Category Archives: Tax Season

I Am Sooooo Going to Be Burning the Midnight Oil Tonight!

But you know what?

I am cool with that.

I brought home 3 work projects for the weekend that I wanted to complete.

I am going to be able to pull off two of the three, with the third one being completed tomorrow while in the office.

Again, I am cool with that.

I always think I can do so much at home on a weekend…but then my life butts in and I am like – Oh, that is right.  I have other things to do to be a completely well-rounded individual who has to do everything for herself because she has no partner! hahahaha

This weekend I have been in heaven, times ten.

I haven’t gotten so much done in my home in such a loooooooong time.

I moved into my new condo a month and a half ago, and to date, I hadn’t done much outside of the basics (unpack items needed for true survival).

But, holy cow, now I finally feel so complete and centered and happy since I have been actively making my place MY place.

This is the first weekend in such a loooong time that I actually left my home and drove anywhere.

And normally I LOVE DRIVING!

But with commuting daily for work in the DC area, which really is up there with the commute/traffic of NY & LA, usually once I arrive home on a Friday, I do not leave again until Monday.

There are so many great things that I hope to pull off for my home in the next few weeks/months.  I cannot wait to share!

And there are so many more great things I hope to learn in the next few years to further my career and shape my future.

Long story short, sometime you need to “play hooky” to bring your VERY BEST self to the table.

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California Dreamin’

In about 2 hours, I was due to jump on a plane and fly out to California to see my sis and fam for the weekend!

Crazy, I know.

I was going to take the red eye back – land about 5:30 am on Monday – rush home, shower, change and head into work like – What?  I’ve got this, no big deal. hahahaha

Sadly, the receptionist at my firm resigned on Wednesday of this week due to health reasons, after already being out for a week and a half.

Um.  Yes.  This would be occurring at the on set of  the 2018 tax season.

Her position is…..my right hand person.

I wish her well and then some.  Really!

But holy moly, that puts me in a very tough and demanding position for the next few months.

Such is life.

I/We will survive and thrive!

I rescheduled my trip to see my sis and peeps to June 2018 when the kids are out of school and we can spend some major fun time together!

By the way, I have already booked and paid for the flight.  I do not care who resigns when, what or where, we will figure something out because mama jets in June.

I am going to California in June for two reasons: (a) I already deserve it and will deserve it even more on the other side of this tax season AND (b) family is so important and I am going to love on mine.  In person.

However, let’s back this truck up and give credit where credit is due.

I threw out an idea for our tax season kickoff and to my surprise and delight, my bosses heartily agreed.

Not only that, but the office will be closing early one work day for this absolutely amazing fun kickoff event!  I certainly did not see that one coming.

I love *happy* surprises.

After all, we all really pretty much be living together at work until April 2018…..when the glorious tax deadline finally arrives….and then, hello, we are back to getting off at noon on Fridays and having real weekends until December.  Rainbows in sight!

At present, I can not say any more about this mind blowing surprise because this article will appear on my Facebook feed and I am Facebook friends with a few of my co-workers.

I certainly do not want to give away any info @ the surprise should they decide to read one of my post, yeah, for the first time. hahahaha  (You know that is how it would go down if ever they were to read my blog, it would be about this surprise. hahahaha).

My bosses are pretty darn cool.  For. Real. 

It takes a lot integrity and business smarts to take care of your employees in such a way that forges fun, relaxed relationships that spill over into the work/team environment, aka we are all in this together, let’s get it done.

Bottom line….wouldn’t you like to work with people who you respect, as well as, enjoy their company, who you know will tow the line and get things done without totally grating your nerves?

Work relationships are what drive the ship.

I am very grateful to be associated with a firm that wants it all – both for the company and the employees.  Talk about win-win.

I leave you with these visions, ideas, thoughts…and of course ask that you send up warm wishes for me and my co-workers to make it to the other side of April 2018…..tax season……hahahahha

Be the change you wish to see in your work environment (not fluffy words, seriously works).

The Best is Yet to Come!

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Opening Up to Love in 2017

This is the year I’d like to open myself up to having a relationship.

I mean for real.

I have been single for 10 or 11 years.

Yep.  You heard me right. I am like a born again virgin.

I have had some dates over the years, but I have not been intrigued enough by anyone to want to do anything about it.

There for a while I even had the opportunity of being “Mrs. Robinson.”

I tried it out a couple of times, but it didn’t work for me.  It is not my style, although, it was extremely flattering.

I have become quite comfortable being single.

And it took a while, but now those closest to me are comfortable with me being single too.

I think that shift happened in the last few years.

