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Goals & Gratitude 10/11/19

Friday, October 11, 2019

Today has been a very exciting day! I woke up at 6 am and couldn't fall back asleep. I thought of some things I wanted to do so I got up. I have been going since then. The main thing I wanted to do was look at the AICPA's website (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) and see if I could join and figure out the requirements to take the CPA exam in a year or two. I've been wondering if I need to take more classes or if I'm good. I found the right information and discovered that I only need 5 more classes to sit for the exam. I thought I needed about 10! With that in mind, I should be able to finish all my classes by the end of 2020.

Also, I learned that I could join for free as I'm a student. I don't know all the benefits as I haven't figured that all out yet, but I know I'll get some newsletters and can take professional development classes online. I really want to go to a conference, if there are any in the area, to network. So I looked at the many, many conference offerings over the next 6 months and found one that looked good: the AICPA's Women's Global Leadership Summit. It's in San Diego for 3 days in November and I think it would be really good for my career after looking at the sessions that are being offered. The problem? It's $1,095 for the registration fee. I can easily find a place to stay for 3 days, but that's a hefty sum. So I've spent all day today, in between doing chores and homework, thinking of ways that I can raise that money. I started a gofundme and have raised $215 so far, but because it's not an emergency situation, I don't think very many people will donate. I will keep posting it on Facebook and hopefully will get some more help.

I was also trying to think of something I could sell or do to make money. I cook well, but the pay back from cooking for other people is small when you figure in your expenses. Babysitting was suggested, which I might do, only I'm not really good with small children. Older ones I'm great with, but I'm totally scared of babies! While I was cooking dinner, I did think of something. Remember back in August when I went to my Dad's house and cleaned out my Mom's stuff (as well as my own)? A lot of it hasn't been donated, and a lot of it is really nice. So I called my Dad to confirm that he hasn't taken it, and I'm going to go to his house on Sunday, pick up everything, bring it home, and sell it on Letgo. I've used Letgo in the past and it's super easy. I believe I have mostly Christmas decorations and jewelry to sell. The jewelry won't go for much, but the Christmas stuff is valuable. I'm super excited about this and think that between my two ways of fundraising, I will make enough money. I can't wait for December!

Tomorrow's Goals:
1) Continue working on my two term papers. I'm completely caught up in 2 out of 3 classes through Monday. I only have one assignment due Monday and otherwise everything else is due a week from Sunday.
2) Continue the Battle of the Laundry.
3) Get to church in the evening. It's been several weeks since I've gone to church on a Saturday evening.

Today I'm Grateful For...
1) Great ideas!
2) The friends who are helping me out.
3) A yummy SP recipe dinner. (Linguine with Spicy Shrimp)
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