Today’s post is so exciting for me. My life has been shifting the past several months, and like a guy with a hard-on he just can’t hide, I’m pumped to talk about it. Today, it’s all about making money, and of course, food. Healthy Hibiscus Popsicles to help you feel great as you improve yourself.
A couple of months ago, good friend, Danielle Liss of Businessese and Hashtag Legal (more on that later) invited me to a personal growth book club of sorts. We’re all kind of obsessed with growth and development books, and she provided a great place to talk about them. The first book she really talked about, You Are A Badass at Making Money, I bought right away, having loved Jen Sincero’s first book, titled aptly You Are a Badass.
I loved the book. I know it will resonate with a ton of millennials like me, who are led to think that we will forever be walking meat-sacks of debt, that it’s not only possible, but better for everyone if we just do what our parents, the boomers, did. Make money. However, it also embraces the idea that we are NOT our parents, and that the gross feelings we may have tied to wealth because of the hideous things they’re willing to do to protect their money, are only feelings and not a personal forecast. We are not John Boehner or Mitch McConnell, even if we were raised by their ilk.
This was a hard one for me. For years, I’ve watched my family utterly malign my beliefs on prosperity, privilege, and paying it forward. Yes, some of them definitely believe strongly in charitable giving, but any attempt by the government to tax them just a tiny bit more so that kids can have healthcare, or people can get food, is theft. That was so deeply rooted in my personal financial narrative that I truly attached the ideas of wealth to that sort of self-centered nature. “If I am rich, then I must also be this way.” That’s bullshit. I mean, one of the richest men in the US, Warren Buffet, is very pro single-payer, higher taxes, and general pay-it-forward attitude. But because my narrative has always been so closely linked to the opposite, it was a hurdle that became more of a mountain.
Fuck that. If I have more. I can do more. More good. My taxes will help more people. I can throw money at the politicians I want to throw money at. Not just whatever I can spare. Jen Sincero’s book helps you see that. It’s like one long, positive affirmation of why it’s okay to want to be rich. Not just happy or comfortable, but honest to fuck rich. It helps you work through the demons that surround your ideas of wealth, and helps you exorcise those fuckers back to the poverty hell where they belong.
It talks about having your actions align with your intentions and making them work for you. You Are A Badass at Making Money is the exact kick in the ass that creatives need to pull their brain from team starving artist to team Kanye West.
I really only have one bone to pick with the book. The language. Not the swearing. I am on the expletive deleted train all day long. But she tries to use a colloquial dialect that ends up feeling forced and a little, gah, I hate to say it because she clearly does not mean it to be such, but, racist. She opens the book with “Imma buy everyone a xxx and a gold tooth.” No, white author, no. No “imma.” Not ever. It’s not okay. Other than that blip, the book was genuinely inspirational and great.
So what am I doing about it? Well, right now? I’m learning. I’m learning about businesses and LLCs and how to develop my ideas into money-making machines. For someone who’s been in academia for what seems like forever, and who has been utterly terrified of publishing her fiction, this is a big fucking step. But I have a plan. There are several groups I belong to, and several entrepreneurial women I admire who’ve really turned their ideas into something more than just “a blog,” or “shit that I do for fun.”
So I thought I’d feature them here.
First up is the lady who suggested the book: Danielle Liss. She has two awesome businesses, Hashtag Legal, LLC, and Businessese. Both businesses deal with the crazy world of online legal affairs that can quickly sour any new business. With Businessese, she provides businesses things like pre-built TOS forms, she helps with things like sweepstakes rules, non-disclosure agreements, etc. Basically, they write and read the fine print and explain that shit to you in clear English. They’re like the Shmoop of legal agreements. With Hashtag Legal, LLC, they take it further. It’s not just pre-written agreements and legal forms, or the ability to do so. Hell no, they’re a real fucking licensed and bonded by the Bar legal team. (I accidentally wrote “legal teal,” there, which should be the color of Danielle’s bathroom or something.) You have contractural problems? FTC bullshit got you down? She’ll totally go fully to bat for you, and go all dino-mom on them. She’s built this business from scratch and she and her partner are thriving. She’s wicked smart and devilishly clever. Total lady crush material.
Next is Rebekah Borucki of Bexlife.com, she’s the queen of hustle. Whether it’s her meditation videos or her book, You Have Four Minutes to Change Your Life, she is working hard for the money. She also has her own line of plant-based (HUZZAH!) nutrition and supplements, and has been working with Beauty Counter to showcase her love of natural products. Her personal and business coaching business is also thriving, showing women and men everywhere how to achieve their highest potential. Her advice is warmly given with a firm hand, and it’s easy to see why people fight to be in her presence. Mother of five humans, and like, a zillion barn animals, she is a shining example of living your best life on your own terms. (My terms would not include chasing escaped geese, hers does. We are different and yet, friends.) Oh, and if you’re wondering why I became a vegan, it’s her fault.
Nicole Culver of Blissful Bites and Blissful Eats has become one of my favorite business coaches to watch/learn from. She’s utterly unassuming, and you’d have no idea just how absolutely fucking badass she is, if you didn’t follow her professionally. Her humility, combined with her subtle humor and hardcore drive make her someone with whom one does not fuck, but of whom one should definitely befriend. She’s helpful, she genuinely cares about others’ successes, and has no guile about wanting to be successful, and that’s bloomin’ brilliant. It should also be noted that her granola is heavenly. I love granola. So much.Be Badass With Me and these ladies! (Review of @JenSincero 's latest) Click To Tweet
Last, but certainly not least, is Katy Badass. I mean Katy Widrick. Long a social media and blogging powerhouse, I first “met” Katy through her love of fitness and FitFluential (I don’t judge your life!). Since then, she’s basically exploded. She is on-top of the game. There is not a social media or blogging trick, tip, or regulation she does not know. She’s the first in on all the new gadget and plugin news, and she’s used that firsthand knowledge to power her followers to find their success as well. She’s made her name her business, and it’s not only inspirational, it’s kickass. She is exactly what you think of when you hear the phrase “I’ve got this.” Get this: her newsletter is one I actually look forward to. Like, for real, I like her fucking newsletter. I didn’t even know that was a thing you could like, but hers is so informative and well-done, you don’t want to throw it at her head, you want to memorize the contents with yours.
Since I met all of these ladies through FitFluential (again, I don’t judge your life) I thought I’d make something healthy and delicious. Lately, my joints have been a hair achier than normal, and my skin? Well it’s skin in its thirties. After doing some research, I found that rose hips and hibiscus flowers might help in this area, and we’ve all heard about the therapeutic benefits of cherries and green tea, and it turns out, they’re all besties. They make an amazingly refreshing popsicle for you and your families. I give you, the Healthy Hibiscus Popsicle. Yum.Healthy Hibiscus Popsicles! They taste amazing and are full of antioxidants! #vegan Click To Tweet
What Goes In?
- 3 cups boiling water
- 3 tbsp dried hibiscus flowers
- 1 tbsp dried rose hips
- 3 bags green tea
- 3 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 2 cherries per popsicle
- add the teabags, rose hips, and hibiscus flowers to the boiling water
- steep 5 minutes
- add sweetner
- pour into popsicle molds each with a few pitted cherries in it