Happy New Year

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Hello everybody, I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend ❤

We have less than 3 hours of 2016 (here at Coffee n’ Notes) and I am more than happy to say goodbye to this year and start fresh 😀 I’ve learned a lot from this year and from being constantly busy, lol. I’ve learned what I really want to accomplish in life and how, but more importantly for the first time ever, I’ve made a very detailed action plan for each goal and I hope it will help.

Happy New Year to you all  ❤

I wish you all an amazing, productive and fun year. May you feel healthy, strong and inspired all year long.

Thank you so much for being part of my community, for all your likes, comments, shares and follows. I love you all so much ❤

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Cancer and Other Things

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Hey everybody, I hope all is well on your side and that you are having a wonderful Tuesday.

For me, it’s been crazy 2-3 months. My mom was ill a lot and at the hospital for most of October and November. After a few tests, they found out that she is having a huge problem with her liver. Luckily she’s started treatment a few weeks ago 🙂

After another time in the hospital, they did a CT for her lungs and they found a 5 centimeters lump in her right lung. My mom did a biopsy and the results came fast (too fast).

The results were that… My mom has lung cancer…

Wow, seeing these words in black and white is so weird with so many mixed feelings. Some days, it seems just unreal that my mom has to go through another illness and fight for her life again, but she is so strong. I know that no matter what the universe will throw at her, she will get out of it, stronger than before.

Now, after about 2 weeks we have an appointment today and tomorrow with two oncologists, but we still need to do a PET-CT in order to know how to treat her. I hope that we can find a way to do this as soon as possible. I told very little people in my life, lol, but the few I have told, were very supportive and not too dramatic over this. It helps a lot.

Things are a bit crazy right now and I don’t get to blog as often as I want, I’m truly sorry for that. Blogging, writing and even reading seems like a luxury I can’t afford right now. But, I wanna thank you all for sticking with me and my blog, even though I’m not posting as often as before. I love you all so much and I miss our little talks, more than you’ll ever know ❤ So thank you for being here with me and making me smile when things are a bit too crazy.

P.s. To those that I have promised a book review, please don’t think I have forgotten you. I’m just reading very slowly right now (very slowly, lol), but I will finish the reviews (just later than I intended, sorry).

Soon, things will get even busier than before, when my mom will start her treatments, but keep an eye on my social media like Twitter and Instagram, I will try to post more updates here as well.

Thank you so much for reading ❤

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Deceived Cover Release!

Congrats to Heena Rathore P. for her upcoming debut book titled Deceived. Look at this beautiful cover ❤
Can't wait to read it. I want to read it now! 😀

Heena Rathore P.

Hello, everyone. Today is a very big day for me, as it is the Cover Release day of Deceived! Without saying anything else, I’d like to present to you the cover of my debut novel – Deceived.
Please feel free to share the cover image on your social media accounts and blogs. Reblogs are also welcome. 🙂

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PUBLISHING: FEBRUARY 2017 BYCITRUS PUBLISHERS

Blurb:

How well do you know your loved ones?

A girl who’s trying to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother.

A journalist who is chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer.

A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughters her parents.

And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.

A psychological thriller that weaves its way through the sadistic past of a traumatized child to the snare of dark mysteries of a beloved father.

Add Deceived your Goodreads…

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Break Out Of A Reading Slump

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Happy Wednesday to you all, I hope you are all having a wonderful day ❤

After being sick for a month and a half, where I couldn’t read, write or do anything mildly creative, I hit a reading rut. Every time I tried to read, I just couldn’t keep reading at all. After awhile I realized that I haven’t been reading for more than a month (for me that’s a lot of time without reading).

For me, reading slumps are the worst, but lucky for me they are also very rare. However getting out of this reading rut is not always an easy task.

So… How do you know you are in a reading slump?

Here are a few known signs:

  1. You keep putting the book, back down.
  2. You have over 400 books on your bookshelves, but nothing calls your attention.
  3. You rather do anything, but reading when you finally have time for yourself.

Don’t Panic!

There are many things that you can do to help you get out of the rut, and over the years I found a few things that helped me get out of the reading slump.

