Your Blue Flame
Posted on November 6, 2020

“But questions are tricky, and some hold on tight, and this one kept Rosie awake through the night.” -“Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty @andreabeatyauthor

Five years ago when my first daughter was two weeks old, a friend suggested that I start my own bookkeeping business. Even as a sleep deprived new mom with a FT job waiting for me to go back to, I knew he was right. Thank you @dmackiv

My daughter was six weeks old when she went with me to purchase my first work laptop. She slept on my chest while I re-activated my CPA license and completed my QuickBooks ProAdvisor training. After my second daughter was born, I remember being on the phone to give a client QBO training and working with my right hand while my left hand was holding a paci in her mouth so she would sleep. When my third daughter was a newborn, she went with me for months to a client’s office. I’d put her in the Moby wrap and work as long as I could while she slept then feed her the bottle in the back of the minivan.

Three kids in a little over 3 years…there have been so many times when I was so tired but this business gave me the energy I needed. Even today, I sometimes get up at 4AM on a Saturday to get my work done. My eyes burn in the early morning but I love starting my day this way.

Recently, I read the book “Your Blue Flame” by Jennifer Fulwiler. @jenniferfulwiler It’s a great book! Bookkeeping/accounting is my blue flame. When I was younger I used to wish it was something different…something glamorous…exciting…cool. Now I don’t care!

When I started my business, I knew that this was what I was made to do. This is my God given talent to put out to the world.

Why am I writing about all of this? COVID and our recent political climate has changed our society in big ways. The current administration has put such ugliness out into the world and I’m trying (in small ways) to combat it with goodness. If we all follow our passion and do it with love we can make the small ripples in our communities that lead to big changes. This is for our own personal happiness and for the world our kid’s will inherit.

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” -Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Charleston, SC