Getting Through: Assess Where We Are

Look At What You Got + What You Can Do With It

Not everyone is going to be pushing from the same place. Some of us are complete independent contractors and freelancers, some of us still have 9 to 5s and there are many more of us who are various hybrids. Regardless of what combination we are, or where we are, we still got cards to play.

First thing’s first, assess where you are right now in this moment. Are you still working? For an employer or yourself, or both? Has your salary or income been drastically affected? What can you do without to ensure you stay above water? What can do to ensure you stay above water? What aren’t you doing enough of or doing too little of to get through this?

You don’t need to have all the answers today, but you do need to starting penning some of this answers down sooner rather than later if you plan to get through this. This global crisis, pandemic situation is a huge setback. A loss, but not a defeat. And a loss is nothing but a lesson. A teachable moment. A moment for a to grow into.

Where are you now and where would you like to be when this is all said and done?

Happy Friday: To The Living + Bored

Yep. I said it. If you’re reading this you are among the living. And there are a good number of you that are probably bored or restless out of your mind. And that’s okay with me because you’re AMONG THE LIVING!

All right. Now that we’ve taken care of today’s gratitude element, let’s continue to work on our plans for after COVID-19. There will be an “after”, most of of us will be here despite the sensationalism reporting of the news. Most people will recover. More people have recovered than have died. And knowing that most people will recover and come out on the other side of this, how will you serve them? What are you going to be offer them that you weren’t able to offer before? What need will you be able to fulfill?

Have you thought about that? You should. You should be planning for your after COVID-19 hustle or even your business right now. Get started. Wtite out a business plan outline. Write what you’ve seen that is needed. Brainstorm. Now is the perfect time to get on it!

Today, you are among the living and I’m grateful for that. Now, I want to see you succeed.

Moving Forward: Staying in Touch

Stay in touch with your clients

One of thr most important things you can do for your hustle right now and for the long term: stay in touch with your clients.

Don’t offer any services, don’t mention anything that sounds like you’re trying to sell them anything. Don’t mention retainers or fees. This isn’t quite the time for all of that and you know it. They definitely know it. But, the least you can do is check in on them. See how they’re coping and dealing with everything going on right now. Send a text, send an email, leave a voicemail. Be genuine. Ask how are they doing. Ask if they need anything you might be able to help with. And let that be the only thing you bring up in the conversation.

Make it a point to be there for you clients so they will always be there as your clients. It doesn’t take anything away from you. It doesn’t cost you anything but your time. And you’ll be thankful in the long run. And so will they.

Happy Forward Friday!

Moving forward in a time of uncertainty

Good Morning. You’re awake. Awake looks good on you. So does thinking, planning, prepping, strategizing and outlining.

I say that to say this is not the time to sleep in and pick up bad habits. We ain’t got time for that. Recovery will come and when we’re on the other side of this pandemic and our feet hit what was solid ground, we want to be in running condition. Or jogging condition. Or speed walking condition. Whatever the condition we choose, we want to be moving forward. After all, it doesn’t feel like it now, but we’re moving through this pandemic, so we gotta be prepared for the other side of it.

If I could share some ideas to help you come out on the other side ready to really take back this year and make it yours, it’d be:

  • Journal – but not that “dear diary” crap. Journal for thoughts. For ideas. For things that make you curious. Add questions to those statements. Add possible web addresses to start finding the answers. And revisit your entries. Highlight, circle, underline. Make your thoughts important.
  • Exercise – or walk around the block. Some kind of movement. I do what I call “the stairs”. I go up and down the stairs in my apartment building a few times till I break a sweat. Then I follow that with squats. Why? It sets the energentic tone for my day and makes it hard for me to want to nap. And I like napping.
  • Take a free online class – there’s literally no excuse not to. You have the time. I know you. Everyone you know knows you do. And Udemy is offering free classes online in almost anything. Just open up a free account with them and get started.

For my hustlers who are fortunate to still be working, take these actions. Use and spend your time wisely. Now that we have what we always complained about what we lacked, there’s no reason we should be wasting any of it.

Marching Forward in This New Reality

Taking back 2020

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to take back 2020 and salvage the remaining 9 months of this year. This was supposed to be our year. Our year for greatness, our year for change, our year to get closer to dreams and goals we’ve been busting our asses over.  And now we gotta stay home, be under quarantine and see what happens?

Sorry, not sorry. I’ve never been a ‘shit happens’ kind of gal and I don’t plan to be one. I’m a make-shit-happen kind of woman and I enjoy it. And for a short while, I forgot that. I forgot that I naturally thrive in a little bit of chaos. After all, isn’t chaos the mother of invention and the cousin to creativity? Now, a world pandemic is a little much, I’ll agree. And rising death tolls I don’t jive with. But in the midst of this chaos is new birth and new life to had. And not the life we had before all this went down.

There is no going back.  Sorry folks.  In case someone hasn’t already bursted your bubble, we’re only going forward from here.  Back is the past.  And although it felt great and looked good, especially compared to now, it needed to be improved and improved it will be.  Us included.

I don’t know where everyone stands this morning with job, their business, their finances, their home life, spouse life, parent life, wherever.  All this time at home could be stressful for you or it could be the best thing; something you’ve always wanted.   I don’t know where you fall on the spectrum.  However, I do know  it’s a new month and we can tackle April so much better than we fought through March.  And I want us to do that together. 

Together, we’re gonna look for every opportunity to rise, to shine, to leave it all on the floor knowing we gave our all. Because when we return to the regularly scheduled program under a new network, change and chaos will be the tool we use to strike down opposition and challenges. ‘Cause we would have already done it. Ready?

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.