It has been oh so long since I have written. Why? I can’t really say. So many reasons, no real reason at all. Mainly it was the pandammit (pandemic). It really did take a lot away from many of us. Some people lost loved ones, some people lost their jobs, some people lost their sanity. The vast amount of uncertainty with the added stress of news reports, to vaccinate or not to vaccinate and everything in between. It has been exhausting.
Figuring out a new way of living and navigating daily life has been hard. Really hard. Wearing a mask everywhere you go. Not the phony half smile, pretend mask we used to wear, but now we are actually wearing masks. Everywhere. All day everyday. From the time we leave the confines of our homes until the time we return…masks. And to be honest being nervous if you forget to mask or being in the presence of someone without a mask. Life as we know it is just different. The more things change, well the more they are changing.
I was able to change jobs during the pandemic. Moving from working from home 100% to being in an office 99% of the time. In the midst of a pandammit. It appears that COVID is not going anywhere and we just have to figure out how to live with it. Kind of like a chronic recurring boil that never really healed and never really left. Just there waiting to come back at the most inconvenient time, whenever it wants to no matter what you think or feel.
So my absence wasn’t personal or neglectful. It was necessary. COIVD caused a mild depression to kick in. Then there was the stress of the old job, then the stress of changing jobs, then the stress of the new job. So much going on, while still learning and navigating the new normal and the new way of living.
All that to say that I am back. I have missed blogging, missed my audience, missed the interaction. There is so much to get caught up on and so much to share, so stay tuned.
When a room full of smart, ambitious, intelligent and inquisitive Black women convene, nothing but greatness follows. There was nothing but greatness present at the Brown Girls Do Invest workshop on Saturday June 8, 2019. Hosted by Brown Girls Do Invest founder Bahiyah Shabazz, the afternoon consisted of a panel of phenomenal Power Women who imparted knowledge and offered sage advice for those of us who want to invest but may not know how to or where to start. Thanks to Black Bloggers Chicago for the opportunity to fellowship with my fellow bloggers but to also attend the event.
The day began with a VIP mastermind, an opportunity to have an intimate experience with the panelist to gain a little more insight than what the workshop offered. If the Mastermind was half as great as the workshop, then be on the lookout for the next wave of Black Female Millionaires. In a climate where Black women are the fastest growing demographic of entrepreneurs, possibly due to the fact that the average Black woman makes 62 cents per dollar of her white, male counterparts. this workshop was timely, relevant and a great way to gain a wealth of information from seasoned and experienced financial professionals.
In addition to BGDI founder Shabazz, the panelist and speakers included Florence Hardy, ESQ, Cimone Casson, Delta Jones-Walker, Joanna Jane, Courtney Richardson and Danielle Pierce. Each speaker offered attendees hearty food for thought and practical tips to jump start their investment portfolios and begin their road to generational wealth.
One of the repeated themes for the day was the value of ‘multiple streams of income’. With the recent announcements of the wealth building and business acumen of celebrities such as Beyonce, Serena Williams and Rihanna, it is obvious that one of the roads to wealth and financial stability is the ability to have several streams of income and the ability to make money in more than one arena.
Another important topic that was addresses was the cultural relationship we have with money. Unfortunately, for many of us in the Black community, this is not nor has it been a happy, healthy relationship. It is time to do the work to change the dynamic of this relationship and kill those generational curses that have held many in the Black community in a culture and love relationship with poverty and struggle. This no longer has to be the paradigm.
One of the most powerful take-aways from the day was that there are many ways to make money. Many people feel that the stock market or traditional savings is the only way to build wealth. This is not the case and the speakers and panelist did an excellent job in discussing various alternatives to the two traditional methods of gaining wealth. There are many options, the key is to work with a financial advisor that has your best financial interest at heart, do the work, get comfortable with being uncomfortable, and just do it.
Another recurring theme from the workshop was the power of discipline. Yes, we need discipline in our financial lives as well. This can be as simple as honestly wrapping your mind around the concept of paying yourself first. I am sure we have all heard that before, but do we do it. I can honestly say that I don’t but it is something that I plan to put into place immediately. Most things we do in life require hard work and discipline. Why should our money be any different? In the words of the late great Donna Summer, “We work hard for the money,” so why aren’t we more disciplined when it comes to what we do with the money?
The ladies were also able to introduce complex financial terms in a manner that was easy to understand and unintimidating. Concepts such as Financial Needs Analysis, 1031 Exchange Depreciation on Real Estate and Crowdfuding. These were just some of the concepts that the panelists and speakers were able to discuss with the audience.
My take away from the workshop was that there is no time like the present to get started. There are some safe and non-risky investment options out there for those (like me) who may be afraid of losing money in the stock market. However, my truth is that I really do not understand the market, so I need to do some research and thing long term and smart about what I do with my money. I have been working on my cultural relationship with money, and understand that there is more work for me to do in that area of my life. I know that the saying ‘No Risk, No Reward’ is also true in the financial industry. I left the workshop with some definite financial goals in mind, something that I cannot honestly say I was ready for Saturday morning.
Brown Girls DO Invest is currently on tour. I recommend if you are a Brown Girl and want to see your money work for you instead of only working for your money that you go to their Facebook page (link here) and see where they are going next. Trust me, you will feel more inspired and ready to make some strategic changes to your financial portfolio. And if you don’t currently have a portfolio, you will leave there with a plan to start working on yours immediately.