By Bryan Carpenter, The “Craft Beer CPA”
I can’t believe 2017 is almost over. I hope all of our members had a great year and I wish you all the best for 2018!
I like to use December as a month of reflection. It’s a good time to look back on the past year and evaluate the positive and negative aspects, and congratulate yourself on any major goals/milestones you achieved. I personally like to find a secluded spot along Sunset Cliffs overlooking the ocean to ponder these things. I typically have so many things constantly going on around me that I forget how important it is to take a timeout. I also utilize this time to think about the year ahead and what new goals I want to accomplish in the upcoming year. If this is something that you have never done before, I highly recommend blocking out a half hour where you have no distractions, find a place to relax and allow your mind to wander.
Here’s what our chapter’s been up to since my last President’s Message:
In November, I attended the CalCPA Council meeting, where Jim Johnson from University of North Carolina gave an extremely interesting and eye-opening speech on diversity and inclusion, and the consequences of a growing inequality in America society, particularly as it affects socially and economically disadvantaged youth. It’s more important than ever for professionals such as ourselves to provide mentoring and guidance to the next generation.
Our chapter has historically partnered with an amazing organization in San Diego called Junior Achievement, which provides the opportunity for volunteers to impact a large number of students in a short span of time. As a volunteer, you will inspire and prepare young people for their futures and help youth avoid the financial pitfalls that many adults face. I’ve participated in this program in the past and one of the most rewarding things was when one of the students in the second grade class came up to me afterwards and told me that he wanted to be an accountant just like me when he grew up. If this interests you, please reach out to either Tamara Ferguson or myself for more information on how to get involved. I highly encourage all of our members to participate in this program.
In conclusion, I’d like to leave you all with a TED talk that I’ve found to be inspirational. In keeping with the theme of self-reflection from my title and first paragraph, I’ve selected two TED talks: Redefining Rest: Slowing Down to Speed Up! by Bec Heinrich and The Power of Rest and Reflection by Daniel Rubin.
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