Last night I did my first post which covered the beginning of my health journey culminating in successfully having my posterior fossa decompression surgery. Sadly my health was not made to last as within a year (January 2017) I was back in Long Island having my occipital (skull) to C2 fused due to severe craniocervical instability. This surgery required me to wear a C collar for the first 6 months unless I was laying down and even then I had to pack pillows around my head to prevent my head from being able to move.
Again with friends and at this point even my brother off in college it was just my parents and me. My brother introduced me to bitcoin as something I should really start to follow. I had begun to trade stocks at this point as I had set aside money from when I was able to work and used this to occupy my time. The crypto market was something that was a complete different animal though as I was used to trading during a set time frame (8:30-3:00 Monday though Friday) where as crypto was a 24/7 365 day market. My brother was pretty smart I have to give him credit as every different wallet or exchange he had me sign up for he would always make sure I would do so under his referral link!
Before long I was beginning to get interested in bitcoin exclusively not paying attention to ether or any alt coins. This was during the time that cloud minning was a pretty big thing at least with the people I knew. Hindsignt being 20/20 even with the projected difficulty increases that the company advertized there was no way that profits could have been made like they claimed. Luckily I was 21 so I did not have a ton of free cash to sink into it but it is safe to say I was happy when I realized I got back roughly half of my investment! Before I knew it the bitcoin bull market of 2018 was in full swing and I sold what bitcoin I had left and took a step back.
When Robinhood offered the ability to buy and sell crypto I immediately jumped back in due to the ability to set orders that I lacked on the regular Coinbase exchange. Throughout 2019 I successfully bought and sold cyrpto setting aside ~5% of my portfolio for bitcoin and etherium. During this time I also began to participate in the Coinbase Earn oppertunities. For those of you who do not know you watch a video answer a question and get $2 or $3 in the given crypto. This allowed myself to earn free crypto and eitehr keep it or convert it into another.
My best move in the crypto space that has paid of handsomly has been downloading and utilizing the Brave Browser. I began to use it about a year ago and have made over $100 in BAT tokens due to school moving online in the spring and having to utilize two computers for running R and Python. While the BAT network earlier this month changed initally it was free to send BAT tokens from your Uphold Wallet (the one brave required) to a coinbase wallet where I would change it into Tezos for the compounding feature. Now the BAT netowrk does cost 1 BAT token and the token price itself has spiked since the last payout were it was ~$0.27 to ~$0.39 so that is something to also consider.
If you hold Dai now in your Coinbase exchange app you also earn 2% AYP compounded daily which with Tezos recent price run also makes it an interesting place to transfer your BAT too while you wait and decide where you would want to invest your crpyto.
If anyone does not have the Brave Browser here is my referal link! https://brave.com/cel197
You can also use it for Android and iOS devices. The iOS app does not have the BAT withdrawl feature yet so as of now you are just earning it and having to hold it but within the last month the Android feature went live and iOS is rumored to be close to launch.