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It's been since Dec 5th since I've looked at anything resembling CPA exam study material. I scheduled my Audit exam for Dec. 6th which meant postponing the start of our Xmas activities by no less than 4 weeks( Xmas begins the first week of Nov for me!) - a sacrifice that was made by my children in the hopes that mom would get her early Christmas present and the promise that I would take the rest of December off, no studying allowed!
The sacrifice turned out to be worth it - sort of. Taking Audit on that day meant that I would have to double my efforts from what I normally allow. Work required more hours and I knew taking a lunch would be rare so the hours had to come from less sleep and less time with family. And while the end result was achieved (a solid pass) a few days after taking the exam I became incredibly ill with the flu. I do not exaggerate when I say this was the worst flu of my life ( I still cannot speak). Did I try to do too much too quickly, yea probably. But more than that I was consumed with guilt, doubt and worry. I wondered if I should have waited and taken Audit in the Jan/Feb block. I wondered if I asked too much of my family and was too self absorbed in my own goals. Then Christmas day came and I got the most wonderful present - it's the M&M bear with a container of personalized M&M's. When I looked closer at the candies I saw my initials followed by the letters CPA. The tears just flowed. It was like all the stress and worry were set free in that moment, for a moment, replaced by a feeling of joy and of being loved unconditionally. I won't open those candies until I have earned the right, and even then I would have a hard time indulging. They are so much more than candies now.
I have 1 exam to go and the list of things I'm going to do when it's all done grows daily. But first on that list is thanking my sons and husband for their incredible support. I don't know how I'm going to do that, nothing seems fitting enough. But without that support, achieving what I have - not only this last year but from that first moment I decided I wanted to get my degree - would not have been possible.
The time is drawing near to when study for REG begins, until then I will focus on my family and on getting better. One huge benefit of working automotive - 2 weeks of shut down to focus on just those things!
To close I want to wish my fellow CPA exam candidates a great and successful New Year!