Don’t know Mama Gena—the original pleasure revolutionary? You should. Through Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts, she’s helped thousands of women tap their pleasure and their power. Recently, Mama Gena (Regena Thomasauer) opened up to us about what feels good in her money and her life.
What does “wealth” mean to you?
It means health, feeling delicious, community, sleeping well at night, saving as well as giving, splurging now and then—on indulgences for myself and others.
If you had a spare $100,000 to donate, what cause would you pick?
Vital Voices has a special fund to help 15-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai [who was shot last month] and support the education and empowerment of girls in Pakistan and around the world. I just gave them a bunch of money.
What’s your deepest financial fear?
Not being able to provide for my kid. About myself, I have confidence. I don’t need a net, but when you have a child, you like nets around you.
What’s your favorite splurge?
My current one is international travel with my 15-year-old daughter. I think it’s so important for me to teach her the world.
What’s the main difference between men and women around money?
Men are more fearless and take more risks. They have had money longer and been in control longer. Women are afraid of making mistakes, and we have played smaller as a result. But this is changing rapidly now.
If you could give your younger self financial advice, what would it be?
I was always ruled by my passion, and I’ve lived long enough to know this was the right thing for me. The only change is that I wish I had kept my own [accounting] books during my marriage. I was just starting my business then, I was like: You run the biz; I will do all the creative stuff. Now I wish I’d been more involved.