Writer’s Log: Failing But Keep Trying

Hello everyone, happy Wednesday to you all ❤

Hope your day is going well, and if not… It’s almost tomorrow 😉 A new day.

Recently I’ve been trying to wake up at 4 am and absolutely failing at it, lol. No matter what I do, I just get more frustrated with my bedtime routine and not getting up at 4 am at all. However, I did learn that most of my problem beyond stress is that my nighttime routine is a real shit (sorry of the language). I watch TV or youtube until 1 am at best and I barely have any relax time away from a screen.

Even though I consider this challenge a failure, I still think I would love to wake up a bit earlier than normal which is 6 am in most days. I would love to wake up at about 5:30 am and see if this way I will have a bit of time to eat something light and get ready slower without the stress of getting ready in the morning.

I do believe in a good night routine and I think that I need to work harder on creating a routine that will work… And this is what I came up so far:

  1. Clean and organize for 15 the living room and kitchen.
  2. Drink a glass of water.
  3. Decide the clothes you want to wear the next day.
  4. Make a chia pudding for breakfast (we love this).
  5. Take a shower (don’t own a bath).
  6. Creative time 10 minutes: Read/Journal
  7. Set alarm to 5:30 am
  8. Go to bed no longer than 23:00 without phone/TV/tablet.
  9. Go to bed at the same hour, every day.

So this is my new and improved bedtime/winddown routine, what do you think? any suggestions?

I would love to read some of your tips for waking up early or good night sleep.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: The more you have the happier you are

Hello everyone and happy Sunday to you all ❤
Hope you are having a great day 🙂

While reading this post’s title, what was your initial thought? Bullshit? So true? IDK? Maybe? Not for me? Hell yeah, more means success…

Which one of these is more related to you? For me, as an adult, I realize that as kids most of our parents, teachers, society and social media did us wrong. It doesn’t matter if you’re living in a 1 bedroom Apartment or have a 26 bedrooms house. If your basic needs are met that’s all you need.

In a world where everything needs to be better and bigger than what your friends have, know what truly brings you joy, happiness, and more importantly, fulfillment.

More is not equal to success, less is not equal to success… being fulfilled and happy is being a success.

I’ve learned that for me, more doesn’t bring me happiness, and even worse… It brings me sadness, disconnection and more stress to the already stressful life. Having bookshelves filled with over 500 gorgeous Books always been my dream, (to have a library in my own home) but now I’m there and I’m still not happy with my books.

Don’t get me wrong I love reading and the book smell should be a perfume for me, but having these many books, means having to clean them a few times a month (living in the dusty countryside) and doing that, just brings stress, anger and feeling annoyed to clean books, especially the ones I’ve read once and never want to read again, hehe. And this goes with other things like clothes, makeup, and even furniture.

I’ve learned that having more only keeps me away from my true passion, as I’m always stressing about cleaning, decluttering and reorganizing, again and again, every few weeks or months. What started as just a thought become a need and a journey towards a new lifestyle. I’ve realized this weekend that my writing always been connected to how stressful I feel and how I feel about my environment… No wonder I can’t write when I feel so cluttered.

However, I will end this with a great progress 😀 I started to rewrite some scenes that I was so stuck with them and now that my environment feels a bit better, my creative juices are already started to flow and I finally got out of the rut 😉 I wrote in two days about 4+K which felt amazing and the pages that I had major issues with finally looks amazing and the story finally feels like it’s going in the right direction.

Well, that is all for my ramblings in this post, I hope it wasn’t too much, hehe.

How is your week/month going?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Holidays Are Over

Hey everyone, happy weekend to you all ❤

I am so happy that the holidays are finally over. Yesterday was the last major holiday here and we can finally get back to some sort of normal life. I can’t believe it’s over (YAY!).

I was so busy with family, doctor appointments and friends during these holidays that I need a break, just be… So this first weekend feels even sweeter. All I want to do this weekend is rest and not move, hehe 😀

This week is a busy week but I am still so happy that the holidays are over and I can fall back into some sort of a routine and start pushing my writing/editing to the highest priority this month.

