December Moodboard

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful Thursday ❤

December Moodboard, Coffee n' Notes

For me, December reminds me of winter and being cozy. We are only 27 days until the new year and before I continue with the Go GO mode, I want to make December a relaxed and cozy end to this year. I want to focus on my family as well as on my goals and I love the fall/winter colors as the air gets super crisp and clean from the rain.

Everything just makes me feel more at home while it rains outside and my husband and I are watching something nice on the TV and drinking hot choco as the lights twinkle on our Christmas tree.

I want to shop for a bit more tree decorations and I want to find the cutest gray sweater, and if you have any suggestions online let me know 😀

Here’s my November Moodboard just to get you even more in the mood for winter 😉

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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December Goals

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a good weekend ❤

This month is an extremely busy and stressful month. My mom is not feeling that good and she has water in her lungs so on Monday she will undergo a small procedure to drain the water and see what the water is made of (infection, cancer, and other health issues). On Sunday we have to go to her heart doctor and do CT as preparations, but this entire month is full of doctors and checkups.

I can’t believe how fast December has arrived and it’s already the end of the year… Wow. But there are still 4 weeks to go so lots to do and goals to accomplish. From January I will start posting mostly once a week due to a tight schedule of editing, but I will try to post more 🙂

Anyways, before we go into my December Goals, let’s see how I did in November.

How I did with my November goals?

  1. Win Nanowrimo (write 50K). ❌ (Nope, didn’t win but I wrote 34K so that’s great).
  2. Paint behind the stove. ✔
  3. Blog 2-3 times a week. ✔
  4. Duolingo daily. ❌ Didn’t do it even once in November, lol.
  5. Yoga 3 times a week. ❌ I did do Yoga but I think I ended up doing only once a week.
  6. Declutter the closet room. ✔ Not finished but I did a lot and I ended up decluttering about 490 Items (yay me).
  7. Read 2 books. ✔ I’ve Read 5 books ❤

My December Goals

  1. Blog 2 times a week.
  2. Continue writing (my goal is to write 15K).
  3. Continue decluttering (declutter the other closet and bookshelves).
  4. Put up the Christmas tree 🎄 Still didn’t do this 😦
  5. Drink 1.5L of water daily.
  6. Make Jan 2019 bullet journal.
  7. Plan posts for Dec and Jan. ✔
  8. Journal daily.
  9. Yoga twice a week.
  10. Read 6 books.

My Instagram followers chose my TBR for this month from my Goodreads TBR pile

Ig Dec TBR, Coffee n' Notes

So here’s what they have chosen for me:

December TBR, Coffee n' Notes

December TBR, Coffee n' Notes

December TBR, Coffee n' Notes

That is all for my ambitious goals, but I want to push myself harder so I can accomplish more even when life is hectic.

What is your main goal for this month?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Author: Jen Sincero
Pages: 258
Genre: Self-Help
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Publisher: Running Press Adult

You Are A Badass, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word. If you’re ready to make some serious changes around here, You Are a Badass will help you: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, blast past your fears so you can take big exciting risks, figure out how to make some damn money already, learn to love yourself and others, set big goals and reach them – it will basically show you how to create a life you totally love, and how to create it now.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

Review
4 Stars

I usually don’t read self-help books, but I do try to read things outside my comfort zone and because we are getting closer to 2019, I needed every help I can get so after I heard so many good things about this book, I decided to buy it… And I am so happy I did.

This book didn’t have many original ideas, and the author told me things I probably already knew… However, it was still a nice reminder of what I need to do and sometimes it is nice to have a good reminder a push even if it comes out from a book.

As I try to surround myself with things that will be a constant reminder of what I want and how I want to achieve it, I loved reading this book because of that… A great reminder and sometimes if we know something we really don’t get it, lol. Some things just clicked really good in this book and I plan to read this book again in 2019 with fresh new eyes 😉

I mostly felt with all the things I highlighted that it was like a reminder post-it note or a smart cheat sheet for you to always pick into and plan your goals smarter and achieve them faster.

I got this book in an ebook and so I highlighted a few lines and paragraphs that I knew will stick with me for a while…

“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse”.

“If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done”.

This is beyond true and correct for me, and I just realized that while reading this book and since then… So much have changed and still is changing ❤
For me, this book was more like a push in the right direction, I needed it a lot 😀

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Book Review: Amaskan’s Blood (Boahim #1) By Raven Oak

Author: Raven Oak
Pages: 441
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: October 15th, 2016
Publisher: Grey Sun Press

Raven Oak, Book Review

Blurb

Her name was Adelei.

