I graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors in Finance and my first job out of college was as a loan officer for a mortgage company. I made pretty decent money my first year but it was also the year I lost my mom to cancer while planning and having a wedding during it all. At that time Dennis and I lived in Rancho Penasquitos in a condominium I bought while going to school. When my mom and best friend died, I had to rethink my life. The stress my highly type A bosses at the mortgage company put on me was too much. I got offered a job to go corporate as a sales representative, in the San Diego area, for the then Helene Curtis company, who produced well known products such as Suave, Finesse, etc. It was at a decent salary, with a car, benefits, and at the time seemed like a safe thing to do. Dennis was still pursuing flying then, teaching, flying an air ambulance plane, trying to accumulate hours to get a pilot job. He was also working construction jobs on the side. After five years and two kids the two of us jointly decided we needed to make a change. He wanted seasons and a smaller place to raise our kids and I wanted a new start. I told Dennis he needed to make the decision to pursue being a pilot or construction because doing both part time did not have him doing either well. To my surprise he said construction. He wanted to be home with his family.