Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – It’s Always Something

“….it goes to show you, it’s always something – – if it ain’t one thing, it’s another.” – – Roseanne Roseannadana (Gilda Radner).

Maybe this famous line, often used years ago by Roseanne Roseannadana on Saturday Night Live, applies to how you feel about the frustrating changes from the IRS this year and the implications of the ACA. When I hear CPAs complain about some NEW process, procedure, guideline or whatever… I usually think to myself…. “It’s always something!” (I hear Roseanne’s voice in my head and it makes me smile to myself.)

Maybe the next time you are about open your mouth to complain pause,  then count your blessings, and simply say, “It’s always something!” Continually show your positive side to your team and to your peers. Keep in mind those around you are counting on your positive attitude and enthusiastic support. Often, it is simply easier to whine and complain – don’t do it.

Here’s Roseanne’s description of what happened after she opens with …. Last Thursday, I quit smokin’ now….

It’s only 16 seconds long but maybe it’s how you feel after you have an encounter with the IRS. Have a great weekend. 

  • Nevermind.
  • Gilda Radner as Miss Emily Litella

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Fun With Ping Pong Balls

Pepsi used thousands of mousetraps and ping pong balls to create a spectacular chain reaction. It was used to send out 2014 with a bang and to say Happy New Year from Pepsi.

I’m weird. I think this is pretty cool (and fascinating). See if it fascinates you and makes you smile. Lighten-up, it’s tax season.

  • When he worked he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.
  • Dr. Seuss

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Is That You?

As you can see, over on the right side of this blog page, I love having my picture taken with YOU. Follow the link to see all of the pictures.

Be sure to seek me out at conferences this year and we’ll get our picture taken!  Here’s a short video highlighting just a few of the pictures:

Is that you?

  • Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.
  • Berenice Abbott

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Tax Season Is Beginning And….

You are probably thinking it’s going to seem like a billion days until April 15th. 

Who’s the King of millions, billions, trillions and quadrillions? I’m not talking about money – I’m talking about our galaxy…  Carl Sagan! During his Cosmos series he taught us how small we really are and helped us attempt to comprehend the vastness of our universe.

I found this video via Gizmodo. It’s remise is very simple. It’s literally every time Sagan says million, billion, trillion or quadrillion on his 13-part series. It may seem funny but you begin to comprehend the incredible scale of these BIG numbers. I hope you will be intrigued.

  • Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
  • Carl Sagan

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Accountants Keep Too Much Stuff

There is a video going around out there on Facebook of Jerry Seinfeld on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. It is one of those famous types of Seinfeld stand-ups where he asks logical questions about why we all do illogical things. I hope you will watch it, below, and think about your accounting firm.

I definitely laughed…. because, as usual, Seinfeld hits the nail on the head. Why do we keep so much stuff…. garbage?

Guess what? I immediately thought of CPAs. When I visit a firm, the managing partner usually gives me an office tour (something accounting firm leaders love to do). I do enjoy seeing how different firms make the workplace a place where people don’t dread coming to work. Okay, I hate to say this but it has proven true over the years – – the office that looks like a paper factory exploded belongs to the tax guy! – – My question is always the same, “I thought you were paperless!”

Take 5 minutes, watch this gig and smile… it’s the weekend.

  • eBay, another great step in our culture. Why don't we mail our garbage back and forth to each other.
  • Jerry Seinfeld

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Lighten-Up – – Rita Is Wrapping…..

Best wishes to all my clients, associates and friends – especially all of you who follow this blog daily! Let’s have some holiday fun, good cheer, time with family, time with friends, laughter and joy…. then keep it going throughout the new year! Click play to read the greeting (it’s brief!).


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Click here to see Rita’s GRAND wishes from 2013.

Click here to see Rita starring in A Christmas Story in 2012.

Click here to see Rita cooking up some ideas for you in 2011.

  • I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.
  • Shirley Temple

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Lighten-Up – Here’s How You Get In The Christmas Spirit!

A 30 year tradition coming to an endDarlene Love singing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) on the David Letterman Show. Now, we’re rockin’ – Wow!  If you don’t feel good after this there is something seriously wrong.

  • The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.
  • George Carlin

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Total Cloud Inversion of Grand Canyon

A reminder for new followers, almost every weekend, I post something off-topic, interesting, humorous or even weird. Throw-off those CPA firm management shackles for a few minutes and lighten-up.

This week, on Thursday, something rare happened. The Grand Canyon nearly filled-up with clouds. It has happened before but is rare and only lasts a few minutes. Here’s a 1-minute video (no sound) recorded by the National Park Service.

When I first visited the Canyon decades ago, I was somewhat disappointed because, from the top (South Rim) the Canyon was so immense that it actually didn’t seem real to me. I felt like I was looking at a gigantic picture. Then years later I rafted (motorized raft) through the Grand Canyon for 6 days, exploring side canyons, sleeping on beaches and enjoying the thrill of the rapids. At one point, our guide said, “Look up, at this point it is one mile to the top.” That trip made it all real to me.

Here is a stunning photo taken by Maci MacPherson National Park Service.  Appreciate the wonders around you this week-end – even if it is the busyness of holiday shoppers!


  • The earth has music for those who listen.
  • George Santayana

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Lighten-Up – Holy Weekend, Batman!

How does your CPA firm logo/icon look? Does it depict a boring accounting firm or something more exciting, unique, exotic, or enlightened. Nothing stays the same nor should your logo – don’t be afraid to let it evolve.

Here’s a video that depicts the changes to the Caped Crusader’s iconic logo over the years. You might think it would stay the same since it plays an important role, shining on the sky of Gotham, to alert Batman that he is needed.

You can also see an info graphic depicting the changes here. I hope when clients see your logo, they immediately recognize it and know that they need help from you!

Here’s a picture of a t-shirt I bought my husband when I was in the Minneapolis airport. It’s one of his favorites (and mine).


  • Everything is impossible until somebody does it.
  • Bruce Wayne

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Lighten-Up – There’s Been An Awakening. Have You Felt it?

Hopefully, there has been an awakening inside your accounting firm. I hope you are capitalizing on it.

HOWEVER, for this weekend another awakening that’s a lot more fun – Lighten-Up, it’s the weekend. The new Star Wars trailer has been released. Turn up the sound!

  • Do. Or do not. There is no try.
  • Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back