She was a master in her field, one of the feared Order of Amaska. Those who were a danger to the Little Dozen Kingdoms wound up dead by her hand. The Order sends her deep into the Kingdom of Alexander, away from her home in Sadai, and into the hands of the Order’s enemy.

The job is nothing short of a suicide mission, one serving no king, no god, and certainly not Justice. With no holy order to protect her, she tumbles dagger-first into the Boahim Senate’s political schemes and finds that magic is very much alive and well in the Little Dozen Kingdoms.

While fighting to unravel the betrayal surrounding the royal family of Alexander, she finds her entire past is a lie, right down to those she called family. They say the truth depends on which side of the sword one stands. But they never said what to do when all the swords are pointing at you.

Amidst her enemies, in a land from the darkest reaches of her past, she must decide if she is to be more than another brainwashed puppet. No matter her choice, she must fight to do what is just and right to save the people of the Little Dozen.

Review
5 Stars

Amaskan’s Blood is an exciting epic fantasy filled with amazing adventures and wonderful characters. Everything is well planned and there’re so much happening in this book.

Adelei is the main character and she is y far my favorite character. She is such a strong character but not the perfect type, she is flawed but amazing at the same time.
The author did an amazing job with the world building and even more so with the characters. Each character brings a new complexity and uniqueness to the story, even the villain was written amazingly that you are always having your doubts about him, how amazing is this author?

The work that the author had put into this detailed world is astonishing. The author put so many details to everything that you can easily see yourself in this world, walking alongside Adelei. The first third of the book was a bit slow to read and hard to get into but I am used to this in Fantasy. However, trust me when I say that the rest of the book is worth the waiting, this novel is full of action, politics and memorable characters.

Also check out again the amazing cover, wow ❤ I love the cover so much, by itself you can feel the story.

Lastly, I will say that the strong plot combined with the strong characters makes a unique and amazing story to read, and if you like Fantasy you will LOVE this book. I am lucky I already have the next book to read immediately (yay) 😀

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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P.S. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

The Minimalism Challenge (Game)

Hey everyone, I hope you are all having a nice day ❤

I saw a few (or a lot) youtube videos about minimalism and now, I know a lot about it and I know that it is not for me, hehe. Both I and my husband are some sort of hoarders (in a small scale of course). I collect lots of books, pens, and notebooks 😀

In my last post, I talked about creating 6 habits before 2019 and one of the habits is decluttering. I am working on decluttering my home, my computer and even my blog Don’t know if you’ve noticed btw, but I’ve changed the blog header picture and I am so happy with how it turned up. The blue picture worked great and I love it but I wanted a cleaner look to my blog, and it came out nicely ❤

This is the old one

Anyway, back to the challenge…

Even though we will never live the minimal life, we still have too much stuff and I want to declutter our home, so I thought this minimalism challenge game could be a nice and fun way to declutter. Basically what you do is on the first day of the month you declutter 1 item, on the second day, you declutter 2 items and so on, until the end of the month. So overall you are decluttering 465 items in 30 days. Now that sounds like a lot and it is a lot but I need this decluttering in order to get back into my habits of organizing and decluttering.

I just started this game a week and a half ago, lol, but I already decluttered 172 items. This month I am cleaning out our entire closet room, so I know I will find more things to declutter. I want to do this next month as well and after that, I will do a daily declutter so that way, we’ll only keep the things that will bring us joy and happiness and not keep any item just for the sake of keeping it, or because someone has gifted something to us that we don’t even like.

I am even going to declutter my pens, notebooks, and books, I know that there are some books in my bookshelves that I will never read ever again and that I barely enjoyed them on the first time I’ve read them, so they can go to a new home 🙂

Wish me luck with all the decluttering and feel free to join if you want 😀

How do you declutter your home when you need to?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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6 Habits to create Before 2019

Hey everyone, I hope you’re doing well this week ❤

Sorry, I didn’t put any posts this week, but I’m back 😀 Before we enter 2019 (and I can’t believe 2018 is almost over) I want to change a few things even earlier and try to build some good habits that will continue on to the new year. So, after lots of thought and tons of planning here are the 6 habits I want to build for 2019 and for life.

