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$.

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Be The Right Kind of Giver

I always wish I had more time to volunteer. No, really, I do. I’m not trying to sound super noble here, just real. And I really wish I had more time to volunteer.

Last year, I only volunteered twice. Two times. Not really an impressive number. And in my heyday, I was a regular when it came to logging in those feel good hours. I used to be an Adult Tutor through the Los Angeles Public Library system. I volunteered a little over a year with the LAPD at the Central Station Downtown and I volunteered on a friend’s campaign while he was running for city Councilman. And have countless hours for volunteering at the church I attended when I was younger, but those were “volun-told” hours.

I know what feels good to me, to spend my time on and what I believe in to give something of myself to. And as I’ve gotten busier and I’ve added more things to my plate over the years, it’s harder to find the time to give back they way I used to or the way I want to. My perspective has shifted and I’ve become almost narrow minded in my personal pursuit.

But the reality is, I don’t always need to be attached to an organization or an monstrous cause to feel like I’m giving back or being of service. I can give of myself on a smaller scale in a more personal way.

And I do.

I give my advice, my time and my ideas… to other women on a similar pursuit as me. I’ve heard for the longest time ever since I’ve decided I wanted to be my own boss, that “it takes money to make money.”

Not all the time. I think it takes a sounding board. Someone to talk to who shares your experience or knows what it’s like to be where you are. I think it takes a brainstorming session with like minded individuals. I think it takes free exchange of information to weed through the bad ideas. And I believe we all get this level of access to ideas and knowledge when we’re willing to give something of ourselves to someone else.

Now you may argue that I’m giving only to women like me and that’s not really giving.

SAYS WHO? That’s my time I’m donating to – yes, aspiring intelligent women on a mission – and I believe whole heartedly in them and in their dreams that I will give whatever I can to them to help them get on their way. That’s a cause I can stand behind 110%.

So… are you giving back to an idea that means something to you?