Discount Notary Day #5

Good Morning and Happy Sunday. I am here at the Blue Elefant cafe for Discount Notary Day #5 for the year. I try to make my way to this place a few times a year as it’s one the coolest and most eclectic coffee shops in Los Angeles without it being pretentious in the least. And if you’re a fan of the Mid-City area, they have this thing called available street parking which is nearly unheard of. At least, on Sunday.

So my Facebook posts for today’s event has performed it’s best with people both showing interest and stating they would show up so I’m excited for a wildly successful today.

Will update you later how things go!

Inside the Hustle: Double Duty Notary Signing

Finally made it home after seeing two notary clients back to back after work. Thank God I got off at 3pm today. One cclient liver in the The Hollywood Dells area and the other lived in the Hollywood Hills area. Both areas are very affluent and well off in terms of homes. Those people definitely do not go without. But the reception was crappy. After I left the first client in the Hollywood Dells area, I had a hard time getting an Uber to go to the next client because of the reception. And when I finally did get an Uber, somehow, it gave my driver the wrong address. Luckily, my driver was kind enough to enter the second client’s address into his Waze app. Each notary session took about 90 seconds to complete and yet, I probably spent an hour and half commuting to them and back home. Ugh!

I think going forward I’m going to decline that area for recieving clients. It’s not an ideal situation for using cell phone reception. And I need reception when calling for an Uber to travel. Now I’m home. I’m hungry. Didn’t get to go to Payless like I wanted before the stores close for good.

But, all in a days work. Right?

Food for Thought: Don’t Dream, Realize!

Stop smelling and starting tasting.

Success in all aspects of your life smell good, but taste even better. So my advice is to stop dreaming and start realizing your potential, your goals, your success. Get in tune with yourself so you can realize your purpose and all the amazing things that will unfold in your life.

For 10 years, I’ve had business that achieve some level of success and lots of failures. The most valuable things I’ve learned thus far are from trial and error. I am now at the point where I created a business J.U.N.K.; unintentional, and it’s already proved to be a success almost immediately. This is all due to me taking time to go on a personal journey to unfold my true purpose. 

We’re nearing the last 6 months of 2019. How are you going to make an impact on your life?

Happy Friday: Opportunity

Happy Friday, ladies. Happy Friday everyone! Today is going to be wildly successful and I am moving into my goal of becoming successful, abundantly wealthy and completely fulfilled in my life.

This has been a very long week, but don’t we say that about all the weeks? Ha! This week feels especially long because of the opportunities that presented themselves to me as well as the things I still need to get accomplished. But all in all, it has felt like an amazing week.

I met up with Ms. Renee this past Wednesday in Downtown Los Angeles to learn that she would like to employ my services for a self publishing project she’s working on. In addition, Elle told me she refered me to a friend of hers in North Carolina who’s working on a product launch and her friend wants to hire my services for her content needs when marketing and delivering her message to the public. So… yea… loving it!

All lot going on, but I just need to start cracking down on my time management so I can get all these projects done and completed and take in new and exciting work like what I’ve been presented with.

The opportunities are there. We just can’t stop working or we’ll lose our momentum and traction. Let’s be real, your goals aren’t going to complete themselves!

Inside the Hustle

Waiting for Ms. Renee here at the Ace Hotel/ Best Girl Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles. She was a guest speaker at one of the programs we ran at my job. She reached out to me about two weeks ago asking to meet about a writing project. We tried to meet up last Wednesday, but due a work event the following day and a client from work, so we’ve reschedule for today. She is an independent beauty consultant and has her own business here in Los Los Angeles.

And I’m not too sure what to expect, but I’m excited. Will keep you updated!

This Week’s Goal: … (What About That Book?)

I wanted to be like, “I finished my book and it’s on Amazon. Please go buy!” But right now I am having some serious publishing blues. And, as a result of Amazon. For those who’ve ever used KDP or KPD, or whatever it’s called, can feel my pain. When you upload your manuscript, they spew this crap about how it doesn’t fit inside the pages according to their specs. Which means you have to go back and edit. Having forgotten this headache this first time I published my book of poetry, I spent earlier this year trying to size the layout just right. As a result, I lost the word format and it had the PDF and noticed I needed to make more edits.

Well…!