I  hope you’ll get inspired and try to build a new habit for yourself that will help you with your goals and to achieve your dreams 😀

Declutter

Remove those items that in the end only help you stay where you are right now and not where you could be. Declutter your things in your home, your office and even your car in a way to you will keep only the items that bring you joy, that will help you grow and be where you want to be. Remove the wrong people that are still in your life. Sometimes the people around us are not the right people that we should have.

Start now

Implement small steps, small action towards your end game goals. Plant those amazing seeds that will soon grow into greater value. Start that project you always wanted, read that book you wished you’ve read or learn a language you always dreamt of knowing. They say that even by starting, showing up for that goal every day will bring you to your end game soon enough. You want to learn a language? Open that app every day – even if there will be times that you will just close the app immediately but there will be more times that you will learn for 5 minutes, 10 minutes and do more towards your dream goal.

Reflect

This is a new habit I’ve started these past few months and it’s amazing, it changed a lot of how I look at things. I try to journal a lot (weekly) and reflect on my days and my week to see how I feel and what I did and most importantly, how I acted.

Space

Create the space that will help you create, hehe. Make a space that you’ll actually be excited to be in and start your dream project. Clean, organize and decorate this space in a way that will inspire you daily and each day when you wake up you can’t wait just to be in that space you’ve created and work on your goals.

Be active

It’s good to be healthy and do our daily workout like going for a walk or a run, biking, yoga or going to the gym… These are all great example of living with a healthy mindset, but when I say being more active it’s not just about our body, but also being active with our mind. Stop blaming people and events in your life, and start finding solutions.

(I’ve been reacting to life for far too long and as I planed my 6 months, I noticed that even while I plan I still plan as if I am reacting to the things that might happen and not truly acting on the things I want. So I started changing this mindset as I plan my days and find a solution to a problem that might come up and find the ways I can work around an event and still work towards my goals).

Learn

Learn the skill you know you’ll need in order to achieve your end goal. For example, if you want to publish a book, take 20 minutes and learn about the business of being a published author and about the art of writing that book. You can learn any skill as long as you show up and do the work.

Plan your end game – Take a moment to think, If you were at your best every day and every month where are you after 6 months with your goals and your dreams? Truly think of this as you plan your month and even your day.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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A Small Update

Hey everyone, I hope you are all doing okay ❤

I’m a bit sick, so no post today (sorry). The post is already but the picture and I am too exhausted for that, hehe (lazy me). Anyways, I mostly writing this little update to let you know that in the upcoming week (or two), you will see some small changes around the blog.

I am sure it will not interrupt your hanging out around here, but if it will, I am sorry in advance.

That is all for this small update 😀

How are you today?

Have an amazing day and thank you so much for reading ❤

 

November MoodBoard

Hey all, I saw the November Moodboard over at Aloma Writes, and I knew I just had to do this ❤ I asked her if I could do this post and she kindly said yes (yay me ).

If you don’t know who is Ashleigh or her gorgeous blog, go check it out and don’t forget to say hello:D She is such a kind and sweet person and her blog is so pretty and fun, I know you’ll love her posts.

November Mood

November reminds me of rain, a good book and yummy hot drinks (mostly coffee and spiced teas, hehe). My favorite colors in autumn are brown and pastel colors ❤ And I will hang twinkly lights everywhere (already started on that) 😀

My mood has changed completely, lol. My goal is to be more relaxed and not feel so overstressed as I do on most days. I’m drawn to tarot cards such as the Medicine animal and the Animal spirits, even my mood in music changed and I am more into chill music and rain sounds 😉 ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Pictures are from Unsplash: Photo by Eaters Collective , Photo by Kira auf der Heide , Photo by Marcus Wallis , Photo by Shehran Syed , Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger

The rest are from Pixabay.

November Goals

Hey all, I hope you’re having a great day and If you are participating in Nanowrimo, I hope you are having a good writing day ❤

Before we dive into this month’s goals I want to do a small review of how I did with my October goals, and I can tell you straight away, that I didn’t do that good.

My October Goals are:

  1. Re-organizing my summer to fall/winter closet. ❌ ((Didn’t even start on that, oops))
  2. Re-organize kitchen cabinets. ❌ ((Didn’t want to do it, hehe))
  3. Finish outlining the series. ✔
  4. Continue editing (2 chapters at least). ✔
  5. Prepare for NaNoWriMo (oh yeah, this year I am all in). ✔
  6. Finish all my commitments before Nanowrimo. ✔
  7. Read 8 books (OMG, yes… 8 books, hehe) 😀 ❌ ((Finished 7 books))

So as you see there were a few things I haven’t finished in October and a few I did finish.

