Michelle is very passionate in everything she does.
Michelle is very passionate in everything she does. She’s very innovative, there is always something new up her sleeves. We had such a pleasure talking with her!
What has molded you into the person that you are today?
The thing(s) that have molded me into the person that I am today is finding out what makes Michelle happy. I know it sounds crazy, but I got a second chance to pave my life for myself. I was brought up in a very strict household and my parents had my life pretty much planned for me. I was an honor student in high school as well as a star athlete. All of my activities revolved around church, school and sports. After I received a basketball scholarship and played college ball, I decided that wasn’t what I wanted to do and I started to live life for Michelle. I started experiencing different things and taking matter into my own hands. I started to find out who I was and I started loving me for me. It became tough because my parents weren’t supportive in the decisions I was making, but I knew what I was going after. I have had a lot of obstacles in my life. You know the regular heartbreaks, loosing jobs, trying to figure out my next moves and so on. Once you know what you’re living for and you know what makes you happy, life becomes easier.
Were there any obstacles you faced, and/or any insecurities you’ve overcome?
There were a ton of obstacles I faced. I didn’t have the support I wanted from my parents. When I decided that basketball wasn’t for me anymore, I moved to Atlanta, GA with my sister. That was my first time in a major city alone trying to make it. I had my sister there, but we were both in positions trying to figure out what we wanted to do and the goals we wanted to achieve. Throughout high school it was a little rough because everyone didn’t look like me. I went to school with Mexicans, Caucasians and Indians. I didn’t learn about my African American heritage until I was old enough to take care of myself. I was never insecure because my parents instilled confidence in me at a very young age, but it was hard growing up in that environment. People couldn’t really relate to me in certain situations so I didn’t depend my feelings on them or their thoughts. I also had a major surgery in December of 2014 and I became very depressed with everything. I lost over 25 pounds that I didn’t need to lose, I lost hope, I wasn’t happy and it started to become a natural state for me. Luckily I had an awesome support system that wheeled me through it!
How did you get into event planning?
When I was younger, my house was the “fun house.” We always had get together, picnics, pot lucks, etc. Everyone would always come over our house to play board games, cards, dominoes, play karaoke and just chill. I loved the idea of bringing people together to have a good time. I wasn’t sold on event planning during those exact times, but I know that’s where I fell in love with bringing people together to have a good time. I started getting into promotions and events when I lived in Atlanta and from there I had made up my mind that, that’s what I wanted to do. Now, I have had internships with event planning companies, put on galas, banquets, camps, weddings… You name it, I have been apart of it. I enjoy seeing people have a good time. Knowing that I can make a person’s smile light up the room by giving them their dream event, brings me so much joy! I know that I was put on this earth to serve people and that’s what event planning is all about, among other things.
What do you have planned for the future?
I like to call myself a jack of all trades. I get my hands on anything that has my interest and it makes sense. I plan to have my own event planning company (The Hale Experience). We will specialize in making every event one “hale” of an experience. I also will be assisting my mother with her nonprofit organization that she plans to launch this year. It’s an organization for women and we will focus on the importance of sisterhood and giving them the opportunity to have a voice. I also will be launching my blog this year. I am a huge coffee lover/drinker and the blog is a place where I write about traveling to different coffee shops/cafes and talk about my experiences there, the specialty drinks of each cafe and so on, so be on the lookout for it. It will be a busy year for me so I am definitely looking forward to it.
You’ve been traveling a lot, and you’ve recently moved, what are you doing now?
I recently moved back to San Antonio to finally finish my degree. I graduate with my B.A in Communications in May of this year. I am super excited and can not wait. My parents also started a church out here, so I am helping out with that as well. As far as me traveling, that has always been a hobby of mine. I travel to site see, use my camera and try awesome food (I love eating). But lately I have been making connections whenever I travel so these pleasure trips will soon turn into business & pleasure trips.
“Your faith is your fuel pump to making things happen.“ That’s my quote I made and I live by it daily. Also, My favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5— “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
To find out more about Michelle Hale, contact her @mimilove_15! Also be sure to tune in to her internet radio show each and every Thursday, on KUIW.org