Video posted on April 20, 2016 at 6:00 am CST

To Ashlee and Tom, success is creating a product that people are happy with through their jobs, and living a fulfilled and happy lifestyle with a close-knit family. But living in a small town with growing competition and being unable to control the obstacles that come with running a farm remain huge obstacles.

After growing up in Fort Valley, Georgia he knew he’d never choose to leave his farm. She thought she wanted a journalism career, but found that her happiness was rooted in the country as a family photographer. They agree that living in a small town has provided the opportunity to be successful and love what they do, and that they’d rather work 80 hours a week for themselves than 40 hours for someone else.

“We love it. This is our paradise here. And it’s not it’s not what we’re surrounded by it’s who we’re surrounded by,” Ashlee said.

Ashlee and Tom are pursuing their American dream by working hard and pleasing others, because making their own schedules and connecting with others makes them happy in their small-town life.