Cast Blog: #SHAHS

Asa's Money Matters

Asa offers some clarity about her financial situation.

Hey Everyone!

It seems to me that there is some confusion regarding my involvement in my parents' financial state.

The fact is that my life is and has always been dedicated to making my parents' life easier, particularly my Mom's life. I have actually financially supported my parents since I was in my early 20s, with regular payments every month. You didn't see me talk about this before because I don't want to put my father on blast about having lost his business, etc. I also like to take them on a vacation when I can, seven out of the last ten years I have taken my family on a family vacation. We've been to Hawaii a few times, Belize, and Jamaica. We are a very very close knit family and I definitely don't see this as "my" money or "their" money. All money is OUR money. And if there is no money, you better believe that I am laser focused on getting it. Since my father lost his business a few years ago, it got more serious and I more than ever realized that I want and need to make a lot of money and really take care of them. My father doesn't have a retirement plan or anything like that. While taking care of them had always been a priority to the point of obsession for me at that point the sense of urgency exploded in my mind.

I bought my property in 2003, and it has more than tripled in value!

My property is in the best part of Venice Beach where property value is higher than Beverly Hills. I have a couple of tenants who are my main source of steady income. I have worked very hard to get my property to be where it is at and I am so very blessed that this investment has paid off as it has, however, stakes got so much higher when my parents' situation shifted not too long ago.

Consequently, my "uber hussle" started urgently (as I state in Episode 2). That segment with my Mom and I captured some of the sentiment, but you have no idea how critical the whole issue is to me.

I don't mess around when it comes to my family's well being. This is why I couldn't believe some of the comments in the forms of tweets that were coming my way. Some of you wrongly thinking that somehow my Mom is "working herself to the ground while I don't care and I have gold coins underneath my house." This couldn't be further from the truth. . . as I said above: I have financially supported my parents since the age of 22! I have made many sacrifices in my life to be able to continue helping them. In fact, my aunts and uncles are always telling me that one of the things they love about me is that when I get money, everybody around me rises with me. I've always been that way. My family first and my inner circle next.

As far as the gold coins are concerned, as you know when you are building/buying real estate you have big chunks of money (in the form of a loan in my case) that you are dealing with and at the time I considered blessing the foundation of my home AS important as every other piece of the house that was being built. The foundation, physically, symbolically, and energetically is the most important thing in building anything. There is no better place to invest.

I'm still in the midst of my uber hussle and the future is looking bright on a couple of these major projects I am working on!!! I will be making a big announcement soon. Wish me luck and pray for me.

Thank you!

Asa

MJ: "I Finally Opened My Heart to Love"

MJ dishes on her new man.

Last year in Turkey, I was blind-sided in the best way; I had a revelation, a new found desire to become a mother someday. I am very traditional when it comes to marriage and children in one household and under one roof. That is my dream and deepest hope. I have accomplished success in my career and happiness in every other area in my life. I finally opened my heart to love. I became vulnerable to find love. I met Charlie via Facebook/Tinder. I didn't "swipe right" on him, but he screen grabbed my profile, and messaged me on Facebook one night while I was at my place with Reza and Adam. They drilled Charlie with a series of questions about "what would make you a good candidate for MJ." Suffice it to say, he passed the test, took me to a beautiful, romantic restaurant on our first date where the conversation flowed, and so did the chemistry.

I'm so glad to have met Asifa last year, and even happier she has joined our group. My first impression of Asifa was that she was very polite, prim, pretty, and cordial. As time went on, I began to discover that there are many layers to Asifa. We are a complicated group of people and I look forward to getting to know her on a deeper level, the way I know the rest of my friends.

At Asa's house for the fire jumping ceremony, we all noticed Mike engrossed by Jessica eating a piece of shrimp, and I called him out. To me it was sexy to see a couple turned on by one another. But when I said what everyone else was thinking, Mike and Jessica looked shocked at what I had said, which was surprising to me. I think that once you are in a serious relationship, cheeky conversation topics are not at all off limits, and for us, the best thing about our friendship is sharing good spirited laughs with each other.


Woah, Nelly! Bobby was in the room for less than five minutes when Mike immediately picked a fight with him? As I watched this unfold, I saw how high Mike's nerves were running... It was very awkward. I attribute it to all the fresh, new, successful, alpha-male energy in the room. The tension in the room was undeniable, and unfortunately it got the best of him. Mike and Bobby have some history, and within seconds of Bobby getting there it all came to a head. This is a bad start for both of them, and it spilled over into a divide between us all.


Here's to a fruitful 2015!

 
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