Friday, May 13, 2011
My Birthday...And One Year In
Well, my birthday has come and gone...and I'm now 29 years old. Although I have grown a year older chronologically, I have grown many years cognitively. I have been enlightened. I have seen the light, and am no longer in Plato's cave. I have found budgeting, saving, dividend growth investing, living frugally..and I believe I have found the path to financial independence. I have been on this journey for a year now, as I started the dividend growth portfolio one year ago with a little over $7,000. Let's review the year.
I started with $7,000 as I've mentioned a few times, and as I talk about in my About Me page. I have now grown my Freedom Fund to just over $32,000, which I feel is a big accomplishment after my first year of full-time investing. I started with early investments into Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson. I now have investments in 15 different companies. I started with receiving $10 monthly dividend checks and am now on the cusp of monthly triple-digit dividends. I'm on a path that I'm going to see to the end. I'm glad that my readers are going to follow along and hopefully be inspired to walk their own journey.
As I look forward to the next year, I feel nothing but excitement. I would love to see my portfolio double by this time next year. I'm anxious to stay true to my budget and hopefully slash expenses further. I'm hopeful to cut my rent down to an acceptable level. I'm going to challenge myself on thinking outside the box in order to live happily and still cheaply. I want to see if living car-free is possible. The world is full of opportunities. I'm ready to take advantage of as many as I can.
Everyday is a new dawn. The sun rises and opportunity knocks. I'm always ready to answer that door.
Oh, and by the way. I did celebrate my birthday in a budget-conscious way. I went to Firehouse Subs, where I received my free birthday sub. Excellent!
Thanks for reading.