Go Ahead; Give Yourself a Standing Ovation!

I recently had the honor of being invited to be on the host committee for an organization called Feminine Weapon.  Being asked to be one of the faces of FW was a huge surprise and I was incredibly touched.  It means that I represent the organization's tenets: a woman who is empowered and strives to empower those around me; a lady who is unafraid and absolutely is lives life to the max!  --On January 30, 2014, we celebrated Feminine Weapon Day and, in celebration, I wrote the article below.  I hope you like it and get involved!

Applaud Yourself!

Growing up, as a young girl, I would bask in glow during performances at the theater. Now knowing what a Feminine Weapon is, I think back on those moments and of the female characters in musicals. They were the Ultimate Feminine Weapons - over-the-top, liberated, and flamboyant; uninhibited and unafraid. Onstage, they embodied their roles and their characters. Whether coy, demure, sassy, saintly, sexual, loud, bawdy, or outrageous: they owned it. They seized the stage and took no mercy. I was mesmerized by the way they could repeat the same performance night after night with gusto and force. They’d swoop into song with tigress-like power and attack ballads and dance solos with warrior-like prowess.

Naturally, I watched in wonder and admiration. They made me feel giddy and swept me away from my surroundings; I felt engrossed in their power. That is what it feels like to be around a Feminine Weapon . . . she wraps you in a sense of awe and makes you feel like you too can achieve greatness.

Michelle Smoller Feminine Weapon.jpg

After attending a performance, I’d rush home to fantasize about when I too, a precocious overweight only child with high hopes and ambition - would be able to command the admiration of my peers in such a way: to be unabashedly uninhibited, and to be a Feminine Weapon and dominate that stage. (Little did I know, I already was one in the making - a Lil' Weap) In the privacy of my bedroom, I would blast musical theater and dream of those divas onstage. I would stand in front of the mirror, mimicking their arm movements and singing at the top of my lungs. I’d squish up my face, writhing in feigned anger and then "pop!" out a wide smile before breaking into song, as I practiced how I too could be a dramatic, exciting showstopper.

A powerful, fabulous woman is a woman who can command attention and take control. She is a woman who can control the gaze of an entire audience and who everyone in a room finds captivating . . . Someone so breathtakingly exquisite, uniquely interesting, shockingly raw or magnificently talented that people cannot help but stare in delight.

I believe that a Feminine Weapon is that little girl all grown up. Maybe now she knows that you don’t need to be loud, or onstage, or wearing a feather-boa and roller-skating, while being carried into the spotlight by six topless men.  Regardless, she is a woman who admires strong women. She is a lady who speaks her mind in order to be true to herself, even if she knows that others may not want to hear it. She is true to her own character. Even when the world judges her, a Feminine Weapon continues to dance and sing and perform with the same gusto and excellence, power and stamina, each day and each night as she did the day before.

In growing up and seeing those powerhouse women onstage, I learned that we have the ability to transform into any character and that, together, we can take on the world one stage at a time.   

I feel proud be a Feminine Weapon and strive to set that same example for other young girl in viewing audiences.

- As an entertainer, I encourage people to watch me, to see me, to recognize me because I want people to know that what I do has value. I want them to listen to what I have to say, because I have things to say worth hearing.

- As a reporter, I give the gift of clarity and information. My powers draw out intimate details of a story to help others understand their surroundings and the world.

- As a TV show host, I provide viewers with a welcoming hello, the charisma and love of a best friend, and the inside scoop that they crave.

-As a motivational speaker, I help empower people to realize that they have the ability to be better than they are.

- As a comedienne, I give people the gift of laughter, commanding the attention of a crowd through outlandish antics, playful comedy, and joke after joke.

- As a Feminine Weapon, I command attention. I get out there and let it be known that what I do and say matters to me and to others. I encourage others to do the same.

Feeling empowered, microphone in hand.

Feeling empowered, microphone in hand.

Each day is a celebration and a fresh opportunity to shine.  We all deserve a standing ovation, but—whether people applaud or not—a Feminine Weapon is going to keep owning that stage and working her character, because—no matter what—she knows that true applause comes from within.   


Read my original article "Applaud Yourself" here!

Keeping It Real with the Vanderbilt Reunion: "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

Upon entering Vanderbilt University, my classmates and I all received an entry gift of a copy of the Dr. Seuss book, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"  


Well, it's been five years since graduating, so I ask you, my fellow Commodores:  Which places have you gone? Where have you been?  What have you done?

When the Vanderbilt Alumni Committee approached me to do a reunion video for the upcoming Vanderbilt Reunion, I was more than happy to help out, since it was at Vanderbilt where I started to develop my on-camera skills.  It was there that I hosted the longest-running television show "Keeping It Real with Michelle Smoller," which is a tagline that I still use today.


