Happy Friday: Taking A Moment to be Grateful

Today’s a good day to find something to be grateful for.

I’m gonna start off today with some thanks and gratitude statements:

  • I’m grateful to still have roof over my head where I can self isolate
  • I’m grateful there’s food in my refrigerator to eat.
  • I’m grateful I was paid today
  • I’m grateful I’m able to work from home and not expose myself or others to this outbreak/pandemic
  • I’m grateful basic creature comforts I have to keep myself entertained
  • I’m thankful for the sun
  • I’m thankful for the air — cleaner air in Los Angeles, now that most of us are self isolating
  • I’m for the breeze when I open my window
  • And I’m both the technology to communicate and those I can communicate with.

This is how I’m starting off today. How are you staring off this Friday?

Living In Our New Norm

Coming Up for Air

Good morning, good morning, good morning!

I’ve been M.I.A. for a while as, I too, have been digesting this weird alternate reality we’re all living in. It’s so strange to be living during a world pandemic and trying to understand what that means. And I’ve meaning to jump on here and share some things with you but didn’t know really what to say.

Definitely didn’t want to be another person sharing false information. No matter how much I read or watched, I will never have all the facts the officials have. So, I figured I’d do my part and stay indoors and hope 30 days comes and goes pretty quickly. I had plans for 2020 and it’s not off to a great start.

I wanted to check in with you as well and see how you’re holding up. I know not everyone relishes the idea of staying home all day long. Not everyone’s home life is pleasant for them to want to stay home so this can be a very stressful time for some. And staying home for a lot of people means lossing out on money.

Now, I’m very fortunate to still have full time employment that also allows me to work from home. I would hate to be commuting back and forth and further expose my health. And in  the light of everything, it does seem that having a job right now is better than being a freelancer or an independent contractor. But not really. Many — like thousands – of people have been laid off because their companies were not essential and had to shut down. So even having a job doesn’t protect you from a global event such as the one we’re experiencing.

Being a hustler and a freelancer gives us a chance to be more creative now than ever. We have to look at this horrible situation and think what good can come from it and what good can we do. Definitely think about what good you can do. Too many people already out there price gouging and hording that we don’t need to add to the problem.

So… in this time of uncertainty, I hope we can all lean on one another for support but also look within ourselves and see how we can rise to the occasion. And if you want to talk, let’s talk.

Stay indoors if can and be safe!

It’s A New Day

As things change, so should we

Good Morning, ladies and gents.

Strange times we’re living in, wouldn’t you say? 2020 has gotten off to an infamous start. Kind of wish we could press pause, then rewind and try this year all over again. But we can’t. We are together in this together whether we like it or not.

First and foremost, to my ladies out there, I hope you took time this past Sunday to celebrate yourselves in honor of International Women’s Day. And not just because you’re women, but because of your achievements in a society that did not originally include you. That’s called adversity. And you should be damn proud for it.

Secondly, the coronavirus. Oh, my damn. I don’t even know what to think other than wash your hands. I went to the store the other day and there were total of 8 small packs (the ones with the 4 oversize rolls) left on the shelves. Literally. Like, people are going nuts out there when all they really need to do is take better precaution. Which leaves me to believe most people don’t regularly wash their hands. And I don’t know why not. We’ve been telling them since they were 3 years old. It’s not that hard. Preferably with some hot water and adequate soap. But, whatever.

In light of the coronavirus, I do want you all to take care of yourselves out there. And by out there, I mean, in your daily lives. Remember, small child, the elderly and people with compromised respiratory issues are the highest at risk. The rest of us healthy individuals have a lower risk of getting it as long as we’re diligent with taking precaution.

However… this does offer a window of opportunity for those hustlers out there who love a good idea to birth. Think about what’s going on with the stock market, people’s fear of the coronavirus, large events canceling or postponing. Do you see opportunity here? How will you approach it? How will you turn the market decline into your shining moment? Not at the expense of people, but rather at the expense of the market.

Okay my fellow hustlers. Stay on the grind.

Happy Friday: New York, New York

Mid-Town Manhattan

🎶… I’m leaving today, start spreading the news…. I’ve got to be a-part of it…🎶

And I was… since Wednesday. Out here again for a work retreat. Visited Queens, saw family, had a slice of New York of pizza and spent a total of $23.02. Loved that part. The company provided meal and travel stipends while we were out here, so it was nice to forget having to pull out my debit card. But it’s also nice to conclude my birthday trip with a free trip to the big apple.

But I think the highlight of my trip was the Uber ride back to the airport. The second longest employee rode with me because she lives in Queens and apparently it’s only a 5 minute ride from the airport to her home. And honey, she spilled ALL the tea.  I learned I sorta wished I didn’t know, but the more you know, you can make better decisions.  Such as one’s future.

