For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
My loved ones. I am so lucky to have a wonderful network of people around me, people I love and who love me, my family, amazing friends, my wonderful partner. I am grateful every day to have them in my life. Life teaches us many lessons along the way, including grieving for the loss of a loved one, so I purposely feel gratitude every day for my life and for the life of my loved ones.
Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
Some upsetting memories shape who we are. They might not matter in our present everyday lives, but it matters that they happened, because we might not be who we are today if they didn’t happen.
If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
Time management. I would love to help people who struggle to get anywhere on time, be on time! I’m always the early bird!
What do you most connect with? Why?
People. People are amazing. They all have their own fascinating stories, and I love spending time with people and listening and engaging with them, also it brings me a lot of happiness just by hanging out with people.
Do you find yourself influencing your world, or it influencing you?
I think maybe both!? There are many aspects of my life that I think I may be influencing my world: My work – I am helping small businesses by using my skills as a bookkeeper to allow the business owners to spend more time on their businesses or family life, by taking away the headache of doing their own books and freeing up their time. My family – I am lucky to be very close with my family, including my only niece and nephew, and so intentionally spend as much time with them as I can, and therefore probably influencing them to my ways to some affect! Good or bad! Ha! My music – through my singing in public, I can influence how an audience feels, (hopefully mostly in a positive way!) and that is a very special feeling. My friends and family influence me by their love and support, to be the best I can be in whatever I choose to do! I am also influenced by wonderful musicians and listening to their music.
Are you doing what you believe in or settling for what you’re doing?
I love what I do. I started my own bookkeeping business 2 years ago, and I love helping small businesses get their books in order so they can have more time in their own lives. I love making a difference in people’s lives. I love doing all the figures and making sure everything balances! From a musical point of view, I enjoy singing with a band and as a duo, (for singing cover songs) but would love to have the opportunity to engage with songwriters and create more original music.
Have you been the kind of friend you’d want as one?
I like to think I am! I’m sure there are things I could improve on, setting aside more time to spend quality time with friends. I appreciate that my friends are always there for me as I am for them.
At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
Some friends and I are organising a fundraising event this year, with the proceeds going to “Love Your Sister”. All proceeds to Love Your Sister are forwarded directly to the Garvin Institute to contribute to cancer research in the hope of one day finding a cure. We are unfortunately all affected by cancer in some way, there is just too much of the illness in our lives. I recently lost my dear father to oesophageal cancer, and it is a cruel, awful disease that you wouldn’t want to watch any of your loved ones go through, so much suffering. Dad had an amazing outlook on life, lived for his family, and enjoyed the little things in life. He didn’t complain once about going through such a traumatic illness, he was more concerned about us. So I am passionate about living life to the full, as Dad would have wanted, and passionate about contributing to cancer research, after wishing there is something we can all do to help find a cure for this awful disease, so other families don’t have to ever go through it.
On Facebook, you can find Melissa @melissabowmanbookkeeping and if you're interested in finding out more information for her upcoming fundraiser, click here.
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