I am a DIY investor investing in dividend growth stocks and trading options (covered calls and naked puts) to generate income. My goal is to reach a sustainable and ever growing income so I can quit the rat race. I started trading in 1996, but I wasn't very successful. After some substantial loses I decided to stop trading and studying more. In 2006 I returned to the market. I still believed I could beat the market by trading (swing trading). It didn't work. In 2012 I decided to change the strategy. Besides trading I bought a handful of dividend paying stocks, just for fun. But compared to my trading, these stocks were making me money (capital gains) and paid dividends. I had my strategy under my nose the whole time and didn't see it. I was still pursuing trading. Then it came to me and I changed into dividend investing. Since then I am a happy dividend investor, finally making money on the market. I blog about my trades and ideas. Although I started my blog in 2006 I actually started really blogging in 2102 and my secondary goal is to convert my blogging into money making machine too. But I have never imagined how difficult task this is. I live in Colorado in Rocky Mountains and have a family of two girls. It is yet another challenge in my life to provide for them and teach them to be financially responsible. Unlike the stock market, unfortunately, with your kids you do not have the luxury of trial and error. You have to be right the firs time. I work as a mechanical engineer (which is said to be the worst combination for investing in the stock market). I love my work, but investing in the stock market has ever been my passion and if I ever change my career, it definitely be investing.