Writer’s Log: How To Show Up For Yourself (+Happy Birthday To Me)

Hello everyone, and happy Saturday to you all ❤

I can’t believe we are at the end of this Writer’s Log series, wow… This was such a fun series to do (I hope you enjoyed it too) and this last post falls right on my birthday week 😉 is an amazing way of finishing the Writer’s Log ❤

My birthday was on Thursday 6.6 and it was a very normal day at home, we didn’t do anything special as I mostly like being at home, hehe. But turning this much was a huge change that started to ripple its effect on me. overall it was a good birthday, I’ve received a lot of birthday wishes that made me very happy and I got to rest a lot – which made this birthday just perfect, hehe 😀

Happy Birthday, Coffee n' Notes, Galit Balli, The Minions

For the last (almost) 5 years of blogging I’ve learned so much on how to be more consistent with what I choose to do and just by showing up to do it. But I’ve learned so much while doing this series of the writer’s Log (almost 2 months), more than all the 5 years of blogging, lol, wow.

I’ve made this series to build up my passion for blogging again while I’m in constant chaos around me and I am so happy I was able to bring that spark of joy and passion to this little corner of ours. But even more than that, I was able to bring back the conversation again, something that I’ve missed more than I thought I did. You showed me just how much I do miss writing, blogging and sharing my boring life with you all, hehe 😀

But you showed me that the conversations that made their way in the comments were something I truly missed here and I am looking forward to our conversations 😉

Now, let’s get back to our post…

Here my 3 tips on how to show up for yourself and do what you truly want to do:

Know what you want (your goal) and do it for a short time

This helped me a lot, to just have a true idea of how I see this happen. Saying that I wanted to try this but only for a small period of time. (It was 14.4-6.6, so 54 days) So I set my goal to try to blog mostly every day for 54 days. Now I was sure I won’t be able to blog every single day due to all the other things I need to do in my life, but I did try my hardest 😀 and this brings me to the other tip…

Set a realistic goal

As I said in my previous tip, set a realistic goal for yourself and a very realistic timeline. Just by knowing what you think you are capable you automatically can predict if the goal you set for yourself will really work. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to post every single day but in my head, I was aiming for about 3-4 times a week to meet my goal.

There were weeks that I was able to meet this goal but there were weeks that I couldn’t and this happens but I wasn’t bitting myself up for it because I knew that life could do that but I still tried every day. This leads to my final and most important tip which is…

Show up for yourself and for your work

Showing up for yourself, which means if you chose to blog every day, sit down next to your computer and write some posts, or going through your pics… every day. Even if you don’t post every day, you are still showing up for your passion/work and you are doing what you need and want to do. If it’s research, writing, editing. You are there, trying to make it and trying to work on that blog posts. Just by showing up you are already ahead of the game.

This is something very new that I’ve learned by actually doing. I always knew this rule but I let life push me where it went so in most cases I never did what I wanted to do. Now this series changed my pov (point of view) on the fact of just showing up

Saying goodbye to this series feels weird but I enjoyed doing this and I’ve learned so much. I can’t wait for the next one 😉

*** Btw, before I go… I am starting a new series over on my patreon so if you go and be part and click on your choice 😉

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Eating. PET scan. And more eating.

Happy Monday to you all ❤

It was a long weekend but overall went well. My mom PET scan took extremely long, we waited for almost 5 hours and there was a problem there with a woman and so the scan took even longer than it should… It was a long day. I hope that the PET scan came out okay.
On the way home, we stopped at a pancake house and I got a gluten-free and vegan pancake which was amazing and I was so happy to see my mom finally eating something, and it seems like she truly enjoyed herself ❤

Other than that I kept decluttering and cleaning the house. From the mountain of dishes, hehe and I finally decluttered my makeup which I’ve been trying to declutter for a long time. I still got to declutter my makeup more but for now, I did okay 😀

Today with all the waking up late, cleaning and decluttering I was also been able to sit down and write for a bit and eventually I wrote about 980+ words. I will not win Camp Nanowrimo, but I am happy to just sit down an write again.

In another note, My husband and I are sooo excited to see End Game OMG, only 2 more days (WOW!). I can’t believe that 24.4.19 is only 2 more days away and we are trying to guess how and what will happen, and trying to ignore all spoilers that run around the social media. OMG!!! Can’t wait.

Are you excited about End Game?

