In sixth grade I was the accountant for the snack shop at Young AmeriTowne, a little “town” that helps elementary school students learn a bit about money and business. It was my second time at Young AmeriTowne (usually the participants are fifth graders, but I was in the first 5th/6th split class at my school), and I had no idea what job I wanted. My teacher suggested the snack shop accountant and, since I had always liked playing with money and pretending to do office paperwork, I agreed. That day I decided I wanted to become an accountant. A CPA and tax accountant to be exact. I’m not sure how I made the leap from snack shop accountant to tax accountant, but I did. And making that happen was my focus for the rest of my school years.
After college I immediately began taking review courses to sit for the CPA exam. During that summer, though, a close friend almost died and, after spending the previous seven years working full time and working on my degree with very little time for friends, family or myself, I decided that becoming a CPA and tax accountant was no longer important to me. In fact, I don’t think it had been that important to me for quite a while. Instead of reassessing my interests and goals, though, I had stuck with the decision I had made in sixth grade. Crazy, I know!
At this point I was a bit lost. I had focused on one thing for so long that I wasn’t sure what else I wanted to do, or even could do, with my career. I still had my degree in Accounting, though, so I wasn’t completely without options. I found my way into the oil & gas industry and, nearly twenty years later (yes, that is an old picture over there), I'm still there. I enjoy the stability of my career and what I do, but there is a large part of me that craves creativity. I have always been a much better writer than speaker, like any good introvert is, and I enjoy freezing time through photography. So here we are on this little website to chronicle my hobbies.
I hope you find a little laughter and comradery as you join me on this journey. Thank you for your support, and I look forward to chatting with you!