Keep Good Going…

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Every family has challenges. You may not think they do but they do. Growing up was sometimes hard for me as two of my older siblings had issues with drugs and alcohol. Then when I was 25, I lost my oldest brother  from cancer when he was 31. My older sister continued to have issues with alcohol and my other brother was in and out of jail from drug problems.

But I took all this in and tried to get my stepsons to choose wisely (didn't always work, they have to learn on their own sometimes). My husband went through some problems of is own which was hard on myself and the boys. Then we lost our stepson in a car accident and two years later we lost my sister from liver damage. My husband has continued his struggle with abuse and all the while I was raising my 2 children and trying to keep things in order. Sounds like a lot and it is. But I know we always had food and a roof over our head. We always had cars that ran and money to buy necessities. There was a time when we did not go out to eat or the movies much but I think all of this "stuff" made me who I am today.

It sucked when it happened, but I have two wonderful children and my stepsons have grown and learned from their mistakes and my husband is doing better, although he does have Multiple Sclerosis. I am able to stay home and work and I've started a non-profit and am on the PTO board of our new school.

Life is hard sometimes but it is what you make of it. And I worked hard for the life I have and I wouldn't have it any other way. Mother's Day is this Sunday and my mom has also been through a lot. She lost two of her children and still goes on and has a great life. She is thriving and very active in her community. She has taught me to move forward and enjoy life because you never know what will happen.  



Keep Good Going or Celebrating Good  is about the idea of perpetuating the personal good that positively affects everyone in your life (your family). It’s the good you want to pass onto others you care about—in big or small ways—because you know how it can positively shape their life experiences. Good can be what you teach (what your children learn) – the good they want to pass onto their kids.

The Keep Good Going Life Lessons are welcome nuggets of wisdom and insight that are derived from life experiences. They are often simple, but always profound because they touch on the truths that hold life together. They are personal (not social or community) good, about you and those close to you. New York Life is also showing how they perpetuate the good through a digital billboard, which captures and tallies in real-time all of the moments of family good around Mother's Day! New York Life wants to bring even more good to Mother’s Day by allowing you to upload photos of you and your mom and share Tweets with something you’ve learned from her.

Learn more about how New York Life can help you and your family Keep Good Going

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I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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  1. Your mom is inspiring. It’s so good to keep good going.

  2. I am glad things are better for you. I agree we all have our struggles, there’s no such thing as a perfect family and our struggles often make us better people in the end.

  3. Your mom sounds like a very inspiring person!

  4. What an amazing mom you have!!! It is nice to see you keeping the good going :-)! Bravo!

  5. I am so sorry for the many loses you have suffered, hugs to you and your mom.

  6. You and your family have certainly been through a lot. It is great to read that your mom continues to have the strength to keep going forward.

  7. Ann, I knew you’ve had a rough go of it but I had NO idea how extensive it was. My gosh, you’ve risen above in a way to be championed. You ROCK.

  8. Life can definitely be hard at times. The most important thing is our attitude. We choose happiness or we don’t.

  9. Wow, you are a strong woman, that’s a lot to go through and come out the other side in one piece. I’m sure your mom is a big inspiration for you.