5 Ways I Motivate Myself Everyday

5 Ways I Motivate Myself Everyday

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I will be the first to tell you that doing awesome stuff is HARD. Like REALLY… HARD. Most times I just want to watch Netflix (currently, Orange Is The New Black) and eat ice-cream in bed. But since I’m not a millionaire yet (one of my goals); I can’t afford myself that luxury. [P.S how long do I have to wait till I see my bank account balance rise like bread dough? 🙁 ] However, juggling my 9 to 5 at a Big 4 firm (really a 9 to 9 in my chosen career); managing a blog; and volunteering with several organizations amongst other things on my every increasing commitments list has taught me a thing or five about motivating myself. I’ve found that most of the time I just have to do what I have to do ESPECIALLY when I do not feel like it. I’ve learnt that feelings…

Featured on CBC – Up Close

Featured on CBC – Up Close

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On Canada Day (July 1), I was featured on CBC’s Up Close segment.  “Up Close tells the stories of 150 black women from cities across Canada who are making a difference in this country. Whether it is forging new paths or reshaping already existing narratives, they are committed to empowering themselves, and paving the way for the next generation of young, black leaders who are making this country better.” I am honoured to have been recognized as one of the 150 women making a difference in Canada. Read my story below: I was born in Nigeria to Igbo parents; I’ve only ever identified as Nigerian. When I moved to Canada in 2010 at the age of 17, I learned that I am also black. As a black Canadian immigrant who grew up in an African country, the change came with its pros and cons. Some people made fun of my…

Career Conversations With Jay Bala, CFA

Career Conversations With Jay Bala, CFA

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Jay Bala is the CEO and Senior Portfolio Manager of AIP Asset Management, an award-winning asset management firm in Toronto.  Jay has over fifteen years of industry experience.  He previously worked as an Associate Portfolio Manager with Kingsmont Investment Management and Third Eye Capital as an Investment Analyst which manages the Sprott Private Credit Trust.  Prior to that, Jay was an Equity Research Analyst at a leading independent boutique investment bank and worked at the family office of one of Canada’s wealthiest families. Jay holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder. In 2014, Jay was a nominee for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Safe to say he’s made quite a name for himself in the asset management industry in Canada. It is no wonder that I jumped at the opportunity to interview Jay. For a lot of…

Easy Ways To Save Money: Financial Fast Challenge

Easy Ways To Save Money: Financial Fast Challenge

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The last post about the “Financial Fast Challenge” showed you how to prepare for the challenge by building a bare bones budget, defining your goals, and figuring out how you will keep yourself accountable. This post will show you fun tips to help you successfully complete the challenge. As mentioned in the last post, this financial fast challenge does not have to make you miserable. Instead, it should help you save money, build better money habits and find more ways to be creative with your money. However, I know this challenge can be hard if you are not used to living on a bare bones budget. I’ve taken the liberty to write down how you can save more money while still having fun: 1. Cook Your Food: If you already like cooking this should be easy. You can play with different styles of cooking and experiment with different recipes. Eating from…

Financial Fast Challenge

Financial Fast Challenge

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April is finally here! The first month of the second quarter of the year. Just as most of you did, I set lots of goals for 2017 and a lot of them were financial goals. However, while performing my quarterly review of my financial position (in other words I reviewed my financial accounts e.g bank statements; I’m an accountant I can’t help it), I noticed that I am NOWHERE near accomplishing my goals. NOT CLOSE. I still need a ‘few’ hundred dollars to get to the point I need to be at. Since I would like to be lying on a beach sipping margaritas this summer, I need to act fast! I realized that the only way to salvage this situation is to go on a financial fast for the month of April at least! If you are in the same position, I invite you to come on this journey…