Money Matters: Mother’s Day Spending

Aaaahhh! I think I may have spent a little too much on my mother’s day gifts. And I think so because I didn’t plan accordingly. Now, I’m not broke or close to over drafting my account, but I definitely could’ve spent less than what I did had I been paying attention.

So here’s the breakdown:

  • Flowers – $53.20
  • Chocolates (See’s Candy) – $13.46
  • Two Tickets to the Dodger’s Game – $148.23
  • Stadium Parking – $25
  • Raffle Entry – $10
  • Food at Game – $30

And the total comes to…$279.89.

SH*T!

That’s way more than I planned to spend. Don’t get me wrong, totally love my mom and would do all in my power for her, but damn. I dropped nearly $300 on one holiday on one person. Not to justify this over spending, but had I spent all of this money in one day instead of over the course of a few weeks, I would’ve been more conservative with what was leaving my wallet.

I gotta continue to focus on saving, and hustling, and creating more exposure for my business and getting more business in general. It’s nice to know I can afford to spend nearly $300 on someone, but if I don’t have to, I shouldn’t. Pricey lesson learned.

How much did you spend on your mom yesterday?

Happy Mother’s Day

I know, I’m a little late, but wanted to quickly wish all the mommies out there a happy Mother’s day. And if you’re a husltin’ mom, stay on your grind. You’re an invaluable role model.

I spent Mother’s day with my mom at the Dodger’s Stadium. We won 6-0. A great way to tell mom she’s loved and appreciated.

Hope your Mother’s day was just as fun!

Foodie Friday: Summer Fruit

Elle here!!! So, summer is quickly approaching and I’m excited, but I’m not excited. Why? Well it gets hot and humid here in NC so that’s a drag. On the bright side of things, I’ll be eating lots and lots of fruit and you should too. Not only is fruit filling, but its full of great benefits and its a food that keeps you cool during the hot summer months.

Some of my go-to fruits are dragon fruit (pitaya), blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, strawberries, mango, jackfruit, and avocado. If you haven’t tried dragon fruit, its a MUST!!! Dragon fruit is packed with vitamin C, which helps keep our immune system strong. Other benefits includes, aiding in digestion, cardiovascular health, and anti-aging. So this summer give your inner body a glowing boost.
Enjoy fruit alone or mixed!

Your Summer Months’ Fruits

Elissa Mirsky, known to most as Elle, is a food and lifestyle mentor, who through her own journey is on a mission to help people develop practical and sustainable food and lifestyle habits. Her upcoming book, EAT J.U.N.K., is a guide and cookbook to living well. Keep updated with all things J.U.N.K. at EatJUNKfood.co and follow her journey @mylifebeingelle

Happy Friday: Reignite Our Flame

“Today is going to be wildly successful…”

Although this week hasn’t completely felt like it. I’m in a slumpy week despite accomplishing some big ticket items I thought I’d be behind on.

I invited a consultant/coach to speak at one of the programs I ran Tuesday evening and the topic was owning the Boss Lady in ourselves and she challenged us to make two boss lady moves in the next two months, reminding us that we’ve always had this power to go big and go hard. We just needed to harness it and use it more often. And stop listening to all those outside voices and even our own self doubt.

And that is how I’ve been trying to handle the week. As if I have the power to make the call and tackle more and push myself a little harder. Telling myself I got this. And I just needed to remind myself that I do.

So, if you had a slumpy week as well, maybe it’s time to make some boss lady moves to reignite your flame and start feeling like your awesome selves once again. I’ll join you.

Happy Friday.

Working 5 to 9: When You Don’t Control a Resource

Where are all the cars?

If you’ve been keeping up with the Uber IPO news of late, you know that Uber is set to go public this Friday, May 10th. And the company is looking at a $90 billion valuation. But more importantly, that their drivers are striking today in about a dozen major cities in protest to cut wages and longer hours.

If you’ve been keeping up with me, you know I use Uber frequently for my notary business. It’s how I get around Los Angeles to all my clients. It’s how I’ve gotten to clients in areas I typically don’t service, but thanks to Uber, I could. But in light of the strike today, I’m down a resource that’s beyond my control.

How does that work?

The short version: I would not be available to see clients today, if requested. Couldn’t I just take the bus? Yes, I could. But depending how far I’m going, my commute to the client would be longer than the both of us would like and I may be traveling to an area that’s not all that safe.

Typically, whenever something like this happens, as someone who side hustles, it’s my job to find an alternative solution. My alternative solution could be to use Lyft. But they too are striking today. I could find another ride sharing service. I could take the bus to clients who are closer. However, just like I have no control over the Uber and Lyft strike, I have no control over the location of clients.

So they best I could is hope this strike doesn’t last longer than today and that I don’t have a super in need client.

Has anyone else been in a similar pickle with their business or side hustle?

Foodie Friday: Food For Thought… It’s Your F*%CK’N Time

Remember Your Time is Valuable

Elle here! As women we nurture and we want to make sure everything and everyone is GOOD, but we never think about ourselves as much as we think about others. Well today, I sit here typing to send you a clear message, “focus on you first and always.”

Today’s “Food for Thought” is about knowing your worth and understanding how precious your time is. Too often, we charge below what we are worth because we are wanting to secure a client or we feel too new to charge more. This has to stop immediately. Remember, the bulk of what you are charging is based on your time alone. If you charge below your value you will never get ahead. This is something I had to learn over the past 5 months. I took a job on the West Coast (I live on the East Coast) that was way below what I was worth, but because it was to help a friend of 20 years, I figured I can make this work. Well, it was the worst experience of my life and I was being overworked, while my “so-called” employers felt like they were gifting me with this opportunity. Not only did I meet their true selves, but I learned a valuable lesson; always charge what you are worth that way if it’s not the best experience at least you got paid well.

So when you are pricing your products and services first consider the rate for your time, then the rate for the work you will do. You may think both are the same, but they are not. Let it soak in for a while and you’ll understand it.

Until next time,

Stay hydrated. Stay active. Stay Meditated. Give NO F*CK$.

If you want to keep up with me, or all things J.U.N.K., follow my journey on Instagram @mylifebeingelle and visit www.eatjunkfood.co to keep up with my book release and upcoming events.

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Happy Friday: Say It, Own It

Today is going to be wildly successful and I am moving closer to my goal of becoming successfully and abundantly self employed.

That is my mantra. Every morning.

While the water is running for my shower creating a light steam in the bathroom, before the construction workers have gotten to work with all their banging and drilling, while the morning is still relatively quiet, and school children shuffle along in pairs or in groups through alley ways off to school, this is my mantra.

Every morning.

Say these words. I own these words. I believe these words.

It makes every day better. It makes every new opportunity that more thrilling. It makes the start of every day exciting. It makes all that I do and all I put in and put up with much more worth.

What do you tell yourself every morning in order to tackle your day?

Inside The Hustle: The Launch

Elle inside her hustle

Elle here! Boy has it been quite the week. I literally moved my life to the West Coast in January in less than a month, and I just moved back to the East Coast in less than, hmmm, three days. Talk about moving around. I have been back now a week, and I am already launching my meal prepping service today!!!! Oh, and I’ve already got a client.

I’m suppose to be finishing my menu flyer, but I thought I’d peep in to check in with my hustle family. Peace and love to you ladies and keep hustlin’.

PS, I’ll share more of what I’m working on in the coming weeks. Until then I hope you all follow my journey @mylifebeingelle and @junkfoodbyelle on Instagram, and sign up for my email list at www.eatjunkfood.co