That is all for today’s post and I will see you again tomorrow.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Cleaning

It’s almost weekend! Hello everyone, hope you are all having a good day and you are ready for the weekend ❤

Writer’s long, today I was starting to feel better finally, and it gave the energy to something around the house. I woke up at 7 am looked at the clock and went straight back to sleep until noon and it felt so good to sleep that late, hehe. After taking my meds and some Camomile tea, I started organizing our kitchen cabinets and changed things a bit.

It feels much better now and I felt strong enough to tackle the mountain of dishes. I haven’t written anything today and that’s okay because I was creative with some planning and doodling. I’ve read from my Writer magazine, highlighted a few things that inspired me. The only thing that I am a bit sad about is that I haven’t written my dream in my journal… I had such a great dream and I remember the good feeling of it and I regret not writing it done.

From tomorrow we are entering a holiday here in Israel, called Passover. Tomorrow is the Eve of Passover and we are going to celebrate the holiday at my husband’s parents so I will not be at home at all almost all day so there won’t be any post tomorrow. Btw, this will be my first vegan Passover in years, this will be so weird for me, but I know I will have lots of yummy things to eat 😀

Today was the first time in a long while that I managed to do 30 minutes meditating and it was so calming and energizing, I love the high after that, lol.

My goals for the weekend are decluttering my makeup, I have too much and I almost ware none, haha and I want to keep decluttering the closet and maybe our bedroom as well 🙂

What are your plans for the weekend?

That is all for today’s post and I will see you again on Saturday.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: I’m still sick

Hello everyone, hope you all had a wonderful Tuesday ❤

Today’s post will be very short 😀 If you’ve been following me on my Instagram then you know that I’m still sick for almost 2 months. I feel exhausted, hehe.  Tomorrow I’m going to my doctor to see what she can do about all of this (again), I do hope that she won’t give me more antibiotics, I’ve already taken too much.

Today my fever went up so I’ve mostly been sleeping and not doing anything else, I definitely wasn’t creative today, but there’s always tomorrow, right? 😉

Hope you all having a good day and that you are all taking care of yourselves, see you in my next post tomorrow.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Another Minimalism Challenge

Good evening everyone, hope you are doing well ❤

While back I’ve written a post about minimalism and how I want to declutter our home 😉 The Minimalism Challenge (Game). I did this “game or challenge” twice and I decluttered almost 1000 items from our home, small and big. To some, this may seem like too much and to others, it’s a very small number but to us, it wasn’t enough, lol.

So I thought that I will do it again. Last time I decluttered about 50 books and this time I want to try and declutter more. I love books and I love to hoard them, but some of the books are just props in our home, I will never read them again so it’s time for them to find a new home and so our other items that will be leaving 😀

I know for a fact that while I love the stuff in our home and they do make me happy they still overcrowd me in my every day and I feel trapped by our stuff. I don’t like that feeling and I know I can change this feeling.

So… Everyday from yesterday I will take an item, 2, 3 and so on, and let them go ❤ and I will let you know how it goes.

Now to other updates…

As part of my de-stressing, I’ve started doing meditations twice a day, every day… Well, this was only my second day of doing it, hehe but I do intend on keeping this habit. I feel much better every time I meditate, I think that by the act of taking a moment to myself, breathe and just listen to the silence really makes me think of what I truly want and try to find some answers and ideas… You know, like when you are in the shower and suddenly a wonderful idea comes to your mind that is how these meditation are to me (so far).

Now about the most important thing, being creative 😀

Yesterday I did some blackouts on a writer magazine and I loved that. This small act just let my mind run through the pages I’ve printed and found random words that by the end of it just made me smile and happy, how amazing is that. I love the part that starts with the word writers and ends with the words what if. (click on the image to enlarge it if you want)

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“Writers create their story often fail, the trick quirky ideas, brainstorming what if.”

This weird meshed-up line is so inspiring to me and while I mediated today it lit up my thoughts and the images that ran through my mind while I was in deep meditation.

About my own writing…

I also wrote a bit after I got home from my mom’s doctor appointment and it felt almost addictive to just sit there and write… Wow, how I missed this feeling.
Overall it was a creative day which I am very happy about and I declutter two things today, yey 😀 so I am doing good with the challenge 😉

See you tomorrow but for now,

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing okay ❤

After lots of thinking, planning and lots of journaling, I came to the conclusion that I don’t like where my life is heading. I basically stopped creating in any form and rarely even writing. I stopped writing/editing, reading, drawing, playing music… and I focused all my energy on helping my family, my friends and basically stopped everything else. I am telling you the complete truth so you’ll know where I am coming from and understand where I want to be. And maybe even go through this journey with me.

