Hi, Everyone! With Rene hosting the 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Orlando, we wanted to try something a little different. We asked the moms and dads heading down to the conference May 9-12 to answer our Life Lessons questions with a Disney twist, of course. Like the GEMS they are, they took to the task. We will be running their answers in the regular Life Lessons slot. Oh, and don’t worry. You still have a chance to share. Just email Ella and she will get the information to you. Now, we present our Disney Social Media Mom of the day, Nanette.
Are you happy at the moment?
Yes, very. My family is my life and the joy they bring me fills me up over and over again. I get to be a stay-at-home mom and give my kids what I had. I love that and it makes me truly feel wonderful into the deepest parts of my heart. It’s who I am.
If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
1. Cherish your parents and the time you have with them.
2. Never, ever give up your dreams.
3. Continue to be yourself and stand up for yourself and others – it’s who you are, be proud of that.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
I’ve learned that as scary as it is for me, to stand back and watch my children grow. They will never learn to fly if I never let them try. I need to stand back and watch them soar. It’s a beautiful and amazing sight.
What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
Personally: To overcome my fear of others’ judgments and my own insecurities about my photography skills and enjoy photography again.
Business: To increase my content on my site and build more and stronger relationships not only with my readers but also with brands I believe in.
Family: To spend more time traveling together, making memories and enjoying each other fully. To continue to help my children learn to be productive, strong and responsible adults.
What’s your secret to happiness?
Let go of the past. Whether it was five minutes or five years ago, it is gone and you can’t move forward if you are always looking back. Stop carrying stones of anger with you; it will only weigh you down. Enjoy the beauty of creation and share it with your children. Be positive.
What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
My kids keep me grounded. My daughter reminds me what it’s like to laugh at the silly things in life rather than get overwhelmed by them. My son reminds me constantly that you can’t give up. No matter what people say or do you can always exceed someone else’s limits on you and prove them wrong.
What’s your biggest regret?
I don’t have any regrets. I wouldn’t have changed any part of my life ever, it has made me who I am and I’m proud of that.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
Never give up and don’t ever let anyone tell you can’t do something. There is nothing you can’t do. Don’t ever allow anyone to set limits on you, even you.
What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
The bad habit of allowing fear to keep me from trying new things or reviving old dreams. It keeps me within my comfort zone and I would like to be able to start stepping out of it once in awhile.
Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
I’m proud that I am strong. I have lived on my own; taken care of myself and it was good. I want my children to be able to say they can stand on their own. Should they choose to share that strength with another my heart will rejoice but if they choose to stand alone for the rest of their lives I will know they can without fear.
Who is your favorite Disney princess and what has she taught you about parenting?
Rapunzel is my favorite Disney princess.
She has taught me that even though time and distance may keep parents and children apart, love never ceases. And that dreams can come true if you do your part to make them come true. You can’t sit in your room wishing for something, you have to go out and make it happen. A lesson I have shared with my children.
What ten words best describe you?
Mom, strong, shy, quiet, honest, hardworking, generous, friend, fighter, loving.
Nanette Gomez is a Texas based blogger who loves family travel, Disney, photography and social media. Getting to incorporate them all together is the best! But more than anything she loves being a mom. Autism’s challenges can sometimes make things rough but it’s nothing compared to the joys overcoming those challenges brings. Celebrate each and every one of them! Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.