Older and Wiser (I hope)

 

Hey everyone, it’s been awhile since I posted anything but book reviews (sorry for that). Life has been way too busy with my mom entering the hospital every few weeks, my health, and life itself. Things aren’t so easy right now, but I’m sure they will be easier soon 🙂

On a more positive note… It’s my BIRTHDAY! TODAY! (and happy birthday to all the June girls and boys out there <3).

After I lived on this earth for a long time and I got a bit of experience in life, and because this birthday I did more thinking than celebrating, lol (my mom is in the hospital), I did a lot of thinking.

After giving a real hard thought, I managed to put down on paper a list of a few important things I’ve learned from life so far.

So here what I’ve learned so far

Be yourself: This one is hard because we all want to be loved by others and to fit in, and sometimes being yourself is going to make things very hard for you, but it’s the only way to live. So don’t try to copy other or be something else for others, it’s a hard way to live.

Be Kind to yourself and others: I always tried to be kind and nice to others even though sometimes it’s more than difficult, lol. However, being kind to myself is even harder. This one I must say I learn very late in life and at some days, I’m still struggling, especially when I’m too stressed.

Sleep: We all want to achieve a lot. We will cut our sleeping hours to accomplish more. However sleeping less makes us angry, stressed (and I speak from experience here, lol), hungry and moody. But just this simple act of sleeping 6-8 hours a day, really do their miracle.

People never change (in most cases): People are people. People can change a bit for good or bad, but they will never change as much as you might wish them to. Controlling people to change who they are or hoping they will change in the future, will never happen and this will not do any good to either one of you. Know that people are set in their own ways and they will never change just because you want them to. If a change is really needed, they need to want it and understand how and why they need to change all by themselves.

Knowing reality: I hear people around me always saying “it’s not fair” about something in their life. Life is life, and things are as they are. When you are arguing with someone, don’t use their words against them just to show them you can. Let things go… and if you must fight, fight nicely.

I’m a writer: If I ever publish my work or not I am still a writer, and no one can take that away from me. This is simple but it’s still something I sometimes struggle understanding. If in some miracle I’ll get to publish my work that would be amazing (even beyond amazing), but if I won’t that doesn’t mean, I’m not a writer. I will enjoy writing even when I’m at my 90’s.

I am a writer 😀

Now, Obviously I still need to work on a lot of things on this list and that’s okay. It was really helpful to write these thoughts down and share them with you.

What would you add to this list?

Off to celebrate (with a good night sleep, lol, I’m too exhausted), but have a nice glass of a yummy drink (of your choice) for me ❤ Thank you so much for all the thoughtful birthday wishes on my social media, you made my day!

Ps. check out this beautiful drawing Jasmine did for my birthday (she even added a glimps of my books) ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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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 ❤

GalitLet’s chat on:

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Fears! Fears! Fears!

“I can never draw as well as her, or play so well as him…”

“I am not nearly as good as all the wonderful authors on my shelves”

“How can I write a story, when all the stories had already been written”

“Why bother writing when the chance to get published is so slim to none”

Wow… Sorry for the grim start, lol, but these are only a few of the things I used to say to myself all the time, when I was about to write. These fears kept me from writing for a very long time.

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As one of my characters said to my main character: “Don’t let this bars of fear stop you from fighting for what you believe in.”

I truly believed that no one will ever care about what I write and even might laugh at me for even wanting to try to write a book.

I can honestly say that I don’t write like Tolkien, Rowling, Robin Hobb, Jane Austin, Terry Pratchett or George R. R. Martin. I don’t have the same writing style at all. But I can say without a doubt that my writing has my own style (and that is good) and it has my own way of looking at things.

It may sound silly to most of you (if not to all of you, lol) and I guess it is silly that I thought otherwise. I may not write the next Rowling style of books, but they will be mine and I wish I knew that when I was younger and so full of fears.

Now I know that there will be people who will not like my stories or even hate them, but there will be people who will like them, or even love them, as long as I love what I write.

There are times when I read my story and I say, omg… what will happen next? Or I love ❤ it. There are times when I read it and I know that this will never see the light of day beyond the small folder deep in my computer.

Knowing this may seem trivial to most, but it took me a while to get here and understand that it’s okay to be afraid, but it’s not okay to let this fear control me and prevent me from trying to accomplish my dreams.

I still have this fear that people will hate what I write (stories and blog posts), but I am not willing to let this fear stop me (not anymore). Now I know that I am good enough to write whatever I want and how I want, some may not like it but some will.

