We’re taking the rest of the week off. Please enjoy my touching, heart-warming, moving, uplifting and nausea inducing prose today.
It’s Thanksgiving week in America. Thanksgiving is the holiday where we Americans:
- stuff our faces with even more food than usual
- gather with family and get drunk
- fight with family after getting even more drunk
- watch football
- more eating, drinking and fighting
Oh yeah, we’re supposed to reflect on our lives and consider everything that we’re thankful for as well. Brace yourselves readers; here comes one of those sappy posts where I reminisce about the year.
To get you warmed up, here is a beautiful and touching picture of Spendosaurus and Frugalsaurus on the beach in San Diego:
I’m thankful for my wealth
This blog is supposed to be about money, so let’s start there. The S&P 500 is only up 1.5% for 2015, so the markets aren’t going to turn in a monster year like 2013 or 2014. However, we’re members of the Double Comma Club and my portfolio sits at an all time high ($1,081,625). I’ve been kicked out of The Club at least 10 times this year, but every month we’re saving at least $5,000. Perhaps someday, I’ll be a permanent member.
Every dime that I invested in 2015 went into index funds, but I still have holdings from my days as a stock-picker. I’ll sell most of them in retirement to minimize capital gains taxes. In the meantime, these stocks continue to do well. Here is every investment over $30,000 that isn’t a total market index fund:
- Facebook: $187,810 (up 37%)
- Apple: $133,869 (up 7%)
- VGT (Vanguard Information Technology ETF): $110,359 (up 7%)
- Berkshire Hathaway: $84,112 (down 9%)
- Google: $44,510 (up 46%)
- Amazon: $41,443 (up 115%)
I’m fortunate that these holdings, with the exception of Berkshire Hathaway, have had an exceptional year.
I’m thankful for the life I’ve built
As a blogger, I’m most famous (“famous” used in the loosest of terms here) for my Ranting. Despite my Thursday nastiness, life is pretty great:
- Last week was my last week ever of full-time employment. I go part-time starting this week. #woot
- Our house project still isn’t done, but we are farther along than we were last year. With my reduced work schedule, I should be able to wrap it up in 2016. #wootagain
- I have a wife who despite her preference for keeping the thermostat at a scorching 89, is mostly sane. We share common goals and our fights are few and far between. Finding a compatible mate goes a looooooong way to happiness.
- Everyone is healthy. Besides the nasty bugs that the kids pick up from their classmates, we have no medical issues. We visit the doctor for checkups and that is about it.
- I love to travel and this year I’ve been all over the place. Travels include Madison (Wisconsin), Chicago, Omaha (Berkshire meeting), Charlotte (North Carolina), San Francisco, Yosemite and Pismo Beach. We have even bigger plans for 2016.
I’m thankful for the other bloggers that I’ve had the privilege to work with
In 2015, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people. Each and every one of you is awesome, but these posts stood out for me:
- Frugal Friends and Where to Find Them (Frugalwoods)
- I had loads of fun interviewing my buddy Jim Collins:
- How I Built Our Net Worth to $1 Million (Rock Star Finance)
- I overcame my lifelong terror of public speaking in one day when the Mad Fientist interviewed me on the FinCon stage
I’m thankful for you
I told you this was going to get sappy and here it comes. Get out the Kleenex for the tears (or towels to clean up the vomit).
This blog is almost three years old and with the exception of the few hate-mailers, it’s been spectacular sharing my journey with you. I had no idea where the blog would take me when I hit the Publish button for the first time on January 1st, 2013. Thinking back on it now, writing has exceeded all of my expectations.
I’ve learned so much and have had loads of fun meeting many of you in person. It is no exaggeration to say that this blog has changed my life for the better. Life is good.
I hope all of you have much be thankful for as well.
Onward and upward!
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