Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend! – Be Sure You Take Your Vacation!

So many CPAs do not take nearly all of the vacation that they officially have coming. Many tell me, “I’m too busy.”

If you are one of the many who tell me, “I’m too busy” as an excuse for almost every suggestion, don’t use it when it comes to “sharpening the saw,” per Stephen Covey. If you are not taking time to renew (and take vacation), you are missing out on an opportunity to broaden your horizons and experience things out of your usual daily routine. Guess what? Clients really won’t miss you for a week or even a month.

I like to see partners use their vacation as a time to really test the relationship skills of the up-and-comers and the experienced managers. It also reinforces the fact that your firm is much deeper and more skilled than just one person – you. It just might make YOU a more interesting person.

This weekend I’m just sharing some photos of my vacation. I hope it has made me more interesting and knowledgeable.

My husband and I drove from Ohio to Colorado Springs. We stopped in Abilene, Kansas to visit the Eisenhower Museum, Library and final resting place. I did learn a lot more than I knew about WWII and the cold war. I found it very interesting and it was a beautiful setting in the small town of Abilene. We also visited historic Fort Hayes on our journey and spent 3 days in Manitou Springs, Colorade. We took the cog railway to the top of Pikes Peak. On Wednesday we began “roughing” it at one of the Broadmoor’s “wilderness experiences” – the Ranch at Emerald Valley. We checked in at the Broadmoor and they transported us up the mountain (approx. 8,200 feet) – it took 40 minutes on gravel, curvy roads.

It was far from “roughing it”. There was fly fishing, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding and the constant attention of individual guides to help you do all of that The food that was out of this world. No TV or cell coverage (but they did have wifi). I had lots of time to read, write and think while enjoying one of the most beautiful places in Colorado.

When I was around four years old, I told everyone I wanted to be a cowgirl. I finally made it to a ranch.

Below: Mountain trail ride, Darrell fly fishing, Cowboy Coffee or City Slicker Coffee by the fire every morning.

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