What Makes Your Life Rich? Brad’s RichLife Story!

by Beau Henderson on February 8, 2012

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What Makes YOUR Life Rich?

Brad's RichLife Story!  

by Beau Henderson
 
"Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you will regret more the things you didn't do than the things you've done" ~ H Jackson Brown Jr
 
I'm heading to the West Coast this week to work some financial planning clients and enjoy the sights for a few days! I just could not wait until I get back to share one of our callers' stories from this past Saturday's RichLife Show with you! It really inspired me to hear Brad's story about creating unique experiences for his family on purpose. I hope that it will do the same for you! And encourage you to share YOUR RichLife story with all of our listeners and readers!!
 
"Though not every trip is a life-changing event, trips certainly have the potential to become lifelong memories! Anything we plan for ourselves and our families, regardless of how small, has the potential to become a living gift. A memory we can turn over and over in our thoughts at any time we choose. A treasure, so to speak, of the mind. These experiences that we create for ourselves have the ability to add significantly to our RichLife. In fact, they become a greater part of our wealth, more so than you might think. More so than I ever thought!" ~ from Investment #5 – Creating Unique Experiences On Purpose – The Rich Life – 10 Investments For True Wealth

Here is Brad's RichLife Story!

You were talking about financial stewardship, and one of the things that my wife and I always do is ask ourselves what can we do to invest in our children because they are our most important resource. One of the things that we do is try to live within our means daily – we don't overspend on housing or vehicles. We like to give to the our local church. And what we have found is that when we do that, we have extra money to go and do things that build great experiences for our kids and family.
 
For the past five years my Dad, my brother and myself – and for the past three years my middle son too – all go on a trip down to Orlando during spring training and check out the Atlanta Braves. We have a blast watching them play. My son looks forward to this trip every year. It really gets him out of his winter rut! He gets to meet some of the players he has grown to love because he has seen them up close and in person.
 
You know, you can go down there and get tickets for spring training, front row seats for $20!!!! And, you really can't get an experience like that anywhere else without paying an arm and a leg. My son Caleb just loves going on that trip and we've got it planned again for this year!
 
We're going to Orlando and hitting the Braves' baseball games, going to Leggoland for 2 days and coming back to catch a few more games. He is 7 years old and he's been going for 3 years now. I have a 4 year old at home so he will start coming along with us next year when he is a little bit older and can sit through a whole game. He is already looking forward to it!

My 8 year old daughter has been asking what she and I are going to be doing together too! She's in the third grade and right now they are studying the history of the original 13 Colonies. My wife and I got an idea the other day when we were in Philadelphia for a wedding. We are thinking that it would be a great idea if my daughter and I fly up to Philadelphia to check out the sights for a quick weekend trip and come right back!

I know that those experiences right there are really what those kids are going to remember for the rest of their lives. You can't create those kind of experiences unless you, in all areas of your life, are wise with your finances and your time. My wife owns a small business and I am a school teacher. We made a decision to make it work. God has truly blessed us and our kids and we pray that our kids will be able to make a huge impact on this world.

When you honor God with your time, money and your family, He will bless you. My wife is a pharmacist locally and just to let you know, her boss – the owner of the pharmacy that she works at – passed away four months ago. What is amazing to both of us is that he left the pharmacy to wife in his will. And that is a direct result of the stewardship he saw in her life and the trust that he had in her to take good care of the business.

It was an extremely generous thing for him to do and he knew that my wife would continue the tradition of serving people first – not do it for the profit, not for any sort of fame or glory – but to really do the right thing for the people in the community so that everyone is helping each other out!

That is what the RichLife is all about for us. It starts little by little, and before you know it, you are BLESSED!!
 
I really want to thank Brad for sharing his RichLife story with all of us! What a blessing it was for us in the studio and for our listeners. It's really obvious that he and his wife have figured out how to live their definition of a RichLife and what's so impressive  about this is that they are pretty young! They have been able to figure out the financial piece. They are living on less than they are spending so they have a surplus and they are stewarding that very wisely!

I love how he is creating family traditions with his young children by taking the boys to training camp and how he is starting the same thing with his daughter. He is creating experiences for those children that will last them the rest of their lifetimes. They are going to have these memories to talk about forever!

Sometimes we get so busy with life and work and all of the day-to-day stuff right in front of us, that before we know it, the kids are all of a sudden grown up and we have lost the opportunity to create those kinds of experiences with them, to create memories that can be shared over and over again. Memories like that really become an asset whose value can only be described as PRICELESS!

 
Memories cannot be taxed, stolen or lost in a lawsuit nor do they depreciate over time. In fact, and this is so fabulous, the more they are withdrawn and told over and over again, the better they get! There is no penalty, withdrawals can be made as early as the next day, and doing so only makes them stronger and more valuable. I cannot think of another asset that can boast this kind of return.

When I ask any of my financial planning clients, after hearing a particularly funny or poignant story, "I bet you wouldn't trade that experience for all of your net worth would you?" The answer I always get is, "No, I wouldn't. I wouldn't trade it for all of the world!"

Here is a little secret –
experiences shared or had alone become our memories,
the most valuable assets that you can acquire!
 

So, what makes your life RICH? Do you have a story to tell that will bless all of us? I'd love to hear it!!  Drop me a line – it could be featured in our next RichLife story spotlight!
 
 
Make this an amazing week! Live Rich!!

Be Blessed!!

Beau


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Leah

Childhood experiences indeed shape us beyond what we may like to admit, and it is inspiring to know people realize that and invest in creating such experiences for their kids!
I thank my own parents every day for the rich life they helped me have – the countries I was able to visit, the education I was able to get, the passions I was able to pursue… I own it all to them and these indeed are my most pried possessions and riches: experiences, memories, stories and over 22000 pictures :).

Edwina Parker

That's a very inspirational story.  Thank you so much for sharing.

Erica Ardali

I really enjoyed this. Thanks so much for sharing. Indeed it's my family that makes my life rich.

Lorrie

Thanks again for a stimulating blog post. You gave me the gift of memories of family vacations…a time to know my parents away from the stresses of home and work. I look forward to hearing about your trip with your daughter to Philadelphia – a great City. If you have time on the East Coast, try Colonial Williamsburg. It is one of my favorites!

Dr. Daisy Sutherland

What an awesome story! I love creating memories for our children…although we can't go on long trips..we make an effort to create daily adventures…spending quality time with our children is so important…they grow so quick and before you know it they will be creating memories for their own families…thanks again for sharing your wisdom Beau:)

Corinne Rodrigues

So true our memories of love and laughter can never be equated to all the wealth in the world….We must invest in creating a truly 'rich' life. Thanks for the inspiration, Beau.

Rhonda Uretzky

Richenss in life comes in many forms. I feel  appreciate for my family and friends and for my passion – wrirting – and then, I feel all the unspoken riches flowing through me when I am in my 90 minute meditation otherwise known as hot yoga class

Solvita

This is such an interesting site Beau. I like how you share stories from others, it is so priceless!  We can learn a lot and the inspiration is vital for our rich life! :)

Edmund

Thanks for sharing that amazing story with all us.  
Additionally, I love the quote that you provided at the beginning.  At the end of our life, it will be the things that we didn't do that we will be most regretful of.

Carl Mason-Liebenberg

Memories cannot be taxed, stolen or lost in a lawsuit nor do they depreciate over time. In fact, and this is so fabulous, the more they are withdrawn and told over and over again, the better they get! …I just love this paragraph! What a great post. Thank you, Beau!

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