Life Update & April’s Goals

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a great Sunday and a wonderful weekend<3

I really thought it is time to fill you in on what’s been going on here at the Balli Family (it was hectic, lol).

Life has been too challenging and stressful this past two months. Almost not a day had gone by without something stressful umping at us and it took its toll on me, so I took a break from blogging, writing, editing and a bit from social media.

Stressed, Coffee n' Notes

I felt I was stretched out too thin and I couldn’t find a single moment to myself where I could sit down and write or even just journal and when I finally did have a bit of time, I was already too exhausted to write.

I’ve also taken on a lot of book reviews which I am so far behind now, but I started to get back on the horse and write those reviews 😀 After I will finish with most of these reviews, I will take on just a 1 or 2 a month and not more.

My mom is doing good, there are days that she feels great and there are days that she sleeps a lot, but overall there’s a huge improvement ❤ My husband’s brother is slowly getting better as well, after a few months of struggling.

I really hope that things might get slower this April so I will be able to focus on my goals and my own health issues that I neglected over the past few months.

My goals for this month are simple

Post 6 book reviews this month 😀 Overall blog posts: 8

Organize and keep my home clean (daily and weekly).

Finish organizing my mom’s papers.

Organize my writing files on my laptop (it’s in chaos right now) and upload them to the cloud.

Yep, these are my goals for this month. It’s still a lot overall I think not too much 😉

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Monthly Update

Hello everyone, missed you all so much. I hope you are all having a nice and relaxed Wednesday. Weekend is almost here (almost) ❤

My month is a bit crazy, full of doctor’s appointment, huge holiday and lots to do overall. From the start of November, I am really hoping to do some changes… Some I’ve already started. You might have already noticed but if not… I’ve changed my blog theme and I really love it 😀 Also doing some changes to old and new posts and I have a few other projects I am working on right now.

For now… I am waiting for next week where I will have a bit more time on my hands and I will be able to start working harder on every goal I have. But until then… I’m waiting.

Alice In Wonderland Gif

Today, I am having a day at home, which I am dedicating to relaxing (finally). My entire body hurts and I feel exhausted pretty much every day, these days. I thought today is the best day to update you on some of my goals and some of the things that I did this month (which is not a lot, lol).

Writing:

From the start of the month, I knew that I won’t have much time to editing or writing, due to a long holiday and a lot of doctor’s appointments for my mom. So no editing/writing at all this month. I did start to work on my new outline, so I can’t wait for NaNo to start this year.

Reading:

Well… Here I have some progress 😀 I wanted to re-read the Harry Potter Series and I am so happy that I finished the entire series 🙂 These books always inspires me and fills my energies, for writing and more reading ❤

I ‘ve also finished The Young Elites By Marie Lu

Home:

I did manage to do a few thing around the house, but not as much as I wanted.

I also had some time to re-watch some series like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and finally had a bit of gaming time (wish I had more though).

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Already planned out the last week and a half weeks of October and I am getting very excited for NaNo, and maybe even achieve some of my November goals.

How was your month so far? 

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Monthly Goals (And an Update)

Hello everyone,  I hope you are all having wonderful Thursday ♡

For this update, I thought I’d share with you some things I thought about and already started working towards them. March is about to become a very hectic month. My mom will still be at the hospital for most of March, then we need to see if she’ll go back to the home she was or somewhere else. I have a few things to do for myself as well and I want to push my writing and editing even harder. So, next month I have a few doctors appointments to go to and probably on April I will undergo Hysteroscopy and I hope all will be okay.

My mom is doing okay. It’s hard, can’t say it isn’t hard and now that she entered her 5th week of Radiations and Chemotherapy, It’s getting even harder. But other than that, mom is doing good and she’s trying to keep herself busy.

