So it is well and truly into the new year.

Have you made new year’s resolutions and are you still keeping them?

By complete accident early this year I came up with this year’s motto which I personally think is a little more life changing. Let me set the scene for you. I had travelled to the Mornington Penninsula where a wonderful bookkeeper friend lives and runs her business. We had met at a conference a couple of years earlier and we kept harping on about how we should just spend some quality time together planning stuff in our own businesses. So we chiselled out the first week of 2017 to do just that.

I rocked up on the Monday public holiday to her home office where she was busily doing payroll for about 60 employees. The whole process was complicated with overtime, penalty rates and different awards. A couple of hours later, with a pizza run in the middle, all of the pays had been checked, processed and paid.

Towards the end of last year I had noticed that my attitude was becoming negative but seeing my friend see what she did every week and this was only for 1 client I then realised that I have no reason whatsoever to complain.

Later that evening I was explaining to a dear friend and staff member about the payrun that took place and she came up with this corker of a phrase gratitude not grumbling.


We now have this on display in our office and it helps us every single day to not get bogged down in the negative but to be grateful for what we have even if those are challenges. What phrase or motto would you use to describe this year?

Here are some of my girlfriends phrases for the year for inspiration and the awesome thing is that we are holding each other accountable by asking each other for an example of how we have done that since seeing each other.


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