Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Friday, March 17th, 2017

You Might Think You Are Ordinary But You Are Not – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

“With good friends, you can’t lose.” – Kermit the Frog

I like this post for St. Patrick’s Day. I last used it in 2011. It still applies – So eat some green bagels or cupcakes and have a green beer this evening and think about NOT being green. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Can CPAs relate to Kermit and his tale about:  It’s not easy being green?

As Kermit says, “Wouldn’t it be nicer being red, or yellow or gold?  Green seems like you blend in with so many other ordinary things and people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water.

Perhaps, because you are a CPA you might feel ordinary or under-appreciated.  Well…. YOU ARE NOT!

As Kermit continues, “But green’s the color of Spring and green can be cool and friendly-like and green can be big like an ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree.  When green is all there is to be it could make you wonder why, but why wonder why wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful and I think it’s what I want to be.”

  • My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.
  • Jim Henson

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – The Generations

“Live your life and forget your age.” – Norman Vincent Peale

The Greatest Generation and the Silent Generation have, for the most part, left the workforce. You are dealing with Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials. Generation Z is approaching your doorstep.

Here’s a recent run down on the numbers. Gen Z, as you can see, will bring big numbers into the workforce.

Have a great weekend!

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  • A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
  • Robert Frost

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Time For Something Off Topic

“Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

I often forget how much I love poetry. Years ago, I would buy poetry books and actually read them cover to cover.

I imagine you have heard this one, First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay, but probably never knew the author.

If you use your imagination, you can probably relate the words of this poem to how many of you feel about the CPA profession.

First Fig

My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But oh, my foes, and oh, my friends-

It gives a lovely light.

  • Set the foot down with distrust on the crust of the world - it is thin.
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay

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:

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  • 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.

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  • 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.