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

WHEN… You Made A Mistake

I am human. Which means I make mistakes from time to time. That sucks because it can affect my business if I don’t address it correctly or right away.

Right now I am headed to see a client that I saw last Thursday. But not because she had more work for me – which would be lovely – because I made a mistake on one of the documents I notarized for her. And there is no excuse I’m going to give. I made a mistake. But as soon as the woman notified me she needed the document to be redone, I set up a time to meet her the same day – today – so I don’t further inconvenience her or let her think I don’t care.

Because I do.

And in all honesty, I care more about my reputation, so I care how she feels about working with me. So, yeah, I messed up. I am human. But I’m fixing it. All in the day of the life of a hustler.

WHEN… You Made A Mistake

I am human. Which means I make mistakes from time to time. That sucks because it can affect my business if I don’t address it correctly or right away.

Right now I am headed to see a client that I saw last Thursday. But not because she had more work for me – which would be lovely – because I made a mistake on one of the documents I notarized for her. And there is no excuse I’m going to give. I made a mistake. But as soon as the woman notified me she needed the document to be redone, I set up a time to meet her the same day – today – so I don’t further inconvenience her or let her think I don’t care.

Because I do.

And in all honesty, I care more about my reputation, so I care how she feels about working with me. So, yeah, I messed up. I am human. But I’m fixing it. All in the day of the life of a hustler.

This Week’s Goal: Procrastinate Less

This week I want to focus on procrastinating less and getting more into my grind. And I am so guilty when comes to putting things off but I can’t afford to do so anymore. I really need to get back into the swing of hustling like I was in my 20s… minus late nights and scrambled thougts. And really poor note-taking.

What I really need to do is focus moreso on the things that will serve me in the long run. Such as getting back to reading more. And focusing on eating healthy and working out. And networking. Y’know, the things that matter when you’re working on building something to call your own.

And I use to be so good at carving that time out for myself. But now, I feel like I’m slacking. Like I’m not putting in enough time and energy. I feel like I’m not hustling hard enough. I feel a little disappointed in me and I want to do something to fix that. So, that’s my goal this week. Hustle the Hustle.

What are you doing this week?

Working 5 to 9: Do The Work

“Seek Help”, I know, I know. Cue in a politically incorrect joke here. But I don’t mean mental help, but help-help. Assistance. Advice. Resources. Money. That kind of help. Work first, then ask for assistance second. Meaning, do the work first, whatever is before you start asking others for help.

People who pitch to investors have some balls (or vagina) on them especially if all they have is an idea. How is it possible to get people to give you money for a idea you haven’t even created yet? I mean, I have lots of ideas. Where is the money?

In my experience, people won’t help you or offer their knowledge and resources until you show them you’ve got something worthwhile going already. There’s no, “I got an idea”. Are you kidding me? I come from a place where that’s how friendships and families get torn apart. Over someone asking for money for something they couldn’t prove they needed it for. And it was never a business related request, so I could only imagine how much more worse those fall out could have been.

But I learned that lesson from my step dad years ago. I had returned home from a college with an business idea I’d be working on with some friends and I was trying to rope him to providing some financial assistance. But he wouldn’t. He wanted me to first show him the viability of the idea and if we already had some traction.

WTF? Who is you?!

But I get it now. I understand why he thought that and was hesitant to be involved. I was asking for a handout for an idea and I hadn’t done any of the real work. I had nothing to give him for his investment other than a promise of a hypothetical ROI. How did he know if that business idea would be viable, sustain, grow or would dismantle? He didn’t. And neither did I until I started putting in the work. I ended up not even finishing that project a year or two after returning from college. My friend Nick runs everything for the time being but I am minusculely involved, to say the least.

Don’t get upset with those who don’t see your vision if you haven’t shown them the work. Would you drop everything to help someone who hadn’t begun with putting an idea to paper? Would that be the best use of your time and resources? We talk about what we want done and what it’s going to look like when everything is completed. But we also have to being willing to be the first one on the front lines and work before we receive any kind of help. We need to show others we’re here for ourselves before someone else is willing to stand with and for us.

