Boring life things

I bought stocks today.

I don’t think this is anything that’s going to make me rich any time soon. But, you know, I’m learning something new. That’s exciting to me, both for the new knowledge I am gaining, and also, that I’m in a place where I can financially do this. It’s a nice feeling. I’ve spent so long of my life being worried about money that having a few extra dollars to ‘play with’ so to speak, it feels freeing.

In other news, we’re in that awkward stage in Canada where the weather gods cannot decide if it’s winter or spring. Yesterday it was +9 and sunny and beautiful. Today it’s -6 and snowing. If the weather gods are listening, I would love spring. I would love, love, love spring. I’m ready for sunny days and warmer weather. I am ready for adventures into the mountains where I don’t have to wear four layers of clothing to stay warm.

Come at me, spring. I dare you.

In absolutely unrelated news, I’ve been invited to Colorado in September for a work-related event. They keep asking me to confirm attendance, I think because the vaccine roll out is going much faster in the United States than in Canada. Truthfully, I don’t know that I’ll be vaccinated by then. I wish I could turn around and say ‘Red Rocks here we come!’ I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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      1. V, try to think of all the things you’re doing right. You’re healthy with mostly likely a decent immune system, you’re staying home whenever you can, you’re distancing and masking, you know not to touch your face and to wash your hands…in the end, it’s about your comfort level. Don’t let anyone push you to do something you’re not ready but simultaneously keep perspective. And let us know what you decide. 🙂

        When covid started, just before Ontario locked down last year, I was in Niagara Falls on a ringette tournament with my daughter (12 at the time). I brought alone alcohol wipes and wiped everything down in the hotel – light switches, faucets in the bathroom, etc. I brought my own pillow case…it was fine. Not perfect, but fine. (And then lockdown came with all the first-time insecurities – I’m much smarter and more educated today and therefore also less insecure or afraid). I’m not saying you should do the same, I’m saying what happened to us a year ago as an illustration. We managed.

        Good luck with your decision making!

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  1. Best wishes with the shares, I’ve been thinking about doing that too, recently. It probably won’t happen, but I’m still fun to dream! My 27 year old son has just got ito the shares thing, and they’ye all gone down, so he’s not quite so thrilled!
    I’ll let him be the shares person, and I’ll watch how it’s going for him, he’s a wage earner, I’m a pensioner, he can afford it, me? Not so much.

    And with the trip away, do what feels safest and best for you.

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    1. Your comment made me think about my parents and how I’ve dreamed that if I could figure out the stock market well enough, I could purchase some shares in their name to give them as presents. Ones that pay out dividends so they have extra money coming in beyond their pension.

      I completely understand not wanting to play with cash as a pensioner. I don’t think my parents would want to either.

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  2. I say, be optimistic, sign up! You can always change your mind later, but I think there is every reason to be hopeful for the near future. I’m planning a trip in May, I’m hoping to be vaccinated by next month. 🙂

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    1. Yeah, I just don’t want to lost $1,500 if I can’t get to this event.
      I feel like if I get vaccinated in summer and then pay for it in summer, it’s safer than paying for it now and hoping I’m vaccinated by September. You know what I mean?

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    1. I’m hesitant to say on here what stocks I purchased, just because I am abundantly aware of how many people read this blog and I don’t want anyone to think that I’m vouching for any specific stocks. I’m still learning, so I am DEFINITELY NOT giving advice. That being said, if you wanted to chit chat about it, let me know your email. I’ll send you a note. I remember your comment on the GameStop post I made, so I reckon you know a little bit about stocks. Would love to chat if you’re open to it.

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      1. Did you consult a financial advisor or how are you learning about stocks? I feel like I should be investing but I don’t want to take any big risks. As for the weather, I’m ready for spring too. We’ve experienced what feels like 4 seasons here in Ireland today!

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      2. I’m not playing with any large sums of money right now. It’s more like extra cash I had in my budget. $100 here or there, nothing egregious. I’ve been deeply interested in the stock market since I was in University, but I was paid so poorly up until this past year that I never really had extra money to play around with. As for learning, a close member of my inner-circle is a financial advisor and they have been teaching me! I know not everyone has that, though. There’s a lot of youtube channels and podcasts dedicated to teaching people the ins and outs of stock market purchasing. A podcast I really like is called Pennies: Going in Raw. Highly recommend listening if you’re interested!

