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My Journey with Investing (So Far)

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Hi, friends! Sorry for the disappearing act. When I went to NYC, I was in full-on vacation mode: no work, no blog, no email, no nothing. It was wonderful. Unfortunately, the minute I got home, I was hit with one of the worst colds I’ve had in… I don’t even know how long. I’ve been stuck on the couch since Tuesday, and only just started to feel a bit better yesterday. But I’m here now!

Today’s post has been a long time coming. When I held those meet-ups in Vancouver and Toronto last summer, one topic that came up over and over again in our discussions was investing – and many of you asked when I’d write about it. (PS – Should we do more of those this year!? You tell me!) The truth is, back then, I still wasn’t comfortable with my investing knowledge. But as I’ve made progress in the Canadian Securities Course, read more and more blogs about it, and finally started to see my money grow, my comfort level has gone from I-don’t-know-anything to I-know-a-few-things. So, I figured it was time to tell you about my journey with investing over the last 10 years. Note that this post is crazy long. I considered dividing it into a couple posts, but I love seeing it all in one place.

Are you ready for this? Let’s start from the beginning…

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If We Were on a Coffee Date…

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As you’re reading this, I’m likely en route to New York City. I had to wake up at 3:30am today, in order to catch my 7:00am PST flight, and I land at LaGuardia Airport around 5:30pm EST. Remember when I said travelling wasn’t glamorous? Early mornings were included in that statement, haha. Anyway, I wasn’t going to publish a post today, but then I read this fun post on Amanda’s blog and thought I’d copy her format.

If you and I met for coffee today, this is what would happen…

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How I Let Go of 60% of My Belongings, and Learned to Accept 100% of Myself

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Last week, I had a pre-screening phone interview with a producer from CBC Radio, regarding a documentary about people who have gotten rid of a large portion of their belongings. She asked me questions about what spurred my decision to pare down, how I tackled my stuff and what was going through my head at the time. I think I had an answer for everything, until she asked, “Why do you think you were holding onto all that stuff? What was the emotional attachment you had to it?” I had to be honest. “You know, I haven’t really thought about that.” Of course, it’s all I’ve been thinking about, since…

Two months ago, when I wrote my five month shopping ban update, I was still only focused on how this journey was forcing me to face and change my shopping habits. Triggers would pop up, I’d take note of what might have caused them, then I’d remind myself of the ban and that would be the end of it. I came to the general conclusion that I’d always used consumption as a way to make myself feel better – and that’s still a fair statement. However, I hadn’t given much thought as to why I purchased the specific things I did, what value I gave them and why I held onto 60% more stuff than I needed for all those years. Until now.

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