5 Steps To Writing Amazing Fiction

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a great week ❤ It’s almost weekend 😀

For me, it was a bit busy start to the week, but overall I am happy that I can do all the things I want right now. I still wish I had put some more time block for my editing but I’m playing with my schedule to see where I can fit it best so that I can edit more. My goal is to edit about 20K this quarter so I need to schedule more time for that.

But this site/app Notion is truly a gift when it comes to scheduling and working on my goals. My only wish for this app is to have a google calendar embedded in it, lol. But I am working with what it got and so far it goes well. If you want to get better at organizing your work and your life check it out because it’s a great tool to use and it’s free 😀

Over the years I have collected a few great ways to write fiction and not get stuck, so I thought I would share them with you as well 🙂

Going from, end to start

This rule is good for any type of fiction you might want to write. Knowing the ending can help you so much with understanding where your character will be along its journey, from start to finish. And, you will have an easier time plotting and outlining your story. Working backward always helped me when I got stuck with my story so I started working this way all the time.

Flawed characters are the new perfection

Characters are just like us, even in a fictional story. No one is perfect so why write a perfect character? Perfect is boring and most of the time not worth my time to continue reading. But flawed characters are amazing and perfect in their own broken way. They make the story much more engaging and interesting.

Struggles, struggles, and more struggles

Give your characters as many struggles you can think of. force them to confront their fears, battle with their weaknesses and struggles, break their spirit, lol. After that, find more ways to play with your character, hehe. Struggle in life is what makes us who we are, that’s what builds our inner strength and that’s what eventually gives us the motivation and the will power to push through those struggles and come out of it, hopefully, better and stronger.

Know the why

This is super and most important and I talked about it in my podcast and wrote about it in another post as well, knowing and understanding why this story matter to us and why we want to write it is the key to writing a great story. But you must also know your character’s why as well. Why your character wants to go where she/he/they need to go. Not just because you want your character to go as the author. People will enjoy your story more if they knew the character’s why. Now you don’t need to simply write it down in the story, lol, but you do need your character to know and understand. Your characters drive the story and their understanding of why they do the things they do will make their action powerful to the reader and more relatable.

Deadlines

Not everyone likes deadlines or alarms (me encluded), however, putting a deadline on your project is a key to finishing it. I only recently had learned the true importance of a realistic deadline. You must look at the end result of your project and start going backward with each step you will need to do to accomplish that project. Each milestone will go towards your end result, like finishing your novel. Each small milestone will have its own realistic deadline, that way you will always see your end goal, but also you will be reminded daily of all your smaller milestones in a way that you can achieve them.

What tips and hacks do you use to write great stories?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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5 Lessons I’ve Learned In 2019

Happy New Year everyone, I hope you celebrated the start of the new year and the start of a new decade 🙂

My husband is sick so we didn’t celebrate much but we did grab some yummy take out with wine and enjoyed each other’s company and celebrate the new year at home.

I wanted to publish this at the start of the new year because I wanted to go through what I’ve learned in 2019 before I go after the things I want to accomplish in 2020. It’s like a small review of the year 🙂

Setting the right goals

Now I know this sounds weird, as I’ve always was a person of goals and to-dos and I review my goals every day, week, month and year. So why this is even in this list you might ask? Well, it’s because this year and more so in the last quarter of the year, life slapped me in the face and made me learned once and for all, lol. The universe (or God, whatever you believe in) tends to show us what we need to learn and sometimes if we don’t pay much attention it shows us more harshly.

This last quarter I’ve learned to put my priorities first but also set smart goals and not just goals but I’ve set the right objectives and tasks that go along with my big goal (vision). Something so small, but I never broke down my goals to such small bites, I always thought that my small tasks would be enough but they weren’t, for me at least.

I am explaining this in great detail, in my upcoming episode of Writer’s Life Club Podcast, on Jan 6th (Due to a small delay, I’ve pushed the episode to Jan, 8th – Sorry), so be sure to listen to it if you want to learn more about setting the right goals for your success.

