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Family Pictures from a Quick Trip to Virginia


As I mentioned, we traveled up to Virginia this past weekend to pick Sea Cadet up from his summer job at the summer camp. And we got to spend a day with History Buff.

We stayed with my uncle and ate at his house with the exception of a meal out to Chic Fil A (less than $30.) It was a pretty inexpensive trip, a quick trip. We drove up Friday and drove back Sunday.

BUT…my wonderful friend and barter buddy did take some new family photos for me! No cost! Yeah!

Hope's Family Pic, 2018

Well, there was one cost…we all got matching shirts for the picture. I found them on the Walmart clearance rack for $11 each. And I think everyone but maybe Princess will wear it again. I know all the boys will.

This picture is an example of how far I’ve come. In the past, I’ve made sure all the shoes matched, the jeans were the right shade and often times had silly props for our pictures. While I did want a coordinated picture, I think I did a pretty good job of getting this priceless momento (and lots of others including individual shots) for the $55 shirt cost.

I will print a few on my home printer, frame them with Dollar General frames and love them forever. It was SO good to all be together even if it was just one day. (We hadn’t all been together since History Buff moved out in December, 2016.)

I feel like this should be one of those commercials as I write it…$35 fast food family meal, $55 for 5 matching shirts, family photos…PRICELESS!  This sentimental mom is so grateful for this quick trip and the smiles and camaraderie I saw between my kids.

How can you build a solid foundation for trading?


Trading is a really easy job if you can control your greed for money. It can be your side job that will help you in making some extra for your expense. Or it can be the main job if you have achieved a relevant stage. But, to become an expert in trading you need to plan properly. Even to continue your trading, you need to make a little amount of money from the trades. Otherwise, if you lose all of your investment by losing trade, there will be no chance for you to continue. A solid foundation can help you overcome the initial obstacles of the trading market. Today, we are going to discuss how you can build up a solid foundation for your trading. We will mention all the necessary aspects of building your own foundation.

The ingredients for a solid foundation

While making a solid trading foundation you need to know which things are necessary for being a good trader. You have to have a proper knowledge of the trading market. You need to know the procedure of trading. Otherwise, you won’t be able to participate in the trading market. So learn your lessons properly. Research on the internet and ask the experts if you have to. Do whatever you need to do for a clear concept about trading. If you have the proper knowledge of your work, you can prepare a trading edge for yourself.

One more thing is needed for the start of your trading which is a proper setup for yourself. Don’t freak out because you don’t need a hi-fi setup. A computer capable of moderate computing and an internet connection suitable for normal browsing is enough. And, you can easily set a smaller desk in a corner of your home which can be your office.

Learning the core concept of trading

The core concept of trading is not making money rather it’s how well you manage your investment. You have to be very careful in placing the trades in your online trading account. Executing a random order without doing any precise analysis will never help you to make a profit. To be honest this will only force you to overtrade the market. Try to develop your mentality and trade the market with a proper trading strategy. Take your time and do all the hard work to know how this market works. Read books and seek help from the experts. The more you know the better you will understand the nature of this market. But never trade the market without having any proper trading strategy.

Your plan of building one

Now when you have your ingredients, you need to plan for your foundation. How and where you are going to set it? Which marketplace do you prefer; the currency one or the gold one? You can aim for both in Forex. After you gather all the knowledge of trading you have to work on your strategy or edge first. That edge will help you in your trading from the beginning. It is like the steel structure of your foundation.

And, your trading schedule is like the concrete for your foundation. So, you need to plan your schedule too and in a proper way. It should be planned such in a way that doesn’t interfere with your daily schedule and still has the right time for trading.

The future of your foundation

If a skyscraper has a strong foundation, it can help that building to stand for a long time. Take the empire state building for example. As same, a strong trading foundation can help a trader to reach a long way. Sometimes it can help you with time too. Who knows, you may become an expert faster than any other in the world. Just go on with your plan and improve your instinct by making little tweaks here and there.