Creativity – What Does It Mean To You?

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I just made a comment on my facebook page saying I’m not very good at crafts and then it made me think. No, I’m not good at crafts but that’s doesn’t mean I’m not creative. I guess I let my head get stuck into thinking that if I can’t create crafts then I’m not creative but that’s not really true.

There are so many ways to be creative. So, it made me start to wonder, what exactly does it mean when you talk about “creativity”? What is creativity to you?

I may not be able to make something or build something but I find my creativity behind my camera. What some people may take as an “odd photo” or “strange thing to take a picture of” yes, I’ve been told both I call creativity.

I may not look at life the same way you do. Things that you would typically look right over might be the one major thing I see.

I used to think of creativity as a talent like song writing, painting or drawing skills but it’s so much more and each of us have some way of showing our creativity if we just let go to the concept we have in our heads of what creativity is.

Is it in your writing? Is it in a trade, or skill you have mastered? Have you got wild crazy skills when it come to Photoshop? What is it? How do you show your creativity?

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Four Books that Changed My Life

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Books change lives, they give us hope, they give us knowledge and sometimes they inspire us to grow in ways we never imagined. As I thought about all the books I’ve read throughout the years a handful that truly touched my heart and life came to mind.

The Bible

It gives me knowledge of the past, instructions on how to live my life and raise my family today and hope for the future. It gives me guidance, comfort and strength when I need it most.

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This was just one of those books that touched my heart so deeply. It’s one I want my children to read and understand. It’s one of injustice, justice, prejudice and understanding.

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Long before I married and had children I read this book and the story touched my heart so much I never forgot it.

I had no idea how the characters in those last two books would truly impact my actions, reactions and my beliefs. How could I know that I would grow up to become a special needs mom or maybe I did know. Maybe that’s why I was drawn to those book. Maybe that’s why my heart took to them so easily and the characters were etched in my mind and heart from the moment I read the words on the pages.

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Anxiety & Panic Attacks: Their Cause and Cure by Robert Handly

I suffered from anxiety attacks beginning in my early twenties. So much so that I was put on medication to help me deal with it. I struggled with it for years unable to cope with it on my own. After several visits to the ER in hopes that they could help me, I found this book and its five step program. Not every step worked for me but I couldn’t give up. I didn’t want to be on medication for the rest of my life and I didn’t want anxiety to take the joy life had in store for me away. As I pushed myself to get through all the steps and with encouragement from my best friend (now my husband) I managed to get through it. While I may still get a small anxiety attack every couple of years it is so much more under control. I shudder to think what my life would be like now had I not found this book and pushed myself through it.

What books have changed your life?

Note: 3 of the 4 books can be purchased at amazon.com

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© 2015, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

My Word for 2015 – Positivity

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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.

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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 NaturalThrifty.com:

“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.”

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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!

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