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: Charlie Did a Fine Job

MJ dishes on how Charlie did meeting her friends for the first time.

Bravotv.com: Are you a fan of cooking? What's your signature dish?
MJ: Something you may not know about me is that I love to cook! Cooking equates to quality time with family. My signature dish is Polo Morgh and Tah-dig. It's a low fat, 30 minute recipe I've mastered, without skipping out on what gives it its succulent flavor. It's a great source of protein, greens, and for me, on a small bed of crispy basmati rice. Cooking is fun, and it's a big quality of life change I do not want to omit from my life, because cooking is a form of meditation for me.

Bravotv.com: Did you feel like you were being possessive of the gift bag items?
MJ: Other than sheer excitement, and a side of impatience, I'm not sure what came over me when we were looking through the gift bags. These kinds of things can only go two ways for me: slow and boring or fast, feisty, and fun! And I love me a high-end candle. A yummy, sexy way to create ambience.

Bravotv.com: How nervous were you to bring Charlie to meet your friends? Did he do a good job?
MJ: Yes, yes, yes, I was very nervous for Charlie to meet everyone tonight. I really wanted to make sure that the night was going to go smoothly for Charlie; that's all I had on my mind. It was up to me to keep everyone composed, classy, and cordial all the way through the last drop of the night. Why? Because we are such a tough crowd to bring new friends into and introduce new people. I think Charlie did a fine job, under the circumstances. My friends respected my wish to give this new love a chance.

 
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