Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Daily Overview

Have you heard of the website Daily Overview?

Lighten-up this weekend and take a journey where you will look at earth with a new, amazing viewpoint.

Overview is a daily dose of satellite photos that will help you appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things humans have constructed – as well as the devastating impact that we’ve had.

See the amazing pictures here.

  • Man must rise above the Earth - to the top of the atmosphere and beyond - for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.
  • Plato

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

April 15th – Lighten-Up CPAs!

In most CPA firms, women have played a HUGE role in helping you get through busy season.

Check out Jimmy Fallon’s Questions & Dancers segment about equal pay for women.

  • The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then marry him.
  • Cher

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Don’t Take Things For Granted

We live in a magical world. Please don’t take it for granted.

I work with CPAs in public practice. They are always busy. They are devoted to their clients. They sometimes take their families for granted. They are used to the newest and best business technology. I’m sure many of us, in the back of our minds, are thinking… just another day.

That’s why I am asking you to lighten-up this weekend and next weekend and every weekend and think about the joys of the magical world we live in.

I fly a lot and I still sometimes contemplate….. how can this be? I’m soaring through the clouds. I woke up in Dayton, Ohio and had lunch in Key West, Florida. It’s magical. My mother never flew. She just wouldn’t do it, she was afraid. My dad was more adventurous and we all urged her to accompany him. No deal.

This morning I watched a video about two “old” ladies flying for the first time. I hope you watch all of it, or just jump to the six minute mark.

Here’s the lead in text:

“One of the things I hate about today’s world is that we take EVERYTHING for granted. We communicate through light and electricity, fly in metal vehicles, and listen to music recorded decades ago through airwaves – yet everyone is like “whatever”. Which is why I love this video of two old women flying for the first time.”

The next time you FaceTime with your kids or grandkids or tell your car where you want to go and it talks you through getting there, think for just a few seconds about the magical life we lead.

  • If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.
  • Coco Chanel

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Some Thoughts For Baby Boomers

Those of us working in the CPA profession have been doing a lot of talking and writing about the fact that so many CPAs are Baby Boomers. In 2011, the oldest Baby Boomers began turning 65.

The prediction was (and still is) that 10,000 Baby Boomers would turn 65 each day for 19 years.  

If you are in this group, here are two quotations to help you cope.  Lighten-up!

“Almost half of the people over 40 believe they look younger than they are. This says something important about older Americans: We have terrible eyesight.” – - Dave Barry

“There’s only one alternative to getting older, so suck it up.” – - Whoopi Goldberg

  • You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.
  • George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Are You A Star Wars Fan?

From a story on Fast Company Create

A long time ago in a gallery far, far away hung a series of paintings that were fine, just fine. Now, however, an artist has rescued these pieces from a thrift store where they were frozen in the carbonite of total obscurity, and sent them out of this world.

A Canadian artist bought thrift store paintings and modified them to include characters from Star Wars.

See them here. And, lighten-up, it’s the weekend.

A few months back I featured a “lighten-up” post that contained Thomas Kinkade’s pictures modified for Star Wars.

Were any of you at the AICPA Practitioners’ Symposium in 2008 when I was Chair and played the role of “Princes Rita”?  See the picture here.

I continually encourage CPAs to implement, set goals and achieve them, try things, do things by using the following quote.

  • Do or do not. There is no try.
  • Yoda

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Time for something off-topic, humorous or even weird

The recent TV commercials for Lowe’s have made me smile. They are representative of our own home improvement efforts. We tried various thing off and on over the years and that’s why we now hire things done!

While the commercials make me smile, it’s the tagline for Lowe’s that I think applies to everyone working in the CPA profession no matter what your title or the number of years you have – - Never Stop Improving.

  • There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
  • Ernest Hemingway

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Transform Your Winter Dreams

For CPAs in public practice, this year St. Patrick’s Day is also one of your significant due dates! When this day passes, have a green beer and begin counting down the days until April 15. Think of today like this:

“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” 

Then start thinking now about summer magic for your firm!

St Patricks Day

  • May your home always be too small to hold your friends.
  • Irish toast

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – What Would You Name Your Band?

I enjoyed a post on the NPR network this week titled, Question Of The Week, SWSW Edition: What’s Your Fake Band Name?

The author, and two others, listen to 1500 artists to prepare for SXSW. After listening to so many they identified trends in the names of bands. The two most commonly occurring words are always “black” and “DJ.”

Using technology, they compiled a list of all of the bands playing SXSW this year and used the list to create a tag cloud. The names used most often are in larger type.











Follow this link to read the entire (brief) post. It’s interesting to see the replies to the post where people suggest their own fake band names.

What would your fake band name be?  Lighten-up, after this weekend you will be in the final sprint toward April 15th.

  • I don't know how much more expressive you can get than being a rock and roll singer.
  • Robert Plant

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

International Women’s Day – The Google Doodle

I always enjoy the various Google Doodles that appear on various days throughout the year. This morning I was pleased to note that it is International Women’s Day.

It’a a good excuse to pause and consider our wonderful women in accounting. They make such a positive difference for their profession, their firm and for other women in accounting.

Read this article on Forbes about today’s Google Doodle.


Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

What Was Your Very First Job?

Some of the most successful CEOs in the country had some interesting first jobs. You can check them out in this article – Surprising First Jobs of 10 Famous CEOS - on the Fast Company site.

How about having some fun during this busy time of year inside your firm or office?

Have everyone describe in a few sentences their very first paid job. Then perhaps your firm administrator can create a matching game with the data, listing the jobs and the names of all team members.

At a group in-office lunch, those attending play the matching game with the forms supplied by the administrator. Prizes are awarded to the people making the most correct matches.

Firms across the country, during this time of year, participate in fun things like this. One year The Association for Accounting Administration compiled ideas and offered a booklet titled, The Fun-tastic Firm to the members. Be sure to share these ideas with your AAA Chapter members and at your CPA firm association meetings.

Tax season is a game. You are doing what you do best and hopefully enjoying the challenges.


  • Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
  • Michael Jordan