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  • FEBRUARY 2020 – Be Nice

    FEBRUARY 2020 – Be Nice

    I remember my Mom telling me “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. I struggle with the words being tossed around in the news today. Majority of what I hear is “he said, she said”. I like facts, but they seem hard to find. The ease to give opinions anonymously and the constant need to ... Read MoreRead More
  • JANUARY 2020 – Hindsight is 20/20

    JANUARY 2020 – Hindsight is 20/20

    It’s hard for me to believe the Year 2020 is here! They say hindsight is 20 20 and I have 60 years of history to learn from. What am I going to do with all that information? I made a list of 5 things I have learned. Download NewsletterRead More
  • DECEMBER 2020 – Having Faith

    DECEMBER 2020 – Having Faith

    For the last 5 months I searched for a CPA to hire. I only got 2 resumes throughout that whole time and those that applied did not qualify. The labor market was tough. As tax season approached my stress level kept rising. Throughout the process I kept reminding myself to have faith. It will work out. Download NewsletterRead More
  • NOVEMBER 2019 – Staying Positive

    NOVEMBER 2019 – Staying Positive

    Is easier said than done! When you have a small business, there is always too much or too little. Too much work, too little time, too much cash, too little cash, too much space, too little space, etc. the list goes on. Over the years I have empathized with clients. Yes, I have felt the ups and downs, but this ... Read MoreRead More
  • OCTOBER 2019 – Ghost & Darkness

    OCTOBER 2019 – Ghost & Darkness

    One of my favorite movies is Ghost and Darkness, it is about two man eating lions that slow down the building of a railroad in Tsavo, Kenya in the early 1900’s. The movie stars Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas. I’ve watched it many times. In 2016, I went to Kenya and visited the famous area of Tsavo. I missed the ... Read MoreRead More
  • SEPTEMBER 2019 – Act III

    SEPTEMBER 2019 – Act III

    The curtain is rising, but the play has not been written yet. I just celebrated my 60th birthday and 15 years at FOCUS CPA. I read about a concept of dividing your life into 3 Acts. Our life expectancy is about 90 years – so each act lasts 30 years. This month I am starting my Act III. Download NewsletterRead More
  • AUGUST 2019 – Relaxing

    AUGUST 2019 – Relaxing

    Ahhh. I just got back from San Diego, CA. I attended a conference and learned some new things. I also took time to relax touring the city and visiting with family. They say that all work and no play is not good for the soul. Taking vacation is a great time to revive your soul and spice up life. Download ... Read MoreRead More
  • July 2019 – The Underdog

    July 2019 – The Underdog

    The definition of an underdog is “a competitor thought to have little chance of winning a fight or contest.” A person starting a new business is a perfect example of an underdog. Statistics show that a new business has a 50% chance of survival. Download NewsletterRead More
  • JUNE 2019 – Life is Good

    JUNE 2019 – Life is Good

    People who have good health have many dreams; those that are struggling with their health have only one – to be healthy. My life is good so I have many dreams. Each summer one dream comes true every year. It starts in spring then summer arrives and my backyard comes to life. In the morning and evening, I survey my little ... Read MoreRead More
  • MAY 2019 – The Storm is Over

    MAY 2019 – The Storm is Over

    Whew! Tax season is finally over. This one came at full force with the new tax law, new staff and bringing on new clients. The IRS shutdown didn’t help. The big wave was the release of the final regulations in February on the major tax law passed in December 2017. Our tax software was updating almost every day. We are ... Read MoreRead More
  • APRIL 2019 – Spring is Close

    APRIL 2019 – Spring is Close

    Every spring I get a beautiful surprise! In early March, I discover fresh sprouts on the garden rhizomes and bulbs sitting in my basement. I dug them out last fall before the frost hit. I am always in a rush so they end up dumped in baskets, boxes and paper bags. I store them in the unfinished part of my ... Read MoreRead More
  • MARCH 2019 – Life in the Fast Lane, Or Not

    MARCH 2019 – Life in the Fast Lane, Or Not

    Earlier this year I was caught in a car chase. I was minding my own business, going home on a Friday night when I notice flashing lights about a block behind me. I pulled over to the side. A truck passed me and another car came flying down the road almost hitting my back bumper. It then sped around me ... Read MoreRead More

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