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Investment Update

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The other day I closed out my books for the month of August. Here are the numbers:

Beginning Balance: $1,340.61

Dividends received: $20.46
Personal Investment: $286.00
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Total Invested in the stock market: $1,647.07

August was a tight month. I had to set aside some funds to celebrate my daughter’s 19th birthday. Since this very well might be the last chance that I have to spoil her I wanted to do something memorable, so in addition to her birthday gifts I treated her to a meal out and consented to get my nails done with her. She’d never had her nails professionally done before and didn’t want to go through the experience alone.

It was a first for me as well. Never in my life have I splurged on those fancy nail coatings so while I choked on the $35 fee it was worth it, not only to make my daughter happy but to see what all of the fuss was about. As long-time readers are well aware, I’ve always been a bit vain when it comes to nail care. It didn’t hurt to try it once, especially since it made my daughter so happy.

Even with the birthday splurge I was able to chip in a bit more than just my book royalties towards my investment goal. It wasn’t much but every little bit counts. As soon as the funds hit my account I will make my next stock purchase.

I am looking forward to it.

Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to get my nails done without having to choke at the price. I’ll have enough money coming in on a regular basis so that I can afford to treat myself to the occasional manicure. Who knows? Regardless, it was a fun experience to check off of my bucket list.

In the meantime I only have $58,352.93 to go in order to attain my goal of investing $60,000 into the stock market. I am quite pleased with my progress.

Did you make any progress towards your goals last month? Please share your stories in the comments below.

Wisdom of Uncle B-Bob

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Meet Uncle B-Bob. He was the husband of my beloved Auntie. He died from cancer a few years back but his words live with me to this day.

He was always busy but he would never fail to spend time with us kids anytime I came over to visit. Memories of riding in the back of his pickup truck as he drove us to the fishing hole are among my fondest memories.

Uncle B-Bob was a soft-spoken man who was wise beyond his years. I remember him telling us kids that if we started saving money when we were 18 and started working that we could retire by the time we reached 40.

He said that he wished someone had told him that when he had been younger.

Of course, none of us really paid attention back then. We were too busy fishing to think much of it. I filed the memory away and went on with my life until my Auntie reminded me of his words the other day. My 20-year goal was so similar to his advice that she is convinced he is behind the idea.

Regardless of the truth in that, I can see him in my mind’s eye nodding sagely, saying “you can do it. Just get to work. You may not make much progress at first, but you’ve got to get started.”

Time to get back to work.

Katie’s Prom

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My daughter’s growing up. It’s hard to believe that she is 18 and on the verge of graduating high school. She even has a boyfriend now. He’s leaving for the Army in a few months so he’s resolved to spend as much time with Katie as possible before he leaves. He even gave her a promise ring this weekend.

Here are some photos of them at Prom the other evening.

I am in awe of her beauty, of how wonderful they both look in these photos. I am in awe of how quickly she has grown up. It seems like yesterday I started blogging as I searched for a way to be the best mother I could be; to spend the most time I could with her while she grew up.

I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that it’s been ten years since my very first post on that very first blog. What’s next? This can’t be all there is in life. I’ve spent the last 28 years focused on raising my children…what do I do now?

I’ll figure something out. I always do. In the meantime I’ve something else to focus on: how did someone so beautiful come from a woman as ugly as me? 😀