Becoming Book Review

I finally finished this book lol! I thought it was going to take longer than a month because of how big the book is and the number of chapters. I’m always late to the party because Becoming came out last year and I really wanted to read this book on my time. I also wish I was able to attend a stop on her book tour because it looked amazing. I’ll try not to make this review too long but grab a snack and enjoy.

I just have to say that I love Michelle Obama, she is one of my role models. And also if you have any reservations about this family please leave the negative comments out of this, this is a positive space here on Naturalle Drea. Anyway, she just moves with style and grace and made it look easy. She was always styled flawlessly and poured into the people she spoke with. It was refreshing to see someone who looked like me as First Lady and as a role model.

So about Becoming, I’ll admit to being intimidated about reading this because it was so thick lol. I think that is why I put it off for so long but I’m glad I took the time to read it because it was such a good read. I loved the insights on how she grew up, her family dynamics, how she met and fell in love with Barack and just her perspective about his political career and presidency. It was such an interesting perspective to read from.

Now as much as I loved reading this book and please don’t come for me, I felt the beginning was a little to drawn out for me. Yes I loved reading about her upbringing and traditional two parent home but it was just too long to read through for me. I understand we had to read about how Michelle became who she was, her morals, values and principles growing up. We had to get the prelude into her becoming Mrs. Obama and the First Lady but I was struggling to get through those first couple chapters.

I have to say my favorite part of the book was reading about how her and Barack met and fell in love. I loved reading about how she tried to suppress falling for him and one day just let it go lol. It was intriguing to hear it from her side how their relationship developed from being friends to husband and wife. It was also interesting to read from her perspective how his political career got started and how she was there every step of the way. People really seemed to see how much he cared about people, the issues and wanting to make things better. Barack just seemed to “have it” from the start and it shows. She really believed in him, of course would have a few doubts with these political races but always stood by his side and supported him no matter what.

I also love how transparent she was about their marriage and how they weren’t perfect. Like every couple, you have your issues to work through and how to make your marriage work for you and your partner. She spoke about going to counseling early in their marriage and talking things out to make them work. They worked towards who they are today with communication, sacrifice and understanding.

I really related to Michelle when she became a mother and wanted the best for her children. She wanted to be present and have some kind of normalcy with raising them. Michelle understood she had to work to help provide for her family but also felt that guilt of being a working mom like I feel sometimes. I know I have to work to help provide for my family and missed a few milestones, games and a concert but I strived to be there for everything else. I want my son to know why I have to work but also see that I am present. They really made it work with Barack being away so much for work but he still made time to be with his family.

With her making the First Lady role look so easy and effortless, I didn’t know the struggles and criticism she dealt with. People took things she said out of context, she was accused of not loving her country and also having to hear the things that were being said about her husband. It seemed like it was a lot to deal with but they handled it as best as they could. I just loved reading her perspective of being in the White House, campaigning, Barack’s two terms and just everything. It was interesting read about how she started Let’s Move and how passionate she felt about military families.

Overall Becoming was such a great read and highly recommend it if you have not read it already. You will need to carve out some time to read it because of the many chapters but it is really worth it. I feel like I know Michelle a little bit more and truly admire the woman she has become. Also, did you know she started a podcast? You can listen exclusively on Spotify and even those I’ve only listened to one episode so far, I love it and can’t wait to hear more.

What is the latest book you have read? I’m currently going through my pile of dusty books to figure out what I’m reading next. See you guys Thursday!

Youtube Fridays: Eyeshadow Palette Tag

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is safe and doing well. We were effected by the storm and didn’t have power for 2 days but it thankfully came back on. There are some people in my area who still don’t have power and I hope it comes back on soon.

Today I decided to do a fun tag with eyeshadow palettes. I haven’t done one of these tags in a long time and wanted to mix it up from the back to back hair videos I posted. I’m slowing getting back into playing in makeup and will be posting tutorials and looks more often. I hope you enjoy and if you happen to do this tag, let me know so I can it out!

~**Drea Notes**~

I finally finished Becoming during the power outage and will have my review up next week. I am looking forward to the next book I’m going to read.

I still can’t get over that I’ll have a 9 year old next week! He is just getting so big and growing up too fast!

August Monthly Goals

New month, new goals! I cannot believe it is August already! Time is really flying and I hope the rest of 2020 will give us a break please lol. Let’s jump into these goals for this month.

Promoting And Continue Working On Newsletter

Yes this was a goal for last month and I was supposed to relaunch next week but for some reason, I wasn’t excited about it anymore. I started to doubt myself and let fear get in the way again. I stopped promoting it and stopped working on the newsletter but I can’t give up. So this month will be more work and better promotion to launch next month.

Focus More On Pinterest To Grow And Use More

I did the work and research a few months ago and just fell off from using it. Pinterest is such an underrated tool for your content, I was using it before to plan my wedding and for ideas around the house but it can be used for your blog or social media content. I started pinning my blog posts there and stopped. I just need to make a schedule for when I will post and promote there.

More Self Care During The Week

This working from home and being home more often can be a lot. Its not like I can just go to the massage place or cruise the mall. I don’t take enough time for myself and need to practice more self care. I know when the weather is good and I wake up early enough, I would sit outside in my backyard and enjoy the sounds of nature and the sun. I just need to amp it up more during the week.

So those are my goals for the month. I know I can accomplish them. Do you have any goals for this month or still working on for the year? Let me know how you are making out! See you guys Thursday!

Youtube Fridays: GRWM Makeup Tutorial

Happy Friday! I am so glad the weekend is here! I am just ready to relax and not do much but I know I’ll be cleaning or organizing something in this house lol!

Today I am bringing you a short makeup tutorial using the other Fenty Beauty snap shadow palette in deep neutrals. I previous did a tutorial with the cadet palette a while ago and liked it but felt this palette was more pigmented.

I will have more makeup tutorials coming soon because I want to break up the hair videos and plus I miss wearing makeup. I miss creating looks and I want to have fun and try some new techniques so be on the lookout!

~**Drea Notes**~

Is anyone picking up anything from Fenty Skin? I am interested but what I’m currently using is working for me. I’m just afraid that my face would break out or I won’t like it. If they start to sell a travel size, I may try it.

I am not ready for Summer to leave yet. August will be here soon and we’ll be in back to school mode before we know it.