Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Michelle, I’m a 30 year old single-working mama to a 3 year old boy named Jackson. I’m in real estate and am working on a lifestyle blog currently which will be launching soon! I’ll be sharing my journey and some tips I’ve found helpful.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received that I’m only now starting to implement into my life is “you can’t pour from an empty cup” take care of yourself first. It’s the most important thing.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
Forgive yourself! As women, I think we hold ourselves to this impossible standard of perfection and we forget to acknowledge how strong and amazing we are. So forgive yourself for not putting away the damned laundry, for not shaving your legs, for ordering take out twice this week, for that extra brownie and for just taking a much needed break. I see women all day talking about rest or convenience with such guilt and we deserve to take a shortcut sometimes when we’re doing it all and still expected to be put together somehow. Always remember you are a superhero!

What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I live in Hudson County, NJ and I love my proximity to NYC, I have access to the city within 10 minutes and the best views anyone can ask for. My area is also filled with really great local businesses and restaurants. So much to do in this area and we’re so close to everything even the airport when it’s time to head out of town! 

What do you love most about yourself?
I would say that what I love most about myself is my compassion for others. 

Why do you love to travel?
I love to experience other cultures, I come from a very diverse family so for me it’s amazing to go to a new place and immerse myself in their cultures and learn about the way other people live. Traveling has also helped me to be grateful for what I have and the importance of community. Also, I want to show my son the world.

What motivates you most?
My family, my son!

How do you manage your work-life balance?
My biggest struggle! Honestly it’s really hard, I carry a planner and do my best to stick to a routine and have daily gratitude moments with my son. I try to meditate daily or stop for a moment and just breathe. 

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I try to spend a few moments daily visualizing my ideal day/life and doing some self reflection. The most important thing I do everyday for moving forward is take a moment with my son to talk about what we’re grateful for.

If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
I’d be traveling the world, doing anything I can to help and serve communities in need. That’s the ultimate goal though! 

What is something on your bucket list?
Skydiving! All of my fears are on my bucket list! Lol but this is one I’ve always said I need to do. 

What are your biggest passions?
Helping and supporting others, I love to help people blossom into their best selves. I always want to be someone people feel better around and that encourages everyone to be happy.

More About Michelle

Michelle Jose is a 30 year old Real Estate Agent in Hudson County, NJ. Single mom to a 3 year old named Jackson who happens to be her whole heart. She is working on launching a lifestyle blog that will be a really honest account of what it's like to be a single-working mom in the NYC metro area with big dreams. She has lived on the West Coast and in the South and wishes she was tai-coastal!
Michelle comes from a really big and blended family and has been lucky enough to grow up surrounded by many diverse cultures so she is really passionate about traveling and appreciating everyone's traditions.