“Absolutely my perception of attractiveness has shifted. Attractiveness is not a physical characteristic, it’s an energy that someone emanates. It has a magnetic quality and it causes you to want to lean toward that person, lean in, listen deeper, see clearer, understand more thoroughly. It’s all encompassing versus one tangible characteristic.”
Michelle used to imagine that the age of 50 was close to being dead.
In contrast, 50 was a time to become wholeheartedly herself – with no apologies, no denials, and acceptance that she is just not for everyone. As a woman who is courageous, honorable, cares deeply, and is willing to be vulnerable, Michelle has had the opportunity the past 20 years to walk alongside individuals and teams, guiding them toward success, joy, and satisfaction through her own coaching and consulting business. A self-proclaimed educational junkie, with student loan balances to prove it, she has obtained her Bachelors of Psychology, Masters of Counseling, Masters of Human Resources, and Post-Graduate Certificate in Executive Development. All of these educational accomplishments occurred after her service in the Air Force, which she joined during 1986. Her hopes are to write a book, speak from a stage, and grow her business to make a difference with more people worldwide. Even with all these accolades, Michelle sees her greatest accomplishment as raising her beautiful son.
Over time, attractiveness has evolved for Michelle from a physical characteristic, to an energy that a person emits. The beauty in that sort of magnetic energy draws you in, leaning in to listen and understand the person on a deeper level. ‘Time gets faster in every way possible. It’s quite a phenomenon in how it speeds up as we age. If you think it’s a destination, you will be sorely disappointed because the only way to navigate the challenges of life is to approach it as if every moment is going to bring you something new.’ With time swiftly ticking on, this year marks 20 years that Michelle has been married to her husband, Roberto. Even though in 2009, she experienced living abroad for three years, Michelle’s constant curiosity has her setting a goal to live abroad in more places, take their teenage grandkids to Spain and Ecuador, and visit Portugal. She is eager that each of those moments bring her something new to experience to feed her insatiable curiosity.