Girl from the South Side and former First Lady. Wife, mother, dog lover. Always hugger-in-chief.

What does it take to be a #BalancedBlackGirl? As I discussed with the Balanced Black Girls' Book Club in Tacoma, there's no one-size-fits-all answer.

For me, a big part of achieving balance is being connected to a community of women—soul sisters who are always there to lean on, and with whom I can just kick off my shoes and be myself. I'm talking about the kind of friends who are always there to lift me up, affirm me for who I am, and remind me that in order to do any good for anyone else, I’ve got to be good to myself and practice #SelfCare.

What does being a #BalancedBlackGirl mean to you? I can’t wait to hear your answers! Share in the comments below.

Photos from Michelle Obama's post

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