I don’t know if I ever told you this but 2016 was a very busy year for me in writing. I finished writing 3 full books. They’re finished with their first draft and second drafts (#1 is about: 115K, #2 is about: 80K #3 is about: 80K and I also wrote four more but just as ideas (10K-20K each). I think writing has become very easy to do on my phone and it helps me a lot, with all the hectic weeks I’m having, lol. However, the editing part is so hard for me to do on my phone or even on my tablet, but slowly I’ll get better at that 😀

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I had a lot of time to think these past few weeks and by the end of 2017, I want to accomplish a few things. I wrote a few quarterly goals, but I broke them down into monthly goals as well.

So here are my monthly goals for March 🙂

1. Edit 2-4 chapters.
2. Write 2-4 chapters.
3. Blog 1-2 week, even if just to say hello (missed you guys a lot).
4. Be more active in my social media.
5. Research on marketing more.
6. Research on publishers and agents.
7. Keep eating healthy and drink more water.
8. Journal more, even if it’s in my bullet journal.
9. On weekends, organize the house a bit more.
10. Read at least 1 book.

What are your goals for March? And how is your 2017 so far?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Monthly Update

Happy Thursday everyone, I hope you are all having a great week 🙂

October is almost ending (yay), and I really wanted to give you some updates on what is going on with me 😀

Home

As soon as we got home from Rome, we received a phone call. We had a family emergency, so we did a quick wash for our clothes from Rome and drove to Tel-Aviv. We stayed there for the entire holiday of Rosh Hashana. After the holiday, my mom had a few doctor appointments, so it was a busy week.

After that, I got really sick (and still am) and there was a huge holiday of Sukkot (which is finally over, yay). This month was so crazy and busy, that Rome really feels as if it was years ago, lol. Mom did such an awesome job on the decorations for the Sukkah, so proud of her

Mom is starting school in a few days and I really need to feel strong enough, so I can take her and be with her. She (and I) is going to learn Psychology and Economics on Sundays and Arabic on Thursday. I think we are both getting excited to learn a few new things and I started organizing my new backpack with some school supplies (yay) 😉

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Me

I think I am sick for almost the entire month, lol (so annoying). I’ve been coughing none stop. I took antibiotics for a week, but I am still coughing like crazy. This week things got a bit worst when I’m coughing, at the end, I have a choking feeling, that really scared me. So on Tuesday this week, I went to my doctor and she thinks (just as we started to think) that what I have is called a Whooping Cough. So I’ve started taking new antibiotics and I really hope it will help 🙂

Writing/Editing

Sadly here I have no news. I did manage to edit a few pages and wrote a bit, but as I got sicker I mostly slept the days away. I miss my writing and even the editing, lol. NaNoWriMo is almost here, but as things are today, I don’t think I will be able to do it. But I still have high hope of doing some kind of writing and editing throughout the month of November (wish me luck).

Blog

While I was sick and feeling more down (I’ve been sleeping a lot these days), I didn’t notice that my blog had its second-year anniversary 😀

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Omg, thank you so much, everyone and thank you for sticking with me, even when I’m not blogging as much as I used to  ❤ I can’t believe that I am blogging for more than two years (yay). No matter if I blog a lot or not, blogging truly changed my life for the better ❤

That is all for this month’s update, how was your month so far?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Monthly Update

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Hello everyone, I hope you had a wonderful week ❤

I thought I really need to explain my huge absence from the blog and even from the social media, lol. I don’t think you know just how much I miss reading your blog posts and just the normal chat we usually have.

May was a huge blur to me, so much is happening, my anxiety is rising high, as well as my social anxiety. I haven’t accomplished much this month and all I remember from this month is being tried, lol.

  • I barely ate normal food, lol.
  • I barely wrote a word.
  • De-Cluttered a lot.
  • Did 4 book review (so happy with that).
  • Drank very little water.
  • I have edited just a few pages 😦

I always say that life is crazy right now (I don’t like saying that btw, lol), but lately, things are spiraling out of control and summer is just around the corner. Life maybe is harder now than I thought it would be, but I’m still not willing to give up on my dreams.

I made myself a small little plan. I may not write as much as I did before, or even edit as much as I want, but it will be some progress and it’s better than nothing, right?

