The Warrior Soul

ImageToday I ran across several great, motivating quotes and messages.  Honestly those messages came RIGHT ON TIME or shall I say…JIT. (corny) Favorite quote of them all…..

“The secret of victory lies not wholly in knowledge. It lurks invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning – the warrior soul. The fixed determination to acquire the warrior soul, and having acquired it, to either conquer or perish with honor, is the secret of victory.” General George Patton 

This quote hits close to home when it comes to achieving my goal of obtaining my CPA.  It’s what’s within that will allow me to achieve this goal.  Not the type of information I’m learning, or the amount, but my persistence, perseverance, my “warrior soul”.

 This leads to this weeks word of the week….Warrior. defines warrior as “a person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness”.  I must develop a warrior soul, a mind that is not easily defeated, discouraged, or put down.  One that can take a set back and turn it into a triumph.  As the quote says, I must have the “fixed determination to acquire the warrior soul” as it is the key to victory.  Starting today, I will become that warrior, one with determination out of this world.  One with the ability to be able to do what my mind sets out to do all while still maintaining all things important to me.  Adjustments will have to be made but I will not lose myself or those close to me during this process.  I will succeed, I will triumph, I will not be discouraged…I will obtain my CPA….with my warrior soul leading me to victory.  

On the study front…things are moving right along.  Of course I did NOT stay on schedule as I never do. 😦  Again…I strive to do better.  I’m in the midst of B3 and I can see the light of the tunnel.  I plan to finish B3 and start B4 tonight.  There’s no reason I cant be finishing up B5 by the weekend.  Then the usual (which I’m just getting the hang of) MCQ’s.  Oh well…gotta get to the books. 

I will pass this test!

Until next time….good night


All I’ve got is One Word…..REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW!


Last night was BAD.  Thankful for my supportive husband (love him so) who repeatedly tried to wake me up but it just wasn’t happening.  I was exhausted and had sooo much to do.  Things will get better…I will do fine.  Listening to lectures over and over again as a little review for the earlier chapters and I’m just going to keep pushing. Do whatever it takes.  I can do this….I will do this.  No matter what. 

Phillipians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who STRENGTHENS me!

Who am I to ever doubt THAT! So…in a nutshell….One word….REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW!

On a lighter note, I decided to post a picture of my guys. My motivation, the ones who keep me going and the ones I’m doing this for. I love them dearly and truly appreciate their support! ❤


On your Mark….Get Set……GO!

Today is my official start day (at least according to Becker) and I must say….it’s going to be a super busy week. The feeling of being overwhelmed has set in full affect and my mind is all over the place. Trying to stay focused and positive is something else. I failed to display my word of the week 2 weeks in a row which is completely unacceptable. Lol. Because we must only move forward and not back, I won’t be going back on those two weeks but I’ll strive to do better and NOT forget my post. There’s so much on my mind that I have no reason NOT to post at least 3 times a week.

This week’s word…….prioritize. This word means something this week more than EVER. I feel like I have a ton of things going on with my mother’s wedding and all and it is very important that I prioritize everything I’m doing. defines prioritize as to organize or deal with something according to its priority (the right to precede others in order, rank, privilege, etc.; precedence). It’s important while studying for this exam that I prioritize my activities. There are a ton of things I’d like to do but there is also a TON of work that needs to be done. Still B3-B5 lectures to go through and then to review the material, go over flash cards and hit the MCQ’s until I can’t do them anymore.

So with that said….I will continue the same type of schedule that I created last week for this week. I did just okay when it came to doing what I said. The weekend threw me off a little and I was distracted with an issue with my study material. I have to learn to NOT let little things get me down.

Weekly Goal: 20 hours

 Monday: B3 Lec 1 & 2 plus MCQ’s

Tuesday: B3 Lec 3 & 4 plus MCQ’s

Wednesday: B3 Lec 5 & B4 Lec 1 plus MCQ’s

Thursday: B4 Lec 2 & 3 plus MCQ’s

Friday: B4 Lec 5 & 6 plus MCQ’s

Saturday: B5 Lec 1 and 2 plus MCQ’s and weekly review

 Sunday: B5 Lec 3 and 4 plus MCQ’s cont weekly Review

I found a new blog…or website that I really like in regards to the CPA.

So, just like, it’s a place I can go to get encouragement and words of wisdom from others who are in the same boat I am. 

Time to get to work….Until next time….a few words of wisdom

 “Recipe for success: Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.” ~ William A. Ward

 “In time I too will get to do all those things, but first things first. Finish my CPA exam then we’ll go from there.”