Get Motivated: It’s Better to be Prepared and Not Have an Opportunity…

I love the adage: It’s better to be prepared and not have an opportunity than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. I take those words to heart. I mean, I travel to work five days a week with my notary journal, my notary stamp, blue pens and cah (singles and small bills to break large bills when clients pay with cash). I don’t allow myself to miss a notary opportunity if I can help it. And I carry all my supplies in a gently used brown leather briefcase just feminine enough to go with any business casual attire I don on, but professional enough to be taken seriously.

Just last week, I had a client email me asking to meet them within an hour and 45 minute window, however, I didn’t get the message (because they emailed rather than called me) until 40 minutes from their requested time. Oh, but I was on my way. And on time, needless to say. And… was greeted graciously because I had shown up on time before they could even respond back to my email message. That was a little risky on my part because for all I knew, they could’ve gotten someone else to notarize the documents. But fortune was on my side.

Take a risk, earn the reward. But not every risk is greeted happily with a reward. It’s still worth the risk.

I was a little late to work. But I texted my office I’d be 15 minutes late. In the name of an opportunity I refused to miss, unbeknownst to them.

I strongly encourage you stay prepared. Days and weeks and months may go before you’re greeted with an opportunity, but when you get it, it feels good knowing you had all the preparations made in advance. The reward feels good.

Money Matters: Be Thankful for What’s in Your Wallet

I speak a lot about the importance of earning extra monies and saving and investing, if you can, but sometimes I forget to slow down and be thankful for the dollars and cents that I have. Elle reminded me this past Sunday to find the positive in everything. I was talking to her over the phone while I was at Ross and the Dollar Tree and I was mentally calculating what I spent that day. I said to her that I had spent over a $100 I was not planning to (this is why we have budgets, right?) and she said to me without missing a best, ‘be thankful you had the money to spend’.

Deep, trust me.

Oftentimes, I’ll beat myself up for spending too much money that I won’t spend anything for weeks afterwards, thinking it’ll balance me out. And althouh, like everyone else, I am constantly working on being better with my finances and managing my money, I forget to be thankful for the money I do have.

I’ve operated far too long from a place of lack and need and hustle and grind that I don’t stop and just be… thankful. Gracious. In a state of gratitude. Shame on me. Really.

Yes, I think it’s absolutely important to be focused and geared towards something that offers value to our lives. But it’s also important to be present in the moment. And in those moments, be thankful. For all that we have. No matter how muc it adds up to.

I am thankful for my dreams, my ambitions, my mom, Elle, my job, other loved ones in my life, Los Angeles for offering me a wealth of opportunities. And the dollars and cents in my pocketbook.

What are you thankful for?

Inside The Hustle: Discount Notary Day

On my way to do my Discount Notary Day at 801 S. Olive St. from 9:00-12:00pm. I had another client text me while in route thinking we were meeting today but I scheduled our meeting for next Sunday in NoHo. It turns out he was confusing me for one of the three Michelles he regularly talks to.

Glad I got that straightened out because I am not prepared at all today for that meeting. Ugh.

But, I am a little excited about about today’s notary day. I had much more engagement with the Facebook ad I ran during the week. 🤞🏽Hope I get some turn out.

Foodie Friday: Steel Cut My Oats, Please! [Recipe]

This is what wellness looks like! Nourishing your body with nutrient-filled foods. Steel cut oats topped with strawberries, blueberries, granola, and a drizzle of agave. This meal is high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants.

Why steel cut oats and not old fashioned oats? While you can have old fashioned oats, steel cut oats are less processed, and ultimately you want to decrease the amount of processed and increase the amount of whole foods (we will get more into that on a later Foodie Friday).

What You Need

What You Do

Cook steel cut oats according to package. Add a dash of water into the water you are cooking the oats in, and butter (optional). Once oats are cooked top with fresh fruit above or fruit of your choice and drizzle with agave or honey. If you want a more creamy oatmeal, add a splash of almond milk.

Because we are out here hustlin’ everyday we need to nourish our bodies which translates to nourishing our minds. So this week, I challenge you to go 1-2 full days of eating only nourishing foods that are beneficial to your overall health. Be the change you want to see.

Keep up with me and 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.

If you are interested in learning more about plant-based eating check out J.U.N.K. Food 101.