Letting go

I have a hard time letting go, especially of the people I love if they are friends or family, letting go is very hard for me. These past two months I was struggling with this a lot, as again the universe didn’t like it that I didn’t learn from the first time, I needed to let go but this year when the moment came and I was confronted with the same bad attitude and the same struggle. This year I could breathe through this and slowly I am letting go of the things and the people in my life that are no longer good for me.
I still love them and will love them forever, but I guess that our journey is coming to the end, and even though I am sad that this even happened I am now ready to let those things and people go and be free from the guilt of holding on so tightly on things I no longer need.

See my needs

This goes well with my first point, but this is also something I’ve learned how important is to put my needs and my wants on the list as well next to all my other important to do. Like having a well-cooked meal and not just takeouts, meditating to calm me down when life is too overwhelming and all the things that my body needs and my soul.
This was a very hard lesson for me to learn but I am slowly getting better at it, so I guess it’s a working progress. Basically do more self-care and enjoy the quiet time more.

Learning from my failures

Failure is not the enemy as I thought of it all these years, failure is a way for us to get better, stronger and smarter. Failure the universe’s way to make us confront our fears and push through them, like a racking ball. With the understanding failure that it isn’t an enemy but a friend is a great lesson, I’ve learned in 2019. I learned to see my daily wins but also to see what I didn’t do and do even just a bit better tomorrow, or the next day.
I can try and do a bit better, in baby steps and try to work more in smaller sprints, or on smaller tasks.
I can always do a bit better than the day before and this brings me to the last lesson I’ve learned in 2019 and that is having the right tools and this goes well with setting the right goals.

Having the right tools

I love planners, notebooks, bullet journals, apps, and everything that can help me schedule my time and see my goals. Over the years I tried too many tools, some helped more, some helped less, but none of them helped me as much as this one did so far, and that is a program/app/site called Notion. I am not using it for very long, only a few months but I am loving it so far. I learned that with the right tools I can do things better and faster, I can organize my life better, even when my life goes crazy, and most importantly I can see my goals, my objectives all the time and that helps a lot when I plan my day and I am reminded daily of my big goals, and my monthly and weekly tasks take I set to work towards that bigger goal.


If you want you can try Notion for yourself and for your own needs. Build great habits, daily smart goals, and powerful tasks… And it’s free 😉

The right tool can give you a great start on your projects and tasks and can give you the push you need to not give up on your goals, as most people do after a while. Find the tool that works best for you and using it daily, by reminding yourself about your big goals and why you do them and how you will achieve them. If you would like to see my Notion setup and how I see my goals daily, I can do a video on it or show you here in pics ❤

That is it for 2019 and I am so excited for this year. I know that 2020 will be amazing, hard as always, lol, but I know that I am learning so much, which will help me do more and achieve my goals.

What did you learn in 2019? What is your #1 goal for 2020

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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Writer's Life Club Podcast

Hey everyone, I hope you are all having a good week and you are not too stressful by the holidays ❤

Btw, I’ve posted on my patreon some great way to destress during the holidays, tips I use and seem to work well. Go check them out, don’t let the stress get to you anymore.

Yesterday I did something I feared for a long time and that is to make a podcast. I’ve launched the first-ever podcast and I am so excited but still fearful, haha I guess this will take lots of time to learn how to this right and practice talking right as well.

But I am still so proud of myself for trying to do this new thing and now wait for the new year to start, even though the new year is just around the corner, lol.

The podcast is called Writer’s Life Club and there I will talk about writing, books, life, tips and hacks, motivation and productivity and everything in between.

