It was Draft Day 1998 in Vancouver, Canada. Life was about to change as we knew it. In an effort to stay vigilant to our new lifestyle and what would become our way of life, I took a lot of time to learn how to survive the new journey. Our financial status changed. The size of family and friends grew and changed. New people came into our lives, and some old people left. Many people thought that we had changed. In the process of adjusting to communicate with the people that they thought we had become, they fell short and just dropped out of our lives.
We learned many valuable lessons. We learned to be givers and not takers. We started a non-profit organization so that we could give back. We built a small unit of professionals to help us with investments and preserving wealth and net worth. We learned that the sound of the basketball net swish would one day go away and we would have to adjust to the tune of our net worth. We stayed focused and prepared for the life after basketball.
Vanessa Hughes is the proud mother of Larry Hughes, 13-year NBA veteran. Vanessa has written a series of blogs about her experiences raising a basketball player.
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