June is my birthday month and my birthday is only 6 days away. I don’t plan much for my birthday, maybe I’ll grab a drink with hubby but that’s it. Oh, maybe some more sleep 😉

I think most of you know (if you follow my Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat), that I’m re-organizing my closet/writing room and I am throwing out the huge closet in the room.

However, for now, I’m mostly re-arranging the area and moving things and just de-cluttering the room. I have a nice vision of what the room will be like, but for now, it’s a huge mess everywhere, lol 😀

My next Quarterly Goals are very small and very specific, in a hope to make it work better with my hectic schedule 😉

That is all for now, I hope you had a wonderful and productive month 🙂

Thank you so much for reading ❤

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Quarterly Goals

Hello everyone, it’s Thursday. Can you smell the weekend? I can’t wait for the weekend to start.

Today it is time to set new Quarterly Goals for April-Jun, I hope this time I will do better (much better). If you want to see how I did on my last Quarterly Goals, check it out here 🙂

For this quarter I also have a lot of goals that I want to accomplish, a few more important than others, but nevertheless goals that I want to reach.

So, let’s start

  1. Write 250 pages (Come on Galit, I need to sit on my ass and write more. I can do this!).
  2. Edit on weekends.
  3. Write at least 8 blog posts a month.
  4. Change my blog theme and sidebar to what I’m working on now.
  5. Hold a giveaway (as I said in my last newsletter, it will be in June).
  6. Organize my blog.
  7. Clean up my twitter (again).
  8. Reach 750 followers on twitter 😉
  9. Finish book reviews on time!
  10. Organize files on my computer and hard drive (there are in a huge mess, lol).
  11. Buy a cover package.
  12. Hire an editor.
  13. Send out queries for T.E.L (already sent out 1).
  14. Read 3 to 4 books (not for reviews).
  15. Eat less junk food (must try at least, lol) 😉
  16. Journal more often.
  17. Try to keep the house more suitable for humans (even in those stressful days, lol).
  18. Buy a new mattress (omg, I have to do this).
  19. Buy new frames (haven’t done this yet, lol).
  20. Date night with hubby (maybe even a game night) once a week ❤
  21. Follow blogs and social media stats.
  22. Drink more water!
  23. Post more on social media (writing and book-related pics).
  24. Make some changes to the newsletter (already started working on that).

Writing

So, these are my new Quarterly Goals, 24 goals for 3 months. Wow, I’m starting to have a panic attack here, but I can do this (right?).

I hope to accomplish at least half of them, if not more. I also hope to finish all my ‘Writer’s Goals’ by the end of June.

Goals

What are your goals for the new month/s? Don’t forget to set some goals for your project and keep them close to you, mine are on my phone on a widget (trust me, it helps).

Thank you so much for reading ❤

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Quarterly Goals Recap

Hello everyone, and Happy Monday to you all 🙂

The time has come! Time to review my quarterly goals and find out if I was a huge success or a big F (for failure).

If you are not familiar with these Quarterly goals, I’ll give you a little background. I found the idea over at a You-tuber, and a wonderful Author, by the name of Jenna Moreci 🙂

The idea is to list 10-20 goals for the next three months. This way you will be more focused on your goals and not watch TV or in my case, I won’t be gaming as much as I want

If I accomplish my goals then I am amazing and I can say with a clear mind that I am the queen of the world, lol (or maybe not), but if I fail then I get to publicly say that I have failed, yay me. Sounds fun, right?

If you wanna see the original post of my Quarterly Goals and How I have done throughout these three months in more detail, I will link them here:

Quarterly Goals

January Update

February Update

March Update (Kinda)

So, let’s start to look at my goals and see if I did well or not:

