This is what we train for

I'm going to be honest here. After all, that is the one thing I strive for most in my writing. Honesty. So here is the honest truth: I am exhausted. Today has been another long day in a never ending string of long days that are beginning to all blur together. I cannot remember the last Saturday I didn't spend at least half the day working. I just wrapped up the last of my emails for the day, and the clock is about to strike 11 PM. I will get up at 7 AM to start it all over again. I fly out to San Francisco tomorrow evening, my second trip down there this week. Before the week is through I will have added 6 more segments to my Alaska Airlines account. I'm 4 flights away from earning next MVP status for next year, and I've only been on the road for 3 months.

Here's the thing: I am not complaining. Not one little bit. The work I do is challenging, and at times, all consuming. It isn't for the faint of heart or those who need 10 hours of sleep a night. There is no way that I would get up and do this every day if I didn't absolutely love what I do.

And that's not to say it isn't hard at times. It can be. But when I look at the scope of my life, and all the incredible blessing that have come to me, my career, and my family from the work I am able to do, I am incredibly grateful.

I was given a powerful reminder of just how grateful I am this past Sunday as I was flying out from SeaTac to head to San Francisco for a whopping 18 hours. I was in a little bit of a funk, slightly miffed about having to fly out on Mother's Day after only getting to spend a few short hours with my son. As I was winding through the lines at the security check point, I happened to look up and see another mother who was flying out for work. She was a soldier kissing her young son and husband goodbye before departing for active duty.

The universe always has an incredible way of reminding us of our blessings. Yes, I had to fly out on Mother's Day, but I always was able to fly home and hold my little one and put him to bed the following evening. There are so many jobs in this world, and I am lucky enough to have one that always gives me back just as much as it takes, if not more.

I might be exhausted, but I know I have just taken off from the starting gate. As anyone who works in the accounting industry knows, this is our busiest time of year. For months things are fairly quiet on the work front as our accounting partners make their way through deadline after deadline and the culminating tax season, while us industry folks rest up and prepare for the busy season that lies ahead.

No, this work isn't for the faint of heart. We wouldn't refer to each other as "road warriors" if it was. However, this hectic time of year, these long nights and long days on the road, this is exactly what we train for. Because as exhausting as it may be at times, it is equally exhilarating and rewarding. This is the time for us accounting industry folks to shine. Don't worry, the adrenaline of it all keeps us going. The key is to just keeping moving forward. The finish line is somewhere out in the Fall, and until then there will be no slowing down.