Writer's Life Club Podcast, Coffee n' Notes

For now, the podcast will be on its site and on Spotify but in a few days, I hope it will be available in all the podcasting apps, especially on Itunes and Google. But for now, I will see you there and if you have any requests for topics and ideas feel free to leave them in the comments and if I will use your idea, I will definitely give you a shoutout 😉

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah to you all and a wonderful Happy New Year ❤

Happy Holidays 2019, Coffee n' Notes, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah

The Writer’s Life Club trailer is already up for you to get an idea what I will talk about, and the first episode will be up later on today ❤

See you there,

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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6 Easy Steps to Motivate Yourself

Motivation is something that I had to work hard to get, it never was an easy task for me, from getting up in the morning to working hard on my personal goals, I always seem to find my way out of things, hehe. But as I grew older and became a bit smarter I realized that there are things I will never be good at, but at most things, I can work hard and use the resources I have around me in order to succeed.

As we are closing in on another year, I worked harder on some things and I found a few easy ways that did help me a lot to get myself motivated and push myself. So I thought as we come closer and closer to the new year, we all could use better skills on how to motivate ourselves to do all the things that we want to do and need to do.

So let’s start 😉

1. Find your emotions behind that task

We all heard this many times before, you need to know your why and understand the emotion behind your wants. I heard this many times as well but I never truly give it a deeper thought. I thought I know my whys but I never truly knew it.

What really helped me understand my why, and understand the emotions behind the things I want to do, was so simple that I don’t know why I never used this tool to motivate myself harder. I took a few minutes (no more than 5-10 minutes) and wrote down why I truly want to publish my book or to do any of things I want to accomplish and after I have all the reasons of why I look at each of them and try to feel the emotions after I achieve these things, but truly trying hard to feel all the emotions after achieving my goals.

This is a simple tool but it helps your brain to understand why are you doing what you doing and by connecting your emotions to your tasks and goals, you are much more likely to show up for them and work harder on them.

2. Break your task to smaller bites

Looking at a huge task is always daunting and scary, but breaking that big goal or task into much smaller bites, helps us feel much more accomplish once we achieve that smaller goal or task and that way we are more likely to continue on and finish that huge goal or task.

For example: If you want to write a book – break it down to chapters – a page – a paragraph – continue to break it down to whatever small task you know you can easily achieve, even in your busiest of days or when you just not feeling it.

3. Inspire yourself

Look at other creators and absorb their inspiration, lol, now I know it sounds a bit weird, but everyone and everything can inspire you. so look at a motivating speaking on youtube, or just a write on youtube (or at other creators), listen to a podcast or read a book, go for a walk. Try and find something in your surroundings that will inspire you and give you the right push you need. There are a lot of things right now in your immediate surroundings that I am sure can inspire you and motivate you, you just need to ask for it and look around to find it.

4. Make it fun

If the task is too daunting and too scary, even after you tried everything else I suggest you try and make it a bit fun.

For example: When I do the dish (And I hate every moment of it, lol), I always put on my headphones and blast upbeat music and I literally dance next to sink while I wash the dishes, hehe… I know… I know… I’m weird. But for me, it helps, lol, a lot.

Try and do something you love while doing something you hate or not looking for so much, or just scared to start.

5. Schedule your tasks and goals

Understanding the why, the emotions, after we broke things down to small bites, inspired ourselves and even made things more fun, we still need to schedule it all in our busy lives and put all of our tasks and goal into a calendar or planner and give everything a deadline, a date that you think you will be done with that task or goal.

Be real with yourself, and know that you can’t really finish writing your entire book in a week, lol, well maybe you can but I know I can’t 😀 So try to think ahead a see with everything that is going on in your life right now and that might be in your life how will you fit your writing?

Look at things as how they truly are and not how you wish it to be on an ideal day, week or month. For me, this was a big lesson I learned this year. I learned that in order to truly make good progress, I need to know how long it will take me with all that is going on or that can be and schedule them all.

6. Use a timer

I am a strong believer in using a timer for a few years now. This by far the best immediate productivity tool I use. I set my timer for 5 minutes and go around an area in my house picking things up and organizing or washing the dishes. I set the timer for 20-30 minutes for a writing session and I use my timer for many more things in my daily routine.