I miss our connection and I want to bring it back so we will always have this community and the outlet to seek help and try to overcome life’s obstacles together.

So here it comes… Are you ready?

I am starting a huge series here at Coffee n’ Notes, that will focus on a few major things in my life that I want to change and the main goal is to be able to create again:

  • Create more – Writing, blogging, drawing, doodling, or anything else I want to create.
  • Meditate every day twice a day, and to slowly be able to de-stress and breathe better.
  • Consum less tv, and social media.
  • Declutter more, our home and lives. Living with less clutter and chaos has become one of my main goals this year, after writing.
  • Eat better, and taking care of my mind and body.

I’ve been sick for almost 2 months and due to this illness I became vegan again and you know what? I feel so much better. I know it’s just been two weeks but I eat better food and I feel much better than before.

I spoke to a specialist who said that due to my none stop stressful living, I get sick a lot and I can do even more harm to my body and to my mind, so I must change and that is what I working on right now.

This will be hard for me but I need this change in my life, I can’t give myself to others as much as I do, I am burning up all my energies and at the end of the day, I’m left with nothing. I need to trust this process and this journey to lead me where I need to be so that I will be able to be the better version of myself and by doing so I will be able to help my family even more.

I want to do the small things every single day that will slowly build these habits I want to build.

So… Every day from today 14.4.19 until 6.6.19 I will post about my progress and how I find my creativity again ❤

I have tons to do with my mom this month and on May but as I said before I need to find my way in all this chaos. I will try to keep it short and to the point in my next posts.

I hope this series will not be spam in your reader and if so I am sorry in advance, but this is something I have to do for myself and share with the world these moments… good and bad and how I truly going through things in my life.

I hope you don’t mind coming along with me in this weird journey but even though this will be hard for me (really hard, I can tell you now) hopefully, it will lead me to where I need to be and create the books I was meant to create

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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It’s My Birthday 🎉

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful day ❤

Yesterday was my birthday (6.6) and even though I am not a fan of birthdays and going out much, it was still a good day. I had time to rest at home, my husband and I went for a nice dinner outside  😍🎂 We had our favorite salad that from some reason I didn’t like as most of the times – something was a bit off.

After the huge salad, we had yummy cakes. My husband ate the gluten-free cheesecake.

And I… I took this amazing gluten-free cake 😀

Every year I get bummed out by my birthday due to many reasons and not just me getting older, but this year it went by okay. I was feeling mostly inspired to do the things I want and push myself towards my goals.

Happy Birthday to all the June girls and boys and I hope you are all celebrating and enjoying your special day ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Get To Know Me

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Hello everyone and happy Wednesday to you all ❤

I was nominated by the wonderful Karen from Confetti and Curves to do this cute tag. Thank you so much for the nomination hun, it was so fun to do this tag and answering all these questions 😀

Btw, I took the picture from Karen’s Post (hope it’s okay hun) 😉

So let’s start…

What is your middle name?

Gisela

What was your favorite subject at school?

Math, Physics, and English. Can’t choose between these three, lol.

What is your favorite drink?

Coffee and Diet Coca-Cola But I developed an allergy reaction to coffee ;( Not a good thing for a coffee addict like myself.

What is your favorite song at the moment?

Sia – Cheap Thrills

What’s your favorite food?

Pizza used to be my favorite food, but after I can’t eat Gluten, soy and milk I can’t think of something that is my favorite. Maybe meat, lol…

 What is the last thing you bought?

I bought a few washi taps :D.

Favorite book of all time?

“Of all time?” Wow, this hard. But if I have to choose one book then it’s Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen

I have other books and authors that I love so much but you asked “of all times”, lol 😀

What is your favorite color?

Purple, but in clothes I love dark colors mostly.

Do you any pets?

 I have one crazy old dog named Menta (Mint) ❤ She is old but still very hyper, lol and a bit (or a lot) crazy 😀 I have a picture of her up on my Instagram.

Favorite perfume?

I don’t use much perfume because here it’s way too hot and humid for that. But when I do I love Trésor.

