My Word for 2015 – Positivity


I woke up this morning and the first thing on my mind was, “what is my new word for 2015?” Last year my word for the year was Focus. And I will say, I did pretty well I think. Not perfect of course, but well enough for me to be happy with what I accomplished as far as staying focused in my life.


Now as this year comes to a close my mind searched for my word for 2015 and then I read this post on facebook from Crystal over at

“If I could only choose ONE thing to encourage all of you to make as your new goal for 2015, it would be this:

Speak positivity into your life and into the lives of others. Discontinue all negative talk. Do not put others down. Do not put yourself down. Watch your words, and use them wisely.

Likewise, discontinue close association with negativity. If there are people in your life that constantly speak negatively, drag others down with their words, gossip, discourage, and have no plans to change this, it is your RIGHT to no longer allow this in your life.

Protect yourself and your family from negativity. Remove it from your own mouth and from your inner circle.

Once you change your world for positivity, life has a way of opening up so much beauty and possibility for you.”


And just like that, I found my word. It hit me like a ton of bricks (nice soft bricks, not the ones that hurt). This is my word for 2015 – Positivity – not just keeping my life clean of negativity but keeping myself clear of it as well. I have all too often been the one speaking negatively of myself, putting myself down. That will be the hardest part for me. But I can do this! We all can and what better way than to start with ourselves.

So thank you Crystal for your words of wisdom, helping me find my word for 2015 and for getting me started on a positive outlook for 2015 right here and now!

Here’s to a better and brighter outlook in 2015!

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

Some Homeschool Days are Just Plain Rough

fractions of a number

fractions of a number

Some homeschool days are just not easy. Today was one of those days. Frustrating for me, frustrating for him. I literally just wanted to scream and cry. Scream from the frustration, cry because I couldn’t help him. I felt so lost, so helpless. So afraid for Bug’s future. Yes those thought of what happens when he has a day like this at work as an adult with a job. They are always there.

It was rough, not that the work was rough but sometimes Bug’s brain just totally blocks out things that I know he knows how to do.

But one thing a friend of mine continues to remind me is that it’s ok to stop, it’s ok to take a break and let both of us regroup. It just breaks my heart to see my son in tears because he can’t remember what to do when he’s asked to “group” things together.

So I did it, I said enough! He needed a break and so did I. He had to go let all that frustration out and bring himself back down to a calm state of mind so he could continue. So after I held him in my arms as he allowed those tears of frustration to fall, I let him do that, I let him go on his own so he could regain his composure.

I just didn’t want to face those math problems again, not yet. He worked on language arts and did just fine. For some reason, his brain just was refusing to think in terms of math today. But I couldn’t just let him give up. So after the hugs, tears, a break, Language Arts and lunch I decided to jump back in and hoped and prayed we could get through math now.

teddy bear counting

I pulled the teddy bear counters out again and as calmly as I could I worked with him trying my best not to let frustration get a hold of me again. Today’s frustrations were not his failure but mine. Can I just please remember it’s ok to take a break when we need it? This isn’t public school, why won’t my brain remember that?

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

The Beauty of Beaches Resorts Turk and Caicos #BeachesMoms

sailing at beaches

On a chilly day all I can seem to think about is how much I miss Beaches Resorts Turks & Caicos. Spent my day just day dreaming about it as I scrolled through my photos from the #BeachesMom Social Media on the Sand conference.

balcony view at Beaches

Turks and Caicos from the dock

beaches from the dock


sailing at beaches

And if that wasn’t enough to make me want to go back, HP, who was one of the amazing conference sponsors sent me this beautiful canvas print of one of my favorite photos from the trip:

HP Canvas wrap beachesmoms

Now I get to look at my beautiful memory every single day! Is there that one image that stays in your mind, that one memory you just love to have at the forefront of your mind?

Why not take advantage of HP’s offer for 35% OFF the cost (before shipping and tax) of every canvas print ordered now through December 31, 2014 ?  Simply use this link: and enter the code HPPW at checkout.

What a thoughtful gift this was from HP. I love it! It’s the perfect gift as far as I am concerned.

Please note this offer is only valid through December 31, 2014. One offer code per order. Offer has no cash value. Offer valid only in the US. To received canvas prints before 12/25, your order will need to be placed by 12/12 with standard shipping, 12/16 with two-day shipping or 12/17 with overnight shipping.

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.