Tired of the 9-5 life but think it’s impossible to live without the predictability of a regular pay check? What if I told you that there are plenty of ways to make great money, working less hours, and having fun in the process. Well, there are and I know because I’m the master of making money quickly. Necessity forced me to find alternative sources of income because for almost two years I couldn’t find a job in my field. However, it was that struggle that set me on a path of discovery where I was able to find out how not only to get by but thrive in the “gig” economy. Little did I know that I would grow to love the ever changing environments I’d find myself in, that I’d learn so much about marketing, and that I’d get to travel and see the world and experience all the creativity and newness it had to offer. Talk about winning! I’ve won and keep winning because I’ve learn to think outside the box when it comes to obtaining financial stability and monetizing my free spirited nature at the same time. Continue reading “5 Ways to Make Money On Your Own Time”
If there is one thing I love about food, it’s that there are sooooo many possibilities. Human beings can eat almost everything on the planet and I’m all for enjoying the smorgasbord! I remember once I was training farmers in a village in Ghana on value addition. I was trying to get them to think of new ways to use the things they already had to generate revenue for their community. As we were discussing the crops they grew, they asked me had I ever eaten okra. I told them, yes. I had eaten fried okra when I was a child but that I really hated the slimy texture and it was never my thing. They looked at me aghast…”FRIED!”, they said. I said, yes. They were like, “it can be fried?” I was taken back. I thought to myself, you mean no one here ever tried to fry it? You have cooking oil, you have okra, no one ever experimented? I was beyond shocked.
Amongst the benefits of growing up in America is our love of new, our quest for exploring, and a social infrastructure that encourages creativity. Our edible artistry is definitely one of the starkest examples of that. In DC, we have an annual event called The Emporiyum where culinary artists come to show their newest creations and try to introduce them to consumers and retailers. It has come to be one of the things I look forward to every fall. This year, I had an especially phenomenal time. It was extra special because I had my Mommy with me and, let’s face it, everything is better with my Mommy there.