I hope to use this journal as a tool to help improve my overall trading to the point where I can trade for a living. I was laid off from a good job years ago. Now I work nights as a convience store clerk approx. 48 hrs./week. My wife has 2 jobs and between the two of us we clear about 35k per/year. Excluding trading, we work about 100 hours/week. The problem is our bills are about 2k/month more than our income and I don't see much chance in cutting our bills further. I'm planning on using trading to increase our income enough so that we can have a return to our old lifestyle. I stumbled into trading by way of a customer. Since I work the graveyard shift most of my customers are getting booze, cigs, junk food, gas, and lottery tickets. Not exactly the stuff of top caliber people. I do lots of cleaning and one of the things I do is clean and setup for the morning a cappuccino machine. In 2004 I had a customer come in and get a French Vanilla Capp. every night. He wasn't drunk, didn't buy junk food, cigs., or lottery tickets so he seemed like a "normal" person. After a while of saying "high, how are you doing today", I asked him why he came in at night? He told me he was starting his day and was a trader. After a few more months of small talk he asked me about my background and told him my hard luck story. Around October of 2004 he invited me over to his house to see his trading setup, so I went the next morning after work. It was pretty impressive. The front door to his house probably cost more than my house alone! Anyway, I watched him trade and was fascinated by the process. I got invited back the next day and the next day. Little by little he showed me some of what he was looking for in the ES market. By the middle of Nov. 2004 I decided to open a account at Open E Cry with some of my savings. On Dec.1, 2004, I placed my first trade provided from the pro helping me. I made over $400 on one contract! I was pretty shocked and excited. He told me he'd trade my account beginning in Jan. to help me out if I wanted him to get me started. I agreed and waited through the rest of December.