Losing my Virginity! - Focus CPA

Losing my Virginity!

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No this isn’t about sex. It’s about facing the unknown and doing something new. I just read Richard Branson’s book “Losing my virginity, how I survived, had fun and made a fortune doing business my way“. For those who don’t know of Sir Richard Branson, he is a flamboyant philanthropic British businessman that has created and promoted the virgin brand for …

Expiration Dates | Focus CPA

Expiration Dates

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My husband, Steve, made Mac n Cheese recently. Not an everyday meal in our house. When he checked the expiration date, he was shocked.  The date was 2015! It had been in our pantry for 3 years. That discovery sent me to the medicine cabinet to check the over the counter medicines. Another shock – I threw out all but …

Toss Out Your SMART Goals | Focus CPA

Toss Out Your SMART Goals

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Do you find it hard to set goals? Are your goals bringing the joy and happiness you are searching for? I learned to set SMART goals – goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. Goals designed for efficiency and action that will create the results wanted. Personally, I find them lacking the emotional motivation. I see myself “keeping my …

Being Lucky | Focus CPA

Being Lucky

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Are you lucky? Maybe luck in just being prepared and watching for opportunities. During a very challenging time of my life, I depended on a 50/50 chance – a 50% chance of good luck. It provided hope. As my life settled down, I realized that good luck or bad luck was completely a matter of perspective. If you wait long enough something …

Building a Positive Attitude at Work

Building a Positive Attitude at Work

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Through experience I have uncovered a few tools that have helped me unleash happiness.  My list of seven actions comes from life experience and the research that I have done to enjoy life. Be polite.  Being polite is a sign of respect.  Saying please and thank you while working with others is an expression of respect.  In many cases, we …

Finding the Happy Button at Work

Finding the Happy Button at Work

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Valentine’s Day brings thoughts of romance and happiness to mind.  Romance at work is usually discouraged but happiness can be a real thing in the workplace. While reading the “The Art of Happiness at Work” it revealed a few secrets. The most obvious one was attitude. The attitude we choose – yes, we choose – can bring us happiness or …

If You Want to Go Far, Go Together

If You Want to Go Far, Go Together

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There’s an old African proverb that says “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”   This was the theme at James, my son, and Lauren’s wedding last month. It was held in the shadow of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona. I was amazed at the passionate support expressed from family and …

New Year Resolutions: A Checklist for Your Business

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Now that most businesses are gathering last year’s financial information it is a great time to review the results and make resolutions for the upcoming year.  To help clarify your resolutions I listed some choices. It doesn’t matter if you are focused on growth, profitability, or reorganizing the following checklist will provide options to consider. I promise to value my …

Giving to Others - Is Your Donation Tax Deductible?

Giving to Others – Is Your Donation Tax Deductible?

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With the holidays around the corner, you may be donating to your favorite charity. However, come tax time, there are rules regarding donations to gain a tax benefit. Did you donate to a Qualified Charity? Gifts to individuals, political organizations, or candidates are not deductible. To check the status of a qualified charity, taxpayers can use Exempt Organizations Select Check on …