If you want to see how much a minute is truly is, just set a timer and look at how long it takes for the time to pass. so imagine how much time is 5 minutes or 20. You can achieve more when you know that the time is running out, haha. A timer shows you the passing time and that is a very powerful tool, so try it and let me know how it goes 😉

What motivates you to do things you don’t really want to do, or just scared to do?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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Never Forget Your Ideas Again

Hello everyone, and a happy Wednesday to you all ❤

This post ended up being long (sorry for that), so grab yourself a drink, set the mood 😉 and enjoy reading.

I tend to forget a lot of things, things I was sure my mind will capture but sadly it didn’t. So I learned to write everything down and capture all the things I need to do, want to remember and just ideas that float in my brain. I think we are all experienced at some point, having a great idea (the best idea) pop to our head while we’re doing something, and as soon as we are about to go write it down, the idea is long gone.

Studies show that our brain can hold in our immediate memory bank about 6-7 thoughts and adding more information will just get lost in the sea of thoughts or will get replaced by another item in your memory bank that you held onto from before.

I know it sounds weird but it’s the truth an more so if you are suffering from any memory problems like myself, but still need to function as normal. But there are a few things that can help us all, whether or not you have any memory problems, these tips will help you capture any thought or ideas you wish to capture.

Pick one place for it all

I have many notebooks for a lot of things: I have a planner, a bullet journal, a dream journal, a tarot reading journal and many more. But for capturing our immediate thoughts or ideas I suggest using only one item if it’s a notebook you can carry around with you everywhere or an app on your phone.

There are so many ways and apps today that designed to help you capture ideas like Trello, Google Drive, Evernote, Milanote, Goole Keep and many more… What you choose is up to you. I used them all because I love trying out new ways to improve my work but I always find myself going back to the same tool and for years now I am using Google Keep and I just love it ❤ I have it everywhere and it syncs with my computer, laptop and phone easily and you can add pictures, voice memos, drawings to your text, and even add another person or your team to your specific note.

Google Keep, Coffee n' Notes, Capture Notes

I also use Milanote for a more visual aspect of my goals and ideas.

Not all ideas and thoughts are made equal, but you should still capture them all

Make it a habit to capture everything that comes through your mind. Ask anyone who really knows me, they will tell you straight away that if it’s not written it doesn’t exist, hehe:D If you do it every time you have an idea and make it your habit, you will be able to focus better and with less stress.

Categorize your ideas 

I have a few categories I add my notes to (like home, recipes, husband, me, my mom, my writing projects, my blog, Instagram, things I want to buy and many more). Adding categories makes things easier to search.

Color Code

Besides categorizing, I also color-code my notes and just by color I will immediately know what the note is about, (Blue is for everything related to home and my husband, Green is my for my mom, red is for writing, yellow is for important, and purple is my blog and social media).

Needs more work or done

What I love most in google keep is the ability to pin the cards that are important to you and you can archive the cards to your “categorized file or label”and this way you can organize your ideas and thoughts in so many ways to help you get the most of your ideas and never lose an important idea.

What I do is: what’s important I pinned-up, what I need to go through is in my home feed, what I archived is all done, every category but my writing, hehe. Once a week I go through them all and see what to keep, organize, or trash.

Revisit – Go Through your notes

Writing your ideas is the perfect way to never lose them but you also should go through them from time to time and revisit those old ideas and see if they still serve you in any way or not.

This is kind of like a kanban board of To Do, Doing and Done. This is not to keep forever and for all eternity, it’s just to help you keep your ideas and your immediate thoughts but also to go through them and work them through.

But Galit, I had a great idea in the shower how do I remember it before it’s all gone?

Well, I know this all too well, hehe. Our best ideas are always coming to us while we in the shower, driving home or even in our dreams. I found the google assistant to work well for me while I’m driving. I am more and more using my google assistant, hehe to make calls, and voice record my ideas while I’m doing other things.