Btw, has any of you seen Lucifer (season 4) yet? It’s the best season ever, so happy they made this season, it’s amazing. I will not spoil you the show, but I will say again…

IT’S AMAZING

Also, started reading Again but Better by Christine Riccio the amazing youtuber, and so far it’s going great and I love her writing style ❤

Blurb:

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.

Well, that is all for this short post, just a quick update 😉

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: May’s TBR

Hello everyone, happy weekend to you all ❤

My weekend was fine with some family time, and house chores but overall it was a good weekend. This week will be a busy one with lots of doctor appointments, holiday (Our Independence Day) and some friends visiting… As I said a busy week.

In today’s Writer’s Log, I want to share my TBR (My To BE Read) for this month. I only have 3 books I want to read/finish. I don’t know if I will review them all, but will see how it goes 😀

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence 

Blurb: I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.
But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.
Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…

Evalene’s Number: The Number Series by Bethany Atazadeh

Blurb: Everyone in Eden is assigned a Number, tattooed on their neck, which determines their value and place in the world.
On her Numbering Day, Evalene Vandereth anticipates joining the élite. Born in an upper-class family, she knows exactly who she is and what she is worth. Even as the needle breaks her skin, she is blissfully happy. She never considers another outcome, until it’s too late.
Now 18-year-old Evalene lives in fear, struggling with her new identity, stripped of her freedom and basic human rights. Can she escape her Number? Is anyone else asking the same question?
Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will love Evalene’s Number and its incredible dystopian tale.

You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want by Sarah Knight

Blurb: Being yourself should be easy, yet too many of us struggle to live on other people’s terms instead of our own. Rather than feeling large and in charge, we feel little and belittled.
Sound familiar? Bestselling “anti-guru” Sarah Knight has three simple words for you:
YOU DO YOU.
It’s time to start putting your happiness first–and stop letting other people tell you what to do, how to do it, or why it can’t be done. And don’t panic! You can do it without losing friends and alienating people.

What are you reading this month?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: May Goals

Happy Friday to you all and I hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend ❤

I can’t believe that we are already in May, this year flew by so fast. I have a few goals this month that is a continuation of April 😉

So let’s start…

Wake up at 4 am every day but Saturday.

So far it is not going well, lol, but I still want to keep trying. After all, it takes at least 21 days to form a habit so I will keep trying.

Write 5K.

I want to just start writing again. I am slowly finding my “groove” again and I want to start writing again, so my goal is to minimum write 5K.

Edit 2 chapters.

I really want to try and keep editing and revising my book. I would be happy even with 2 chapters edited. I want to keep my writing/editing goals small so I won’t get overwhelmed and I would be able to stay motivated… Hopefully 😉

Read 3 books.

I am in a huge reading slump. I read a book in every few months, so I want to get back to reading and ease myself to reading more. I still haven’t picked up the books I want to read but I hope to do that tomorrow so I will let you know tomorrow 😉

Blog (mostly) every day.

Okay, I think I did really good with the goal on April with a few days I’ve missed posts, but in May I want to try and really do better 😀 So far I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to share all my insights on June as I finish this challenge.

Declutter the house.

Did a great job on April with decluttering my house but I need to work much harder on declutter our closets and bookshelves in May.

Meditate 4 times a week (at least).

I was doing well with meditating almost every day in April but by the end of the month, I neglected this and I want to get back to meditating and that is why I thought it will be a great idea to add this as a goal for May.

Well, that is it for my goals for the month of May, there are a few hard ones and a few small goals, hehe but I hope I will be able to achieve most of them 😀

What is your goal for May? Did you choose something to focus on this month?  let me know in the comments below

 

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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No Post Day

Hey everyone, hope you are having a good day ❤

Today and tomorrow I will not post anything. It’s the Holocaust Memorial Day so I won’t post anything. I do watch the @eva.stories on Instagram they are so good and I think we all need to remember so this won’t happen to no one in this earth ever again.

Our family remembers the horrors too well… I remember my grandpa sharing his stories on the camps and the loss of his entire parents (wife and kids). These horrors happen all over the globe and we should always see the kindness in each other so this bullshit of race, color, and greed won’t happen to our loved ones.

