BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW: Julia LoranEstes, Nurse + Bookkeeper, Profit & Equity, LLC

What is your name?

Julia LoranEstes

What is your occupation?

Nurse and bookkeeper

What is your business name?

How long have you been a Boston Business Women’s Member?

Less than a year

What is your instagram handle?

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What is your linked in URL?

Were you born and raised in Boston? If not, what brought you here?

I moved here in my teens with my family.

Tell us more about your job or company and what led you to your career?

I've been in healthcare for almost thirty years and always seemed to end up in finance and administration, so after I'd been an RN for six years, I went back to business school thinking to focus on Leadership. I took my first Accounting class and the rest is history. So now I am a registered nurse and certified bookkeeper with a MBA starting a virtual professional bookkeeping business!

What would your clients say about you and your company?

I hope they say I am reliable, easy to work with and discreet. All in all, I always aim for respectful friendliness.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

To join this site, hopefully. No, I think it was a quote I read in a book when I was a child and it always stuck with me: ``Be brave. Even if you aren't, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.``

What is your favorite book?

The Counte of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

What is your secret weapon? An app, a tool, a organization method, anything?! (Can be a personal or professional life tool)

Even thought it is usually my use of Excel that blows people away, I would have to say that MS 360 is the best investment I've ever made. It is my ability to make use of it that set sme apart.

What is your most recent WIN? How are you slaying it in your career or business?

If it's an inch or a mile, winning's winning. This was just an inch, but, boy, it was a hard inch. Fighting with frustration and discouragment at putting myself out there over and over and not gettng a client, I was losing momentum and letting the pssimism set in. Then I did the next task and called a local bookkeeper to interview them for tips on how they got started. That person happened to be Jaime Lyn Soares. Not only was I humbled and just awed by how open and friendly she was, I was rejuvinated and uplifted and just... amped! It was the biggest win of the week!

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Oh my - that's tough. I believe things happen for a reason, and each bad decision led me to some great opportunities and each ``right`` decision led to some very dark places. But in believing that everything happens the way it's meant to, I can't regret even the pitfalls because they were the lessons I needed, and that's so important. Probably, ``Remember to be brave!``

How do you enjoy your free time?

Learning. Creating. Bonding. I'm always trying new things, most recently I've been teaching myself to whittle, learning calligraphy and taking Hungarian. My creative outlet has evolved over the years and includes singing, poetry, writing and occasional drawing. It could also be creating new calculators in Excel, I am JUST that much of a geek! And bonding with my family and friends. Relationships are important to me and while I repsect the sanctity of a business relationship and am as authentic as I can be in each encounter, the depth of my close relationships nurtures my spirit. My husband and my children are my everything, my home, and my friends are my heart and when I can, the quality of the time spent and memories created is my bliss.

What is something that not many people know about you?

Beyond my inner circle, not many people know a lot. I'm not shy but I am introverted so don't really volunteer much. Until I tell them, most people don't know I'm hard of hearing, for example.

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