“Be the person you needed when you were younger.” ― Ayesha Siddiqi

Today is Monday, February 17th, and this is week #7 of 52 Mondays w/ Sherea VeJauan. Our goal is to break this year down – one Monday at a time. Today, I want to encourage you to set a goal to inspire others.

As a young girl growing up in Compton, California, I had very few positive expectations of me. I was born to a drug-addicted mom, and was destined to never know my father, who died a month after my birth in a tragic car accident. Luckily, my grandmother was able to take me into her home and take care of me.

My grandmother was pretty strict. I wasn’t allowed to have a boyfriend, go out with my friends, or talk on the phone. She liked to emphasize everything that would go wrong in my life if I talked to boys, drank, smoked, or went to parties. Her rules were simple: go to school and come home. And, on Sundays, go to church and then go to bed.

Although she had her own way of expressing it, I know that my grandmother loved me. Those strict rules were her way of keeping me out of trouble. Even still, I just wish she would’ve talked to me more about boys, money, college, and marriage.

I started working at the age of thirteen, and I sure wish somebody would have talked to me about saving, investing, maintaining good credit, and homeownership. I wish I had been given more guidance and advice about that full ride University of Southern California scholarship that I didn’t accept because I thought it was better to be a manager at McDonald’s. I had to learn all of these life lessons through many years of trial and error.

Now, I get to BE that SOMEbody… to somebody, and so can YOU.

You may have heard the quote, “The more you give, the more you get” or “you reap what you sow.” This week, we are taking the focus off of our goals and looking for someone that we can inspire to reach their goals.

 Here’s our 52-week Monday Plan: Do, Plan, Journal, and Read

  • Do: Try to find at least one person who wants to accomplish the same goals that you are already pursuing. If you can’t think of anyone to mentor in person, or maybe your schedule won’t permit it; share your advice or experience in an online forum, social media group, or just send an encouraging email with your favorite resources or book recommendations.
  • Plan: Using your 52 Mondays Weekly Goal Focus Worksheet, write out your goals for this week.
  • Journal: Using your 2020 Goals Journal, continue to work on your relationship goals 
  • Read: Spend at least 30 minutes reading the recommended book of the month.

Sheréa VéJauan

 author of  the 2020 Goals Journal, as well as several other books and journals. Sheréa resides in Southern California, devoted wife of twenty-eight years to her husband Brian, and mother to their three children, Reginald, Jasmyn and Kennedy. Visit her  at https://shereavejauan.com/  

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