We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsay Ramirez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsay, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
For many years of my career, work-life balance was a fight, with much of my time spent on work. Over the years, the gap to spend time on things that I was passionate about or on things that are important to me diminished. Today, my life feels balanced and I spend plenty of time on things I am passionate about important to me, outside of actual accounting. Making time for those things can feel hard or agonizing so I prioritize my activities into 4 quadrants: 1)Important/Urgent; 2)Important/Not Urgent; 3)Urgent/Not Important; and 4) Not Urgent/Not Important. I try to delegate most of my quadrant 1 activities unless my time and attention is absolutely necessary. I have been trying to spend more time in quadrant 2 focusing on doing things that push and grow me-these happen to be all of the things I am passionate about and important to me.
What should our readers know about your business?
We do finance and accounting consulting, and advising for small to mid-size organizations that are growing. We act as integral service partners with the companies we partner with by integrating with their accounting and finance departments, all the way up to outsourcing accounting services up to the controller level for various organizations and industries.
What sets us apart from others is that in a world full of competition and fear, we lead with our hearts, and work smarter, and definitely not harder. Our Values set us apart from others and that translates into transformative growth and change both from an accounting and business excellence standpoint, but also in personal leadership and team-building.
Elle Consulting stands for quality, value, class, and respect. We get excited about accounting/finance and profitability. We like to help the organizations we work with grow efficiently to save costs and maximize value.
We also care deeply about the communities in which we live and work and serve – we are working towards building a Second Chance Workforce to give other members of our community an opportunity to grow and advance their skills in our field, those who might not have otherwise had the opportunity to learn a skill or trade. We believe every person deserves an opportunity for financial security, career growth, and development.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend coming to visit me in Colorado for a week, we would definitely spend some of that time in the city and some in the mountains. If it was wintertime, we’d probably spend some time at Copper Mountain. If it was the summertime, we’d go camping by a river and do some camping or hiking. Leadville is still one of my most favorite places to get lost. Back in the city, I’d want to go to some restaurants on Broadway or in downtown Denver. Red Rocks and Morrison is also a staple and must-see attraction.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people have influenced my life along the way, but I am especially thankful for my mentor, Chad Mulliniks (one of the smartest accountants I know, who also gives back to his community in much larger ways), my sponsors (anonymous), my business partner and coach (Nicole BZ), and my team of people that I work with that have made this business and vision of mine possible.
I counted my audible books that I’ve read since 2018 when I started this business, and I’m up to 56. A few notable books that completely changed my perspective and outlook are as follows: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey, Profit First by Mike Michalowicz, The Suble Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, You are a Badass by Jen Sincero, The Replaceable Founder by Ari Meisel, and the First 90 days by Michael Watkins.