So many of you have told me that your kids make your Life Rich,

and I think this pic sent in of Izzy says it all!


Do the Small … Plan For the Big
the difference between creating a successful life experience trip and a disappointing can't wait to forget this flop

by Beau Henderson

Rita and Mark saved nearly two years for their family trip to Disney World.
Their two boys were at the perfect age to experience the Magical Kingdom, and Grandma offered to keep the family dog. Everything was planned and paid for, the hotel, the meals, the all-day passes.

But when they got there, the boys were tired, irritable, and uncooperative. Rita didn’t like the way Mark was handling the situation, and they started fighting, blaming each other for failing to have a good time.

What went wrong? And how could this great disappointment have been prevented? A lot of time and energy can be spent planning for a big trip, but planning alone doesn’t make a trip successful.

What really makes a BIG TRIP so special
are all the small moments that come before it

If all you do to plan for your trip is work hard and save money, you’re missing out on some pretty great opportunities
. These are the small investments that happen during the every-day, when the big trip is just a dream, or an idea in your head
. It’s the unexpected walk after dinner, ordering that second bottle of wine, the cook-out in the back yard.

Set aside time to spend together while making your plans

Include the kids, talk about what you want to do and don’t want to do. You might still be in your old neighborhood, but together you are still creating a unique experience. Memories from small outings are just as valuable as the memories from your big ones. And both will be shared for the rest of your lives.

Experiences like this can be built into your every day. Little things as well as big can and should be planned for if you want to enter the realm of the RichLife.

Before he was published, my client Paul couldn’t afford to take his family on a summer vacation. So he bought a tent and set aside a week each summer to go camping. Sometimes it was just in their backyard, but they built a small fire and roasted marshmallows and created great family memories together.

When finally he sold the movie rights to his third book, Paul took the family on a two-week trip to the Grand Canyon. That trip was possible and enjoyable because of all the experiences the family had shared together before he “struck it big.

Another client, Irene, worried about what to do with her granddaughter, Lucy. She wanted to come up with something really terrific because Lucy’s other Grandma had taken her on a trip to Florida. Irene’s economic situation was a lot different, so when Lucy got back from the trip, Irene questioned the girl, looking for clues as to how she could “one-up” the experience.

“Well? What was it like? What did you do? Was it fun?” she asked.
“Oh, yes!” replied the granddaughter. “Every morning for breakfast, we had these little boxes of cereal. There were all different kinds and Grandma would line them up on the counter and we got to pick whichever one we wanted!”

Often times the magic of a great experience is created through the little things. Like Lucy’s miniature boxes of cereal, it doesn’t always require large amounts of money. Often times the spontaneous outings are the ones we remember best.

Setting aside the time to spend is how memories are created, and you can begin doing that now, today, regardless of how much capital you have in the bank.

You wouldn’t necessarily think that a little box of cereal could become a lifelong memory, but the truth is, it can. If you schedule it in.

With regards to creating unique experiences on purpose, here is the key to starting now:

Begin by doing small things while planning together for the big!

You will be drawn closer together, and in the process, create the capital of shared experience, of memories. These memories also add to the value of your relationships accounts, making those investments only stronger.

With the holiday season coming up on us really soon, I know that lots of people have made travel plans. Here's the thing, that trip to Grand Ma's a couple of hours away or the big trip to visit with relatives thousands of miles away can be a unique RichLife experience that you and everyone else will hold near and dear to your hearts for the rest of your lives. And it all begins by doing all of the little things that will make the BIG TRIP worth it … TODAY!!

As always, I’m here to help you master your relationship with money, but the real art is in helping you make sure that you are investing in a RichLife.

Have you had any small investment stories that paid big dividends lately? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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About Beau Henderson

Beau Henderson is a financial advisor, author, coach, radio personality, and CEO of RichLife Advisors. He has helped over 3,000 clients to not just improve their relationship with money, but to live the life of their dreams.


  1. Hughie Bagnell on November 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks Beau…great ideas/thoughts on creating unique experiences on purpose! …Hughie

  2. denny hagel on November 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Love this concept…especially when children are involved, the biggest things happen in those little moments! I encourage parents to not only plan together but to include their children as well. When children are a part of the planning process they feel an investment in the outcome which promotes a better attitude should bumps in the road appear! Great article as always Beau!

  3. Angela Brooks on November 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    So true! I have seen people go on big vacations and come home and say it was "ok"…the ones we have had the most fun with – were the less expensive ones,..still planning on Hawaii some day :-)) Right now – I am loving each day I have with my guys while mom is still cool

  4. Scarlett Von Gunten on November 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Love the ideas here for spending time together as a family! Traveling with my husband and our 7 children in an RV around the country & to events has been an amazing experience, but I especially love the idea of just setting up a tent in the backyard and camping out. The important thing is to spend time together & ENJOY it!! 🙂

  5. Carol Giambri on November 15, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Being with the family is a treat that includes our dog.  I do mind the long 15ish hour drive to see our daughter and family, but once there love seeing the grandkids.  It is an inexpensive trip and we enjoy ourselves tons.  Not often enough, but then that's the best we can do.

  6. Jennifer Bennett on November 15, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Great article!  So many times we focus on the BIG things that we fail to realize that it's the little things that make all the difference.  Thanks for the reminder Beau! 

  7. Anastasiya Day on November 15, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Thanks for sharing Beau…brilliant ideas and thoughts! I agree with Jennifer and it is very true that many times we focus on the BIG things that we fail to realize that it's the little things that make all the difference! Great article!

  8. Sue on November 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Beau..thanks for a great article and for reminding us  that the times that are the most special is when we are "in sync" and doing things together -whether in the back yard or far away….The planning stages are some of the most fun times as a family works together to get to their dream!   

  9. Olga Hermans on November 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Life is made up of the small moments and the small things in life. The best moments and the rich life are the moments when we realize that we are with the people that matter the most to us. It gives the biggest fulfillment. Thanks Beau! 

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