The Life-Changing Magic of a Simple Question

I’ve come so far already.

Four years ago, I was making $15,000 a year working 27.75 hours a week as a teacher’s aide under a burned out woman who had no business working with children. (27.75 hours a week, because if I worked 28 hours the state would have to give me health insurance.) It was a toxic work environment that was slowly killing me — and paid me less than my son made working at Wal-Mart.

It started with my health.

My mother-in-law got sick. Very, very sick. She had smoked three packs of cigarettes a day for nearly 50 years. That habit impacted her brain and in her 70s she was diagnosed with vascular dementia. For nearly a year, she was in and out of the hospital — suffering from delusions that required her to be retrained if she was alone.

If I wanted to be That Shaunta when I was 70, I needed to do the things she’d do in my 40s.

I went to a doctor. I started a process that ended with me losing 120 pounds.

I’m still not That Shaunta.

I have debt that I wish I didn’t. I would like to never have to rent a house again.

Here’s what I’d like you to do today.

Sit down and think about who That You is. Really think about your life. What’s working that you can expand on? What’s just not working even a little that you need to figure out how to change?

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