Favorite holiday?

Holiday… I guess Passover, but I also love Christmas 🙂

If you meant holiday vacation, then it has to be our last year vacation, to London <3.

Are you married?

Yes, 12 years now and very happily at that too ❤

Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?

Been out of the country 5 times 🙂 But my long-distance travel was to London 😉

Do you speak any other language?

English, Hebrew, a bit of Hungarian, Understand Romanian (very well), Portuguese (a-bit), Spanish (well).

How many siblings do you have?

I have two brothers and a half-sister :).

What is your favorite shop?

Here in Israel, I love Fox ( a clothing shop) and Shabo (art store).

Favorite restaurant?

Don’t have because it’s so hard to find something to eat outside the house, but I love coffee shops.

When was the last time you cried?

Yesterday. I cried so much. It was too hot and my body started to tremble hard out of control and soon after that, I just started to cry and cry. I had to eat tons of salt and drink cold water to calm my body down.

(Addison’s disease is fun, lol)

Favorite blog?

You are all too amazing to choose from only one (sorry).

Favorite movie?

Star Wars, Ghost Busters, Monty, Pretty Woman, LOTR and more…

Favorite TV Shows?

The Big Bang Theory, Friends (still) and I really love Stranger Things :D.

PC or MAC?

PC. I never had a MAC.

What phone do you have?

Samsung s5 ❤ I love it and I use it for everything, even write.

How tall are you?

5.4” = 165 cm

Can you cook?

Yep 🙂

That is all for this tag, this was so fun, thank you Karen ❤ I am not going to nominate anyone, as I consider this as an open invention to you all 🙂 If this Tag sounds like fun to you as well, then why not give it a try 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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50 Things That Make Me Happy Tag :)

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Hi everyone 🙂 How’s it going? I am doing okay, resting and just trying to enjoy this weekend before it ends 😀 I’ve been tagged to do the “50 Things That Make Me Happy Tag” by the two wonderful bloggers Karen from Confetti & Curves and Katie from Plus+ Beauty  ❤

If you aren’t already following these great bloggers, then please head on over and give them a follow. Both of them are so friendly and fun to follow and I promise that you will love their blogs from the start and even make awesome friends 🙂

50 Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Hubby ❤
  2. Family.
  3. Friends.
  4. Menta (our dog).
  5. Books, and more books (I love to read them, smell them and pet them, lol).
  6. Beautiful book cover.
  7. Writing (any sort of writing).
  8. Blogging (more than I thought I would).
  9. Art: drawing, coloring, doodling, looking at art… You name it.
  10. Music. I love hearing music and playing music.
  11. Singing. I sing everywhere, lol. In the shower, in the car, everywhere.
  12. White Daisies (they are so cute and fun), after that Lilies and Sunflowers 😀
  13. Winter. Rain. Cold. Thunderstorms (you get the idea).
  14. Coffee (too addicted to it).
  15. Diet Coke (addicted to it completely) and Iced drinks.
  16. The seaside, but I rarely go (I live far from it now and I miss it a lot).
  17. A new pair of jeans that makes me feel pretty (it’s rare).
  18. Receiving regular mail and emails.
  19. Looking at the stars. There is just something magical about them.
  20. Feeling nostalgic, feeling strong and pretty ❤
  21. Gaming (a lot).
  22. Nerdy and geeky stuff 😀
  23. Math. Numbers make sense to me.
  24. Autumn, winter ❤
  25. New notebooks, planners, pen and pencils (writer’s tools, lol).
  26. I love sleeping (omg… I love it).
  27. The smell of clean room (chlorine, lol, yep).
  28. Post-it notes (they are everywhere, lol).
  29. Being indoors with the AC on while outside is hell hot.
  30. The smell of rain (Omg, heaven. I miss the rain…) ❤
  31. My fellow bloggers always make me happy.
  32. Listening to the rain (I love it so much that I listen to the fake rain, lol).
  33. Sunsets.
  34. Getting my hair done.
  35. Pictures ❤ I take a lot of picture and l collect tons of pictures, lol. I am a hoarder of pictures.
  36. Instagram.
  37. Texting much more than talking, yep.
  38. See a good friend that I’ve missed ❤
  39. Owl ❤ I love them so much!
  40. De-clutter the house (such a wonderful feeling).
  41. Fluffy pillow (oh yeah).
  42. Fireworks.
  43. Sadly, junk food 😀
  44. Soups (yummy).
  45. Soft colored polka dots.
  46. Pizza (I looove it, but sadly can’t eat it anymore).
  47. Making lists and taking notes.
  48. Candles.
  49. Good sales 😀
  50. Bags and Boots (I love them a lot and if I could I would buy tons of them). Rooms full of bags, boots, and books… wow 😀 ❤

