The Last of the First Week

The Last of the First Week

The best thing that I learned the past couple of days is that it only takes me 30 minutes to get the Fort Worth office (seriously, this is great). Unfortunately, I’ve also discovered the anger of Metroplex drivers in traffic. This man in a white dually truck was a real jerk to me when I changed lanes in front of him on a crowded highway. You know, like the way everyone else does when their exit was way closer than they expected. I need to get more patient with situations that. Maybe I’ll get some audio books and listen to them on the way to work. Or, just learn the specific lanes I need to be in (at all times) on my way to work every day. So, because I’m hoping some future accounting interns are reading this, I’ll drop my first tip for interns here:


Be prepared to do research on parking around your clients. Parking in downtown areas like Fort Worth or Dallas can get really pricey, and unfortunately it comes out of your own pocket.

Now then, did you notice how I put Fort Worth before Dallas in that tip? It was a subliminal message. I’m already becoming biased towards the Fort Worth office! Not to say that I didn’t like the Dallas office – downtown Dallas is scary beautiful, like outer space beautiful. When I was there on day one at KPMG, I met a group of really cool girls that talked to me about relevant things, and even suggested bars for me to go to when I turn 21. It really was a great day at the Dallas office, buuuuuuuut the Fort Worth office is much smaller, so it’s that much easier to get close with the intern team and the other employees. I’ve met some really great people so far that I want to get to know better!

I usually think New Year’s Resolutions are kind of dumb—just because it’s a new year doesn’t mean you will automatically read a chapter of the Bible every day, or work out 3-4 times a week for the entire year. But this year I have the mentality that I do have the power to do accomplish goals, and if I truly discipline myself, I will find myself living a happier lifestyle. I am determined to focus on a few then add them as I get used to changes. Here they are:

Brooke’s 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Drink 64 ounces of water every day.
    This one I feel will be more beneficial than it is to start the habit. An intern actually recommended this really cool water bottle, Swell that supposedly keeps ice frozen for 24 hours. It looks pretty awesome!
  1. Work on having better posture.
    This one is a biggie. I’ve noticed all the benefits of working on posture, most importantly looking more confident. Someone suggested that I sit on a stability ball as a desk chair at work. This seems helpful, but I would look like a doofus coming into a corporate office with a huge ball to sit on. BUT LOOK, they actually make chairs for this. Wow, thanks world. I may actually buy this.
  1. Find a church in Abilene to continually go to by the end of the year.
    This one will have to wait until I’m done with my internship, unless I visit Abilene on the weekends.
    This needs no explanation. Everyone should do this.
  1. Become a vegetarian by 2016.
    Yeah, no more meat. Here’s why in a nutshell.
  1. Learn to do more hairstyles.
    Amber Fillerup is in my inspiration on this one. I have lived with straight flat hair for too long. And there are Youtube tutorials out there to help me.
  1. Read a little bit every day.
    Thanks, Scribd, for creating a Netflix for ebooks and audiobooks. That way, no matter where I am, I always have a book on my phone. This has come in handy waiting at doctors’ offices, waiting to get my oil changed, riding in the car, etc.

Well, I’m off to enjoy Orlando with all of the KPMG interns in the nation!