Small Business Updates

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Between the television commercials, news articles,and blog posts.. I have a feeling that it’s finally tax season. Why would I say finally? Well, because I’ve literally been thinking about this tax season for a year now.  I work as a CPA by day and specifically in tax. Ever since leaving my first job in public accounting, I’ve been contemplating starting my own accounting business on the side. I actually enjoy preparing tax returns but I hated working in a large firm setting.

Where We’re At

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Frugal Fun Winter List

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Winter can be such a drag. Especially when you are living in the north. It’s just too dang cold to go outside. It’s even been too cold to take Ruby for a walk! I feel so bad for her. While we’ve managed to go on a few very short walks, it’s nothing like her daily walk on her usual route. Poor girl is not too happy about this. I miss being outside too. I can’t wait for it to warm up a little bit. Since we still have a few months of winter left, I decided to make a list of cheap, fun indoor activities to keep me busy.  Here’s what I got:

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Never Stop Looking for Opportunities to Save Money

ID-10044795I’m wasting no time in the new year to start saving money. In the first five days of 2015, I’ve found two way to save more than$600! None of my saving strategies are revolutionary. Anyone can use these methods to save money. I will admit that saving money does require some effort. Companies will not volunteer up savings for you. Rather, you have take the time and energy to hunt the deals down yourself!  I can tell you that it is totally worth it. Here’s what I’ve done so far: [Read more…]

Goals for 2015

Happy New Year! The new year has arrived whether we are ready or not. I have to be honest, I haven’t taken a lot of time to consider or write down my goals for the new year. I think it’s because I know exactly what I want to accomplish this year. It’s a nice feeling to know exactly where you want to go. There have definitely been times where I felt like I didn’t know what I wanted to do or achieve. The tide has changed and I have a vision.  It’s going to be a very busy and hopefully a wonderful year. Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish in 2015:

  • Launch my tax prep business. I’ve written about this a few times. I’m ready to start working. The last step now is to get clients. I plan on telling my family and friends via Facebook and in general conversation. I hope to gain a few clients this year and slowly build the business.
  • Pay off our student loans. $22,000 to go, I know we can do this!
  • Most importantly, I want to change the way I live my life. I want to be calmer and be able to think more clearly. This year I want to practice Mindfulness.
  • Drink more wine, eat a little more cheese and enjoy a little more laughing. The point is, I need to enjoy life more and lighten up a bit. I need to have fun and this will be a priority. I would like to think that this should be a very fun goal to reach.

Happy New Year everybody!! I wish you all peace and prosperity in the new year. What are you hoping to achieve in 2015?

A Quick Hello

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Breakfast at Ann Sathers while in Chicago

I just wanted to drop by and say hello to everyone. I hope you’re all enjoying a nice holiday season. On Christmas Eve hubby and I flew out to Chicago and spent four days with my in-laws. We had a great trip and (surprisingly inexpensive). Now we’re back home and enjoying time off from work until January 5th. We’ve been spending most of our time hibernating: napping, crafting (well atleast me!), eating lots of yummy Christmas cookies and watching Downton Abbey nonstop. My sister gave us the first four seasons for Christmas and we can’t stop watching. Completely addicted.

Tonight I will be going to dinner with my family. After dinner we’ll go home and likely be ringing in the new year from the comfort of our cozy bed complete with a heated blanket. No crazy outings planned for us : )

I hope you are staying warm and merry wherever you are.