Happy Friday: It’s About Community

Happy freaking Friday, ladies. I had the esteemed pleasure of attending a GirlBoss community event yesterday evening at their Headquarters in Silverlake. I met some really funny and passionate women doing some big things in LA. And I got to meet Sophia Amoruso herself.Quickly, she’s the author of the book GirlBoss, which is the name of her current company. Her book was turned into a Netflix series, which is still available on Netflix if you want to watch it. And she started the clothing line Nasty Gal. And she/the company is hosting a highly anticipated rally later this month.Now, that we caught up, it was an amazing event as far as energy goes. And what I mean by that was the types of women who were present. Some came to learn (like, Ms. LeAnn, former social worker looking to start her own business), some came to share (Ms. Melissa, who currently is working on a digital platform called the Phoenix project), some came to network (Mrs. Lindsay, who’s based out of Fullerton but has a company called Emblem), but of all us came for the community.I think it was very on the nose when Sophia started the event with an African proverb:

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

And that pretty much set the tone and the agenda for the evening. People (as there were men there too, because anyone can be an ally) broke off into groups to talk and get to learn about one another. And although we were given a topic to discuss when we broke off into groups, I don’t think a single group I was in (I was jumping into a few groups and I loved it) stayed on topic. But in a good way. We were there to build a community among ourselves and so we did. And that’s what we women of all walks of life need.Community.

Money Tip: Challenge & Reward

Money Tips

Give yourself a financial challenge to aim for a period time, then reward yourself if you hit the mark.  For instance, if you typically eat out often (I’ve been guilty of this before), challenge yourself to go one month without eating out.  No take out, no delivery, no dine in, nada.  Cook and eat at home.  Too hard? Try two weeks, then.  Go two weeks without spending any money on eating out and if you’re successful in that time, reward yourself.  Hey, if that worked better than you expected, maybe you can go one month.  Who knows?

Your reward? Calculate how much money you would have spent over those two weeks and put it into your savings account.  Boring?  Okay, then.  Buy yourself a piece of clothing.  A professional piece of clothing.  Something you can meet a prospect client in and they wouldn’t mind meeting you again.  Or, use that dinner change to take a course at a local junior college.  Expand your knowledge and skill set.  Make yourself more marketable.

The idea behind this challenge is to stop wasting it where we don’t see any returns on our money and start saving and investing it.  What did I say Sophia Amoruso said?  Money looks better —where?-– in our bank accounts.  Definitely not on our plates.

Foodie Friday: Penne Spaghetti

If you read my post from yesterday, I’m an obsessed advocate for eating and cooking at home.  I like to eat out too, but cooking at home is so cost effective! And delicious.  And never let it be said with any sort of conviction that single gals don’t cook!  Oh, yes we do!  If we’re trying save our money and build a little side business, we adore preparing home cooked meals.  In the words of Sophie Amoruso, “money looks better in the bank!”  (ladies, I suggest you buy or rent a copy of Girl Boss.  I got me a copy for less than $4!)

One of my favorite go-to meals is spaghetti.  It should be a staple in every household if you ask me.  I’m been a spaghetti lover since 3.  It’s sad that I remember that, but I do.  It’s simple and quick to make.  Below is my take on spaghetti using whole grain Penne pasta and ground turkey.  I’m no chef and I’m no photographer.  Just a foodie.  Someone who appreciate a good meal.  If don’t believe, ask my hips

Penne Spaghetti (1)

If you’re at all curious how I made my spaghetti:

  • Boil your pasta how you normally would
  • Because I used ground turkey, I added some milk to my skillet.  Yes, milk.  It makes white meat creamier. How much milk?  Maybe a 1/4 cup.
  • I love seasonings so I added: black pepper, pink salt, sage (goes good with white meat), fresh chopped red onion, garlic powder and dried oregano.
  • Ground meat till brown.
  • I used canned sauce.  Sorry.  I can make homemade sauce, but that requires a lot of tomatoes.
  • I do add fresh tomatoes.  Just one.
  • Add the sauce to your meat.  Your pasta should done about this time if you start cooking the noodles at the same as the meat (just makes sense)
  • Once the sauce has been stirred in with you meat and matches it’s temperature, it’s time to plate eat!

*Homemade garlic bread?  Use any bread you want.  Seriously. Combine melted butter, garlic powder and parsley flakes into a spread which is going to go on your bread.  Put bread into oven at 400 (or whatever) and give it about 10 minutes.