Success! (A Stock Market Story)

My love of adventure has always pushed me to explore avenues of making income regardless of location – some have bombed, others have produced minor results. Finally, in February of this year, I got the nerve up to dabble in the stock market. As much as I wanted to go “all in” and bet my life’s savings in hopes of a 700% return– I could see thes slot machines gushing golden coins — but my practicality got the better of me, and I started my stock trading journey with a meager purchase of 2 shares of Amazon.

Over the past few months, I’ve bought more shares of Amazon whenever it took a slight dip, usually around the $175-$180 mark. I took a leap and bought 4 shares last week when it fell from $221/share down to $180/share, trusting the stock would rebound a short time later.

Now, I don’t spend oodles of time reading the latest stock trends; I do not watch CNBC or read the Wall Street Journal — I do my research before buying into a company (well, sort of- I’m still debating what to do with the 75 shares of Sirius/XM I have that likely won’t amount to anything. Note to self: When a company has nearly 4 billion shares of stock, it probably won’t amount to much more than $3.)

Fortunately, my intuition was right and Amazon rose to $205 at Friday’s close. My trading account was in the green: I had a significant gain. And for me, that was good enough.

I sold all 9 shares of Amazon on Tuesday morning for a profit of $216.30.

**NOTE: The stupid stock went up to $215 per share by Wednesday’s closing bell – dammit.

Wall Street, don’t worry, I’m not about to quit my day job to join the chaos… but coming out ahead in the volatile markets is a small victory!

Author: Laryssa

Laryssa has spent 6+ years working on an assortment of film and television projects. She writes about her experiences to help (and amuse) others. If she's not working, she's either traveling, reading or writing about travel, or planning travel. Follow , Twitter, or Facebook.

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