In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for ELLE—because who's more worthy of interviewing a queen than a queen?—Obama opened up about the transition period after moving from the White House to their new home in Washington—AKA "the first regular house, with a door and a doorbell, that I have had in about eight years," she said. During one of her first nights alone when Barack was traveling and her kids were out, she got to make her own toast—cheese toast—without someone trying to help or do it for her. Then, she sat outside with her dogs, eating her toast and taking in her new life...one that didn't involve having a full SWAT team around or following a list of rules so intense that she couldn't even open a window.
"It’s that quiet moment of me settling into this new life. Having time to think about what had just happened over the last eight years. Because what I came to realize is that there was absolutely no time to reflect in the White House. We moved at such a breakneck pace from the moment we walked in those doors until the moment we left. It was day in and day out because we, Barack and I, really felt like we had an obligation to get a lot done. We were busy," she said. "I would forget on Tuesday what had happened on Monday. I forgot whole countries I visited, literally whole countries. I had a debate with my chief of staff saying, 'You know, I’d love to visit Prague one day.' And Melissa was like, 'You were there.' I was like, 'No, I wasn’t. Wasn’t in Prague, never been to Prague.' She had to show me a picture of me in Prague for the memory to jog. So the toast was the moment that I had time to start thinking about those eight years and my journey of becoming."
"It’s that quiet moment of me settling into this new life. Having time to think about what had just happened over the last eight years. Because what I came to realize is that there was absolutely no time to reflect in the White House." —Michelle Obama
For Obama, self-care is (finally!) having the opportunity to be truly alone with her favorite snack, some peace and quiet, and all the fresh air. Sometimes it's the simplest moments that have the biggest impact, and this is proof—no fancy jade rollers or essential oils required.
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