If I’m in the shower and I get an idea I start to elaborate on that idea… Let’s say I got an idea about a book, I see a character doing something… I start asking questions and try to write in my head the idea with as many details as I can. As soon as I get out of the shower I quickly jot down my idea with all the details I could remember, that way the spark of the idea is not gone.

Braindump before you fall asleep

I am especially using the word braindump and nor brainstorm because it’s what we need to do before we fall asleep, more so if you are having trouble falling asleep.

Take 5 to 10 minutes and just write down everything that goes through your mind. Just brain dump your thoughts, your worries, needs and wants, tasks, ideas and everything else that comes to your mind. If doing this every day doesn’t work for you, that’s okay but I still recommend to do this at least 3-4 times a week. You will be able to fall asleep faster and sleep better.

Sweet Dreams

Remembering our dreams is not an easy task, but if you do want to make your creative well even more bountiful, keeping a dream journal will help you not only fight your daily battles more easily but also help you build a creative well that fills up every single night 😀 Especially after you braindump all your worries and ideas of that day/week.

If you made until the end, thank you so much for reading, you are amazing ❤

Capture your ideas and never forget, Coffee n' Notes

What is your best method to remember an idea or a thought?

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Workout Your Creative Muscle

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

As you might already know through my previous posts that it’s been a while since I wrote or edited any fiction word. Only in the Writer’s Log series while I worked hard on my blog, my own mental health and working on decluttering our home to simplify our lives… Only then the fiction words started to flow again. As if something was clogging my creative mood or creative flow, and when it happened I suddenly stopped being creative. When we started to declutter and figure out what we really want, I knew that the creative flow will arrive and it did.

Doing that may help to bring back my creativity but it also didn’t do much good. I should have workout my creative muscle, even if I didn’t feel much like writing or didn’t trust my words.

However, in this Writer’s Log, I learned that writing is just like any other muscle we try to workout on, and I should treat it that way. So I started showing up for my work and try to workout that creative muscle I’ve neglected for far too long, every day.

I may not publish a book until I’m 50 (which isn’t that far away, hehe), but I am sure that if I will keep this up and keep working out this writing muscle I may publish soon enough.

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” ― Jane Yolen

So how to workout that creative muscle?

Show up for yourself

As I said in my previous post: How To Show Up For Yourself, just by showing up will do more wonder than thinking or beating yourself up for it. I started showing up for my work. I opened my laptop and stared at the words (which I hated to the bone) and then I stared some more and after half an hour of not feeling it and not writing a single word, I closed my laptop until the next day and the day after that. Sooner or later words came out (good and bad, but they came out) and soon enough I started to love what was coming out and my creative muscle grew a bit 😉

Have a realistic plan

I used to plan my writing day, even when I had a busy and extremely exhausting day with my mom and from doing things around the house, which only led me to feel more disappointed and more aggravated about the entire thing.

But I’m the real blame here, I should have never plan to write 10K, 5K or even 1K in days like yesterday or days like we used to have. In days like these, all I need to plan is how I will rest, eat and heal myself (body and soul) but not write. Now for some writing can be a great escape of life so they can write even when life is stressful but for me it’s just like any other muscle in your body, if you overstress the entire body nothing will work right and more so my writing will be just shit (sorry for the language, hehe).

So having a realistic view of your life and a realistic plan of your writing day/hour is very important and will help you a lot out on exercising that writing muscle.

Nourish your creativity

Like on any workout you need to nourish your body so you can actually do that workout. Creativity is the same. You need to nourish your mind in order to make your creativity flow. All you need to do is what makes you relax and fill up that creativity well.

For me, what works is Reading, blogging, decluttering and organizing my desk, drawing, planning, looking at some pictures, and just walking around.

Enjoy that workout, make it fun 😉

By doing all these little things that each helps a lot, your creative well will feel up again and you will be ready to do some creative writing.

