Introducing Club 75 Blogger: Shanti

10 May 2011

Club 75 Candidate Bloggers

By Shanti

Shanti is a new weekly Club 75 Blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam. She has been a member of's Club 75 since December 2010.

“A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.”
— Harvey MacKay

I’ve been contemplating this quote for a few weeks now as I have my review books sitting by my computer as I write this. That’s right, I said sitting. And there they’ve been sitting for the last 3 months! I have let all aspects of life get in the way of studying. My house is the cleanest it’s been in years. My mess of papers, all filed. Family portraits, taken, framed and hung. Needless to say I think I’ve been avoiding studying. Maybe just a little!

Unfortunately, while all this is happening, there has been a brewing crisis coming to a boiling point. I’m trying to transition from being the head of a small business as the person handling the accounting to an actual CPA. Currently, I am unemployed and I have been for almost 2 and a half years. I have been trying to get a bookkeeping and tax business off the ground.

As well as being in school gathering the last of my accounting units to be able to sit for the exam for the last year. So I haven’t been totally ignoring my dream. But, now that I’ve gone through the hoops to get approved to sit for the exam and become an actual real-life “CPA candidate”, I’ve dropped the ball on studying. I’ve also been trying to find a job so that I can gain the experience part of the license requirements, to no avail as of yet. So the fact that I’m an unemployed stay at home mom running out of savings has helped make it to where I don’t have a plan in place.

I have downloaded Jeff’s NINJA study plan. I have it on my computer, with a couple check marks even. At this point, I’d have to review what those check marks are to even know if I still remember them. So, is becoming a CPA just a dream for me? I hope not. In fact this morning I asked a relative to borrow the funds to sit for the exam. It was a small piece of humble pie I had to eat, but nonetheless it was still a slice. I did this because it’s pretty hard to turn a dream into a goal if you can’t create a real schedule. And I’ve been feeling like I can’t create a schedule, since I don’t know when I’ll be testing. Thankfully, they agreed. I have also coerced my teenage daughter to babysit her 2 year old and 1 year old siblings over the summer break.

So there I have it. My test can be scheduled and I have a known quantity of child free time in which to study. NOW is the time to turn my dream into a goal. It may be a lofty goal, but a goal just the same. And that goal, that I lay out to you my fellow exam sufferers, is to get the studying done, sit and pass this exam over the summer, by August 15th to be exact. This sounds completely crazy to me. But as I have found, my life is pretty crazy and I don’t know how to live it any other way. So with the accountability of blogging once a week and telling you how I’m doing, my dream to be a CPA will no longer be just a dream, but a goal, with a plan and a deadline!


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