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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WHEN… You Gotta Remind Others of Your Time

Because no one is going to respect your time the way you will. No one is going uphold your time as valuable as you will. So you will have to remind others your time is not to be wasted just because they waste their time.

Example:

Earlier this afternoon I rescheduled a phone interview with a company for a position I was partially interested in. It was close to home. Offered great perks. Reasonable salary. But my point of contact with the company no showed our first call. I scheduled the call for when I got off of work so I wouldn’t be distracted and be comfortable. Made it home on time. And after waiting five minutes, I called my contact who didn’t respond. Left him a voicemail. Followed up my voicemail with a email to confirm I had the right date and time. A week later, I got a response. He had the flu.

But there was no one else in the office who could’ve filled in for you?

So we rescheduled.

Until he no showed once again.

He had gotten sick… again. Guess who else was getting sick? Me! For putting up with a company that seemed not value anyone else’s time. But I told myself the 3rd time would be the charm.

Today was the 3rd time. No charm. All disappointment.

After waiting 15 minutes, I sent an email letting my contact know that I appreciated him wanting to speak with me and learning more about my skill set for the opening but that I was no longer interested in the position.

And I’m not. Because I can only imagine if this is how they treat the interview process, I would hate to learn how they would treat me as an employee. I think I just dodged a bullet.

As well as had to remind another that my time isn’t to play with. Because it isn’t.

People forget. You are not them. And they need to treat you according to you and not how they treat themselves. You deserve the same.