Good Day 🙂


MCQ’s and Information Overload

As I get deeper into my studies I’m finding that fatigue is setting in more than ever. It’s like my body does NOT want to participate in this grand event. In fact it could care less about becoming a CPA and would much rather sleep. Regardless…it must get done. I refuse to become an energy drink dependent so liquid B12 has become my friend. #Whateverittakes. I’ve also decided to listen to classical music and instrumentals during my studies instead of music with words. I can’t handle all of the words and study the most interesting topic in my life. Either I’m no good at it or….I’m just getting old. 🙂
Now that I’ve made it deep in the heart of B2 everything is starting to run together. Now…this is only BEC (I say only as if BEC is nothing and I haven’t read people’s horror stories….heck…I haven’t even taken the test yet…who am I to judge) but it freaks me out to think what FAR will do to me. Let’s not jump ahead. One piece of the beast at a time. Let’s think of it as the upper body limbs, with FAR being the head, AUD being the body, and REG being the lower body limbs. So many formulas…so much economics (not necessarily my favorite subject). Just brings back memories of boring Saturdays in my MBA program attempting to understand what my instructor was saying. Regardless…by the time I get done with this I will know Economics and Business Cycles, Globalization and Financial Risk Mgt like the back of my hand. And if I don’t I better learn it QUICK. 4/1/12 is approaching.
A few days ago I set a weekly goal (which I plan on doing every Monday) and thus far, I’m sticking to plan with the exception of the Ninja notes. I’m having a hard time fitting those in. Need to fix that. Lectures are going well and I will still be way ahead of Becker’s schedule which starts NEXT WEEK!! So…38 days and counting. I’m on my way. B2 Lec 3 and most of 4 (prayerfully) at lunch. Then to knock out those 16 pages before I leave. That would be SWEET. Let’s see what I can do.
Until next time….
Good day! 🙂

40 Days and 40 Nights~YIKES!!

One thing is for sure…..time does NOT stand still. The weeks pass us by with no regards to our schedules, life, plans ANYTHING. Time just passes…seconds to minutes, minutes to hours, hours to days, and days to weeks. So, here we are. 40 days until the test. I made the first step and paid for the exam on Sunday (2/19/12) so I’m one step closer to making it “official”.

On the study front, I promised myself that I would get out of B1 and move on to B2. I’m currently doing my run through of B2 listening to the lectures (instead of music). Currently on B1 I really wanted to focus on going over the key terms and make sure I understand what I’m doing before moving on but clearly I need to get through this process a little faster. I want to try to stay ahead of Becker’s schedule as much as possible. The absolute last thing I want to do is get behind because….as we all know…time doesn’t stand still. I’ll be at 30 days before I know it (eeeeeeeeeeeek!) Today’s plan, finish up the B2 lectures that I actually have on the ipad (sadly forgot to put the rest of the lectures on there). Go back to B1 lectures since that’s what’s available to me at this time and re-re-listen to them. Lol. I really want to finish up B1 this evening. There’s no excuse why I can’t complete that task. If I don’t finish it tonight…(open house at Devin’s school which is no excuse….should be home by 8:30 the LATEST) then tomorrow morning need to knock it out. Tomorrow…B2 lecture 1 and 2 needs to be completed. It’s time to put it in 3rd gear. Get this stuff DONE. Another thing…lately I have NOT been able to get up and study or work out. I’m not sure what’s going on or why I all of a sudden CANT do something I used to do so easily as if it were nothing.  I REALLY want to start getting up early again and getting my business taken care of.  Another goal of the week.  Get up early and either work out or study.  JUST DO IT! 

Weekly Goal: 20 hours

Tuesday: Finish B1 Review, Review Flash Cards, 10 pgs Ninja Notes

Wednesday: B2 Lecture 1 and 2, Review Flash Cards

Thursday: B2 Lecture 3 and 4, Review Flash Cards

Friday: B2 Lecture 5 and Start Review; 10 pgs Ninja Notes

Saturday: Complete B2 Review, B3 Lecture 1, Review Flash Cards

Back to work I go….and let’s not forget…listening to the lectures.  Maybe I can squeeze a little studying in throughout the day….we’ll see.

Until next time…..Good day!

Words of a wise man….or woman :)

“Its a sick sick joke, but a herculean accomplishment!”


Has to be the “realist” thing I’ve read on my favorite CPA blog So true. This entire process, all the studying, all the money, the time, the commitment the lack of sleep, lack of energy, self doubt, self pity (and I haven’t even taken a test yet!!!). That shi CRAY!! But, a lot of things are crazy. The things we do for love, our children, the amount of hours we dedicate to our jobs. It’s all CRAY! But we do it, and after we reap the benefits from doing it, we’re glad we did. So with that said, I’m hoping (and praying) that I’ll feel the same way when I’m finished with this beast!

Good Day 🙂

Hello Becker…goodbye life

Studying officially began last week but the act of doing so got off to a start this week. I must say it’s coming along but let me tell you, it’s going to be tough. I didn’t think it would be easy….but certainly not this hard. Staying awake at night, the urge to watch one of my shows….and let’s not mention retaining all of the information being jolted my way. Nevertheless….what must be done MUST BE DONE. I’m determined to be finished with B1 by tomorrow (Wednesday evening bed time) and started on B2. Way too much to get done to piddle around in B1 forever. I need to be tackling my Ninja notes daily…at least 10 pages a day…so that will keep me busy also. While my social life may dwindle and my DVR may fill, the gym will still get my attention. My life will be consumed by my husband and son, working out and Becker….Can’t stop what I’ve started….I’ve come too far.
Decided to come up with a word of the week. This week’s word, Determined. defines it when used as a verb as “to come to a decision or resolution; decide.” I’ve determined that becoming a CPA is what I want to do; therefore, I will do it. Only one way to do that…..head in the books, out of the clouds…I can do this.