maybe we&amprsquoll be able to offer each other a little more grace. And maybe then we can more fully embrace the ways we are the same. To me that&amprsquos how we can all keep becoming together..

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Growing up every time I&amprsquod come home from school with a story to share my mother was there with a snack and a listening ear to hear about what was on my mind. When I came home with a tale about my disastrous second-grade classroom she marched into the school to figure out what was going on. And as I grew older including up through my years as First Lady she was always there for me as a guiding light through whatever fog was clouding my path. She&amprsquos always listened more than she lectured observed more than she demonstrated. In doing so she allowed me to think for myself and develop my own voice.

From an early age she saw that I had a flame inside me and she never tempered it. She made sure that I could keep it lit. Mom thank you for kindling that fire within me and for your example as a mother and a grandmother to our girls. We would never be who we are today without you. #HappyMothersDay Mom. Love you. ❤️.

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Hey Atlanta! Before heading to @statefarmarena tonight for the second to last show on my #IAmBecoming tour I joined students and staff from @spelman_college @cau1988 and @morehouse1867 to talk about the importance of celebrating our stories&ampmdashevery part of them every vulnerability failure and imperfection. It takes courage to share those parts of our stories but it couldn&amprsquot be more important. Because by embracing our whole truth we don&amprsquot just understand ourselves better we open ourselves to a better understanding of everyone else&amprsquos stories too..

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As I begin the final weekend of my #IAmBecoming tour I joined my friends @honeychildtracy and @michele__norris in Florida to talk about why its so important to make sure girls know the power in their own stories. Whether as a parent mentor teacher or neighbor each of us can show them that their voices are valued and respected from a young age&ampmdashand that can have an extraordinary effect on who they&amprsquoll become in the years ahead. When we view their voices as equal when we truly listen to them and appreciate what they say they will feel more empowered to share themselves with the rest of the world too. Organizations like @HoneyShineInc and @OYCMiami are living out this message by giving girls in Florida the tools and platform they need to reach their boundless potential. 
To the ladies I met with today never underestimate the power in your own story &ampmdash I hope you&amprsquoll share yours bravely and help others share theirs too. It&amprsquos how we all keep becoming together..

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With #MothersDay just a couple days away I find myself thinking a lot about the way my mother raised me. And even though our family was crammed into a tiny apartment one of the greatest gifts she gave me was the freedom to explore and develop into my own person. For instance even though we didn&amprsquot have much money she and my dad cobbled enough money together to send me on a high-school trip to Paris which opened up the world to me in so many ways. And now that I&amprsquom raising kids of my own I wanted to pass that lesson on to my own girls. I&amprsquove been so fortunate to be able to travel with Sasha and Malia all across the country and around the world&ampmdashexperiences my mother never would have dreamed of back when I was their age. But though the settings may be different the message is the same and it&amprsquos one I hope mothers everywhere pass on to their daughters&ampmdashin seeking out new perspectives and reaching outside of our comfort zones we can discover more about ourselves..

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As we prepare for #MothersDay on Sunday I wanted to take a moment to shine a light on those women in our lives who may not be our mothers but have nonetheless played an important role in nurturing us. I&amprsquove been grateful to be surrounded by so many strong intelligent warm-hearted women who along with my mother have made me who I am. They include my soft-spoken grandmother LaVaughn whose work managing a Bible book store showed me some of my first glimpses of a woman in charge. I sparred with my Aunt Robbie who lived below us during piano lessons&ampmdashbut her teaching showed me the importance of hard work and preparation and she was always there for me when I needed her most. My mentor at Princeton Czerny saw potential in me and did her part to get me to step outside of my comfort zone&ampmdashto be a little more bold a little less cautious.

And then there&amprsquos Eleanor Kaye Wilson who we call &ampldquoMama Kaye.&amprdquo She&amprsquos sweet-hearted and deep-rooted a second mother or grandmother for all four of us&ampmdashMalia Sasha Barack and me. She&amprsquos been there to help with mealtime craft time been to all of our events over so many years&ampmdasha wonderful friend and confidant to my mother. We love her just like we love so many supportive women whose stories and contributions often go unrecognized but who deserve just as much appreciation and love this time of year. So if there&amprsquos a Mama Kaye or a Czerny a Grandma LaVaughn or an Aunt Robbie in your life make sure to show them some love this weekend too..

As we prepare for #MothersDay on Sunday I wanted t ...

Through our work together to honor and support military families I saw what an inspiration Jill Biden is to those around her. Her memoir &ampldquoWhere the Light Enters Building a Family Discovering Myself&amprdquo is out today&ampmdashI hope you&amprsquoll read it. #WheretheLightEnters.

Through our work together to honor and support mil ...

This amazing smile belongs to a young man named Duvall Footman who I met at #CollegeSigningDay in Los Angeles. Duvall&amprsquos already seen his share of adversity&ampmdashby the time he turned 18 he had lost both of his parents. But he&amprsquos made it his goal to do them proud by working hard in school and he&amprsquos set his sights on one day getting a degree in film and television. He currently attends Antelope Valley Community College with plans to continue his education @UCLA next year. Outside of his studies Duvall plans to continue to mentor young people like him to make sure they know they can pursue their dreams too. He&amprsquos seen the power of belief and resilience in his own life. And today he says &ampquotI know that I have been gifted and favored to overcome every obstacle in my path.&ampquot All I can say is that I think the world #BetterMakeRoom for Duvall. #ReachHigher.

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I am so proud of each and every student out there who&amprsquos celebrating #CollegeSigningDay and committing to continue their education. I know how hard you worked in all of your classes. I know how much time and care you put into your applications. And I know how many hurdles each of you had to clear to make it to today. So I hope you all are as excited about this day as I am&ampmdashbut I&amprsquom even more excited to see what you all do in the years ahead. #BetterMakeRoom.

I am so proud of each and every student out there ...

I&amprsquom so proud of the next class of #ObamaFellows&ampmdashcivic leaders already working in communities from Hanoi to Nairobi to New Orleans. They&amprsquove brought hope to marginalized communities helped protect our planet and empowered women to take charge of change. What they&amprsquove accomplished on their own is remarkable&ampmdashand now with the @ObamaFoundation we&amprsquore excited to see what they can learn from each other..

I&rsquom so proud of the next class of #ObamaFe ...