Converting a PDF to Word, is not an easy feat despite the number of ads stating their free and easy process. LIES!!! All lies. They failed to mention software incompatibly (in some cases), document delayed response time – my biggest issue now. And the additional frustration you’ll face when you think you’re so close, but really aren’t.

But I really want to share my book with you. I do. So, bare with me. Maybe in another seven days I will finally have a win in this department and have some good news. I’m trying here. But you know what they say…

Anything worth doing will not be easy.

(Now, I did look into Fiverr in regards to paying someone to convert my file for me and I came across two issues: (a) no one stated that they could convert more than 20 ot 25 pages and (b), a book based on using your resources to create a secondary income stream made this feel like a cop-out. If I could create two or three income streams, surely I could figure this out, right? )

Working 5 to 9: You Got To Be Creative Everyday

“Creativity” is one of those artisans words that when people hear, they either believe they’re creative or they believe they’re not. Some years ago, I had a film prop creator tell me that everyone’s creative. Whether they tap into their creativity is another thing. And I believe that to this day. We all possess creativity, some more than others, but the raw talent or skill is there. And when and how we use it depends on us.

And there’s no better evidence of this than in a startup CEO and someone who has a side hustle. And there’s no better way to push yourself to see what your creativity looks like than when your livelihood is on the line.

Now, as a side hustler, you may not feel exactly like your livelihood is on the line, but depending how closely you’re living paycheck to paycheck, it can just about feel that way. So being creative with what you have and how you use it is no different than creating a masterpiece that will hang on a wall in someone’s home. It just looks different and serves a different purpose.

Take the picture above of the person who taped their business cards around a traffic light pole. Most people hand out their business cards or leave them in an office with high foot traffic. “Normal” ways, right? This person chose an alternative, creative way of getting their business cards out with the resources they had.

And that’s it. That’s what it means to be creative. Working with the medium you have or that’s been provided, you can be more creative with your side hustle or future endeavors than you ever imagined. You already have all the creativity you need to get started right now.

Stay Motivated: Check-In With Your Tribe

I’ve been guilty of drowning in my own mess of stuff that I forget to check in on other people who I enjoy having in my life, who I value and who I consider to be a part of my tribe. I make excuses trying explain or justify that I gotta just do me. That something something came up. Or, maybe I just avoid calling the person. But we, as women, are not only great communicators. We are extremely empathetic and sympathetic. For us not to be in touch with one another is a great loss to our connection.

So since everyone (ideally) is checking the bank accounts, how much they’re saving and the improvements their budgets could use, check in on your friends. Check in your loved ones. Definitely check in on your tribe! Make sure they’re doing all right. Offer yourself to their aid. Make yourself available in the near future. Your tribe is in your life for a reason and not just to bounce ideas off, but to bond. To share experiences. To connect.

If you haven’t sent that text, or Instagram message or email. Do so. Most people my age don’t call. But I do, because I play an adult in real life. So I also call. I do my best to remind myself that just like I have days I get caught up. The same applies to them.

So, check in on your tribe. Make sure everything is good with them. Connect. You’re on each others team for a reason.

Money Matters: Budget Check-In

All right, ladies. Let’s open those banks apps and see how much money we’re working with for the rest of June. And more importantly, checking in to see if we’re on track for the rest of the year. I hope many of you are and if you’re aren’t, let’s talk about it.

Well….let’s plan for it, at least.

For me, I’ve always wanted to have a spare $1,000 in the bank for an emergency. Y’know, a rainy day fund. And surprisingly, I don’t have that yet. Working on it, but not completely there. I have more than that in my dream home fund. Much more than that in my IRA (I converted my 401k from the old job). More than that in my checking account. But surprisingly, just a few hundred bucks in my savings.

Why?

Chase, where I have my emergency savings account with, is only offering 0.01% for accounts with less than either $5,000 or $25,000. Something like that. In other words, Chase wants be to believe I’m earning interest on my money by offering one percent of a penny. What the hell! So… the extra funds that I’ve accumulated have been moved to my dream home fund, with Ally Bank, and they give me 2.20%. The difference is like night and day.

But that’s no excuse not to save for an emergency. So, by the end of the year I will have met more than that $1,000 emergency fund goal. And it’ll just sit there till I need to use it. In addition, I’ve been cutting back on my Uber and Postmates spending. Which got out of control in April and May. And I’m saving to lease a new car by next month with Fair.

So, I’m making some traction with my short term financial goals. How about you?