Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Last Word

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Last Word

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I wake up early and try to make the most of my day. I'm usually at work before 7. I don't take a traditional lunch break. I make sure to get to the gym, then I pick up my son and spend a good, quality three hours with him. I might have an evening event with the Junior League of Boise, or I might work more if it's the busy season.

My local volunteering takes about 40 hours a month. My role on the AICPA Women's Initiatives Executive Committee (WIEC) is 10-30 hours a month, depending on travel. I think work/life balance was a big buzzword probably about 10 years ago, and I don't think you truly have balance all the time. It's all about integrating everything--work, family, and volunteering.

The biggest benefit for me in volunteering is knowing that someone is being improved. Maybe it's the young girl who went through the Junior League's "Especially Me!" training, which is a course where we talk to tweens about self-esteem, life changes, bullying, and social media. When I know that that girl wasn't able to ask her mom a very difficult question, and we can answer that question in a safe environment, that's meaningful.

Through the Junior League, I'm able to volunteer at The Idaho Foodbank, where we stuff backpacks for kids. We give them two evening meals, two lunches, and two breakfasts, so kids have food for the weekend. They don't see us, but we know we've helped out a child. I know that I'm giving back to the community where there is a need, a need that people don't always talk about.

I guess I got into accounting when my morn asked me to start looking at her checkbook when I was 12 or 13. She's not financially savvy; she's more the science side. I had opened my first checking account around that time--I had a paper route, so I needed to put my money somewhere. After that, she realized I could do math, and she had me balance her checkbook. Since then, I've loved doing accounting and numbers.

I originally was going to school to be in commodities or brokerage trading. I was a finance major. Later, I thought about maybe going to law school, so I got my paralegal certification and dabbled in the law. …

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