‘I'm beautiful just the way I am. I have my own style and I don't have to be like anyone else, look like anyone else, or apologize for being me.’

Believe! That is the motto that this gorgeous woman lives by. Michelle was another participant in our 30 women over 30 portrait series. She is the proud mother to her 12 year old son Leo who she adores spending quality time with whether it be movie night every weekend or going on a fun family vacation. She also loves to read, practice yoga and spend time with her very dear girlfriends. Being in and enjoying nature is what helps her to relax after a hard week!

Michelle is a senior project manager for steel fabrication company and also recently obtained her realtors license. She has been working as a project manager for over 25 years and also owned her own steel erecting company for 7 years. Getting her realtors license was a way for her to branch out into a new industry because her heart was telling her it was time! She wanted to find a new groove in her life! Kudos to you Michelle for having the courage to keep working on finding what makes you happy in life.

Michelle has overcome a lot of trauma in her life and many times she admits that she thought she wasn’t enough. She believes that being strong and working through that trauma and the insecurities that accompanied it was crucial to her living her life. She knows that even in harder times when she second guesses herself that it is just the fear talking. She purposely pushes herself out of her comfort zone which has enabled her to continue to succeed. It is also important to Michelle to practice positive self talk and compassion towards herself as well as trying to balance self care to prevent herself from running on empty. She really enjoys reading self help books which she can attribute some of her positive self worth to. She would love to tell the younger version of herself: ‘I'm beautiful just the way I am. I have my own style and I don't have to be like anyone else, look like anyone else, or apologize for being me.’

Michelle decided to have her portraits taken as yet another way of pushing her boundaries of comfort and also celebrating obtaining her real estate license, getting healthy and taking care of herself. Congratulations Michelle! Don’t ever apologize for being you, you are beautiful and strong and perfect the way you are.

Professional HMUA: Christen Gundersen, Makeup by CG