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Commit to Taking Care of Each Other

A bimonthly publication of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants Vol. 64, No. 5 January/February 2019


Victor A. Amaya, Chair Benjamin T. Hrouda, Vice Chair Christopher J. Telli, Treasurer Tawnya Y. Ramirez, Immediate Past Chair Mary E. Medley, Secretary



Kristine M. Brands, Renny Fagan, Dana J. Miller, Georgia Z. Phillips, Matthew O. Rolland, Randy L. Watkins

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very November, we gather at CPAs Make a Difference to celebrate and recognize two distinct groups of CPAs: colleagues who make their communities better places and the newest CPAs joining our ranks. This year, as I watched the newly minted CPAs walk toward the stage through a tunnel of congratulatory COCPA members and friends, I was struck by the realization: I was looking at the future of the profession. At such celebrations in years to come, some of these now new CPAs may return to the stage to be recognized for giving back to their communities – coming full circle.

colleagues’ well-being as you are with those who anchor your personal life. Look up, look around, and reach out. You can make an impact right in your own office community. Who needs to take a moment to fill up his or her own cup and stay healthy? Maybe it’s your co-worker. Maybe it’s you.

Now, with 2018 in the rearview mirror, many CPAs are gearing up for the busy season ahead and getting ready to knuckle down. In the rush to meet deadlines, it’s easy to become hyper-focused on what’s sitting on your desk, overlooking (or perhaps forgetting about) the bigger picture of what and who are around you.

In the rush to meet deadlines, it’s easy to become hyper-focused on what’s sitting on your desk, overlooking the bigger picture of what and who are around you.

I have something to ask of you: Take a look at your work “community” during this busy time. Self-care – for you and your team – is important. As you get ready to put your head down and soldier on, please check in with your co-workers – not just on business matters but on a personal level.

We’re able to give to others only when we take care of ourselves. When we’re healthy, we have the bandwidth to do more for others. Remember and commit to supporting the most important parts of the giving equation: you and your health, along with your co-workers and their health.

Work spills into life, and life spills into work. And especially at this time of year (or whatever time is your busy season), we often spend more time with co-workers than we do with our families and friends. Make a point to be equally concerned about your

People rely on us as CPAs to be our optimal selves at all times. Give yourself the best chance this season.

The CPAs we honor with the Everyday Heroes and Heroines award have found meaning in what they do. They put their skill sets to use, not only day-to-day in the profession but also by caring for others in their communities.

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COCPA NewsAccount – January/February 2019  
COCPA NewsAccount – January/February 2019