Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – A Time For Something Off-Topic, Humorous Or Even Weird

Most of us have read the very well-known book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe. If not, you at least know about it and have probably seen movies based the the shipwrecked premise.

Per Wikipedia, the novel was first published on April 25, 1719. The first edition credited the work’s protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents.

The other day, while in a book store, I found a book that provided humor by fantasizing about what some editors of famous authors’ books might have noted for the author. I hope the following makes you smile and lighten-up this weekend.


  • It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.
  • Daniel Defoe

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Time For Something Off Topic, Humorous or Even Weird

This weekend, take a few moments to watch this touching video about some young Italian boys. Not one of them said they wanted to be an accountant when they grow-up, but they certainly have what it takes to be a gentleman and a perfect candidate for the accounting profession.

  • Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.
  • Theodore Roosevelt

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Comet Catalina

CometHopefully, you have heard about or read about Comet Catalina that will be visible this coming week.

Comet Catalina is a dual-tailed comet and will be visible across our skies over the next week. It has been visible since last November. It will be closet to the Earth on January 17 – only 67.4 million miles away.

Read more about it on and get your binoculars or telescope ready.

“You ever have the suspicion that you’ve been abducted by aliens?” – Fox Mulder, X-Files

(Photo: Greg Allegretti – Flickr Creative Commons)

  • We have a secret project at Third Man where we want to have the first vinyl record played in outer space. We want to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player.
  • Jack White

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Long New Year’s Weekend

Last week we went to see the new Star Wars movie. I can still remember when we took our son to see the very first one – we were on vacation in Lake Placid, NY. We really didn’t know what to expect.

This one, with the original characters, was much more anticipated and did not disappoint (us).

Enjoy Jimmy Fallon (and some of the cast) as they sing a Star Wars Medley.

  • Never tell me the odds.
  • Han Solo

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s New Year’s Day!

Let’s begin a fresh, new year with some wonderful thoughts from A. A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh).

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live a day without you.”

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?” “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”

“Forever isn’t long at all, Christopher, as long as I’m with you.”

“A little consideration, a little thought  for others, makes all the difference.”

“Think it over. Think it under.”

Piglet: “How do you spell love?”  Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

My best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2016!

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Long Holiday Weekend – Kick Up Your Heels & Lighten Up

It’s Christmas Eve. Some of you are working but many of you have the day as a holiday. I’ll be posting today but will also take the long weekend off.

For the weekend – be sure to lighten-up and think plenty of happy thoughts and enjoy family and friends. I hope you’ll take some time to watch this “happy” video – people dancing.

What is different is that it is 1940s famous dance stars dancing to 2015 music. Perhaps your parents or grandparents watched these talented people way back then. It is also something good to share with the young dancers in your family – for inspiration. (I know many of us have sat through those very l o n g spring dance recitals.) This one is only about 5 minutes long but worth it.

  • You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like there's nobody listening, and live like it's heaven on earth.
  • William W. Purkey

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

No Half-Baked Ideas For You!

Season’s Greetings to all of my wonderful clients, associates, friends, potential clients and followers of my blog. I count you among my many blessings. Thank-you for making 2015 another wonderful year for me.

This holiday season, I’m baking up some great ideas for you for 2016. There will be NO half-baked ideas. Find some quiet time over the holidays to THINK and bake-up your own ideas for the firm for 2016.


  • If baking is any labor at all, it's a labor of love. A love that gets passed from generation to generation.
  • Regina Brett

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Don’t Skip Your Exercise Routine During December

Stopped by our local garden center to purchase a Christmas garden flag and noticed this workout plan.

I think I will adopt it for the remainder of December. Have a great weekend – be sure to lighten-up!


  • The word aerobics came about when the gym instructors got together and said, 'If we're going to charge $20 an hour, we can't call it jumping up and down'.
  • Rita Rudner

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Slow Down, Show Someone You Care

The frenzy of the holiday season seems to begin earlier and earlier each year. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s all seem to be one huge, whirlwind of a season. Actually, in most stores…. it begins with Halloween!

Take a few minutes this weekend to watch this John Lewis ad (British department store).

Slow down, enjoy the season, count your blessings and reach-out to reinforce the wonderful relationships in your life.

  • If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
  • Bob Hope

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Secrets to Happiness In Your Accounting Career

IMG_1041I hope that you are not in the office today, it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving a paid holiday for almost all citizens of an accounting firm. I know, some of you sneak in to the office to avoid the Black Friday hassles but I hope many of you are taking a walk in a park or woods, reading a great book or writing an article of your own.

It’s a perfect 4-day weekend to think about some secrets to happiness as you build your career in public accounting or elsewhere.

Live and let live – – Don’t micro manage. Don’t gossip and worry about what other employees are doing.

Be giving of yourself to others – – but some structure around your mentoring activities. Mentoring happens naturally inside CPA firms – enhance it and help others.

Sundays should be holidays – – When I began my career in a CPA firm, no one EVER worked on a Sunday. It had nothing to do about religion, specifically, it was just that our founder believed that everyone needed a day of rest, a time to recharge. The more hours you work in a week the bigger chance you will make errors or poor decisions.

Stop being negative – – I see this all the time.  I continually say to people working in CPA firms – STOP WHINING!  Public accounting is an honorable, prestigious career, you work with intelligent people, you work in beautiful offices, you make friends with other top-quality professionals, you get to see businesses grow and prosper (with your help), you become admired by others in the business community for your expertise – – focus on the positive!

Focus on the positives during this holiday season and carry it through until Spring!

  • Be different if you want to make a difference.
  • Leadership Freak