Posted in Uncategorized, tagged accountant, accounting, cpa, new jersey, new york, nj, ny, spring, springtime, tax season, team on April 9, 2012 |
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Post by Lauryn Hanrahan
As I looked at my calendar this morning, I realized there are only a few more workdays left in tax season. Lately, I’ve been feeling a lot like an elementary-schooler, wanting to make a paper chain countdown until April 17th. I would have to say that before this past week, I hadn’t really felt the pangs of busy season. However, something must have changed over the last seven days because now I’m exhausted, either slightly grumpy or in giggle fits from lack of sleep, and I believe I have forgotten what my house actually looks like in the daylight.
Despite the drawbacks, there are benefits to our situation. Yes, we may practically miss our families for three months, but I think we get something in exchange. At dinner the other night, I looked around the table at all of the people I have come to know, talking and laughing and sharing stories, and realized that I had gained a second family. I thought that, if we’re all pretty much living at the office, at least we get to be here with fantastic people.
Over my short 22 (almost 23!) years of life, I have learned that people come into our lives for a reason, and that we need to take advantage of that reason. Through busy season, I have realized that there is so much to be gained from the people around us. Whether it’s tax return advice or life advice, I’m finding that the people I work with have some pretty great suggestions. As long as I’m at Withum, I will continue to soak up as much knowledge as I can. It would be silly of me not to take advantage of the wealth of information around me.
As busy season draws to a close and spring blooms, I look forward to spending my evenings and Saturdays outside of the office and spending some much-needed time with friends and family. I’m also looking forward to seeing the sun again. Although I certainly don’t want to continue with busy season hours, I’m going to miss weekly dinners with my “work family.” I suppose we’ll have to get together somewhere outside of the office…with no tax returns, good food, regular clothes, and maybe even wine. Yes, definitely with wine.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged accountant, accounting, cpa, new jersey, new york, nj, ny, spring, springtime, tax season on April 4, 2012 |
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Post by Dan Asbaty:
This week marks the start of spring, which means as accountants, we are absolutely in the thick of things. Thus far, the weather has been unseasonably warm and that “Springtime itch” to get outside has been acting up far too much as of late. Over the past few days, the most trying task has not been a workpaper, tax return, depreciation schedule, or client deadline… it has been fighting the urge to forget about all of our responsibilities and enjoy the unbelievable weather that we’re experiencing.
Typically this time of year is filled with the excitement of March Madness, milder temperatures, and more hours of sunlight. However, I am finding that all of these things make a first-year accountant’s life and job that much more challenging. Everywhere I look people have been enjoying and celebrating the end of winter and beginning of spring. Whether via Facebook posts, text, Twitter feeds, or even an old fashioned phone call, I have been constantly reminded of just how great it feels to enjoy the outdoors in early spring. With all of that in mind I began to get a little restless and turned to my co-workers for advice.
In speaking with a few individuals I began to realize that they all felt the exact same way. Each and every person, most of whom have been through busy season numerous times, could relate to how I felt and really shared my yearning to get outside and capitalize on the gorgeous conditions. In speaking with my office mates, who have quickly become my very close friends, I took solace in knowing that I was not the only one “missing out”- Of course, we all wanted to blow off our burdensome schedules and bask in the delight of a beautiful spring day, but instead, we stayed… committed to our work, our profession, our clients, and each other. Somehow, that conversation left a smile on my face. In just a short discussion I had gone from looking outside with an insatiable desire, to feeling happy working at the office with my friends, knowing that deep down we all felt the same way.
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