What works great for me is doing some writing sprints by myself or with others, journaling, free writing, doing some cool challenges (like I’m about to do over on my Patreon, go check it out). Doing things that will bring the fun back to my writing process and fill that creative well for a long while.

All these little things help so much with exercising that writing/creative muscle so much but I think the most important and will keep saying it as that is my new lesson this year, lol and that is: Show up for yourself and for your work – never give up.

How do you workout your creative muscle?

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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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Writer’s Log: June Goals

Hello everyone, and a wonderful Sunday to you all ❤

Wow, I’ve just noticed that we are closing in on the end of the Writer’s Log series, only 2-3 more posts… Wow 😀

So I think you may already know but I failed in 2 goals in May, but I am so happy that I had the chance to write, declutter a lot of things, edit and meditate… Overall, it was a good month. I still hope to do better this month 🙂

Waking up at 5:15 am

LOL, I can already hear your laughter in my mind. But I still want to try… Waking up at 4 am didn’t go so well, so I hope that waking up at 5:15 will be a bit easier 🙂

Write 15K

I am slowly getting back to my writing and to my editing which feels amazing. I am more determined and much more willing to give up on everything in order to just write, edit and finish these books. So as you’ve seen in my Building a Road Map (5-Year Plan), I didn’t plan on writing at all up until June, because I wanted to focus more on decluttering and organizing but now… Now I am ready to get back and write and my goal is to write 15K.

Finish Reading

I’ve still haven’t finished reading the books in my May TBR, so I want to focus on that as well and finish reading those books.

Keep Decluttering

I want to also focus on decluttering our home, as I am far from finished, hehe but I will do it slowly as I am more focused on my writing this month. I want to finish decluttering our big white closet this month.

Blogging

After my birthday and after we will be finished the Writer’s Log series, I will know better on how much to post in June. But if you want you can comment below if you liked me posting almost every day (and work more on every day) or 3 times a week or less.

Journaling

Summer is here already with days of 38 degrees Celsius and we are yet officially entered summer. I want to pick up journaling again because this summer I don’t know why but it’s becoming much harder for me to function in this heat, and I know that as we push further to the hotter days of 45-49 degrees Celsius, I know that my illness will act up and I am afraid I will lose my memory again, so I want to make sure that I am well organized and start journaling now my every day, so if something would happen, I will already have a good reference to look at and not get to stressed.

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

What is your goal for June? 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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Writer’s Log: Building The Road Map For Your Life

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday to you all ❤

This will be a bit of longer post than my usual Writer’s Log so grab yourself a nice drink (I’ll wait) and keep reading 🙂

So I think that most of you get a sense of who I am, but I am sure that most of you don’t know my age… In June which is my birthday month, I land on a number that both excites me but also scares me to death, as the life I’m living right now may be good but it’s not the life that I want to live as I grow much older. I love my family and my husband so so much but as I said before I need these changes to happen as I enter the second phase of life.

In June I am turning old, hehe, and growing old is something that happens every second and in most birthdays until now, the number made no impact on me, but this time it hit me hard. This time, I want my future to be easier and better for my family and for myself.

I want to have a better vision of my life in 2020 or 2025, I want to know that my life is leading in the direction I want and not let life push me to where it wants. I may be old than a lot of blogger and YouTubers out there but I still want and need to see my life as it should be and not as a circumstance of life that happened to me, is that makes any sense? (I hope so).

I pulled out my eraser board and started planning. At first, I just brainstormed all the things that are on my mind… What I’m worried about, my thoughts, my wishes and my plans for our future.

After that, I wrote down the entire 2019 month after month in my bullet journal. I started with a look ahead, how will be Galit in the next year, 3 years, and 5 years… what I see that truly important to me and what I really to see happen. This process was an eye-opening moment, to say the least. It made me realize what I truly needed and wanted. These are some of the things I need to start taking more seriously and find what I need in my life not just objects that I declutter or keep, but what I need to make out of my life.

