Not Your Typical Tax Accountant
(About Linda Spencer, CPA, CA)
What do you say when someone asks you what you do? If I tell someone I’m a tax accountant, their reaction usually is one that goes like this, “Really? You don’t look like a tax accountant? I would have expected someone more quiet and conservative?”
Truth is, I’m not your typical tax accountant…Born and raised on a beef farm in rural Quebec, I loved art and animals, and animals were often the subject of my art. In school, my visual art won regional awards. In high school, my art came in the form of poetry and was first published at the age of 16, and later in my 30’s I went on to write inspirational poetry for international publications. Also later in my 30’s, I took up creating one-of-a-kind gemstone jewelry as a way of nurturing my creativity (and my sanity) while on sabbatical leave to care for my then husband who had a traumatic spinal injury and created my first business, Ridgeview Designs.
How does one who has this creative background and active right brain become a tax accountant?
Simple – I was also really good with numbers, problem-solving and analytics (straight A math student)…and fell in love with tax from the very first time I did my own tax return at the age of 18. It wasn’t until the 3rd year of my college business finance program that I decided to become a chartered accountant (CPA, CA) – and since I loved tax, that’s what I did! I loved (and still do) helping people solve their tax issues and reduce their stress. I love the research, interpretations, applying the law to the client’s situation and communicating with them in a manner they could understand…it’s like being a bridge of understanding for them.
How did I get from tax accountant to business and money mindset coach?
The answer is this – by Divine guidance. I think everyone goes through a transformational year…mine was 2014 – it’s the year I finalized my divorce (investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in my freedom), travelled three continents during a 6-month personal coaching program, went through a total personal transformation, terminated my nice well-paying job of seven years and started my own consulting practice. I knew I had to have a business plan and had great financial projections, but I had no idea HOW to get the clients…I really sucked at sales & marketing! So I took a program to learn about effective marketing and sales strategies, as well as intuitive business models…wherein I ended up becoming certified as a coach to bring those same tools to my clients. It was in that program that I was introduced to Sacred Money Archetypes® and became certified in money mindset coaching as well…this was just a natural fit with my background and expertise as a CPA and with I wanted to bring to my clients. The irony is, even with all those years of education and working as a professional accountant, I never really learned about having money, and I never had money. It would leave my bank accounts as fast as it came in. It wasn’t until I was immersed in money mindfulness that I learned how to HAVE money, and came at a time when I had no savings and had already accumulated over $100k in credit card debt.
These coaching certifications gave me great insights and amazing tools not only for my own business and financial well-being, but to better serve my clients in creating and implementing intuitive business strategies for success. They fit so well in my holistic approach to mentoring small business owners to have greater profitability and wellness.
And that’s what I do now – I connect heart-centered, social entrepreneurs to their path of abundance through their business, by teaching them the business success strategies, financial tools and know-how, and empowering money mindsets they need to realize their true desires, in a way that is calming, nurturing and in the space of allowance and possibility. No, I’m certainly not your typical tax accountant!
Vision: I envision a world without stress over money. I’ve been there – full of money stress and all that goes with it…but I’ve found a way out, and know it IS possible…with the right tools and mindsets, you can be free of money stress too.
Mission: To empower heart-centered small business owners with the business finance tools, knowledge, mindsets and strategies they need in order to create the business and life they dream of with greater ease, through 1-1 coaching and consulting, group empowerment programs, workshops and seminars.
- Empowerment – Empower yourself with the knowledge, tools and mindsets and take inspired action to get the results you desire.
- Integrity – Being true to your word, and maintaining confidence.
- Mutual Respect – Everyone deserves respect, and to be held free of judgment.
- Innovation & Creativity – Growth and expansive living come from creativity and innovation.
- Harmony & Joy – The ultimate gift is to create a space for all to connect and thrive in joy and harmony in this world.