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April 27, 1999

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Subject: I have found that I now have enough!
Author: Wilsonsjulie

I had been thinking about my *perfect* portfolio for nearly 2 weeks. Very very happy with it, until I started getting these TREMENDOUS gains. Kind of shook me up to see 20k gains two different days in one week... and that is when I posted on this board, wondering: how much is enough? It was sureal to me... I was in a daze. I could never ever spend 20k in a day. I live much too simple a life to need to spend that kind of money to feel like i am living well.

My port got a nice *correction* which helped snap me out of the daze of how in the world could I have possibly been given these huge days (20k is MORE than i started with in total, just 10 mos ago).......

I held thru the days of the correction and watched my port recover... not all the way up to where it was... but a nice re-gain. And on Friday, i realized that I actually have enough. I have enough to pay off my cards and my cars. I have enough to fund a camping trip for my family this summer, junior lifeguard activities for the kids, power yoga classes this week for me, and i *gave* my husband a raise of sorts.... he no longer has debt to factor in our budget.

I would have never guessed that I would have this much... that i would have enough to simplify my life when I decided not to go back to work last Fall, but to stay home and watch after and care for my family. I expected that we would have great debt like all the other families who choose to keep one person home to watch over the kids as they begin making big life choices. I just was willing to do that. And being willing to be poor in money and rich in family, in the counter perspective: I am willing to have enough to have enough time and enough money for my family. In balance.

"Because I seek closure, I would first like to say that despite any weaknesses, the MF has provided a great forum of opportunity to learn and share with each other. This is rare, and new because of the net and this place is precious."

I am not out of the stockmarket, but I have simplified my stocks to just 2 in my schwab account. I am keeping my *experimental* account with ameritrade, as well.

Because I seek closure, I would first like to say that despite any weaknesses, the MF has provided a great forum of opportunity to learn and share with each other. This is rare, and new because of the net and this place is precious.

This board is one of my favorites and I chose to post this more introspective post here, because of its inhabitants and founders. I truely see investing as a journey with lots of lessons to learn and people to connect with. This board is what I most like about the MF. People who are willing to share and grow together as one of the more interesting *communities*.

It strikes me as profound: the internet IS a vehicle to level the playing field in soooo many ways, that I dont want to even attempt to list them here. But, I will say, from personal experience, the internet, online brokers, the MF and these message boards have given this family, MY family, a chance to not only rise above debt as we try our best to raise our children in a responsible manner, but have also allowed us a chance at prosperity as we do the *right thing* in investing our time and energies into the personal aspects of living. This is the time of wonderful opportunity and change. I have enough money for now to focus all my energies on changing things for the better, by addressing the needs of my immediate family and community.

If nothing else, investment strategies have taught me much about making a list of priorities and aiming for them. I may fall short of my *highs* but i am realizing a lot more gains than if i had aimed for nothing more than what could be just *expected*. As always, I wish all of you the success and prosperity that this medium offers. May we all make priorities and realize them in the deepest of ways. ~julie~