As always, Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

Writer’s Log: Hello Night

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday to you all ❤

So in today’s writer’s log, I want to share with you a plan (or a challenge, hehe) I’ve made with my friend to wake up for the entire month of May at 4 am, yes 4 am (screaming in my head). I am not a morning person at all but I really want to try and wake up earlier so I can focus on my writing and be able to have more creative time for myself.

I want to experiment more with my time and how I use it and I want to try and add more creativity to my life. I am already waking up early at 6 am almost every morning but I don’t have much time, by 6:25 we are already out the door and on our to our car and drive to the city to start our day. Waking up at 6 am is already hard for me, so even try waking up earlier?

Hmmm… That’s a great question actually, why would I even try to wake so early? Well the answer for me is very simple, I am doing this because I want to, hehe. But mostly because I was to reboot my day and try organizing my days better to fit my own dreams and my own creativity in my day.

Waking up early may not be for everyone, and as a rule, it’s not for me, hehe. Even my husband wasn’t hiding how difficult this will be for me, and he is right. Even as I write this post to you it’s already 23:06 and it’s extremely late for a person who needs to wake up in less than 5 hours.

Today was a busy day and tomorrow will be even busier but I still want to try this experiment and see where it will lead me. This may be the thing ever and it may be a mistake, but I can’t wait to see how this month will go 😀 So this 30 days challenge will be hard but I am hopeful that I will learn a few things and maybe even be more creative and productive.

So, wish me luck as I step into a new world of waking up while it’s still night, hehe 😉

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Minimalism and Low Waste

Hello everyone, and happy Sunday to you all ❤

In today’s writer’s log, I wanted to talk about my journey to lower my waste and become more mindful and consume less stuff.

This topic is a bit loaded these days with all the environmental issues we are having and people from all over the globe open up about their opinion on this. For me, though I am sure that people in my life and even my husband are thinking that this is just a phase or following some trend… This is not the case with me.

I am under a lot of stress almost all the time, and because of that and my illness my body started to reject a lot of the food I am eating so I’ve become as you already know, Gluten-Free Vegan (+peanut free) and I already feel the huge difference it made on my body for the better.

However, taking care of my body is great but I am feeling a strong pull to taking care of my mind, my home and my environment.

It is a well-known fact that when your surrounding is not cluttered and not overstimulate you, then you can accomplish more and be more creative. It is true that there are people out there that can thrive in chaos, but I am not one of those people. I need clean and open space to create and think and I want to that in the most sustainable way I can.

My journey with lowering my waste and being more minimal had begun a few months ago, but it will take the entire year I think to get to where I want us to be. I will never be one of those esthetic minimal people, hehe but I do want to lower the amount of stuff we own. I don’t want to feel that we are paying rent for our stuff, I want things that are useful to our lives but also that makes us happy.

I want to create the space for us that will bring us together and make the space for me to create again and feel that I can sit and write and not worry by all the chaos we are living in. Don’t get me wrong our house is relatively organized but there a lot of things that still don’t have space and where to put them.

As I mentioned in my post Another Minimalism Game, I wanted to declutter lots of items from our home and I’ve already decluttered over 150 items not including over 60 books.

All of these changes are a bit hard for my husband, but slowly I hope that he as well will see the benefits of not buying so much stuff and living a more meaningful life by creating a better space for us to live in and for our environment. We may never be zero waste but I know that I can lower my waste, even by just not baying every piece of shining cute item I see in the stores or on Instagram.

Well, that’s it for today’s somewhat short update, hope you are having a good day and I will see you tomorrow 😀

Minimalism, Coffee n' Notes

(Btw, This gif is so true in my case, hehe)

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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🌞The Sunshine Blogger Award🌞

Hello everyone, hope you are having a great weekend ❤

It’s been a while since I saw a blog award of some sort around the blogging community. When I just started blogging 4.5 years ago the blogging community was filled with tons of blog awards, tags and other blog-sharing posts to know better of the people behind the wonderful blogger’s community. And now, I’ve been tagged by the wonderful Hilary from sereneluna blog. If you don’t know Hilary from her beautiful blog and her joyful Instagram, go check her out after you read this post. Don’t forget to say Hi and get to know another great blogger by following her inspiring posts.

