After much research and consideration, my family and I came down to Murfreesboro, TN in December of 2020 to look for our new home. We had decided a few years prior that our time in Northern Virginia was soon to come to an end . When the time was right we began our search. This would be the third home for my wife and I in our 10 year marriage together and would be my fourth home purchase.
The process was surprisingly simple as we were slated to look at 3 houses in one day and the second house we saw was the one. The home was on 2 acres and interestingly had a large barn in the back yard. To best describe this barn, it was basically like a large industrial garage, but pristine and spacious. It also had a guest quarters in the back. We soon learned it is called a barndominium.
Oddly enough, we spent more time on that warm day in December discussing our thoughts on the house while standing in the barn and both my wife and I were more impressed with the barn more than the house itself. As a matter of completeness we went to look at the third house in the lineup, but we had all but made up our mind that this was going to be our new home. We affectionately nicknamed it "The Barnhouse" and our children loved the name.
As we began to prepare for our move, I contemplated a time in the near future where I might start my own firm and if I did, what would I name it. Anyone who is an entrepreneur is always thinking about their next strategic opportunity. As many are, this barn happened to be red and "Red Barn" sounded like a good name for a financial advisory firm in my opinion, and my wife loved it as well. Because she is the more creative and the person I bounce all ideas off, when my wife liked it, we knew we had a winner.
With the name complete, I also wanted it to reflect our core beliefs. I looked at a lot of bible verses including the parable of the talents (Matthew 25), as well as John 10:10 about life more abundant which would have fit better if we had chosen a company name Abundant (something) and a few other verses. Then I decided to search for what verses referred to barns. Surprisingly there were a lot and Proverbs 3:9-10 struck me as it's a promise from God. It reads "Honor the Lord with your wealth, with your firstfruits of all your crops, then your barns will be overflowing and your vats will be brimming with wine" (NIV). I believe that captured the abundance that God wants for us, but also left me with the sense that the overflowing abundance allows us to give back and help others.
That is the purpose of Red Barn Financial, to help others grow their financial wellbeing so they can take care of their needs, the needs of their families (Proverbs 13:22) and with the overflowing I hope for everyone, they can also give to "the least of these" (Matthew 25:40). I am here to serve and give my clients the best I have to offer, to share my talents and use what has been given to me to make the world a better place for those I come in contact with.
That's the goal of Red Barn Financial LLC.