Michelle Obama Talks to Oprah Winfrey about Life as Empty Nester Now That Daughters Malia & Sasha Are in College

Not only is Michelle Obama enjoying her break from the responsibilities that come with being the first lady, but she is also now enjoying her life as an empty-nester with her daughters away at college.

Malia and Sasha Obama are out of the house. While Malia is a Junior at Harvard University, Sasha recently graduated high school and started classes at the University of Michigan.

The former first lady and mother of two cannot be more excited about the fact that her girls are off at college, leaving her with enough time to focus on herself and her husband.

Barack and Michelle Obama at the Presidential Inaugural Ball | Photo: Getty Images

Barack and Michelle Obama at the Presidential Inaugural Ball | Photo: Getty Images

On Saturday, Michelle had a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey on her Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour, and she opened up about life at home now that they are gone.

She said parenting took a toll on her as it took a lot of emotional space and energy, but now that the kids are gone, she can focus all that energy on herself,

"All that energy I can now place back on me and spending time figuring out my next chapter, how I want to spend the rest of my life."

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With #MothersDay just a couple days away, I find myself thinking a lot about the way my mother raised me. And even though our family was crammed into a tiny apartment, one of the greatest gifts she gave me was the freedom to explore and develop into my own person. For instance, even though we didn’t have much money, she and my dad cobbled enough money together to send me on a high-school trip to Paris, which opened up the world to me in so many ways. And now that I’m raising kids of my own, I wanted to pass that lesson on to my own girls. I’ve been so fortunate to be able to travel with Sasha and Malia all across the country and around the world—experiences my mother never would have dreamed of back when I was their age. But though the settings may be different, the message is the same, and it’s one I hope mothers everywhere pass on to their daughters—in seeking out new perspectives and reaching outside of our comfort zones, we can discover more about ourselves.

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Apart from paying more attention to herself, the absence of the kids also makes room for Michelle to spend more time with her husband as it's just her, Barrack, and the dogs, left.

Michelle said now that they have managed to escape the tough times they have been through together, she can now look at her husband and recognize him as the man she fell in love with.

Since her kids left the house, Michelle has had time for other things, including winning a Grammy.

It's been almost three decades since the couple has been together, and their love for each other only seems to be growing stronger. Last October, they celebrated their 28th anniversary.

They both took to their Instagram accounts to appreciate each other for the years spent together. Michelle posted a picture featuring both of them with the caption:

"27 years ago, this guy promised me a life full of adventure. I'd say he's delivered. Here's to our next chapter of becoming empty nesters and discovering what's next."

Like every regular married couple, staying married and raising a family wasn't a walk in the park for the Obamas. The 56-year-old admitted in her interview with Oprah that raising a family can be difficult.

Michelle said she and Barrack went through tough times after the birth of their two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and so they had to attend marriage counseling.

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From our family to yours, #HappyThanksgiving!

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She further said the counseling was a turning point for her as it taught her that she was the one responsible for her happiness and not her husband.

Since her kids left the house, Michelle has had time for other things, including winning a Grammy. In January, she became the second first lady to win a Grammy, for her book, "Becoming."

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