2021. It’s A Wrap. (Inspiring Women, Episode 39)
On this episode of Inspiring Women, host Betty Collins looks back on 2021 and invites us to take time for renewal during the holiday season. Inspiring Women is presented by Brady Ware & Company.
Betty’s Show Notes
This is my last podcast of 2021. It is hard to believe that another year is behind us, 2022 is really upon us.
So today I want to celebrate this last year. How do you celebrate in today’s world?
Today’s world is consuming and overwhelming and really more negative than positive. So, how do you celebrate? First, you make the choice to celebrate and second it take times and daily effort. What you will find in celebrating, you will see that “today’s world” is not all negative. Be consumed in the positive. Take time to think and ponder on it. It takes effort. Be overwhelmed or grateful for the good.
Celebrating this past year, end it with a bang. Enjoy the Christmas season. Don’t fill it up with “stuff” but enjoy, sometimes it is just the simple stuff. Just don’t miss out. Live it up, eat, drink and be merry as well as reflect, renew, and restore your soul. Ring out New Years by being with the people you love, throw a party. Sit back and look over the past year and be grateful for the good, the bad and the ugly.
A recap of 2021. Business was good, relationships are strong, family is going well, health is awesome. We have learned to navigate through the continual pandemic. Covid is not over but we are fighting it and seeing better numbers. Schools are back in session. Businesses continue at home or in the office. Recreation and fun was done at capacity over the summer. Government is still working – LOL. We survived an election and saw people really engaged – my own district had so many people running and town hall meetings were full. Love seeing the debate and passion.
A challenge for you. Celebrate 2021 by choosing to be consumed and overwhelmed in the good and end it with New Year’s on your terms. Bring back what you are missing and make sure it is part of 2022.
Thanks for listening and being part of my podcast and my life.
This is THE podcast that advances women toward economic, social and political achievement. Hosted by Betty Collins, CPA, and Director at Brady Ware and Company. Betty also serves as the Committee Chair for Empowering Women, and Director of the Brady Ware Women Initiative. Each episode is presented by Brady Ware and Company, committed to empowering women to go their distance in the workplace and at home.
For more information, go to the Resources page at Brady Ware and Company.
Remember to follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. And forward our podcast along to other Inspiring Women in your life.
It’s hard to believe that twenty twenty one is coming to an end, and this is my last podcast of the year. It’s really hard to believe, though, that we’re saying twenty twenty two because it’s right here, it’s so close.
So today I want to celebrate this last year. I mean, how do you celebrate in today’s world?
I mean, it’s consuming and it’s overwhelming, and it’s really more negative than positive.
So how do you celebrate? Well, first you have to make a choice to celebrate. And it takes time and it takes daily effort. It might take more than one time in the day, right? What you will find in celebrating, though, you’ll see that today’s world is not all negative.
I mean, you can choose to be consumed in the positive.
Take time to think and ponder on it. Look back at this past year, I would even take a blank sheet of paper and have a column that says Pro and a column that says Con and start just writing it. You’ll be surprised at the positive that’s there.
It takes effort and it takes a little bit of time and it takes maybe a quiet moment and it takes stepping back.
But but, you know, pretty quickly you’re going to be overwhelmed or grateful for the good. So twenty twenty one, it wasn’t twenty twenty.
I mean, both years have been challenging,
But in different ways, but at the end
Of the day, they were both doable, right?
And I look back at
The marketplace in this country, the business community and
I continue to see such resilience and creativity.
That determination is still there.
We’re a little more tired, but it’s still there. And it’s it is inspiring to me when I see that it energizes me, when I see that also as all the issues of today’s world, you know, the one thing that’s happened is people have kind of stepped back and they’ve assessed and they revised many
Aspects in their life, I think for the better. My son has become more of a minimalist. And I don’t know how he becomes more mentally minimal than he is, but he’s chosen really to step back and say, maybe we don’t need to do and be all the things we were. I’m continually, though, inspired by how the everyday person continues to handle things. I love going on LinkedIn and I just do my little skimming to. I find positive
Stories, things that are impactful, things that are inspiring. If you need to to
To find something good, you can find it.
