” Nick Rhodes called and wanted to go for dinner. I was seeing Keith and Kenny and Ann Magnuson. Nick and Julie Anne wanted to eat so early, though. They were insisting on 7:30 and we finally made it 8:00 (cab $5). Went to Mr. Chow’s and of course Nick and Julie Anne didn’t get there until 9:00 or 9:15.”Andy Warhol from the Andy Warhol Diaries

Andy Warhol at Mr. Chow with Nick and Julie Anne Rhodes

Andy Warhol at Mr. Chow with Nick and Julie Anne Rhodes

I was married to a man who was terminally late. Nick rarely started getting ready before we were already suppose to be somewhere, and would never dream of showing up less than “fashionably late.” It used to embarrass me and was a major bone of contention in our marriage. I never seemed to be able to impress upon him that when you show up so late, you’re subliminally saying “my time is more valuable than yours.” Or, perhaps that’s precisely why people do it – it’s a power play that makes them feel important. Regardless, it’s just plain rude and unprofessional not to make the effort to meet someone on time.

When we're young we feel we have all the time in the world

When we’re young we feel we have all the time in the world

When we’re young we feel we have all the time in the world, so we don’t necessarily value it dearly enough. I grew up with a father who did instill a respect for time, my own and others, by setting strict curfews and grounding me a week for every minute I came home late. I came home five minutes late once, lesson learned! To this day I’m usually bang on time for any type of business or social engagement.

Dad taught me to respect time

Dad taught me to respect other people’s time

Don’t let the time vampires get you either. Through being self-employed, I’ve learned to value my own time. I quickly realized time is money, one should know their worth, and set boundaries to protect it. It’s amazing how a lawyer who charges $700.00 per hour for their services, can balk at my charging extra for additional meals, until I gently remind him that it takes longer to cook extra dishes, and time is money. Don’t be afraid to stand your ground. As long as you’re politely assertive (not aggressive) most people will respect you for making your position clear, and if not – you probably don’t want to do business with them anyhow. Those are the people who will always be difficult, no matter how many somersaults you do for them.

I'm in the business of selling time - what's your time worth?

I’m in the business of selling time – what’s your time worth?

While food is my passion, it may surprise you to learn it’s not how I define the Personal Chef Approach or The Roving Stove. I’m in the business of selling the one commodity we universally seem to lack – TIME. The Personal Chef Approach is really about your quality of living, food is just one aspect of that. PCA members save 6-7 hours of worrying over the logistics of dinner every week. The fact that you save time and money, plus eat healthier in the comfort of your own home faster than you could go through the drive-thru are all simply fortunate byproducts of the PCA.

Think about it, what is your time worth? Wouldn’t you like more of it to spend with friends and loved ones, or unwind and enjoy some peace and quiet? Check out the video above to learn how the PCA works. Then please do tell me in the comments section below, how you plan to spend those extra hours in your week? I’ll even throw in the recipe for my award-winning burgers to munch on while you think about it!

Jewels Turkey-Jasmine Burgers

Jewels Turkey Jasmine Burgers

This is one of the first recipes I ever wrote, and it won “best poultry burger in America” on Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown! Since it is a little labor intensive, I would recommend doing double portions of at least the turkey burgers to freeze for a later date – why make a mess twice when you can do it all at once? After all it is about affording YOU the luxury of time!

 This post was first published on May 27, 2014.

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