New Beginnings

As I am starting up this blog, I am sitting on a balcony overlooking the beach in Chiba, Japan.  It seems like the perfect place to begin journaling my trading life.  A couple years ago, I made a serious attempt to learn trading while living here full time.  I had finished up a finance job in Tokyo and was anticipating a move back to the US.

 At the time I lived here, I was day-trading.  After the US markets closed, I would sit on the balcony to enjoy this view of the morning surf.

At the time I lived here, I was day-trading.  After the US markets closed, I would sit on the balcony to enjoy this view of the morning surf.

In many ways, that summer trading and living here was a taste of the life I wanted.  Combining my love for being out in the world with my interest in trading the markets.  I wasn’t nearly successful enough nor capitalized well enough to make it permanent.  It was, though, the real beginning.

My trading has changed quite a bit since those days.  But the biggest change is, I now am making enough that I could support myself in this cute little hidden beach paradise.  This has always been my yardstick for a first level of real success - not just a P&L above zero but one with life-changing potential.  It’s still early days and I am still a little uncertain, but I’ll celebrate these victories as they come.

 The town had this incredible rosemary planter we raided every weekend for our grilled chicken salad.  shhh, don't tell anyone.

The town had this incredible rosemary planter we raided every weekend for our grilled chicken salad.  shhh, don't tell anyone.

 My place was in the building just above the camel statues to the upper right.

My place was in the building just above the camel statues to the upper right.