It all started with a panic attack. In the middle of a busy street. In downtown Seattle.
Talk about embarrassing.
It was 2008, and I was having a hard time. My money was a mess. My mother had just told me that I may have to file bankruptcy, and I was in shock. I couldn’t breathe. My vision started to go wonky. I thought I was going to pass out.
You have to understand – bankruptcy wasn’t allowed. I had been taught that you always pay your bills on time, you never file bankruptcy, and your credit rating is everything. I had failed on the deepest, most profound level, and the worst part was, I had no excuse.
After all, I had been a budget analyst for the government, managing millions of dollars per year for 120 employees in six different states – including Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. It’s not like I didn’t know HOW to take care of my money – I just wasn’t doing it.
This was my wake-up call.
I suddenly understood, on a visceral level, the effect that emotions and mindset had on a person’s finances. And I decided right then and there that I was done – it was time to take care of my money. It’s wasn’t a fast fix (the good ones usually aren’t), but it was perfectly arranged, and my personal process became the foundation for everything we do here at Clear Sky Bookkeeping.
I am Emily Zillig, and I help individuals, couples, and service-based entrepreneurs organize and understand their money.
To feel awesome about your money, you need three things:
- Simple, efficient systems to keep you in the know without making you crazy;
- The clarity of knowing who you are and what you want to create; and,
- Practical tools to help you align the “what I know” with the “what I want to build”.
Leave out one of those three vital components, and dealing with your money can feel like hiking up a shifting sand dune – energy-sucking, unstable, and discouraging.
(That’s never good…)
Combining over 18 years of experience as a government budget analyst, a police officer, a bookkeeper, and a money coach with my personal work overcoming my own money trauma, I create the systems, clarity, and alignment you need. Whether you have a shoebox full of receipts from your new business, years of data for your multi-million dollar corporation, or you want to get your personal finances in order, I can take care of the practical, everyday money details, answer all your burning questions, and support you in making the best, most aligned decisions about your money.
Oh, and we are Xero Pro Advisors, Hubdoc Certified Advanced Partners, and members of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers. Just in case you were wondering. 🙂