  1. Buy new boxes.
  2. Organize things in the boxes.
  3. Finish with the revising.  (Happy Dance)
  4. Have a date night with hubby once a week (already doing this <3). Half/Half Well for two months it went amazing, but then March came and everything stopped.
  5. Organize my Mom’s things.
  6. Organize writing room.
  7. Outline the new project.
  8. Write 150 pages. No! I am at page 138.
  9. Find my F* lost book. Finally found the notes and already organized them into binders.
  10. Write at least 8 blog posts a month. Half/Half Well I was great for the first two months, but March had different plans for me, lol 😀
  11. Post more on my social media. No!
  12. Clean up my Twitter. It looks better, but I still have tons of work.
  13. Change Covers/Banners/Themes (for social media & blog). It looks so pretty and I love it 😀 Go see if you haven’t yet 🙂
  14. Clean & organize my blog. No! Done a few (little) changes and cleaned things up, but on March I have done nothing.
  15. Eat healthier (2-3 veggies/fruits a day). LOL, No! With all the stress, I ate mostly junk food 😦
  16. Drink more water (1.5-3 liters a day). No! Drank mostly diet coke (I know…) 😦
  17. Walk more. LOL, NO! Omg. This one is a huge fat NO! With everything that was going on, I didn’t even try. I was mostly too exhausted physically and mentally to start any workout.
  18. Cook at least 3 healthy meals a week. Half/Half For the first two months, I was relatively okay, but on March a huge NO!
  19. Reconnect with friends IRL (so hard for me). Sadly No!
  20. Take some pictures of hubby and me and print them out. Nope!
  21. Buy new simple frames and put those picture in them. No! Forgot all about this one, lol.
  22. Follow blog/social media stats.
  23. Reach 700 followers on Twitter (would love some help in this) Thank you so much to you all 😀 I have reached my goal and now I’m at 717 (yay).
  24. Research some things for an awesome giveaway (started). Done and done. now all I need are a few little things and I hope to hold this Giveaway on June

So, let’s see how I did

If I am not mistaken I managed to accomplish a bit over half of my goals (13.5). So it’s still a huge fat failure for me! However, I am happy of a few of the things I was able to accomplish in my writing ❤

So I am not totally ashamed of my failure, lol, but I hope to do much better in my next Quarterly goals 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Where I was…

Life Inspiring

Hello, my fellow writers, buddy bloggers, and wonderful readers, Happy Thursday to you all ❤

This post is like a mini monthly update but more so to show you what I’ve been doing this month and explain to you all of my sudden M.I.A., It will be long (sorry) so grab a yummy snack and a drink and sit comfortably 😀

The first two months of this year were busy but I was able to keep things going smoothly but then came good old March to kick everything aside, lol.

So you wanna know what I’ve been up to this month, here it is 😀

The first week (1-5.3.16)

The first week went by so fast. With my mom being sick and me not feeling well, it was hard to do anything. Hubby and I also had things to do around our apartment and the week ended before I could do anything. I was able to write, but only just a few pages.

Second week (6.-12.3.16)

The second week was WOW! Here is where the madness truly began, lol. On Sunday, we finally got The Call from the hospital that my mom has a date set for her surgery (Yay…). We were so excited but soon enough we were overwhelmed by all the things we still need to do, doctors to see and x-rays to do, lol.

To make things even nicer, hubby fell at work on some wet stairs and hurt his back and knee, we rushed to the doctor and to the hospital. They did some x-rays and patched his knee, that luckily he didn’t break nor his back, but it hurt like hell. We were 7 hours at the hospital (Just hell).

Hospital waiting

Next day my mom had her pre-surgery checkup, we brought all the medical papers and did all that we needed. Needless to say, I was already exhausted both emotionally and physically. The check-up went well (yay) and so we got back and continued to prepare.

Two days later, hubby got very badly sick with high fever, It was Saturday.

Third week (13-19.3.16)

The third week was just a hectic madness that continued from the week before.

On Sunday, I rushed hubby to the doctor again and she said he has the flu (wow). An hour later I took my mom to a doctor’s appointment to check out her lungs before the surgery.

On Monday, I came down with the flu (Yay Me) and had a high fever and still needed to organize things for my mom. I went to our doctor (again, lol) and she gave me a medicine that made me even sicker so I stopped it and continued only with my antibiotics.

The next day I felt like shit (sorry). With both hubby and I sick and My mom needing help with all the pre-surgery papers and doctors and I had to cook something for hubby, I felt like someone just sucked the life out of me.

