Challenge accepted, Dallas Browning

I liked to be challenged. I like when people push me and give me advice. Today I went to lunch with a friend and mentor, Dallas Browning. At one point he asked, “What is your unfair advantage in life?” That is not an easy question. I struggled to find a real answer.

Here are some of the things Dallas pointed out: That I am good at getting stuff done. I have the ability to organize pieces together and make things happen. I am humble about my strengths. I am discerning of people. I am authentic.

My first thoughts go like this as he is saying those things: What do I get done? Here I am 25-years-old with one and a half years left in school. I know I am missing out on opportunities in the working world because I made the decision to go back to school. I am surrounded by 18-22 year-olds, and in some cases competing with them to stand out and get noticed. I’m living in my in-laws basement! I make a couple hundreds dollars a month. Am I humble about my strengths or do I not allow myself to see them? The last two, I totally agree with (see I am not humble about those).

Another thing he asked about was if I blog or write regularly. My heart kind of sinks when I think about how little of writing I do these days.

And so, this is the challenge I referred to, the challenge I am accepting, a blog post is being written. And a series of post will soon follow. Because I need to let go of some fears I have had about myself lately. I need to share my experiences and thoughts somewhere.

I need to unwind from the little ball I curl into and reach out.

Photographer LeeYen loblee.com
Photographer LeeYen loblee.com

Writing Sample: Five features in GL that save you time.

Caselle’s General Ledger (GL) is the center of the integrated-solutions universe.  Its also the piece that connects your city Treasurer, Utility Manager and Accounts Payable Manager, and makes work easier.

Shelley Reeves, City of Grace ID, said using the checklists in GL is one of her favorite features.

“When I first started here they were a huge help to me, they make everything so easy, just follow the checklist and you’re done,” she said.

Here are five features in GL that offer time-saving, stress-reducing solutions you might not know about

Connects With All Parent Applications

Caselle is a true ERP management software.  GL directly connects with parent applications, eliminating the need for manually recording related transactions. (Go here to see full list of parent applications.)

Includes Budget Routines

The budget routines allow you to easily create new budgets based on prior or current year data. Those amounts can be increased or decreased by a specific percentage during the budget creation process.

Track Cost for Community Events or Projects

By using the Activity Reporting feature you can view the total cost and income for a big event, like a town festival such as New Castle’s Burning Mountain Festival. 

The activity can even span multiple fiscal years, allowing you to see total cost of activity during that time frame. Activities also group costs that may have been recorded using various GL accounts.

Save Time Reconciling by Importing Cleared Checks

Most banks provide you with a way to download cleared transactions. Use this information to import the cleared checks for your bank reconciliation.

Export Information Easily

Do you need to use information from GL in a spreadsheet or other application? Exporting information from General Ledger can be as easy as printing a report, and saving the values to a file. We’ve made it even easier if you use the Caselle add-in for Microsoft Excel to link your spreadsheet directly to the GL database.

Do you have more you’d like to share? Visit our Forum and join the discussion. Share your favorite features with other communities.

Why Women Who Have Lost a Child Can Be Mad

Does it bother most people to watch a friend or family member post their pregnant belly selfies? Or post the cute one-sies and outfits they are getting from friends and family? Probably not bothersome, might annoy a few. 

For a woman who has lost a child and never got to experience some of those moments, its rough. 

I wasn’t even showing at 20 weeks, I have a really long torso and carried the baby really low. I never posted a “baby bump” photo, it simply wasn’t there yet. 

I might have felt the baby move one time, but its hard to tell because I know sometimes that feels like gas. 

I knew my baby’s gender for a week, and had barely got used to the idea of calling ‘it’, ‘her’.

I didn’t get any outfits or clothes. 

For a moment I am going to have a pity party and scroll past all those types of posts as fast as I can.

I am allowed to have that. 

**Doesn’t mean I am not excited for all the pregnant mothers out there. I am so excited for them**

Photo shoot May 12, 2014

I decided I want to do some modeling again. I think its fun. Its challenging. And I am taking it seriously, but not too seriously. Seriously in the sense that I will be selective as I choose to shoot with people, and want to be professional. As a recent friend of mine said “Oh you aren’t doing a bunch of trade work to boost your ego?”

May 12, 2014

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