Finding Rhythm in the Process | Lezaan Verster

Rhythm, in the context of dancing, and everything else, is a sense of time. It’s how we sense the duration between one moment and another. For someone who loves to ‘sokkie’ – someone like Senior Accountant, Lezaan Verster – that rhythm is defined by the time spent between two moments that repeats itself within a familiar pattern or process – stretched out or reduced to manipulate the feeling as though things are moving really fast or really slow.

While dance is particularly characterised by rhythm, every work of art – indeed every work of ‘anything’ – needs to have a sense of rhythm to create a that visceral experience of success or enjoyment. Lezaan is becoming an expert at developing a rhythm from the different processes in her life. Some of her processes are deliberate – like joining the ‘5 AM club’, striving to get her degree without failing any subjects, or becoming a member of South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) on her first attempt. “From a professional perspective, I definitely want to contribute to Barnard Inc’s strategy of becoming the go-to law firm in South Africa,” she says. “It gives me the greatest pleasure to see how my work helps the company achieve its goals and contribute to our overall success.” Other processes are more organic, rooted in love; “From a personal point of view I want to teach my children what I have learned from my mother and grandparents.”

Whatever the process, Lezaan has, perhaps unwittingly, stumbled upon her rhythm in life and career. Her colleague, Krystal Cochrane concurs. “Lezaan is a genuine, honest friend who is always there to give great advice. She always carries a positive and curious attitude towards everything and motivates me equally. She is one of the smartest ladies I know, who doesn’t only excel in her work, but also in life.”

Lezaan grew up in the small town of Vryheid, KZN. “My grandparents played a huge roll in our lives and that is why we are such a close family,” she says. “My two sisters are my best friends, and I cannot imagine my life without them. I am so thankful that I could grow up in such a small town and on the farm. We learnt to be grateful for simple things such as swimming in a river, opening a farm gate, riding bike in our neighbourhood until sun set.” The process driven activities on the farm would certainly have influenced her accounting studies at North-West University. “My studies were my number one priority and I strived to do well in my academics. I also had a lot of fun and made such great friends and memories.”

Lezaan has been part of Barnard team for three and a half years. “Everyone at the ‘Barnyard’ is part of a big family, young and energetic. I learn so much and it is a great feeling to know that I contribute to the success of this firm,” she reports. “Working with our CFO, Jan Lotter, I learned so much from him about the rhythms of our business this past year, and he inspires me to learn more about topics in our accounting field. So, I will definitely want to improve on my accounting skills.”

In her down-time, Lezaan loves to cook and bake – especially something for the sweet tooth! She also enjoys the outdoors and going for an early morning walk in a nearby nature reserve on a weekend morning. “But the very best is spending time with my loved ones wherever it may be. My husband is my rock! He is always there to support me and be at my side in happy and sad times. When I feel stressed or uncertain about something he will always support me, listen, give advice, and tell me just to do my best and be myself.” Sounds like a beautiful dance of life!