I was raised in a small town in Southern Illinois. My graduating class had 20 graduates and my high school had just over 100 students. Many of the school districts in the area had already consolidated with the exception of our small town. Many residences in our town were afraid if we consolidated with the other school districts and lost our school, that our town would loose its’ identity.
After graduating high school, I went off to college in Murray, Kentucky to Murray State University. After graduating college in 1995, I got married and began working for a civil engineering firm in West Tennessee as a Project Manager overseeing construction staking for several highway construction projects in West Tennessee and Northern Mississippi. After working in the civil engineering field for two years, I decided that I would not be able to provide the standard of living that I wanted for my family.
In 1997, we moved to Shreveport, Louisiana to work in the oil field. Actually, the majority of the wells we worked on produced natural gas with a small volume of condensate. For the next six years I worked the oil fields in North Louisiana, East Texas and Mississippi and periodically toured the East Texas Oil Museum in Kilgore, Texas.
In 2003, the company that I was working for asked me to move to Houston, Texas to work as a desk engineer for a large independent oil and gas operator. At the beginning of 2006 I made a business trip with a colleague to Mission, Texas to work on a well. Over dinner we discussed my career and where I wanted to be in the next ten years. We discussed the value in earning my Professional Engineering License in Petroleum versus going back to school to get my MBA. My colleague worked to get his Professional Engineering License and wished that he had gotten his MBA instead.
In 2005, I enrolled in the EMBA program at Rice University in Houston, Texas. I learned a great deal about business and much more about myself. In the last set of classes just before graduating in 2007 was our entrepreneurship class, which has drastically impacted the direction of my life and decision making. The professor consistently talked about making money while you sleep. One way he suggests making money while sleeping was through the internet.
Last year at this time my wife began writing a blog, BlogWithMom.com, and shortly after she started her blog I began a blog also, FollowMyInvestments.com. I enjoy writing on my financial blog, but I only post information that is site specific. My wife and I quickly learned there are hundreds of Mom Blogs on the internet. We have just learned that there are limited guy oriented blogs on the internet.