Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend. How about some Disco!

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

When I first began my career in public accounting, we actually had a partner who would wear a leisure suit to work… honest! It was light blue. A few years later, some of our partners would wear plaid pants with navy blue blazers. Oh, my.

Fashions change, that’s for sure. Back then we would never have believed that partners would some day be wearing blue jeans on a weekday. I do know that I prefer jeans to leisure suits any day.

Lighten-up this weekend and enjoy John Garrett’s video – – It’s not the Dancing Queen that accountants love, it’s an Adding Machine.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Real-Life Valentine Messages

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schultz

When I worked every day in a busy accounting firm, I always loved having some fun and light-heartedness on Valentine’s Day. After all, it falls in one of your busiest times of the year, a time when people are gradually becoming more stressed as the days fly by.

I love the little valentine candy hearts with the positive messages. When I worked at a CPA firm I would spread them around the office on Valentine’s Day:

  • So Fine
  • Cutie Pie
  • Be Mine
  • My Guy
  • My Gal
  • Way to Go
  • Be True

What if you could put small messages about how you are really feeling today on some candy hearts? Would they be something like:

  • Get real
  • Too busy
  • Buzz off
  • Wake up
  • Go away
  • Wasn’t me

Lighten-up today and have some fun. Ask your team to submit Accounting Firm Candy Heart Messages. Sure they can include some nice and some irritating messages – share them at lunch time and have some laughs. I bet your people can be very creative.

Here’s my favorite candy heart message:

valentine pix

  • If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
  • Maya Angelou

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

It’s The Weekend. What Did You Miss This Week

Maybe on Saturday, you will find more time to read. Here’s a listing of my blog posts from this past week. Hopefully, you will find one of interest to you.

Monday:  Positive Vibes. What do you like about the people around you?

Tuesday:  I Can Do It Faster. You all know that you can, but don’t!

Wednesday: Women In Accounting. There is so much opportunity!

Thursday:  Employee Engagement Matters. How to drive engagement… keep it simple.

Friday:  Buying Into The Vision. People have to buy-in to the leader first.

Have a great weekend.

  • When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes.
  • Erasmus

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Need A Cartoon To Use For Marketing?

Sometimes accountant cartoons are not very funny to those of us working in the CPA profession. But, there are times when a good laugh will do you some good and be appreciated by your clients. If you need custom cartoons for your newsletter, website or Facebook you might want to contact Jerry King.

I recently heard from Jerry and thought he might be a good resource for some of my readers.

Here’s a sample that I could relate to! Contact Jerry King here.


  • Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.
  • Kurt Vonnegut

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Bohemian Rhapsody

Enjoy this January weekend by listening to Bohemian Rhapsody played on a 100+-year-old fairground organ. Quite unique.

Speaking of unique, I also shared it performed by the Muppets back in 2013. 

  • A concert is not a live rendition of our album. It's a theatrical event.
  • Freddie Mercury

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Just For My Accountant Friends

Jimmy Fallon and his various skits always make me laugh. He has something called Kid Theatre where they give some kids just a title of a movie and the kids write a script.

As you know, Ben Affleck’s new movie, The Accountant, debut next week. All of us have to see this one. The trailers are awesome.

Anyway, Affleck and Fallon did Kid Theatre where the kids were only given the name, The Accountant.  They do three short versions. It’s funny how kids view accountants and actually they have some very positive views.  The third version really made me laugh.

  • I really want to wear an astronaut helmet but I also want to use a calculator.
  • Ben Affleck, playing little boy in Kid Theatre skit

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

I Wonder If I Could Write CPA Romance Novels

I can’t help it. This guy simply cracks me up. I just have to share another one of this school principal’s amusing videos.

In this episode, he announces a book series he is writing – 50 Shades of Sharpies, a series of romance novels, written especially for teachers.

When he explained what the first book is about and then divulged the title, I laughed out loud.  Lighten up, laugh and enjoy this your Sunday.

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Arrr… Matey! Be Sure To Talk Like A Pirate Today

2_350x350_front_color-white“Life’s pretty good, and why wouldn’t it be? I’m a pirate, after all.” – Johnny Depp

It’s Monday. Why not lighten up and smile anyway?

It’s also Talk Like A Pirate Day (TLAPD).

I first heard of it many years ago when a superb CPA firm tech guy introduced it to me. Rob Snell – you know who you are. I thought it was fun right from the beginning.

Why TLAPD? Simple, it’s fun. See frequently asked questions here.

If you visit a Krispy Kreme and talk like a pirate, you’ll get a free glazed donut. If you dress like a pirate, you’ll get one dozen glazed donuts.

Then there’s Long John Silver’s:  “Avast, me hearties! We are celebratin’ International Talk Like a Pirate Day, because who can talk like a pirate better than the original peg-leg – Long John Silver?” LJS is giving a free piece of Alaskan Whitefish. Check out their list of Pirate myths, facts, and legends.

Many CPAs had it rough last week. Start this week with some light-hearted fun.

  • It's not everyday you get to do a pirate movie, you might as well go for it."
  • Keira Knightley

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Lighten Up, It’s The Weekend. Get Yourself Some Smarkers.

Here is my favorite school principal again. This time, he is talking about Smarkers for teachers.

Maybe it’s time to get some Smarkers for your conference room.  Can you think of some names for Smarkers used in a CPA firm?  (i.e., Burnt Coffee Carafe)

  • You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
  • Walter Hagen

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Finally, A Movie About An Accountant

If you are or work with, an accountant you must watch these trailers from the new movie, The Accountant, coming out on October 14th.

Ben Affleck, as the accountant, doesn’t seem to be like the accountants I know although he does seem to be very busy!

In Trailer #2 you can see that he has a pocket protector….

Here’s my favorite line/conversation, so far:  Who is he? The accountant. Like a CPA accountant? Not quite.

Trailer #1

Trailer #2

  • I have no use for bodyguards, but I have very specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants.
  • Elvis Presley