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The accountant - winter 2020

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  • 10 Feb 2020 09:00 | Deleted user
    The Accountant – What's Next?  –  Winter 2020 (MIA Publication)
    Owning a horse is a unique opportunity that very few people experience, and for as long as I can remember, my family has always owned one. Many animal-lovers dream of petting a horse, but these gentle creatures come with a huge responsibility, quite unlike a cat or a dog.

    As an accountant, my life is certainly busy with all the challenges and the constant deadlines that we face. Last year was an even more eventful year for me personally, as my wife and I got married and had our daughter, Ana. I must admit that it is not easy to balance the time evenly between family, work and the duties of a horse keeper; if I somehow manage to do it, it is only thanks to my wife who dedicates herself to our family priorities.
    Horses are my passion and, as someone who has grown up caring for one, I can say that horse-ownership provides many unexpected rewards.
    Keeps you active and social
    Having a horse encourages physical activity, which is immensely important especially for professionals like us who spend most of their day sitting at a desk. I would dare say that walking a horse, grooming, feeding and riding it is more physical activity than most people with sedentary jobs get in their normal day. But the benefits are more than just physical, the interaction with horses has a calming effect on our minds, too.
    Visiting the stables after a long day at the office helps me tone down my stress levels and quickly changes my mood for the better. Caring for my horse lowers the tension and anxiety that builds up from a day of meetings, emails and tight timelines.
    Neither is horse-ownership a solitary activity, though. I am always surprised to discover how many people share the same passion, even if the interest is perhaps not as popular as other sports like football. I have made many new friends through a common enthusiasm for horse-keeping.
    Confidence and responsibility
    Many of the qualities that I observe in myself today have been picked up and developed by caring for horses since I was a child. Training a horse builds your confidence and teaches you responsibility. I learned patience, perseverance and commitment, and I hope that, when the time comes, I will be able to pass this experience on to my daughter as well.
    Keeping a horse takes time and energy, but the rewards are plenty. I have days when I just want to sleep in, take a break or go to a family event instead, but then I remind myself that my horse relies on me and I have to own up to my responsibilities as a keeper.
    It is crucial to strike a balance between work and life, particularly in our line of work. Whatever your interest and passion, it will always require good time management to enjoy it. No one can expect to transform their routine overnight, but it only takes little and consistent changes to our lifestyle in order to make time to the things that leave a positive effect on us.

    Christian Hili an ACCA Qualified Accountant. He currently holds the position of a Finance Manager within Salvo Grima Group specialising in ship supply, travel retail, wholesale and product distribution in Europe and North Africa. 
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