The FLOTUS Edition: Three Quotes to Help You Overcome Adversity Terri April 25, 2016 5 Comments Today’s post is a guest post by Victoria Goodlow. A Texas native passionate about uplifting her community. Please welcome Victoria to our community and comment below to support her post. When I think of the many layers to a woman, it’s nothing short of amazing! We are the backbone to life’s creation, the supporters of our male counterparts, a sense of calmness in the storm, and an enduring spirit through all trials and tribulations. However, not all women have been able to tap into their true power. Sometimes, we need an extra push from a girlfriend to show us what our true capabilities are. In honor of Women’s History Month, I want to share three quotes to help you overcome adversity. These quotes are from a woman, a fellow Mocha Girl and a girlfriend who has graced many platforms delivering words that have convicted the hearts of many Americans – Michelle Obama. 1. “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” Michelle grew accustomed to taking flak long before taking center stage as the President’s wife. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, the odds were already against her. According to statistics and her environment, she was not meant to be in the position she is in today. Recognize your purpose in the world. Once you see your value, nothing can get in your way. The things you feed your spirit has an effect on how you deal with the obstacles in your life. Deny yourself every day from falling victim to negative claims and focus your thoughts on who you can be, not what others think you should be. 2. “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” It took Michelle many years to build a strong professional identity and seconds to have it stripped away when she first stood in front of the world as the FLOTUS. From that moment, Michelle has been criticized and closely scrutinized throughout her tenure. Yet, not once has she bent or folded. She has gracefully taken every word thrown at her and used them as stepping stones toward being one of the most revered women to step foot into the White House. What are you doing when life gets uncomfortable? In a society that’s competition driven, it’s nearly impossible not to feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. Every obstacle you overcome, creates the foundation for your life. You can build an unsteady and painful path with your obstacles or you can use them to bring out your fullest potential. It’s your choice! 3. “Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.” As First Lady, Michelle launched national initiatives such as, Let’s Move, which targets childhood obesity. She’s written two books, raised two awesome young women, and was a supportive wife, all while the world tried to reduce her life based on what she wore, her values, how she addressed things, and the way she talked. It’s simple. Perseverance will reap a great reward! We all have different destinies, so at the end of the day, YOU are destined for something. Let that empower you to keep fighting every day. Success is your best revenge! Victoria Goodlow is a free-spirited Dallas, TX native. She currently works as the Assistant Program Director for The Amadi Guess Foundation, a non-profit organization that serves nutritious meals to underprivileged children in the D/FW area. When Victoria isn’t making plans to take over the world, she is volunteering, traveling, eating, and being spontaneous! Find Victoria on social media here. Share your wisdom. Comment below! What’s your favorite Michelle Obama quote? Victoria Goodlow Thank you! Chidi Beauty Excellent tips! The fact that they are based on a woman whose intelligence and courage I admire is even better. Victoria Goodlow Thank you for the support! I couldn’t think of anyone better to use to help others overcome adversity. Terri Lomax Isn’t she just amazing!? Thanks for taking the time to comment Tieasha. We appreciate your feedback 🙂 Tieasha This was absolutely amazing & so so so inspirational to read. I love the FLOTUS. She is such a great figure for brown girls to see making an impact in our world.