Goodbye 2016

Goodbye 2016
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It's a little early but its coming up to that time of the year again when I look back and reflect on the year and I'm so glad 2016 is almost over. It's not just for everything thats happened in the public and political scene. Although that seems crazy enough - Brexit and Trump? Who'd have thought? And so many amazing and famous people have died this year. However, the craziness doesn't end there as my year has been just as busy. 

It started off with a death and almost before we could have a chance to breathe, we moved houses for my daughters school after having a big dilemma about taking her out of private school. Next, I went on a unexpected trip to India before celebrating my husbands 40th birthday.  We've had constant work around the house since we've moved in as so much needed to be done and finally when we decided to plan a holiday to have a break from all this, we came back to a burgled house.

Work around the house started again.  This time in order to make it safer and to repair the damages done by the theft and there's still more planned before the end of the year. I just can't wait for this year to finish and hopefully have a better year next year.

I know when I was younger, you used to get magazines which would forecast how the year was going to be. I feel like getting one just to check what the stars says about 2017 before I start getting my hopes up for a better year. Although, I'm not sure they still do things like that in magazines any more. 

One thing for sure is that my husband has been amazing. When I feel like I can't take this anymore, he's just somehow made it better. Recently, he's taken charge of putting the girls to sleep especially as I usually fall asleep trying to put them to sleep. He's also been a lot more decisive about getting things done and bought around the house. 

I've also had doubts a few months ago trying to decide whether or not to carry on doing accountancy and having my own practice. I've decided to keep going at least for another year and see how it goes. I don't want to be too big as I don't think I could cope. Ideally I'd like to remain a sole practioner focusing mainly on tax returns, micro businesses and writing.

The writing part is still hazy and I'm not sure how I'm going to work with that yet. I'm hoping after reading lots business related self help style books, something from them has somehow absorbed into me by just holding the books. (I used to fantasise about this when studying for exams!) 

Assuming nothing major happens this year, I feel like I've found a focus for my own practice and I'll see how it goes. It is winter though and the last two winters have not been so great. Any unscheduled calls from my mum, especially late at night or early in the morning worries me a little. 

About A mum and an accountant

Attempting to be an amazing accountant and an amazing mum, somehow combine the two and meet somewhere in the middle but currently failing at both.  Hoping that in a few years I will have found something I enjoy doing or found some sort of work life balance and will be in a less stressed out place but until then, or as I get there, I think I will vent all my frustrations out on these blogs! And the responses I've had to the blogs have been quite nice which spurs me on to keep going.

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