Exhausted

I was exhausted and drained. I barely could move, but I couldn’t let my mom miss this surgery she’s been waiting for so long. So I doubled my normal medicine and took some multivitamin and vitamin C and pain-killers (“I see a unicorn… LOL“), all so I had enough strength to hold on and be with my mom.

Unicorn

On the 16.3 my mom was hospitalized for a pre-surgery checkup and that the doctors will see her, I was with her until late noon, then I went home to rest and organize a few more papers.

On the 17.3 Hubby had to go to work that day, even though he was still feeling like hell, so I drove him to work (an hour away).

My mom entered the surgery, it was long and the waiting was killing me. I was starting to feel better with the flu, but I was overworked and exhausted emotionally. She felt okay after the surgery and everything went A-Okay.

After I left my mom at the hospital to rest and heal, I took hubby from work and did some grocery shopping and finally went home to rest.

Need sleep

18.3 On Friday my mom was released from the hospital and I drove her to the home she is in. I helped her get organized and she fell asleep fast. I drove back home and was finally for the first time this entire month (or even two months) able to just rest, sleep and do nothing.

Sleep

On the 19.3 My mom got really sick (maybe the flu) and I felt bad for maybe making her sick, but I am happy she wasn’t sick in the hospital and was able to go through with the surgery with no hiccups.

For me… I got something new, lol. My entire mouth got filled with a lot of cuts and aphthae, I felt just horrible. I couldn’t drink, eat or even talk. I think my body just had enough, lol.

Exhausted

Fourth week (20-26.3.16)

For a few days, I couldn’t talk at all, eat anything that has some kind of texture to it and even then it was painful. Sadly my mom is still very sick, so I haven’t seen her yet since the surgery 😦 Planning on going for a quick visit today).

Next week and the last few days of this month my mom and I need to arrange some doctors appointments but after that, I hope things will slow down a bit (even a lot more) and I will be able to do some of the much-needed things I need to do around the house and with my writing.

Sorry for the long post. That was my month so far, can’t wait for April and start things slowly 🙂 Thank you so much for all the supportive tweets, comments I got all over my social media. You are all so very dear to my heart, so thank you so much for being so amazing ❤

Thank you

I hope your month went much better than mine and I wish you all a wonderful day and weekend 🙂

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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February Update

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Happy Monday to all my fellow bloggers and readers, I hope you had a relaxed weekend 🙂

If you remember I have done a post about my Quarterly Goals, however, I still want to post these Monthly Update, so here it is 😀 Btw, if you missed my January Update, I linked it here for you 🙂

It’s the last day of February and even though it was a busy month, it was less busy than the others months before. The only thing that is really annoying me is that I got sick a lot these past few months (still am). I know it’s part of my Addison’s Disease but it’s still annoying to catch all the people’s germs, lol.

Anyway… Let’s start with this monthly update 😉

Writing

  • Written only 30 pages this month, not great but I’m still hopeful I’ll do better on March. I really need to push myself harder (even if I’m sick) to write more, so I will reach my goal of 150 pages.

Editing

Sadly here, I don’t have much to share. As I look back at this month, I know I could do more here. I’m a very disappointing with myself that I haven’t made more progress here, but I’m not giving up. I will edit more – I promise!

Blogging

  • Monthly Blog posts: 13 (Yay me) 😀
  • Caught up on some blog posts.

Here I am very happy, that even though I was sick a lot, I still manged to post and read some posts 🙂 I guess I will always be behind on my posts reading but I will always try my best to read more ❤

Author, Business

I didn’t made much progress here this month.