It is just a given, Lisa is single.

Before my dating hiatus, I had two long-term relationships, back to back, with one year off in-between.

My exes wanted what most people want – marriage, kids, etc.  I didn’t.

There are other reasons the relationships didn’t work out, but the underlying theme was simple – we each wanted different things and envisioned different futures.

Both of my exes are married now, and I believe one has children.

I recently found out that my first ex waited to get married until the fall of 2014.

That brought me comfort.

He took his time, like I have.

He is the one that got away in my world.

I wouldn’t change anything.  Things did not work out for a reason.

But he is the one I have cared for the most in my life.

As for me, I have made a couple of false starts of maybe wanting to date again.

But now I think I am ready, now as in on the other side of tax season.

Last month I was extremely busy with a January 31st deadline.

I remember waking up one morning at 3:30 am thinking about work – I need to do this, I need to do that, this needs to changed and oh, don’t forget that other thing!!

And then I thought – Holy Cow!  I need to get a life!!

And that is when I started thinking about how nice it would be to be in a relationship again.

So on the other side of tax season, I will seriously get out, get involved and meet new people, because I could use more friends too.

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Look Out Ukrops 10k, Here I Come!

I am pretty excited… I’ll  be joining a group of lovely ladies to participle with in this year’s Ukrop’s 10k on Saturday, April 1st!

It is something I’ve tried to do annually with my girl Janie since 2011.

In 2011, I was 40 and finished the race in 1 hour, 15 minutes and 53 seconds.

In 2012, I was 41 and finished the race in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 46 seconds.

In 2015, yeah I took a couple of years off, I was 43 finished the race in 1 hour, 22 minutes and 55 seconds.

And now in 2017, because last year I broke my foot and I could not participate, I will be 4 days into my 46th year of life and my only goal is…..to complete the race! hahaha

My times might not sound like all of that, but to me they rock.

You see, each time I just up and did 6.2 miles with no training in the middle of tax season and I have remained pretty consistent through the years.

I even get up at the crack of dawn, drive 2+ hours, do the race, have lunch and drive the 2+ hours back.

Now that alone has got to be impressive! hahaha

I am not sure what this year holds due to the extra weight I am carrying courtesy of the previously mentioned broken foot last year, but if I can remain consistent, I will be over the moon!

And even if I cannot, but I at least finish the race, well, I will still be as pleased as punch and proud of myself.

I hope you sign up to do something you think you might not be able to pull off this year too, it does wonders for the soul.

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HEY DUDE…You Did IT!

Late 2009 through 2013 have got to be some of the darkest days of my life.

I hope that was my mid-life crisis because I do not wish to experience and feel like I did during those years ever again.

I broke.  I mean I broke like I never dreamed possible for me.

Since then I have been building my life up again, day by day, year by year.

I have worked really hard all in areas of my life.

The ole broken foot last year set me back in the health and fitness department, and I am unclear about how I can get that side going again as I head into tax season with a newbie and for some reason challenged helper.

That really concerns me.

BUT.

This morning.  In this moment in time.  ALL IS RIGHT IN MY WORLD.

I did it.  I finally did it.  I got my Hey Dude license plates back!!

I have been trying to get those personalized license plates back since 2010!

My signature thing is – Dude.

Hang around me long enough and you too will be using the term frequently.

When I had the plates before, they made people happy and were conversation starters.

Complete strangers would walk by me and say – Hey Dude.  And I would be like – Hey Dude.

I remember a couple of times driving on the interstate and cars would pull up beside me giving me the thumbs up or rolling down their windows yelling – Hey Dude!!

Smiles and happy.

That is how I felt.

I had those plates at a high time in my life before, and now I have them back!

I worked very hard for those plates.

I deserve them.

And I will be enjoying them for the rest of my life.

Yep.  I am going to be in my 80’s or maybe even 90’s driving around with Hey Dude license plates on my vehicle.

Granted I will be driving 5 miles per hour and people will be yelling – Hey Dude Get Out of The Way!!!

But I will be hard of hearing and remembering the good old days as I flash them my thumbs up and big smile.

#HeyDude

#IAmHappy

#Finally

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Listen To Your Heart, Sharpen Your Mind & Pay Attention to Your Body

I was re-inspired to pick up my lifelong learning tendency again.

I’ve been studying audio books again since December 2015, because what else are you supposed to do when you are sitting in 2 hours of daily traffic to and fro work, you know that traffic you are not supposed to be sitting in because that was not part of the hiring agreement .

Sorry I digress, that is a very sore spot for me.

And that was complaining and bitching. hahaha

Anyhow, I have been studying audio book since December 2015.

