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Life Lessons: Russ Vandeveerdonk

Another great Life Lesson.  Russ is full of love and compassion for his fellow men and women.  He has seen hard times, but through it all he has remained upbeat and true to himself.  Let’s see what life has taught him, shall we?  And don’t forget you can always send in your life lesson to Good Enough Mother by clicking here.  We’d love to hear it.

Are you happy at the moment?  

Yes, very much so, very happy to see so many success stories from those who have fallen and come back-up into society again after overcoming personal struggles and I was involved and glad to help.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16 year old self now – what would it be? 

“Fly straight and continue to work hard and help others, GOD is watching over me and I will be just fine during the upcoming next 35 years, and remove any fears and anxieties as they will derail your growth!”.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year? 

Fifteen funerals later, I cannot save everyone, but I will be there to help and then be there for the families as well, showing strong leadership as always and guidance.

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months? 

Financial stability and guard my heart and stay at peace with the world and myself.

What’s your secret to happiness? 

The first hour when I awaken every morning, sitting in the bed, quietly and planning the day ahead while reviewing yesterdays’ accomplishments and failures. Making a game plan. If one does not have a daily plan, failure will show its ugly head.

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded? 

Same as above,…having a game plan every morning while reviewing the previous day and planning for the future day itself.

What’s your biggest regret? 

Not getting married and fathering my own blood-line of children, however I feel as if I have 300 children at times, mostly whom are grown men and women.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)? 

Stay positive, stay sober if possible, self-medication can get out of control at times.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself? 

Man-made fears and anxieties and worries of those I have helped and loved.

Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life? 

Does not apply here to me, as I am a single male.

When were you happiest? 

I am always happy and thankful! But to be exact 1975-1976 and then again 1984-1993.

What ten words best describe you? 

Solid, grounded, realistic, very passionate, compassionate, wanting to make a difference, romantic, loving and full of patience.  (ok more than 10 words)


Russ Vandeveerdonk, owner of “RussJFK” Public Relations, was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, USA and has lived in other cities such as LA, Cabo, etc.  As of April 2011 he has been staying very busy after retiring as the Director of The 24, a 40+ year old non-profit based in Dallas which helped keep 65 men and women sober and productive.  He helped with the Child Abuse Prevention Center and the Stewpot Homeless assistance center as well and is also involved in many issues for the betterment of society as a whole.  Satisfied with life so far, healthy, strong, sober and single, Russ does public relations, fundraising for good causes and other stuff.   He’s looking forward to another great year ahead!

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