There are things in life we don’t want to admit to others and, more importantly, ourselves. For Alison Ramsey, it took her a while to admit to herself that numbers, math and eventually accounting is where she’d find her highest degree of stimulation. Pursuing a degree of an entirely different kind, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Colorado at Denver, these proclivities were beginning to surface. Her favorite courses were math and statistics, left-brained subjects that had a level of black and white, correct and incorrect not present in her bachelor’s degree in psychology, which she earned from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
She was searching for the ultimate outlet of this interest while working a host of jobs (and wearing a number of hats) in marketing, education, and nonprofits. One of the hats she wore while a director at a nonprofit was that of an accountant. There, she discovered the deep satisfaction of a reconciled account and the finality of closing the books. She found creating budgets, comparing to actuals, and the overall narrative told by the financial statements to be both intriguing and rewarding work.
Always striving for balance, both in balancing the books and balancing work and life, Alison balances her work time spent indoors with as much outdoor activities as possible. In the winter, this means hitting the slopes for skiing, which she quips is the only good thing about said season. During the seasons that are not winter, she enjoys riding her mountain bike, river rafting and exploring the desert and mountain backcountry. The sum of these activities are helping her bridge the gap between a full nest and an empty nest, a paradigm shifting transition for all parents.
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