November Goals & TBR

Here are my November goals:

  1. Win Nanowrimo (write 50K).
  2. Paint behind the stove. ✔
  3. Blog 2-3 times a week.
  4. Duolingo daily.
  5. Yoga 3 times a week.
  6. Declutter the closet room.
  7. Read 2 books.

Books I’m reading this month

I set a goal to read at least 10 books until 2019 and because I am doing Nanowrimo, I know I will not have much time to read, so I am planning to read only 2 books this month. One is fiction and the other is not.

You Are A Badass, Coffee n' NotesI’ve read lots of mixed review on Goodreads and youtube, so I wanted to give it ago. I usually don’t read the self-help books, but I want to try and read more of different genres and see if I like it or not 😀

Shadow of the Fox, Coffee n' Notes

This was in my October TBR and I didn’t have time to read it, so I added to my November TBR.

Kingdom of Ash, Coffee n' Notes

Bonus book if by chance I will have a bit of time or mood to read more. I really want to read this book.

What are some of your goals for this month?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Guest Post: Conception – Pulling Ideas out of Thin Air By Nicolette Stephens

I’ve been working on a series of writing exercises, and I’d like to take this opportunity to share the first in the series I’m calling “Quarks”.

Quark (noun: a theoretical subatomic particle.)

In physics, quarks are contemplated as being the building blocks of hadrons. Now, physics doesn’t really have much to do with creative writing, but quark is a great word to describe all the little bits and pieces that go into creating stories. Whether it’s flash fiction, poetry, novels or plays, telling a tale requires certain elements to complete it. Quarks take these elements and explore them in bite-sized chunks that, when put together, help you to understand and build a story from conception to the end.

In this guest post for Coffee n Notes, you’ll find some exercises for finding inspiration from the world around you and crafting stories even when you don’t feel inspired.

When you decide to tell a story, you’re making a decision to translate abstract thoughts into words that others will resonate with. Sometimes this is a fairly simple process, but often, writers find themselves at a loss.

There are many reasons why this happens, but mostly it’s ascribed to a lack of inspiration, fondly named Writer’s Block. There are a lot of different theories on what causes Writer’s Block, and even more, methods to get you out of it.

One of the most popular is that you may have run out of ideas. So in this quark, we’re going to look at where you can find inspiration, which are really just ideas pulled out of thin air.

Where to find inspiration?

Inspiration isn’t a whimsical fairy that strikes whenever she feels like it. Rather, it’s akin to a puppy, which can either be left to run wild and disappear after an interesting scent ignoring all your attempts to recall it or with training and patience, will become a loyal friend, responding faithfully to your commands.

As with puppies though, training inspiration is not a one-time task. It’s a continual process that continues with regular reinforcement.

When you are inspired to create something, whether it’s a piece of writing, art or a school project; it simply means that you’ve had an idea you want to make concrete. Thoughts and ideas are abstract, but when you use them to create something, you turn them into a concrete form that can be appreciated by others.

Good ideas are considered to be as elusive as inspiration, but in general, the only thing lacking in creating an inspired idea is a process that works the majority of the time. Not everyone will think and respond the same way to the same process – if you don’t believe me, just ask people how they interpret emoticons. While some of the expressions are universal, the way people use and interpret them are often very different.

The same holds true with processes designed to inspire ideas for writers. Writing prompts work fairly often, so they’ve become very popular with writers across the board. A Google search on creative writing ideas will give you a host of different resources you can use.

In this quark though, we look at something closer to home. Your immediate environment.

If you look around you at this moment, you are surrounded by objects, places, words, people and emotions.

Exercise 1 – Bits and bobs

In this exercise, I want you to list five of each of the above from your immediate environment as I’ve done in the example below.

Objects: Pencil box, owl statue, oil paints, handkerchief, yoga mat.

Places: Field across the road, shopping mall, neighbor’s driveway, abandoned railway station, lawyer’s office.

Words: Bottle, loquacious, train, noise, birds.

People: Shoppers, young child, train passengers, pedestrian, homeless man.

Emotions: Happiness, fear, curiosity, anger, grief.

You may find that you end up linking several of the categories without meaning to because your mind will automatically form associations between items. That’s okay, use the table and split them up in their categories, or keep them in the same row if you like the association between them.

Words and objects are very similar categories, but whereas objects are commonplace things found in your immediate surroundings, words can be anything you’ve seen, heard or thought about recently.