  • I am still searching for a cover artist who will not break our bank.
  • I did a lot of research about CreateSpace for the new WIP: Ele and Amazon, so I will have a better understanding of how things work.
  • I have a giveaway coming up and I am still working on it 😉
  • I got many questions over on Tumblr and I just started to answer them, but I will finish soon 🙂 Feel free to ask me anywhere you want, over on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and at here at Coffee n’ Notes. I got mostly anonymous questions and it’s just so much fun going through them ❤
  • I’m still searching for a good editor. If you know anyone and not too expensive, feel free to let me know

Reading, Books

  • I started doing Book Reviews again (Yay), I missed it 🙂

Overall I think I have done okay, but I still have tons to accomplish before March is over. What do you think? Should I get a “well done” pat on the back? Or not (hmmm) 😀

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How was your month? Did you accomplish a few of your goals? and what are your goals for March? Btw, feel free to share a link of your favorite post from your blog in the comments, so everyone can enjoy it.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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January Update

Happy Tuesday to all my fellow bloggers and readers, I hope you are having a nice day and amazing week 🙂

If you remember I have done a bit over a week ago, a post about my Quarterly Goals, however, I did miss posting these Monthly Update (a lot), so I thought why not start again 😀

Btw, my computer is still not responding, freezing and acting up so much, that I can’t even write a simple blog post on it. It’s not in the budget to buy a new one right now so for now, I am mostly writing and reading your lovely posts over my tablet and phone. It’s hard but at least, I can do something.

As the new year started and the first month has ended (wow, where did January went?) I wanted to do a monthly feature of a monthly update. I used to do this last year, so if you want to walk down memory lane, then here is last year’s January Update 😀

Writing

  • Written 20 pages in my current manuscript (Not great, but okay. I will do better).

Having no computer makes writing a lot harder, but I am writing as much as I can on my tablet and phone. So far I haven’t looked at my word count and I am so happy about it 🙂 It helped me focus better on my goals (who new) 😀

Editing

  • Finished revising Immortal Earth (Book 1 of The Earth Legacy Series). Finally got to those blessed words “The End” and not wanting to burn the entire manuscript, lol.
  • Edited 10 more pages of I.E. Making it a total of 45 edited pages (mostly line editing before I give it to a copy editor).

Sadly here, I don’t have much to share. Again, having no computer or printer makes things harder but, I did edit a few pages on my phone and tablet (I can’t tell you just how hard and annoying it is, lol).

I’m a bit disappointed with myself that I haven’t made more progress here, but I hope I will get used to the editing on my tablet or phone and maybe it will make the process easier (wish me luck).

Blogging

  • Monthly Blog posts: 8 (Yay me) 😀
  • Read only a few blog posts.

Here I am somewhat proud that I kept to my monthly goal of 8 posts, but I am also a bit disappointed that I’ve missed an entire week of blogging due to a hectic week.

I did manage to finish reading all the blog posts I wanted of a few bloggers these couple of days, but I still have a few more bloggers on my list to go through.

Author, Business

Here, I made a bit of a progress, lol (Yay, feeling like a grown up, lol).

  • I updated most of my Social Media covers so they will look clean & better 😉
  • I wrote the query letter and listed out all the publishers I wanted.
  • I also registered for CreateSpace for the new WIP, that will be self-published and started to see what I can afford to do, what not and all the how’s, lol.
  • I have a huge giveaway coming up and I already started working on it 😉
  • I started accepting questions over on Tumblr so feel free to ask me anywhere you want, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and at Coffee n’ Notes. I got so much (mostly anonymous) questions and it’s just so fun going through them and answer, so feel free to ask me anything
  • I cleaned up my Monthly Newsletter 🙂 Btw if you haven’t signed up yet… What are you waiting for? lol. I also changed it a bit, as I started doing something new that you will see in the March Newsletter. That is why the January Newsletter wasn’t sent out (sorry for that). I will send out February Newsletter as planned 😉
  • I also searched for cover artists and editors. So far I liked 3 from my list. If you know any good and not too expensive editor and cover artists feel free to let me know

Reading, Books

  • I started reading again (Yay), I missed reading so much. I read much slower than before but I hope it will go faster again, soon.

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Overall I think I have done okay, but I still need to are needed. What do you think? Should I get a “well done” pat on the back? Or not 😀

How was your month? Did you accomplish a few of your goals? and what are your goals for February?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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