Okay! Those are my 50 things I love (well… some of the things I love). I am not going to tag anybody, but if you liked the tag feel free to give this tag a try (consider yourself tagged!) I would love to read your answers 🙂

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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#TakeBackWhatsYours CAMPAIGN

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Hello to all my wonderful readers, I was invited by the lovely Katie from Plus+ Beauty to join this campaign and I can’t be any happier to do a tag as important as this.

The #TakeBackWhatsYours Campaign was originally started by Chloe from www.chloesconcept.blogspot.uk.com, as a way to use our position as bloggers to inspire other people to make a positive change for good! Below is an excerpt from Chloe’s blog, for more details or for anything else you want to know, click HERE for Chloe’s page.

“..Many make New Year resolutions, so why not influence people to make their resolution to take back what once belonged to them… maybe their confidence, maybe their control or even their happiness due to whatever situation has made them lack that ability.

This is a lifelong commitment, if you want to change the way you feel about yourself, or you want to act upon the message of this campaign and ‘Take Back What’s Yours‘, when better to do that than the start of a new year… This is not one of those “New Year, New Me” unrealistic resolutions. When I say “New Year, New You”, I genuinely mean it.”

If you would like to get involved, all you have to do is this:

  • Write a blog post talking about this campaign, the message it contains and why are you taking part.
  • What “Take Back What’s Yours” New Year’s Resolution you are going to set yourself.
  • Tag 10 bloggers to take part.
  • Let Chloe know if you’re taking part by using the hashtag on Twitter #TakeBackWhatsYours, Also tag either @ChloesConcept or @TBWYCampaign so she can retweet!!
  • If you can include a photo of yourself with a handmade poster (doesn’t have to be artistic!) with the words:

“TAKE BACK WHAT’S YOURS” –
MAKE YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION TO TAKE BACK WHAT BELONGS TO YOU. #TakeBackWhatsYours
In 2015, I’m taking back: *i.e., “my confidence”

What I’m Taking Back

Many of you that follow me know that I have some health issues that I struggle with. At the age of 29 I was diagnosed with Primary Addison’s Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis,which are both autoimmune diseases, and a few more problems all at the same year… The joy 😉

The one thing you may not know is that I have struggled (most of my life) with an Eating Disorder – Anorexia Nervosa. When I was 16 I lost 25 kilos (= 55lbs), in less then 2 months and I was 1.65m. I was 39kilos and then I went down to 35kilos. That’s when my parents started to help me. This is something that is very hard for me to share with the world but it’s such an important tag, so I thought… This is the time.

All my illnesses and my eating disorder made my life hell and I have to admit it was hard not to relapse. Now I am a bit overweight as my anxiety and stress went up to the roof this past year and half and I combined my eating with stress, which was a very bad idea 😀

Now I am slowly trying to take back my body and my self-acceptance and as I try to be more healthy and lose weight, I try extremely hard not to go to my “safe place” but to work hard on myself and be healthier physically and mentally.

Starting this blog has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me (besides my hubby of course). It made me open up more and see things more clearly. I have met many wonderful and beautiful people from different parts of the world and it showed me that this is the path for me. I love being able to share my passion with others more than I even thought before I started this blog and I love to connect with my readers so much.

I need to take back my body and self-acceptance.

I truly believe that if you love yourself with all your “faults” you can do so much more with your life. Nothing is impossible and that is what I am working on this year. Self-acceptance for me is not only physical (I accept myself as I look and feel), but also of who I am.

I am a writer. And I need to stop letting people take this away from me.

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Feel free to take part in this campaign even if I don’t tag you. It’s just such a positive thing to do!

Here are my tags

Cyndel

Karen

Kate

Anne

Chanelle

Nadine

Rachel

Megan

Emma

Alycat

Hope that you will really consider taking part with the campaign. If you do, don’t forget to let Chloe know! The links are included in this post.

I hope that you have enjoyed this post! As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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