The topics I have studied include: Inspiration, Spirituality, Health, Fitness, Self-Development, Money and Business.

I have purchased and listened to 47 books.   And some of them I have listened to many times over.

My focus for the last 9 plus months has been on business.

In particular, I have been studying extremely successful WOMEN and really taking heed in what they have to say.

One of the more recent studies was Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office by Lois Frankel.

Boy did she give me a lot to think about.

She totally blew my plans out of the water by making complete sense as to why I will not get to where I want to go on my current path.

In March, I will be turning 46 and I thought I’d be making $100k by that age.

That may sound like a lot of money, unless you live in the DC metro area and you are the sole-provider for your present and future living conditions and you presently rent so your cost of living increase annually.

In my vision, the $100k didn’t necessarily have to come from one source.

I am not lazy and could work on the side doing bookkeeping or so many other things for others.

But with my current job, commute and maybe even industry – that is not possible.

Frankel pointed out that many women earn certificates or degrees while working but cannot move up where they work once they complete their studies because they have been type cast and are only needed for the position they have been hired to fill.

She also shared that the new norm for those who want to move up is to work for a company for three to five years, learn all that you can and do everything you can for them….and move to another company with a higher position.

Gone are the days that you stay somewhere for your working career, unless of course you have made it to the top, then by all means stay and reap what you have sown and enjoy!

I’ve been with my current company, two different times and positions, for a total of five years.

I’ve learned a lot, and I feel like I have given a lot in return.

Now I want more, but not necessarily more in the way of duties.

I keep getting more and new things to do at work and that is awesome!

Slight problem, these additions are on top of what I was already doing.

So.  That is where I am.

My heart says, I want and can do far more.

My mind says, I am open and keep learning.

My body says, girl, you better get me back in shape!  Don’t you know it helps in all areas of life to be fit and attractive?

My broken foot last year and my love for margaritas have totally dorked up my body!

My focus now, due to tax season, is doing the best job possible at work while focusing on body (fitness and health) too.

That is about all I will have time for until all is said and done aka Tax Day Deadline.

And then we shall see what I can do with the rest of 2017.

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My Bummed Foot. I’ll Take It!

Last Tuesday I ushered in my birthday in a setting that I haven’t been in since my actual birth day, in the presence of a doctor.

I seem to have dorked up my foot.

This is my foot the night before my birthday…

Exhibit A: The Foot

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My foot got that big both Sunday and Monday night because I was working and it is tax season, which means I have to move around to get stuff done.

I cried myself to sleep both of those nights because it hurt so badly. So badly that at times I seriously thought my foot would explode.

The previous Friday I had gone to my regular doctor and she sent me to the hospital to have x-rays done.

Nothing was found so she told me to rest, ice it, elevate it, and stay off it as much as I could. She also told me to come back in a week if it hadn’t gotten any better.

Fast forward two days later, Sunday night, Exhibit A above, and I would say that things were going downhill fast.

First thing Monday morning I found and made an appointment with a podiatrist. The earliest they could see me was first thing Tuesday morning (aka my birthday).

I went and they did x-rays too. The doctor couldn’t find anything either so he sent me to get an MRI. Although he couldn’t find anything, he saw my foot in all of its glory and knew something was wrong.

They wrapped my foot in a soft cast and ace bandages and put a huge boot on it (which I am still wearing to this day and might have to for the next TWO MONTHS).

Exhibit B: The Boot

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Tuesday, my birthday, which I keep saying because it is so not fair this was all going down on my birthday, the only good thing about that day was that I was required to stay home and rest.

I had the MRI done Wednesday morning. It showed that I have a break running left to right in my 3rd metatarsal. Check out the diagram.

Exhibit C: The Foot Diagram

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Now. I have never broken anything. And this is slight versus a broken arm or leg or something.

But let me tell you. It still is uncomfortable and really gets in the way of business as usual.

No FitBit challenges. Difficulty driving. Walking funny and dorking up my hip(s) alignment.

And let’s not even talk about how long it takes me to shower or how I have to do yoga in the shower trying to keep my leg dry just to get clean.

It has only been a week and I am done.

Yesterday at work I was having a smoke. Taking a break for a sec. Thinking about how much this sucked and how badly I wanted to be back to normal.

I saw a couple walking into a restaurant.

The man had one of his legs amputated above the knee and was walking with hand crutches.

In that moment in time I told God – I am good. I’ll take me bummed foot and work with it!

So no more complaining for me.

Currently I am inconvenienced.

But this is not permanent.

And for that I am TRULY grateful.


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