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Here Are My 5 Ways to Get Out of a Reading Slump

  1. Re-read your favorite book. Rereading one of my favorite book (pride & prejudice, Harry Potter, The Host and more…), always fills me up with new energies and I am ready to read again.
  2. Read something light and easy. For me it’s a very light contemporary books, they are a fast and easy read and help me a lot when I can feel the reading slump is starting.
  3. Schedule time to read. Most of us live by our schedules, and in order to get out of that annoying slump you must learn to put a bit of time aside to read. So like anything else, schedule your reading into your day. Give reading 15 minutes to 30 minutes, but not too much. Start small.
  4. Re-Organize your bookshelves. This always gets me excited about a few books I want to reread or new books that sit patiently waiting for me to read them. Organizing and cleaning out my bookshelves always spark new motivation to read.
  5. Listen to an audiobook. Now this is a new one for me, but I can tell you it helps a lot. It helps even more when the book is a bit hard to get into. The reason I love audiobooks is because I can do a few things at once. I can listen to the book while getting ready in the morning or cleaning. I discovered audiobook through my mom, and only recently I started to listen to an audiobook and I can tell you, it really helped me with my reading slump.

That is all with my best tips for getting out of a reading slump, and I hope it might help you if you find yourself in a reading rut.

What are your ways to break out of a reading slump? Do you have any tips to add? Do you have a go-to book/s you re-read to overcome a reading slump?

As always thank you so much for reading ❤

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My 4 NaNoWriMo Tips

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NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has started (yay) and what made this even more special, rain has finally arrived. Rain is here

Brainstorm

Take a bit of time to just brainstorm your idea. Write how you see the story starts and how it might end. Knowing how it will end, will help you when you get a bit stuck (this mostly happen, somewhere in the middle of the month). After you have the beginning and end, throw some adventure on the hero’s way 😀 This is by far my favorite thing to do besides the writing itself of course, lol.

Silence your editor

Yes, we all know this one and it’s hard not to stop and edit that word, or that annoying scene. But don’t! Leave your wonderful editor aside and remember, now you just write, nothing more. Just write.

Write in short bursts

Most nanowrimos can tell you that writing in short burst of 15-25 minutes, can truly help you write faster and just put you the right mood for writing. There’s nothing else in the world but your writing in those 15-25 minutes. Here you can use nano words sprints on Twitter, use an app like the Pomodoro or just put a timer on. This just makes things more manageable and less overbearing.

Community

Nano is not just a sprint to the finish line, it’s also lots of fun. There is so much power in the Nano community, that I urge you to look on Their site for some buddy friends, on twitter and all the social media, you are following. I love the Nano community so much ❤

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Enjoy this time, get inspired and have fun with your writing. 

That’s all for now and I will keep writing and updating throughout NaNoWriMo. I will not be doing nano every day, but I still hope to achieve the 50K goal. I did put in my planner some writing day, as I call them. So far today my word count is 3K of writing and 4 pages of edit 😀 I guess it’s ok for now, lol.

How was your first day of Nano?

As always thank you so much for reading ❤

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Happy Halloween

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Happy (and scary) Halloween 😉

If you are celebrating Halloween… I hope you are having tons of fun and eating lots of yummy candies 😀 Here we don’t celebrate this holiday, but I still watching some good and classic scary movies and eating a few (or a lot) of candies.

I wish you a wonderful and spooky night (not too scary of course, lol) and if you are trick or treating with your kids or just you, please stay safe and may you have a huge loot of candies ❤

Thank you so much for reading and how are you celebrating Halloween? 

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Monthly Update

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Happy Thursday everyone, I hope you are all having a great week 🙂

October is almost ending (yay), and I really wanted to give you some updates on what is going on with me 😀

Home

As soon as we got home from Rome, we received a phone call. We had a family emergency, so we did a quick wash for our clothes from Rome and drove to Tel-Aviv. We stayed there for the entire holiday of Rosh Hashana. After the holiday, my mom had a few doctor appointments, so it was a busy week.