So celebrating this past year, I would tell you to end it with a bang. Enjoy that Christmas
Season. I didn’t say fill
It up with stuff,
But enjoy it. And sometimes it is this simple that makes the difference. I know for Thanksgiving month, the month of November, I decided to give my children journals on Halloween and I gave them fancy pencils and pens and some things to look in this journal.
And every day of November, I asked
Them to write something they’re grateful for. It doesn’t need to be a big poem in a book, and it doesn’t need to be fancy. It’s just think about your day or start your day, reflect on your day and write something that was good. And that’s what I want back on December twenty fifth for Christmas.
It’s simple stuff like that. They can make your holiday season, but make
Sure you end the year with a bang celebrating.
Live it up. Drink, eat, drink and be merry as we all sit back, reflect, renew and restore that soul right and ring out
New Years by being with the people you love. Either throw a big party or sit back with the one you care about the most and talk
About how great it was celebrated. I don’t think twenty twenty
Two is is is not going to be twenty twenty one, let alone twenty twenty. Who knows what it will bring? The only thing you can do, though, is control what we can and influence change on what we can’t control. It will be a new day with new challenges, but also new opportunities. So as you’re celebrating and wrapping up the year and reflecting on the good, so you’re not consumed in the bad.
Look at the fact that you’re going to get to have a new year right and look at the new opportunities and challenges it will bring. As I look in the past year, though, I am looking at what I missed pre twenty twenty and I’m going to make sure that I add those things back in over time and more and more
All the things that stopped or have all these new rules. I mean, what are you missing? How are you going to bring it back at work? We stop breaking bread together, which means eating at my desk and not taking a break for lunch. Not good.
I really miss being out in the marketplace. I realized this when I attended the SBA gala and I got to see people we all had mask on for a period of time. We ate dinner, we talked, we drink wine and then we got to
Hear really inspirational
Stories. And even though I got home at nine 30 that night, I was so energized.
For me, the
Missing is part of wrapping up the year, so I make it sure that it’s in twenty twenty two. So some recaps of Twenty Twenty One.
Well, business was good, it was for a lot of people it was it was good.
My relationships are strong. I mean, I’ve been able to maintain and keep up with people in the Zoom thing and all the different ways you can act. My family’s going, well, you know, that’s a good thing.
My health is awesome.
I mean, we’ve learned to navigate through the continual pandemic. Covid is not over, but we’re fighting it and we’re seeing better numbers.
Schools are back in session. Those are good things. Businesses continue at home or in the office, and they all make it work. The recreation and fun is being done at capacity over this past summer,
Where I usually go to a place in
Florida. They had 96 percent
Occupancy in their rentals throughout
That little route.
30 a. that I love to go to. That’s encouraging, you know, even the government is still working. Laugh out loud, even if you don’t like them, they still are and they’re functioning.
We survived an election year, whether
We like the outcomes or not.
And really, people are much more engaged in elections this year because of the last one we had. That’s a good thing. I mean, my own district where I live just for school board and the amount of people that ran for council and the amount of people that volunteered with voting and the turnout was exceptional. So I love the fact that I
See all that debate and passion and engagement.
I’m still able to do my podcasts and have this audience which
Grew, and I was able to have the Brady Wear Women’s Leadership Conference this year. And like twenty twenty one around like twenty twenty, and we actually even had the governor of Ohio, and it was so pretty cool I was able to become a board member of the Ohio Women’s Coalition, which got $10 million in the budget in Ohio for women owned businesses. And I got to be on the weld calendar for December,
So I just had a great great year and so did my clients.
They were banner in 20 and 21 for the most
Part, and it has fueled tremendous growth and
Optimism. But people are still very scared and very cautious, right? But they’re very engaged and they’re focused.
You can choose the bad
You can choose to good. But for me personally, this past year, my immediate family, my husband and I call them my adult children with jobs. We had great financial years and we didn’t have to really use any of the economic stimulus and assistance. I mean, how grateful can you be for that? My daughter got engaged and we are planning and doing the big wedding thing, so that’s cool. My business grew, adding new clients great revenue streams. I bet it did for you. We actually have ninety nine percent of our employees
Filled at birdie.
