I took and passed the final section of the CPA Exam in late May (3 days before I got engaged!). Before that, it was 15 months of non-stop studying, worrying, and stressing.
Was it worth it?
Already, I can say YES.
Although, I’m still awaiting my CPA license in the mail (seriously, they are taking their sweet time), I can already see the doors that will open up for me. It’s a pretty sweet deal to be able to have this on the top of your resume:
Amber Balanced, CPA (BOOYAH!)
Okay, so maybe that last word isn’t included in my real resume, but having those three little letters behind your name is a real eye-catcher.
When people introduce me to others these days, it goes a little something like this:
“Hey, this is my super awesome friend, Amber. …she just passed the CPA Exam.”
I always laugh it off and wave my hand like I’m brushing that comment aside and say something like:
“Oh, geeeeeeez, it’s really not that big of a deal, guys….ha ha…well… actually it is, I gave up 15 months of my life to study for the exam. If you have a couple minutes, I’d be happy to tell you all about it…?”
Anyways, back to the point, here are a couple things I’ve got going on in my life since I’ve passed the exam:
- I work in accounting. My job title is “Accountant”. I know a lot about debits and credits and reconciliations and financial reporting and analysis and financial systems and all that uber-interesting stuff, but those aren’t things I’m truly interested in. I’d love to get into tax, but I also don’t want to work 150 hours a week (leaving only 18 to sleep and eat…). So, I’m currently looking for a part-time tax position for this winter/spring. I have several contacts at work (some who even have a tax business on the side), so I’m feeling out the best options. As a CPA, I really want to get some experience in corporate and partnership tax. I am pretty well-versed in individual tax (I mean, I’ve been teaching people about their tax returns since the age of 18, come on), but I haven’t seen every situation. I’d love to get the opportunity to do that over the next couple of years before we decide to let future-baby-Amber and future-baby-Lloyd take over our house.
- I have SO MUCH time now that I’m not studying. It is, pardon my slang, EPIC. You don’t even know. It’s the most amazing thing to be able to come home from work and do whatever I want besides study like-kind exchanges and audit principals. Given that I have so much free time now, I’ve been devoting a lot more time to my church and helping my family find more time to foster their spiritual beliefs. I’m enrolled in two Bible study classes every week and I’m so excited about that! Bible>>>>>>>CPA books
- Also in my free time, I’ve been working on my fitness like a mad woman. It’s great to be back! It’s been tough getting back to where I was before the CPA (when fitness was literally like second nature to me), but I’m slowly but surely getting back to that routine. Also, as I get closer and closer to the age of 30 (*shiver*), I see just how hard it is to maintain your figure. I’m already having to work that much harder to keep everything in check. Boo to aging!
- I’ve also been just generally enjoying the good life: reading some good books, hanging out with the girls, trying on (and buying!) wedding dresses, planning for the wedding, etc. etc. Like I said, life after the CPA is FUN!
- And, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been dedicating a lot more time to my writing and blogging. I LOVE blogging/writing and don’t see myself shutting down shop any time soon. So, stick around kids, it’s gonna be awhile.
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One last thing:
Thanks for including me in these two carnivals, Well-Heeled and Nerd Wallet!