After that, I got really sick (and still am) and there was a huge holiday of Sukkot (which is finally over, yay). This month was so crazy and busy, that Rome really feels as if it was years ago, lol. Mom did such an awesome job on the decorations for the Sukkah, so proud of her

Mom is starting school in a few days and I really need to feel strong enough, so I can take her and be with her. She (and I) is going to learn Psychology and Economics on Sundays and Arabic on Thursday. I think we are both getting excited to learn a few new things and I started organizing my new backpack with some school supplies (yay) 😉

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Me

I think I am sick for almost the entire month, lol (so annoying). I’ve been coughing none stop. I took antibiotics for a week, but I am still coughing like crazy. This week things got a bit worst when I’m coughing, at the end, I have a choking feeling, that really scared me. So on Tuesday this week, I went to my doctor and she thinks (just as we started to think) that what I have is called a Whooping Cough. So I’ve started taking new antibiotics and I really hope it will help 🙂

Writing/Editing

Sadly here I have no news. I did manage to edit a few pages and wrote a bit, but as I got sicker I mostly slept the days away. I miss my writing and even the editing, lol. NaNoWriMo is almost here, but as things are today, I don’t think I will be able to do it. But I still have high hope of doing some kind of writing and editing throughout the month of November (wish me luck).

Blog

While I was sick and feeling more down (I’ve been sleeping a lot these days), I didn’t notice that my blog had its second-year anniversary 😀

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Omg, thank you so much, everyone and thank you for sticking with me, even when I’m not blogging as much as I used to  ❤ I can’t believe that I am blogging for more than two years (yay). No matter if I blog a lot or not, blogging truly changed my life for the better ❤

That is all for this month’s update, how was your month so far?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Beautiful Rome

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all having a wonderful day ❤️
It’s day 2 in Rome and today was amazing 😍 Yesterday was so hard with almost no sleep and hot weather, but today it is completely different 😀

Today we went on the Hop on Hop off bus (total of 3 times, lol) and we visited the Coliseum ♡♡♡ which was so tragically beautiful (even amazing and you must see it at least once).

After the Coliseum we rested a bit at the hotel and went with the same bus to see the Trevi Fountain ⛲ (apparently it was so close to our hotel that we went back by foot). The fountain was truly beautiful and amazing to see (you must see it). Hubby had to drag me away, lol, I just wanted to stay there forever ❤

We found tons of places that makes Gluten Free Pizza and spaghetti ♡ I ate spaghetti Bolognese which was so so yummy 😋😍 But for dinner I bought salad with some walnuts and hubby got a sandwich and fries. 
Now… We are both exhausted after this day and with full tummies and aching feet, we are ready to sleep and dream of Ancient Rome 😉

Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

🎉 We’re Flying To Rome 🎉

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Hello, everyone, it’s Friday  🙂 I hope you are all having the perfect day  ❤ But if you are struggling, know that I’m thinking of you and wishing you a wonderful Day and a great weekend.

For me, things are very much the same as before, busy with lots of doctors appointments for my mom, writing, editing and organizing our home. However, we are also packing and starting to get ready (and excited) for our trip to Rome (just before the holidays starts). My brain is in Italy Brain Fog, lol. I can’t really concentrate and the excitement is started to build up 😀

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Seeing Italy has always been one of the dream places I wanted to see and I can’t believe that we are going there (OMG). I want to see everything, eat the food, see the sites and look at shops. So much inspiration awaits for us  😉 I debated with myself if I should bring books with me, but after a lot of thought, I thought to bring 533 books, lol. I’m bringing my Tablet that has the Kindle app in it ❤

I’m also bringing a notebook (or two) with tons of pens and highlighters (the writer in me must have pens and highlighters, hehe).

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I read that Italy is very aware of celiac and of people who just can’t eat Gluten. How cool are they?! So, unlike London, I am hoping to find cool places to eat gluten free food  😀

My To Do’s (Or… My To Remember)

  1. Organizing our home, so we will get back to a clean and nice house  😉
  2. Started packing our carry-on bags and made a list of things I want to pack in our suitcases.
  3. Buy a few thing I need: Like pain killer for the flight (my ears hurt a lot while take-off and landing), and some little things to take with me on the plane. BTW, if you have any tips for ears hurting while the plane takes off and lands, don’t forget to list these tips in the comments below.
  4. Go over our list of sites we want to visit and prices.
  5. I’ve made sure I have enough food for Menta (our dog) and other things she’ll need, so I can bring it all to the Vet on Saturday where she will be for almost a week. I’m a bit nervous about that but I guess she will have a mini doggy vacation of her own 😀

I will post a lot of pics on my Instagram and twitter, so keep your eyes on my social media  😉

As always, thank you so much for reading  ❤

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