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Stop Surviving and LIVE!

How I Changed My Poverty Mindset to Control My Future





Miko Marsh





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Table of Contents

Enough is Enough!

Realization #1: Merely “Surviving” Is Not Living

Realization #2: Action vs. Reaction – State of Living

Realization #3: Scaling Down to Live Upscale Is a Step Forward

Realization #4: Being “Okay” Is Not Okay for the Long Term

Realization #5: Accepting Help Is Not a Sign of Weakness

Realization #6: It’s Time to Stop “Just Getting By”

Realization #7: I Love Myself…And Every Pound That’s Me!

Realization #8: Now Is the Time to Enjoy Life!

Realization #9: Tomorrow Is Coming – Build Your Legacy

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Enough is Enough!

I’m not sure what was my breaking point, my “moment of enlightenment,” my “aha” moment, or whatever phrase is most appropriate. All I know is that it was the pivot point for me. I knew it was time to change what I was doing, or I would be buried under my struggles. I had been living on autopilot for almost 10 years. If I’m really honest, I had been living in a fog for longer than that with moments of clarity. That may seem weird, but I think many women will completely understand.

Once upon a time, I had no responsibilities except to take care of myself. Then, I got married, had children (step and biological), and began to be identified by who they were and how they were doing. Add to that my husband’s career, a mother-in-law who lived in darkness, and people who would willingly destroy a family for their own short-term gain, and you have a dangerous combination. I won’t shock you with details. Just imagine what it’s like living out mystery dinner theater. People aren’t being murdered, but they’re still disappearing or having things happen that aren’t explained, and one person is responsible for the majority of the chaos.

But I digress.

I became consumed to the degree that everything I did was for everyone but myself. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved being there for my family, but it was rare that I remembered to do things I liked. It seemed that every time I got ready to do something for “me,” a major event would hit. The last being a divorce that wiped me out financially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Spiritually, I became a warrior. That’s what kept me through the turmoil of dealing with slander, libel, theft, infidelity, and more. Truthfully, it also kept me from acting on impulse and potentially landing myself in jail. To throw another weight on top of my already mounting situation, I had been abandoned to care for three children – one who would begin treatment under five medical specialists within a couple of years. This undiagnosed medical issue would flare up and sap my strength; things were less than ideal but tolerable.


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