Women CPAs Work Their Assets Off

Let’s face it, accounting work is not for just everyone, especially when you’re balancing mom duties. Not only do you work impossible hours, travel like the globetrotters, bite your upper lip every time a box of receipts shows up on your desk, manage a mountain of e-mails daily, and listen to countless stories from your clients about that one TV or radio commercial that assured him his expense was deductible – you also are the CEO of your family! No wonder you feel like a legitimate superwoman!assetsoff.jpg

So what are other female accountants doing to balance their lives?

  1. Improve your habits, not your goals – You don’t need to set better goals because you already know who you want to be. Instead, you need to focus on the one or two things you can do that will make the biggest difference in your life.   What is that for you?? Maybe it’s changing a routine? Perhaps it’s narrowing your focus? What about having an accountability partner? Do you need more fun in your life? Could it be just simply taking action on what you already know you need to do? After all, imperfect action is better than no action. Take a look at the one simple thing that could modify your life and just focus on it for the next few months.
  2. Throw out the junk – You know you do things daily that aren’t on your life’s priority list. They don’t make one iota of difference in your life or in the lives of those around you. But you do them anyway. So why not picking one of those things and eliminating it altogether. It may just liberate you all the way to less stress.
  3. Just say “no”! – You can’t possibly be everything to everyone. For me, I recently learned to say no by saying “I’m sorry but I can’t commit to this right now but you can certainly count on my prayers.” And not only have I started saying it, I mean it! This gives me the confidence to gracefully focus on my priorities but also the feeling that I can make a difference by lifting up that person or their cause in prayer. After all, sometimes that’s the best way to make a difference!

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“Yes, You Can Quit Your Job!”

“Yes, You Can Quit Your Job!”

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There is no greater feeling on this planet than to be able to have a conversation with one of my dear clients to reassure them that they’re in a position to chase their dreams.

The other day, a client called me and explained that she was frustrated with her job and felt like she was missing out on time with her young children. Not only that, but she also had a dream of pursuing a business and knew she’d be successful if she could only be free of the ties that bound her in her current job. I could sense the uncertainty over taking the leap of faith and she wanted to be sure she would not be jeopardizing the financial security of her family.

But here’s the thing…this lady was prepared to take the risk, she just didn’t know it. She had made sound financial decisions her entire life. She had saved enough cash to support her during the transition, she carried little debt and wasn’t a slave to crazy monthly payments, she had thought about the decision to quit her job from multiple angles and even had a fallback plan, and most importantly, she had faith that God would always take care of her.

I crunched some numbers and was able to tell her with reasonable confidence that she could make it work – and she will likely do just that!   You see, there’s a right way and a wrong way to start a new business and, thankfully, I’m excited to join her on the ride to pursuing her new endeavors.

If you need help chasing your dreams or starting a new business, let me know! I’d love to help. And thanks for sharing with anyone you know who may be on this path…

~Val

 

Actual results will vary. The above case does not constitute a recommendation as to the suitability of any investment for any person or persons having circumstances similar to those portrayed, and a financial advisor should be consulted