Future was a huge topic for the majority of our trip. And I might share some of the details and she snd I spoke about. But I wanted to make sure I press upon you all is… think about the future. Map it out. Have a plan. Don’t get caught somewhere for 5 or 10 years out of convenience. Know where you wanna go in this life amd steer there.

Till then, I’ll catch up with you once I’m back in L.A.

Happy Freakin’ Friday

Not just a great Friday, but a great month

Hey, laaaaadddddiiieeees! And my gentlemen friends too!!!

Yesterday was all about winning. Or so it felt. My clients were winning at work getting wonderful merchandise from one of our national partners. I was winning at work too and even though we’re still working out the kinks and cogs out of everything, Elle will be launching something amazing together next month and it’ll really take shape in April.

I always tell peope that February is the best month and no one believes me. Aside from it being my birthday month (my and Elle’s), it’s the shortest month of the year. It’s the underdog month. It’s only destined for great things.

Next week I’ll be in New York for work. I’ll get the opportunity to see my stepdad and younger sister. I just found yesterday that my company wants to send me to the Bahamas for work, obviously, late April. Excited is an understatement to how I feel right now. And not too mention a one of my goals this year was to travel more… hello!!!

And this is just the tip of the iceberg for me in 2020. I still have my hustles and I’ll still be working on my business.

What wins do you want to brag about? I want to hear them!

Happy Freakin’ Friday

Not just a great Friday, but a great month

Hey, laaaaadddddiiieeees! And my gentlemen friends too!!!

Yesterday was all about winning. Or so it felt. My clients were winning at work getting wonderful merchandise from one of our national partners. I was winning at work too and even though we’re still working out the kinks and cogs out of everything, Elle will be launching something amazing together next month and it’ll really take shape in April.

I always tell peope that February is the best month and no one believes me. Aside from it being my birthday month (my and Elle’s), it’s the shortest month of the year. It’s the underdog month. It’s only destined for great things.

Next week I’ll be in New York for work. I’ll get the opportunity to see my stepdad and younger sister. I just found yesterday that my company wants to send me to the Bahamas for work, obviously, late April. Excited is an understatement to how I feel right now. And not too mention a one of my goals this year was to travel more… hello!!!

And this is just the tip of the iceberg for me in 2020. I still have my hustles and I’ll still be working on my business.

What wins do you want to brag about? I want to hear them!

Real Wednesday: The Juggle Can Be A Struggle

The juggle act is a struggle

I stay reading up on new gig and freelance trends, how other people started their businesses from a side hustle that was started as a necessity. I love learning something new or even coming across something and be like, yeah, I knew about that.

But there’s a common trend I’ve been reading lately, especially in the side gig and start up realms: juggling. More succinctly, juggling your full time job with this new venture, whether it’s a business you plan to start and scale up or a side hustle to make more money.

It’s easy to talk about spending that time after work on your projects, but how many of us actually do? How many of us know how to make that commitment and stick with it? I catch myself on Facebook a few times during the day when I’m at work on someone’s else’s schedule. The struggle is harder to stay pn task when I have no one to answer to but me.

I try using “focused” time, and when I’m all in, it works. But, I’m human. I come home tired. I come home needing to hop on a call. I come home hungry. All real brain activity I have on the regular. I’ve gotten better at it over the years, but again, I’m human.

So I’m wondering, how many of you find juggling your side hustle or business a struggle at times because of just… life?! Let me know: femalesinglenhustlin@gmail.com

Pencil You In

Put yourself on the calendar

My mentor, Brik, would tell me back way back when, anytime I would complain about not having enough time for myself or working on my own projects, to schedule myself on my calendar like I would any other client. If I would make time for them, I would most definitely need to make time for me. And it wasn’t a probably thing. It was I need to make sure I’m making time for the things and projects and goals I’m focused on at least once a week.

If you’re having trouble figuring that out, let me know. I have some great ideas how you can put you on your calendar: femalesinglehustlin@gmail.com

Happy Friday: It’s Valentine’s Day!!! 🖤

Happy Friday, my fellow hustlers! It’s Valentine’s Day!!!

And for the love of God, please don’t complain or highlight that you’re overly single and can’t find a decent person. ‘All the good men are taken’. ‘All the great women are married’. One, not true! Two, being single is the best. You get to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. however you want to do it and you don’t have to answer or update anyone about it.

On the flipside, having someone to share your company with, maybe snuggle up against and just enjoy some of the best years of your life in this moment is also the best.

Enjoy the best of either relationship status. You’re with someone for a reason. You’re single for a reason. In either case, that doesn’t stop you from working on you and becoming the best version of yourself. People are in your life (hopefully) to add to your joy, if not to your wisdom.

And hopefully you’ve learned love yourself first. Your imperfections are perfect!