preparing for Christmas

I had the day off today. It was wonderful. So nice to stay home, and just chill. I really should do it more often. Work is in that period of the run up to Christmas, when everything has to be finished, and it seems they want everything done by the 15th of December, so everyone…

processing frustration

two things happened today to cause me some frustration, and both involved dealing with men in my life, one being my boss and one being my husband, and both were connected to processes or lack of them. The boss and I had a bit of a culture clash today with a surreal discussion about how…

in praise of home office

Today I took a home office day. They are not really encouraged at our place, but it was so good. I could spend some extra time in bed, I did not have to dress up, nor take the train. That daily commute is so tiring, and such a lot of time. I saved nearly 2…

Doing it right first time

I first blogged this on our internal company blog. It sent my stats soaring and I have even made it to editors picks. So riding the wave of success, I have decided to also publish it here. This is how it started. I read this quote the other day from American coach John Wooden and it made…

My look back at 2015

2015 was a very memorable year for a lot of reasons. On a world stage we have an unprecedented number of refugees across the world, taking to small boats and risking everything to reach relative safety. Watching from the sidelines I have felt pretty helpless. My heart goes out to these people, and I have…

From employee to self-employed

Maybe it is something to do with me getting older and my bosses getting younger. Maybe I want to be free to come in at 10 and leave at 4, or work from home now and then without having to tell anybody or to ask permission. As i get older and wiser in the ways…

cooking the books

As an accountant I always take a deep interest in reports of accounting scandals. The latest one to catch my eye is the case involving Toshiba which, according to reports, overstated its earnings by £780m over several years with the full knowledge of top management. Heads are already rolling with the chief executive and President…