My time at Vanderbilt allowed me to grow from being a girl with a dream of being on-camera to being a television host who is on-camera.  It gave me the confidence to track down stories, book guests, and the humor and empathy to know how to deal with different on-air subjects.  


Michelle, reporting on Wall Street

I'm fortunate to have discovered my passion for TV, entertainment, and journalism and, five years later, BAM!  Here we are!  I cannot wait to hear all about how you have changed, grown, and evolved in the last five years.  It's a beautiful opportunity to be able to learn and rediscover each other as more mature versions of ourselves five years later.  Since then I've worked in multiple capacities as an anchor, on-air television show host, actress, editor, segment producer, researcher, vlogger, talent coordinator, etc for shows including CBS News, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, and The Late Show with David Letterman.  I also hosted a local television show for four years.  I've been zipping around the place and have over six years of on-camera experience, reporting live, in-studio, and in front of a green-screen in places like Sweden, Dubai, and Central Africa.  And why? Because of my gumption . . . much of which is a result of, of course, Vanderbilt.


"Oh, the Places You'll Go!"


Now, with our reunion coming up: I WANT TO HEAR YOU BRAG!  I want to hear about all you've done and STAY POSITIVE with YOU!!!



Michelle Smoller: Keeping It Real in 2013 for the VANDERBILT REUNION


I believe that there are so many things that we have accomplished in the past five years . . . but are we entirely happy with where you are?  

Hopefully, the chance to reconnect with some old buddies and form new relationships with fellow Vandy grads, will be an enable us to reestablish connections that will enhance all of our lives and bring us new opportunities.  I know that I want to do so much more in the NEXT five years, and--together--we can help each other accomplish our dreams!

I'm looking forward to reconnecting and, feel free to please reach out to me directly! Looking forward to seeing you soon at the reunion!


Warm Wishes and Regards,



Michelle Smoller



Power Nap for Power Players: Sleeping Beauty in NYC - Sleeping with Smoller!

NYC, are you exhausted in the City that never sleeps?! Then grab a nap, people! As always, I'm bringing you an imaginative option: Step off the bustling streets and into Yelo, a unique spa in the heart of Manhattan that offers unique sleeping pods, where spa-goers can experience deep sleeps in short periods of time (as in: REM-sleep-cycle pay-off in power-nap period of time) .  At Yelo Spa, they have created something that is like a sleep-inducing spaceship…a pod-like structure where you can just… chill!

Don’t be like George Costanza and get caught sleeping on the job!  (As much as I adore that episode of Seinfeld!)  I’m all about showing you how to lead a happy, adventurous, fabulous life so that you can be happy, healthy, high-functioning, and motivated to live life to the max! …Ladies, we all need our beauty sleep!  …And, frankly, men: you could use a nap, because I like a sweet gentleman who is able to dance the night away and sweep a Sleeping Beauty off her feet, as opposed to being a cranky curmudgeon who could use a naptime.  

This is the stuff that dreams are made of and your dream just came true! Yelo is a high-tech sanctuary that feels blissfully therapeutic. The comfy sleep-pods dim the lights, play relaxing lullabies, and recline you down into the land of nod - your favorite aroma enveloping you and leading you off of Manhattan into a deep swift slumber. Everyone deserves to feel refreshed and this is a way to maximize time, while still feeling like you’ve taken a long Rip-Van-Winkle-style sleep.  In one of the busiest cities in the world, this is a dream-like way for you power players to maximize your time and enjoy a mini-vacation getaway in the middle of your Midtown day. …Just one more way to revive yourself.  It’s amazing how someone can create a cool new type of spa!  (Futuristic!)


Dream a little dream with me!  ...and find out what I REALLY think about Yelo in the video below:

Sleep Tight . . . Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite!


Whisper Corners in Grand Central: A Grand Old Dame Turns 100!

Ever been inside anything that's 100 years old . . . with thousands of other people at the same time?  If you're a New Yorker, chances are, you have!  

This year, Grand Central Station turns 100 years old.   There are infinite secrets that a person, entity, or even a building can acquire over the course of a century . . .some of which you might not want to yell out loud.  


...One of the  little-known, or perhaps little spoken-of, areas that exists in the Station is its Whisper Gallery, located near the Oyster Bar in the dining terminal.  

There, if you stand across from someone else and whisper near one of the corners of the archways . . . despite all the noise and hubbub . . . that person will hear you, clear as day, as though you are whispering right in their ear!




Hmm... now a question would be,  "What would you whisper in a stranger's ear"? 

-I love you.
-"Yo mama."
-Buy me a pizza.

-Thanks for reading my MLOG.  Stay happy, stay healthy, stay motivated.  Have a good day and a great night!  xoxo








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