As long as I love the story and the characters, somewhere in the world another person will love my story and be able to connect to it.

Okay, I will stop here or I will continue on with my ramblings, lol.

I hope you are all having a nice and even wonderful day, stay strong and don’t let the fear stop you from going after your dreams 🙂

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

 

What’s Going On…

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Hello to all my wonderful and creative readers,

I wanted to start with a huge apology for my long MIA, life was and still a bit is, crazy 😀 I really wanted to write an update post, just to let you know what’s going on with my life.

mom-48958_1280For those of you who haven’t read my previous posts, my mom left her home and entered a retirement home at the start of July. Now, after almost 2 weeks, I think she is slowly getting the hang of things and how the place works.

It’s a small and very beautiful place, just by a river (pics will come later) and the staff is very kind and nice to her. There are still some bits we need to work out, regarding her medication and her gluten-free diet, but other than that I think she likes the place and likes being there (for as much as a person can like being at a home, lol).

I am trying to be with her everyday, so I can see how things are running there, fix some issues that may rise (and a few already have) and just hang out with her ❤

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Summer… ((Sigh)). I miss winter, the rain and cold…

I’m mostly out and about these days, less at home (in the AC as I love to be) and this heat doesn’t help at all with all the running and driving, lol, but I do try to keep myself cool and drink a lot of water 😉

Housework

Housework 🏠 Omg.  This is the only word that can explain in what a mess my house is in, lol. I really need an entire week, lol, just for cleaning and organizing.

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Coffee n’ Notes… Well… As you all know, lol, I took these past couple of weeks away from the blog (popping here and there) and I just wanted to say how sorry I am to miss all your wonderful posts.

I have missed you all so much

I missed blogging (like the Friday Musing), reading your thoughts and your creative posts, more than I can say. I was so exhausted that I came home ate and went to sleep, lol. This week however is going to be less stressful (I think. I hope, lol) so I will post everyday, prepare to be spammed, lol.

If you read my newsletter, then you now that tomorrow is Monday and it’s time for my Fav Five 😀 I am very excited about this segment and I hope you will like it too 🙂

Btw, my July newsletter is going out on the 20th and inside I have a new feature, so sign-up so you won’t miss anything 😉

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Writing/Editing… Hmmm…

This one is hard as there was no editing at all this month. With all that is happening I just can’t sit down and edit. I have tried a few times, but I just can’t. So, I have decided to let it go for now and not put more stress on an already stressful month.

Even though I haven’t edit at all this month, if you read my newsletter then you know that I have been writing, just to let those creative juices keep circling and flowing nicely 😉

This story turned out to be an Urban Fantasy which is a very new genre for me, but I like the story a lot. For now it’s just a free style writing and I like how the main character grows into such a wonderful strong female character.

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Reading… My reading has really went down in numbers, as I am currently reading 2 books from Heena’s list for reviews and if I will have enough energy and time I will read one of the books I have in my ‘currently reading’ list over at Goodreads, lol.

That is all for this (already long) post and I hope things will set into some sort of normality for us all, soon ♡

How was your week and weekend? I hope you all had a great Sunday 😍

Thank you so much for reading ❤
GalitP.s. I just wanted to say a quick thank you to Fia ♡ Thank you for all the wonderful e-mails, you are such a sweetheart ❤

Quick Update

Sorry guys…

I have a huge allergy going on right now and I just don’t feel that good. Sorry I didn’t post the Wednesday feature (Behind The Writer). But… I’ll be back for Friday Musing 🙂 #sick

Have a wonderful day

GalitBtw, the newsletter will go out on the 28.6 so if you haven’t signed up, click here so you want miss anything 😀

Summer

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Summer… To most of you summer is happiness and joy, bikinis and lots of yummy food. All sun and playfulness… For me, summer has a different meaning.

Summer is here and I think it’s time that we have a talk… 😀 I need to share something with you that most of you might not know.

I have Primary Addison’s Disease (but this you know), but what you don’t know is that when I get too stressed out and summer tends to do that to me, I start to have memory problems. Mostly short-term memory, but I can forget a period of time like a day, a few weeks or a month (this is a problem for me in any extreme weather, lol, but mostly summer).

Ex: I planned my wedding (long time ago) for more than 6 months and a month before I got married I started to forget. It took me a while to even know I was married, lol, and even now I have only bits of the memory combined with the wedding video, photos and what people told me.

