Hey there! Thanks for visiting my website. I’m Tina, a frugal, fun loving, full-time government worker by day an d entrepreneurial blogger and Virtual Assistant by night and weekends too.
I live with an amazing man who will be known as “The Man” on my site. He’s a private person whereas me, not so much.
Fun facts about me!
I have squirrely brain, in other words, I have many projects on the go because as an entrepreneur, your mind doesn’t stop. I am constantly thinking of ways to improve business processes and still have a life. What else happens is start a project and start to think of another one and start working on that one, but eventually I complete them all…However, some are still sitting in the bin. Hey, I am working on my projects, but some take more time and wayyyy more patients.lol
Current personal life projects I’m working on
- Writing stories, recipes, and ideas that inspire and help women who feel overwhelmed and looking to have some fun in their lives.
- Growing my virtual business to be able to leave my full-time government job and do work I love.
- Writing 2 books. One is about my life, and the other about growing your part-time business while working a full-time job. As you can see, I’m still working full-time, so the one book will take a while. As for the book about my life, well…I have over 130 stories, but will let them sit for now.
- Becoming a professional speaker speaking on ways to grow your business and how to have more fun in your life.
- Decorating our small home for under $500. Man oh man, does this place need work. I think I may just want to move.
- And last but not least…completing my 101 bucket list before I die. I’ve completed 10 things so far. I know I have till I die, but I really want to ride an elephant in the water. It just looks sooo amazing.
Food – One of my hobbies when I am not writing blogs or working on client projects, I am cooking. I refused to cook or clean! Seriously! I told every person I ever dated that I don’t cook or clean and Ma Man said “what are you good for” and well, use your imagination for what I said or did to him. I eventually had to cook because it was getting expensive to eat out and…I have IBS. It’s a food intolerance issue and mine are bell peppers (yellow, green orange, red), shellfish and port, but they pork and shellfish seem to be dissipating. However, the peppers…NOT A CHANCE😊 You will see on my blog, I like to take pictures of what I make. Now, if only I could make the right amount and still have left overs. Ma Man loves my food so much that he doesn’t leave any for the next day. So, I end up having to make another meal. Grrrrr…that would be why I don’t always like cooking. Hey, if we ever get to become good friends and you invite me over, DO NOT add peppers or you will be sorry when I let a fart go. Hey, I’m just warning you now. 😉
Fitness – To stay in shape, I try to get my butt to the gym at least once a week, but I play women’s competitive volleyball and loooove it. However, after 40ish, I really need to hustle for that ball and the next day…well…lets just say that I walk funny.
Entertainment – I love fun goofy games, especially with my girlfriends. Here’s a short video of a minute to win it game called Junk in the trunk. I played against my friend Nathalie (I’m the one on the right). OMG, I laughed sooo hard. It’s a ping pong game where you have to get all the balls that are tired to your waste in a tissue box out in 1 minute. I still laugh every time I see this.
Adventure – I love to travel. I take one trip down south every year with my man, but would really like to take 2 because I find winter very long in Canada, especially Ottawa. Its damp and when the cold hits you, it burns.
Shopping – I love finding deals and experimenting with things like food, and new ways to heal my body or mind. Speaking of my mind, I will also write about things that we women want to know about but afraid to ask i.e. toys for couples, time of the month, orgasms or lack thereof…I know, not a pretty topic or too personal, but someone has to do it.
A bit more about me
I have owned 4 businesses since 2010 I think. I started 2 blogs, La Femme Ottawa in May 2016 because originally, I just wanted to write about things I was experimenting with like cooking, new places to eat or vacation places we’ve tried. Eventually, I started to add another blog called Tina Lalonde, which offers my many years (sorry, don’t want to reveal my age…lol) of marketing and business experience. I wanted to provide other part-time business owners real truth about running a business on the side, while working a full-time job. This is the Tina Lalonde Consulting blog, where I write about ways to save money, make money and hopefully have fun in their personal life too. I spent thousands of dollars on training I wish I hadn’t taken. They OVER promised and truly under delivered. I am still kicking myself, but eventually those feelings will go away. My goal is to do what I love, and help those who want it and need it, but especially NOT charge a ridiculous amount of money. After all, you are just starting, so lets get you going to making money, not going into debt.
I also started this blog with the hopes or intention of someday quitting my day job so that I could do what I love which is teaching, creating, writing about things that interest me and hopefully my readers like it too. I love sharing what I learned along the way.
So, there you have it, a little insight as to who Tina is. I will only write about things I have tried or trust the people who are selling them. I don’t like when I get played by someone and wont do it to you. I will be honest always..Oh and speaking of honest, when I go workout I like to have a beer after. Hey, I earned it, but that may be why I am still not seeing the weight come off. Oh well, as long as its fun for me, I’m still doing it.
I am also a big fan of motivational and inspirational quotes, so you will also see those on my website. I will also put up a link for fun horoscopes and Angel card readings because…I love them too.
I hope you get some value from my blog and if you have any comments all I ask is that you pleeeeease write them in a positive supportive manner. If you do not, then I would recommend you leave my blog quickly before you get infected with positivity vibes.
I look forward to getting to know you.