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: Vida Wiped the Floor with Us

MJ opens up about Pablo's death and the epic ping pong game with her mother.

The day that Pablo's little heart gave out was one of the most shocking and sad things for me to accept. I always imagined that I would have to be heavily sedated the day this happened, inconsolable and mad. But that's not what happened. Although I was in shock, I just kept walking on Santa Monica Boulevard, taking the long way home with him in my arms wrapped in a blanket. I stared at him, and just tried to take in the last moments possible. I wanted to feel the weight of his little body in my arms and say goodbye to his sweet little face. This little man of mine is gone. I worried about Julio and how this would impact him. Julio has never known life without his big brother. I worried about how the news would impact my mom and dad. I was terrified to tell them that it happened. I came home and called Pablo's veterinarian. They gave me the three options: burial, cremation, and taxidermy. I called the taxidermist and followed their instructions. He had to be frozen until the taxidermist could receive him. I realize that most people would have dropped him off and had him cremated, but that process is not something I was prepared to do.

Vida was the regional ping pong champion of her time, and apparently very much a champion to this day. Vida's skills have not weakened over the years. She wiped the floor with our asses. Golnesa and I could not keep up with her! Two against one would seem unfair, and Golnesa and I are pretty athletically well rounded -- we ski, we play lots of sports pretty well. Nonetheless, our minds were blown by Vida, and I am proud that she was so dang good! She definitely beat us in that sport, but luckily I inherited my parents’ good genes and am glad to know that she has something to do with the other sports that I excel in.

 
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