Four years at Aqilla

Since going on maternity leave over 7 years ago, I’ve attempted working in several different jobs trying to fit it in with life as a new mum and working. I’ve been a full-time mum, I’ve attempted to work for myself as an accountant in practice, I’ve attempted to juggle 3 to 4 different accounting contracts at the same time, I’ve even gone off in a tangent and attempted other things like this blog and other writing gigs. However, in the last four years the one thing I have held onto has been working for Aqilla. Continue reading “Four years at Aqilla”

My Top 5 Accounting Blogs

Here are my top 5 accounting blogs and why I like them.  There are a lot of other people that I do admire in the tax and accounting world who are not listed here as they don’t blog or they don’t have a website.  However, as I like to blog, I tried to focus on bloggers only.

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End of another tax return season

End of another tax return season

January is always a crazy month. After the busy periods starting from about September with the start of school, birthdays, Christmas and Diwali, coming to the end of January feels like a huge relief.  You can read more about my January on the Accountingweb’s website. 

Another tax return season done. Continue reading “End of another tax return season”

Back to school and back to work…

Now that the girls are back at school I feel like I can get into some sort of routine.  Especially after the crazy year we have had so far, I’m hoping that with routine, I will have more time which means I can think about doing more work. Continue reading “Back to school and back to work…”

The Very First Week Of School

My daughter has almost completed one week of school. With all the rushing around over the last week, making sure I had everything and trying out the school run in between work and then actually starting school, I haven’t had a chance to stop and think until today. The whole idea of her starting school still seems a bit surreal and I’ve been nostalgically looking through her baby photos and videos not wanting to believe she’s almost 5. She seems to have settled in well after the first few days of bawling her eyes out and saying she doesn’t want to go to school. Today, she still said she didn’t want to go but for the first time, there were no tears just lots of hugs and a promise from me to pick her up at 3. We did have to talk through this on the walk into school though. She asked me to pick her up at 2 but I had to explain that I couldn’t because school finishes at 3 so I will pick her up then. I feel happier that I can leave her without her being in tears.

I knew the school run would be long and tiring especially as I will be sitting in rush hour traffic but to be doing this for next 18 years or so is already filling me with dread. Since we didn’t get any of our catchment school, the school we are going to takes about 1 to 1.5 hours there and back which I will be doing twice a day FOREVER! I’m leaving early so that she gets to school on time but the journey back is full of traffic. Also, at the moment I’m walking her in and waiting for her to go in and stop crying and clinging to me. Hopefully once she settles in, I can cut out about 20 minutes but it is still a long trip. I’ve already started looking for houses near the school although we still haven’t decided what our long term plans are for moving houses and possibly schools.

We’ve already had homework and reading books which at the moment is fine and easy to do. I’m sure once we get into a routine everything will be all okay but at the moment I feel like I’m constantly running around, working and doing things til late into the night and then have to get up early to start the day and I miss sleep so much. Today, I had absolutely no motivation to do any work, mainly because I was tired but Wednesday is one of the only days where I get the whole day to myself – no kids, no husband so it should be a productive day. But I resisted it so much today and spent the day dreaming about not having to work for a living. I would watch day time TV while eating breakfast and lunch, go to a yoga class, maybe even have a nap, read a book and I would do a little bit of work if I got a bit bored. I’m dreading tomorrow when I will have to catch up on everything I avoided doing today.

Not really a motivational saying this week but just something to tie in with schools:

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Another attempt at a weekly blog

I still have nothing to write about but I do want to keep writing so I’m having another go at doing a weekly blog on here.  Unfortunately, I still don’t know how to get followers and get feed back.  I understand that I need to comment on at least two blogs if I ask for feedback so I will try and do that but I generally do comment on the blogs I like and if I see something I like.

I’m really liking work at the moment.  What I’m not liking, is the time its taking me to do things.  In the morning, I feel I have lots of hours to get some work done but then before I know it, my morning has gone.  Sometimes, I can blame social media but this morning it was definitely not that.  Last week, I put a blog up on here which on Accountingweb got quite a few views and comments, but I’ve got hardly anything on here.  I’m on here because I wanted a different audience but maybe I need to blog on a mum and baby website but even that I don’t know how to get readers.

Blogging is almost like a full time job but without getting paid, although there are ways to get income.  To be fair, my blog on Accountingweb did get me my two sub contracts which I am really enjoying so I shouldn’t moan too much but somehow I still want time to write and work and do my yoga and look after the kids.  I don’t ask for much!

This is a really waffly blog and I’m going to use it to test things.

As usual, here’s my quote for the weekend:

Note to self: None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself as an after thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be mad. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else. – Nanea Hoffman (Sweatpants and coffee)

 

Say my name

What I forgot to mention in the first post is how I came about blogging.  For us geeky accountants, there is a specialist accounting website called AccountingWEB.  I posted several blogs on there about how hard it was to be a good mum and still be an accountant and whether I wanted to work, stay at home, work full time, part time, for someone, for  myself and all my whingeing got me noticed and promoted to a featured blogger!

When I first started blogging, I called myself novice blogger because I had no idea what I was doing. To be honest, I still don’t which is why I’m doing this blogging 101. When I got promoted to feature blogger on AccountingWEB,  I got asked if I wanted to change my blog title and add a picture which I excitedly did.

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However, as it’s an accounting website, I feel guilty blogging too much mummy stuff. It just doesn’t seem right and so I came over to here so I could blog about anything I wanted.

For ages I remained anonymous (I think) but with a little slip here and there, I don’t think I am anymore and I’m not sure if I mind too much. However, I still don’t have the guts to share my blog links on Facebook or Twitter or any social media websites.