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Michelle Nicely

Age: 53

Production Designer/Art Director of Film ADG 800 (Art Directors Guild), Fine Artist Painter and Special Educator, Homemaker

"Life is about experience and relationships… always remember to consider the source. Seek the truth and ask the uncomfortable questions."

Michelle Nicely

What is the best thing about being your age?

I can finally tell it like it is. I am a realist.

What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger?

All my immediate family members have passed from my childhood. I'mso grateful (lucky) to have created our own family of four.

Life choices are very different when one has no net or soft place to fall. Always choose what’s best for yourself and those you love…strive to do your best because there is a vibration and ripple effect…"life shows to go you." (https://michaelbeckwith.com)

What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?

Drove the Autobahn. Saw real poverty in India (blessed by the DL).

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Listen to others more…really hear what people are asking for in conversations.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Just knowing our family is happy and healthy…we are living the American dream.

what is your greatest extravagance?

I like to decorate and see live music – both can get very expensive.

What is your most treasured possession? My Wedding Ring.

what do you consider your greatest achievement?

Being a wife and mother in CALIFORNIA.

What is a trait you are most proud of?

I am an “artist" and everything inside that is embodied in such.

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty…I married my best friend.

What is your motto or favorite quote?

"We must heal ourselves first. We must remove the arrow from our own heart to heal our wounds before we can truly heal. There is always someone who has more suffering.” – Alice Walker What advice would you give your younger self?

You always look your best right NOW! Be present in the moment.

Words of wisdom for younger women

Life is about experience and relationships…always remember to consider the source. Seek the truth and ask the uncomfortable questions.

Additional thoughts...

Just being born in a free country is a gift. We, as women, wives, friends, and mothers, must must never stop cultivating compassion for the world.

Michelle Nicely
Michelle Nicely