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      3. That’s great that things are improving financially. I wish I had been like you when I was younger, but I’ve never had a head for finances. I will check out the podcast though. Thanks for recommending it! My best friend in the states is married to a financial advisor and we met once to discuss investments. Unfortunately he didn’t follow through with any advice so I’ve thought about paying for the service.

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      4. That’s a good point that I never thought about. If you have enough readers you could get into some serious trouble if you’re viewed shilling for a certain stock.

        And I love talking about stocks, sometimes to my dismay. It’s one of the things I can easily get carried away with although I don’t think of myself as very knowledgeable. I’ll send you my email via the contact page (is that how bloggers do things?).

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    1. No GameStop for this girl.
      Though I will be paying attention to Elon Musk because he appears to have a HUGE impact on the financial markets these days…

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  3. If you ever get to go to Colorado, I hope you can spend a day or two just exploring the place. I was there almost three years ago, and it’s a beautiful state: there’s the Garden of the Gods, Mesa Verde, and the lower Rocky Mountains National Park to check out. All nature, and all gorgeous!

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    1. Oh you’re filling me with wanderlust when I read this. The event I’ve been invited to is in Breckenridge. I think it would be so nice to see the lower portion of the Rockies. Here’s to hoping vaccines well allow it.

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  4. Congrats on your new adventure in stocks! It’s always a little liberating.. Learning something new.
    And I don’t envy you that weather.. we had a beautiful mid-70’s day, I don’t think I could handle anything ‘below’ 20. Hang in there! 😆

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  5. I pray Spring is sprung for you soon up there V. It’s exciting to read about your latest venture in the stock market, good for you, all the best with that. I vote you go to Colorado, it’s such an awesome place to see. You can always cancel if you truly don’t feel comfortable but it’s always good to have something to look forward to!

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    1. Yeah I have to buy a ticket to the event though. It’s $1,500 and I wouldn’t get a refund. That’s why I’m debating. Part of me thinks it would be safer to wait and see if I can get vaccinated before then and just buy a ticket closer to the date. I feel like if I bought the event ticket now, that’s a $1,500 gamble

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  6. Hurrying through my WordPress Reader this morning I misread your first sentence as “I bought socks today” 🧦. I thought to myself “poor Vee, she must be really short of stuff to write about!” 🙂
    Having spotted what you were really saying my reaction is “well done, you” but also “take care.” Some people get very, very rich in the stock market, but most don’t and some lose out badly. I would advise caution, and add that if a stock [or some other financial proposition] seems too good to be true it probably is and is therefore best avoided. Not intending to rain on your parade here, but just offering a perspective based on my own (65 years of) life and experience

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    1. Thank you for the advice. It’s advice that I genuinely appreciate. I also trust you and I know you speak from experience and that you would never lead me astray.
      I’m very careful with my money. I won’t be hedging any large bets that could cause me to lose everything. This is going to be more of learning a new skill and seeing if I can be any good at it.

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      1. Sounds good to me. One of the positive side-effects of investing is that it encourages investors to take a wider interest in what’s going on around them. Look on it as a learning opportunity, with the added bonus of some possible financial benefits along the way. Enjoy!

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  7. Go to Colorado. I’m from Iowa and we’re all supposed to have the vaccine by May ( that want it in the states) and the talk is, that if you want to take a little vacation, the fall is when you should do it. I’m a cautious individual, I watch my grandson and help with my older parents, but I’m hoping to do something fun in the fall. I’ve gotten my first vaccination shot with my second one planned for next week.

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    1. I’m so happy to hear when people are getting their vaccines. Thank you for sharing that with me.
      I hope I can have my vaccine by then. I also hope that planning your trip gives you osmething exciting to look forward to.

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  8. By fall, all Coloradans who want the shot will have had the ability to get the shot. I am in the final group. We’re currently scheduled for summer, but the way it’s going I think I’ll be able to get it in May.
    Get your tickets now for Red Rocks if you can.
    https://www.redrocksonline.com/
    Also, try not to buy individual stocks, unless your heart can take it. Try stock funds.

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    1. Do you have to buy tickets to get into Red Rocks? I thought tickets were just for concerts and stuff, but if I wanted to go wander around at a non-concert time for cool instagram photos, that would be like going to the park, essentially?

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