This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Allstate. All opinions are 100% mine.
Life was meant to be good. At Home Ever After, one of our core values has always been focusing on the good life. Good living in spite of whatever challenges you might have is always possible, whether you have to address issues with money, health, location, or anything else which acts as a barrier.
Time and again, I’ve stressed the importance of focusing on how much there is to gain for our own happiness and the well-being of our families when we stay positive. As moms, especially, choosing a good life for our families even when unexpected fortune comes our way is an all-important responsibility. After all, we never know what will come our way next!
With every ring of the phone, every breaking news headline, every email that comes in, we could get life-altering news that is devastating. Even though this is the case, imagine if you lived your whole life in fear of what might happen! Every day would be a nightmare of worry, fear, and negativity. Think of all the great opportunities that you might never see because of focusing on the possibility of bad.
Recession to Blogger to Good Life – My Unlikely Story
Becoming a family at the same time a huge and long-lasting recession would hit our country is never something my husband and I planned. When we decided to have our first child at the end of 2006, we thought we were completely ready to go from couple to family and have the first of the many children we wanted.
I got pregnant with our son, who was born in August 2007. Then, in the same month he was born and much to our surprise, our country and the rest of the world suddenly slid into a recession (which would later be named the Great Recession of 2008).
Right and left, people all over the country – our friends and neighbors – were losing their jobs, businesses were closing, families were losing their homes. We had just had a baby at one of the very worst financial times in history to bring on extra financial responsibility!
We could have been fearful and worried for our future. Our faith and determination to have an abundant family life took us in a different direction though. I researched frugal living and started setting up home systems for our family. We learned to be frugal and responsible with our money. We also got out of debt at one of the hardest times in history.
I wanted to show other people that they could thrive and prosper in the recession too just as my family was doing, so I started a blog to have a way to help others in similar situations. I started write down my frugal living ideas and published them as a new blogger. Little did I know then that the blog I started would grow into the business it is today at HomeEverAfter.com and our other websites, which I’ve been running and loving for the last 6 years!
Something so positive and long-lasting came from one of the scariest things that could have happened to our new family, all because of how we chose to frame it.
The Good Life is All Around You – Just Look
We often look back on certain times of our life with fondness and recognize too late that those were truly great times. The good life is all around us: everyday, everywhere, with every area of our life.
Being truly grateful for every little triumph we have, every problem we solve, every sweet moment we have with our children and spouse is the key. What’s good is always available to us, we just have to look.
Yet, they’ve chosen to bring encouragement and positivity instead of fear and negativity. The Allstate Good Life is a new part of their mission that I feel is a welcome change in a media environment of shock and awe. I’m really proud of their choice to take a stand for good living as we have done for so long at my company.
What Have You Overcome?
You are stronger than you think. You are more influential than you think. After all, you set the tone for your whole family every day when you wake up. Your smile and hug in the morning is a fortification of happiness that your kids wear like armor out into the crisp wind of uncertainty.
Never stop showing them, through your example, gratitude, and positive outlook, that the good life is always there for you.
What have you overcome to choose the good life for your family? Let us know your stories in the comments section below!