The alarm sounds and I climb out of bed and start my day. I boil water, in a cute yellow teapot sitting atop the stove, spoon some New Orléans style chicory coffee in a French press, and make a dark French Roast to sip from my favorite Topanga coffee mug.
Walking outside to see the sun rise, I free the chickens from “Henna’s House”, more of a chicken palace than coup, and gather some eggs. Then, feed Dog Dog, a fiercely independent farm dog that walked out of 34,000 acres of wild hardwoods bordering our farm and decided to stay, and Queen Buckingham Flat, the working retriever fit for modeling. Checking the garden, I harvest a few strawberries, kale and one ripe tomato and then give each plant water from my grandmother’s tin watering pale.
Walking inside, my two-year old, Rumi, is awake and turns her attention from Cookie Monster to me, runs to give me a morning hug and kiss. Together we make breakfast, the freshly gathered eggs, scrambled with today’s harvested kale and fresh strawberries.
I sit down in my office, a converted front porch overlooking the farm, to check any new messages and start today’s agenda, helping people and organizations align their assets with what matters most to them and a newer concept, Core Impact Investing, helping society move forward – making profit and doing good.
My 5-year-old, Sage Pilar wakes, and softly knocks on the office door. She sleepily walks over and crawls in my lap, lays her head on my shoulder and I carry her to sissy to watch Full House, an old school sitcom – her favorite show.
My wife wakes and makes smoothies and we visit about life and world events – today’s conversation, Hillary Clinton’s run for President. Together, we organize the day around work and life. Daily home school lessons, Bendi Baby (our kid’s yoga mat business – helping children find the beauty of connecting the mind, body and soul), Yield Wealth (my business), and the working farm — an entire day revolving around the things in life we love.
Before the sun sets, Pilar and I take an hour and go fishing in the reservoir, just a short walk from the farmhouse. She talks, I listen. We catch a few fish and take them home. Rumi comes out to greet us and the three of us clean 2 crappie and a bass – fish tacos and fresh tomato for dinner.
After dinner, we retire to the family couch and watch “grown-up” shows. My wife puts the kids in the bath and I go to the office to plan the next day. A little family time, before bed, with some rookie mandolin and guitar with the kids dancing or joining on drums. Kids in bed, some adult time with my wife watching Jimmy Fallon is much appreciated. Bedtime, with a short read of something fun, tonight, Gertrude Stein. Another day in paradise.
Of course, life never happens like we plan. Having a plan diverts you from just “going through the motions of life.”
Daily road blocks are navigated, kids will be kids, bills, bills, bills and chaos all exist – everyday. There is joy, pain, anger, passion and sadness – such is life. But this is my version of The Mexican Fisherman, doing what I love most, as much as possible and navigating a mindful quality of life.
The purpose of this blog post is to help people feeling stuck, realize there is a way out. Organizations like, Corporate Hostage No More, can help you strategically find a way out. Yield Wealth will help you with what matters most to you, and help you prepare for your own version of “quality of life” to do more of what you love.
It’s time for all of us to look deep inside ourselves and ask, “What is most important to me.” Prioritize what matters most. Organize your finances and actions and align it to your priorities and Simplify Life – create a doable process and plan to live the life you’ll love.
Charles Kochel is a second generation wealth advisor and third generation family farm operator. He is the founder of Yield Wealth Management, one of the first benefit corporations in Arkansas. To learn more about Charles, Yield Wealth or set a time to visit, visit http://www.yieldwealth.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The articles written in this blog should not be construed as investment advise.