Watch: Michelle Obama Will Make You Want To Audit Your Life

Oprah, Michelle Obama United State of Women


Jun. 20 2016, Published 3:30 a.m. ET

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I was mesmerized by what all of the amazing women had to say at The United State Of Women Summit that took place on June 14th, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

During a conversation on stage with Oprah, FLOTUS Michelle Obama stated, “our first job in life as women is to get to know ourselves…I wanted to wake up inspired—to do something greater than myself.” By this time, I’m screaming at my macbook (insert hand claps between each word) YES, FIRST LADY! After I cleaned up the wine I’d spilled clapping with enthusiasm, it got me thinking about a passion of my own: personal development for women.

When you take a deep dive into self-discovery, your life will become exponentially greater. In an article on Forbes titled, “Why Millions Of Men And Women Find Self-Care So Challenging And How To Make It Easy”, Michelle Segar, motivation expert, scientist and author, shares “Most people think that lack of motivation is the deal breaker, but what truly derails our plans is not putting our own self-care needs first because it seems ‘selfish.’ Yet taking care of yourself is actually the best thing you can do to make sure you are truly there for your friends, your family, and your responsibilities.”

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As a woman who owns over 50 self-help books (and counting), I recommend adding to your life with therapy, religious groups of your choosing, physical activities, creative activities, family time, socializing, and of course carved out time for planning your goals. All of these things should be staples in your life. It’s up to you to be dedicated enough to fit it into your schedules.

I regularly list out goals and plans I have for my life and my future. I thought I would share a “life audit” that I have created for anyone looking to work on their personal development. Simply read through each question, answer honestly, and research books, classes, resources, or action to get you to where you want to be.

Share your journey via Twitter & Instagram using the hashtag #HerAgenda. Download the PDF here.

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By: Alair Castro

Alair Castro is an Atlanta native, wife, and mother of two. As one of the first in her family to graduate college, she received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Georgia State University. Alair is a natural planner and analytical person. Her passions include Financial Literacy, Career Readiness, Parenting, and Community Service. Alair values work ethic and strives to “create change while changing diapers.” Alair is a writer, change agent, and innovator working at the intersection of Diversity & Finance. As a financial professional, she helps families with financial planning, including securing life insurance as a wealth building tool. As a diversity equity and inclusion leader, she has created financial literacy programs, coordinated events focused on black wealth, and crafted maternity leave guides to support women in the workplace. When she is not working, Alair spends her free time volunteering in her community, speaking to local high school students, and working with organizations such as Junior Achievement and Fulton County Schools. When she is not glued to a phone or computer screen, Alair can be found listening to her favorite podcasts, caring for her family, or indulging her foodie nature at a local restaurant. Alair Castro can be contacted at

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