Life Lessons: Michelle Smith
Are you happy at the moment?
Yes, I am a 45 year old divorced single mother of two who is happy with her life.
If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
Stay true to yourself and don’t forget your dreams. Remember your goals and that they can be achieved.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
I have learned that I am stronger than I thought. I have learned that I am a survivor and that I have the strength, knowledge and skills to overcome any obstacle.
What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
Besides gaining more financial freedom, I would really like to be in a relationship.
What’s your secret to happiness?
I made a decision a year ago to live and love life. I went to seminar on the Evidenced based study of being happy. The speaker gave us a 21-day challenge of strategies to employ if we started the “poor me” thinking. I realized that my life is not bad and I remember throughout the day what I have in my life that makes me thankful.
What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Having a good prayer life keeps me grounded.
What’s your biggest regret?
That at one time I thought my happiness depended on my husband and if I could make him happy then I would be happy.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
Don’t let anyone define who you are and what you want to do in life.
What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I would change my eating habits so I can finally lose weight.
Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
I am proud that I am considered a mentor and role model to others in my life such as co-workers and friends.
When were you happiest?
I am the happiest right now.
What ten words best describe you?
Warm, strong, loving, nurturing, caring, funny, faithful, smart, family oriented, and driven.
Ms.Michelle Smith is a Program Manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Previously she served as the Chief Logistics Officer for Veterans Integrated Services Network. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Howard University on a ROTC Scholarship and her Masters of Science Degree from Troy State University.
Ms. Smith currently resides in Crofton, MD with her two children Samonne and Theodore. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and serves on the Anne Arundel County Commission for Women.