🌞SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD RULES🌞

The Sunshine Blogger Award has rules (surprise, surprise!). These rules ensure the success of this award, providing exposure to all the award winners. The rules are quite simple and straightforward.

RULES FOR AWARD:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provides a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

QUESTIONS I WAS ASKED:

1. Why did you decide to start a blog? I have started blogging because I wanted to share my passion for writing, book, and life with other people who have the same passion. I love the positive community and how people show their kindness and compassion for others, it’s just inspiring and motivating ❤

2. What year did you publish your first blog post? My first weird (lol) blog post was published in 2014 and it’s called This Is Me. Go check it out even for just a laugh, hehe.

3. What is your favorite thing about blogging? The obvious reason is the wonderful community, but I also love the writing aspect of blogging. To just write a more free aspect of writing. I am now editing my novel so having fun to just write and share my thoughts, some writing tips, and about my life, is very freeing and almost like therapy (hehe).

4. Do you own a pet? If so, what kind? We (my husband and I) care for the most beautiful, joyful, old and crazy dog named Menta (Mint) 😀 She doesn’t have a specific breed.

Menta Balli, Dog, Coffee n' Notes

5. Do you have any routines before you write a blog post? It’s not much of a routine, but if I have to really sit down and brainstorm ideas…

  • I like to sit by my desk and take a piece of paper and just brainstorm ideas and what I really feel I would like to read or write about.
  • Then I go into Grammarly and start writing a rough draft of my blog post and copy it into my WordPress blog post.
  • I like to search for pictures and edit them on Canva (I only have the free version and that’s enough for me) ❤
  • If I don’t have time and I am of the house for most of the day, I like to do it all on my phone and my favorite app to brainstorm ideas in is Google Keep 😀

6. What motivates you to write? Where do you find inspiration? Omg, this can be a long answer, but I will try to keep it short. Writing for me is like therapy, so I always write, hehe… If it’s a diary, poems/songs, blog post or novel form… I will always write because it keeps me sane and connected and that’s what motivates me to keep going even if I will be 80 years old and still haven’t published a word, I will keep writing 😀

I find inspiration everywhere… Books, people, movies, dreams, other blogs and sites, and pictures.

7. What country do you live in? I live in Israel ❤

8. Are you a coffee or tea drinker? I am mostly a coffee drinker but I do love tea as well and I have a cupboard filled with tea boxes of all sorts to prove it 😉

9. Are you a morning person or a night person? I am a night person that has to be a morning person due to my mom’s illness and the fact that Ralfi (my husband) always said he misses me. I am getting used to it, but my most productive writing sessions are at night or very early mornings.

10. What languages do you speak? I speak Hebrew, English, a bit of Hungarian and a bit of Spanish. I do understand very well Romanian but I don’t speak the language.

11. What do you fear the most? Wow, that a very personal question (I love it)… Other than bugs and mostly Cockroaches? I think I fear that people will think I am totally ugly (I know it’s superficial but sadly we live a world that judges you on how you look not on what you are as a person) and I also fear that when a struggle presents itself that I won’t be strong enough to deal with it.

Sunshine, Coffee n' Notes

🌞SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD NOMINEES🌞

Chanelle

Heena Rathore P.

Kate M. Colby

Emily from A Quintillion Words

Lauren from Bournemouth Girl

Kristy from teabookandme

Melanie from Mel To The Any

Simple Ula

Tony

Aloma from Aloma Writes

Jen Dollente

And all of you that are reading this ❤

My Questions to you:

  1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
  2. Is blogging your full-time job?
  3. What kind of blog posts are you most looking for to read?
  4. If you knew you would die tomorrow (knock on wood 3 times, hehe just in case) what would be your last post about?
  5. Do you believe in true love?
  6. Which do you love more… Reading books or watching movies (name your #1 book or movie).
  7. What are you most passionate about?
  8. Do you exercise, do yoga or just chill on the sofa?
  9. What do you see when you open a window?
  10. What is your best tip to organize your day?
  11. Any wisdom to share or your favorite quote?

There is no pressure to respond to this nomination, as I know you have very busy lives outside of the blogging world. I look forward to reading your answers if you do decide to participate in the Sunshine Blogger Award. I am curious to know what your answers are 😀

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: 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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