17 years ago today, on April 9, 2006, I started this blog. I'm sure the time stamps will say it is April 10th since they still haven't got those sorted after several years, but it is indeed April 9, 2023. Very few of you have been around that long or close to that long. Fewer than that, still post consistently. But once in a while a familiar old name will pop up. And there have been so many new people along the way. I miss the busy days.
I never thought when I started this blog I'd be where I am today. Out of debt and with a positive net worth. I thought this post was going to be longer, more involved, but I haven't really had time today to think it out.
I just know that I have hit some major milestones in the last few weeks with both net worth and retirement. Net worth has gone over $200K and retirement that does not include company stock has gone over $100K. Those are also numbers I never thought I would see, especially with how awful much of 2021 and all of 2022 was. But we are seeing them. I hope we will make those losses up. It's going to take a lot, but we were buying the whole time, and that's what does it after all. Buy at the lows and you will earn at the highs.
I've learned more than I ever thought I could when I first joined the blogs here. I just wanted to find a way to keep my head above water and get out of debt. Now I have a positive net worth. I didn't even know those existed for people like me. But they do. I hope that maybe my struggles to get here have helped some people along the way. I know that yours have helpled me.
Blessings, my SA family. We are small, but we are mighty, and I couldn't have done it without all of you.