And my little grandsons, Jude, my man and Silas, I call my little side my little guy. They can actually say, Mimi, that’s awesome.
And my health is good. At fifty eight, I
Just got my my results back. I have no medications. My numbers are built better. The only problem I have is I still think PI is a fruit,
So that’s a problem. But as you and I wrap up another year, as you’ve heard, I’ve talked
About the good. I’ve talked about the things that are positive, the things that I choose to consume myself in. You need to do the same. Be challenged and energized on that new day, one one twenty two and consider it a new blank sheet of paper. It is my hope. I honestly mean this, that you’ve been impacted by the podcast and that we will enjoy another year together. My podcast is coming up in January. It’s called plain and simple. It’s just hard to be in business in that podcast. Here’s a few tidbits from it. If you don’t want to be as exhausted in twenty two, here’s some tips do very little social media, except my podcast, of course,
Still be informed
On the right places and the right outlets and make sure that you know you’re making some decisions on truths. Plan restoration. I can’t emphasize that enough. Eliminate those negative people. Not so easy to do. Make sure you don’t just think about your health. There’s emotional health, physical health and spiritual health. The one thing that’s helped me tremendously in twenty twenty one as I look back, is I chose how to start my day and end my day because what I found in this book, who knows if it’s true,
But it worked the first hour and last hour of every
Day determine how you sleep at night and how your day goes the next.
So how I spend that first hour of the day kind
Of dictates how my day goes and when I choose to wind down my day
Is that that makes. That’s when I get the good sleep.
Ok, so I learned that one of the great things remember you’re
Created on purpose for a purpose,
And I love my life focus and statement in my in my why? And what are you missing? Bring it back to your life. So challenge. Celebrate twenty twenty one by choosing to not be consumed and overwhelmed in the in the negative, in the positive, but do it for the good and end it with a great year of Christmas and New Year’s on your terms. And bring back those things you’re missing during this holiday season. And most of all, thanks for listening and being part of my podcast and life.
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Betty Collins is the Office Lead for Brady Ware’s Columbus office and a Shareholder in the firm. Betty joined Brady Ware & Company in 2012 through a merger with Nipps, Brown, Collins & Associates. She started her career in public accounting in 1988.
Betty is co-leader of the Long Term Care service team, which helps providers of services to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and nursing centers establish effective operational models that also maximize available funding. She consults with other small businesses, helping them prosper with advice on general operations management, cash flow optimization, and tax minimization strategies.
In addition, Betty serves on the Board of Directors for Brady Ware and Company. She leads Brady Ware’s Women’s Initiative, a program designed to empower female employees, allowing them to tap into unique resources and unleash their full potential. Betty helps her colleagues create a work/life balance while inspiring them to set and reach personal and professional goals.
The Women’s Initiative promotes women-to-women business relationships for clients and holds an annual conference that supports women business owners, women leaders, and other women who want to succeed. Betty actively participates in women-oriented conferences through speaking engagements and board activity.
Betty is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and she is the President-elect for the Columbus Chapter. Brady Ware also partners with the Women’s Small Business Accelerator (WSBA), an organization designed to help female business owners develop and implement a strong business strategy through education and mentorship, and Betty participates in their mentor match program.
She is passionate about WSBA because she believes in their acceleration program and matching women with the right advisors to help them achieve their business ownership goals. Betty supports the WSBA and NAWBO because these organizations deliver resources that help other women-owned and managed businesses thrive.
Betty is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene College, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Betty is also the Board Chairwoman for the Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce, and she serves on the Board of the Community Improvement Corporation of Gahanna as Treasurer.
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This is THE podcast that advances women toward economic, social and political achievement. The show is hosted by Betty Collins, CPA; Betty is a Director at Brady Ware & Company. Betty also serves as the Committee Chair for Empowering Women, and Director of the Brady Ware Women Initiative. Each episode is presented by Brady Ware & Company, committed to empowering women to go their distance in the workplace and at home. For more information, go to the Resources page at Brady Ware & Company.
Remember to follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. And forward our podcast along to other Inspiring Women in your life.
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