A Few Steps Back

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a good and productive day 🦄

This post will be a bit long so grab a yummy snack and a cup of coffee ☕ or a drink of your choice and get comfy 😀

Lately, I’ve stopped doing all the things that I love and want to do. I am just a couple of weeks from my birthday and I am sure that most of us are going through some sort of reflection as we get closer to our birthday.

So… I’ve decided to take a few steps back in order to take one step forward.

I don’t mind taking a few steps back because I’ve already been in a full stop phase. I want to get back to what truly makes me happy and what will really help me in the future and if it means that I need to stop doing a few things (for now) or learn to do things differently, then that’s what I need to do.

As you all know, I’ve mostly stopped doing things due to too much stress and anxiety in my life and I’m slowly working on destressing myself and trying to do the little things that calm me down and make me happy, even if I have a very stressful day.

Stress

Blogging

  1. After I will finish the book reviews I’ve already signed up for, I will do only 2 book reviews in a month or even just once a month.
  2. I will go back to post more about writing and more about my life and the things I love, I’ve been missing that a lot.

Self Care

  1. The Morning Pages ❤ I’ve started writing the morning pages and I love the way I feel after I write those 3 pages. I feel less mind-cluttered and my anxiety levels are not so high up. I want to keep doing this for at least the entire month of June and see how I benefit from this.
  2. Journaling. I want to renew my love for journaling and keep doing it without fear of grammar or how it would look to others, this is the private little heaven of my own thoughts and I need to remind myself that it doesn’t matter if it has grammar errors or if it’s too messy and just write down my thoughts, my desires and anxieties.
  3. I am doing a lot (a lot) of check-ups with my doctor, vaccinations, blood tests and other tests in order to try to bring me to some sort of normality and balance with my meds.
  4. Do more fun things with my husband and family. We used to play a lot of board games and just have fun together. Lately, it’s been mostly watching TV (and even though it’s fun) but I want something more, that will connect us and bring us even closer to each other.
  5. Going back to school and learn BA. I may be old but I truly would love to have my BA by the age of 50. Due to budget issues and the fact that my husband is in school himself, I know that this can’t happen this year or even the next year, but I am putting this wish out there, and I know that somehow things will come around.
  6. I’ve started to be very mindful of what I put in my body and I want to keep doing that and maybe I will even lose weight again (she said with great hope).
  7. I want to surround myself with people and social media that truly mean something to me and not just blah, even though a silly thing here and there is good for us but in most times I want to see and hear things that will have some sort of meaning to me 😉
  8. I want to do 1 day in a week where I just pamper myself with skin care, reading and just a day (or at least a few hours) of self-care.

Self Care

Writing

Omg, this one hurts a lot, as I just stopped writing, editing and even thinking of writing 😦

  1. I’ve started with a couple of my online friends to do a 1 on 1 writing sprints through hangout and twitter DMs and this brought back the joy of writing and the passion I once felt for writing.
  2. I’ve put my editing aside and started new (for just a bit) just so I could gather the motivation back and the happiness of working again. For now, I just want to write – anything.
  3. I want to write freely again and as much as I can, to enjoy every word and without the massive anxiety and stress I’ve put on my writing.
  4. If you want to do 1 on 1 writing sprints, write in the comments below or DM me on twitter and we will schedule a sprint session. I would love to have more writing buddies ❤. I am telling you, doing these sprints reminded me of the fun I have each year in November and the loving community.
  5. After a month or two of bringing back the passion of writing back in my life, I will go back to my editing and I set a deadline to finish my editing in March 2019.

Writing

Reading

As I said before, I want to read more book that makes me happy reading them and that inspire me. I even want to read more books of self-help, about life and writing/editing.

For example…

The Artist Way, You Are A Badass, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, Big Magic, Bird By Bird, The Writing Life, Story Genius, and read more book that I love and that will inspire me in some way 😀

Reading

Well, that is all for this “little” random thoughts and my main goal this year and the next is to destress as much as I can and bring back the joy in my life, even if it means that I need to take a few steps back in order to take one step forward.

Sorry for the long post.

Random Thoughts, Coffee n' Notes

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Happy New Year To You All

Hello, everyone and happy 2018

I wish you lots of joy, good health, and love and may all your goals and dreams will come true this year.

Go and celebrate the new year and the new opportunities, leave the bad things in 2017 and know that this is a new start and you can do this. You can accomplish everything 😀

Don’t forget… The Rule of 3.

Plan your year, months and days well.

Work hard on your goals and dreams, because without hard work your dreams won’t work.

Be kind to yourself and to others.

Happy New Year 2018

 As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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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 though, 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 glimpse of my books) ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Cancer and Other Things

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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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 make Gluten Free Pizza and spaghetti ♡ I ate spaghetti Bolognese which was so so yummy But for dinner I bought a 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

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 every day so I can see how things are running there, fix some issues that may arise (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 this 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 every day, 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 edited 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 freestyle writing and I like how the main character grows into such a wonderfully 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 get into some sort of normality for us all, soon ♡

How was your week and weekend? I hope you all had a great Sunday
As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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P.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

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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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 ( a 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 is the normal household stuff (money, cleaning, doggie, hubby) that can, and sometimes 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 the 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 ❤

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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 ❤

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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 of 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

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