Why am I so stressed?

Well… Wow this is a hard one, lol. My mom is leaving her home and decided to go to a retirement home, so we are trying to find her the best place that she will love. It’s summer and the extreme heat is killing me, lol. Now we have an excellent air condition, but when I go out (and I do – a lot) the stress of the heat is overwhelming. Other than that there are the normal household stuff (money, cleaning, doggie, hubby) that can, and sometime is, cause stress. There are many ways to relax and meditate, but I find that it is not always helpful.

So why am I telling you all these?

Coffee n’ Notes is a bit more than 8 months old and that is good with all my memory issues, lol. But, I met so many wonderful people here and share with them great conversations. You told me about yourself and I told you about me, so I am afraid that I might not remember you, lol, or your stories and what we shared together and you will think that I am angry or something 😀

If this happens and I don’t remember you, please do not take offense. I love you all to bits and you are extremely important to me, but it’s part of my life and I thought you should know.

I already had a little forgetfulness, but it went away very quickly, but I am afraid it was just the start. I already can feel moments and memories slipping away, lol.

I will take some steps to make it less problematic for you and for me, lol, by writing everything down (again), but let us hope that it won’t be necessary ❤ And if it does, I hope you will know that I will still be here as much as I can 😀

If you have any question about this feel free to ask and don’t forget to share your thoughts, I love reading your comments ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

 

A Small Hello

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Today is my birthday 🙂

I am 41 years old (wow, how times fly… right?)

I just want to say a quick hello and let you go on with your weekend ❤

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I will be very busy next week (after a very busy week before), so my birthday plans are to rest a lot (a lot!) and game a lot and then rest some more, lol.

I hope you are all having a wonderful day and a great weekend.

My birthday wishes are that you will have the best life as can be and may your life be full of inspiration and creativity, after all you are my inspiration 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

Btw… I am sending out a newsletter today so don’t forget to take a look at your inbox, I will be waiting there 😉 and if you haven’t signed up go here to sign up or at the very top of the sidebar 🙂

Our Car <3

Woot Woot, Our car is fixed. I am sooo happy 🙂

We finally got the car from the garage, paid for everything and now it’s home, away from all trees, lol.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, well you can find a lot more details here 🙂 To make it short a tree fell on our car in a huge storm from last week (a bit more).

Today we went to take our car back and it looks so pretty, like a car 🚗 I love what they have done to it and they even cleaned it inside from all the tree branches. I was so happy that I almost cried (at least this time it would be from joy, lol) and I almost hugged the guys that worked on our car.

Hubby stayed at home today so we can do a few more little things about the car, so today is mostly gaming, resting and eating, lol. Nice Sunday after all 😀

I took a few pictures, as promised and did a little before and after, lol.

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Well that’s it for this post. Just wanted to share with you all the great news.

Thank you so much for all your support 🙂

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

Mini Update

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To all my readers hello, I am back 😉

I hope you had a great weekend, a wonderful valentine and I hope you are all having an awesome Sunday ❤

How cute is that cup in the picture? I want one ❤

Sorry I was away for most of the week, I just couldn’t really bring myself to write or post. Last week was full of challenges to say the least. It started with a huge sand storm that almost got me to the E.R and ended with a tree falling on our car in huge storm.

So I thought after a week away I will do a mini update.

Our car

Our car will be fixed by the insurance company, although we do need to add more money for the fixing. It’s annoying, but at least we will have our car back. That makes me very happy… 🙂

Valentine’s Day

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Well I can tell you that we didn’t do anything on Valentine’s Day. We were both watching TV, playing Gw2 and eating tons of junk food 😀 But it was a good rest and we needed it.

Writing

I wrote only 2000-2500 words last week, so… nothing, lol.

Inspiration

I did get some scenes written that were inspired by the sand storm and the tree falling on our car, lol, so I guess some good came out of these horrible events.

Reading

I finally bought some kindle versions of the books I wanted to read.

The Maze Runner

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Throne of Glass

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Akarnae (The Medoran Chronicles 1) by the lovely Lynette Noni

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I have also bought 2 books from Book Depository. Can’t wait for them to arrive 🙂

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My Plan

Well, my plan for this week is to write as much as I can, read as much as I can and post again 🙂

I’ve missed you all so much and I want to thank you all for helping me and calming me down, you are all so wonderful and I can’t tell you just how much I appreciate your encouragements and love.

What are your plans for this week?

Thank you so much for reading ❤
Galit

#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

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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