After endless hours on trying to sync on Mist, I gave up. I read some posts about accessing ether via myetherwallet.com. I don't want to screwup on the process. Can someone walk me through how to do it, much appreciated!
The easiest way to check your balance is actually not by unlocking your wallet. You only need your address in order to see your balance. It is not recommended that you enter your private key anywhere if you just want to check on the balance or see incoming / outgoing transactions. Instead...ETH
https://etherscan.io/. Paste your address into the search bar and it will pull up your address and transaction history.Tokens
https://ethplorer.io/ allows you to easily see token balances and transfers.
You can access your wallet on MEW when you are ready to send by selecting your keystore file on https://www.myetherwallet.com/#send-transaction
Please make sure to bookmark MyEtherWallet.com, always check your URL whenever dealing with crypto, and consider installing MetaMask or EAL to protect yourself from phishing websites across the crypto currency space.