Wherever possible, try to apply your current environment to the list. Emotions, for example, may not be what you’re currently feeling, but maybe you’ve felt them in the last few days, or it’s something you imagine someone else would have felt when you saw them in a certain situation.

Your turn: List five of each… object, place, words, people, and emotions.

Exercise 2 – What’s the catch?

Ask who, what, where, why, when and how.

The object of this exercise isn’t to ask logical questions that can be answered with the most common response. Rather, it’s designed to engage the creative side of your brain.

So for example, don’t use “who” with the “people” category for your first round of questions.

Below is an example of a question phrased for one item in each category:

Object: Owl Statue.

Question: Where did the statue come from and why is it chipped on the corner?

Place: Lawyer’s office.

Question: Why is the exterior of the building so run down for what seems to be a profitable business, given that the car that’s always parked there is a top of the line BMW?

People: Pedestrian

Question: Where was he going in such a hurry that he didn’t see the car turning the corner before he stepped out into the road?

Word: Loquacious

Question: Who would use a word like that in an everyday situation and what do they do for a living?

Emotion: Curiosity

Question: What is it about curiosity that it seems to be as contagious as yawning?

Some of these questions may end up never being used – I don’t like the one I created about curiosity for instance, so I may try to think of something else to ask that gets me a response I’m excited about, but I will only do that later, when I’ve exhausted the answers to my first questions.

Your turn: Ask a question about each of the items on your list. You can choose one item from each category, or do it for all of them dependent on how much time you have available.

Exercise 3 – Seeking Answers

The third and final exercise is when you start the process of developing your story. Although the answers to the questions you asked in Exercise 2 are kept simple, they form the basis of your plot – the hook you use to reel in an audience.

There are different methods you can use to answer the questions, and it’s a good idea to switch between them regularly when doing these exercises. Sometimes you’ll find one that works really well, and it will become a habit to use that for everything, which may result in writing which follows a predictable pattern for readers. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – there’s not really a right or wrong in any form of art, writing included – but challenging yourself brings you out of your comfort zone and often inspires you. So don’t be afraid to try new things.

Below, I’ve used the question about the lawyer and a technique called word association to answer it:

Technique: Word Association. We’ve all played games where someone says a word, and you say the first word that pops into your head in response. This is similar, where each word builds on the last to slowly develop a story. When you run out of words, use the words you’ve come up with to piece together the full sentence.

Answer: Lawyer – criminal – defence – failed – arrested – innocent – broke. The lawyer is a criminal defence lawyer who failed to get his client acquitted. The client was actually innocent but went to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. The lawyer is broke which is why his business is falling apart.

Expensive car – gift – client – wife of client – actual criminal – secret. The car is a gift from his client – the wife of the man who was wrongfully convicted. The wife is the true criminal and is sleeping with the lawyer who was a good friend of the couple’s before their affair. He knows her secret and is beginning to reconsider his actions.

Your turn: Choose a technique and answer the questions you asked about your items in Exercise 2.    

This brings us to the end of Quark 1 – Conception. I hope you’ve found it useful and would love to hear all about your experiences working through the exercises.

Why don’t you share an example of your own in the comments below?

Nicolette Stephens Bio

Nicolette Stephens

Dreams and storytelling have always been a part of my life, and as a writer, I know the pitfalls involved in trying to publish. This led to the creation of Chasing Dreams Publishing, where I aim to help other writers share their stories.

There is nothing more exciting than seeing a story unfold on the page, and even more so when it gets published! After years working in the corporate world, I decided it was time to strike out and fulfill my dreams of writing full time.

On a daily basis, I’m inspired by people who chase their dreams (whether or not they’re related to writing), and this inspiration translates to my stories, workshops and writing groups.

Jozi Flash is a product of this inspiration.

About the book

Guest Post, Coffee n' Notes

It’s not quite the Gummi Bears, but it certainly bounces around a lot.

Jozi Flash 2017 combines the talents of ten brilliant authors with one gifted artist, to bring you a collection of 80 flash fiction stories across eight different genres.

From a children’s story about the folly of summoning dragons, to the horrors held in deliciously treacherous ice cream, the authors take you on journeys that weave fantasy and folklore together alongside practical detectives and everyday tragedy.

With stunning artwork prompts by Nico Venter, these South African authors have created an anthology that will leave you breathless.

Goodreads / My Book Review / Chasing Dreams Publishing

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