“Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter, or like you don’t have a place in our American story, because you do. And you have a right to be exactly who you are.” — Michelle Obama

We are a day away from the 2017 Presidential inauguration, and with Michelle Obama and her family are getting ready to leave the White House, I almost cried today watching Michelle do her final stroll through the White House Halls.

As I watched the clip on her Instagram page, I couldn’t help but get nostalgic of her past 8-years. She is a woman who has shown strength, courage, grace, and class. She has taught the nation about resilience and hope.

After tomorrow, I have no idea what changes will come in our country, especially for women. Melania Trump will have some big shoes to fill! When I think of Michelle Obama, I will always cherish her words of wisdom that she has shared with us the past 8-years.

I wanted to share some of my favorite Michelle Obama quotes for you guys.

“If we want maturity, we have to be mature. If we want a nation that feels hopeful, then we have to speak in hopeful terms. We have to model what we want.” — Interview with Oprah Winfrey in Dec. 2017

“I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid. You hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of you boundless promise. Lead by example with hope; never fear.” —From her final speech as First Lady on Jan. 6, 2017

“We have bumps in the road. We have ups and downs but I want our kids to move forward—I don’t care where they come from—with strength and with hope.” — Interview on The Tonight Show in Jan. 2017

“Let us not forget: I didn’t just wake up first lady…I mean, I went to law school, I practiced law, I worked for the city, I ran a nonprofit (and) I was an executive at a hospital. I’ve been in the world. I’ve worked in every sector, and you don’t do that without coming up against some stuff. You know, having your feelings hurt, having people say things about you that aren’t true. … Life hits you, so over the course of living, you learn how to protect yourself in it. You learn to take in what you need and get rid of the stuff that’s clearly not true.” —Interview with Oprah Winfrey in Dec. 2017

“When they go low, we go high!”

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