Most of us don’t like to think that far in advance, but I have to and that is why after I’ve visioned and brainstormed my plans, I started to do them immediately, and things started to shift to the right direction. For example, my journey to live my life in a lower waste living (not zero) and being more mindful of what I surround myself with. I just wrote them as a goal but soon after that, it became my reality and the start of my journey towards a somewhat minimal lifestyle.

So after tons of rambling hehe, I decided to share these steps with you in hopes that it might help you as much (or even a little) as it helps me 🙂

1. Years ahead: Write a small yearly plan for the next 5 years. Yes, lol, that sounds a bit too much but I promise you this is the game changer. Trying to think that ahead. Think of how your life will be in 2025 (Wow that’s a big number) and also to try and plan in a bit of detail each year so you will know what to really plan for every month since now.

2. Months ahead: Write down the 12 months from this month (from now till May 2020), don’t wait for the next year to start and don’t even wait for the month to end. Think of what your life could be like the next year after you worked on the things you really want and need.

3. Details: Under each month write things you want to work your butt off in order to accomplish those bigger goals you wrote under the years. Sometimes life will change things for you but you can always adjust to your new situation in life and try to achieve the things that you can with what you have and where you are right now.

4. Weeks/Days ahead: Put inside your planner or google calendar the goals you want to work on each week, this way when you do your daily planning you already know what to do and all that is left is for you to just do it.

Here is my plan for the next 5 years 🙂

My Bullet Journal, 5 Year Plan, Coffee n' Notes

I started planning this in mid-February 🙂

I wrote in the middle of the page, 2025 because this is how far I wanted to plan ahead. and also wrote the year up until 2025 and under them wrote some goals or big projects I want to finish until the end of that year. From there I planned the months of this year accordingly as I already had thoughts of how I want my year to progress. From here I opened my google calendar and started planning my weeks in advance, and if something will interrupt my planning (as it usually happens to me, hehe) I just plan with that interruption in mind.

Even though I planned to start my writing/editing in June, I’ve already started to do some editing 😀 I think that by decluttering and planning ahead helps a lot with clearing my mind which helps me feel more creative and work on my book ❤

Oh btw, I saw a video over at Kalyn Nicholson second channel Koze about planning your next 3 years and we did the same layout, how cool is that lol. Anyways check it out, I am sure you will enjoy the video and learn even more about planning ahead 😀

Where do you want to see your life in 5 years from now?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: What My Clutter Say About Me?

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

Today’s post is a reply of some sort to a video I saw about minimalism and clutter. What would my clutter say about me? OMG. The thought of it alone is too much sometimes.

As Ronald said in his video, people in our life that love us… Mostly if not totally will say kind and wonderful things about us, but clutter will never lie and clutter will tell the honest truth even if it’s the last thing I want to hear, hehe. Btw, you should really watch his videos they are so informative and fun to watch 🙂

As I go through our belongings and sort our things of what to keep, donate or throw away, I see how it slowly changes my thoughts about our ‘Stuff’ but I never gave a thought of what the clutter could say about me, but I think that in my heart I knew.

So here are a few things Clutter would say about me if he could, lol:

  • I am trying to please people and not myself.
  • I try to live someone’s else’s life.
  • I buy too many things I don’t really love or need when I’m too stressed and overwhelmed.
  • I use clutter as some sort of protection (now this was a huge wow moment for me as I wrote it down in my journal… HUGE).

After realizing these things and understanding that I don’t want these things to be said about me, even if they are the truth of some sort, I still need this to change. I now have a better understanding of how clutter represents me and how I want my life to be.

This clutter that surrounds us all in some form is just another coping mechanism to the stuff that happens to us if its stress or sadness or any negative feeling we might feel. Even by just understanding this little bit already helps to put things in a better perspective and that leads to a better understanding of what I want to accomplish by decluttering this or that room. It makes things much easier to remove the items I kept holding onto “just in case” and move forward to the life I want for myself and for my family.

Anyways, just some random thoughts I wanted to share with you in this short post.

What your clutter would say about you?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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